Dick would oft sing as they rode along together; never a whole song, only a snatch of this and a verse of that. She suspected that he meant to charm her, to put her off her guard. Sometimes he would try to get her and Podrick to sing along with him, to no avail. The boy was too shy and tongue-tied, and Brienne did not sing. [...]
When he was not singing, Nimble Dick would talk, regaling them with tales of Crackclaw Point. - Brienne IV, aFfC
My recent meme comic put me in a mood to properly draw them :) Podrick Payne, Nimble Dick Crabb, and Brienne of Tarth
I'm not an idiot. He didn't love me. He didn't want me. He danced with me because he was kind, and didn't want to see me hurt. He saved me from being a joke... from that day, until his last day. And I couldn't save him in return. Nothing's more hateful than failing to protect the one you love.
An instant later, the hulls came slamming together again, so hard the deck seemed to jump. Then someone was kneeling over him. "Jaime?" he croaked, almost choking on the blood that filled his mouth. Who else would save him, if not his brother?
"Be still, my lord, you're hurt bad." A boy's voice, that makes no sense, thought Tyrion. It sounded almost like Pod.
—Tyrion XIV, A Clash of Kings
"Why are you stalking after me?" she said. "What do you want?"
"To find her." The boy got to his feet. "His lady. You're looking for her. Brella told me. She's his wife. Not Brella, Lady Sansa. So I thought, if you found her . . ." His face twisted in sudden anguish. "I'm his squire," he repeated, as the rain ran down his face, "but he left me."
—Brienne II, A Feast for Crows
When Tyrion had shouted out for Podrick Payne to help him with his armor, he'd found the boy asleep and snoring. Not the quickest lad I've ever known, but a decent squire in the end. I hope he found a better man to serve.
—Tyrion I, The Winds of Winter
Thinking about 13-year-old Podrick and how throughout his whole life no one has cared about him until Tyrion, who was the first person to show him kindness. He tracks Brienne all on his own, because no one was looking out for him after Tyrion left, and it’s just on the hope that she’ll find someone who might be with Tyrion or know where he is. And Brienne takes him in, even though she doesn’t have to, and it’s him, he who was “all she could see” as they were being hanged, that causes her to scream “Sword!” at Lady Stoneheart. This boy who has been abandoned by everyone in his life, who has never had a true family, who—
CHAPTERS OF A SONG OF ICE & FIRE - A FEAST FOR CROWS - BRIENNE II
The northern dead, far more numerous, were buried in a common grave beside the sea. Above the cairn that marked their resting place, the victors had raised a rough-hewn wooden marker. HERE LIE THE WOLVES was all it said. Brienne stopped beside it and said a silent prayer for them, and for Catelyn Stark and her son Robb and all the men who’d died with them as well.