A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter 45 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 45 Summary

Catelyn watches as her brother Edmure rides off to battle. She is full of doubts about him and about her life. She has always done her duty, and now she wonders what it has brought her. She married Ned at her father's request and he left her, rode to war, and brought home a bastard. It is curious, thinks Catelyn, how men fight for bastards. Ned had fought for Jon, Ser Cortnay fought for Edric Storm, and yet, Roose Bolton claimed not to care about the death of his bastard son, Ramsay. In his latest letters, Roose remained determined to take the Harrenhal for King Robb. When word arrives that Ser Cortnay Penrose is dead, Catelyn has word sent to her son, who is still in the field. Lord Tywin begins probing the river around Riverrun to find a weakness. Edmure's forces defy his every attack. Catelyn summons Ser Cleos Frey and asks about the Lannisters' peace terms. They will trade her daughters for Jaime Lannister. She is not surprised to learn that Tyrion rules in King's Landing, but she concludes that he cannot be trusted. The battles outside Riverrun continue until word arrives that Lord Tywin has turned southeast. They have won every battle, and yet Catelyn is full of fear.