Merrett is worried that it is already snowing in the Riverlands. The people have lost their last two harvests to war, weather, and flooding, and now an early winter threatens to take this harvest and bring famine. He wonders what will happen to him as he rides through the woods. After all, outlaws can hide unnaturally. Merrett is sober, though he wishes he was drunk. He wonders why people at the Twins blame him for his drinking when, clearly, everything he has ever had has been taken from him. Even his children are worthless. He hopes that things will be better if he manages to bring Petyr Pimple back to the Twins from the outlaws that are holding him for ransom. Merrett considers the succession at the Twins. Lord Frey is 92, and his son, Ser Stevron, a man that understood the importance of family, is dead. Stevron's son, Ser Ryman, is greedy, and Ryman's sons, Edwyn and Black Walder, are worse still. When Merrett finds the outlaws, he also discovers that they have hanged Petyr. They take the gold Merrett has brought and put a noose around his neck. They ask whether Merrett has seen the Hound, who might be traveling with a girl, but Merrett has not. They point out that the Freys murdered the Starks and Merrett accuses them of having no witness. A woman comes forward—Catelyn Stark, her throat slit—and when she nods that Merrett was there, the outlaws hang him.