Most powerful passage/scene?
Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:31 PM
Cat's death at the Red Wedding.
Jaime jumping in the bear pit, and "I dreamed of you."
And the oath of the Night's Watch. It moves me whenever I read it, no matter who is saying it:
Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all nights to come.
Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:28 PM
A couple of my favorites, along with so many already listed:
Sandor telling Sansa how his face was burned. I went from seeing him as an asshole to a character requiring a bit more thought and consideration.
The sound Arya hears as her father is beheaded. Sent shivers up my spine.
Dimly, as if from far away, she heard a ... a noise ... a soft sighing sound, as if a million people had let out their breath at once.
The beginning of Sam's first chapter in SoS, and especially the repetition of Sobbing, he took another step.
Arya becoming a blanket burrito thanks to Sandor.
After that, he rolled her in his horse blanket every night when he went to sleep, and tied ropes around her top and bottom so she was bound up as tight as a babe in swaddling clothes.
It's a humorous passage on first reading, but then for reasons I can't explain it becomes very poignant for me.
From the end of Jaime's last chapter in SoS. I had begun to grudgingly kinda sorta maybe like him a bit about 1/2 way through SoS. This was the tipping point for me.
When he was done, more than three-quarters of his page still remained to be filled between the gold lion on the crimson shield on top and the blank white shield at the bottom. Ser Gerold Hightower had begun his history, and Ser Barristan Selmy had continued it, but the rest Jaime Lannister would need to write for himself. He could write whatever he chose, henceforth.
Whatever he chose ...
Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:55 PM
Posted 11 July 2012 - 10:16 PM
He gets on his knees, and asks to read his letter to Stannis before he is beheaded. That got me ... Davos is one of my favorite characters because of that scene.