There aren't many characters in the Game of Thrones universe with particularly cheerful backstories, but Brienne of Tarth trumps most with her tale of dead siblings, a forgotten mother and numerous failed betrothals. As well as mockery. Lots of mockery.
But now G.R.R. Martin has confirmed at least one proud and prestigious element to Brienne the Beauty's story: she was related to Ser Duncan the Tall, the seven-foot knight of Westeros, who existed 100 years before the show's timeline; famed for his valour, chivalry and swordsmanship.
While the show hasn't spent much time on Ser Duncan, the character is a favorite of Martin's. He's even written a whole series of novellas about the tales of Ser Duncan "Dunk" the Tall and his squire "Egg."
Martin revealed the news at a rare public appearance in Baltimore, where he also read out a brand new chapter of Winds of Winter, adding further fuel to the rumours that the final book in the series might actually be released before we all wither and die.
What this means for Brienne going forward is yet to be seen. But knowing how the show works, she'll be probably be killed off in grim and ignominious fashion in next week's episode.