As Cheska raised her bow, the spies convinced her by some stroke of luck (DP) to avoid fire for the moment. She held her arrow and agreed. Brandon attempted to talk the Castle Cerwyn guards into letting them up into the tower, but it was to no avail. The man would not risk his own life for Brandon’s desire.
When Brandon returned to the inn, Dromin and Cheska had already made their way to the site where the prisoners would hang the next day. Two well-placed arrows felled the Cerwyn men on guard as night began to fall. Dromin and Cheska decided to don the armor of the dead and wait for the next morning.
Back in town, Ferrick informed the others of Dromin’s plan, and it was not until the next day that the rest of the conspirators headed to the gallows as well. Meanwhile, the morning guards arrived to relieve those that Dromin and Cheska had sent to the Stranger. Seeing Cheska in armor brought immediate suspicion, as women were more suited for needlepoint than a blade. After a brief skirmish, Dromin and Cheska killed these men as well, and soon after Rhodric and Brandon arrived with Ferrick and Micah in tow.
The plan was set. They would cut the ropes of the gallows enough to break, and Rhodric and Micah would disguise themselves as the Castle Cerwyn guards. The archers, Cheska and Dromin hid in the nearby grove of trees while Brandon and Ferrick would return to town and make their way back to the gallows with the rest of the spectators.
When the wagon brought the condemned, unfortunately, their heads were covered by hoods. Led up on the gallows, the same man that killed Gar, Damon Dance-for-Me, warned the crowd that they could be next if they did not follow the Bolton’s rules. Before he could throw the switches, Brandon yelled from the crowd that he ‘wanted to see their eyes leap from their head’. Damon seemed to like that, pulling the hoods from the men and offering to allow Brandon to throw the switches. Brandon, on the platform, threw all three switches at once, beginning the execution.
When the ropes eventually snapped Dromin sent an arrow into Damon’s back. All hell broke loose. With the surprise, chaos was everywhere. Rhodric and Micah struck among the Bolton men who were killing civilians in retaliation. Meanwhile, Brandon, atop the stage, leapt into the hole where Gerret had been identified by Ferrick.
Ferrick, Gerret’s friend and cohort, during the thick of battle, abandoned his allies as his legs rushed him away from the fighting as quickly as they could.The fighting was fierce, and in the end, the spies won the day. Brandon snuck the badly mutilated Gerret to the horses and made haste along the road. Meanwhile, many of the other Boltons fled, including a badly injured Damon. Unfortunately, Cheska, the last remaining Wildling ally fell to a Bolton’s blade.
Gerret’s body was found by the others who scooped it up and brought it along to a secret meeting spot a few miles away. Brandon, the first there, told everyone Gerret’s secret. Arya Stark was to marry Ramsay Snow. It was a surprise; certainly, as Arya was thought long dead since Lord Eddard Stark was executed in King’s Landing. Considering their next move, the conspirators licked their wounds in the falling snow.