A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 1) Chapter 23 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 23 Summary

Daenerys has finally arrived in the "Dothraki sea," a plain of endless grass. Dany finds it beautiful, but Viserys is impatient to conquer Westeros. Constant horseback riding and nightly visits from Khal Drogo were at first difficult for Dany. On the third night, however, she dreamt about a black dragon, its scales wet with her blood. It breathes fire at Dany, and she opens her arms to be cleansed. Now, Dany has begun to act like the khaleesi. She decides the day is too perfect to listen to Viserys complaint, commands her retainers to stay, and rides into the grass. Viserys follows, screaming that she cannot command him. Before he can strike her, Jhogo, one of the Khal's bloodriders, cracks a whip that coils around Viserys' throat. Dany commands Jhogo not to harm him. Ser Jorah joins them and when Viserys commands him to kill the Dothraki and beat Dany, the exiled knight sides with the khaleesi. Viserys is left to walk behind the khalasar. When Dany confides in Jorah that she is worried over her actions, he asks her whether she thinks Viserys would make a good king. Dany does not, but surely, she argues, the people of Westeros are waiting for his return. Jorah explains that the common people only pray for "rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends ... It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace ... They never are." That night, Dany returns to her tent and talks to her handmaids about dragons. They explain that dragons have not been seen in centuries. Dany knows that magic died in the west when the "Doom fell on Valyria," but what about the lands in the east? When Drogo comes to Dany's tent, she takes him outside and mounts him. By the time they have crossed the Dothraki sea, Dany, who has just turned fourteen, is visibly pregnant.