A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) Chapter 32 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 32 Summary

Reek hears the dogs barking before he sees Lord Ramsay return. The dogs are named after women that Lord Ramsay has raped, and now Reek spends his days with them. Little Walder and Big Walder are with him, and Reek notices that Little Walder is becoming more and more like Lord Ramsay while Big Walder seldom takes part in Lord Ramsay's cruelties. There is a feast that night until Roose Bolton enters and dismisses everyone but Lord Ramsay and Reek. Roose and his son discuss their plans. The Freys that were with Lord Manderly have disappeared, and Lord Manderly has not brought a hostage for the Boltons. In spite of Arnolf Karstark's best efforts, Stannis has not marched on the Dreadfort. Instead, he grows stronger. Lord Ramsay would attack their enemies immediately, but Roose is more cautious. He reminds Ramsay that one of Stark's sons could undermine everything, to which Lord Ramsay replies that he will kill them again. Roose reminds him that it was Theon Turncloak that killed the boys and raised Winterfell. He commands Lord Ramsay to marry Arya Stark at Winterfell and he leaves with Reek. During the journey, Roose explains how he raped Ramsay's mother and how she raised him along with the first Reek. Ramsay killed Roose's first trueborn son and will likely kill any others he has with his new wife. They journey to Lady Barbrey. When they arrive, Roose introduces Reek to her as Theon of House Greyjoy, rightful Lord of the Iron Islands.