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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How is Aerys II's killer (Jaime Lannister) a usurper?

In S06E09, Daenerys tells Yara that Balon Greyjoy was a terrible king. Yara responds that that’s what Daenerys and herself have in common (both of their fathers were cruel). Daenerys then says that ...
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Why can't the Others go around the wall at sea?

As explained in a few earlier questions, The Wall does not extend all the way to the sea on the East, and the castle there is essentially undefended anyway. Thus, wildlings -- and Stannis army -- were ...
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Is Sansa and Tyrion's marriage still legitimate?

As of the end of Season 6 of Game of Thrones, it seems very likely that Daenerys and her fleet/army will, at some point, come into contact with Jon Snow and the North. It's entirely possible that ...
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To what extent does Jon Snow have abilities as a Warg

In "A Clash of Kings", we witness Jon warging into Ghost and getting attacked by the eagle. As far as I remember, he doesn't warg in the show after that point. My Questions are following: Is Jon ...
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What is the kill score of all dragons and dragon-riders during the Dance of the Dragons?

The Dance of the Dragons was a wide-scale civil war between two factions of House Targaryen headed by Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Prince Aegon II Targaryen who were both vying for the throne of ...
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How do genetics work in Game of Thrones?

How do genetics work in Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire universe? I am asking this because I am confused with hair colors of Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Tommen Baratheon (Lannister), House ...
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in Song of Ice and Fire - Can Jon be Legitimized? [duplicate]

In Song of Ice and Fire (or even the show, I guess) Who has the authority to legitimize a bastard? Specifically, how can Jon Snow become a Stark? Does Sansa or his half brother have the authority? ...
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How many dragons ever existed in Westeros?

There are multiple questions relevant to each other: How many dragons ever existed in Westeros? How do they end up? When did the number reach its peak?
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Does Littlefinger know about this person?

In the episode 6x10 of GOT, Littlefinger speaks with Sansa He talks about his dream and they talk about who should lead the North. There Littlefinger has a line: Who does he speak of? In the ...
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Will House Stark go extinct?

According to the family tree in A World of Ice and Fire Ned Stark's children are in fact the only surviving Starks. And as of S06E09; In the Season Six Finale it is revealed that; This means ...
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Why is Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane still a knight?

In episode 6 of season 1, "A Golden Crown", the Hand of the King, Eddard Stark, declared Ser Gregor Clegane an outlaw and stripped him of basically everything, and sentenced him to death on top of ...
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How can Sam become a Maester in time?

With the White Walkers not far off, and winter having started, how can Sam complete his education and become a Maester in time to help or save the Night's Watch? If a fast acolyte gets approximately ...
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Where can I find summary of the first three books of “A Song of Ice and Fire”?

I just started reading the fourth book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire. Since it is 1.5 years since I finished the third book, I'm pretty confused. Can I read a summary of the earlier books ...
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Why did the Targaryens choose Dragonstone after the visions of Daenys?

Daenys "The Dreamer" Targaryen had visions of the Doom of Valyria, so Aenar "The Exile" Targaryen relocated his whole clan to Dragonstone. Is there any explanation of why he chose specifically ...
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Why does Daenerys get a title on her birth?

First of all, i would like to clarify that my question is not a duplicate of this question. I know where the title “Stormborn” comes from, but my question is why does she have it at all? I don't ...
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What conditions are allowed for a decree of legitimisation or inheritance?

Marriages are automatically conditioned on certain past events or lack thereof. If one's supposedly married partner turns out to be a psychopath, one has grounds for annulment. If one's supposedly ...
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Annulments in Westeros

Westeros has annulments right? It's a pretty theocratic place so I guess there's no distinction of legal vs sept. I mean what's the law with the old gods? The seven? The red god? The Many faced god? ...
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Daenerys' nickname is Dany. What about Viserys?

Daenerys Targaryen: Viserys! Please. Moments later Viserys Targaryen: ! Dany, tell them. (the gold melts) Make them! Make them... (he looks at drogo) No, you can't! (back at dany) Dany, ...
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Is anyone concerned about Daenerys' lack of an heir?

Since only Bran and Howland Reed know about R+L=J as far as we know, Daenerys is kind of without an heir. Why does no one in the show seem concerned about this after season 1? I mean, if she dies, ...
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How could Jon be burned? [duplicate]

If Jon Snow indeed was the son of Lyanna and Rhaegar, how did he burn his arm in book one when he tried to save the Lord Commander Mormont from the wight? If he was part fire, how could he have ...
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Were there any marriages between Tyrell lord and woman from the current or ex royal family?

Were there any marriages before the beginning of the book "Game of Thrones" between any Tyrell lord and any woman from the Royal or ex-royal families (for example, Starks, Lannisters, Targaryen, ...
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Can white walkers and wights pass through the gates on the wall?

We know that at the very beginning of the books, two rangers, namely Othor and Jafer Flowers were found just outside the gates. Their bodies were brought through the wall by the Night's Watch. Later ...
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Which female line was Olenna Tyrell talking about?

In ASOS Chapter 6, Olenna Tyrell says this to Sansa Stark: You Starks were kings once, the Arryns and the Lannisters as well, and even the Baratheons through the female line, but the Tyrells ...
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How does a baby who is turned into white walker grow into an adult White Walker?

Season 4 Episode 4, Oath Keeper Craster's last son is taken away by a white walker and the Night King takes the boy and puts his finger to his face. The baby's eyes turn the color of those of the ...
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What is the range of a Warg? (Distance of Warging)

In Season 3 episode 2 , Dark wings, Dark Words the Character Orell has his eyes rolled back and an Eagle is circling above and Mance says to Jon Snow that he is a "warg". This is the first time we are ...
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Real-World Language Analogues in the World of Ice and Fire

George RR Martin is, by his own admission, not a linguist, and as such he has not done a great deal of linguistic heavy lifting in his storyverse. I believe this shows through in the narrative's use ...
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Is Lyanna Mormont the Lady of Bear Island on the show? (in contrast with the books)

In the books Lyanna's mother Maege is Lady of House Mormont. Lyanna also has other siblings that go in line before her. She does seem to have some authority because she was the one to respond to ...
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Do marriages still apply across faiths in Westeros?

Reading this question about Jon's bastard status, it occurred to me that people in the south get married in a sept, whereas people in the north generally get married before a Weirwood tree. This ...
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Why is Jon's surname Snow if he was born outside the North?

In Westeros, usually, bastards' surnames depend on the land where they were born. For example, Robert Baratheon's bastards are Edric Storm and Mya Stone. So, why is Jon's surname Snow? There are a ...
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Are there still events in the books that are yet to happen on the show?

Considering the books until A Dance with Dragons and the show until season 6 are there any major events that the show didn't cover yet? Before seeing the finale I was thinking But those were taken ...
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Under which kingdom is the Iron Islands?

According to the Game of Thrones Wiki, there seem to be 7 kingdoms but 8 governors. It seems to me that this is the correspondence: Kingdom of the North -- The Lord Paramount of the North and Warden ...
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Does nature in Westeros show dramatic adaptations to the multi-year winters?

The series portrays a world where there are occasional winters lasting several years. This world seems to be inhabited by plants and animals very similar to those on Earth: We often see mention of ...
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Why didn't Jeor ever visit Bear Island?

We know from the fact that Benjen periodically visited Winterfell that the sons of high lords were allowed to visit their families. However, Jeor Mormont's home on Bear Island is (I think) a little ...
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How regular is the climate situation in SOIAF? [duplicate]

How stable is the period of the multi-annual seasons? I know this is deliberately kept vague by the author, but there has been much speculation that the climate has some magical elements, and also ...
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What do people in Westeros eat during Winter?

Speculation about how long exactly a 'Winter' lasts in Westeros, partially substantiated from comments found in the books, tend to imply that the actual coming of Winter is pretty much random — i.e., ...
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Why Daenerys isn't considered a witch by these people?

In Game of Thrones S06E04 Why would she be considered a Khaleesi and not a witch? Why did the Dothraki decide to follow her? It's seems like witches are a bad thing in Westeros, Essos and ...
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Did anyone else discover that Jaime pushed Bran from the Broken Tower?

It was only Jaime, Cersei and Bran that knew about what happened in the tower, and Bran could not remember the incident after the fall, leaving only Cersei and Jaime with the knowledge. However, ...
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Has Valyrian steel ever been used in armor?

Given that I'm only starting A Clash of Kings and haven't yet seen past season 5 of they show there is plenty I haven't encountered yet, although I am curious... According to the source in this ...
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Ressurrection - Granted by which power?

By what power, is resurrection granted? Known resurrections: Thoros of Myr has resurrected Beric Dondarrion, no less than 6 times, but only after he lost his faith, indicating friendship is the key ...
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If a white walker is killed, what happens to the wights it's controlling?

If a white walker leading a force of wights is somehow killed, what becomes of the undead soldiers following it at the time? Do they drop dead for good, or do they keep trying to carry out the last ...
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Can Bran warg into white walkers or wights? [closed]

As we have Bran warg into animals and humans. Can he warg into white walkers or wights?
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When did Jaime reveal to Tyrion the real reason he killed his King (Mad King)?

In the S06E09 of Game of Thrones, "Battle of the Bastards", Tyrion argues with Daenerys that burning cities to the ground is not a good choice in war. He reveals to her the real reason Jaime, the ...
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Did Tyrion use all the Wildfire?

A ways back now, during the War of the Five Kings, Stannis tried to take Kings Landing by invading through Blackwater Bay. This plan was foiled by Tyrion finding out about the caches of wildfire ...
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Why weren't there more assassination attempts?

In season 1, the small council of Westeros attempted to assassinate but it backfired. How come there weren't more assassination attempts? Too busy with civil war? They seemed to have time to ...
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Why didn't the North (or anyone really) declare for Daenerys?

In Season 6, some of the Westerosi lords appear to be making plans for declaring allegiance to Daenerys Targaryen. If this is something the nobles are willing to do, why haven't any done it ...
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Are there countries where Game of Thrones is banned?

Considering that Game of Thrones has such sensitive content: blood and gore sex homosexuality incest child abuse I assume that certain countries may not be okay with allowing such depictions, be ...
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Is Jaqen breaking the rules when he gives Arya the coin?

In Season 2 Episode 10 , Jaqen says to Arya "To be a dancing master is a special thing, but... to be a Faceless Man... that is something else entirely. A girl has many names on her lips. Joffrey. ...
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Can reborn Azor Ahai and the Prince that was promised be different persons?

Some people assert that the prophecies about reborn Azor Ahai and The Prince That Was Promised are talking about the same person, but Websites which state that it could be the same person, don't list ...
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In Game of Thrones, is there evidence of magic involved with the Faith of the Seven? [duplicate]

In Game of Thrones we see evidence that various religions are able to perform magic. The followers of the Red God are able to give birth to living shadows and bring people back from the dead. The ...
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If a Faceless Man killed someone who is then brought back to life, does it count?

I was wondering if there was any canon that would lead one to believe one way or the other. Since the Many-Faced demands a life and one was taken, has the Faceless Man fulfilled his task? Or, since ...