Podrick Payne is the former squire of Tyrion Lannister and later the Squire of Brianne of Tarth. He is the from a smaller (poorer) branch of House Payne, a vassal House to the Lannisters of Casterly Rock. He is the cousin of Ser Ilyn Payne the Kings Justice to Robert Baratheon, Joffrey Baratheon and Tommen Baratheon.

Podrick distinguishes himself by saving the life of Tyrion Lannister at the Battle of the Blackwater despite no formal training.