A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter 55 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 55 Summary

Catelyn thinks that she has become a sour woman as she sits eating supper with Brienne. Though the food is good, Catelyn does not care. Everyone in Riverrun but Catelyn celebrates Edmund's great victory over Tywin Lannister. Catelyn instead mourns after receiving news that her sons, Bran and Rickon, have been murdered by Theon Greyjoy. She remembers that she left Winterfell before Bran had woken from his sleep; she had believed the boys would be safe, like Robb, so long as their direwolves were with them. Her girls, she reflects, have lost their direwolves. Arya must be dead too, she thinks. She wishes aloud that Theon Greyjoy and the Lannisters were dead. Catelyn tells Brienne that she has sent Jaime Lannister wine and asks to find her at midnight. Until then, Catelyn spends the time with her ailing father, Lord Hoster. At midnight, she goes to see Jaime Lannister and they trade secrets. He tells her how King Aerys burned men alive and that he does not regret betraying his oath as a member of the Kingsguard. He then tells Catelyn that he threw Bran out of a window, but did not send anyone to kill the boy. Finally, he admits that he always loved Cersei and that he never slept with any woman but his sister. So, Jaime reflects, he was more faithful to his sister than Ned was to Catelyn. Catelyn steps back and summons Brienne, telling her to bring her sword.