Questions tagged [a-song-of-ice-and-fire]

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Is there a minimum time in the past that Bran can see?

We know Bran can see thousands of years into the past; we see the Children of the Forest create the Night King for instance. Is there some minimum time that Bran's vision works at? Could he see what ...
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How many men has Cersei slept with?

Since I haven't read the books, I'd like to know exactly how unfaithful she's been over the course of the books and the TV series. From what I can recall off the top of my head from the TV series, ...
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Was there ever a name for the weapons of the Others?

When I think of weapons made of ice, I usually think of Stahlrim weapons from Skyrim, do the ice weapons from the show have a name? What about the books?
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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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What did Varys do to the Sorcerer?

Either right before or right after the battle of the Blackwater Varys tells Tyrion that a Sorcerer castrated him and used his genitals to perform a ritual. In S03E04 Varys reveals a man in a crate to ...
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Why did Rhaenyra Targaryen think that Bartimos Celtigar couldn't ride a dragon?

House Celtigar is one of the three Valyrian houses that moved to the Western most outpost of the Valyrian Empire (The other two being Velaryons and Targaryens). Out of the three of them only ...
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How long does it take to forge a Maester's chain?

How many links are needed to forge a chain? Are more links prestigious than others? How long does it typically take to earn a full chain?
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Why did Robert pick unworthy men for the White Cloaks?

When we look at past examples, Kingsguards' history for most part has been illustrious and a shining example of chivalry and honour. There have been rare exceptions every two or three decades or so ...
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Does Jaime Lannister have dyslexia in the books?

In Game of Thrones Tywin Lannister has the following conversation with Arya Stark. Though the point of the conversation is mainly to pry into Arya's secret identity the following sounds like Jaime ...
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How many lies did Ned Stark tell?

In both the A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones series we, the viewer and/or reader know that Ned Stark is lying when he claims Jon Snow is his illegitimate son. Ned also refuses to tell King ...
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What is the status of the TV and movie rights to ASOIAF given the end of the original HBO series?

Now, I'm not a Game of Thrones fan, but a number of facts are floating around the internet which I will outline below as I understand them. (I could dig up more citations, and I would appreciate if ...
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Does Loras Tyrell have a birthmark in the books?

In s05e06 we see that Loras Tyrell apparently has a birthmark. CERSEI: This testimony is an insult to a great house. Why should The Faith or anyone else take the word of a squire over the heir to ...
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How many Kingsguard betrayed their king?

I know of Jaime, Barristan and 2 turncloaks, are there any more?
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Did Daenerys' stillborn have dragon features?

In the book, Dany's handmaids (or maybe it was the maegi) mention features of her stillborn having to do with scales, a stub tail, among other "monstrous" traits, if I remember correctly. Does this ...
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Why did Daenerys follow her brother's bidding at all? What was their relationship like before the events of the first episode?

So the sixth episode of Game of Thrones just aired, and while I enjoyed it very much, I couldn't help but be bewildered at why things had to come to the extreme end they escalated to — the ...
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Which human character killed the most Kingsguard members?

Who killed the most Kingsguards/Queensguards? I know that in the second-to-last episode of the TV show, Specifications: the character must have killed the guard themselves, not others who did it for ...
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Is Needle’s portrayal in Game of Thrones faithful to the books? (And is it a shortsword?)

In Game of Thrones on TV, is Arya's sword Needle portrayed faithfully to the books? And would it be classified as a shortsword?
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Are members of the Night's Watch allowed to join the Kingsguard?

Very much related to this question Can a Kingsguard member be sent to the Night's Watch? but now the other way around, do we know of any Night's Watch brother that became Kingsguard?
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Did any of the Kingsguard have children during their service?

At least one member of the Kingsguard had children during his service; But are there any more beside him?
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Can a Kingsguard member be sent to the Night's Watch?

Was there ever a Kingsguard member that was sent to the Night's Watch for some reason?
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Were there ever more than 7 Kingsguard at any one time?

I know a king or queen under the Faith of the Seven (usually) had 7 Kingsguard, was there ever a king or queen that had more?
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Is the Iron Throne in the show faithful to the books?

Inspired by "Is Needle’s portrayal in Game of Thrones faithful to the books?" and more recently "Are the swords shown in Game of Thrones faithful to those in A Song of Ice and Fire?" comes the ...
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Whatever happened to Nettles and Sheepstealer?

Looking at the Histories & Lore video on "The Dance of Dragons", had me wondering - do we know at all what happened after to Nettles, after she fled on her dragon Sheepstealer? The history of ...
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What were the White Walkers doing for thousands of years?

This question presumes that White Walkers were in hibernation. Were they really? What's the citation? Why exactly The Night King made humans believe that White Walkers were extinct?
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Just how old is Melisandre?

In Game of Thrones we see the Red Woman Melisandre remove a necklace which presumably acts as a glamour and gives her the appearance of a young woman. When she removes it we see that she is in fact ...
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Why were the Night's Watch required to be celibate?

If the Night's Watch was supposed to last thousands of years, and was given land, why not have them raise families in the Gift and send all adult males to guard the wall on a rotation?
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Was GoT's season finale GRRM's ending?

A Song of Ice and Fire isn't completed yet in print. I've Googled a bit, but can't determine if Martin is somehow contractually obligated to complete the books in a manner consistent with the ...
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Why is the Night's Watch so depleted at the start of ASOIAF?

At the start of AGOT, the total number of the Night's Watch is said to be less than a thousand. During Aegon's conquest, the Watch numbered ten thousand men. Out of the nineteen castles on the wall, ...
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Where is the logic in castrating fighters?

This came up on another question, where in A Song of Ice and Fire (the books Game of Thrones is based on), the Unsullied have all of their genitalia removed, not just the penis. "In Yunkai and ...
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Tourney Rules in Westeros: Status of Non-Knight participants in Tourneys

Please see this question to build context. This question is to comply with community suggestions and to split up a large question into different part. Following up on what's already stated on the ...
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Are there mythical creatures in the world of Game of Thrones?

There are quite a lot of creatures from our real world ancient myths, that exist in the world of GoT: giants, dragons etc. However, are there any creatures that are mythical in both worlds? Creatures ...
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Why are members of the Kingsguard allowed to fight in battles and tourneys?

I thought of this question while reading another about why Tywin Lannister would allow Jaime to fight in battles. Jaime was a member of the Kingsguard so his duty is to protect whomever is on the ...
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What do people in Westeros eat during Winter?

Speculation about how long exactly a 'Winter' lasts in Westeros, partially substantiated from comments found in the books, tend to imply that the actual coming of Winter is pretty much random — i.e., ...
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Help me identify the animals in Braavos Menagerie!

Hear me. The ships of Braavos sail as far as the winds blow, to lands strange and wonderful, and when they return their captains fetch queer animals to the Sealord’s menagerie. Such animals as you ...
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Do we know why the Night's Watch has diminished so much? [duplicate]

In S01E03 of Game of Thrones, Maester Aemon mentions to Tyrion that the Night's Watch is growing smaller in numbers, now to less than a thousand. Since the Night's Watch consists mostly of bastards, ...
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Are there regional foods in Westeros?

With the regions, Kingdoms and countries of GRRM's world influence by Britain and Europe are the any regional foods similar to the area in question or just regional foods in general? e.g. Haggis ...
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Is there a known maximum age for the children of the forest? Can they reproduce?

In the show we see that one of the children of the forest Do we know their maximum age? also can they have children?
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How did Jon Arryn actually find out about “the strong seed”?

Everybody suspects Jon Arryn was killed by doings of House Lannister, because he was close to finding evidence that (Unmarked spoilers beyond this point.) Later we find out that House Lannister had ...
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What were all the known kingsguard before and during the show and books? [closed]

I've seen some video's about many kingsguards and their deeds, who are they all? side-question: how did they leave their service?
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Why did the dragon refuse to cross the Wall in Fire & Blood?

SPOILER warning. If you haven't read the recently released Fire & Blood book by George R. R. Martin, or haven't seen the last episode of season 7, then this post contains possible spoilers. In ...
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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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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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What is the punchline to Tyrion Lannister’s joke about the jackass and the honeycomb?

There are some TV episodes where Tyrion starts telling a joke about bringing a honeycomb and a jackass into a brothel, but he gets interrupted every time before he tells the punchline. Is this joke ...
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Democracy in GRRMs world [duplicate]

Given that The Six Kingdoms are a democracy (of sorts), is there any history in the GRRM world of any other democracies?
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Arya the Explorer doomed to failure? [closed]

The last time someone seriously considered crossing the Sunset Sea was Elissa Farman. She took a year to build her ultra-ship using gold she got from selling three dragon eggs (absurdly expensive). ...
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Who can knight you so that the knighting 'sticks'?

Motivating scenario: I'm a swell upstanding guy, so Ser/Lord X, an acquaintance of mine, knights me. So I walk into my village tavern; the barkeep asks "What'll it be, friend?" and I tell him "That's ...
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Can a king/queen of Westeros still send people to the Wall?

At the series finale we learn that the North remains The Wall is the northern border of the North. And following the above it is How can the King send people to the Wall while it is not in his ...
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Will Game of Thrones end like A Song of Ice and Fire? [duplicate]

The Game of Thrones show has deviated from the A Song of Ice and Fire books and has gone beyond where the books left off while the author is still writing them. Has there been any indication that ...
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Has a three-eyed Raven ever ruled Westeros?

The three-eyed Raven knows a lot. In particular, this knowledge could be used to exploit others. As Varys once implied, information is power. Has a three-eyed Raven ever been the Ruler of Westeros? ...