- "All you lords and ladies, still think that the only thing that matters is gold. Well this makes me happier than all your gold ever could! And that makes me happier than all her sapphires, so go buy yourself a golden hand, and fuck yourself with it!"
- ―Locke explaining to Jaime Lannister why he does what he does.
Locke is a lesser lord sworn to House Bolton, and considered by Roose Bolton to be his best hunter. He is sent in pursuit of Jaime Lannister after the Kingslayer is freed from Northern captivity by Catelyn Stark.
On route to Harrenhal Locke and his men attempt to rape Brienne, but are persuaded otherwise by Jaime, who lies to the commander, convincing him that Brienne's home of Tarth - also known as the "Sapphire Isles"- is named such due to an abundance of precious gemstones, and that Selwyn Tarth would richly reward him for returning his only child intact. Emboldened by his success, Jaime attempts to barter for his release by reminding Locke of the wealth and power of his own father, Lord Tywin. This has an adverse effect, however, and Locke, enraged by Jaime's arrogance and complacency mutilates him by severing his sword hand.
As Lord Bolton leaves to attend to the wedding of Edmure Tully, Locke receives a raven from Lord Selwyn Tarth offering 300 golden dragons to ransom Brienne, but Locke refuses. Locke taunts Jaime as he sets to leave for King's Landing with Qyburn and Steelshanks. He alter puts Brienne inside the Harrenhal bear pit for his amusement and that of his men, giving the warrior woman nothing but a wooden tourney sword to defend herself from the bear kept in the pit. To Locke's frustration, Jaime comes back to rescue Brienne and saves her from the pit with the aid of Steelshanks, who has no choice but to help Jaime to fulfill Lord Bolton's orders.
|Season three appearances|
|Valar Dohaeris||Dark Wings, Dark Words||Walk of Punishment||And Now His Watch is Ended||Kissed by Fire|
|The Climb||The Bear and the Maiden Fair||Second Sons||The Rains of Castamere||Mhysa|
In the booksEdit
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Locke is analogous to Vargo Hoat. Hoat is the leader of the Brave Companions, also called the Bloody Mummers and the Footmen, an ill-reputed sellsword company formed by dangerous men of different cultures and backgrounds, most of them from Essos. Hoat hails from the Free City of Qohor. He's also known as "the Goat" for the banner of the Brave Companions, which shows the Black Goat of Qohor, and "the Crippler" for his habit of mutilating his victims. He is a ruthless, sadistic, and cunning villain. He is not trustworthy, and will switch sides if it suits his interests.
Vargo is described as tall, gaunt man with a long goatee. He wears a coat of arms feature the Black Goat of Qohor, a helm shaped as a goat's head and a necklace of coins from all the places where he has fought. His perpetually swollen tongue causes him to lisp and slobber when he speaks.
The Brave Companions are hired by Tywin Lannister to pillage the villages at the Riverlands, similarly to the Mountain and Amory Lorch. After hearing news about Robb Stark's victories over the Lannisters, Hoat decides to switch sides and makes a deal with Roose Bolton. Shortly after Arya Stark and Jaqen H'ghar release the Northern prisoners held in Harrenhal, the Brave Companions overcome Lorch's soldiers and open the gates to Lord Roose.
After taking Brienne and Jaime captives, Hoat has a Dothraki member of the Brave Companions, Zollo, chop off Jaime's hand. He also planned on gaining the favor of Lord Rickard Karstark, who had offered his daughter, Alys, to whoever brought him the Kingslayer.
When Jaime and Brienne are brought to Harrenhal, Roose is very displeased to see that Jaime was maimed, and to hear that Brienne was nearly gang-raped. He tells Jaime that he intends to release him, providing that Jaime tells Tywin that Roose had nothing to do with his maiming, and Jaime agrees, otherwise Roose will let Hoat do with him as he pleases. Roose makes it clear that Brienne must stay at Harrenhal for Hoat's entertainments.
After Jaime and Roose Bolton leave Harrenhal, Brienne remains as Hoat's captive. He tries to rape her, but she resists and bites off one of his ears, leading him to throw her in the bear pit. She saved by Jaime and Steelshanks, whose men outnumber the Brave Companions. Hoat is furious for losing both his captive and the bear, but has no choice but to let Jaime and Brienne leave.
In the books, "Locke" is the name of a noble house of the North, sworn to the Starks. Its role in the book events is rather minor. Their seat is Oldcastle. Only few members of the house are mentioned very briefly throughout the books.
- Vargo Hoat at A Wiki of Ice and Fire (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
|Lord:||Lord Roose Bolton||Heir:|
|Seat:||The Dreadfort||Lands:||The North|
|Title(s):||Lord of the Dreadfort|
|Current members:||Ramsay Snow|
|Household:||Locke · Qyburn · Steelshanks|