A Game of Thrones – Chapter Sixteen: Eddard

Reminders:

  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.

…I would not be surprised to see Arya killed now, but I really hope she won’t be. She’s awesome. And Joffrey was out of line anyway, not that anyone who’s in charge will see it that way.

*kind of sort of roots for Joffrey’s death*

Poor Arya… I am glad Ned is there for her… but I hope that Robert will be fair. Not that I think that hope will be realised, for Cersei and Joffrey will no doubt raise a stink.

Good. He hears both sides of the story… and… oh, Sansa, you… there is no word good enough for Sansa. She told Ned already what happened, but now it seems she’s more concerned about not losing Joffrey as her husband, so she hides behind not knowing. No wonder Arya beats her up. I would too!

“Seven hells,” Robert swore . “Cersei, look at her. She’s a child. What would you have me do, whip her through the streets? Damn it, children fight. It’s over. No lasting harm was done.”
The queen was furious. “Joff will carry those scars for the rest of his life.”
Robert Baratheon looked at his eldest son. “So he will. Perhaps they will teach him a lesson. Ned, see that your daughter is disciplined. I will do the same with my son.”1

Robert is rather tired of Cersei, I infer.

…and Cersei is malicious. *growls at her* Can’t leave it be, can she? I’d like to tell Robert what she’s doing. …hmm. *gets fic idea*

So Lady will be killed, to satisfy the whims of Cersei. I’d like to kill Cersei. Grah.

…I’m a little shocked that a direwolf has been killed so early in the series. *muttergrumbles at Cersei*

It’s not surprising in the least that Mycah is dead. I dislike the Hound.

1. Martin, George R. R. (2010-12-23). A Game of Thrones, page 150. HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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4 Responses to “A Game of Thrones – Chapter Sixteen: Eddard”

  1. Anna says:

    Mmm, ASOIAF-parenting!

    Killing Arya would have been a step way too far, even for Cersei and Joffrey – and as you’ve noticed, they are the driving force behind the severe punishment.

    And yeah, this is one of Sansa’s worst moments. She’s petty and selfish and cruel here, in the way only naive children know how to be. One could argue that she knows the importance of staying in Joffrey’s good graces – him being the heir to the throne and all – and I think that’s part of it, but a large part of it is also her rose-coloured daydream perception of getting to marry a real prince and being the future queen. She’s gonna hold on to that with both hands.

    You’ll notice that Robert doesn’t seem overly fond of Joffrey – and while Joffrey certainly gets the brunt of it, Robert isn’t exactly close with his younger children either. He’s in every practical term an absentee father – and doesn’t seem too heartbroken about it either. Ned, on the other hand, does his very best to be a good father to all of his children, spending time with each of them and getting to know them as well as he can, protecting them from harm but also teaching them lessons about responsibility and being accountable for one’s actions, etc., etc.

    It’s interesting to see the difference in parenting-styles – a difference that is apparent between Cat and Cersei, too. While both of them have close relationships with their children, they are two VERY different mothers. This makes a difference not only in their own actions, but in how their children turn out. Yay for complex inter-personal relationships!

    This, I think, is the chapter that kind of really brings home to Ned how much Robert differs from Ned’s memories of him. Ned remembers him as brave and heroic and a brilliant brother in arms – and this is the first chapter when he actually has to confront the idea that maybe he isn’t, any more. The Robert he remembers would have let children be children – he wouldn’t have caved to Cersei’s petty demands.

    And he certainly would not have killed the wrong direwolf, if it came to that, just to make a point.

    The killing of Lady is actually pretty significant, at least in my opinion. As the story goes on, the lives of the Stark children and the lives of their direwolves become very intertwined, not only in the sense of them being constant companions, but also thematically. It started with Jon getting the odd-one-out albino direwolf – marking him as different from the other Stark children from the get-go – and it continues throughout. Rickon’s personality matches Shaggydogs (or the reverse), Nymeria is similar in behaviour to Arya, etc.

    … and now Lady is dead, and Sansa is the only Stark child with no direwolf.

    This matters.

    (yay interpreting the thematical reasoning behind plot-points!)

    And I’m gonna finish up by saying the Hound is one of my favourite characters to read about. And no, this is not because I believe anything he does is right – in fact, he’s a through-and-through bastard. I just love reading about broken people, and he is *so* broken, and he has a sense of self-awareness of the fact that becomes more obvious later on, and I find that kind of beautiful to read about – a terrible man who knows he is terrible, but also knows there isn’t much he can do to change that, so he doesn’t bother trying.

    At least he’s honest about it, unlike some other characters in this story.

    • Dianna says:

      …I suppose I can respect someone who is a bastard and admits it. Still won’t like the Hound, though.

      I feel bad for Ned, but I will hope that realising that Robert is not the man he knew will lead to good things, but I doubt it.

      …now you make me wonder if the fates of the direwolves match to the fates of the Stark children.

      • Anna says:

        Liking/not liking the Hound is highly individual – when I say “I like this character”, I usually mean “I like reading about this character”. And I tend to like reading about characters who are broken/bastards/objectively bad people who are still complex in their motivations and personality/in tough moral situations/have to make really terrible choices, etc. That’s a very personal preference.

        >now you make me wonder if the fates of the direwolves match to the fates of the Stark children.

        Ahah. Ahahahahahahahahaha.

        Hah.

  2. Siri Paulson says:

    This sequence of events was when I decided I hated Sansa…an impression that did fade eventually, but took a LONG time to do so.

    Also strongly disliking at this point: Joffrey, Cersei, and the Hound. We get more insight into the Hound later, and I eventually came around to “liking reading about” him, as Anna puts it.

    Hm, not much else to say on this one either. Which is probably why I didn’t comment in the first place. *shrugs*

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