A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) Chapter 38 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 38 Summary

Jaime meets with Ser Brynden Tully, who is called the Blackfish. Ser Brynden is an experienced, wily, and dangerous knight, and he does not respond to any of Jaime's ploys, tricks, or offers. He taunts Jaime for his lack of honor and refuses to trade Edmure Tully, his liegelord and whom the Lannisters currently hold, for Jeyne Westerling, Robb Stark's widow. Jaime leaves and summons his war council, determined to let his lieutenants speak first as his father would have done. They offer no new ideas. Emmon Frey insists that they cannot damage his castle, while others demand that they storm it and end the siege. Soon, Lord Piper is cursing the Freys, who still hold Piper's son, a "guest" at their now infamous Red Wedding. Jaime dismisses them and goes to Edmure, who stands on a gallows. Jaime takes Edmure away to wash and eat. There, he points out that Edmure's bride is pregnant. Jaime offers to return Edmure to Riverrun if he should agree to surrender the castle to the Lannisters. Once done, Edmure, his wife, and his children will be treated courteously and generously, as befits their station, while held at Casterly Rock. If not, he threatens to raze Riverrun with Edmure's bannermen and lords before finishing the battle with his own troops from the west. Finally, Jaime threatens to return Edmure's child to him using a trebuchet.