The short man gave a sodden shrug. He was the King's Hand. Doubtless Robert asked him to see that they were provided for.
Ned was soaked through to the bone, and his soul had grown cold. It had to be more than that, or why kill him?
Littlefinger shook the rain from his hair and laughed. Now I see.
Lord Arryn learned that His Grace had filled the bellies of some whores and fishwives, and for that he had to be silenced.
Small wonder. Allow a man like that to live, and next he's like to blurt out that the sun rises in the east.
There was no answer Ned Stark could give to that but a frown. For the first time in years, he found himself remembering Rhaegar Targaryen.
He wondered if Rhaegar had frequented brothels; somehow he thought not.
The rain was falling harder now, stinging the eyes and drumming against the ground.
Rivers of black water were running down the hill when Jory called out, My lord, his voice hoarse with alarm.
And in an instant, the street was full of soldiers.
Ned glimpsed ringmail over leather, gauntlets and greaves, steel helms with golden lions on the crests.
Their cloaks clung to their backs, sodden with rain.
He had no time to count, but there were ten at least, a line of them, on foot, blocking the street, with longswords and iron-tipped spears.
Behind! he heard Wyl cry, and when he turned his horse, there were more in back of them, cutting off their retreat.
Jory's sword came singing from its scabbard. Make way or die!
《权力的游戏》是一部中世纪史诗奇幻题材的电视连续剧。该剧以美国作家乔治·R·R·马丁的奇幻巨作《冰与火之歌》七部曲为基础改编创作，由大卫·贝尼奥夫和丹尼尔·威斯编剧、HBO电视网推出。乔治·雷蒙德·理查德·马丁是欧美奇幻小说大师。马丁的作品主要以人物为关注点，描写细腻丰富，突破了幻想文学界固有的创作模式，多次引领阅读潮流。由于马丁的辉煌成就，他被誉为美国的托尔金和新世纪的海明威。从1989年开始，马丁淡出文学界，转而投身演艺界发展，1996年他才重返文坛而开始奇幻文学的创作，处女作便是《权力的游戏》，即为《冰与火之歌》的首部曲。《权力的游戏》甫出便拿下了British Fantasy Society、 世界奇幻奖和星云奖年度最佳幻想作品提名，在非官方的不记名奇幻作品投票中，《冰与火之歌》俨然已经可以和《魔戒》平起平坐，作者网站的访问量也是和斯蒂芬·金、J.K.罗琳等不相上下，其受欢迎的程度可见一斑。乔治马丁被时代杂志评选为2011年影响世界的一百人之一。