Chapter 57 Summary
Sansa watches the first court session of Joffrey's reign. Robert's beloved hunting tapestries have been taken down, and they lie in a heap in the corner. She watches as her king, Joffrey, enters the throne room. Grand Maester Pycelle, who appears to be napping before the throne, is ordered to rise and read a list of royal decrees. They are orders for distant, powerful lords such as Stannis and Renly Baratheon to present themselves before the throne. Further, Tywin Lannister is appointed Hand of the King, Cersei is appointed to the small council, and Janos Slynt, Commander of the City Watch, is named lord of the Harrenhal and appointed to the small council. Next, Cersei dismisses Ser Barristan Selmy from the Kingsguard, an outrage given that the knights of the Kingsguard serve for life. She dismisses his concerns and names Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer, the new Lord Commander. Ser Barristan is disgusted. They offer him a tract of land, gold, and men, but the old knight refuses it. He leaves, full of contempt for the other members of the Kingsguard who will agree to serve an oathbreaker like Jaime. Joffrey orders his men to seize Ser Barristan. Littlefinger suggests they move on. Sandor Clegane is named to the Kingsguard, though he refuses to become a knight. Finally, they call for other business, and at this point Sansa comes forward to ask mercy for her father. After some discussion, Joffrey announces that Lord Eddard will be granted mercy if he confesses his crimes and names Joffrey king.