George Raymond Richard Martin is an American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Best known for his A Song of Ice and Fire series of bestselling epic fantasy novels.

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Do the Dothraki practice extramarital sex?

Obviously, raping and pillaging is a large part of Dothraki culture, however they do take wives. So I'm wondering, once a Dothraki man is wed, will he still take part in rape and sex with other women? ...
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What is the best way to read A Dance with Dragons and A Feast for Crows? [duplicate]

The two books occur during the same time frame, but in different locations. My first read-through was in rough chronological order according to boiledleather.com. I am planning to reread the series ...
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what happens to the babies that the white walkers collect? [duplicate]

thing is we all see that Craster's last son was turned into a white walker. but till today we haven't seen any kid/infant white walker or wight. and it seems kinda weird, what will the white walkers ...
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Can whitewalkers swim?

In Game Of Thrones Season 5 episode 8 (Hardhome), we saw : I wonder why : Was it intentional :
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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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Does the Cobalcat appear in any other stories apart from “Tuf Voyaging”?

There's a great early SciFi book by George R R Martin called "Tuf Voyaging". In one of the chapters he uses his spaceship "Seed Ship" to create a bunch of alien monsters for a planet that fights it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Where does the idea of replacing “Sir” with “Ser” in “A Song of Ice and Fire” come from?

Is this something invented by Martin or did it originate elsewhere? More specifically, was there another fantasy author that used "Ser" as a noble title? I'm mainly asking because I cannot shake a ...
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Who's the next possible “Sword of the Morning”?

The title Sword of the Morning is conferred upon a worthy member of House Dayne 1 the most recent and notable one being Ser Arthur Dayne. The Sword of the Morning then also becomes the worthy ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Did Jaime realise what Bolton's motivation was?

In aSoS1, when Jaime Lannister and Roose Bolton meet in Harrenhal, the following conversation takes place (Jaime's PoV): What does Jaime mean by 'knowing the game they are playing'? Does he mean ...
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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 do these references mean in George RR Martin's “In the House of the Worm”?

In the short story "In the House of the Worm", the main character gets to see a panel (sort of mural) that depicts As opposed to the main character, I couldn't make much sense of the scene. I ...
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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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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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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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NFL references in A Song of Ice and Fire?

It is well documented that George R.R. Martin is an NFL football fan. What NFL references has he included in his A Song of Ice and Fire series?
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The Great Other's Champion

In ADWD Melisandre presumes that Bran being taught by Blood Raven is the Great Other's champion: The wooden men she had glimpsed, though, and the boy with the wolf's face...they were his servants, ...
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Out of universe reasons for the scene with Cersei and Taena?

In A Feast For Crows: Do we know of an out of universe reason for this scene? What does the Taena arc add to Cersei or the story? I can't see any reason outside of titillating readers.
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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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How do men of the Night's Watch pay for visits to Mole's Town?

There's no mention of the Night's Watch getting paid and most of its members would have been broke when they joined. So how does anyone earn money to fund drinking and whoring sessions at Mole's Town? ...
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What is the meaning of “The seed is strong”?

In 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 ...
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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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How to pronounce Aeron Damphair?

Aeron Greyjoy is introduced in ACOK (and is later a POV in AFFC), and is also known as "The Damphair". What is the correct way to pronounce that name?
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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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Why is George R. R. Martin not known as George Martin?

I'm curious as to why everyone insists upon saying George R. R. Martin's two middle initials. Apparently nobody refers to him as George Martin, and those initials are seemingly inseparable from his ...
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Are there out-of-universe reasons that Daenerys doesn't invade Westeros immediately? [closed]

Naturally, only Martin, Benioff and Weiss know the broad character arcs for ASOIAF. Why did GRRM choose to (spoilers ASOS) I'm looking for cogent, reasonable theories, or if you have quotes from ...
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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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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 ASOIAF. The fire priestess clearly operates on a level beyond your run-of-the-mill peasant; once in a while ...
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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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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 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 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 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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How much does George R R Martin foreshadow?

There are numerous instances of of GRRM foreshadowing with dreams and some innuendos that pop out when you re-read. But, aside from the very obvious foreshadowing of dreams how much of it is ...
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(Spoilers ASOS) Are Edmure and Roslin still considered married?

Given that... (heavy spoilers for A Storm of Swords and S03E09) Do we still consider Edmure's marriage to Roslin valid? After all,
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Why is the Bolton banner a flayed man?

Is there any specific reason why the House Bolton has chosen a flayed man as their banner? Are the Boltons known for flaying men? I know that Ramsay does it, but I don't remember any mention of ...
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Maggy's Prophecy: Do these people need to be dead first?

According to Maggy/Maegi the frog's prophecy: Cersei: Will the king and I have children? Maggy: Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their ...
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Can Bran make Hodor say anything he wants while he controls his body?

In the third chapter of Bran in A Dance with Dragons, we see that he can easily get in Hodor, without anyone realizing, as soon as he smiled a lot and said some Hodor's now and then. Can Bran make ...