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"Forgive me, Your Grace. You told me to come at once if there was anything important."
―Bernadette to Cersei Lannister[src]

Bernadette[1] was a handmaiden of House Lannister who served in the Red Keep.



Season 2

Shae holds a knife to Bernadette's throat.

She is a handmaiden to Sansa Stark. She finds Sansa and Shae trying to turn over her mattress to conceal Sansa's first flowering. She attempts to inform Queen Cersei but Shae threatens her with a knife to keep quiet. Nevertheless, the Queen is informed by Sandor Clegane.[2]

Season 3

Bernadette continues to be assigned to Sansa. She announces Tyrion Lannister when he calls on Sansa to "propose" to her.[3]

Season 4

Bernadette continues to spy on Tyrion for Cersei and discovers that his real secret lover is actually Shae. She then enters Cersei's chambers, while Jaime is present, to inform her of something "important".[4]

Season 6

Bernadette informs Cersei about Myrcella's arrival.

After Sansa's departure from King's Landing, Bernadette now seems to be serving Cersei herself. She notifies Cersei that a ship has arrived from Dorne.[5] Later, at the day of Cersei's trial by the Faith, she helps Cersei into her clothes, moments before the Destruction of the Great Sept.[6]

Season 7

Bernadette informs Cersei of Tycho's arrival.

Following Cersei's coronation, Bernadette begins to wear dark robes and cut her hair short as the court fashion for women is now mimicking Cersei's appearance. One morning, Bernadette goes to the Queen's room to inform her that Tycho Nestoris is waiting for her. While there, Bernadette spots an undressed Jaime in the bed of his sister, as Cersei decides that they would no longer hide their incestuous love affair. Although clearly surprised, Bernadette is wise enough not to comment and to simply deal with Cersei's instructions right away.[7]

Season 8

As much of Cersei's household perishes when Daenerys Targaryen damages the Red Keep with dragonfire, it is likely that Bernadette is killed in the Battle of King's Landing.[8]


Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

Behind the scenes

There is no character named "Bernadette" in the novels, and it doesn't seem to match their fantasy world. The character is never actually called that aloud and the name is apparently purely from the filming credits. This name was probably given after Bernadette Caulfield, one of the major producers on the TV series.

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, both Sansa and Tyrion are aware that all of Sansa's maids are spies for Cersei. Thus Sansa is careful not to reveal her true feelings to any of them and Tyrion takes precautions when he meets Shae.

When Tyrion hears servants joke about him that he still has not had sex with Sansa, he figures that Sansa's maids are the ones who spread the gossip. Tyrion complains to his father about Sansa's maids being women in Cersei's service. Tywin answers nonchalantly that if Tyrion doesn't like his wife's servants, he can dismiss them and hire new ones. Tyrion does so, hiring Shae (who unlike in the series, is utterly indifferent to Sansa) and another woman named Brella. Sansa feels more comfortable around them, but is still careful.