Ongoing TV-show based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.

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Is there any proof that Jaime Lannister is actually a good swordsman?

From what I can tell of Jaime Lannister, he is a good swordsman, because he has fought numerous battles and lived to tell the tale. What I can't find is any evidence of him beating anyone in a duel ...
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Were there ever two people jointly leading a noble house?

Are/Were there any cases where there were two people at the head of a noble house? Perhaps as Brothers? I'm planning to play in an ASOIAF rpg, and me and a friend of mine are going to be a noble ...
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Do minor houses serve Great Houses?

My understanding is that Noble houses such as house Umber, serve the Starks, in times of war, and aid them through taxes. There are several minor houses that serve the Umbers. Do these smaller ...
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What does a person who never watched Game of Thrones need to know to understand season 5? [closed]

I have watched the series but I now want to watch it with someone who missed the first four series. Unfortunately watching 40 hours of the previous episodes is not an option. Is it possible to ...
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Is it ever explained how exactly the Others can threaten Westeros right around the Wall?

The info I remember about the Wall was that it was built, using magic, by the Children of the Forest after the last long winter and Others invasion. It's purpose is to retain the Other should they ...
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Why is The Wall the only Democracy in an otherwise Westerosi Monarchy?(Minor S05E02& Book 3 spoiler)

From S05E02 and A Storm of Swords: So, the question, Why is The Wall the only Democracy in an otherwise Westerosi Monarchy? Army is the last place you would expect to find a true democracy. Is it ...
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What message did Ned want to leave?

While Ned is being held captive, Varys visits him and the two have an exchange. The following stuck out upon re-reading: Ned: Would you at least consent to carry a message out for me? Varys: ...
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Any hints that J might wed D?

The answers in If J = L + R, why would his claim to the throne come before this Targaryen? suggests that J could still possibly ascend the throne. They both have so-called gentle hearts, and the ...
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Who supported the Targaryens during Robert's Rebellion?

In A Game Of Thrones (I think, it may be one of the later books), Robert's Rebellion is briefly recapped and it is said that when Robert won, he stripped lands from those who opposed his claim during ...
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Did Varys trust Tyrion after the events of A Storm Of Swords?

Major spoiler for A Dance With Dragons ahead. So Varys sent Tyrion to aid Daenerys and advise her to getting back to Westeros and becoming queen etc. but as we know, he secretly had plans to We ...
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Why didn't the army Mance Rayder assembled sail south around The Wall?

According to this answer, Stannis' army sailed north around The Wall. I've attached the image from the answer below. Why didn't The Wildlings just sail south around The Wall the same way Stannis ...
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Is there a reason why the writers of game of thrones are deviating so much from the books in the later seasons?

The books are very comprehensive and subplots have subplots, that have subplots. I just watched the first 4 episodes of season 5 and I can't believe how much the show has deviated from the books ...
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How did Stannis's army get north of the wall?

If Mance Rayder had to attack Castle Black to use the tunnel to get through the Wall and get out of the north, how did Stannis get his army across the Wall into the north without anyone knowing? If ...
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Are bastard surnames permanent?

In Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire, bastards have the last names such as Snow, Sand, Flowers, Hill, Pyke, Rivers, Stone, Storm, Waters. In the event that they are never legitimized what ...
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Why did the wildlings refer to themselves as such?

I recall in the books at least a few times the wildlings referred to themselves as being wildlings. Even watching the show they do. It seems as if it's like they recognize that others call them that ...
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What happened to all the Targaryens?

Since the Targaryens have been in Westeros for about 300 years, it seems odd that there is only one (verified) of the bloodline left, what happened to the rest? I think there were but eight ...
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Why did King Robb not return to the North via the alternate route through the Bay of Crabs?

After his conquests in the Westerlands when King Robb returns to Riverrun, his first priority was retaking the North from Iron Islanders. His marriage to Jeyne Westerling had alienated the Freys and ...
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Why didn't Pycelle throw Ned Stark off the scent?

In the first book/series of ASOIAF/GOT, Ned Stark discovers that He discovers it by retracing Jon Arryn's steps in discovering the secret. He finds out most of this information through Pycelle, who ...
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Why did Lady Selyse Baratheon hate Shireen so much?

I understand that Lady Selyse Baratheon is a little off her rocker, but is there a particular reason that she appears to hate (or at least, strongly dislike) her daughter Shireen so much? Surely she ...
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What fantasy show is this quote from?

“We are but pawns on a chessboard too large to see the edges ” I remember hearing this from a show a few years back. I'm fairly certain it was from a fantasy/medieval setting; my first guess was ...
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With all the wealth and black magic across the sea in Essos why, can't they just take over Westeros? [duplicate]

That assassin that Arya frees seems to be invincible and says he can slay anyone. (I don't know how he was captured in the first place.) Arya is learning that same assassin art. The red priests all ...
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Was Robb Stark's wife or her mother complicit in the “red wedding”? [duplicate]

In the book, not the HBO series; Robb's mother (Catelyn) complains to Robb's wife (Jeyne Westerling) that she's not pregnant and Jeyne says that she's trying. Then Lord Tywin Lanister - who has helped ...
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How would the war have gone if this marriage had happened? [closed]

We know that the Boltons were aligned with the Lannisters. So if Myrcella had married Theon, would the Queen have stopped Ramsay's attack in Winterfell?
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Was Stannis expected to pay the existing debts of Westeros?

I don't quite understand why the Iron Bank agreed to loan money to Stannis Baratheon to fund his army. If he lost, they were out of pocket for the money loaned, and if he won, they were out of pocket ...
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Why did Robb Stark invade the south rather than hold the north? [duplicate]

From what I've been seeing and reading Robb Stark's plan does not make ANY sense. What is the point of attacking the south rather than just holding the north? At the end of the day control of a land ...
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Which GoT characters do not appear in ASoIaF?

I started out watching the Game of Thrones series (just about to watch season 4), then became intrigued enough to also read the A Song of Ice and Fire series (soon to acquire book 5). Obviously a TV ...
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Is it possible to tell a Valyrian steel sword from a very well crafted steel sword, by sight alone

I'm sure in Westeros there are some incredibly well crafted steel swords, but could someone instantly spot a Valyrian steel sword over one of these? Does Valyrian steel have any visual indications ...
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Given the anti-slavery policy in Winterfell, isn't Bran a particularly dark character?

Is Bran, a male highborn, entitled to a hand servant? Hodor, Bran's servant, is never offered the best food, time to rest, or ever thanked. His efforts are not even recognized. Bran can even snatch ...
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Why did Jaqen H'ghar give Arya the iron coin?

Arya tricks/blackmails Jaqen H'ghar into helping her after she's used up her first two victims. I can't imagine he'd be too pleased about killing more people than originally bargained; not to ...
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Does anyone ever explain why no one in the south cares about the Wall anymore?

According to this answer, The Night's Watch gets it's funding from The Gift, which is comprised of taxes taken from towns and villages near the Wall, I always assumed they were funded directly by ...
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How do lords and knights gain land and influence?

There are cases described in the A Song of Ice and Fire books in which some commoner gains a title of knight/lord, knights gain a title of lord, and lords gain more influence and land - the individual ...
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How could Craster be that confident?

OK. Craster lives in his Keep. His daughters/wives are just servants and cannot help with defending against hypothetical attack. This leaves Craster as the only element able to defend. Let's leave ...
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Are the Red Wedding motives ever explained?

I understand why the Lord (Walder Frey) in the events of 'The Red Wedding', but why did he go to the extent of Is it ever explained??
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White Walkers and the cold

In the books of A Song of Ice and Fire as well as in the HBO adaptation, A Game of Thrones, whenever the white walkers make an appearance, it suddenly becomes really chilly and cold and everything ...
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Why didn't Ned Stark ask for a trial by combat?

I know he has a different religion, but he could have demanded a trial through combat, why not?
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Were the vows of the Night's Watch the same from the beginning?

One of the vows of the Night's Watch say that they must stay celibate. We do know though, that the Brothers do go to brothels near the Wall, but none of them take any wives. On reading the World ...
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Is Needle’s portrayal in Game of Thrones faithful to the books? (And is it a shortsword?)

In Game of Thrones on TV, is Arya's sword Needle portrayed faithfully to the books? And would it be classified as a shortsword?
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Why did the events of The Purple Wedding not occur earlier?

In Game of Thrones, Olenna Tyrell waited until the Purple Wedding to Why wait until then?
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The Night's Watch armour?

I have been watching Game of Thrones and was wondering what type of armour do the brothers of The Night's Watch wear?
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Could Bran warg into a messenger raven, fly to Kings Landing, and poke Joffrey in the eye?

I am watching Game of Thrones on my own time schedule cause I don't have HBO. I just finished Season #3. However, I want to know one spoiler: Once Bran has mastered warging, could he warg into a ...
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Why does Ned Stark only take his older sons but not his daughters to watch him execute the deserter?

In the pilot episode of Game of Thrones, Ned Stark takes his sons Robb, Jon Snow, and Bran to watch the execution of a Night's Watch deserter in order to teach them that The man who passes the ...
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Weirwood Trees in A Song of Ice & Fire, and also in Hyperion - any connection?

The weirwood tree is one of the key features of the Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones universe, being the Gods of the North. In Dan Simmon's Hyperion, weirwood is also an often mentioned tree, its wood ...
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Did Stannis see himself or another King in the night fire?

In A Storm of Swords Stannis says this to Davos: “I know the cost! Last night, gazing into that hearth, I saw things in the flames as well. I saw a king, a crown of fire on his brows, burning... ...
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DragonBone usage in the GoT/aSoIaF universe

In the Game of Thrones/Asoif universe is it possible to use dragonbone for Armour/Weapons? As the wiki states: Dragonbone is black, due to its high iron content. It is as strong as other metals, ...
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Is Cersei's Penance Walk partly inspired by the short story the Emperor's New Clothes?

While I heard that Cersei's penance walk is loosely inspired by the penance walk of Jane Shore (which is a real event), the first thing that came to mind regarding the penance walk is the story from ...
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What types of magic has been displayed in A song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones Universe?

What types of magic has been displayed in the the A song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones Universe?
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Is there significance to the way the White Walkers/Others arrange dismembered body parts in patterns?

I just started watching Game of Thrones again and noticed something that I had never noticed previously. In the very first episode of the first series during the opening segment (just before the title ...
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Why does no one in Westeros question Jon Snow's parentage?

As far as I know, there are several theories about Jon Snow's parentage. But the likeliest to me is If this were true, then how did Eddard Stark manage to keep this under wraps? Someone must have ...
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Why did Tyrion order Tommen to safety but not King Joffrey before the Riot at King's Landing occurs?

In Season 2 episode 6 of Game of Thrones, when Tyrion notices that the smallfolk are getting restless and feels that a riot is about to occur, he orders the Gold Cloaks to take Tommen to back to the ...
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How to explain these inconsistencies in the R+L=J theory?

I read this recently, and the third theory for Jon's parents suggest that he's the son of Rhaegar Targarean and Lyanna Stark. It has more credence than the other two theories and I am also partial. ...