- "Where is the Brotherhood?"
- ―The Tickler
The Tickler is a recurring character in the second season. He is played by Anthony Morris and debuts in "Garden of Bones." He is a soldier serving under Ser Gregor Clegane who specializes in interrogation and torture techniques.
After Arya Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie are imprisoned in a village near Harrenhal taken over by the Lannister army, they hear the Tickler interrogating a prisoner. The following day, another villager is selected by Gregor Clegane. The Tickler has the prisoner strapped and a bucket with a rat inside put over his chest. He interrogates the prisoner about hidden gold, jewels and the whereabouts of "The Brotherhood" and which villagers are helping them. When the prisoner denies knowledge, the Tickler has Weasel heat the bucket with fire to make the rat claw its way through the prisoner's chest. After a short time, the prisoner denounces a butcher named Ganes and his son, but the Tickler continues with the torture, killing the prisoner.
The next day, it is Gendry who is chosen and the Tickler goes through the same process again, but Gendry is saved when Tywin Lannister arrives and decides it's stupid to kill able-bodied workers.
Jaqen H'ghar wants to repay Arya for saving his life, when he was trapped in the burning wagon. He offers Arya Stark three deaths as balance for his life and the lives of Rorge and Biter. She robbed the Red God of three deaths and must name three to replace them. The torturer is the first man she names (she doesn't know his real name, just that they call him the Tickler). Arya is talking to Gendry when they hear a scream. They run out to see the Tickler dead on the ground, his neck broken. Above him on the walkway, Arya sees Jaqen H'gher. He places one finger up next to his cheek.
|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, the Tickler is an associate of Ser Gregor Clegane and serves in his band of man-at-arms alongside Polliver, Chiswyck, Raff "the Sweetling", Dunsen and others. His face is so ordinary and his garb so plain that Arya might have thought him one of the villagers before she had seen him at his work. His real name is not revealed.
The torturing takes place during stops on the forced march to Harrenhal, not at Harrenhal itself. Every day the Tickler picks people in random from the captives (but not Gendry). He always asks them the same questions:
- Was there gold hidden in the village? Silver, gems?
- Was there more food?
- Where was Lord Beric Dondarrion?
- Which of the village folk had aided him?
- When he rode off, where did he go?
- How many men were with them? How many knights, how many bowmen, how many men-at-arms?
- How were they armed? How many were horsed? How many were wounded?
- What other enemy had they seen? How many? When? What banners did they fly? Where did they go?
None of the tortured captives survived the Tickler's interrogation. The strongest lasted past evenfall. Their bodies were hung beyond the fires for the wolves.
Tywin Lannister does not come to Harrenhal while the Tickler is there (he is one of Gregor Clegane's men and Tywin Lannister doesn't come until later). Unlike his television counterpart, he is not killed by Jaqen H'ghar. The Tickler leaves Harrenhal and his story continues in the books.
- The Tickler at A Wiki of Ice and Fire (spoilers from the books)
|Lord:||Ser Gregor Clegane||Heir:||Sandor Clegane|
|Household:||Joss Stilwood · The Tickler · Weasel|