Chapter 35 Summary
Samwell is aboard the Cinnamon Wind, which is sailing for Oldtown by way of the Summer Isles. Maester Aemon has passed away and Sam says the final words to remember him. After, they preserve his body and drink liquor. Sam remembers Maester Aemon's final words to him. He spoke of a prophecy and that although they had all been sure it would be Rhaegar, it now seems like Daenerys is the one foretold. He explains that the error came in translation: a prince was expected, but dragons change sex during their lives because they are unpredictable like fire. Maester Aemon wishes that he could go to her and worries that he cannot be one of the three heads of the dragon; there must be three. He worries for Stannis and Melisandre; the latter has clearly blinded herself to the truth because she wants so desperately for Stannis to lead them against the Others. Sam and Gilly sleep together after agreeing to name Mance Rayder's son Aemon Battleborn after Maester Aemon. The next day, Sam worries that he has broken his vows with Gilly and that she will expect him to support her now. The Summer Islanders explain that what they did was not a sin and that Sam has done nothing of which he should be ashamed. Gilly knows why Sam wears black clothing.