A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) Chapter 67 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 67 Summary

Jaime sits in White Sword Tower, the home of the Kingsguard, waiting for his brothers. He looks through the White Book, which provides a history of the members of the Kingsguard and is disappointed by the brief entries made about him. Ser Arys Oakheart is in Dorne with Princess Myrcella, but the others come into the room, announcing that King Tommen is being protected by the Kettleblacks and Ser Garlan Tyrell. Jaime confronts them over Joffrey's death, and notes that only Ser Balon Swann seems ashamed to have failed in his duty. Jaime next confronts the men individually. First is Ser Boros Blount, whom Cersei dismissed and whom Lord Tywin reinstated. Jaime announces that Ser Boros will serve as the king's food taster from now on. Jaime turns to Ser Osmund Kettleblack and discovers that Kettleblack is little more than a sellsword. He turns next to Ser Meryn and chastises him for abusing Sansa Stark at Joffrey's command. He commends Ser Balon for his bravery but inquires about his brother, Donnel, who has sworn his allegiance to Renly, Stannis, Joffrey, and now Tommen, and asks if he could fight his brother in battle since Jaime failed that test when he murdered King Aerys rather than fighting Lord Tywin. Alone with Ser Loras, Jaime realizes that the Knight of Flowers is every bit as arrogant as he was when he first joined the Kingsguard. Ser Loras cares little for Jaime's opinion, so Jaime asks who pretended to be Renly's ghost during the Battle of Blackwater. Loras admits that it was his brother, Ser Garlan. Jaime suggests that Ser Loras listen to Brienne's story about Renly's death before condemning her, and Ser Loras agrees. Alone, Jaime wonders over how angry Loras is about Renly's murder when Jaime himself feels almost nothing over Joffrey's death.