A Song of Ice and Fire 30 Day Challenge
Most Moving Moment
I chose two, for very different reasons.
“They were all dead now. Jory, old Ser Rodrik, Lord Eddard, Harwin and Hullen, Cayn and Desmond and Fat Tom, Alyn with his dreams of knighthood, Mikken who had given him his first real sword. Even Old Nan, like as not.
And Robb. Robb who had been more a brother to Theon than any son born of Balon Greyjoy’s loins. Murdered at the Red Wedding, butchered by the Freys. I should have been with him. Where was I? I should have died with him.”
By the time we see Theon again in A Dance with Dragons, he’s almost unrecognizable, and is trying to survive from moment to moment in his madness. Part of his returning to his true identity, not Reek or a pretend prince, is finally acknowledging what he lost in siding with his blood family over the people he grew up with, and admitting he made a mistake.
Theon was full of arrogance and ambition until it was flayed from him. All that’s left is the admission that Robb was his true brother, despite the Starks originally being his captors. He’s completely broken.
“She wondered where this courage had come from, to speak to him so frankly. From Winterfell, she thought. I am stronger within the walls of Winterfell.”
On the flip side of Theon’s despair is Sansa’s hope. A Storm of Swords is full of destruction and chaos. Sansa rebuilds Winterfell in the snow, and a shred of hope grows from that moment- the idea that she may one day rebuild the real castle, that such a thing is possible. She can still draw strength from her home and her family even though the castle itself is in ruins. Sansa suffers terribly but near the end of ASoS, the light begins to shine again because we see that she still has Winterfell inside of her, and she is stronger for it.
Of course, Littlefinger throws her world into chaos again, but you know. It’s a nice moment before then.