meereeneseliberationfront asked: How did young Petyr Baelish, son of a petty lord in the Vale (barely more than a landed knight, really), end up as the ward of one of the mightiest lords of Westeros, hundreds of miles away from his home? I mean, he was no warrior, there was (apart from the Citadel) no formal education system where he could have distinguished himself, and even if there had been, how would Lord Hoster have gotten word of it?
Ah shit, someone answered this somewhere else — Hoster and Petyr’s dad buddied up during the War of the Ninepenny Kings. Anyone have this link?
Q. I’m sure author George R.R. Martin and the rest of the Game of Thrones team is stalking everyone with an ax to make sure no spoilers get out, but what can you tease about where we’ll find Brienne in this new season?
A. Over Seasons 2 and 3, we’ve see a real growth of character, and Season 3 certainly saw her placed in situations she’d never been in before with the type of person she’d never been manacled to before — I don’t think she’d ever been manacled to anyone — and had gone on this very complex and lengthy journey with Jaime Lannister.
At the end of Season 3, we of course see that she delivers him back to Kings Landing, almost in one piece, and then in Season 4 it’s safe for me to say that is where we see them again. Brienne finds herself throughout Season 4 in situations that are unexpected and outside of her comfort zone.
What I love so much about the show is we really see the expansion of the character — we see her move through different stages of development and we see her at Kings Landing, which is perhaps not a kind of environment that Brienne is used to negotiating. It’s a world of secrets, of words, of intrigue, and Brienne is a women of physicality and physical action. We see the development of this person as they negotiate another new world that they have no experience of.
Also, yet again Brienne is tested against great hardship — perhaps the greatest hardship yet.