Study Guide

A Clash of Kings Chapter 52

By George R.R. Martin

Chapter 52

Jon VI

  • Jon, Qhorin, and the others see fire on the side of a mountain, signaling sentries.
  • Qhorin sends Jon and Stonesnake to climb the mountain in the dark and to take care of them.
  • After some serious cliffhanger shenanigans—minus the guns and music—Jon and Stonesnake discover three wildlings beside the fire.
  • They quickly kill two of the sentries, and Jon turns to dispatch the third when he discovers it's a woman.
  • Rather than kill her, Jon has her yield and takes her prisoner.
  • Stonesnake signals the other rangers to climb, and Jon questions the wildling, named Ygritte.
  • Ygritte tells the story of Bael the Bard, which suggests that the Starks have wildling blood in them.
  • Qhorin and the rest arrive at dawn. Halfhand orders Jon to kill Ygritte and has the men leave him to the task.
  • Ever the chivalrous type, Jon lets her escape.

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