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

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How did Gared slip through Castle Black [duplicate]

In the epilogue it is described how Gared runs for his life, when he and other two ranges encounter with White Walkers. But this happens north of the Wall. In the first chapter, we find Lord Eddard ...
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Would Gared have been executed if he just returned to Castle Black?

In the opening scene of AGOT and in the Prologue/Chapter 1 we meet three characters north of the wall who run into White Walkers on a ranging mission. Two of the three characters are killed. The third ...
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Why was it Lord Eddard who executed Gared?

Gared's crime was against the Night's Watch. Should he not have been returned to them, so that they could do justice as they saw fit? Do all lords of the kingdom have ongoing permission to execute ...
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What has Ramsay done to Theon torture-wise?

My friend told me that Ramsay flayed Theon; this question is in two parts: Is this correct? and What else has Ramsay possibly done? I have not read the books, but don't mind spoilers from them.
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Who were the five kings?

The war following Robert's death is often referred to as the War of the Five Kings. However the more I think about it the more I struggle. Robb - The King of the North Stannis - Robert's younger ...
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What are the ways to be a king in the Game of Thrones universe?

I've watched the TV series and am now starting to read the books. Something that has never been clear to me was the process of kinghood. There was Robert's way : through force. Then there's the ...
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Assassination attempt on Bran

We eventually figure out: My question is: why wouldn't Cersei and Jaime try to kill Bran after realizing that he'd awaken after the fall? Weren't they afraid that he'd remember what happen and ...
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Who is the singer that sings in a Game of Thrones teaser trailer?

The teaser trailer I'm thinking of is very short and only shows visuals of the characters. But they do not go about speaking, only the woman's voice is singing. I have heard this song in other fantasy ...
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How did Eddard Know the True Parentage of Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella

I get that the dark-haired seed is strong and we can infer that the three Baratheon-Lannister children are not Robert's. But how did Eddard correctly guess that the real father was Jaime, and not some ...
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What is the meaning of “The seed is strong”?

In a ASOIAF, Jon Arryn repeated several times while dying The seed is strong: Eddard: "Was there nothing else? No final word? Pycelle: "When I saw that all hope had fled, I gave the Hand milk ...
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Was A Song of Ice and Fire inspired by Chinese History, and if yes, to what extent?

I notice a few striking parallels between China history and George RR Martin's epic fantasy, "a song of ice and fire" series: The Ice Wall resembles the Great Wall of China. Both are meant to keep ...
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What happens to Sandor Clegane after ASOS/Season 4?

At the end of A Storm of Swords (and the Season 4 finale), But... is that it? What happens to him afterwards?
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Did Robert intentionally slight Stannis after the rebellion?

During this conversation in ACOK, Cersei is convinced that Stannis was slighted when Storm's End was given to Renly: Cersei: And Stannis has always felt he was cheated of Storm's End. The ...
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If J = L + R, why would his claim to the throne come before this Targaryen?

So GRRM just confirmed that one of the rumors about ASOIF are true. But what I don't understand is: [Winds of Winter spoilers]
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When to start watching HBO's Game of Thrones when reading the books

I've started reading George Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series, and I intend to watch HBO's television series based on it at some point. I wonder about two things: Should I start watching ...
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Where do soldiers in Westeros come from?

Reading ASOIAF, I've never been quite clear on who the soldiers in armies are, and where they come from. Meribald's speech in AFFC implies that soldiers are pooled from the smallfolk: Broken men ...
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Can one simply leave the Kingsguard?

I was searching for the Kingsguards vow and the only thing I could find was a collection of quotes here: westeros.org. There they get to the point where it is not clear if the vow transfers ...
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What are those things that the Silent Sisters wear?

In GoT there are those medic ladies who attend battlefields, and also people who have died. They wear this thing that sticks up behind their head, with a star on it. Who are these people, and what ...
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Why did Jeor Mormont keep Longclaw when he took the black?

I can't remember whether Jorah was exiled before or after Jeor abdicated. But whether or not he did, Jeor himself says that it's not good for men of the Night's Watch to return home. If he knew he ...
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When did Cersei have Robert's illegitimate children dealt with (in the books)?

This is shown fairly explicit in the show: several members of the city guard are shown going about Kings Landing early in Season 2 (if I remember correctly), executing Robert Baratheon's illegitimate ...
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Do no hedge knights have last names?

All the hedge knights that I can think of introduced in the series so far - Ser Illifer the Penniless, Ser Duncan the Tall, Ser Pate of the Blue Fork, Ser Shadrich of the Shady Glen, etc. - don't have ...
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How does one found a house in Westeros?

What's to stop any old smallfolk from declaring himself Lord of (his dwelling), making a simple drawing, taking a last name, and sharing that name with all members of his family and their descendants? ...
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Do the Seven serve any purpose in Game of Thrones / Song of Ice and Fire?

It seems that the other religions have something substantial to say for themselves in the SOIF. The fire priestess clearly operates on a level beyond your run-off-the-mill peasant; once in a while ...
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When was the last winter?

It's mentioned the likes of Bran Stark are summer children, who have never seen a winter. Also, not all winters are the same length, some a very long, others are shorter. I recall that Tyrion was ...
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Why do some POV characters have titles, not names, for chapters?

Starting from A Feast for Crows, certain characters get titles like "The Prophet" (Aeron), "The Soiled Knight" (Arys) and "The Captain of the Guards" (Areo). I'm still not sure why. AWOIAF tries to ...
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Why do the Tyrells come to King's Landing?

Seeing as a large part of interactions with the Tyrell family are seen through Cersei's narrative, and given that Cersei is somewhat of an unreliable narrator (read: malevolent bitch,) it's hard to ...
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Examples of George R. R. Martin's Three step foreshadowing/revelation

In the interview quoted in this answer, Anne Groell mentions a three step revelation strategy for plot elements employed by George R. R. Martin in the A Song of Ice and Fire series: That said, now ...
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Why did Petyr Baelish want Ned to send Loras instead of Berric?

In Chapter 43 of AGOT, Ned Stark sends Lord Beric Dondarrion to bring Ser Gregor Clegane to justice in the name of the king. In the next chapter, Petyr Baelish overhears Sansa say that Ned should have ...
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Why was Shae in the Tower of the Hand?

I haven't read the books (yet?), but I have been watching and re-watching and re-watching again, the show. And nowhere since he first appeared on the screen Tywin Lannister seemed like the kind of ...
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Who is the child who gives a scorpion to Daenerys?

Is there any connection between the girl who gives a scorpion to Daenerys and Pyat Pree? Did Pyat Pree order the girl to do it? Because I thought Pyat Pree was already dead when the dragons burned ...
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Did Varys want Ser Barristan to go to Daenerys?

In ACoK, Tyrion learns that Varys was behind the dismissal of Barristan the Bold. "Was it Joffrey's wish to dismiss Ser Barristan Selmy from his Kingsguard too?" Cersei sighed. "Joff wanted ...
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Why are dragons considered magical in A Song of Ice and Fire?

People considered dragons to be magical creatures in ASOIAF (and their existence linked with the power of magic), but I don't see why. Why are they considered magical? Aren't they just another ...
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Why do people pray to the Stranger?

When characters discuss the seven gods of the Faith, if the Stranger is mentioned at all, it is usually seemingly to emphasise that nobody prays to him: A thousand [candles] twinkled for the ...
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What characters have been killed on the show that haven't been killed on the books, and vice versa? (Show spoilers)

In the recent Comic Con panel, Maisie Williams mentioned that there are some characters that have been killed in the show, that haven't been killed in the books, and vice versa. What characters is ...
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Who put the dragonglass at the Fist? [closed]

In the second season of Game of Thrones, Sam finds a stash of dragonglass hidden inside a Night Watch cape (I am given to understand that in the books Jon and Ghost find it, and give it to Sam). If ...
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Why did Tywin ride a horse into court?

When Tywin receives the title of the Hand, at the end of the second season, why did he ride a horse into the halls just to receive the pin, and go away? Is it that way in the books as well?
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Could Khal Drogo's Khalasar really have defeated the Iron Throne?

I always found it surprising how scared everyone was about Daenerys's marriage to Khal Drogo and the possibility of the Dothraki horde crossing the Narrow Sea. In Seasion 1 Epsisode 5 Robert Baratheon ...
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How has Westeros remained so rigid for thousands of years? [duplicate]

It has bothered me for a while now that the history of Westeros seems so long, and yet the people have stayed the same. Take languages: Modern English didn't exist even 1,000 years ago; its ancestor ...
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Why did this happen to Pate in A Feast for Crows?

Do we have any good in-universe explanations why, at the start of A Feast for Crows,
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Why did Melisandre not die by the poison in ACoK?

In the prologue of A Clash of Kings, Maester Cressen tries to assassinate Melisandre with a cup of wine poisoned with the strangler. Melisandre seems to be aware of the poison and offers him to spill ...
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Who secretly killed Theon's men in A Clash of Kings?

In chapter 56 of ACOK, several of Theon's men are murdered: Who killed these men?
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How well does the Wall work?

The Wall was built to keep out White Walkers (or The Others, if you prefer). Have there been any "long winters" ever since its construction? How do we know that it serves its purpose, i.e. to repel ...
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What's the deal with Illyrio and Varys?

In season 1, there is a rather cryptic conversation between what appears to be Illyrio and Varys, that Arya overhears after she chases a cat downstairs. In the conversation a plot is mentioned (A ...
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Who is the longest surviving characters in Game of Thrones series?

Given frequency how most of the characters are killed in book series and in universe, who are longest surviving characters in series? For example the ones having longest screen-time, having survived ...
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What happened to Rhaegar Frey?

In ADWD chapter 19, we see an envoy from house Frey that includes Rhaegar Frey, returning the bones of one of Lord Wyman Manderly's sons. But he never makes it to the What happened to him and his ...
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What is the significance of Aeron Greyjoy's iron hinge?

During his chapters in AFFC, why does Aeron Greyjoy (the Damphair) have recurring memories and nightmares of a door with screeching iron hinges?
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Why is Brynden Rivers called the three-eyed crow?

Why is Brynden Rivers called the three-eyed crow? I know that he is/was a man of the Night's Watch. That explains the crow part but where was the three-eyes part explained?
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What are the Golden Fields?

What are the 'Golden Fields' beside Dagger Lake? Is it some sort of wheat-growing area or just wild growth? Is there any indication of who lives there? The wikis say the river is infested with ...
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'Sheep shift' the mocker's beds?

In S03E10, Sansa mentions that they could 'sheep shift' the beds of people who mock them. Tyrion asks, 'But why sheep shift?', and Sansa explains it's the vulgar word for dung. Is this a cute ...
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(Spoilers all) Why is this person Lord of House Stark?

On the AWOIAF page for House Stark, it says that: