Originally Posted by eazyb81
I thought Stark mentioned to the old guy at the table (when they were discussing how much debt the throne was in) that he served under his (Stark's) father, and then served another King (said in kind of a snarky way like he was pissed about it). And then that guy handed him what I take was the "hand of the king".
That guy is Grand Maester Pycelle. He's the highest Maester in the kingdoms, although they haven't really gone into any detail yet what Maesters are (the only other one I think we've seen so far was Maester Luwin in Winterfell). Think, ah, something along the lines of scholar, advisor.