Chapter 31 Summary
Tyrion reflects that he owes the Starks yet another debt of vengeance as he watches the sellsword Chiggen butcher his horse. The work must be done quickly lest the smell of blood attract shadowcats. Another sellsword, Bronn, is pleased that the men will eat well. Even at the inn, Tyrion had known that he would have to go along with Catelyn Stark's demand that he come with her to stand trial in Winterfell. He was simply outnumbered. So he chose to announce that his father would reward any man that delivered news of Tyrion's capture to Casterly Rock, the Lannister seat of power. How frustrated he had been when he realized that Catelyn Stark was taking him east to her sister Lysa in the Vale rather than north to Winterfell. Even if his father could send men to rescue him, Tyrion would be nowhere near them. Now, they have been riding along the highroad, a rough road that winds through the mountains, beyond which lies the Vale. The horses are dying, and when they are attacked by mountain clansmen, Lady Stark allows the men to arm Tyrion so that he can defend himself. During the fight, Tyrion even helps defend Lady Catelyn against their attackers. After, Tyrion finds that he has begun to earn the respect of Bronn, and Lady Catelyn allows him to keep his weapons. As they ride off, Tyrion tells Catelyn that the story Littlefinger told her about the dagger is a lie. Tyrion never bets against his brother.