A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) Chapter 70 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 70 Summary

Tyrion must endure one last witness before he will be given the chance to present a defense. He can try to place blame on Sansa, confess and go to the Wall, or he can roll the dice and let the Red Viper try to kill Ser Gregor Clegane. When he arrives in court, the City Watch bring in Shae, who tells the court that Tyrion and Sansa plotted Joffrey's death together. She explains that she was not only Sansa's maid but that Tyrion also made her his whore and that she cried while Tyrion brutalized her. Shae breaks down in tears, explaining that she never even wanted to be a whore. Tyrion stole her from her husband and made her call him her "my giant of Lannister," which draws laughter from the court. Tyrion reflects upon how he saved King's Landing from Stannis's armies. He declares that he will confess to his crime: he was born a dwarf and so has been on trial all his life. He demands trial by combat since the court will not recognize his innocence. Before the court, Oberyn Martell agrees to champion Tyrion against Ser Gregor. Before the combat begins, Oberyn explains that when he and Elia were young, they traveled to King's Landing. His mother had hoped to marry one of them to either Cersei or Jaime. Instead, Tywin refused because he wanted Cersei to marry Prince Rhaegar. Elia ultimately married Rhaegar, and Tywin's men butchered Elia's children at the end of Robert's Rebellion. The Red Viper faces Ser Gregor with a spear whose head is poisoned. He declares that he has come to avenge Elia as he circles Ser Gregor. Gregor, frustrated at his elusive prey, finally confesses that he raped Elia. Oberyn trips Gregor and pole-vaults him with his poisoned spear. However, Gregor catches Oberyn's leg and cracks his skull. Tyrion loses the trial by combat and is taken to the dungeons.