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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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 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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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 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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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 ...
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What is the status of science in the Seven Kingdoms?

After watching Game of Thrones I started to wonder how exactly science is organized there. It's mentioned briefly that there are maesters and they even have laboratories, but it seems they are mostly ...
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Why was Prince Tommen absent during the trial by combat?

After watching season 4 episode 8 of this amazing show, I suddenly noticed that one man was missing during the final part of the episode. It's Prince Tommen. But why? It's clear why he was absent ...
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What is this method of telling time?

In A Song of Ice and Fire many of the POV characters refer to the different times in relation to some symbolic animal, including: The hour of the bat The hour of the eel The hour of ghosts The hour ...
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Do unicorns exist in A Song of Ice and Fire?

I was rereading certain chapters of A Game of Thrones and stumbled upon the following quote: The shields displayed outside each tent heralded its occupant: the silver eagle of Seagard, Bryce ...
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Why does dragon fire from Game of Thrones leave bones?

Before the dragons from the TV series have grown we learned from the pyromancer that wild-fire was the closest they could get to dragon fire. According to him the wild-fire could burn through metal, ...
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Why does Jon Snow say this to Rattleshirt in A Dance With Dragons?

WARNING: This entire question is spoilersome if you haven't finished A Dance With Dragons After the battle at the Wall, the Free-folk are given the chance to 'bend-the-knee' and be pardoned in order ...
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Why did Mance Rayder go beyond the Wall if he knew about the threat from the Others?

Mance deserts the Night's Watch because he wants to be free. But later, he becomes a rallying point for the wildlings, drawing them together to fight the Night's Watch. We later learn that (mild ASOS ...
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Has Essos ever invaded or attacked Westeros?

Has any community of Essos ever invaded or attacked Westeros? As I far as I know, only the Dothraki intended to invade Westeros, because Drogo promised that to Daenerys. What about the other ...
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What is west of the Sunset Sea?

This image from the Game of Thrones intro sequence shows the Sunset Sea and the lands to the west of Westeros. But what exactly is west of the Sunset Sea? Has anyone ever traveled there?
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Is Syrio Forel dead?

In the episode 'The Pointy End' (Season 1 Episode 8) when Arya runs from the Lannister guards you hear the sound of a sword being dropped: Scene (around 4:56) After that neither Syrio or Ser Meryn ...
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Why do the Houses have words?

Is there any specific reason why the Houses in the world of George R.R. Martin have words (mottos)? Like for example, why do the Starks say "Winter is Coming", the Greyjoys say "We Do Not Sow" etc? ...
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Who is the most legitimate heir of the Iron Throne?

After finishing the fifth book (A Dance With Dragons), I'm not sure who has more rights to the Iron Throne. Who does, according to the rules of succession in Westeros? Maybe some people will find ...
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How did dragons come into existence?

How were the dragons created? Did some God create them? For example, we know that Melkor created the Dragons in Arda. Is there something similar in the world of George Martin's?
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Why did this happen between Vargo Hoat and Ser Harys?

A Clash of Kings, Arya: "After the hanged men had stopped kicking, Vargo Hoat and Ser Harys embraced and kissed and swore to love each other always as Lord Tywin looked on". I'm having some ...
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Is there doubt that Daenerys is Aerys II child?

So I'm re-reading the ASOIAF and I was reading GoT's when I noticed something I didn't pick up on before. Daenerys was conceived near the time of Robert's Rebellion/Battle of the Trident. I can't ...
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link for buying book online [closed]

I already a viewer of game of thrones,also I want to read the book.I have pdf of book but reading from my laptop causing headache.so I decided to buy the books also one at a time,I am planning to buy ...
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What is the real-world equivalent of a shadowcat?

In A Song of Ice and Fire, there are references to shadowcats north of the Wall and in the Vale of Arryn. Are these supposed to be alternate names for a real feline, such as a puma or a lynx, or are ...
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How do maesters wear a chain when it only has one link?

Perhaps this sounds like a trivial question, but I don't understand how a maester can wear a chain when it is formed of just one link; even five links would surely not be enough to fit around a man's ...
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What happens if both combatants die in a Trial by Combat?

Assuming the accused does not fight himself, but appoints a champion, what happens if both combatants die? Would that make the accused not guilty? Would there be another trial? Does only the first ...
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What word did Brienne scream out?

At the end of A Feast for Crows-Chapter 42, Brienne and her group is but then What was that word?
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Why didn't Aegon Targaryen want to conquer Dorne?

The Targaryen army withdrew from Dorne, leaving the country untaken. A thousand pinpricks did what a single pitched battle could not, and Aegon chose to withdraw and leave Dorne an independent ...
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King Tommen Baratheon - why is he “first of his name” rather than at least third?

Tommen ascends the thrones after his brother Joffrey's death, and at least in the TV series is referred to as being the first of his name. However, there were already at least two Lannister kings of ...
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Do Oriental-style civilisations exist in A Game of Thrones

I haven't read the books; I've only watched the TV series. Are there any civilisations in A Game of Thrones similar in appearance to Japanese or Chinese cultures (race, buildings, clothes and others ...
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Does Hodor say anything apart from “Hodor” in the books?

I haven't read the books and I don't even know if he is a character in the books (I assume he is) so I'm curious to know if he says anything apart form that one word (which seems to be the case in the ...
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Ramsay and his servant

Spoilers from S04E06 I don't mind answers from the books.
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Where to start the books when you are watching the series? [closed]

As someone who likes fantasy, I got hooked recently on the Game Of Thrones TV Show. I've watched all episodes so far : I really would like to read the books from now on. However, I have understood ...
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Why do people go to the Wall in Game of Thrones?

Is the wall a bad or a good place to be? Some people are sent there as punishment, others go because they want to (Jon Snow), others to get away from harm (Arya). If I am not completely correct, it ...