A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter 48 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 48 Summary

Daenerys is surprised to see that the House of the Undying is an old ruin without windows. Although Ser Jorah and her bloodriders tell her not to enter, Dany remembers that Mirri Maz Duur had knowledge. Pyatt Pree tells Dany to always enter the first door on the right and to always climb stairs. Dany drinks a flute of shade of the evening and enters the House of the Undying with Drogon on her shoulder. Inside, she veers right again and again. She sees visions, including a man with the head of a wolf eating at a feast of corpses. She then sees a man who names his son Aegon for a king. When his wife asks whether he will write a song for the child, he replies that the child has a song of "ice and fire." He also says that another is still needed since the dragon has three heads. Dany proceeds and meets the undying, who look beautiful, but when she enters the next room, the undying appear dead. In the center of a room is a heart full of corruption. The undying tell Dany that she must light three fires: "one for life and one for death and one for love." She must ride three mounts: "one to bed and one to dread and one to love." She will know three treasons: "once for blood and once for gold and once for love." Then the undying attack Dany until Drogon eats the heart and breathes fire on the Undying. She leaves the room and when she leaves the House of the Undying, it is burning. Pyatt Pree dances toward her with a knife, but Drogon and Dany's bloodriders attack him instead.