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Meanwhile, back with the Brotherhood, Gendry is mending Berric's armor and tells Arya that he's going to stay with the group because they need good men. And, after all, the Lannister's have been after Gendry for a long time anyway. He's not in any more danger with these new men.
Arya tries to convince him that Robb needs good men too! But Gendry is done serving. He wants to be a part of a family. Arya tells him that she could be his family. And he says, "You wouldn't be my family, you'd be milady." And she walks off with one last heart-breaking look. Ahhhh. Arya wants a family again too.
This is never more clear than when, later, Arya talks with Thoros and Berric about the whole resurrection thing.
Berric asks, "Thoros, how many times have you brought me back?"
"It was the Lord of Light which brought you back."
Which, fine, but the point is that Berric has been killed 6 times, all by Lannister men. But every time he comes back, he's felt like he's missing some pieces. So that can't feel good. Arya isn't really listening to that part though. She has a question, "Can you bring back a man without a head? Not six times, just once."
Berric answers, "He was a good man, Ned Stark. He's at rest now. I would never wish my life upon him."
Arya, tears streaming down her face, says, "I would. You're alive."
Also alive, for the moment, are the two young Lannister boys who are Robb Stark's hostages. Oh, wait. They're not alive anymore because they are brutally murdered by Lord Rickard Karstark and several other men. Robb finds out and is, like, really angry. They were just boys. He has them lain out on the floor of a big room and tells Karstark to look at them. Karstark yells, "Have your mother look at them, she's the one that did this." And Catelyn is looking at them. She is looking right at them, and you can see in her face that she knows that all of this is because of something she did. It's not just that she let Jaime Lannister go. And it's not just that she kidnapped Tyrion. It's that she never accepted Jon Snow. She feels the weight of it all, of promises made and oaths broken.
Robb orders the men who helped Karstark be hanged and that Karstark go to the dungeon. This is when Robb's uncle Edmure, Catelyn, and even Talisa, Robb's wife, tell him not to kill Karstark, because that would only lead to even more death. Robb has principles though. Robb has honor. When he feels like it. So the next morning, in the driving rain, Robb cuts off Karstark's head. Before he does, Karstark says, "Kill me and be cursed. You are no king of mine." That does not bode well for Robb Stark. And so later, when we find out that all the Karstark's have gone away, and Robb decides that he will try and take the Lannister seat of Casterly Rock but that he needs the help of Walder Frey, whose daughter he promised to marry, well, I'm not feeling very hopeful about this whole endeavor. Not at all.
But enough about bad omens. Let's meet a terrible new character! There's a woman praying to the Lord of Light at Storm's End. How can I describe her...well, she's no Melisandre. Not at all. It would be hard to pay attention to this woman when Melisandre is around, that's for sure. So, who is she? Ah, it's Stannis's wife. Of course it is. Apparently, he goes out of his way to avoid her. Which makes sense, because she seems like kind of a fanatic. But not in a hot "I will birth your homicidal smoke babies" kind of a way. No, in the kind of way where she weeps with joy when she finds out that Stannis fucked Melisandre and also the kind of way where she keeps her stillborn sons floating in oversized test tubes full of embalming liquid. So yeah, she's fucking insane.
But even worse than the dead, floating baby corpses is the fact that Stannis and his wife Selyse have a living child. A daughter named Shireen. Who is kept in a cell? Just because she has a screwed up face? That's just wrong. Stannis and Selyse are totally in competition for being the worst parents in Westeros and that's really, REALLY saying something. Another thing about this sweet little girl, who likes to sing and is just totally delightful, is that she also loves Davos, the Onion Knight, but Stannis informs his daughter that Davos is a traitor and is rotting in a dungeon. Stannis is not up for father of the year. Not at all. Later, when Shireen goes to visit Davos in his cell, she brings him a book to read. When she learns he can't read, she promises to teach him because, even if they get caught, "What will they do? Lock us in cells?"
Ahhhh! How did she get to be so awesome when her parents are such total psychopaths?