Tower of the Hand

Book 3, Chapter 62.
Dontos takes Sansa out of the Red Keep and delivers her to Lord Petyr at sea.
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As the bell begins to toll announcing Joffrey's death, Sansa, in the godswood, feels elation. She had fled the throne room before he died, as had Lady Tanda. Sansa takes out the clothes she has hidden and dresses for her flight. As she takes off her hairnet, she notices that one of the gems is missing. When Dontos arrives, she accuses him of using the stone to poison Joffrey, but he denies it and also tells her that Tyrion has been arrested. Dontos, drunk, leads her out of the godswood. He is wearing his surcoat, wanting to be a knight at least for the rescue. He leads her down a long dark gallery and out of the castle to a cliff side. There is a hidden ladder carved into the cliff. Sansa balks at first, but Dontos tells her it is the only way. At the bottom, a man named Oswell is waiting with a skiff. He rows them into the bay.

Near dawn, they approach a trading galley. Oswell helps Sansa up on deck, and Lothor Brune wraps his cloak around her. It is Lord Petyr who has rescued her. Dontos asks for his reward, ten thousand dragons, and three crossbowmen kill him at Petyr's command. Sansa is horrified, and Petyr says he was her benefactor all along. He could not approach Sansa openly, but after Sansa saved Dontos he made the perfect go-between. It was Petyr who sent her the note telling her to come to the godswood if she wants to go home. As he takes her to her cabin, Petyr also reveals that the jousting dwarves were provided by him. Sansa asks why he killed Joffrey, and he states that he had no motive and that sometimes it is good to make moves that seem to have no reason in order to confuse one's enemies.1 Petyr tells her that he loved Catelyn, but could not marry her. He also claims he took her maidenhead.2 He tells Sansa she is safe and going home.


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  1. Oswell Kettleblack - He is tall and gangling with long white hair and a great hooked nose.


Warning: Footnotes may contain spoilers from later chapters or books.
  • 1 - The issue of why Petyr killed Joffrey is not simple. It may be as he said, or he may not have been the target. If the poison was in the wine cup, then Joffrey was certainly the target, but it may have been in the pie, indicating Tyrion was the intended victim.
  • 2 - This footnote contains details from a later chapter (ASOS 81). Click to show.


1.  Prologue 29.  Sansa III 57.  Bran IV
2.  Jaime I 30.  Arya V 58.  Daenerys V
3.  Catelyn I 31.  Jon IV 59.  Tyrion VII
4.  Arya I 32.  Jaime IV 60.  Sansa IV
5.  Tyrion I 33.  Tyrion IV 61.  Tyrion VIII
6.  Davos I 34.  Samwell II 62.  Sansa V
7.  Sansa I 35.  Arya VI 63.  Jaime VII
8.  Jon I 36.  Catelyn IV 64.  Davos VI
9.  Daenerys I 37.  Davos IV 65.  Jon VIII
10.  Bran I 38.  Jaime V 66.  Arya XII
11.  Davos II 39.  Tyrion V 67.  Tyrion IX
12.  Jaime II 40.  Arya VII 68.  Jaime VIII
13.  Tyrion II 41.  Bran III 69.  Sansa VI
14.  Arya II 42.  Jon V 70.  Jon IX
15.  Catelyn II 43.  Daenerys IV 71.  Tyrion X
16.  Jon II 44.  Arya VIII 72.  Daenerys VI
17.  Sansa II 45.  Jaime VI 73.  Jaime IX
18.  Arya III 46.  Catelyn V 74.  Jon X
19.  Samwell I 47.  Samwell III 75.  Arya XIII
20.  Tyrion III 48.  Arya IX 76.  Samwell IV
21.  Catelyn III 49.  Jon VI 77.  Jon XI
22.  Jaime III 50.  Catelyn VI 78.  Tyrion XI
23.  Arya IV 51.  Arya X 79.  Samwell V
24.  Daenerys II 52.  Catelyn VII 80.  Jon XII
25.  Bran II 53.  Arya XI 81.  Sansa VII
26.  Davos III 54.  Tyrion VI 82.  Epilogue
27.  Jon III 55.  Davos V
28.  Daenerys III 56.  Jon VII