A series of epic fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. For questions about the TV series based on them, use the [tag:game-of-thrones] tag.

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Why did King Aerys demand the death of Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark?

I understand that Lyanna Stark was abducted by Rhaegar leading to the arrest of Brandon Stark. I don't really understand how this relates to Jon Arryn's wards though.
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What are the advantages that come with knighthood?

Often in the story we see characters be promised knighthood. This usually seems to be a big deal to those that receive it. For example after the battle of the Blackwater, Bronn clearly reminds people ...
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Did this Game of Thrones character cause the previous king to go mad?

Spoiler alert! If you haven't seen 6th season episodes, you might want to avoid reading any further. Is there anything from the books which help answer that question?
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Do Children of the Forest exist in Westeros in the time which is current for the series and the books?

Are there any Children of the Forest in Westeros in the time which is current for the series and the books?? I'm interested in both series and book answers
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Is Brandon Stark responsible for everything? [on hold]

After watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones (I'm also an avid reader, so I've read up until ADWD) I just had a thought that stemmed from: (SPOILER) Is it possible that Brandon Stark could ...
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Who died in A Song of Ice And Fire? [on hold]

So recently, an image macro has been making the rounds, where J.K. Rowling mentions how hard it is to kill off so many characters, with G.R.R. Martin beneath that saying "You're adorable". Besides ...
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How long does it take to get from Moat Cailin to Mole Town on horseback?

Question says it all. How long does it take to get from Moat Cailin to Mole Town on horseback? Assumptions: No battles are going on, but the land is not peaceful. You need to not attract too much ...
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Is the origin of the Night's King in GoT season 6 consistent with the books?

PLEASE NOTE: This question is not a dupe, because it takes into account more information from the latest episode of Game of Thrones. GoT Season 6, Episode 5 ("The Door") revealed to us how the ...
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Who was the first married man to join the Night Watch while his wife was alive?

In G.Martin's books and series, who was the first married man about whom we know that he joined the Night Watch (by his own will, or being sentenced to do that) while his wife was alive?
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Is marriage of someone swearing to celibacy annulled in Westeros?

I am wondering about marriage laws of Westeros. To keep this question from being too broad, lets discuss only case of the prevalent religion of Westeros, the Faith of seven. We do know that a ...
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How did Daenerys avoid injury in Vaes Dothrak?

In s06E04 Daenerys Now I am aware she did this once before but G.R.R.M. went on record and said that: Now the only explanation I have is that TV show is different from books, but this seems a ...
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The number of soldiers each house can rally

Now that we might see some Vale action, I really wonder the number of soldiers each house can muster. There is a comprehensive semi-canon source for this question: ...
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Where was the kingsguard during the sack of King's Landing?

The seven knights of the Kingsguard were stationed in different locations during the last days of King Aerys II. Gerold Hightower, Oswell Whent, and Arthur Dayne were stationed at the Tower of Joy, ...
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Is there a meaning behind Stark characters losing their wolf

In the very first episode of GoT we see all of the stark children get a pet wolf. During the tv series, these wolves have played a semi important part in certain situations and have every time ...
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What was the first precedent when somebody was expelled from Kingsguard before GOT events?

Kingsguard members serve till the death. But during the events of the books and TV series, some members were expelled. What was the first precedent when somebody was expelled from Kingsguard? For ...
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Who's King Roberts proxy between Jon Arryn and Eddard Stark?

After Lord Jon Arryn's untimely demise, King Robert of the House Baratheon, the First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, decides ...
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Why do some members of House Dayne have Valyrian looks?

First off, it is undisputed that House Dayne is descended from the First Men and are described as what Daeron II would have called, stone Dornish. But when we see the known members of House Dayne, we ...
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Why we have no (or close to none) children of the forest in the north but beyond the wall

Alright my history and geography on Westeros might be a little shaky so feel free to correct me on any presumptions So , Westeros was covered with the children of the forest from the north to Dorne ...
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What is the reason for the mental change of resurrected characters in Game of Thrones

Inspired by this question and the resulting discussion. Is there a canonical explanation (in the books, show, from George RR Martin, etc) of why a character's personality and memery changes when ...
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What is the in-universe meaning of the ASOIF book titles?

I know that : A Game of Thrones refers to the eponymous "game" of politics and treason characters play to claim the iron throne and the power that comes with it. A Clash of Kings obviously refers to ...
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Who is the dual wielding kingsguard in the Tower of Joy scene?

It appears half of internet is in consensus that dual sword wielder in the Tower of Joy scene is Arthur Dayne, sword of the morning. We know that the fight in the book was 7 vs 3, but in the scene it ...
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Is there any evidence that this character is a warg? [closed]

Possible spoilers ahead. In "Home", episode 2 of season 6, Some of my friends online have been toying with the idea that: Now we know GRRMs style of leaving subtle hints in place. Has there ...
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Why didn't the dragons burn him? [closed]

In Season 6, Episode 2... If the dragons are frustrated living in a dungeon for so long, and they see a stranger, why didn't they attack? If somebody familiar went down to free them, it would be ...
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Game of Thrones Giants: Where are their cities?

HBO series watcher here, never read the books. After consulting the Google Gods, I can't seem to get any clarity on the status of the Giants on Game of Thrones. Where do they come from? Is there a ...
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Red Priests/Priestesses and their tokens [closed]

In S06E01 of the series we get to discover that Is it plausible that all Red Priests/Priestesses have a token of their own from which they can channel their powers? If so, what are the possible ...
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The Dothraki cut their braids after defeat in battle, but when would a Dothraki be spared after being defeated?

Quoting A Wiki of Ice and Fire: The Dothraki’s proof of valor is their braided topknots. Whenever they lose a battle they must cut their braids as a sign of defeat. However, in the television ...
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Why are the nobles so powerless against the Faith Militant?

It doesn't seem to make sense at all. The Faith Militant are clearly far weaker than any of the Great Houses let alone the Tyrells and the Lannisters. They've only just gained a militia, have ...
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Tourney Rules in World of Ice and Fire: Status of Non-Knight participants in Tourneys

Please see this question to build context. This question is to comply with community suggestions and to split up a large question into different part. Following up on what's already stated on the ...
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Tourney Rules in World of Ice and Fire: Choosing Queen of Love and beauty

This has been irking me for a while now. There is a brief over-view of tourney rules gathered from A song of ice and fire, The Princess and the Queen, The Dunk & Egg series. I know there are ...
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Why is Dany unable to control her dragon?

History goes that Aegon and his dragon conquered the seven kingdoms. Which seems that Aegon had good command over his dragon. Jorah said something about the dragon to Dany that dragons can not be ...
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What brings Drogon to Dany? [duplicate]

Season 5 Spoiler alert!!!
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Did Tywin Lanister know Arya is not a commoner?

While Arya lives in the same place as Tywin Lanister he once corrects her about which people say "my lord", "m'lord" and/or "milord". As part of the discussion in this question, there seems to be a ...
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Do all the red priests/priestess have common origin?

There's obviously something magical about them. Is there any mention about their origin in the books or the tv show? or were they trained somewhere to acquire all the magic?
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Where Do Whores Go?

In A Song Of Ice And Fire, Tyrion Lannister wanders Valyria in search of his lost love, Tysha. Heavy spoiler from A Storm of Swords part 2, you have been warned. Therefore Tyrion asks most people ...
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Does the North know that Ramsay did not marry Arya?

Roose Bolton arranged the marriage between his son Ramsay and the daughter of the former Lord Paramount of the North, Eddard Stark. But the Arya his son married is an imposter. Does he and the rest of ...
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Why did only Stannis come to defend against the attack on Castle Black?

Why did only Stannis come to defend against the Castle Black attack? Didn't Aemon Targaryen tell Sam to make sure that all the crows are fed and to send the word to all the kingdoms?
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Is there anything to the idea of an “Uncle Ben” trope?

There seems to be a trend of Uncle Ben's who inspire a protagonist and then die, inspiring them some more. Spider-man's uncle Ben Luke Skywalker's "uncle Ben" Jon Snow's Uncle Benjen Are there ...
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What do we know about Bran the Builder?

We all know of the mythical and mystical character of Bran the Builder; we know he had magical power, he built the Wall, also Storm's End. But not much is known about how he got the power in the first ...
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What are the words of House Blackfyre?

It is of my opinion that House Blackfyre is going to be making a comeback in the person of Now, all the major houses have their words. Starks are "Winter is coming", Martell's words are "Unbowed, ...
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Why didn't people see each other for such a long time?

Eddard Stark hadn't seen Robert Baratheon for nine years when Robert came to Winterfell. Catelyn hadn't seen her sister for five years when she met her at the Eyrie. I'm sure there are many other ...
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Use of “shadows” are servants of light/good

I found it very profound when Melisandre said, There are no shadows in the dark. Shadows are the servants of the light, the children of fire. The brightest flame casts the darkest shadows. - ...
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Is there a map of Daenerys's palace?

I am writing some fanfic in the form of an After Action report based on my Aegon VI CK2 AGOT mod playthrough. In my version of events, I (Aegon) learned (after defeating the Lannister and Baratheon ...
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Which characters' dead/alive status is different between the ends of Game of Thrones season 5 and A Dance With Dragons?

No particular reason for asking, and please don't post any comments about spoiler-y things GRRM or anyone else may or may not have mentioned in interviews about upcoming twists in upcoming books or ...
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How does the chain used at the Battle of the Blackwater work?

At the Battle of the Blackwater a massive chain had been raised between two winch towers at the mouth of the river. It was mentioned in Chapter 15 of A Clash of Kings that a thousand links were ...
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Is there any evidence that kinslayers or guest-right-breakers are actually accursed?

In the Song of Fire and Ice books, there are many references to the idea that nothing offends the gods more than killing a relative ("kin-slaying") or killing a guest of yours who has eaten bread and ...
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Who is the current liegelord of the riverlands?

Premises: Petyr Baelish is currently the Lord Paramount of the Trident It is the wish of the King's Grace that his loyal councillor Petyr Baelish be rewarded for faithful service to crown and ...
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Were magical creatures and magic north of The Wall affected when dragons returned?

In the show it is evident that With the rebirth of dragons, magic (or at least eastern magic) seems to be slowly making its way back into the world Warging is also considered as a magic and ...
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Was Harrenhall sworn directly to the crown or to the Tully's followed by the crown?

It was stated in the first or second book that, in the event that a vassal dies without an heir of his house, the liege should decide how to solve the problem to avoid squabbling lords and unnecessary ...
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Why do the tribesmen of the Vale hang around Tyrion for so long?

Tyrion and Bronn run into the tribesmen of the Vale as they are descending after Tyrion is released by Lysa Arryn. In typical Lannister fashion, Tyrion tries to buy his freedom with gold, which ...
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How are new members of the Kingsguard decided?

As far as I'm aware it is the King or Queen (or the Regent on behalf of the King/Queen) who decides the people assigned to the Kingsguard, who are supposed to be a selection of the greatest swordsmen ...