Vulture: Why do you think he saves Brienne? He didn’t have to. Up until their capture, he was her prisoner.
I’m not sure he really knows why, but there is something about her. She has dignity, she has pure morals, and she’s someone you can trust. It’s the first time he’s been forced to have a relationship with another grown-up who he’s not related to. And that has a deeper impact on him than he would have imagined possible. He didn’t respect her at first, but he respects her now. And I think any relationship, whether romantic or friendship, the core value of that is respect. Their relationship isn’t about an attraction, but about two people meeting and in many ways seeing themselves in the other person.
Vulture: It’s his first normal, healthy relationship.