Game of Thrones
Today’s Countdown Character is Brienne of Tarth. Brienne is describes as tall, muscular, and rather ugly. She is the only surviving offspring of Lord Selwyn Tarth, Lord of Evenfall Hall. During her youth, Lord Selwyn was only able to convince three suitors to show interest in Brienne, but because of her ungainly stature, her headstrong ways, and crude mannerisms, none actually followed through.
Brienne learned her martial skills from her father’s master-at-arms, Ser Goodwin, and she became quite adept with a sword. Once, Brienne crossed paths with a young Renly Baratheon, he was courteous to her, which was something no other man had been before toward her. From that moment on, Brienne was in love with Renly, and soon after, her father sent her to Storm’s End to be fostered.
When Renly Baratheon declared himself the true heir and King to the Iron Throne, Brienne swore fealty to him, and became part of his King’s Guard, named the Rainbow Guard. It was Brienne, who was standing guard in Renly’s tent, when a shadow stole in and killed the would-be King.
After Renly’s death, Brienne swore herself into Lady Catelyn Stark’s service, and promised to take Ser Jaime Lannister to King’s Landing to trade for the Stark girls, Arya and Sansa. While on their trek to King’s Landing, Ser Jaime and Brienne where captured by The Goat and taken back to Harenhal. Lord Roose Bolton agreed to allow Jaime Lannister to return to King’s Landing, but kept Brienne to be fed to the bear.
Brienne was thrown in a pit with a ravenous bear, with nothing to defend herself with, besides a wooden practice sword. Jaime came back and rescued her, and took Brienne with him to King’s Landing.
Where do you think Brienne’s story will go in season 4? Let me know in the comments below and while you’re there, tell me who you would like to see as the next Countdown Character.