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

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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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Song of Ice and Fire Series Possible Ending [duplicate]

Okay, first things first, this is a theory I just had please don't cyber yell at me if you don't agree. This is largely contingent upon R+L=J and it is a prediction of the end of the series. Is the ...
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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. ...
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Where did the notion that Dragons could speak originate?

There are different sources in which dragons are able to speak and not speak. Speaking examples: Smaug in The Hobbit Skyrim DragonHeart Non-speaking examples: Game of Thrones/ASoIaF. Beowulf ...
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Are the Lannister siblings really who they say they are?

From this article: The Targaryens, for those of you who lose track of all of the surnames in the series, are the platinum-haired royal family who ruled the land for centuries prior to the ...
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How does the bank in Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire work?

How does the bank in Game of Thrones / ASOIF work? Withdrawing, depositing, etc. As people can't always carry around their winnings, how do they withdraw and deposit money?
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Why did Tyrion pour away the remaining wine from Joffrey's cup at the wedding feast?

He (Tyrion) deliberately pours away the residue left over in the wine cup which could have been analysed for poisons. This in turn could have helped his case. So why did he throw it away?
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Why did they change Jeyne Westerling? [closed]

Before getting into this I understand that in the transition from book to television the producers had to make changes from the books. Okay. Personally I think this would have been a great ...
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What is the reason for these changes in Game of Thrones from book series to TV Show? [closed]

I read the GOT books long before I started watching the show. Most things hold up but I don't think that the women are getting enough credit in the show for what they did in the books. For example ...
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Why does Daenerys trust the prophecies of those who betray her?

This question has spoilers from the early books of A Song of Ice and Fire. Read on warily. In AGOT - Chapter 68, Mirri Maz Duur tells Daenerys Targaryen that Drogo will return... When the sun ...
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Was the rebellion of the North really necessary?

I really can't get this. With such a strong feudalism, does kneeling down mean so much? I think there is not much difference between being 'King in the North' or 'Warden of the North'. The difference ...
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What was the relation between Eddard Stark and Roose Bolton?

First, consider that I did NOT read the books. I intend on doing it but until then, I prefer to read spoilers on the internet ^^. I rewatched the TV show recently and along the way, I noticed that ...
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Why was Benjen Stark visiting Winterfell?

Don't they have to quit their families when they join the Watch? Do such big houses have some privileges or something?
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Why didn't Cersei want Eddard Stark dead?

I think Eddard Stark with knowledge of twincest would be far more dangerous, compared to possible reaction of North for a dead Eddard Stark. Especially when his heir was a 'kid' (Robb). Sending him to ...
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Why did Roose Bolton offer this advice?

From this summary of Roose Bolton, it is mentioned that: The actual mention of this event happens in Chapter 33 of AGOT. Anyway, why did Roose offer this advice?
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Why does Roose Bolton tell Theon how to pronounce My Lord?

In "A Dance With Dragons", Roose Bolton tells Theon Greyjoy that he should say "my lord" like there is mud in his mouth. I read the books in Turkish and this passage did not seem to translate well. ...
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Where in the books did Robb Stark promise Lord Frey to take his daughter as his queen?

I read all the five books (you know there is no chance I am not caught up yet) but I don't remember this scene at all. I skipped that part or it didn't happen on scene?
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Do Daenerys’ dragons have names, and how does she tell them apart?

I’ve watched the whole of Game of Thrones (I haven't read the books yet) and there was so little information about the three dragons. Do they have names, gender? And how does Daenerys (the Khaleesi) ...
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Who are the 3 men who would have a chance against Jaime Lannister in a sword fight?

In Game of Thrones Season 2, Episode 8, Jaime Lannister says to Brienne: There are three men in the kingdoms who might have a chance against me [in a sword fight] Who are those three people? ...