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

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Is Daenerys Targaryen immune to fire?

Twice in the books Daenerys has been in situations where it is reasonable to expect that she would have been burned to death, or at least seriously injured, yet has come out unharmed. The first time ...
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Comprehensive Rules for Game of Thrones Lines of Succession

I'm three quarters through the third book, "Storm of Swords" right now (so please, no spoilers from too late in the book or any subsequent books). I just read a part where Tyrion is discussing with ...
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What evidence is there supporting an alternative parentage for Jon Snow?

I've heard speculation that Jon Snow's actual parents may be Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark, but in reading the books I'm not sure what evidence could be used to support this conclusion. I thought there ...
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What is a “year” in Westeros?

I only watched the Game of Thrones TV series. But there it was said that the current summer lasted for already nine years. In our world a "year" is the time in which all four seasons pass. Since this ...
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If R+L=J, why would his claim to the throne come before this Targaryen?

So GRRM just confirmed that one of the rumors about ASOIF are true. But what I don't understand is: [Winds of Winter spoilers]
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Why does the Golden Company raise the banners for a Targaryen?

The Golden Company, as we discover in the tales of Dunk & Egg, was created by exiled knight Aegor "Bittersteel" Rivers, the legitimized bastard of King Aegon IV Targaryen, after they tried to ...
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How is The Wall bypassed?

In the first series of the TV show several things apparently bypass The Wall to reach Winterfell: The Night's Watch member Will captured near Winterfell and executed by Ned. The Direwolf & her ...
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Why do White Walkers in Game of Thrones sometimes spare someone?

In the first episode of the first season, Winter is Coming, three rangers come across a wildling camp killed by a White Walker. The walker then kills 2 of the rangers, but allows Gared to live. ...
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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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What plot differences are there between the Game of Thrones TV series and the books? [closed]

It has been a while since I've read the books and I recall the show being fairly accurate. What plot differences are there between them? Are any substantial, or are they all particularly minor?
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What is the shape of the world of Westeros and do the Westerosi know?

For quite some time now I have been asking myself how the world of Game of Thrones is shaped and if the people living in that world know the shape. In questions here on SciFi.Stackexchange ...
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Why is Cersei commonly referred to as “Cersei Lannister” instead of “Cersei Baratheon”?

I've watched the first two seasons of the TV series, and I'm in the middle of the first book. While reading, I noticed that Catelyn is usually referred to by her married name: Scarlet-tinged ...
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How is canon determined for the works set in the world of ASOIAF?

George R. R. Martin brought the world of ASOIAF (henceforth called Planetos) to the public when he published his first book A Game of Thrones in 1996. He would go on to write 4 more books over 15 ...
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How many dragons ever existed in Westeros?

There are multiple questions relevant to each other: How many dragons ever existed in Westeros? How do they end up? When did the number reach its peak?
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Was Daenerys actually trying to hatch the eggs?

I was reading @Aegon' s response here and I realized that I've never been clear on whether Dani was intentional in her pyre building to do blood magic and wake the dragons, or if she was just ...
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Who knows the truth about Jon Snow's parentage (father & mother)

There are a lot of great theories telling us that Eddard Stark couldn't be the father of Jon Snow, like this one: What evidence is there supporting an alternative parentage for Jon Snow? But, who ...
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Is the origin of the Night King in Game of Thrones consistent with the books?

PLEASE NOTE: This question is not a dupe, because it takes into account more information from the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones season 6, episode 5 ("The Door") revealed to us ...
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As things stand, will House Stark go extinct?

According to the family tree in A World of Ice and Fire Ned Stark's children are in fact the only surviving Starks. And as of S06E09; In the Season Six Finale it is revealed that; This means that if ...
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What are the origins of the White Walkers?

Just watched the 4-th episode of season 4. In the end we see the scene where That means that But if that's how the process of reproduction is organized for the White Walkers, that brings the ...
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Why is it that after 8,000 years, technology in Westeros has not evolved in the world of the Game of Thrones?

In Game of Thrones, their society dates back 8,000 years. Why have there been no advances in technology?
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What is the difference between a wight and an Other?

What is the difference between a wight and an Other in A Song of Ice and Fire? At first I didn't think there was a difference, but there must be because Others can be "melted" by dragon glass and ...
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Does the Song of Ice and Fire take place in a hollow world?

The HBO series Game of Thrones and the book series it's from, A Song of Ice and Fire, offer no examples or suggestions that the world is set in a hollow world. But the television show's opening ...
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Explanation of seasons in “A Song of Ice and Fire”

Is there any sort of in-universe scientific explanation of the irregular seasons in "A Song of Ice and Fire". What does the orbit/tilt of their planet look like? How can a year be measured?
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Who actually sent the assassin to kill Bran?

I've read all of the books, but most of them years ago. But I can't remember who it was who actually sent the assassin. Is it made clear, for example an actual confession?
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What are the rules of Trial by Combat in Game of Thrones?

What are the rules, as specified in the canon, for a Trial by Combat. Specifically: Is Trial by Combat a fight to the death? In what situation is a Prosecutor and/or Defendant allowed to ...
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Where does the background story in A Song of Ice and Fire come from?

As I can read, the author of the series created several books in the series starting with the book A Game of Thrones. I'm watching the series on TV (I haven't read the books). When I watched ...
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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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Do gods exist in A Game of Thrones?

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 ...
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What is Renly's basis for removing Joffrey?

Related question: What was the basis for Lord Renly's claim to the throne? I get that he considers himself a better king than Stannis, but why isn't he loyal to Joffrey who is supposedly the ...
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Did Mirri Maz Duur deliberately mistreat Drogo's wound?

When Khal Drogo gets wounded by Mago, the Lhazareen healer Mirri Maz Duur offers to help treat the wound to prevent an infection. What do the books say about this?
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How many people actually died during The War of the Five Kings?

If I understand correctly, before the events of the first season (or book) the population of the Seven Kingdoms was about half a million or so? But how bloody was the Clash of The kings, and how ...
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Why did Tywin Lannister allow Jaime to join the Kingsguard?

I can't imagine Tywin allowing his son Jaime to join the Kingsguard. Wouldn't he insist that Jaime stay at Casterly Rock, marry, have children, and carry on the family name? He certainly did not want ...
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How did Jaqen H'ghar get caught?

Following a recent 9gag post: Did Jaqen H'ghar end up in that cage because he knew that he would meet and "recruit" Arya, or was it some strange coincidence? Is it described somewhere in the books, ...
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Why are there no maps of lands east of Westeros in The Game of Thrones?

The Dothraki come from a land (Essos) that is east of Westeros, and separated by the Narrow Sea. But the map given in the book (A Game of Thrones) doesn't show anything beyond Dragonstone. Is there a ...
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Why was the plan for the Purple Wedding so complicated?

Spoilers for A Storm of Swords / Season 4 episode 2 "The Lion and the Rose". At the Purple Wedding, perform their plan of A short summary of their plan: Littlefinger orders Ser Dontos Hollard to ...
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Can a bastard, under any circumstance, become a Lord or King in Game of Thrones?

Can a bastard under any circumstance (other than armed rebellion) become a Lord or for that matter, a King, in Game of Thrones? I am in the middle of Season 1 & Book 1, please avoid spoilers. I ...
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Can White Walkers swim?

In Game Of Thrones Season 5 Episode 8 (Hardhome), we saw : I wonder why : Was it intentional :
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Is there any proof that Jaime Lannister is actually a good swordsman?

From what I can tell of Jaime Lannister, he is a good swordsman, because he has fought numerous battles and lived to tell the tale. What I can't find is any evidence of him beating anyone in a duel ...
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How do Southern people discern Night's Watch deserters from truthful brothers sent south?

Night's Watch deserters are sentenced to death, as we've seen in the very first episode of Game of Thrones. A man dressed all in black is apprehended by Stark men and brought before Lord Eddard Stark. ...
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Was the rebellion of the North really necessary?

I really can't get this. With such a strong feudalism, does kneeling down mean so much? I think there is not much difference between being 'King in the North' or 'Warden of the North'. The difference ...
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What does Craster do with his sons?

Craster...loves...his daughters, but not really his sons. I know he offs them, but how, and is it for some "Other" purpose? Some sort of dark tribute to the supernatural forces of the North to be ...
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How did Daenerys avoid injury in Vaes Dothrak?

In s06E04 Daenerys Now I am aware she did this once before but G.R.R.M. went on record and said that: Now the only explanation I have is that TV show is different from books, but this seems a major ...
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Why can't the Others go around the Wall at sea?

As explained in a few earlier questions, the Wall does not extend all the way to the sea on the East, and the castle there is essentially undefended anyway. Thus, wildlings -- and Stannis' army -- ...
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What was the meaning of the Night King's message?

In S08E01 of Game of Thrones, we see this message: We have seen this several times, the symbol drawn with horse heads, the stones around the Weirwood where White Walkers are created and in some caves,...
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Is Bran able to have children after his fall? [duplicate]

The thing that made me ask this question was that most of Stark family are dead and Bran is now the "heir" to Winterfell. So I guess he should have children to succeed him, otherwise the Stark line ...
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Why are there no other dragons in ASOIAF?

In order to hatch a dragon in A Song of Ice and Fire, the eggs must be heated to an incredible temperature, as shown when Daenerys' dragons are hatched. So why aren't there any other dragons? Eggs ...
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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 ...
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How to explain these inconsistencies in the R+L=J theory?

I read this recently, and the third theory for Jon's parents suggest that he's the son of Rhaegar Targarean and Lyanna Stark. It has more credence than the other two theories and I am also partial. ...
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What titles does Littlefinger currently hold?

Just to keep it simple these are the titles I remembering him having as of the close of A Dance with Dragons. Lord of Harrenhal (given to him by Joffrey after the Battle of Blackwater for ...
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Game of Thrones: Alternate reading order for Books 4 and 5?

I'm still working my way through the third book, but as I understand it, books four and five (A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons) occur at the same time -- both picking up immediately after A ...