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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, he was apparently Now the internet is awash with ...
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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 ...
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How did Ned see Cersei more recently than Robert?

"It will be good to see the children. The youngest was still sucking at the Lannister woman's teat the last time I saw him. He must be, what, five by now?" "Prince Tommen is seven," she told ...
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How cold does it get in winter?

We all know that The North of Westeros is already pretty chilly even in summer, with it only getting colder and colder when you go beyond the wall. However, winters are meant to be significantly ...
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Does Trial by Combat actually work?

We've seen several instances of Trial by Combat in both the Game of Thrones TV series and the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Trial by Combat is said to allow the gods themselves to determine the ...
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Where are the other Baelishes, if any?

I had a random thought : Does Petyr Baelish still have any relatives? What happened to his parents? Any siblings? Any children, legitimate or illegitimate?
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What exactly is the “Oily Black Stone”, and why is it everywhere?

In The World of Ice and Fire (TWOIAF), a companion book to the A Song of Ice and Fire series, there are repeated references to mysterious "black stone" (often described as oily or greasy), which ...
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What does “You know nothing, Jon Snow” mean?

We all know and love Ygritte's favourite phrase: You know nothing, Jon Snow - Ygritte Or as she says it: Yew know nuthin, Jon Snore But, what on Westeros does it mean?? Is there any ...
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In the GoT book and/or HBO canon, are the giants now below a minimum viable population?

In the books, I recall some small, unspecified number of giants escaping South. In the HBO series, Wun Wun is the only giant we see escaping from Hardhome and passing through the wall (and wow does he ...
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What's on the southern hemisphere of the World of Ice-and-Fire?

As we now know for certain, the world of Ice-and-Fire (Game of Thrones) is round. Well, we note that the southernmost known or charted area - specifically, Sothoryos - are tropical jungle lands. This ...
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Is there any evidence to categorically confirm Cersei's children are bastards?

I'm interested to know whether there is actually any evidence that Joffrey, Tommen or Myrcella are actually bastards? Of course, it's known that Jaime and Cersei had sex, but I can't remember anything ...
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Could greyscale be tied to The Others?

I've seen it theorized on the Interwebs that greyscale may not be a simple disease. Rather, there are those who think the condition is somehow connected to The Others. The primary evidence for this ...
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Did the merchant just want to make a sale, or transmit greyscale?

In season 5 of Game of Thrones, we hear the tale of how The way the story is told, it sounds like Stannis suspected that the merchant knew he was likely to buy the item, but it’s not clear to me ...
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Can fire kill (or harm) a dragon?

We all remember Daenerys's quote right after Viserys's death (Season 1 episode 6: "A Golden Crown", and A Game of Thrones chapter Daenerys V): He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon. ...
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Which of the great houses of Westeros are standing at the end of season five/ADWD? [Spoilers included]

It seems to me that all the great houses that were considered great at the start of the first book/season have practically wiped off the main branch. And by that I mean that either there are no more ...
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What happened to Blackfyre and Dark Sister?

We know that the Targaryens have two Valyrian Steel Blades. And asoiaf wiki entry on Valyrian Steel lists the two blades under those who have unknown fates. Is there any canon where we could at least ...
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How smart are the dragons in GoT?

What do we know about the intelligence of dragons? Is it portrayed differently in the books than in Game of Thrones? I’m specifically curious about the perceived/known intelligence of dragons when ...
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Why would Cersei choose this option now?

Cersei is currently (S5E10) undergoing some accusations from The High Sparrow and but why would she do it? I have only watched the show, but why would Cersei still do a if she is protected now ...
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Why doesn't House Baratheon/Hourse Durrandon have a Valyrian Steel Blade? [duplicate]

The Stormlands and it's inhabitants seem to have a theme of being the most war-like of the Seven Kingdoms, similar to how the Westerlands theme deals with wealth and trickery, the Vale with honour ...
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Why was this character killed in S05E10?

In the s05e10 However, there seems to be no clear reason why he was killed. If it was because he The killing could have happened before, for example when he arrived from In the book it's ...
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How do Southern people discern Night's Watch deserters from truthful brothers sent south?

Night's Watch deserters are sentenced to death, as we've seen in the very first episode of Game of Thrones. A man dressed all in black is apprehended by Stark men and brought before Lord Eddard Stark. ...
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Did the show go past the books' storyline this season?

I haven't watched a single episode of the most recent season for fear that it would ruin something that has yet to happen in the books. Was all my worrying for naught?
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What happened to Daenerys' khalasar?

An important part of the journey of Daenerys, is the remnants of the khalasar of Khal Drogo. She leads them through the Red Wastes to Qarth, boards the frightened Dothraki onto ships and sails for ...
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How does the debt to the God of Death work?

In the second season of Game of Thrones, when In S05E10, Mother's Mercy, when TL;DR; In earlier season episode, 3 lives were saved, a debt was repaid when 3 guys are later killed. In S05E10, an ...
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Why did the creators of the HBO show change the events at the wall before the wildling attack? [closed]

I hope the title isn't a spoiler anymore. Anyway, I am currently rereading the books and watching the show more or less in parallel to see the differences. I understand some (mainly to keep the cast ...
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How does “Valar Dohaeris” serve as the response to “Valar Morghulis”?

"All men must die" signifies the inevitability of death, and "All men must serve" signifies that we all need to perform our roles in the world. In this case, why is "Valar Dohaeris" the traditional ...
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Hand to the King in the North

Simple question: Did Robb Stark, who became King in the North, have a Hand? If so, who was it? And if not, was he waiting until the end of the war or just wanted to have singular control of the ...
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Who dreamt of breaking the wheel before Daenerys Targaryen

As per the discussion between Tyrion and Daenerys in Season 5 Episode 8: Who are the others Tyrion referring to. Who before Daenerys thought of stopping the wheel where famous houses rule/crush ...
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What’s the real-world origin of the name Azor Ahai?

Azor Ahai is some mythical hero, who may or may not coincide with other mythical heros that are supposed to be born and save us from the eternal night (which is dark and full of terrors, if we are to ...
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Why was the wall raised where it stands?

At some point, with the First Men and the Children of the Forest managing to fend off the Others, Bob (a.k.a. Bran) the Builder raised the Wall. Well, why did he raise it there? Why not farther ...
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Do we know the age of Robb and Jon?

I would like to know whether Robb or Jon is older. I, for myself, haven't read the books. So do we know the (exact?) birthdates of those "siblings" and can compare them? As far as I know, we can't ...
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What is the origin of the White Walkers and who is the Night's King?

I've been wondering about the origins of the White Walkers for some time now, and it looks like both the books and the show have progressed enough to begin to answer some of these questions. I've ...
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in ASOIAF how do Wights work?

I have been watching the TV Show and read a couple books years (decades?) ago so my memory is hazy, and I've been wondering: what sort of undead are wights? We know they can be killed by fire, but ...
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Why did Mance Rayder unite the clans?

The King-Beyond-the-Wall, Mance Rayder, united the clans of the wildlings to save them from the terrible fate that awaits them in the long winter. In the fifth season of Game of Thrones, he claims ...
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Rumors in the Night's Watch about Valyrian Steel as White Walkers weakness?

The Long Night and threat of the Others came around 8000 years before Aegon's Conquest. However its rumored/known that Valyrian steel is one of their weaknesses through books and writings in the ...
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Why do these five powerful houses not possess Valyrian Steel Swords?

Back when I asked this question, How many Valyrian steel swords are there at the beginning of GoT, and who owns them? I didnt know it would be so important to the current context. So according to ...
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Is Mace Tyrell “The Lord Oaf of High Garden” in the books?

I haven't read the books, although I am vaguely familiar with the main story lines and the characters. In the TV show, Mace Tyrell is portrayed like a buffoon, an oaf. Olenna Tyrell calls him that on ...