Study Guide

A Clash of Kings Chapter 16

By George R.R. Martin

Chapter 16

Tyrion III

  • Cersei is upset with Stannis's letter, mainly the whole incest accusation part.
  • The small council agrees to spread a rumor of its own because all you need to know about Seven Kingdoms politics you already learned on the playground.
  • Petyr Baelish creates a story that Stannis's daughter is a child born of an affair between his wife and his court jester.
  • After the council meeting, Tyrion meets with the blacksmiths of King's Landing and commands them to halt what they are doing and begin crafting him a giant iron chain.
  • He then heads to a brothel where he uses a secret door. Inside, a disguised Varys leads him to a stable.
  • Tyrion rides off to meet Shae at the manse. He confides that sometimes he feels Varys is his best friend and others his greatest enemy; Varys says he feels the same.