A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 1) Chapter 22 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 22 Summary

Arya can see that her father has been fighting with the small council again when he arrives to eat in the Small Hall. Jory, the head of her father's guard, mentions that he has heard that there is to be a tourney, which annoys Ned and thrills Sansa. Arya and Sansa soon begin bickering again. Irritated, Ned leaves the table. Arya starts to think of the people she has left behind, and when her thoughts turn to Mycah, she decides to leave the table as well. Back in her chamber, she takes out Needle and remembers that she was the one that asked Mycah to show her how to use a sword. Arya refuses to talk to anyone until her father asks permission to enter. When he comes in, he sees Needle and realizes that his smith, Mikken, made it. Arya refuses to tell him who gave it to her. Ned reflects that it is the "wolf blood" that makes Arya so difficult to manage, and he points out that it was in both his brother Brandon and his sister Lyanna. It brought them both to an early death. Arya confesses that she feels it was her fault that Mycah died, and she explains that she and Jory had to throw rocks at Nymeria to make the direwolf go away, safe from the queen. Ned comforts Arya and tells her that their house's sigil is the direwolf. In the pack, each wolf protects the others. Here in King's Landing, the Starks will have to act like a pack to survive. Ned lets Arya keep Needle. Three days later, she is taken to meet Syrio Forel, her new dancing master. He explains that he was first sword to the Sealord of Braavos for nine years and begins to teach her the "water dance."