Chapter 56 Summary
Tyrion, Bronn, and the clans have found one of the Lannister armies. Tyrion tells the leaders of the Stone Crows, the Black Ears, the Moon Brothers, and the Burned Men that they can follow him to his father, Lord Tywin. After that, Tyrion will make good on his promises. Tyrion discovers that his father has established his headquarters in the inn where Tyrion was taken hostage. Lord Tywin is an impressive man, and he commands his men along side his brother, Ser Kevan. They inform Tyrion that they hold Edmure Tully hostage, that King Robert is dead, and that Cersei is ruling in King's Landing. Tywin next offers Tyrion the chance to command his own troops. Lord Beric's remaining men, for example, continue to harass the Lannister supply lines and need to be dealt with. Otherwise, the war seems to be all but won. The Arryns will not leave the Vale, the River lords appear weak, and the Starks are led by a boy. When Tywin receives word that Robb Stark is descending upon them, Tywin orders his men to prepare to ride to meet the northerners. Although they have built a strong defense, Tywin worries that the young Stark will run away from such strength. When Tywin meets the clansmen, he convinces them to join the fight against Robb Stark. The only condition the clans impose is that Tyrion must lead them.