Numerous times throughout the series the deceased are shown with stones over their eyes, and with those stones painted with blue, open eyes.

What's the meaning behind this?

  • I think there’s an episode of the TV series where one character explains it to another. It might be Tyrion explaining it to Tommen after Joffrey dies. But I remember something about it is explained. Apr 14, 2019 at 17:29
  • “We close our eyes in this world and open them in the next.” acourseindying.com/the-origins-of-the-eye-stones
    – FuzzyBoots
    Apr 14, 2019 at 20:53

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The High Sparrow comments on this to Jaime about Myrcella Baratheon's funeral. In his words the reason is:

HIGH SPARROW: Do you know why we use these stones? To remind us not to fear death. We close our eyes on this world and open them on the next.

Game of Thrones, Season 6 Episode 2, "Home"

It's worth noting that this also has a real world precedent in that in various cultures around the world it is/was custom to place coins on the eyes during the funeral.

  • Thank you. I was not free to properly research the quote.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:51

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