The Elliot Rodger of Westeros
Book I am reading: A Storm of Swords
Chapters: Prologue, Jaime I, Catelyn I
Booze in my flagon: malbec
I was sick last weekend so didn’t feel up to blogging. But now I will finally get to start recapping ASOS. I’m already wondering how the hell I’m going to cover the RW…
Our latest soon to be dead narrator is Chett. He’s the worst. You might remember as the zit covered Night’s Watch man who used to be Aemon’s steward before Jon got them to give Sam the job. He really resents them now.
Chett’s new job is taking care of the dogs. It’s really cold up near the fist lately and the dogs are uneasy. They refuse to hunt. Chett’s friend Lark the Sisterman is with him as is a big guy named Small Paul who seems to be developmentally disabled. It is revealed that they plan to kill Lord Commander Mormont and run away somewhere south. Chett doesn’t want to be killed by wildlings who are according to Thoren Smallwood’s rangings on the move and coming towards them. He means to live. I think we all know that means he’s about to die. But how?
We learn a little about Chett’s backstory now. His father caught and sold leeches in Hag’s Mire which is part of Walder Frey’s domain. He stabbed a girl for turning him down for sex and got sent to the Wall for his crime. See? I told you he was the worst. He doesn’t even think he did anything wrong. Now he plans to go kill Craster and take over his creep. Such delusion. He’s basically the Elliot Rodger of Westeros.
Finally Chett and his friends return back to the Fist. They encounter a bunch of men doing archery practice. Including Sam. Chett goes into a rage at the sight of him. He really, really hates having had his job stolen.
The temperatures are falling even more. The creepy feeling from the prologue of AGOT is starting to set in. As the night falls, Dywen is commenting on how the forest is too quiet. No frogs, owls or wolves to be seen or heard.
All of a sudden, Mormont calls for an assembly of all the NW brothers. Mormont has been convinced by Smallwood to march on the wildlings. The wildlings outnumber them but are ill trained and armed so Mormont seems to think a sneak attack will work. Of course, what they don’t know is that Orell lives on his eagle and is spying all the time. The whole group shouts out their vows together. As their voices die down it gets creepy again. The wind whistles and Mormont’s raven says “die.”
Later that night as Chett is waiting for the time to attack Mormont, Same and the rest to come it starts snowing. The snow will ruin the plan but Chett just thinks fuck it, might as well murder Sam anyway. Then even that plan is foiled as the sound of the horn rings out. At first he thinks maybe Halfhand and Jon are back. A single blast means brothers returning. But then a second blast comes. Two blasts means wildlings.
Then comes a third and final blast. The ravens start going nuts. Three blasts haven’t sounded in thousands of years. Three blasts mean the Others are there. Chett pisses himself and on that note the chapter ends and we don’t get to find out what happens for a good long while.
Jaime is pretty damn happy to be out of the dungeon. In fact, “an east wind blew through his tangled hair, as soft and fragrant as Cersei’s finger.” Ewwww. Brienne is in a much more serious mood though. Jaime is about as much of a jerk as you expected him to be before he became a POV character and he keeps thinking about how big and ugly Brienne is. He even compares her to a cow. Sigh.
He barely remembers his escape from Riverrun. He was super drunk and Brienne, Catelyn and Cleos Frey had to do all the work. He eventually passed out. The deal is, Jaime has to find Arya and Sansa and bring them back safely to Catelyn and he also had to swear not to take up arms against the Starks/Tullys anymore.
Jaime is asking to have his chains off but Brienne is not having it. He calls her wench which she doesn’t like. They banter for awhile and Cleos tries and fails to get Jaime to be nice. Cleos is the son of Genna Frey nee Lannister who as we’ll see later is awesome and Emmon Frey who is a big loser. He’s very weak willed and afraid of Tywin. That’s why Cleos, despite being a Frey is team Lannister.
Now Jaime is remembering that wacky time he defenestrated Bran. He kind of regrets it. Not because of empathy or anything. Because it’s caused him a lot of trouble. Even Cersei wasn’t pleased about it. This is why Jaime doesn’t think that Cersei could have been the one to send that catspaw after him. He also thinks she would have sent Jaime if he wanted the boy dead. So who did send him? Maybe we’ll find out later.
Jaime has Cleos shave off his hair in hopes that he won’t be recognized. I’m glad they didn’t do that in the show because bald, bearded Jaime would have looked a bit Walter White for my taste. He also has a bunch of louses that have to be picked out. Ew. Jaime sees his reflection and thinks Cersei will hate the fact that he doesn’t look as much like her now that he’s bald and looks a gaunt mess. That. Is. So. Fucked up.
They are sailing down the river and the countryside is all deserted and sad. Usually the Trident is bustling. One of my favorite things about ASOIAF is that GRRM makes sure to include the toll that war takes on the common people. That’s usually glossed over in fantasy. Or any other fiction in which there is a war.
Eventually they spot a fire. They see a ruined building and a slew of female corpses hanging from a tree. Jaime wants to move on but Brienne insists that they should get a proper burial. A sign hung around one woman’s neck that said “they lay with lions.” Lesson learned. The Stark side isn’t 100% pure either. At this point Cleos tells them that Bolton has Harrenhal. That makes their trip even more dangerous.
The grave digging work is cut short when Brienne spots a sail in the distance. It’s Tully colored. Apparently it didn’t take long for the Tully men to discover Cat’s misbehavior. The boat eventually gets close enough for Robin Ryger, the Tully captain at arms and Jaime to exchange taunts. It seems like they’re pretty screwed but Brienne eventually manages to leave the boat, climb up a nearbye cliff and throw huge boulders down at Ryger’s ship. This slowed them down and Brienne and Jaime manage to escape.
Cat is in some trouble. The castellan, Desmond Grell and Hoster’s steward Utherydes Wayn feel bad for her because of the (supposed) deaths of Bran and Rickon but they really have no choice but to punish her. They let her off easy and confine her in Hoster’s chambers even though she offers to take Jaime’s fetters.
At this point, Hoster is dying and delirious and doesn’t know who anyone even is. He keeps calling her “Tansy” Catelyn doesn’t know who that is. He keeps saying “forgive me” as well. He also speaks of dead babies.
Later, a raven arrives. Catelyn learns that Robb was injured storming the Crag, one of the Lannister’s holdings. He should be OK but is temporarily laid up. Hoster is at his ramblings again and she wonders if Tansy is some pet name for Lysa. Lysa had several miscarriages which devastated her.
The next day, Edmure comes home. And he is pissed. He sent a raven to Harrenhal offering money for Jaime’s recapture. Uh oh.
Deaths in this recap: 0 We all know a whole bunch of NW men are about to die though
Cumulative deaths: 85.
Maybe deaths in this recap: 0
Cumulative maybe deaths: 8
Betrayals in this recap: 0
Cumulative betrayals: 19
Incest incidents: 0
Cumulative incests: 25