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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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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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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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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 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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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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@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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Not particularly. While it is, in part, derived from European sword fighting, there are also dashes of Chinese sword theatrics (Wushu) 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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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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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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The Unsullied are a battle-group, trained in fighting side-by-side in a similar fashion to the Greek Phalanxes: Unsullied battle tactics are based on the legions of the old Ghiscari Empire, involving large groups of them fighting in lock-step phalanxes using spear and shield, though they are also trained to use shortswords for close-quarters combat. ...


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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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White Walker's are an ancient race. They are powerful enough to manage hand-to-hand combat easily with a human. Normal swords can't kill or harm them. They have only two known weaknesses: Valyrian steel (dragonsteel) and Dragonglass (obsidian). White Walkers can communicate using a laguage known as Skroth Wights (or dead men or the Army of the Dead) are the ...


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You're not confusing anything, it is the same disease. However Shireen has only a relatively small scar not because it's an early stage, but because she is cured - see below. Greyscale spreads through touch: Greyscale is extremely infectious, spread through touch contact with an infected person, or even spread on unsterilized objects that have been ...


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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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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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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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In the show, it is not explicitly explained how Joffrey was poisoned. The medium of poison is unclear, whether it was the wine or the cake. However, in S04E06, Grandmaester Pycell presents Sansa's necklace as a proof in the trial against Tyrion. And since Sansa was wearing the necklace throughout the wedding and nobody but Olenna Tyrell goes up near her for ...


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Partly, it's miles away - not something southerners think about. He's far too cynical for solemn vows, and too much of an independent-minded loner to choose to huddle for warmth with hundreds of 'brothers'. But mostly, it'd be unthinkable due to pride: Except among the Starks, taking the black is associated with failure or disgrace. The only southerners who ...


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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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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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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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Several reasons: Unlike the Baratheon/Tyrell alliance, there is no single person that could be assassinated and have any lasting effect. Kill Joffrey? He still has an heir. Kill Tyrion? Any number of commanders loyal to the Lannisters can rise to the cause. So on and so forth. Kill Cersei? Tyrion and the realm would've thanked him. Unlike the ...



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