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They seem to share the same last name.

Are they related? If so, how?

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Good question, have a look here: – Mooz Jun 18 '14 at 0:54
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Podrick Payne is a distant cousin of Ser Ilyn Payne, as detailed in A Game Of Thrones, Book One, Chapter 62:

Podrick Payne, swallowed whatever he had been about to say. The lad was a distant cousin to Ser Ilyn Payne, the king's headsman ... and almost as quiet, although not for want of a tongue

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Please add a reference for that quote. – Mooz Jun 18 '14 at 0:55
@Mooz - I have done so, but I have a Kindle edition, so I hope the chapter number is right. – iandotkelly Jun 18 '14 at 0:58
That's not a problem, as long as you mention that, people will get it :) – Mooz Jun 18 '14 at 1:12

They're distant cousins from different branches of the family.

Sources: GOT wiki and IGN wiki

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