Gods are omnipresent in A Song of Ice and Fire, but do they exist?
- The old gods have never listened to the Starks' prayers; the only time was when Arya was in Harrenhal and she heard voices. Was it the gods or just an illusion?
- The sept does not exist for me because the concept is childish (the Mother, the Father..) and never listened.
- The Lord of Light may or may not listen to his followers.
In the part where Stannis throws leeches into the fire and prays to Rh'llor, some of the processes are already engaged:
Walder Frey had been planning to kill Robb before. Can't say for sure when Baelish began planning to kill Joffrey, so this leech is hard to determine. Balon Greyjoy's freak accident (fall off a bridge) is the only incident that didn't seem to be a mortal's influence, and is the most likely candidate for being the work of R'hllor, but we'll never know.