Chapter 47 Summary
Eddard dreams that he is back in the crypts beneath Winterfell. The Kings of Winter watch as he walks by while Lyanna's statue weeps blood. Ned wakes and is summoned to attend King Robert, who has returned mortally wounded by a boar's tusks after his hunt. Robert explains that he missed his thrust because he was too drunk. Robert dismisses everyone but Ned. He tells Ned to stop the assassins he sent to kill Daenerys Targaryen and to record his last will and word. He appoints Ned the Lord Regent and Protector of the Realm until Joffrey comes of age. Ned writes "my heir" rather than "Joffrey," but does not tell Robert who Joffrey's father is. Outside the king's chamber, Ned talks to Ser Barristan, who explains that Robert had been very drunk before he faced the bear. Ned inquires and learns that Lancel Lannister, Robert's squire, had served Robert. Varys arrives and when Ned tells him to call off the assassins, Varys says it is too late. Ned next meets Renly, who tells him that he has thirty men with whom they could take control of King's Landing and the realm if they could wrest Joffrey from Cersei's control. Ned refuses and returns to his chamber to summons Littlefinger. Waiting, Ned writes a letter to Stannis, Robert's true heir, requesting his help in the coming conflict with the Lannisters. When Littlefinger arrives, he advises Ned to ensure that Joffrey succeeds Robert. Stannis's rise will mean war, whereas Joffrey's rise will mean peace. Remembering the people that the Lannisters have killed, Ned refuses. He and Littlefinger agree that the City Watch, who are paid by the Master of Coin, will help Ned take control of the realm.