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Brienne of Tarth is escorting Jaime Lannister from Riverrun to King's Landing to exchange him for the daughters of Lady Catelyn Stark. She stops when she sees the bodies of three women hanging in a tree. One of them has a sign around her neck saying they lay with lions. Jaime mentions that they were probably tavern girls who had relations with Lannister soldiers. Jaime confronts Brienne with the charge that this atrocity was committed by her side. She reminds him that she doesn't fight for the Starks, she has given fealty to Lady Catelyn.
When they hear the three Northern soldiers coming, Ser Jaime says to free his hands, but Brienne ignores him. The Stark soldier is accompanying two other men, which includes Tom. Brienne tells the men that she is transporting a criminal to Riverrun for justice. Jaime adopts a lower class accent and says he stole a pig. When the three realize that Brienne is a woman they laugh hysterically at her. Brienne asked if the dead women were given quick deaths. The leader of the three bluntly says that two of them were.
At this point the Stark soldier recognizes Ser Jaime, having seen him at the Battle of the Whispering Wood, and the leader challenges Brienne and Jaime to simultaneously say what Jaime's name is. She kills him and his companions, giving two of them quick deaths. She then cuts down and buries the hanging women.
|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|
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Brienne, Jaime and Cleos Frey do not run into any Stark soldiers after they escape from Riverrun. They do see the women hanging in the tree with the same sign, near smouldering remains of a large building, at the lands of House Bracken. Cleos recalls spending a night at that inn with his escorts on the way back to Riverrun. They presume the women were killed by Northmen, as the sign reveals, though it is uncertain by whose order; Jaime and Cleos guess it could have been Jonos Bracken, Marq Piper, Beric Dondarrion or Roose Bolton.
Brienne pulls the boat over, climbs the tree, and begins to cut the bodies down. However, when she gets high enough, she sees the mast of the boat from Riverrun that is pursuing them, so she leaves the women unburied and they flee.