A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 1) Chapter 16 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 16 Summary

Eddard is informed that Arya has been found after four days, but he is only relieved when he learns that it was his men rather than a Lannister that found her. Unfortunately, the guards at the gate were Lannisters and they took Arya directly to the king. Ned leaves to join them, but he tells his man to find Sansa and bring her to the hall as well. The king's party is staying at Ser Raymun Darry's castle, south of the Trident where King Robert fought Prince Rhaegar years ago. The Darry men had fought for the Targaryens during the rebellion. When Ned arrives before the king, he demands to know why Arya was not brought before him immediately. Cersei chides Ned for his tone and goes on to explain that, according to Joffrey, Arya and Mycah beat Joffrey with clubs while Nymeria sat on him. Arya tells her story, though Joffrey continues to lie. When Sansa arrives, she claims not to remember. Though Cersei demands punishment, Robert decides that he will discipline Joffrey and recommends that Ned do the same with Arya. Cersei goes on to ask about the direwolf and demands that it be killed. Nymeria has been missing, so Cersei suggests that they kill Lady instead. If Robert wants to kill the direwolf, Ned argues, he do it himself. Robert refuses and Ned carries out the execution. Outside, he meets the Hound, Sandor Clegane, who has returned with Mycah's corpse.