Chapter 4 Summary
Bran has not eaten anything but ground acorns for days. He, Meera, Jojen, Hodor, and Bran's direwolf, Summer, follow Coldhands, an unusual ranger. Coldhands has black hands, wears a black cloak of the Night's Watch, and rides an elk. Bran notices that he also seems to be accompanied by a murder of ravens. They have been searching north of the Wall for days, and there is still no sign that they have gotten close to their destination, the home of the three-eyed crow. When they sense that they are being followed, Coldhands and his ravens hang behind to face their foes. Meera leads the others to a deserted wildling village. That night, Bran enters Summer's mind as the latter goes hunting. Summer finds a small pack led by a one-eyed wolf. He defeats the one-eyed wolf, the pack's leader, and together they eat the dead men of the Night's Watch that they find. Bran wakes and realizes that the men were killed by Coldhands, who has returned. Coldhands explains that he is dead and that he is a friend of the three-eyed crow, who is the last greenseer. Coldhands may be a monster, but Jojen tells the others that they have no choice but to follow him. They would never make it back to the Wall now.