A Clash of Kings is the second novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy series by A Game of Thrones, it won the Locus Award (in ) for Best Novel and was Learning of Renly's death, Tyrion resolves on two courses of action. A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by the American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin. He began the first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, in , and it . Books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series are first published in hardcover and are later re-released as paperback editions. Game Of Thrones Book Two By George R.R. Martin -Summary By Gyorgy Martin Game of Thrones is a popular book series in the world today. Game of Thrones.

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THE BOOK BEHIND THE SECOND SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO. In this eagerly awaited sequel to A Game of. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) Martin's first novel in this series, A Game of Thrones, fulfilled all three swimmingly. He forged one of the deepest. either side of him, a hellhound and a wyvern, two of the thousand that brooded over the walls of the ancient He let the younger man settle him behind his books and papers. . “If the gods are good, they will grant us a warm autumn and .

Despite his youth, Robb holds his own against the older Lord Tywin Lannister, resulting in several surprising victories for his cause. At yet another elsewhere, the Greyjoy family decides to carve its own kingdom out of the north while the other families are too busy fighting each other to stop them—it's basically the warfare equivalent of Marty McFly's " What's that?

The ensuing conflict becomes known as the War of the Five Kings, and A Clash of Kings tells the story of its major battles and political maneuverings. By the novel's end, Renly is dead, Stannis and the Greyjoys have suffered major setbacks, and the Lannisters and Starks remain the only true contenders. The war doesn't actually conclude until the third book, A Storm of Swords, and arguably not even then.

So you'll have to keep reading to find out just how crazy things get. But anyway. Jon and Daenerys's tales also continue from A Game of Thrones. Each story sets up major events to take place in later books, and both characters' coming-of-age stories see them grow further into adulthood.

With that said, each feels more like a side story as Jon and Daenerys have little connection with the politicking of the Seven Kingdoms. Wow, and that's the super-short brief plot summary. Not trusting Cersei's ability to rule properly as Queen Regent—on account of the fact that she's super bad at it—Tyrion immediately begins consolidating power around him.

He removes Cersei's men from key positions and replaces them with his own peeps. He prepares strategies for the invasion of Renly and Stannis's forces. To top it off, he must prevent the citizens of King's Landing from rioting as things like starving to death and having sociopathic Joffrey as king has put everyone on edge. But Stannis is no slouch either. He tries to rally his bannermen to fight for his claim to the throne—which, again, is totally legit—but most of them swing over to Renly's side because Renly is a superstar by Seven Kingdoms standards.

Also, Stannis proclaims to worship a new god called the Lord of Light and even allows his new priestess, Melisandre, to burn all the effigies of his old gods. Turns out, burning down someone's god is not the best way to make friends.

Robb Stark sends his mother, Catelyn Stark , to parley with Renly in the hopes that they can make the Lannisters a common enemy. Despite wanting to go north and be with Bran and Rickon, Catelyn agrees and reaches Renly's camp just as Stannis lays siege to Storm's End, Renly's castle. When the two brothers finally meet up, they decide to duke it out rather than talk it out. Catelyn is present when Renly dies of mysterious circumstances conveniently before the battle, but she is positive that the shadow assassin that killed him looked like Stannis.

Most of Renly's bannerbros go over to Stannis's side while Catelyn escapes with Renly's loyal knight, Brienne of Tarth. Brienne swears fealty to Catelyn, and they spend the rest of the novel in Riverrun observing Edmure Tully, Catelyn's brother, battle the Lannister forces.

Catelyn talks briefly with the imprisoned Jamie Lannister during this time, and she may or may not have straight-up murdered him you'll just have to read the third book to find out. Throughout all of this, Sansa Stark remains in King's Landing as Joffrey's kind-of betrothed, sort-of prisoner. She saves a weak knight named Ser Dontos from Joffrey's malicious ways, and the once-knight promises to see her safely home. In between bouts of being abused by Joffrey and Cersei, Sansa sometimes receives life lessons from Ser Sandor Clegane, a.

She also mopes about a lot. And… yeah, moving on. Stannis finally attacks King's Landing, but Tyrion's preparations prove too much for his forces. Tyrion destroys Stannis's fleet with hulk ships filled with wildfire and leads a sortie that delays Stannis's soldiers from ramming down the King's Gate. During the battle, one of Tyrion's own men, Ser Mandon Moore, attempts to kill him.

When Tyrion comes to, he learns that his father managed to rout Stannis's forces with the help of the Tyrells. For their services, Joffrey takes Margaery Tyrell as his newly betrothed wife, meaning Sansa no longer has to marry him.

For Tyrion's services, he is given a huge scar across his face and Tywin takes back the office of Hand of the King. They are eventually attacked by Lannister men lead by a Ser Amory. Meanwhile, with multiple stories running parallel to one another, I have been completely absorbed in this book, waiting for the next little piece of each story.

Dani and her dragons find themselves in a perilous situation. There are huge changes in Winterfell with Bran. New kings are coming out of the woodwork. Arya struggles to survive under the guise of an orphan boy. Things that go bump in the night are proving dangerous near the north wall.

Without a doubt, there is plenty of danger and adventure to keep your head spinning. Overall, I continue to be engrossed in this epic tale. It is brutal and grim, but I'm loving every minute. The narration is done superbly, but it is still a tough audiobook for me to follow. There are just so many moving parts with this story that I've had to rewind a few times to keep up with what is going on.

I'm on to book 3 now. View all 67 comments. Jan 17, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Forget about Dany, and forget about Jon Snow because this is the book where we get to see the true quality of Tyrion Lannister. For me, he is the most unique, and original, character that George R.

R Martin has written. He is wise beyond his years and has developed an acute perception of things; he knows his own place in the world and he knows exactly what it is. Instead of letting it destroy him, like a lesser man would, he uses it to his advantage. This surprises no other more than Tyrion himself. So far he has been given no real opportunity to show the world what he is actually capable of, and when his chance comes he seize it and even comes to relish it. In this, we get to see the worth of the man.

He is much more beyond the silver tonged drunkard he initially appeared to be; he is a man of great compassion, but also one who can be ruthless when he has to be. He learns to play the game, and he learns quickly to become its master. If you look further beyond that you get to see a man who is as fragile as he is wise.

But, as ever, he has learned to prevent that from becoming his weakness. He has learnt that love is a necessary facet for man, and he has learnt to use it to his advantage.

He loves but one man, his brother Jaimie. No harm can come from that as there is small chance of losing the master swordsman. He hides his only weakness. Through all this Tyrion plays the game with a steady hand and take no chances.

He learns to succeed over the other schemers and solidifies his place at court. Indeed, it is only because of his nature and a practical form of honour, that Ned Stark completely lacked, does he do so well in the most dangerous city in Westeros. Well, at least until his farther shows up. Tyrion is great character, and is reason enough to love this series. His revenge thus far has been bitter sweet. I do hope he gets the ending he deserves. A Song of Ice and Fire 1. A Game of Thrones - A life chnaging five stars 2.

A Clash of Kings - An Impish five stars 3. A Storm of Swords - A Lannister loving five stars 4. A Feast for Crows - A flat 3. View all 12 comments. But I did it! It was a great read, but less satisfying than A Game of Thrones. I'm not entirely sure why, but I think the many Kings and their battles were a little tiring. Tyrion - Unexpected turns, witty and intruiging Daenerys - New unknown lands and strange magic, dragons!

May 21, Lyn rated it really liked it. George R. Raymond Richard, born in New Jersey, differs from Ronald Reuel, born in what is now South Africa, in many ways, but their fantastic world building is what puts them in a class with few others. If any. More m George R.

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More modern and more American. Clash of Kings reveals more of the jaw dropping world building that made A Game of Thrones so much fun. I had compared this to Tolkien and Frank Herbert, but Martin might be king of the hill as this universe has enough detail and backstory to make a Western Civ professor choke on his Starbucks.

And have you seen the Interactive map? The king is dead, long live the king. Thus the cool title. Meanwhile, a world away, Daenerys Targaryen is in BFE Essos gathering her forces for a return to the Seven Kingdoms and her small but growing band now includes some juvenile but getting bigger dragons. As in Game of Thrones, Martin divides up his narrative between several point of view characters and this lets the reader keep up with all the action across the enormous playing field.

This time around we get to know the Greyjoys — a piratical kingdom in the islands off the western coast — as well as Davos Seaworth and some other new characters and we get to know the Starks and Lannisters better. For all the great characters and action, though, the real hero is Martin himself and his incredible world building as he takes the baton from Tolkien and keeps running.

No more and no less. Four men strive to take the Iron Throne from the newest King currently sat on it. All the while Daenerys is over in the east with her Khalasar looking for ships and growing more famous as the Mother of Dragons day by day.

We are introduced to the new religi "Power resides where men believe it resides. We are introduced to the new religion of The Lord of Light, powered by Red Priestesses who strike fear into even the strongest of hearts.

The entire Stark family is separated. New loyalties are created while old ones are destroyed. Fights are begun, and won. But this is only the beginning. A Song of Ice and Fire is the only series to continually shock me. We never know what is around the next corner. Who will still be alive in the places where everyone is out for them and theirs.

Outstanding fantasy and world building. An entire host of characters who drift in and out of importance as it goes on. I am entranced. The magic just gets better and better. View all 6 comments.

Sep 06, Ryan rated it really liked it. Martin makes writing fantasy seem insultingly effortless. At first glance, Martin hardly bothers to do more than sketch his characters, yet they become legends so quickly. For example, Quorin Halfhand is a brother in the Night's Watch. He eats an egg and has perhaps five lines, but he is a character that readers will find difficult to forget. Why is he called "halfhand?

They say he's even more dangerous with a sword now than he was before. What about Roose Bolton? He's the lord of the Dreadfort, he uses leeches to purify his blood, and his sigil is a flayed man. He speaks quietly but no one dares to defy him. Usually characterization has to be done well to create a memorable character, but all Martin needs to do is come up with a nickname, a slogan, and a sigil. Maybe a cool sword or a notorious deed.

Like it or lump it, it's tough to forget these characters. Martin also has a talent for architecture. Here's how long it takes Martin to transform Lord Balon Greyjoy's distant castle into the coolest keep in Westeros: Drear, dark, forbidding, Pyke stood atop those islands and pillars, almost a part of them, its curtain wall closing off the headland around the foot of the great stone bridge that leapt from the clifftop to the largest islet, dominated by the massive bulk of the Great Keep.

Farther out were the Kitchen Keep and the Bloody Keep, each on its own island. Towers and outbuildings clung to the stacks beyond, linked to each other by covered archways when the pillars stood close, by long swaying walks of wood and rope when they did not.

I would rather not see Pyke in a movie if only so that I could continue to remember it as I imagine it now.

In fact, I find that I have carried these characters and castles with me since I first read this story ten years ago. It's easy to get caught up in the Tyrion's intrigues and Jon Snow's adventures, but even Arya's scrappy determination to exact revenge on everyone that has wronged her makes for a compelling storyline.

Each night, Arya recites a list of villains that have wronged her, ranging from the Lannisters to Ser Gregor Clegane to Raff the Sweetling.

After Arya rescues Jaqen H'ghar and his two companions from certain death, he declares that he will kill any three people she names to even the stakes. Could he kill King Joffrey in King's Landing? Jaqen explains Speak the name, and death will come. On this morrow, at the turn of the moon, a year from this day, it will come. A man does not fly like a bird, but one foot moves and then another and one day a man is there, and a king dies. Arya is a courageous underdog, but perhaps the best part of her story is that she always attracts memorable mentors.

Jaqen H'ghar is neither the first nor the last of Arya's guides, but like Syrio before him and view spoiler [Sandor Clegane hide spoiler ] after, he is impossible to forget. It just doesn't seem fair that Martin is able to come up with so many great characters, and it seems criminal that he introduces and dismisses them so callously. So I was happy to notice upon re-reading A Clash of Kings that Martin's seemingly effortless world building and characterization are largely due to a carefully structured series of revelations.

Quorin is only impressive because of the many ways he stands out amongst the Night Watch's rangers. He is clean shaven, well mannered, and surprisingly loyal to the Wall's mandate. Roose Bolton is not just a strange lord with leeches: Pyke isn't just a castle in the sea. It took the might of the realm to put down the Greyjoy rebellion. Jaqen H'ghar isn't just a strange man.

Daenerys was betrayed by a maegi in the first novel that had occult knowledge that is tantalizingly similar to Jaqen's. Clearly, there is a great deal of thought that goes into these novels. Thank goodness. Perhaps history teaches us that power and wealth shape our lives more than ideals and principles.

So A Clash of Kings is sometimes quite depressing. However, this time, it struck me that talent counts for little without hard work, and I find that encouraging. View all 18 comments. Please refrain from reading if you have not read this book or its predecessor, A Game of Thrones. So, we have the king sitting on the Iron Throne, Joffrey.

We have Theon's father crowing himself 1. We have Theon's father crowing himself King of the Iron Islands. We have both of brothers of the late King Robert, Stannis and Renly, calling themselves kings and proving they will do anything to keep their titles. We have Robb Stark, the young wolf himself, proclaiming he is King of the North. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we have the lovely Daenerys trying to throw her hat crown in the ring, while trying to find a fleet of ships to take her to Westeros.

Each chapter is a new POV with a new character within the Seven Kingdoms seeing Daenerys' red comet for the first time. We, as readers, know that the comet is because of the birth of her three dragons at the end of A Game of Thrones , but each character tells their own interpretation of what omen they think the falling comet brings with it.

I always loved Davos in the books, and then Liam Cunningham playing him on the show, just completely sealed the deal for me.

I don't have high hopes for him living throughout the entirety of this series, but I completely live for his chapters in these five books that are out. My heart bleeds for him at Battle of the Blackwater. Actually, my heart just continues to bleed for Davos. He always does the right thing, not the selfish right thing that other characters in this world trick themselves into thinking is the right thing, but the actual right thing.

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Please, GRRM, leave my precious little cinnamon roll alone! Stannis always seemed so childish, the only redeeming quality he ever has going for him is his daughter, Shireen. Catelyn's chapters where much more bearable for me than they were in A Game of Thrones. I actually could feel her pain and regret, and she really impacted me much differently this time around.

She actually made some pretty strong decisions, and this whole story would have gone much differently if Robb would have taken some of her advice. He was so heartless about even attempting to get his sisters back. Then, he made stupid decision after stupid decision. I feel like maybe he has to be a bastard, too, because I cannot believe this is the son of Ned Stark with his actions.

I know people who were upset that Robb never got any chapters, but during this reread I was extremely thankful for that. Another one of my favorite characters is introduced in this book, which is Brienne of Tarth. You know, I've been on the fence about if Brienne actually killed Stannis in S5E10 , but after rereading her love for Renly, I completely believe she did in the TV show.

Regardless, Catelyn made her first good decisive choice, in my eyes, by rescuing Brienne from a very unfair situation. And we all know Brienne goes forth to repay that debt tenfold. Speaking of the TV show, one thing that the TV doesn't show is all the foreshadowing the book does about Arya's wolf, Nymeria.

There are so many passages hinting about this new wolf pack leader that is ruling the Riverlands, and scaring the hell out of a lot of people. Poor Arya, she might have the worst deal of them all in this book. After having to witness the public execution of her father, she is forced into hiding by Yoren, who helps smuggle her out with a group of boys and wishes to take her to Castle Black to be with Jon.

She ends up making friends, Gendry Robert's bastard and Hot Pie, but after even more unfortunate events in her life, Yoren winds up dead and the group captured.

She then ends up being Roose Bolton's cupbearer, but the whole situation seems kind of weird for me. Arya did not know the Bolton's already were traitors against Robb, I imagine she would still think they were one of the Stark's banner men, no? And if she thought this, like I imagine I would, I would bet she would tell him who she really is! I mean, in hindsight we know she made the much, much, much better choice keeping her identity a secret, but the situation felt a little strange for me this read-through.

Regardless, Arya also meets, and we are introduced to, Jaqen H'ghar in this book. They have a few very intense moments, and he leaves her with his coin and explains to her that if she ever needs to find him to give the coin to anyone in Braavos. Okay, now I know Ramsey goes down on the TV show as the most evil villain ever, but that's why I freakin' love him! Ramsey will do anything, and I mean anything, to prove to his rather that he should have the last name Bolton.

If only Rob acutally listened to his mother this time. Unfortunately Robb didn't listen and unfortunately Theon will never be as cunning as Ramsey, who is posing under the guise of Reek, even though the real Reek died after having sex with a dead body of a girl that Ramsey had just raped and killed, who is now a prisoner in Winterfell. Twists and storylines like this is why this series is a step above the rest and completely deserves all the praise it receives.

I guess I should always state a disclaimer , like with all of the books in this series, that there are many very graphic rape and gang-rape scenes. I couldn't even list all of the triggers for sexual abuse in this book, so please use caution when reading if this is something that concerns you. As scary as the sexual violence is to me, I think it is very believable in this world and helps to show people that the real monsters aren't just beyond the wall; they are human beings capable of very evil things.

We are the monsters. And the heroes too. Each of us has within himself the capacity for great good, and great evil," GRRM even says perfectly himself, via The Guardian. I have always liked Ygritte more in the books, and this reread proves no different. We get to see Jon kill his first wildling, and then see something in Ygritte he hasn't been able to see in another living soul.

I get teary-eyed just thinking about this sub-plot. Jon obviously doesn't kill Ygritte either time he is "supposed" to, while being north of the wall looking for his uncle, Benjen, and I cannot wait to start my reread of A Storm of Swords just for Ygritte and Jon alone.

Like, not only has he completely taken Jon under his wing hehehe and is guiding him like a father should, I'm kind of thinking his raven is more important that what we are lead to believe in this book. With what we know from the TV show, which will probably be canon for the book as well, we have this raven saying "king" and all these other questionable word choices.

Who are my other personal MVPs of this book? Howland Reed and his kids, Meera and Jojen. Not only was Howland maybe the most loyal man to Ned Stark, but now his two children have run away with Bran, after Winterfell is under siege, to help him on a much bigger journey ahead. I mean, where the hell would the Starks be without the Reeds? I mean, besides dead. I know Howland has never had a POV in this series, yet, but I can't help but dream of the day he will.

Hopefully it will be in The Winds of Winter. Lastly, in Westeros, we have King's Landing. Thanks to Tyrion and wildfire, they have defeated Stannis' army at Battle of the Blackwater. Sadly, this had also driven the Hound away, because he is scared of fire and it breaks my little black heart every time. Joffrey is still the crowned king after the victory, but many people are opposing it. Cersei is trying to guide him as best she can, while also giving Sansa some pretty sound life advice about women in this world and what they need to do to protect themselves.

Sansa is also somewhat saved, considering her father is now seen as a traitor to the crown, who has no money or men willing to fight because Robb has them, so her marriage proposal to Joffrey isn't looking as good to the Lannisters.

House Tyrell on the other hand, has lots of money and fifty-thousand swords they are willing to bring with a marriage proposal. After this marriage proposal is deemed more worthy, Margaery is sent for, because Renly, her now late husband, was killed by Stannis.

It is pretty crazy how intricate this story is, and how everything works out. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, George RR Martin truly is a genius and words cannot express how much I love this world he has created.

I mean, I sure in the hell wouldn't memorize all these names for just any old author. View all 16 comments. View all 7 comments.

Jun 05, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: All across the river the first line was engaged. That is to say, I really did not have any expectations at all. A Game of Thrones was good in a way I had not expected. Never much for fantasy, I discovered instead a fascinating world of complex characters, unique weather patterns, and a social system besieged by its own tangled history. Yes, there were hints of magic that eventually became explicit, but there was also a tactility and earthiness to the proceedings.

This was a book that took J. About halfway through A Game of Thrones , a strange thing happened. I looked up and discovered I was hooked. I knew I was going to need the next volume right away. So I ordered it online. Now, I should add, this was back in the day before free two-day shipping.

I needed to continue the journey — and nothing else could fill that void. It was a strange fate, to suddenly need something that, only shortly before, I did not know existed. The withdrawal symptoms hit me hard. I would only take liquids from a flagon, and those liquids had to be wine.

I went to a Ren Faire and bought a sword — a sword! When the book finally came, it was like being a kid again, when reading was brand new and everything was unexpected and wonderful. My heretofore nonexistent expectations were suddenly cloud-high. I should note here that plot-points for A Game of Thrones must necessarily be discussed. The thing about George R. Martin, though, is that he does not care about your expectations.

Rather than hopping right back into the machinations, Martin begins — as is his tendency — with a prologue starring unfamiliar characters in an unfamiliar setting.

Once that throat clearing is done, Martin leads us back to the story left dangling at the end of A Game of Thrones. In Stannis-land, the smuggler-turned-knight Davos watches uncertainly as his king falls under the spell of a priestess who serves the Lord of Light.

All the while, the widowed wife of Khal Drogo, Daenerys, wanders the desert with her dwindling band of blood-riders and three dragons, birthed at the end of A Game of Thrones.

This is a summary that just scratches the surface of the overall plot. There is a lot going on, and Martin spends a great deal of time methodically putting his pieces into place, which often requires long journeys larded with dense expositions on various houses, their interlocking loyalties, and the burdens of the past that weigh upon them all. The first time I read this, it all became a bit much.

As with A Game of Thrones , A Clash of Kings is written in the third-person limited style, with alternating chapters from the viewpoint of nine characters, not including the prologue.

Most are returning, though we are introduced to new blood in the person of former-smuggler Davos Seaworth Martin loves his aptronyms! Having read through the entire series several times now, it is interesting to go back and attempt to discuss these characters objectively, since they have become like old friends even the bad ones. Tyrion was great from the jump, but others, such as the self-righteous Catelyn Stark, the dull damsel-in-distress Sansa Stark, and the utterly disconnected Daenerys Targaryen, are simply not that pleasant or fun though they evolve with time.

The alternating viewpoints serve an important purpose by defining the boundaries of the story and limiting its scope. Without confining the novel to nine narrators, the plot would simply explode like an overloaded blender. That being said, the structure has severe drawbacks.

I first noticed these drawbacks in A Game of Thrones , but I was so dazzled and under the spell of discovery I didn't really care. In A Clash of Kings , they become more noticeable.

First off, let it be said that A Song of Fire and Ice is filled with awesome characters. In the first volume, I loved the bluff and blustery King Robert, the sly, ever-shifting Varys, the charismatic Kingslayer, Jaime Lannister, and the silver-tongued Baelish. In A Clash of Kings , some of these surviving characters, such as Varys, have important roles. Others, such as Jaime Lannister, almost disappear.

Meanwhile, new figures spring up in supporting roles. Unfortunately, the best characters in my opinion , the ones who glitter with the most wit and inventiveness, disappear for long periods of time.

In their place we are stuck with the nine men, women, and children chosen by Martin to convey his epic tale, but who are hampered with some serious liabilities. Sansa, who spends the whole book as a captive, is a cipher. In the first book she was in love with Joffrey because the plot forced her to be in love with Joffrey, so that she would have a motivation to unwittingly betray her father.

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The counterargument to this critique is that Sansa is just acting as any thirteen-year-old child. In that case, it is valid to question why Martin felt the need to have children shoulder the burden of an adult story. As I mention in my review of Fire and Blood , Martin displays certain weird predilections in his novels that show up so often they form a disturbing pattern. Because his story is told through only nine characters, you end up looking at the wide world of Westeros as though through a pinhole.

You only learn what is before the faces of these nine people. Thus, there are huge swatches of the story you never witness firsthand. You never learn much about Renly Baratheon or Tywin Lannister, except when the main characters come into contact with them. Songs the Dead Men Sing. Songs of Stars and Shadows.

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Inside Straight. Busted Flush.The story sweeps forward as lords vie for the right to be the king. After that, he meets Ser Davos , then he visits Stannis , who has not yet accepted the Lord of Light. Tyrion destroys Stannis's fleet with hulk ships filled with wildfire and leads a sortie that delays Stannis's soldiers from ramming down the King's Gate.

Jon accepts. Fights are begun, and won. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Favorite Theon part: He has Ser Amory executed by a bear—yes, you read that right—thus revenging Yoren's death in Arya's eyes. She also mopes about a lot.