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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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We can see the answer in what happens immediately after. It's textbook Ramsay manipulation, and it nearly worked. Ramsay was surrounded by Snow loyalists who immediately aimed at him. If he'd shot Snow, they'd have killed him without hesitation, then rushed to try to save Jon. But their leader is still alive, and Ramsay's talking, not posing an immediate ...


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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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One word: Training. An old man trapped in a room won't likely be the last Westerosian that Qyburn wants dead. It's now clear that his approach to scaling his organization is by using destitute children. Which makes sense, (once you get past any moral revulsion you might have): they're malleable, desperate for someone who cares about them, and aren't ...


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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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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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The current (season 6 episode 9) 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): Killed by the Umbers to prove their allegiance to the ...


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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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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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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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The UK flag, the Union Jack, is a combination of three flags: And Scotland's flag is based on the crucifixion of Saint Andrew, which was held on an X-shaped cross: But Bolton's flag represents glorification of the cruelty of skinning people alive on an X-shaped cross upside down. So they do have a similar basis of crucifixion on an X-shaped cross, ...


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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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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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In this interview the actor who plays Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) refers to that line as meaning the lasting psychological damage that he's caused Sansa: I think [the final scene with Ramsay and Sansa] was great. It’s a good scene. It leaves Sansa in an interesting place as a character, because he’s saying, “I’m inside you now.” [Rheon shudders] It’s horrible, ...


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Pycelle was originally imagined by the showrunners (possibly by author GRRM too, it's unconfirmed as far as I know) as a meek careerist toady, someone who maintains his comfortable high-status position by being useful and loyal to those in power and by avoiding letting himself be seen as a threat. Part of that, as they saw it at least in early seasons, was ...


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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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If you look at the NowTV page for Game of Thrones, you will see that it's licenced from Sky Atlantic (not directly from HBO). The version shown on Sky Atlantic has title card fades for advert breaks, and that is how it gets to NowTV, who simply make it available 'as is' to keep their costs low. Most NowTV shows licenced from Sky will have similar title card ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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@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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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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In short, because they did not have to. Jon Arryn was actively investigating Jaime and Cersei's secret when he met his untimely demise. If they were putting a plan together to murder Jon Arryn based on this knowledge it ended up not making a difference because he was killed anyway. Look at the what happened to Ned Stark, he made the same accusations and ...


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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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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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The seven-sided building is undoubtedly a Sept, a "church" in the Faith of the Seven. Septs are places of worship in the Faith of the Seven. They are traditionally decorated with seven-pointed stars and artistic depictions of the Seven, such as statues or sculptures. In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, septs are built to have seven walls, ...



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