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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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Not particularly. While it is, in part, derived from European sword fighting, there are also dashes of Chinese sword theatrics ([Wushu][1]) along with exaggerated and dramatic moves designed to film well. As with hand-to-hand martial arts, actual real life fighting is a lot faster, direct and brutal. The downside is that these methods don't film well.


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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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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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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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I'm not sure if it's as clear in the TV show (it's been a while since I watched season 1), but in the book it's spelled out pretty clearly that Robert was supposed to die on the hunt. Queen Cersei gives Lancel Lannister (Robert's squire) very strong wine for Robert to drink, with the instruction that Robert should get as drunk as possible and have some kind ...


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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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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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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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It's never spelled out in the show (and the incident never happened in the books) so we are left to speculate. We also need to remember that there were two people here (Arya and Sandor) and they might have different reasons for doing what they did. Possible Sandor motives: His initial desire was to ransom Arya back to her family. Robb and her mother died ...


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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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Personally I don't think the show would be worth watching without the sex and violence, but that might just be me. To actually answer your question though I think many of the sex scenes actually establish character and subtleties of plot, and the same might also be said of the violence. According to Here be Geeks about 2-3 minutes have been cut from each ...


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The animators worked out four different map sequences, which can effectively indicate the locations shown in the upcoming episode. The initial plan was to show the map every time the scene changed, but this was deemed too disruptive to the storyline, and it was decided to introduce the locations in the title sequence instead. The article can be found ...


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From Wikipedia: Some [TV-] shows have a small stable of directors, but also usually rely on outside directors. Given the time constraints of broadcasting, a single show might have two or three episodes in pre-production, one or two episodes in principal photography, and a few more in various stages of post-production. The task of directing is ...


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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 show, it is not explicitly explained how Joffrey was poisoned. Whether it was the wine or the cake. But in S04E06, Pycell presents Sansa's necklace as a proof in the trial against Tyrion. Since Sansa was wearing the necklace throughout the wedding & nobody but Olenna goes up near her for a small talk, there would be no time to mix the poison in ...


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You're asking a colossal question. This link will guide you through all the possible answers to that question. Do note, there are major spoilers afoot there. To summarise some of the possible information: In the books, we are presented initially with the idea that Ashara Dayne is his mother. According to Ser Barristan Selmy, a Stark bedded her at a ...


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Why the delay? Probably for cinematic effect. The Unsullied are trained to follow orders without question. They have been known to selflessly sacrifice their life without hesitation if that is what was ordered. In the books the Unsullied attack and the dragon attack happened almost simultaneously. The Whip? The whip that was given to Dany was a special ...


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I believe, Sandor was basically a good man and he was obeying Joffrey, only because he was bound by his sense of duty. Besides, Sandor had a past with fire. In one of the episodes from season 1, we learn that when Sandor was a kid, his elder brother shoved his face into fire and hence the burn marks on his face. Now, during the battle with Stanis, initially ...


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In the 3rd episode of season 3 "Walk of Punishment" it was revealed that Edmure Tully (the uncle of King Robb Stark) disobeyed orders and attacked Gregor Clegane. Edumre won the battle and Gregor fled, but Edmure was able to capture some hostages including Willem and Martyn Lannister. We never see the battle, but it is discussed when King Robb chastises his ...


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You could probably write a pretty long essay on this, but essentially putting a Lannister on the throne after the previous king's demise would've been very problematic. (and prior to that the regency was passed down through the Targareyen line due to their dragon's blood, which is how their came to be a king in the first place) Mainly because: Jaime was ...


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Tyrion did give the necklace to Ros, but we never actually see him do it. We know about it from another scene. When Ros and Theon Greyjoy are together she's wearing the necklace and tells him that it was a gift from Tyrion. As for why, Tyrion is usually very generous to the whores he beds, and he is extremely wealthy. A necklace of that sort wouldn't have ...


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Bran is believed to be dead. When Robb marches to war, Theon Greyjoy betrays the Starks and takes Winterfell. Bran and Rickon escape. Theon eventually has two boys slain at a farm and says that they were Bran and Rickon. As far as the greater world knows, all the Stark men are dead, which leaves Sansa (the oldest girl) as the heir to Winterfell. Whoever ...


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Actors are usually hired if they fit the role they are supposed to play. In case of GOT, some of the characters can be visualized with existing actors. As you can notice, none of the star or lead characters (Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Daenerys etc.) are known faces. Senior actors are roped in because they either fit the role or lend some good acting in the ...


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Actually I see it as a veiled putdown on Orson Scott Card who has been criticizing Game of Thrones series. Cousin Orson is Orson Scott Card, also realize that Orson Scott Card is widely known for writing Ender's Game, a novel about a boy who is selected to kill an Alien Race of Bugs aka Beetles. If the writer's had this in mind they made an excellent jest of ...


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In the books Oberyn Martell was infamous for always poisoning his weapons. It's part of the reason why he got the nickname "The Red Viper". Lacing his blade with poison accomplished two things: A potent enough poison can disable an opponent if the duel lasted long enough. Ensures that the opponent dies even if he survives the duel (wins or surrenders).


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I can immediately see that our opinions on this differ somewhat, so I'm not neccesarily expecting the thumbs up, but I'll try to outline some of the main points about adaptation: in this case, from the Book to the TV Show. Firstly, you should know, the process of adapting original work is such a common part of TV/Movie making it is its own profession. It ...


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There can be many reasons a character isn't introduced. While I can't seem to find any interviews that directly explain why this character was left out, that could be because they don't want to spoil anything for the remaining seasons. While I haven't read the books, I watch the show with a few people who have, so I'm aware of several moments in season 4 ...


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Robb's plan was to finish with the wedding business, get Walder Frey's men, and attack Casterly Rock as quickly as possible to undermine the Lannister's power (the plan he hammered out with his mother earlier). For that reason Robb brought the majority of his fighting force with him to the Twins. He still has several bannermen strewn across the North and the ...


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Game of Throne's opening sequence clocks at 1:50 minutes, which is indeed longer than most modern TV opening credits that rarely break a minute. There are several reasons for this: To establish an epic feeling for the series. A similar series, Rome, has a credit sequence that lasts 1:30. To establish where the action takes place. Each episode the camera ...



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