Study Guide

A Game of Thrones Chapter 66

By George R. R. Martin

Chapter 66

Arya 5

  • At King's Landing, Arya has been living on the streets, surviving by catching pigeons (which is what her "dancing lessons" have trained her for).
  • Then, one day, the bells at the main sept (church) ring, calling everyone to hear Eddard confess.
  • Eddard confesses, but Joffrey orders that Ser Ilyn Payne chop off his head anyway. (Man, we may never learn what promise he made to Lyanna, which makes Eddard's death even harder to bear.)
  • To add insult to injury, Payne is using Stark's own sword, the one Eddard used to execute an oathbreaker when we first met him (in 2 Bran 1).
  • Arya tries to get to them (probably to say some mean things), but Yoren of the Night's Watch grabs her and escapes from the crowd with her.

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