This is week four of the bookclub. We just read chapters 21 – 28, Eddard IV through Eddard V.
At this point in the book things are growing more and more foreboding. Eddard arrives at King’s Landing and discovers that all is not well. There is discontent in the streets, and the crown is deeply in debt to Tywin Lannister, the Tyrells, and others in the Free Cities. Eddard begins investigating the death of Jon Arryn.
Arya begins her training with Syrio Forel, the first sword of Braavos.
And in another moment of female strength, Dany finally stands up to her brother Viserys. She also discovers she is pregnant.
We are also introduced to Samwell Tarly at the Wall.
The story is building at this point. Lots of mystery, lots of unknowns. Three of the eight chapters are Eddard’s. Thinking about the book in relation to the show, it’s striking how prominent a role Eddard has, and how much of the story centers on him.
In many ways these chapters feel somewhat like a calm before a storm.
What are your thoughts?
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