A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) Chapter 33 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 33 Summary

Sam feeds the dying Bannen broth as the latter complains of cold. They are in Craster's keep, and in the loft above a woman screams as she births a boy. Sam knows that Craster feeds his sons to the Others. Outside, the men of the Night's Watch make fun of Sam, calling him Slayer. Grenn, however, tells Sam that he earned the name when he killed the wight. The stash of obsidian blades that Jon found remains at the Fist of the First Men, but the few daggers, spearheads, and arrows that Jon made as gifts for Sam and the others have been passed amongst the watchmen. The surviving brothers are distraught at their losses and bitter about Craster's meager offerings. Although Craster explains that he has to prepare for the winter and that he is a godly man, the brothers believe he has a secret larder. Craster eventually tells Mormont that the Night's Watch must leave. That night, he offers the brothers of the Night's Watch just two loaves of bread and horse meat to see them off. The men insult Craster, and when he commands them to leave his hall, they insult him again. Craster, axe in hand, attacks them and is killed. Mormont cries out that none are so cursed as those that violate guest right, but the brothers do not listen. Instead, they attack Mormont. Sam holds the Lord Commander's head in his hands as Mormont commands him to return the Wall with word of all that has happened. The Lord Commander's dying wish is for his son take the black and join the Night's Watch. As the brothers raid the larder in the cellar and rape Craster's younger wives, the older wives come to Sam and ask him to take Gilly and her newborn son away before Craster's sons, wights now, come for them.