Questions tagged [game-of-thrones]

For questions about the fantasy TV series "Game of Thrones" by HBO. For questions about the book series, which is the basis of the show, use the [a-song-of-ice-and-fire] tag instead. If your question is overlapping in scope, you may use both tags. For questions about the show, which are also specifically about the author George R. R. Martin, use in conjunction with the [george-r-r-martin] tag.

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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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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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Why do castle gates in GoT open inwards?

In S07E01 - Dragonstone, the gates of Dragonstone open inwards. Why? Isn't it easier to ram down when it can be pushed open? The hinges are high enough to be inaccessible, and could easily be ...
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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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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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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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Why did Eddard Stark keep Catelyn in the dark?

In the Season 6 finale of Game of Thrones, we learn that (Okay, to be fair, we don't 100% definitely know this, but it is incredibly heavily implied. So for the purposes of this question, I assume ...
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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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Is there an episode of Game of Thrones where nobody dies?

So, after watching S4E08 - The Mountain and the Viper - I got to wondering. Is there any episode of Game of Thrones where nobody dies? I've watched every episode so far (and read all the books), but I ...
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Was the rescue in Episode 6 “Beyond the Wall” achieved in a plausible time?

In Episode 6 of Season 7 of Game of Thrones ("Beyond the Wall") Jon and the group that went beyond the Wall to bring back a wight to King's Landing find themselves surrounded by the Army of the Dead. ...
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Why is The Wall so tall in Game of Thrones?

I'm reading A Song of Ice and Fire, and I'd love to know why The Wall is so damned tall. It's not like the White Walkers are giants, after all. (Although I've read further now, and there is talk of ...
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Who is now the Lord of Casterly Rock?

I am re-watching Game of Thrones and I came across this question. Tywin Lannister is the Lord of Casterly Rock - But since his death, who is now the Lord of Casterly Rock? Tyrion can't be the Lord ...
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Why was this character made Grand Maester?

In the finale of Game of Thrones, we see that is appointed Grand Maester, and given the accompanying position on the Small Council. This person stole tomes from the Citadel, never completed a link ...
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Have the writers and actors of Game Of Thrones responded to its poor reception?

Season 8 is by far the worst-rated season by critics, and its most recent episode, "The Bells," is the lowest-rated episode in GOT history according to Rotten Tomatoes (47%). My interactions on the ...
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Does each season of Game of Thrones roughly equal a book?

Does each current Game of Thrones season roughly equal one A Song of Ice and Fire book? And do we know which future seasons will cover which books? I am planning to read the first book after the TV ...
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Why did other houses not demand this?

In the Game of Thrones Season 8 finale Sansa Why did other houses remain silent. They could also demand the same for their own kingdom. I could guess they are not very powerful to demand anything ...
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Why would Arya reveal her fighting ability?

In the Game of Thrones episode The Spoils of War (S07E04), Arya lets everyone know that she is now a talented water-dancer. I found this scene very weird, when Brienne is training kicking Pod's ass, ...
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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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What characters in Game of Thrones have been recast?

There has been some obvious recasting in Game of Thrones for characters like Gregor Clegane and Daario Naharis. It also seems to be quite well known that Myrcella Baratheon was recast. What ...
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Why did Tyrion visit the Wall?

Game of Thrones has Tyrion visiting the Wall, simply as he wanted to see it. Watching this, I had the feeling that, in the novel, there was another, less arbitrary, reason, but I can't recall it. ...
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Why does Tywin correct Arya on usage of m'Lord and my Lord?

In Season 2, Episode 7 ("A Man Without Honor") of HBO's Game of Thrones, there is a dialogue between Tywin and Arya. Tywin Lannister: Girl, m'Lord. Low-born girls say m'Lord, not my Lord. If you're ...
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Why isn't everyone flabbergasted about Bran's “gift”?

Bran has become the three-eyed raven, and can see anything that has happened in history using his mind's eye. This is an incredible gift that takes place in a world in which people doubt the existence ...
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Why is The Wall still manned?

My understanding is that The Wall was built a long time ago -- on the order of thousands of years -- to keep all the nasty stuff from invading the more-developed parts of Westeros. It's also my ...
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Why was the battle set up *outside* Winterfell?

The whole point of building a castle is that it is an excellent defensive stronghold: the attackers need to climb walls, and the defenders have the high ground and can defend very efficiently using ...
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How is it believable that Euron could so easily pull off this ambush?

Daenerys has Varys on her side who is some kind of master spy. She also has Bran who can scout for her easily. She was up in the sky from where she should be able to see Euron's fleet where they were ...
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Why isn't the religion of R'hllor, The Lord of Light, dominant?

This has been puzzling me for a while now. Since red priests of R'hllor can, amongst many other seemingly "magical" things, bring people back from the dead, how come this religion isn't dominant ...
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Does the intro sequence to the Game of Thrones TV series have any meaning?

The intro to Game of Thrones episodes includes a model mechanical world sprouting up buildings at Kings' Landing, Winterfell, and other key locations. Does this have any significance other than ...
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The Dothraki cut their braids after defeat in battle, but when would a Dothraki be spared after being defeated?

Quoting A Wiki of Ice and Fire: The Dothraki’s proof of valor is their braided topknots. Whenever they lose a battle they must cut their braids as a sign of defeat. However, in the television ...
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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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Could Khal Drogo's Khalasar really have defeated the Iron Throne?

I always found it surprising how scared everyone was about Daenerys' marriage to Khal Drogo and the possibility of the Dothraki horde crossing the Narrow Sea. In Season 1 Episode 5, Robert Baratheon ...
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Why did Benjen Stark take the Black?

OK, I've waited until I finished ADWD in case there was any explanation there. Why was Benjen Stark on the Wall? Was there an explanation I have missed? I appreciate, as a younger brother, he would ...
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Why didn't Daenerys' advisers suggest assassinating Cersei?

There are numerous people in Daenerys' council who know secret ways in and out of the Red Keep. Varys: Back in Season 1 Varys is shown to know the secret way in and out of the Red Keep when he shows ...
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How many Gods are in Game of Thrones?

There seem to be six or seven different religions with even more Gods?
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Why isn't Tyrion mentioned in the in-universe book “A Song of Ice and Fire”?

Why isn't Tyrion mentioned in the in-universe book "A Song of Ice and Fire"? He certainly deserved to be. He mentions that he didn't think he'd be spoken of kindly. Why did the maester dislike him?
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Was Ned Stark actually a good swordsman?

Inspired by this question (Is there any proof that Jaime Lannister is actually a good swordsman?), the OP mentions Ned in a way that he thinks Ned is a great swordsman. I don't recall anything from ...
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How did the cookfire get hot enough to melt gold in Game of Thrones? [closed]

In the television series A Game of Thrones, Khal Drogo melts gold in a cookpot over a seemingly ordinary fire, and then pours the melted metal on Viserys' head. How could the cookfire get hot enough ...
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Why did Drogon spare this character?

In the Finale, Drogon saw and seemed to understand what happened. But still he didn’t even Why?
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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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What is a Hedge Knight?

Reading the Ice and Fire books, I keep on coming across the term Hedge Knight (and, also, the apparently pejorative, Hedge Wizard). What specifically does the prefix Hedge refer to?
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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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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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Did Tywin Lannister know Arya is not a commoner?

While Arya was at Harrenhal with Tywin Lannister, he once corrected her about which people say "my lord", "m'lord" and/or "milord". As part of the discussion in this question, there seems to be a ...
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What happens if a Night's Watch recruit refuses to take the oath?

The Night's Watch receives recruits from a number of sources including volunteers, criminals, and outcasts. What happens if a recruit either fails the training or refuses to take the oath after ...
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Was Robert's rebellion built on a lie?

In Season 7 Episode 7, The Dragon and the Wolf: Per my understanding it was not. Robert and Starks were not aware about this. Ned only came to know (If Lyanna told him all) only in the end of the war ...
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What do the people of Braavos know about the House of Black and White?

As viewers we understand that it is the base of operations for The Faceless Men who serve the Many-Faced God. However they perform their duties secretly and their actions are unbeknownst to the ...
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Are the “people” re-incarnated by the Lord of Light real?

At first glance this question may seem a little weird, but bare with. I was having a discussion with some people and looking at Beric Dondarrion's wiki page which shows a video describing Beric. In ...
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Why is Drogon so much better in battle than Rhaegal and Viserion?

Viserion is felled by one spear. Rhaegal is felled by 3 arrows. Drogon cannot be hit once, even with dozens of scorpions aimed at him. Why are the other dragons so easy to hit with projectiles, yet ...
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What does House Greyjoy's motto, “We Do Not Sow”, mean?

What does the motto of House Greyjoy, "We Do Not Sow", in the TV series Game of Thrones mean? It seems to be missing a noun, to me. Is it something like, we do not sow discord? Or we do not sow, we ...
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Why did Shae act as she did at the trial?

In Game of Thrones, Season 4, why did Shae betray Tyrion at his trial? Did Shae ever love Tyrion, or was he right in thinking that she only loved his gold and the lifestyle he provided?
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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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