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 was there no concerted effort on the part of the Free Cities to unite after the Doom?

When the Roman Empire fell, the Emperors did the best they could to hold the fragments together, somewhat. It seems that when Valyria fell, Volantis went on the war path to absorb as much territory as ...
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How old is Bloodraven aka Brynden Rivers when he meets Bran?

It is basically a fact that what Bran meets behind the wall is basically Brynden Rivers (aka Bloodraven) on some sort of life support machine that is a tree. How old was he when this occured ?
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A song of fire and Ice: Name of a bastards child? [duplicate]

If a bastard has a child from marriage. What would be the child's surname? If it was their fathers it would be confusing and probably most 'natural names' would be held by legitimately born children.
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In ASOIAF, what evidence is there that Sansa will cast down Cersei?

In ASOIAF, a young Cersei goes to visit Maggy The Frog to have her fortune told. What indications or evidence, if any, are provided in the books so far that this will be Sansa, the source of her ...
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What is the in-universe title of Yandel's ‘A World of Ice and Fire’?

The title has it all. The book written by Elio Garcia Jr & Linda Antonsson was released in 2014 under the title A World of Ice and Fire! The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones. ...
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What were Bran and Rickon Stark supposed to do when they grew up?

Assuming neither of them ended up becoming the eldest living son (that is, had Robb Stark survived to adulthood), what was expected of the younger Stark sons, Bran and Rickon? As I understand it, ...
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How old is Mace?

How old is Mace Tyrell? Mace Tyrell, also known as the Fat Flower of Highgarden, is a prominent minor character in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels and the Game of Thrones TV series, but how old is ...
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How many named characters are there in A Song of Ice and Fire?

Has anyone ever counted how many named characters there are in the Song of Ice and Fire books? I can imagine it being hundreds or even passing a thousand with many of the names only mentioned once.
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Why does the golden company raise the banners for a Targaryen?

The golden company as we discover in the tales of Dunk & Egg was created by exiled knight Bittersteel, the bastard of the Targaryen king, after they tried to sit Blackfyre on the throne instead of ...
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What exists beyond Westeros, North of the Wall and the Free Cities?

I went throught the five books and the TV series and just out of curiosity I wanted to ask if there has been mention by G. R. R. Martin about the existence of life beyond the map of Westeros, north of ...
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Order of books in A Song of Ice and Fire [duplicate]

There are numerous ways to read A Song of Ice and Fire I have done the research. I would like to read the 4th and 5th books simultaneously but I read that you can read A Knight of Seven Kingdoms ...
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What is an “elk” beyond the Wall?

In A Song of Ice and Fire we are told that Coldhands rides a large elk with a great rack of antlers. Well, the word elk has different meanings in the UK and the US. Which is it? UK meaning of ...
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In Game of Thrones, how difficult would it be to invade the Vale of Arryn through The Bite?

My idea of the Vale, and the reason why it's considered impregnable without dragons (or maybe boats), is because of the bottleneck in the Bloody Gate; however, looking at a map of the area, it seems ...
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Does Joffrey ever show incestuous tendencies?

Reading "The World of Ice & Fire; the untold history of Westeros and the Game of Thrones", a pretty good case is made that This would go a long way to explaining certain qualities that both ...
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When exactly did Renly discover Joffrey is illegitimate?

In books? In series? I thought in either, it was because of Stannis' letters that he first came to know it (or if he didn't believe it: he was first came to be informed about about such possibility), ...
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What happens if Tommen dies? [duplicate]

So in season 5/the next book Assuming for some reason who Let's not get into speculative stuff like the kingdoms rebel or secede or Daenerys invades. Let's assume some ideal situation like ...
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What is Renly's basis for removing Joffrey?

Related question: What was the basis for Lord Renly's claim to the throne? I get that he considers himself a better king than Stannis, but why isn't he loyal to Joffrey who is supposedly the ...
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Since Joffrey was a minor, why the urgency?

In the first book/season of ASoIaF/GoT, Robert wanted to say in his will that Ned would rule temporarily until Joffrey comes of age. I haven't read the books so I'm going to assume it's not so ...
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How many statues are there in the Crypts of Winterfell? And in what order are they stored?

The Crypts of Winterfell have always astonished me. It seems like a strange place at best and seems to be strongly connected to magic. However, the most literal use for them has been as a tomb for ...
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Do lands other than Westeros suffer from long Winters and live under the threat of Others?

The whole multi-continent aspect of A Song of Ice and Fire seems to be getting out of hand. Do the other continents suffer those long winters? Can the Others harm the other continents? In The Lord ...
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Is there any mention of mathematicians in Westeros?

I'm thinking people in Westeros and Essos know or ought to know math such as basic geometry and probability and maybe some basics of finance, economics, physics, engineering, technology, medicine or ...
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Who was the first person to bear the name “Lannister”?

I know Loreon I Lannister was the very first Lannister to rule as King of the rock but of course it doesn't mean he was the very first person to ever bear the name Lannister I'm trying to find out ...
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Have any Ladies had illegitimate children?

Avoiding incest like Targaryens and more... I wonder if there are any illegitimate sons or daughters of a Lady. Suppose, for example that when Eddard Stark returned from war, he found Lady Catlyn ...
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Why was the necklace plot necessary? [duplicate]

Why was it necessary for Lady Olena, Peter Baelesh and Ser Dontos to conspire together to give Sansa a necklace containing poison? Given that Lady Olena was essentially just pouring poison in to ...
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How many people actually died during The War of the Five Kings?

If I understand correctly, before the events of the first season (or book) the population of the Seven Kingdoms was about half a million or so? But how bloody was the clash of the kings, and how ...
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Why did Thoros of Myr refuse her the Kiss of Life?

Warning: potential spoiler for the viewers of the TV show Game of Thrones : as of season 5, one of the concerned characters has not yet been introduced, and may or may not appear in future seasons of ...
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How many Gods are in Game of Thrones?

There seem to be six or seven different religions with even more Gods?
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Which major magic-related Game of Thrones book characters have been missing from the HBO series from S3-S5?

Which major characters with dialogue, inner or outer, who are important to the magical aspects of the story are missing from the HBO series so far?
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Where does Bronn come from?

Simple question: where was the mercenary Bronn born and raised? In the TV series Game of Thrones, he speaks with a northern English accent, suggesting he comes from the North. But is there any more ...
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On which of the fingers is Petyr Baelish from/where are his lands?

In the books it is said they call him Littlefinger because his holdings are on the smallest of the Fingers. Which one is that (since his small castle does not appear on maps)? On the maps there are ...
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What methods to reproduce/copy books are available in the world of Game of Thrones / ASOIAF?

I am wondering what methods to reproduce or copy books are available on the work of Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire). I been trying to do some research (Google, Game of Thrones wikis, this ...
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Why did Stannis join the rebellion?

We know that before the story of ASOIAF begins, Robert's Rebellion has toppled the Targaryen Dynasty and crowned Robert of House Baratheon to sit on the Iron Throne. Stannis is described (more so in ...
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A Storm of Swords: Why don't the unsullied attack Jhogo when Dany orders them to kill people with whips?

In A Storm of Swords Chapter 27, Danaerys orders her new Unsullied to Slay the Good Masters, slay the soldiers, slay every man who wears a tokar or holds a whip, but harm no child under twelve, ...
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Does anybody know which passages of A Storm Of Swords and A Feast For Crows are depicted in these illustration covers?

This is the cover of A Storm Of Swords: And this is the cover of A Feast For Crows Both were published by Plaza & Janés, a spanish publishing house. I don't know the name of the ...
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Who initiated the rescue of this character in A Song of Ice and Fire? (Spoilers)

In A Storm of Swords, who initiated the rescue of I know Varys and Jaime were both involved, but who came up with the rescue plan?
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What did Waymar Royce do to be sent to the Night's Watch?

Waymar Royce was the head of the party of three to investigate the rumors of White Walkers. Why did he join the Night's Watch?
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How have the Faceless Men survived?

From what I understand, murder is illegal in the civilized parts of Westeros and Essos. If it weren't, I would expect more people to die on the streets than they seem to. The Faceless Men are hired ...
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Do the Dothraki practice extramarital sex?

Obviously, raping and pillaging is a large part of Dothraki culture, however they do take wives. So I'm wondering, once a Dothraki man is wed, will he still take part in rape and sex with other women? ...
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Do fighters in the Game Of Thrones books not wear helmets?

I just watched Game of Thrones HBO Season 4, and after the trial by combat (where one duelist wears a helmet, and the outcome might've been different if they both had), I noticed that later combats ...
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What happened to Jon Snow? The Evidence [closed]

Spoilers for A Dance with Dragons part 2 / Game of Thrones season 5 ! The last time we saw Jon Snow, either in the books or the TV series, Now the internet is awash with speculation on whether ...
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Does Maester Marwyn exist at all on GoT planetos?

So, a lot of people make a big deal of Maester Marwyn and his glass candle. And connections everywhere. And magical abilities. And conspicuously weird behavior. He's apparently behind everything from ...
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What is the best way to read A Dance with Dragons and A Feast for Crows? [duplicate]

The two books occur during the same time frame, but in different locations. My first read-through was in rough chronological order according to boiledleather.com. I am planning to reread the series ...
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Shouldn't the King's Landing godswood have a weirwood tree?

Is it not disrespectful of the people of the North for the King's Landing godswood not to have a weirdwood tree? I understand that there was some cutting-down of weirwoods south of the neck, but ...
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What was the original cause of enmity between Stark and Lannister?

In A Game of Thrones, chapter 4 (the first Eddard chapter), we hear Eddard and King Robert talking about sending Lysa Arryn's son, Robert Arryn to be a ward of Tywin Lannister. Eddard is relieved that ...
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Trial by battle without consequences

In the novella The Sworn Sword (not the graphic novel) ... Why wasn't she punished?
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Does the reaction given by Petyr Baelish exist in books ?

In Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 4, When Petyr Baelish and Sansa discuss about Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen in the Crypts of Winterfell, It would be interesting to know if the same ...
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Why was Aegon the Conqueror named king of the Rhoynar?

Aegon the Conqueror never conquered Dorne, yet he was named King of the Rhoynar by the High Septon in Oldtown. The Rhoynar settled in Dorne when they fled Essos hundreds of years before Aegon's ...
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What is the nature of Jaime and Brienne's relationship?

One of the relationship dynamics in the show that I like the most is between Jaime and Brienne. However, I have not read the books. Is their relationship built on (slowly-built) respect for one ...
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Can whitewalkers swim?

In Game Of Thrones Season 5 episode 8 (Hardhome), we saw : I wonder why : Was it intentional :
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Why was the plan for the Purple Wedding so complicated?

Spoilers for A Storm of Swords / Season 4 episode 2 "The Lion and the Rose". At the Purple Wedding, perform their plan of A short summary of their plan: But why was their plan so ...