Book I am reading: A Clash of Kings
Chapters: Theon IV, Jon VI, Sansa IV
Booze in my flagon: Pinot grigio because when it’s 82 degrees and humid at 10:30 PM and you don’t have an air conditioner; red wine is not the way to go.
Some noise or instinct has awaken
Douchelord Prince Theon in the night. Kyra, one of the barmaids in Winter’s Town is asleep beside him because they totally did it earlier. Of course, Theon seems more turned on by the fact that he had sex with a commoner in Ned’s bed than he is by Kyra. Because he’s the worst.
Slowly it dawns on Theon that it’s the quite that has woken him up. The direwolves had been constantly howling since he took Winterfell. Now that noise is gone. He has someone named Urzen go check on the wolves and his main servant Wex check on Bran and Rickon.
Of course the wolves and boys have escaped. Good for them! Theon is pissed. Not just because his hostages are missing. He’s upset because he thinks he’s treated the people of Winterfell so well and it’s just so unfair of them to be upset about the takeover. Jesus H Christ Theon. I know you come from a long line of assholes and don’t know how to think like a normal person, but still, shut up!
It is discovered that the escape happened out of the hunter’s gate. The two guards, Squint and Drennan have been brutally slain. Drennan is a rapist so, I’ve got to admit I’m glad to see that. Clearly, the boys didn’t get out of Winterfell alone. They were killed before they even had time to alert the other guards. Later it is revealed that the Reeds, Osha and Hodor are missing too. No horses are missing so Theon is confident that Bran and co. will soon be found.
Theon takes his butthurt out on the Winterfell smallfolk. He whines some more about how good he had been to them. What is wrong with this moron? Reek, Ramsay Snow’s captured servant wants Theon to retaliate for this grave injustice by flaying everyone. I guess he was influenced by his servitude to House Bolton. They used to flay their enemies until the Starks put an end to it about a thousand years ago. Luckily Theon is able to find some shred of decency and vetoes the plan.
Dawn approaches so Theon forms a hunting party and makes Maester Luwin and Farlen the kennelmaster join it. One of the mini Walder Freys wants to go too. They follow the trail through the forest for a long time. Maester Luwin takes the opportunity to try and convince Theon to show mercy when they are inevitably captured. Theon starts thinking about how much easier it would be to hold Winterfell if he could’ve married one of the Stark girls, particularly Sansa because she is pretty. Ew. Poor Sansa attracts every creeper in Westeros.
Finally, the party comes upon a river. In the muddy banks are paw prints from Summer and Shaggy. But there are no human footprints. They’ve only been following the wolves for who knows how long. Haha! Still, Theon thinks the humans must be somewhat near. The party splits up. No luck. Neither wolves or Stark boys are found.
When dusk falls it is time to give up. But, wait no, Reek wants to save the day. He has a feeling the boys are at a nearby mill. Theon thinks that Reek’s lips look like two worms fucking which is just hilarious. Reek has a wolf’s head pin in a sack and in my semi drunk state I’m not sure why that means that Bran and Rickon are hiding at the mill. But Theon is certain of it and he goes to get them. Uh oh.
Qhorin, Jon and the rest of their party are in the frostfangs. They can see up in the Skirling pass that some wildings are there because they have lit a fire. Qhorin decides two men must climb the mountain in the dark to sneak up on the wildlings and kill them before they can sound a horn to warn any other wildling parties. An excellent climber named Stonesnake and Jon both volunteer.
The climb is cold and scary. It doesn’t translate well in recap form but trust me, it was very tense! Finally, they get just above where the wildlings are camped. There are three of them. One of the wildlings is sleeping so Stonesnake and Jon divide the two remaining ones between them. They each kill their wildling. Aww, Jon has his first kill. He’s a real man now!
Then, the sleeping wildling starts fighting Jon. Jon gets the better of the wildling and is about to slice his throat when he realizes that he is … wait for it… a she! Stonesnake wants Jon to kill her but he can’t do it.
He decides to take this wildling, her name is Ygritte, captive. She repays his mercy by telling him that Snow is an evil name. She wants them to burn the wildling corpses. Stonesnake won’t do it though. He throws their bodies off the cliff instead. Soon they hear shadowcats devouring the bodies. Jon tries to interrogate Ygritte but she won’t tell him anything except a legend about a wildling named Bael the Bard kidnapping the daughter and only child of a Stark and making a baby with her so that all Starks, according to wildling legend are part wildling.
In the morning, Qhorin finds them. He’s pissed off that Jon took a hostage instead of killing all the wildlings as planned. He tells Jon to do what needs to be done with her and leaves them alone. He still can’t kill her and lets her escape. I’m sure that won’t have any consequences whatsoever.
Dontos and Sansa are meeting in the godswood. The air is thick with smoke because Stannis’ men have been burning the kingswood and Tyrion is burning everything outside of the city walls so that things will be too inhospitable for a siege.
Sansa is getting a bit cranky because Dontos is not making good on his promise to help her escape. He tells her that the time still isn’t right. The city is too heavily guarded. Neither Stannis himself or his naval forces have arrived yet. So everyone is waiting and afraid. Before Sansa and Dontos part, he wants a kiss from her. She kisses him but luckily only on the cheek. Ew. Just, ew. Does no one but me get intensely creeped out reading Sansa chapters? An adult man acts inappropriately towards her in pretty much every one. I’m glad I don’t have a teenage daughter. I don’t think I can handle it considering how overprotective and anxious I am of a fictional teenaged girl.
When Sansa is crossing the bridge across the moat to get back to Maegor’s Holdfast she is accosted by the Hound. Oh great, more creepers. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME GRRM!? Seriously. Why all the molesters? Things like this must be in her mind at all times
Anyways, Sansa is too nice and tries to convince the Hound that she doesn’t find him scary, but he sees through it and feels the tell her so while gripping onto her. Sigh. She still tries to thank him for being brave and saving her during the riot. He just scoffs and tells her that it’s no big deal because he likes to kill people and her father probably did too. Oh, Sandor. He tells her that knights are only there to kill and that she should go away because he’s sick of looking at her.
Sansa flees and goes to bed. She has a PTSD dream about the riot. In the dream she’s being beaten bloody by a bunch of people and then stabbed in the belly. When she wakes up, she finds she’s gotten her first period. Are you there God? It’s me, Sansa.
This part is just ridiculous to me. In the span of a few hours she bleeds so much that her nightgown, bedclothes and mattress are all completely soiled. Are you kidding me GRRM? I’m here to tell all you male readers, we don’t actually bleed that much. The average amount of blood lost during menstruation is 1/8th of a cup (IIRC). That’s during the entire period. Not per hour or anything.
Anyway, Sansa freaks out. That is understandable because now she is eligible to marry Joffrey and nobody wants that. She tries to burn all the evidence. Not a great idea. The fire draws a maid who summons others to stop her from burning everything. Of course, she’s all blood covered as they pull her away from the fire. Geez! How much do men think we bleed? A period would send us to the hospital for blood transfusions if it was as bad as men think it is.
Of course, this means that Cersei finds out about the flowering. Sansa is forced to go eat breakfast with her. Cersei, ever kind and gentle just can’t wait to tell her that giving birth is even worse. She also informs her that although she will likely love Joffrey’s brat kids, love is a poison that will kill you.
As Tobias Funke says, now that’s an act break!
Deaths in this recap: 2. Squint and Drennan. Didn’t know you, don’t care.
Cumulative deaths: 61
Maybe deaths in this recap: 0
Cumulative maybe deaths: 2
Betrayals in this recap: 0
Cumulative betrayals: 15
Incest incidents: 0
Cumulative incests: 25