The Bloody Hand

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This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

The Bloody Hand is a performance play put on by the mummers of the Gate in Braavos. It was written by Phario Forel.[1]


The play is likely based on recent events that have taken place in Westeros. It includes two kings, the fat one and the boy. Izembaro plays the fat one, which is not a large part, but has a fine speech as he lies dying, and a splendid fight with a demonic boar before that. The play opens in a lichyard. There is a wedding scene. There is a rape scene in the second act.[1]


Recent Events

The Winds of Winter

In Braavos, the mummers of the Gate perform The Bloody Hand in honor of Harys Swyft, an envoy from the Seven Kingdoms.[1]


The seven-faced god has cheated me. My noble sire he made of purest gold, and gold he made my siblings, boy and girl. But I am formed of darker stuff, of bones and blood and clay, twisted into this rude shape you see before you.[1]

—the dwarf

Give me the cup, for I shall drink deep. And if it tastes of gold and lion's blood, so much the better. As I cannot be the hero, let me be the monster, and lesson them in fear in place of love.[1]

—the dwarf, to the Stranger

Oh, no, no, no.[1]

—the maiden

Don't, oh don't, don't touch me.[1]

—the maiden

Please, m'lord, I am still a maiden.[1]

—the maiden