Study Guide

A Clash of Kings Chapter 63

By George R.R. Martin

Chapter 63

Sansa VII

  • Ser Lancel informs Cersei the battle is likely lost and her brother dead, so Cersei orders the drawbridge raised and Joffrey brought to safety.
  • Lancel protests that the absence of the King will be devastating to morale, but Cersei just strikes his wounded side.
  • Sansa comforts those gathered by reminding them they are in the safest place in the city. Ser Dontos whispers in her ear that she should lock herself in her room.
  • She does so and finds the Hound waiting for her. He tells her he is leaving, going somewhere away from the fires.
  • He promises he'll keep her safe if she comes with him, but when she can't look at his face, he settles for that song she promised she'd sing.
  • He leaves her.
  • The next morning, Ser Dontos brings word that the battle is over. Stannis has lost.
  • He tells her Lord Tywin Lannister routed Stannis's forces with the Tyrells and Renly leading the vanguard—well, someone in Renly's armor at any rate.