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

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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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Why do people think Daario Naharis is some kind of an impostor? [duplicate]

There seem to be two popular(ish) theories involving Daario Naharis not being whom he says he is, but someone else, from Westeros: Daario = Euron Greyjoy. Daario = Benjen Stark (second option in ...
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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 temple of the Many Faced God, what could be the purpose of putting heads in columns?

In the city of Braavos, Arya was able to go inside the temple of the Many Faced God. Is there an explanation for keeping heads of dead men in columns or towers inside the temple?
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What's the use of Littlefinger's latest shenanigans (Season 5 Episodes 6+7)?

(Spoiler alert for, well, Game of Thrones TV show up to Season 5 Episode 6, obviously.) This question is about the events in the show, not the books (in which things happen very differently) - ...
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Valyria shown in game of throne TV series

We have finally seen Valyria in season 5. Can anyone tell me where the Valyria scene was filmed?
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Black actors in “Game of Thrones”? [closed]

How many black actors appear in the TV Series Game of Thrones? I know that there is one in Dorne (The guard of Doran Martell - Areo Hotah) and another in Qarth (Xaro Xhoan Daxos). How many more ...
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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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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 ...
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What's the big deal with the Tyrells controlling Westeros?

So it's been a few years since I last read the books, but watching the television show has made me think about the overall story once again. Generic spoilers to follow. A big theme in the book is ...
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Was Joffrey modelled after Caligula?

Often I see this 'fun fact' thrown around: The character Joffrey Baratheon is modeled after the Roman Emperor Caligula.-http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/trivia?item=tr2071032. Now I know that ...
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Prince Oberyn revenge

In the Game of Thrones/ASoIaF universe are the details of Elia Martell's death public knowledge? And if so why did Oberyn take so long to look for revenge?
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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 ...