A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter 66 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 66 Summary

Theon does not like Maester Luwin's cousel. The maester advises Theon to yield Winterfell to Ser Rodrik, who has returned with two thousand men. Theon has just seventeen men left, but he also has a plan. When he goes to treat with Ser Rodrik, he has his men present Rodrik's daughter, Beth, at the walls. She is not only Rodrik's last child but also the only remaining member of his house besides himself. Theon tells Rodrik that the girl will hang unless Rodrik leaves by sundown. He returns to the castle and waits, knowing that he will have to kill the girl if they do not leave. And if he does hang the girl, Rodrik will attack. Maester Luwin approaches again, this time advising Theon to join the Night's Watch. Theon considers it until word comes that Rodrik is being attacked by an army bearing the Boltons' banners. Theon goes below and finds Reek, or, rather, the man he thought was Reek. Reek reveals that he is actually Ramsay, Roose Bolton's bastard son. When Rodrik's men came to kill him for marrying Lady Hornwood by force, he put on Reek's clothes to escape certain death. Theon does not realize that Ramsay has gained control until the latter backhands Theon. When Theon looks up, he witnesses the death of Maester Luwin and hears Ramsay telling his men to burn Winterfell to the ground. Only the Freys will be spared, he commands.