A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) Chapter 77 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 77 Summary

Tyrion is in the dungeon, waiting for someone to come and kill him. He hears footsteps, but is surprised when it is Jaime that has come to see him. Jaime has not only come to visit Tyrion; he has convinced Varys to take Tyrion out of the city. Jaime explains that he owes Tyrion a debt: when Tyrion married a low born girl, Tysha, he later told Tyrion that the girl was a whore. After, Tywin had his garrison rape her, after which Tyrion did so as well, and they all paid her one coin a piece to teach both her and Tyrion a lesson. Jaime tells Tyrion that they all lied: the girl was not a whore and did marry Tyrion for love. Tyrion, furious, tells Jaime that he killed Joffrey and that Cersei has slept with Lancel and Kettleblack and who knows how many others. Tyrion leaves Jaime, finds Varys, and they journey together beneath Red Keep. When Tyrion realizes that he is beneath the Tower of the Hand, he tells Varys to wait and claims a ladder through the tower's walls. He enters the solar through the fireplace and finds Shae, naked but for the chain of the Hand of the King around her neck, and strangles her with it. He then arms himself with a crossbow and finds his father, Tywin, who is using the privy. Tyrion confronts his father about Tysha, and when Tywin tells Tyrion that Tysha went "wherever whores go," Tyrion kills him.