A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter 57 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 57 Summary

Sansa listens as the people sing their prayers in the septs. Stannis's ships have been spotted on the horizon and King's Landing prepares for war. The women pray to the Mother and the men on the walls to the Warrior. Sansa recalls how the septons taught her that the seven are merely aspects of one god, but now she wonders whose prayers the one god hears. She goes to the yard, where the men are preparing for battle. The highborn women have gone to the Queen's Ballroom in Maegor's Holdfast, but Joffrey has summoned Sansa. He demands that she kiss his new sword, Hearteater and she complies. He tells her that she will kiss it again when he returns; it will be red with his uncle's blood. Sansa thinks him more a child than ever. When she passes the sept, she hears the people praying for Joffrey and she prays for his defeat. When she arrives in the Queen's Ballroom, she espies Osfryd Kettleblack, a member of the Queen's newly formed red cloak guard. Ser Ilyn Payne, the executioner, is also present. Queen Cersei arrives, dressed all in white. She explains to Sansa that Ser Ilyn is a knight and he is there to keep the sellswords that make up her red cloak guard loyal. She goes on to mock Sansa's innocence. Sansa has no idea what happens when a city is sacked, and Cersei, mocking, tells Sansa to wait for Symeon Star-Eyes and other heroes from the songs to come to her rescue.