A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 1) Chapter 72 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 72 Summary

Daenerys watches as her servants collect wood and grass from the surrounding lands. Ser Jorah, her handmaids, and Khal Drogo's remaining bloodriders—Rakharo, Aggo, and Jhago—remain. The others are the slaves from Drogo's horde, though they were too weak to leave with the other khalasars. According to Dothraki custom, Dany should burn Drogo and then travel to Vaes Dothrak to become a crone. Jorah swears his loyalty but fears that she means to burn herself in the pyre. Mirri Maz Duur, meanwhile, thinks that Dany, a child, has gone mad. However, Dany declares herself a woman and reminds Mirri Maz Duur that only death can pay for life. She has the maegi bound in the pyre, as well as the three dragon eggs. She then waits for the first star of the night to appear, which according to tradition will shine for the deceased Khal. She spots a comet in the sky and takes it as a good omen. The fire is lit, and Dany walks into it. Three cracks are heard. When the fires die down, Dany remains, naked, as do three dragons. Rakharo, Aggo, and Jhago declare their devotion, as do the other witnesses. For the first time in centuries, "the night came alive with the music of dragons."