Chapter 66 Summary
Tyrion has been imprisoned and now awaits his trial. His uncle, Ser Kevan Lannister, informs him that the trial will be held in three days and that Cersei is gathering witnesses. Tyrion hopes to call on witnesses as well but cannot think of any. Sansa has fled King's Landing, and besides, she might have been the poisoner. Tyrion calls upon his squire, Podrick Payne, and commands him to find Bronn. When Bronn does show up, he explains that he will marry Lollys Stokeworth and he hopes to inherit to the Stokeworth castle and lands. He refuses to defend Tyrion in a trial by combat since Cersei has named Ser Gregor Clegane her champion. When the trial does begin, it goes badly for Tyrion, who is forced to sit silently as the lords and knights of the realm disclose the many times Tyrion threatened Joffrey. Pycelle explains how Tyrion stole poisons. Varys, meanwhile, explains that he heard Tyrion plotting to supplant Joffrey with Prince Tommen. Ser Kevan advises Tyrion to confess to the crime; if he does, Lord Tywin will allow him to join the Night's Watch. Tyrion has no other option until Oberyn Martell visits him. The Red Viper explains that it is good that Cersei accused Tyrion since they would otherwise have blamed him. Under Dornish law, women can inherit, and Princess Myrcella is in Dorne. Besides, Oberyn came to King's Landing to avenge his sister's death. Everyone knows that it was Lannister men that killed her and her children. Oberyn offers to champion Tyrion.