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"'Carry me', he says."
―Polliver, right before he stabs the injured boy Lommy through the throat[src]

Polliver is a recurring character in the second and fourth seasons. He is played by guest star Andy Kellegher and debuts in "What is Dead May Never Die." Polliver is a man-at-arms in service of House Lannister during the War of the Five Kings.

BiographyEdit

Season 2Edit

Polliver is a Lannister man-at-arms under the command of Ser Amory Lorch. He accompanies Lorch in the attack on Yoren and his Night's Watch recruits. He knocks Arya Stark over when she runs to join the fight and takes Needle from her. When the Lannister forces are victorious they take the survivors prisoner. Polliver uses Needle to kill Lommy Greenhands, because the boy cannot walk and he is not willing to carry him. Arya fools Lorch and his men into believing that Lommy was their target; the Royal bastard Gendry. Gendry is actually among the captives.[1]

Lorch and his men deliver the prisoners to Ser Gregor Clegane at Harrenhal. Ser Gregor oversees the torture of the captives, killing several of them. Polliver beats an old woman prisoner for asking him for a crust of bread. Gendry is selected to be tortured while Polliver stands guard. Lord Tywin Lannister arrives during the torture and asks Gregor what is going on. Gregor says that they were not expecting Tywin for another day. Tywin asks why the prisoners are not in their cells. Gregor says that their cells are overflowing. Polliver interjects that the prisoners will not be there long. Tywin asks if they are so well manned that they can afford to discard able and skilled prisoners. Polliver catches Arya looking at Needle in his sword belt and orders her to kneel, calling her boy. Tywin immediately realizes that she is a girl and calls Polliver an idiot. He asks why she has dressed as a boy and she says that it was safer to travel. He says that she is smart and orders the prisoners put to work. He says that Arya will be his new cupbearer.[2]

Season 4Edit

Polliver and a few half dozen other kingsmen are in a tavern, robbing the owner of his supplies while they prepare to rape the tavern girl. The Hound and Arya Stark arrive. Polliver only recognises the Hound, and goes to greet him. The two talk, with Polliver trying to convince Sandor to join them in robbing and pillaging anyone they wish, since they have the king's colors. The talk turns tense when Sandor makes it clear he no longer serves the king, and that the rumors of his desertion are true. He orders Polliver to give him chickens, and to shut up. Polliver questions him over how he would not die for the king but would die over a couple of chickens, to which Sandor responds that someone will die for them.

Arya kills Polliver
Arya kills Polliver.
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The tension finally erupts into conflict, Polliver is knocked out of the fight by Sandor who throws a table over him. Sandor then proceeds to slaughter all but Polliver and one of his men, who Arya kills by smashing a pot over his head and running him through with his long sword while he is staggered. When Polliver recovers and goes to kill the distracted Hound, Arya sneaks behind and hamstrings him with a sideways slash, taking back her stolen sword Needle as he falls to his knees. She steps up to him as he lay on his back and recreates Lommy's death scene by straddling the prone Polliver and reciting the words Polliver used to torment the paralyzed Lommy. Her gaze becomes that of a hardened killer. As she recites the final sentence, "fine little blade; maybe I'll pick my teeth with it.", Polliver's face changes from an expression of confusion, to recognition and then fright. She slowly sheaths Needle into his neck completing Lommy's death scene down to the gurgling of arterial blood from Polliver's mouth. As she watches him choke on his own blood a look of fascination resides on her face. 

AppearancesEdit

Season Two appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Season Four appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Polliver is a Lannister man-at-arms but he is under the command of Ser Gregor Clegane instead of Ser Amory Lorch. In the books it is Lorch who leads the attack on Yoren's recruits but Arya, Gendry, Hot Pie, the little girl named Weasel and Lommy escape. They are captured later by Clegane's men and Lommy is killed by Rafford (aka Raff the Sweetling), rather than Polliver. Nevertheless it is Polliver that takes Needle.

Arya and the Hound encounter Polliver, accompanied by the Tickler and a Sarsfield squire, at the Inn at the Crossroads in A Storm of Swords. It is the Hound and not Arya who kills Polliver in the ensuing brawl. Instead, Arya kills the Tickler, who in the novels was never targeted by Jaqen H'ghar.

Because Polliver was combined with Raff in the TV series, however, Arya kills Polliver in the TV series the same way that she later kills Raff in the books: sarcastically quoting back the same taunts he made to Lommy before he killed the boy, then stabbing Polliver/Raff through the throat in the same way that he killed Lommy.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Lord: Lord Tywin Lannister Heir: Tyrion Lannister (disputed)
House-Lannister-heraldry
Seat: Casterly Rock Lands: The Westerlands
Title(s): Lord Paramount of the Westerlands · Lord of Casterly Rock · Warden of the West · King of the Rock (pre-War of Conquest)
Ancestors:Lann the Clever · Loren Lannister
Current members:Kevan Lannister · Cersei Lannister · Jaime Lannister · Dorna Lannister · Lancel Lannister · Cynda Lannister · Sansa Stark
Deceased members:Tytos Lannister · Joanna Lannister · Stafford Lannister · Alton Lannister · Martyn Lannister · Willem Lannister
Household:Podrick Payne · Bronn · Gregor Clegane · Amory Lorch · Polliver · Rorge · Biter
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing

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