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Grand Maester Pycelle is the highest-ranking member of the "maesters" - the order of scholars/doctors/scientists/mailmen that are spread throughout Westeros. The Grand Maester answers only to the king - and Pycelle has served five of them (including Joffrey) in both the Targaryen and Baratheon eras. Although appearing feeble and old, Pycelle is actually quite cunning - and as we saw last season, nimble as well.

The Grand Maester is used to watching the game of thrones play out, but his allegiance to Queen Cersei will have unforeseen consequence when Tyrion Lannister enters the king's court.

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