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TL;DR: There are a number of things that change him, but the defining moments are: Meeting Brienne Losing his hand Opening up to someone (Brienne) about why he killed the Mad King These completely and totally change his character and make him determined to redeem his honour (which he himself defines) in any way that he can. Long Answer: There are a ...


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For everyone but Jon... ...it doesn't really matter what the rules would strictly say about Jon's status: Castle Black has just been, essentially, invaded by an army of wildlings and a giant. He's their chosen leader. It doesn't really matter if he orders the execution as Lord Commander or conqueror, the result is the same. The rules are as irrelevant at ...


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His sword is from Valyrian steel, which also can kill White Walkers: Valyrian steel is the only thing that can kill White Walkers, alongside dragonglass, although this property is not widely known, apparently, not even to the White Walkers themselves. This has been mentioned in the books, but not in the previous episodes of the show: In "A Feast ...


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German: "Halt das Tor!" whereas Tor is better translates to gate than to door. This actually works well for "Hodor". French: As pradyot commented "Qu'ils n'aillent pas au-dehors!" becomes "Pas au-dehors!" and then "Hodor". Russian: "затвори ход" ("close the passage") which transitions to "hodor" in quite a strange and unusual way. Word "ход" here closer to ...


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The current (season 6 episode 5) status of the Direwolves is as follows, obviously contains spoilers, hidden blocks are about fan-theories/book-only information: Ghost (Jon): Alive Nymeria (Arya): Most likely Alive but not seen for a long time after she was set free by Arya. Shaggydog (Rickon): Deceased, killed by the Umbers to prove their allegiance to ...


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Peter Beaelish wants one thing: power. He is the son of a very minor lord with very poor holdings. He grew up seeing the love of his life get married to someone else with a more powerful family name. He knows that he can never actually rule in name, but he wants to be at least the real power behind the throne. For that to happen he needs to setup a puppet ...


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Now first of all, Tywin Lannister did not actually have a valid claim for the throne at all. The throne is based on heritage and blood-lines. While Tywin is a nobleman from one of the major houses, he's not from the house that currently provides the kings of Westeros, which is House Baratheon. Joffrey is not king because of the Lannister side of the family, ...


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According to the Game of Thrones Wiki page about Valyrian steel: Valyrian steel is recognizable from its sharpness, as well as a distinctive rippled pattern visible in blades made from it While it's hard to detect sharpness from eyesight alone, the "distinctive rippled pattern" can be detected easily by those who know where to look for it. Couple of ...


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He was wearing a mail underneath, which is a battle clothing not for a marriage ceremony. But her suspicion started when she notices Black Walder Rivers close the banquet hall doors and the musicians in the gallery begin playing "The Rains of Castamere"- the song commemorating House Lannister's decisive and brutal victory against the rebellious ...


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I have not yet gotten the chance to watch the series on TV but I have read the books and without any spoilers from beyond the first book here is the purpose for the tunnel in the wall. First of all the wall is over 900 ft high that has been built by both man and some magical help. IIRC the tunnel was cut into the wall to create that path to the other side ...


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White Walkers (or Others as they are also called in the books) are magical beings that live in the freezing lands north of the Wall. The last time they were seen by humanity was 8000 years before the Conquest. What little is known of them is mixed up with legends and half forgotten stories. Most people still believe that they are a myth and are just scary ...


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Good question! I'm not entirely sure how it's portrayed in the final episode, but to take knowledge from the books, he simply sailed north of the wall and his army marched from there. The wall extends across the entire land, but it's certainly possible to sail north or south of it. According to the books, the orange arrow is where he landed: He leaves ...


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To keep them from temptation. The short answer is that while most soldiers in the world of Game of Thrones appear to be rapists, the Unsullied neither rape nor plunder. Their castration removes temptation which could impede their efficiency. For a much more detailed answer, I refer you to the books. All quotes below are from A Storm of Swords, Chapter 23 ...


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It's a direwolf and just another representation of House Stark. It's obviously not the official Stark sigil as mentioned by rand al-thor. The official Stark sigil: A grey direwolf on a white field However the Starks do use other imagery: In the episode Mockingbird, Hot Pie creates a loaf of bread in the shape of a direwolf to represent House Stark. ...


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The books are just as graphic (and perhaps more so) than the show. Just keep reading. In fact, way before the TV show was a reality, the books' author had stated frequently that if his series was ever to be turned into a TV show that only HBO could do it, because they wouldn't cut out the whole lot of sex and violence that are in the books. True, there are a ...


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Mance Rayder in intending to move the entire Wilding population south to avoid the oncoming winter, which is presumed by many to be likely to be long, and accompanied by the reappearance of 'the others'. He has an army estimated as 100,000 strong. The remaining other forts along the wall are deserted yes, but its also presumed that the tunnels through the ...


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This is a great question. Here's my take on it: Towards the end of Season 1, Ned Stark is arrested in King's Landing. Incensed by this, Robb raises his bannermen to march on the South. When Ned is killed, he reaches a point of no return and vows revenge. Then, in the Season 1 finale Fire and Blood, we hear this speech: Robb: Renly is not the King. ...


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@Shadow Wizard's answer is correct as per the TV-Show. I'd like to add the books' description of the blades which may help to identify how people can instantly recognise the Valyrian Steel blades. This is Bran's description of Ice (the ancestral sword of House Stark): “Ice,” that sword was called. It was as wide across as a man’s hand, and taller even ...


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There is no more book material available for Bran and the writers decided that he won't be shown in Season 5 at all, so they won't advance his story too far. Writer David Benioff said: The fact is, even though we’re making changes to the books and adapting as necessary, we’re trying to keep the various storylines the same as the books and trying to ...


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Now, it may very well have been just your good old fashioned MacGuffin, HOWEVER on closer inspection of the scene at the end. You never actually see Sam or the mounted White Walker make eye contact. It is cleverly implied. Sam clearly hears the hooves padding through the snow and hears the rattling chains and the White Walker looks off to the left and then ...


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In the the first series Eddard Stark discovers that He does this by using the same book that Jon Arryn uses to research the genealogy of the Baratheons through the ages. Eddard discovers that every Baratheon child for centuries has black hair. This is proven when he searches out all of King Robert's bastards and finds that they too have black hair. The ...


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As explained in an answer from Quora, Valar Morghulis means "All men must die", is a customary saying in Essos traditionally answered with Valar Dohaeris meaning, "All men must serve". What most people think it means is that "Death is inevitable". However, people fail to see a deeper underlying message. When someone says Valar Morghulis, they ...


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Orson kills beetles. The Mountain kills women and children. In fact, a good many people around Tyrion are killers. Even his brother Jaime who's, at this point, generally considered to be a good dude totally pushed a kid out a window and had all of Ned's servants killed in S1. Tyrion could not understand the beetle murder habit of Orson's because Tyrion ...


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To seek pleasures other than sexual (which is sometimes the case also for not castrated men). The below fragment from A Wiki of Ice and Fire is about the Unsullied you mention (in the book he is called Stalwart Shield). Note that this a Wiki about the books, not the TV series, so it may contain spoilers. Stalwart Shield would occasionally go to a ...


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It's not only inspired, but almost identical to a Western European medieval custom. Trial by combat (also wager of battle, trial by battle or judicial duel) was a method of Germanic law to settle accusations in the absence of witnesses or a confession in which two parties in dispute fought in single combat; the winner of the fight was proclaimed to ...


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When Halfhand and Jon Snow are the lone survivors of their patrol and are captured by the wildlings, Halfhand orders Jon Snow to defect. The scene which you are questioning is where the actual deed transpires. Halfhand knows that once they reach the Wildling's camp, both of them will be killed or worse, first tortured and then killed. He can also sense that ...


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A Song of Ice and Fire really sounds quite fantasy-ish, whereas Game of Thrones sounds medieval and more suitable for a show. Also, the name 'Game of Thrones' gives more information about what will happen in the TV series (politics and fight for the throne) than the name A song of ice and fire does. Game of Thrones is still a very suitable title, yes it is ...


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Tommen has a lovely heart and many people felt he would be a better king than his brother, but he has a few major weaknesses. He is indecisive, he struggles with confrontation and ultimately, he is a pawn in a game that is much too big for him. When Loras is arrested, he bursts into his mother's chamber and demands his release. However, his mother is easily ...


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In episode 9 of season 1 ("Baelor"), Jeor Mormont gave Jon Snow the Valyrian steel sword, Longclaw, in thanks for saving his life from a wight. In the books, it originally had a bear's head as the pommel, but Mormont had the pommel refashioned into a wolf's head of pale stone with ruby eyes for Jon. It's a "bastard" or hand-and-a-half sword (half a foot ...


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There's very little in the way of "high" fantasy in the books or show, though the level increases a bit over time. (This increase is the reliance of fantasy elements builds organically and is even sort-of explained in-universe, which may or may not help you stay interested.) The series is primarily a type of "political/military fiction", in that they focus ...



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