Chapter 65 Summary
Arya feels empty, and it is not just from hunger. Her brother is dead—murdered by the Freys. At night, she feels better when she dreams that she is a wolf. During the day, she and Clegane ride. The Hound is armed with only the axe with which he knocked out Arya while at the Twins. They find a soldier, dying of a mace wound. He asks for wine and the gift of mercy, and though Clegane has no wine he does offer the soldier water before mercifully stabbing him in the heart with a dagger. He eventually tells her that they are headed to the Vale in the hopes of ransoming Arya to her aunt, Lysa Arryn. Arya would prefer to return to the Twins to search for her mother until she has a dream in which she, a wolf, hauls Lady Catelyn's corpse out of a river. They reach the foothills and stop at a village where the Hound works all day in exchange for food and ale. There is word that the hill clans are more dangerous now that they have returned from King's Landing with steel weapons. The attacks, as well as the increased snowfall in the mountains, convince Clegane that they cannot carry on. He considers spending the winter in the village, but the villagers ask them to leave, explaining that although Clegane might once have been a good swordsman, everyone now knows that he fled the Battle of Blackwater. They leave, and Arya suggests that they go to the Wall. Clegane, however, suggests that they find his brother, Ser Gregor.