A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) Chapter 12 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 12 Summary

Reek eats a rat, knowing that the belly will be the softest part. When he hears footsteps coming into the dungeons, he worries that he will be caught and punished for eating the rat. He is not punished. Instead, Big Walder and Little Walder take Reek to the hall, where Lord Ramsay Bolton sups with two grizzled old lords. When they look at him, Reek panics. Lord Ramsay punishes those that disobey him, Reek knows. He remembers how he and Kyra tried to escape, only to learn that Lord Ramsay prefers to hunt human prey. Reek has now lost toes and fingers. Ramsay flays the skin and when the victim can no longer stand it, he begs for Ramsey to cut off the appendage. Once, Reek had tried to bite off his own finger to stop the pain, which displeased Lord Ramsay. Now, Bolton has a task for Reek. Arya Stark is being brought to him, and he wonders if Reek can remember her. Reek admits that he can still remember her. The old lords recognize Reek as Ned Stark's old ward, though they note that he no longer smiles and his hair has gone white. Bolton informs Reek that they will ride to war and to his virgin bride.