Chapter 37 Summary
Bran is riding Dancer outside of Winterfell's gates for the first time. Robb and Theon join him, as do Grey Wind and Summer; even Maester Luwin follows on a donkey. Bran is thrilled to be riding, even though he can no longer guide the horse with his legs. When they reach the edge of the Wolfswood, the direwolves disappear into it. Robb and Bran discuss how restless the direwolves seem lately. Robb admits that he suspects that the direwolves understand more than a wolf should, but he then stops, citing Bran's age. This irritates the eight-year-old. Robb relents, but instead of sharing his thoughts on the direwolves, he explains that he has received word that Jory and other northerners died in King's Landing, murdered by Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer. Now, Theon advises that Robb call his banners, but Bran counsels Robb to listen to Maester Luwin's more cautious advice. They go further into the woods and Robb eventually rides ahead to find Summer and Grey Wind. Bran is left alone until a group of ragged strangers approach him. They advance upon Bran, noticing the silver he wears. Bran realizes that they must be deserters. Their robbery is stopped when Robb returns and attacks with the direwolves. At last, a woman, Osha, and a man remain. The man holds Bran hostage until Theon shoots him with his bow and arrow. Osha surrenders and returns to Winterfell with them.