A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) Chapter 3 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 3 Summary

Jon dreams that he is Ghost, running through the woods near the Wall in the far north of Westeros. There were once six direwolves in the family, but now only four remain. He wakes to the sound of Lord Mormont's old raven yelling "Snow" at him, and he wonders if Bran or Rickon might still be alive within their direwolves. Dolorous Edd brings him breakfast and news that more wildlings have come seeking protection from the Others on the south side of the Wall. Jon is summoned to meet with Stannis, though he must pass the training ground along the way, where Stannis's men challenge him disrespectfully. He meets Sam, who has been reading about archery, on the way to the king. Stannis is accompanied by Melisandre, his red-haired priestess. Stannis wants Jon to sign over the abandoned castles along the Wall, which he will give to his followers. The men of the Night's Watch take no part in the politics of the realm, so Jon refuses. Instead, he suggests that Stannis offer him men to fill the castles under the leadership of the Night's Watch. Stannis is angry that Jon refuses to cooperate. He is angry at the northern lords as well. Only Karhold has agreed to support Stannis, while the others still miss Robb Stark. Jon leaves Stannis with Melisandre, who warns Jon that her fires show him surrounded by enemies.