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During Game of Thrones S03E03 Tyrion donates his squire Podrick a stay with three whores as a reward for his services, especially during the battle of Blackwater. But when he returns he gives the money back to Tyrion saying that they wouldn't take it, much to the wonder of Tyrion and Bronn:

Bronn: What did you tell them?
Podrick: I didn't tell them anything.
Tyrion: What did you do to them?
Podrick: Lots of things.
Tyrion: And they seemed to like these things?
Podrick: Yes, mylord.
Bronn: Of course they seemed to like it, they're paid to seem to like it.
Tyrion: Only they weren't paid.
Bronn: What you saying, those ladies enjoyed him so much they gave him the time for free?

But I wonder, was there anything more serious behind this scene or is Podrick really just an exceptionally good lover? While this question might seem trivial or speculative, I couldn't help but feel that this whole incident and conversation didn't contribute anything to the overall plot at all (especially in light of the IMHO rather minor role Podrick has in the story anyway). Yet, on the other hand Podrick's loyality doesn't seem in question when judging by the rest of the story so far, so it isn't too likely that he made some sinister deal either. So was this merely a little distraction or cheerful addition to Podrick's character or was there actually more to it that ties this scene in with the bigger picture (or maybe the source material is more elaborate)?

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Good question, but what about Podrick just lying about it? From what I recall of that set of scenes, I got that impression. –  DustinDavis Jul 7 '14 at 21:06
    
@DustinDavis I didn't think about that, especially since that money "was much more than [Tyrion] pays [him]", so he would have serious problems to get that together. Or do you mean he didn't actually sleep with the whores at all? –  Napoleon Wilson Jul 7 '14 at 21:08
    
While I don't recall if he returned the money, if not, maybe he wanted to keep it. But I meant maybe he didn't sleep with the whores at all. The reason for lying I don't know, but speculate to boast about his "talents". –  DustinDavis Jul 7 '14 at 21:23
    
The implication is that he's extremely well endowed. –  RedSirius Jul 8 '14 at 10:05
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Or it might have been that the whores wanted to have a joke at Tyrion's expense, knowing that he would spend many sleepless nights wondering about it :)) –  Luaan Jul 10 '14 at 13:46

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There's probably no deeper meaning to it

Podrick is pretty much seen as the comedic sidekick. In both the books and the TV show he is the unfortunate recipient of plenty of witty quips (mostly by Tyrion), even the fandom have picked him up as a funny meme of sort ("I blame Pod" is very widespread among fans). Also, the incident with the whores never happened in the books. However, what did happen in both books and show was Pod showing his true mettle during the Battle of the Blackwater.

This leads me to believe that it's just poking fun at Pod while also giving the impression that there's more depth to Pod than a bungling squire.

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You might not have watched it yet, but in the season finale Podrick went to the courtyard to tell Tyrion there was a family meeting going on, and a couple of girls giggled and said, "Ooh, that’s him!", indicating that his reputation is spreading by word of mouth. I think the in-universe answer is supposed to be yes, Podrick really is a good lover.

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I have watched it, but didn't remember this. –  Napoleon Wilson Jul 7 '14 at 23:08
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I interpreted it the same way as you, but then again I can't help but wonder if the whole thing is part of Tyrion's "thank you". Have the women give the money back so Pod thinks he's a stud, and spread word about his abilities so others do as well. –  Dean Jul 8 '14 at 17:21
    
@Dean Hmm, interesting. Maybe a bit too elaborate, but definitely an interesting theory. –  Napoleon Wilson Jul 9 '14 at 17:57

Though user21855's answer wasn't very specific, it is indeed true that there is that scene in the TV series. He really is a good lover with a no-larger-than-usual sized member. The girls couldn't explain exactly what it was that he did. There doesn't seem to be any particular reason for these scenes other than a sort of comic relief... thing.

The conversation between Ros and Varys takes place in Season 3, Episode 4 "And Now His Watch Is Ended". Roughly around the 12 minute mark - after Brandon's "dream" scene:

(possible spoilers ahead)

(Scene starts mid-conversation)

Varys: Is he very large?
Ros: No larger than usual, apparently.
Varys: And yet they said that he was -
Ros: (interrupts) - extraordinary. The most extraordinary man they've ever had.
Ros: And they've had a lot of men.
Varys: We're talking about the same Podrick; quiet boy, in lord Tyrion's service, seems a bit simple?
Varys: What did he do to them?
Ros: I don't know, my lord. The girls are usually quite descriptive.
Varys: So what did they say?
Ros: They said it was hard to describe...
Varys: Huh.
Varys leans back for a moment, then pours a drink for Ros while he continues
Varys: Prodigies appear... in the oddest of places.
Varys: And what did Littlefinger say about this loss of income?
Ros: He was too preoccupied to notice. He's leaving for the Eyrie soon.
Ros: I'm helping him prepare for his journey.
Varys: Ah yes... to pursue his enduring love of lady Arryn - and the title that comes with her.

(subject strays away from Podrick, master of the arcane art known as lovemaking)

I've got your back, anon ;)

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I think it is just an example of lame 'for cable TV" writing. This is a sex and sword drama, so everyone who is able to has sex and kills or is killed. Podrick is the doofus, (isn't he also the last kings bastard?). I think this is a way to make fun of Podrick for being so out of it he doesn't even understand his own gifts. In this case his enourmous endowment. I doubt the writers are keen enough to simply make him "good in bed" or deepen the character of prostitutes so that they are bragging about a 'good' or attentive lover. That kind of bragging from a cut and paste prostitute usually adds up to "endowment". How funny, the nerd is hung -that's the joke. I would imagine that is all that was intended with that. It is possible that this was a foreshadowing of a plot point that has yet to be made or even a set up to a bigger joke that was dropped or, again, will happen later.

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After watching that episode and reading the books i too have asked myself a couple of times what exactly Podrick did to those three whore and the thing is i've come to believe that maybe he really didn't do anything. What if it was just the other way around.

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If he was a very bad lover, why would the whores return the money? –  svick Jul 8 '14 at 14:30

Ros had a conversation with Varys explaining it, he's not particularly large it's just that the girls liked what he did.

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I can't remember this scene. Can you add the specific season and episode number please. –  KeyBrd Basher Jun 5 at 8:16

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