Chapter 44 Summary
Jaime meets with Edmure Tully and others inside Riverrun. Emmon Frey is angry that Ser Brynden Blackfish has escaped. Tully is proud of his uncle's escape until Jaime explains that they can just throw him in the dungeons beneath Casterly Rock. Tully explains that the Blackfish slipped under the portcullis and swam down the river. Jaime next meets with the Westerlings. Though Jeyne, Robb Stark's widow, still mourns her husband and is defiant, her mother demands everything that Lord Tywin promised her in their dealings. Jaime realizes that he respects Jeyne more than her mother, who comes from a line of "upjumped merchants." He sends them west to Casterly Rock under guard with Edmure. Many of Jaime's cousins elect to stay in the riverlands hunting the Hound and Beric Dondarrion. The Freys, meanwhile, worry over who will inherit the Twins. Another heir has died, and now Black Walder is just barely removed from inheriting the Twins. Uncaring, Jaime orders them to send all of their captives from the Red Wedding to King's Landing. He meets Tom of Sevenstreams, who tells Jaime that he intends to stay in Riverrun with Emmon Frey. Jaime continues to practice the sword at night with Ser Ilyn, and though he is improving, he remains a small threat. Alone, Jaime is pleased that he was able to end the siege without spilling blood. He receives a letter from Cersei asking him to return immediately to King's Landing, but he only burns it.