This post covers the pre-release/sample/teaser chapters released from the upcoming “The Winds of Winter” Book #6 in the “A Song of Mire and Vice” series by George R. R. R. Martin. This follows up on the chapter write-ups for “A Storm Of Swords” (SPOILERS for TV viewers!) and the instant reactions chapter write-ups for combined megabook “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance With Dragons” (SPOILERS for TV viewers!).
This blog-post contains SPOILERS for TV viewers. If you haven’t read all five books, STOP READING NOW! This is the last warning! This is the last warning! This is the last warning!
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Winds of Winter Chapters so far
I don’t know what the proper reading order for the pre-release/sample chapters is. This is the order I read them.
Chapter Write-ups below. Don’t read below unless you read all the chapters above!
The Griff is making more progress. According to what the Dornish heard, he also controls some of the Stepstones (islands) and Tarth, Brienne’s home!
Shouldn’t Duran-Duran Martell have found/sent with them someone who would have been old enough to know or remember of Jon Connington? These young ones have no way of knowing if he is who he is.
Cersei is a gift that keeps on giving to the 7 Queendoms. Her former Admiral, the Bastard Waters is now a pirate king on Torture’s Deep. I can’t find it on the map, but based on what they are saying, it’s somewhere between King’s Landing and Dorne. A pirate that has better warships than the official kingdoms! I am assuming he changed the ship names though?
Arianne confesses she has a weakness in pretty boys and wonders whether that caused the Queenmaker disaster. If it wasn’t for the Darkstar trying to kill Myrcella, things wouldn’t be as bad. Oakheart would still be dead though, since he charged before the Darkstar slashed at Myrcella. The Darkstar probably waited for Oakheart to engage, that way he wouldn’t be stopped from slashing Myrcella.
Another person with special gifts, Teora a young daughter of the ruling house at Ghost Hill has accurate dreams of dragons and carnage. “and everywhere the dragons danced, the people died”.
HISTORIES: The Yronwoods are an old house in Dorne and before the Rhoynar arrived, they had at least half of Dorne under their control. The reason Quentyn was a ward at Yronwood was because the Red Viper, when young, probably used a poisoned blade to fight an old Yronwood over a woman. To make amends, Duran-Duran Martell sent the Red Viper to the Free Cities and Quentyn as ward. At least Quentyn did not turn into an emo-ward like Theon 🙂
TIDBITS: the Sand Snakes are now going to scatter instead of be one unit :(… Doran probably smartly picked Ser Daemon Sand (the Bastard of Godsgrace) as Arianne’s shield? He was madly in love with her so he would be motivated to keep her safe?… We have yet another “game of thrones” reference, this one by Arianne… We learn that Jon Connington has “patience worthy of her father” (father = Duran-Duran Martell)… Arianne still thinks she must needs use her female anatomy to achieve her goals and wonders whether “can I match such a man with words alone?” man = Griff/Connington)… Duran-Duran’s codewords are stupid. Out of a million words, why use “war” to mean “do nothing”, and something else to mean war?… Compared to the wildness of the Red Viper and the Sand Snakes, Elaria Sand (Red Viper’s paramour) sounds very mild and cautious… Arianne assesses Quentyn and his chances of getting Daenerys and/or a dragon. No good. And she has scoreboard now but she doesn’t know it.
In the last Jon chapter in Dance, the Bastard of Bolton wrote Stannis was killed after five days of battle in the snow. We don’t know if he was lying or not. We also don’t know exactly when the Bastard send the raven. Before he left for battle or after the battle? This Theon chapter is before any battle with Stannis.
Stannis was signed, sealed and delivered to the Iron Bank of Braavos. The banker Tycho Nestoris will head back to Braavos taking with him Ser Justin Massey (the one flirting with Asha’s claim). Massey is to take the coin from the Iron Bank of Braavos (probably drink it all like Daeron of the Night’s Watch), hire as many swords as he can find in Braavos and ship them to Stannis via Eastwatch. And also hire sellsword companies and as many as he can find. He is commanded not to return until he has at least 20,000 men. Regardless of what happens to Stannis, Massey is tasked with avenging Stannis if he dies and sitting Shireen on the Iron Throne. Is Massey someone to trust all that with? Granted, Stannis doesn’t have many choices but he says Massey is more presentable, even though he is a landless knight. And a more cautious-if-not-cravenly one.
Is that what Melisandre was seeing in her fires? The waves and waves at Eastwatch are the sellswords hired for Stannis using the Iron Bank funding?
Stannis will also send faux-Arya to the Wall with them, so she can be with her bastard brother Jon Snow. Faux-Arya and Dead-Jon! Stannis is stealing the Lannister line! A King Pays His Debts!
Theon did manage to save faux-Arya but he fell on her and broke some of her ribs. Still alive and free is better than with The Bastard. They were found by Umber’s green boys and shuttled back to Stannis.
So now we know who was blowing the warhorns outside Winterfell. It was Umber and his Green Boys. They managed to get some of the Freys by digging pits in the snow. That got Ser Aenys Frey killed! The North Remembers!
Stannis actually has a better chance at this than it sounded at the end of Dance. The Freys and White Harbor are going to attack separately and the Bastard of Bolton is behind them. Roose is staying warm in Winterfell. Plus, Stannis being so suspicious, he caught the Karstarks, and he has a chance to still keep most of their men.
On the other hand, Stannis is mad at the Mandrelys for killing Davos, so their chances of an instant alliance are lower. Stannis doesn’t know of the Rickon-Davos-Stagos-Cannibal plot.
We get yet another mention of the Stone Kings in the Winterfell Crypts, with Theon mentioning the missing swords that kept them in place. I believe there was a dream or a vision in one of the early books that mentioned them rising. If GRRM mentioned it so many times, it must come into play in some fashion?
What is it with these two allegedly “dumb” ravens? They are screaming Theon and Tree before Asha suggests to Stannis that she kill Theon Eddard-style, head-on-a-weirwood tree. Who is hiding inside these two ravens now?
Asha now has a mini-army, the handful of Ironborn the Banker ransomed are now with her and they are apparently going to fight for Stannis? I don’t think they are more than 10?
RAVENS 101: we learn that most ravens fly in one direction only. Some can learn round trips. Rarer are those that can do more than two castles. Are the rarer ones the ones with Children of the Forest inside?
TIDBITS: Stannis calls Joffrey “baseborn abomination”. He is not baseborn! Both his parents are Lannisters!… Theon is mumbling “My name is Theon” and Stannis takes that at face value and says, “As you will. Tell me, Theon…”…
This is a partial chapter, the first nine minutes read by GRRM himself! So we get the canon pronunciations of Balon and Victarion. Sadly there was no “must needs” in this chapter or food descriptions 🙂
The Iron Fleet is preparing their attack on Yunkai, using some of the captured civilian ships as camouflage. And with the promise of freedom, ships, women, and lands, Victarion picks three to blow the Dragonbinder horn, one time each. Euron’s hornblower blew it three times and died. Victarion says this horn must come from a huge dragon because it’s a huge horn. So they are actual dragon horns, not manufactured?
Convention-Read Chapters (not available to read)
Convention-read chapters include Arianne II (has a war update spoiler) and Tyrion (two chapters or two segments of the same chapter I don’t know).