A Game of Thrones – Chapter Fourteen: Catelyn


  1. Page numbers based off Kindle edition.
  2. No spoiling me; I will edit/delete any.
  3. I don’t avoid spoilers.
  4. My citation format is not necessarily accurate, but it works for me.

I appreciate that some people may be turned off by this constant ‘pre-blog’ notification. I choose to respect that some people may not have read these books before, like I hadn’t and so make the effort to not spoil them unless they go to the post page. I figure if you really want to be here, reading, you’ll ignore it.

Back with Catelyn…

I understand she is sick with grief and worry, but to neglect the running of her household seems rather stupid. Life goes on, even if in your room nothing changes.

I like that Robb comes in and takes charge; it is his place, and whilst I kind of don’t like how he upbraids Catelyn, it must be done. At least he’s gentle about it, if firm.

…what is Catelyn’s issue with the direwolves? Maybe I shouldn’t have skipped a month in reading, but I don’t recall that it’s been explained before.

My first instinct is “what’s in the library room that someone wants destroyed?” The last thirteen chapters have changed me. *grin*


And of course the guy is dead by direwolf before we can find out anything.

Sleep and rest was good for Catelyn, and now she has recovered enough to proceed with life. That is good. It is not so good for her opponents, for I assume that this man was paid by Jaime or Cersei to take out the sole witness to their indiscretions? There’s no one else who should want Bran dead from all we know currently. And Catelyn is smart–she may not know who or why, but she has struck on the most plausible explanation for the man’s presence, and has selected a likely person as the instigator.

…I do not see that Catelyn has much choice else, but I have a horrible feeling that her departure from Winterfell will not end in good tidings.


4 Responses to “A Game of Thrones – Chapter Fourteen: Catelyn”

  1. Anna says:

    Things to keep in mind for students of GRRM – and Russian history, while we’re at it – are a.) shit will go down, and b.) things can always get worse. Cheerful thoughts, aren’t they? 😀

    Re: Cat’s inactivity – it’s not just that Bran is broken; it’s that the center of her world (her family) has pretty much been torn out from under her. She’s finding it hard to regain balance – which is understandable. It might be annoying to read about, but it doesn’t last for very long.

    And yeah, I like Robb’s take-charge attitude – it shows that he, young as he is, he knows what is expected of him. In his father’s absence, he is legally in charge. And upbraiding Cat is kinda necessary at this point; he’s got Maester Luwin at his side, but he recognises that he needs his mother as well – his fully functional mother, not this grieving recluse she’s become.

    AFAIK, Cat’s issue with direwolves is that she thinks they are a bad omen – remember, the original direwolf mother was found with the stag’s horn in her throat; it’s what killed her. When Cat heard that, she took it as an omen that the stag (the Baratheons) would kill or harm the wolves (the Starks). The direwolf-pups are living reminders of that omen.

    … Your instict for predicting the motivations behind actions is certainly growing in the right direction. In ASOIAF, always assume conspiracy or ‘orrible murder – or both.

    Your assumptions regarding the murderer being hired by Jaime or Cersei are also headed in the right direction, but you don’t have the full picture yet. I know you said you no longer minded spoilers, but I’m trying to keep from spoiling you too much – discovery is half the fun of reading, after all.

    Cat’s proposed explanation for the events are, at the moment, the most plausible, yes – and they are the only reasonable conclusion she could reach, given what she knows and what has happened.

    And that gut-feeling about Cat’s departure? You should trust it.

    • Dianna says:


      Well, I’m maintaining no spoilers for anyone else who ever finds this blog. But yeah, if I see something ASoIaF related and I wanna read it, screw it, I’m gonna read it.

      Hence my showing you that fan theory.

  2. Siri Paulson says:

    This chapter is a good illustration of how Catelyn’s character is written. Her children are everything to her and she is, um, not always rational when it comes to them, hence the neglecting of her household. But she’s also politically savvy (more than Ned, in fact). I like the way she leads Robb to the conclusions she has already thought of — he’s young and she’s teaching him, in part because Ned isn’t there and in part because Ned isn’t good at this stuff anyway.

    Of course, Robb is also the “man of the house” at the moment, which makes for a tricky dynamic between him and Catelyn. She’s older and wiser, yes, but she’s “only” a woman and his mother to boot. So she has to tread carefully when giving him advice.

    As for the mystery of the guy with the knife…bwahahahaha.

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