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A Clash of Kings Chapter 51

By George R.R. Martin

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Chapter 51

Theon IV

  • Theon wakes up to a disturbing sound. More specifically, what disturbs him is the lack of the wolves howling through the night. It's freaky because it's completely not freaky…?
  • He sends his men to check on Bran and Rickon. When Black Lorren returns, he says Theon should see what's at the Hunter's Gate.
  • They find two guards killed, likely by the direwolves and a lady accomplice.
  • They round up the Winterfell denizens and see that six are missing: Bran, Rickon, Meera, Jojen, Hodor, and Osha.
  • Theon orders a hunt.
  • During the hunt, Luwin asks Theon to be merciful when he finds his quarry.
  • They follow Summer and Shaggydog's trail, but the party eventually loses the scent.
  • When the hunt seems lost, Reek comes to Theon and suggests they try the old mill—he shows him a wolf's-head brooch, and Theon takes his meaning.
  • Luwin wonders if Theon will remember his promise of mercy; Theon says mercy was for this morning.

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