Chapter 17 Summary
Bran feels as though he has been falling for years. Would he die if he fell to the ground in a dream? A voice whispers from the darkness that he should fly. Bran begins to talk to the voice, and he soon realizes that it is a crow. The crow continues to suggest that Bran fly and when Bran continues to counter that he cannot, the crow argues that Bran has never tried. When Bran looks down, he realizes that he can see the whole realm as an eagle would see it. He sees his father pleading with King Robert south of the Trident. He explores to the east and sees the Free Cities, the green Dothraki sea, and even sees Asshai by the Shadow, where dragons "stir beneath the sunrise." Back in Westeros, Bran looks north to the Wall, sees Jon, and continues to explore until he sees the heart of winter. When Bran sees it, the crow explains that now he realizes why he must live: winter is coming. Bran looks at the crow and sees that it has three eyes. Bran spreads his arms and flies. The crow proceeds to peck at Bran's forehead between his eyes. When he wakes up, he sees a serving woman as he grabs at his forehead. Bran also sees his direwolf, whom he names Summer.