Guys. GUYS. George R, R, Martin has just released a full new chapter from the upcoming sixth volume in A Song of Fire and Ice, and man... I can't even begin to summarize it without spoiling something, but I will say it's titled "Mercy," it's set in Braavos, and it begins like this:
She woke with a gasp, not knowing who she was, or where.
The smell of blood was heavy in her nostrils… or was that her nightmare, lingering? She had dreamed of wolves again, of running through some dark pine forest with a great pack at her hells, hard on the scent of prey.
Half-light filled the room, grey and gloomy. Shivering, she sat up in bed and ran a hand across her scalp. Stubble bristled against her palm. I need to shave before Izembaro sees. Mercy, I'm Mercy, and tonight I'll be raped and murdered. Her true name was Mercedene, but Mercy was all anyone ever called her…
Go read the full chapter here. And then come back and discuss because this shit is bonkers.