Chapter 12 Summary
Eddard is awoken and summoned to see King Robert. Robert wants to discuss state matters, but he insists that they go riding because the camp is "full of ears." Robert expresses a desire to leave the rest of the procession behind and travel the kingsroad south in search of adventure. Ned reminds the king that they are no longer boys, and Robert retorts that Ned was never a boy. The only exception was Jon's mother, Wylla. When Ned declares that he will say no more of her, Robert explains that he has heard from Lord Varys, the king's Master of Whisperers, that Daenerys Targaryen has wed Khal Drogo. Ser Jorah Mormont, who hopes to gain a royal pardon, was the source. Robert goes on to suggest that they assassinate her. Ned is not surprised. He still recalls when Tywin Lannister had presented them with the corpses of Rhaegar's wife and children. What Ned had seen as murder, Robert had dismissed as war. Still, Ned insists, Daenerys is no threat to the realm, nor are the Dothraki, who refuses to travel over salt water. Their talk turns to who should become the Warden of the East now that Jon Arryn has died, but Robert has already promised the position to Jaime Lannister. Jaime's father, Tywin, is already the Warden of the West, which means that Jaime could inherit a great deal of power. Ned further suggests that Jaime cannot be trusted. He recalls when the rebellion reached King's Landing. The Lannisters had already taken the Red Keep and were flying their flag, not Robert's, on the ramparts. Inside, Ned had found Jaime, a member of the Kingsguard who had slain the king, sitting on the Iron Throne, but Robert does not care.