Elsewhere in King's Landing, Tyrion Lannister has a sumptuous repast with Lord Janos Slynt, leader of the Goldcloaks. Tyrion brings up the recent unpleasantness in Littlefinger's brothel. Not Ros crying all the time; they don't care about that. He's talking about the baby-killing. Slynt claims that he was only keeping the peace, but Tyrion suggests that killing babies is perhaps taking that a bit too far. He asks if the orders came from Cersei, and Slynt won't admit it. He also won't admit having heard those rumors about Jaime and Cersei. All he'll say is, "Joffrey is my king. The rest doesn't interest me." Tyrion asks if Slynt gave the order to slaughter Ned Stark's men in that scene in the Throne Room last season. He did, even though Ned tried to bribe him. Tyrion laughs at that, because Slynt had already been bought. Slynt puts on some outrage and asks if Tyrion is questioning his honor. I say! Tyrion answers, "I'm not questioning your honor. I'm denying its existence." These are obviously fighting words, but on the other hand, Slynt has been throwing around words like "Imp" and "Dwarf" as he gets more and more agitated. He'd probably attack Tyrion, but there's suddenly a goon behind him. It's Bronn, the sellsword Tyrion picked up in The Eyrie. Tyrion claims that as Hand of the King, he doesn't feel safe having the murderer of the last Hand around. Slynt says we'll see what King Joffrey has to say about this, but Tyrion disagrees. Slynt's being put on a boat north, after which he'll have a nice long walk to Castle Black. And the new commander of the city watch is Bronn! Slynt blusters, "I have friends at court! Powerful friends! The King himself made me a Lord!" That doesn't seem to matter to the men who hustle him out. Even though they worked for him just ten minutes earlier. This is a weird world to be a goon in, I think. People are always declaring themselves your new boss and you have to decide right away who you're going to stab. When they drag Slynt out, Bronn sits at the table across from Tyrion. Tyrion toasts him, "To the new commander." Then Tyrion asks him, "If I told you to murder an infant girl, say, at her mother's breast. Would you do it without question?" Bronn answers, "Without question? No. I'd ask how much." Tyrion looks thoughtful. It's possible he's asking himself if he really wants to be in business with an amoral sellsword. It's also possible he's wondering exactly how much money it would cost, so he can budget out his planned baby-killing for the next fiscal quarter.
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