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Note: For the television series version of the character, see: Locke

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Oh yeth. Half the gold in Cathterly Rock, I thall have. But firth I mutht thend him a methage.
~ Vargo about vĩ đại have Zollo maim Jaime Lannister.

"Lord" Vargo Hoat, also infamously known as the Goat, is a major antagonist in the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series. He is a sellsword and the leader of the Brave Companions, an infamously vicious company of mercenaries. Hailing from the Free City of Qohor, Hoat has recruited the most vicious and bloodthirsty criminals and outcasts from Westeros, Essos, and Sothoryos. Vargo is nicknamed after the Black Goat, the deity of Qohor.

In the TV adaptation Game of Thrones, Hoat, along with the rest of the Brave Companions (except Qyburn, Rorge, and Biter), are replaced with a group of Bolton soldiers. He is renamed Locke.

Biography[]

Vargo Hoat is a tall, slender man with long đen sì hair and a long goatee reaching down vĩ đại his chest. He is best known for his lisping voice, caused by his perpetually swollen tongue and tendency vĩ đại chop the limbs of his victims. The atrocities committed by the Brave Companions are only rivaled by Gregor Clegane and his soldiers.

A trò chơi of Thrones[]

Vargo's company is employed by Lord Tywin Lannister and let loose upon the riverlands vĩ đại burn and pillage. He and the other raider captains each lead 300 cavalry.

A Clash of Kings[]

Although the terror unleashed around the Gods Eye by the Mountain's men and the Brave Companions has neither motivated Robb Stark vĩ đại march against Lord Tywin Lannister, who has taken Harrenhal as his seat, nor secured the release of Ser Jaime Lannister, Lord Tywin still keeps Vargo Hoat's men employed. They are mainly responsible for foraging, bringing the fruits of their plundering vĩ đại Harrenhal, then march out again soon. When Arya Stark observes them for the first time, she wonders how many monsters Lord Tywin does have.

There is tension between the Lannister forces and Vargo's men, leading vĩ đại occasional violence. One such incidence starts with an archer from Lord Lewys Lydden's men taunting some Brave Companions over their failure vĩ đại capture the brotherhood without banners and their leader, Beric Dondarrion, and leads vĩ đại the death of Ser Harys Swyft's squire. After Tywin has the archer and two Brave Companions hanged over the incident, Vargo and Harys complete their reconciliation with a kiss.

Lord Tywin Lannister marches his troops out of Harrenhal vĩ đại pursue Robb Stark, who has invaded the westerlands, leaving Ser Amory Lorch behind as castellan of the castle. However, Amory and Vargo hate each other, and Vargo soon decides vĩ đại turn cloak. He leads the Brave Companions vĩ đại Lord Roose Bolton's camp, where Vargo and Lord Bolton reach a deal: The Brave Companions arrange for Harrenhal vĩ đại fall into the hands of the northmen, in exchange for which Vargo is promised the title of Lord of Harrenhal once Roose and his men leave the castle.

As a result of the agreement, together with some plunder that includes a huge caged bear, Vargo brings a group of northern knights vĩ đại Harrenhal, led by Robett Glover and Aenys Frey. He claims they are captives the Brave Companions took when they repelled an attempt by Lord Bolton's forces vĩ đại cross the Trident. As part of the feint, the northerners are chained, in ragged clothes, and have many nhái injuries. Despite his displeasure with Vargo's assumed big catch, Amory falls for the trick and orders that the captives be brought vĩ đại a dungeon, ignoring a protest by Robett that they have been promised honorable treatment by Vargo.

Before the Brave Companions can keep their side of the bargain of releasing the prisoners ví that they can overpower the small force left vĩ đại defend Harrenhal, Arya Stark, not realizing what is going on, organizes a successful liberation of the captives with the assistance of Jaqen H'ghar, Biter, and Rorge. The northmen and the Brave Companions, now joined by Biter and Rorge, then bring the castle under their control, and the following evening, Roose arrives vĩ đại take his seat at Harrenhal. Vargo and Lord Bolton watch on as the Brave Companions parade a naked Amory through the yard and throw him into the bear pit.

The Brave Companions keep foraging for Lord Bolton, with the additional assignment of rooting out Lannister forces they come across. Vargo splits up his group into four parties, the largest led by him and the others by his most trusted captains, ví that they can visit as many villages as possible. Vargo's method of identifying traitors is simple: He merely seizes people who helped him while he was employed by Lord Tywin and confiscates the money they received for their assistance. As a result, the Brave Companions now often return vĩ đại Harrenhal with bags full of silver.

Arya, serving as cupbearer vĩ đại Roose Bolton, finds out from him that he is going vĩ đại hand over control of Harrenhal vĩ đại Vargo eventually and that she will stay behind. Apprehensive that with the Bolton men gone, nobody is going vĩ đại kiểm tra the violence of the Brave Companions and that she could become a target of Rorge in particular, who repeatedly suggested he would rape her, Arya flees from Harrenhal, taking Hot Pie and Gendry along.

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A Storm of Swords[]

After Ser Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth are captured by his men, Vargo orders Jaime's hand vĩ đại be cut off as a message vĩ đại his father. Hoat also hopes of gaining the hand of Alys Karstark, offered by Lord Rickard Karstark vĩ đại whoever brings him the Kingslayer, in marriage, which would give him the chance vĩ đại become Lord of Karhold. While that displeases Lord Roose Bolton, he still intends vĩ đại leave Harrenhal vĩ đại Vargo Hoat, albeit knowing that Lord Tywin Lannister is bound vĩ đại retake the castle and chastise Vargo eventually.

Following his taking control of Harrenhal after Lord Bolton's departure, Vargo tries vĩ đại force himself on Brienne, but she bites him in the left ear. He throws her into the bear pit and has her fight his bear with a tourney sword and no armor. When Jaime returns vĩ đại rescue Brienne from the expected rape at the hands of the Brave Companions, he offers vĩ đại ransom Brienne, but Vargo says that if he wants her, he should go and get her. Jaime rescues Brienne with the assistance of Bolton bowmen commanded by Steelshanks Walton. Vargo reluctantly allows them vĩ đại leave Harrenhal, stating he is 'merthiful'.

Later, Roose Bolton leaves for the Twins vĩ đại attend the Red Wedding and names Vargo Hoat as Lord of Harrenhal.

Commanded by Lord Tywin vĩ đại retake Harrenhal, the Mountain's men arrive at the lightly defended castle. After the capture of Harrenhal, Vargo's hands and feet are cut off.

A Feast for Crows[]

Timeon explains vĩ đại Brienne of Tarth that Vargo's ear became infected, turning đen sì and leaking pus. Urswyck and Rorge argued that the Brave Companions should leave Harrenhal, but Vargo, still believing he could be Lord of Harrenhal, ordered his men vĩ đại defend it for him. Almost all Brave Companions abandoned their leader at Harrenhal and dispersed, allowing Ser Gregor Clegane vĩ đại easily capture the castle. Before leaving for King's Landing vĩ đại be Tyrion Lannister's trial by combat for the death of King Joffrey Baratheon, Gregor finished Vargo off.

When Ser Jaime Lannister returns vĩ đại Harrenhal on his way vĩ đại ending the siege of Riverrun, he commands that Vargo's head be shown vĩ đại him. Although most of the flesh is gone and the lips, nose, and ears have been sliced off, Jaime recognizes that it is Vargo's because of the distinctive goatee.

Shitmouth and Raff the Sweetling inform Jaime that Gregor found Vargo sitting alone in the Hall of a Hundred Hearths, half mad with pain and fever from his festering wound. In a mockery of Vargo's preferred way of torturing his prisoners, Gregor cut off Vargo's limbs piece by piece over an extended period of time while he had the wounds bandaged ví that Vargo stayed alive. Vargo first lost his hands and feet, then his arms and legs. The extremities as well as other parts of Vargo's toàn thân were then fed as "roast goat" vĩ đại the northern prisoners that Gregor brought vĩ đại Harrenhal, including Ser Wylis Manderly, as well as vĩ đại Vargo himself.

After reflecting on how revenge has lost its savor vĩ đại him, Jaime tosses the head vĩ đại his squire Peck and orders him vĩ đại throw it into the Gods Eye. Jaime wonders whether the prisoners have an inkling of what was fed vĩ đại them at one point but decides it is better not vĩ đại inquire on this. When he observes how fat Ser Wylis Manderly still is after his extended captivity, he concludes the man had too much "roast goat." Raff the Sweetling took possession of Vargo's chain of linked coins.

TV Series[]

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Main article: Locke (Game of Thrones)

In the HBO TV series adaptation, Game of Thrones, Hoat's character was changed vĩ đại be a particularly sadistic thành viên of Bolton soldiers and renamed Locke. This was because the producers thought that Hoat's lisping voice was too over the top, and on request of George R. R. Martin himself, his name was changed since the character had become too different from Hoat, being less sadistic and horrendous.

He was portrayed by Noah Taylor.

Quotes about Vargo[]

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Trivia[]

  • The original Hoat is widely considered vĩ đại be one of the most hateful A Song of Ice and Fire villains due vĩ đại his cruelty and sadism.
  • The name Var(go) Ho(at) hid his nickname, the Goat, spelled by the last two letters of his first name and the last two letters of his last name.
  • His two most unique traits are his long goatee and his lisp, the latter affecting his speech. For instance, he greets Jaime as "the Kingthlayer."

External Links[]

  • Vargo Hoat on the A Wiki of Ice and Fire.

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