Tower of the Hand

Book 2, Chapter 56.
Catelyn goes to the dungeons to speak with Jaime.
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Catelyn and Brienne eat alone in the Great Hall, while outside, the castle celebrates Edmure's victory and Robb's recent capture of the Crag. She has learned that Bran and Rickon are dead.1 Maester Vyman received the word from Ser Rodrik, who is marching to retake Winterfell. Catelyn tells Brienne what happened. She is torn by grief and despair. She talks of her daughters and how she wants to kill Theon and all the Lannisters. Catelyn has sent wine to Jaime and bids Brienne to come with her to the dungeons at midnight. She goes to see Hoster, but he is asleep. She tells Maester Vyman to go join in the celebration and then sits with her father for hours, until Brienne comes to tell her it is midnight. They go to the dungeons, where she leaves Brienne to see that she is not disturbed, and she enters Jaime's cell.

Jaime has not touched the wine. He has not been allowed to shave since his capture, and he has a thick yellow beard and long dirty hair. He is arrogant at first, but just as Catelyn is about to leave, he says he will cooperate. He agrees to tell her what she wants to know in exchange for information on what is happening in Westeros. Jaime admits to fathering Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen and to flinging Bran from a window. Catelyn asks him about the assassination attempt on Bran, and he says the Lannisters are innocent. Catelyn tells him of the dagger and how Tyrion won it from Petyr, but Jaime says that Tyrion never bets against him. He did remember the dagger changing hands though, because Robert showed it to him afterwards as he mocked Jaime.2 He talks of Aerys and Brandon Stark. Brandon was on his way to Riverrun to marry Catelyn when he heard that Lyanna had been taken by Rhaegar. He rode into the Red Keep with Ethan Glover, Jeffory Mallister, Kyle Royce, and Elbert Arryn shouting for Rhaegar to come out and die. Rhaegar was not there, and Aerys had them all arrested for treason. Their fathers were summoned to answer the charges and then executed along with the sons, save for Ethan. Lord Rickard demanded trial by combat, and Aerys granted his request, declaring fire to be the champion of House Targaryen and having Rickard cooked in his armor. Brandon was bound, around his throat a cord attached to a Tyroshi device, and made to watch with his longsword just out of reach. He strangled himself trying to free him. Jaime notes the irony that he is loved by one for a kindness he never did and reviled by so many for his finest act.3 Now well and truly drunk, he begins insulting Catelyn and Eddard. Catelyn calls Brienne and asks for her sword.


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Warning: Footnotes may contain spoilers from later chapters or books.


1.  Prologue 25.  Theon II 49.  Daenerys IV
2.  Arya I 26.  Tyrion VI 50.  Tyrion XI
3.  Sansa I 27.  Arya VI 51.  Theon IV
4.  Tyrion I 28.  Daenerys II 52.  Jon VI
5.  Bran I 29.  Bran IV 53.  Sansa IV
6.  Arya II 30.  Tyrion VII 54.  Jon VII
7.  Jon I 31.  Arya VII 55.  Tyrion XII
8.  Catelyn I 32.  Catelyn III 56.  Catelyn VII
9.  Tyrion II 33.  Sansa III 57.  Theon V
10.  Arya III 34.  Catelyn IV 58.  Sansa V
11.  Davos I 35.  Jon IV 59.  Davos III
12.  Theon I 36.  Bran V 60.  Tyrion XIII
13.  Daenerys I 37.  Tyrion VIII 61.  Sansa VI
14.  Jon II 38.  Theon III 62.  Tyrion XIV
15.  Arya IV 39.  Arya VIII 63.  Sansa VII
16.  Tyrion III 40.  Catelyn V 64.  Daenerys V
17.  Bran II 41.  Daenerys III 65.  Arya X
18.  Tyrion IV 42.  Tyrion IX 66.  Sansa VIII
19.  Sansa II 43.  Davos II 67.  Theon VI
20.  Arya V 44.  Jon V 68.  Tyrion XV
21.  Tyrion V 45.  Tyrion X 69.  Jon VIII
22.  Bran III 46.  Catelyn VI 70.  Bran VII
23.  Catelyn II 47.  Bran VI
24.  Jon III 48.  Arya IX