Chapter 59 Summary
Tyrion watches the battle for King's Landing from atop the walls of the city, where he sits still as a gargoyle. Joffrey's fleet is lost to the wildfire, but so is Stannis's fleet. The Blackwater itself seems afire. Tyrion sends commands to Ser Jacelyn Bywater by messenger until Joffrey arrives, pouting at the loss of his fleet. He wants to command the "Whores," trebuchets. Joffrey has rounded up the trecherous Antler Men and intends to launch them over the city walls so that they can welcome Stannis. Tyrion sends the king away to his fun, though he commands Osney to make sure that Joffrey stays there, out of the way and safe. When word arrives that Stannis's men are attacking the King's Gate with a ram, Tyrion, his squire, Pod, and Ser Mandon Moore of the Kingsguard go. There, they find the men assigned to the gate. Tyrion commands them to go out and disperse the men. However, the Hound, who commands the King's Gate, refuses to go out. Tyrion realizes that the Hound is afraid of the fire. Although Ser Mandon is a talented swordsman, he recalls Jaime's assessment of the man: dangerous, yes, but not a man others will follow. Tyrion realizes that he will have to lead the sortie. He rallies the men, yelling that they need to defend their city against Stannis.