A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) Chapter 15 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 15 Summary

Davos arrives in White Harbor aboard The Merry Midwife. He reflects on Cottor Pyke's reasoning: the Manderlys and the Boltons have long been enemies. Since Roose Bolton is now Warden of the North, he is allied with Lannisters. Therefore, it stands to reason that Lord Wyman Manderly will side with Stannis. Davos is distressed when he sees Lionstar, a ship from King's Landing, at dock. He enters the city near the harbor and listens as sailors and merchants gossip. The smallfolk are fleeing the countryside to escape the Bastard of Bolton, and Manderly is hiring men, suggesting that he means to fight the Boltons. However, Manderly's remaining son is still being held hostage by the Freys, suggesting that he might be preparing to remain neutral within a fortified city. At the Lazy Eel, men discuss the return of the dragons. Davos also learns that Ramsay Bolton is leading men south to take back the Neck from the Ironborn. No one discusses Stannis or the wildling attack on the Wall. Davos wonders why he still lives. The gods have taken four of his sons, but he remains. What final job do they intend for him? Davos finally makes his way to the keep and presents himself to the guardsmen. He asks to see Lord Manderly, alone.