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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 cannon 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 ...
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To what do the Great Houses of Westeros owe their longevity?

Why are the great houses of Westeros so long lived? For example, the Starks have been kings and later Wardens of the North for nearly 8,000 since Bran the Builder. Again, the Arryns of the Vale and ...
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Was Eddard Stark as good a/better swordsman as/than Jaime Lannister?

I have a group of friends that all have read the books (not so solid on the show though), and one of them brought up that Ned (Eddard) Stark was one of the best swordsmen in Westeros. At the time, ...
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Does Jorah Mormont feel romantic/sexual love for Daenerys Targaryen?

Jorah clearly feels great affection and loyalty for Daenerys. Are his feelings romantic or sexual in nature? Or does he see himself as a friend, counsellor, or father figure? The age gap between them ...
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Did Catelyn Stark start the war in Westeros?

In the book "A Game of Thrones", there was the Catelyn PoV chapter that ended in her calling upon men in a tavern that Tyrion Lannister has just entered to arrest him so that he could be tried for ...
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Does High Sparrow intend to create a theocracy in Westeros? [closed]

We are almost close to the end of season 5. One of the most curious persons in this season is definitely the High Sparrow. He has already But how far does he want to go actually? That is, is his ...
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Does the Faith Militant use laws retroactively?

I've just ended watching the episode 7 of season 5 of Game of Thrones. Right now the Faith Militant have However, there is something really strange in these actions. All crimes mentioned in the ...
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Where and how did Ned Stark find and hire Syrio Forel to train Arya?

I have so many questions, but I'll ask a few. Was Syrio just another swordsmanship teacher who so happens to be in King's Landing when Ned Stark was hiring? Or did Ned know Syrio Forel before? ...
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Why did the show cut-out these character arcs?

It is apparent that the show writers/creators of Game of Thrones (HBO) have decided to cut the story-lines of: I have not found any official evidence of why they have done this. There's a lot of ...
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Is Game Of Thrones Telltale game series canon?

I am planning to give the Game Of Thrones Telltale series of 3 episodes so far a shot. However I am wondering if this series of games is canon. I have read here and there that this series explores the ...
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The Bridge on the River Rhoyne

Minor 'A Dance with Dragons' spoilers ahead. While crossing the Rhoyne, the Shy Maid encounters some trouble in the ruins of Chroyane. Just before the attack of the living slaves (to Greyscale), the ...
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Did Aemon Targaryen know who were the true parents of Jon Snow?

Did Aemon Targaryen know that Aemon believed in Jon from the beginning. When the Night's Watch voted for the new Lord Commander, the result was a tie and Aemon voted for Jon. I think it wasn't ...
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In the epilogue of A Dance with Dragons, why does Varys do this?

Warning: I'm talking about the last chapter of A Dance with Dragons here, so spoilers ahead for the ones who are only watching Game of Thrones on TV. At this point, we are starting to know Varys, ...
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In what ways dragons can kill a Dragonborn? [duplicate]

In what ways dragons can kill a Dragonborn? Obviously, there is: Also, can dragons kill Dragonborn on their own will or only on demand?
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Why did Melisandre want Jon Snow?

In the fifth season episode "Sons of the Harpy", Melisandre In the past, she's done this specifically to men with "king's blood". So does the fact that she did this suggest that
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Horn of Winter = Dragonbinder?

Is there any definitive evidence that the Horn of Winter sought by Mance Rayder is not actually a Dragon horn or indeed Dragonbinder itself? At first we are led to believe that Mance found the Horn ...
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Meaning of volume names in ASOIAF books?

Does anyone know true meaning of volume names in A Song of Ice and Fire books? (e.g., Steel and Snow, Dreams and Dust). In some regions (including UK, Australia, and Israel), these were appended ...
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What is the origin and history of the 'Order of the Maesters'?

Either in the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series or 'The World of Ice and Fire' we get detailed backstory on the various orders in the Known World, such as the Night's Watch, King's Guard or Alchemists' ...
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What is the education system like in Westeros?

What type of education do the high-born in Westeros have? For example I know they are literate but what else do they learn?
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What is the surname of Brienne?

I realize that this seems like a ridiculous question, because Brienne's father is Lord Selwyn Tarth, and as his daughter she will be known as Brienne Tarth. But in every single reference I have found ...