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No-one knew whether viewers would accept a "serious drama" about power politics with a fantasy setting. This article shows how much of the early criticism and rejection of the show (particularly from mainstream critics) was essentially a knee-jerk reaction to the fantasy genre, and how the producers did famously try to pitch the show as "Sopranos in Middle ...


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German viewer here: as far as i can say, too much "medieval talk" could be a bit uncomfortable to the viewers as they need to be more concentrated in order to catch up with the exact meanings of what the characters are actually talking about. Think of all the plain public who's viewing it just for the fun of it (nice girls, monsters, battles and so on) - ...


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I'd also wondered about this. I think it comes down to three things: He initially ended up with the Snow loyalists by chance. He didn't make a deliberate decision to go out of his way to side with them, he simply hauled the corpse into his room with them before it was 100% clear what had happened, because it was the closest suitable space. It looked to me ...


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Sloppy continuity work...forced by dog lovers. They would complain if the dogs got killed. Director decided to just make the dogs disappear.


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Simple explanation, Trystane was sent back by Jaime to Dorne. The Princess Myrcella died by poison on our return journey. I suspect Ellaria and not you, but my sister will demand war. I doubt Ellaria's head will appease her but it's a start, along with your neices. Your son cannot stay in King's Landing so I am sending him back on the same ship. ...


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There are several clues that people in Braavos all know who the people of the many faced god are, and fear them (or at least, want to be thought well of by them): When Arya was in Braavos last season, and was threatened by some street bravos, they slink away on recognising one of the faces of the kindly man who takes Arya in. This suggests that not only ...


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I had the same reaction when I saw it, it was weird. I assumed the people who were watching the fight just didn't want to get the same treatment Arya was receiving. If I remember correctly, the people watching were principaly some peasants with no combat training, it would explain why most of them just acted like nothing special happened. If I saw a street ...


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This is unlikely to be deliberate, since it is ravens which are often referred to as wolf-birds, not crows. This turns out to be surprisingly difficult to corroborate - some sources that don't look particularly reliable include http://wolfandravens.blogspot.co.uk/ ...


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I see this as the population of America before Europeans arrived. There were wildings up north and also a war with the walkers. I think it is safe to assume that the war affected the wildlings, they wanted to head south where it was warm, the population of the south (Westeros) didn't want them inside their community since they were primitive and violent, ...


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Once the Wall was raised by the people of Westeros to protect the lands from the White Walkers, the Undead plague and all. This Wall separated the people into those 'north of the Wall' and the 'normal' people which means the regular inhabitants of the North Territory. This means, the people once of same culture and identity began to develop differently. ...


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chronology: Jaime sails off dorne heading for Kings Landing, accompanied by Bronn (who's completely not seen in E1/S6 by the way), Trystane and dead Myrcella two of the three Sand Snakes head also for King's Landing, some time behind Jaime's vessel. The third one and Ellaria stay in Dorne asap, Jaime writes to Doran about Myrcella's death. Just this ...


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Since everyone else is speculating, I would speculate with this: She uses potions to hide her true self. I'm pretty sure her necklace can be filled with the miracle potion, meaning that she doesn't need to ingest any potions when she wears it. See the necklace as a intravenous solution that injects her her needed dose. This might be wrong, but just like all ...


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The same question was asked earlier today: The medallion doesn't seem to be her only/main source of power, as correctly answered above. She clearly states that she has potions that can disguise people. In the novels: In the scene with the necklace we can also see one of her potions on her table.


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The necklace is apparently not Melisandre's only source of power, and the fact that we got to see a shot of a vial of who knows what, leads me to think that maybe the bottle is even more important than the necklace.


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To be honest it looks a bit like a stylized map of Blackwater Bay (rotated), with Dragonstone and Driftmark being the main islands in the bay. Some of the details are definitely off, but that could be consistent with imperfect maps and perhaps some distortion in the making of the seal and then some more in the way the seal came out this time, the angle ...


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Prince Trystane was assassinated while on a ship that was docked at King's Landing several weeks after the assassination of Prince Doran. The episode doesn't really make this clear, because events in Game of Thrones can be quite apart in time, despite being shown in a linear fashion. You are completely correct. The events in Dorne do appear to happen ...


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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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Those were rescue hounds, not the same kind of dogs Bolton used last season to chase down and kill his target. The dogs most likely got frightened and decided to bail since their trainers just got killed by a large intimidating soldier (Brienne). Remember, Bolton need Sansa alive, never Bolton would have sent dogs to find and kill her. The dogs' mission ...


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The wildlings are a real threat to people of Seven Kingdoms because of their raids: Raiding south of the Wall is a large part of free folk culture. Raiders start at a young age, as little as twelve years. Raiders either climb the Wall or use little boats to cross the Bay of Seals around it. Over the decades, with the weakening of the Night's ...


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I have not read the books, so that might be more informative as to what is going on but I have a theory. These men do look like prisoners, half starved and wearing rags. I believe it is within the realm of possibility that the prisons, some or just one for the real heavy crimes, give an ultimatum to the prisoners; kill the Mountain in a fight and win your ...


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I believe that being raised as a wight requires active work on the part of the Walkers; I don't believe anyone killed by a wight will resurrect themselves automatically. Beyond that, I don't think we know all of the details about how that process works, what's required, etc. The only time, as far as I can remember, that we've seen it at work is the huge ...


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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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(may be it's late to answer to this but...) I think she maybe wanted to produce a black shadow baby, and maybe it is not possible if the person (in this case Jon) is a virgin person.


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It is The Grey Waste: The Grey Waste appears to be an expansive, cold desert in far eastern Essos. There is not much information about this part of the world and GRRM has famously and intentionally left these details blank. Note, in the official The Lands of Ice and Fire maps, the Grey Waste is not disconnected from Essos, rather it is the easternmost ...


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I don't watch the show, but since you asked for book-based answers, here are a couple of songs that stick in Tyrion's head consistently in the books. (The Rains of Castamere, as mentioned in the accepted answer, is an iconic Lannister song, but not at all specific to Tyrion, and given his ambivalent attitude towards his House, he probably doesn't spend much ...


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Quoting OP vojta from the conversation bellow: "According to GoT Wiki, there should be the Shadow Lands on the eastern shores of the Jade Sea with the only known location - the city of Asshai. I think Asshai could be at the end of the peninsula right under your huge red question mark." Reason the island is shown white like it would be covered in snow/ice ...


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Craven, in the context of the show, means coward. Quoting from the book: “Nobody likes cravens,” he said uncomfortably. “I wish we hadn’t helped him. What if they think we’re craven too?” "You're too stupid to be craven,” Pyp told him. “I am not,” Grenn said. “Yes you are. If a bear attacked you in the woods, you’d be too stupid to run away.” “I ...


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Source 9-words-need-know-win-game-thrones: Being a craven will make you no friends but might just save your life. When battling for the Iron Throne it’s better to choose your moment to be brave! Craven meaning cowardly currently dates from the late 16th century as both adjective and noun, and is a development of Middle English cravant meaning ...


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'Craven' means cowardly, or a coward. From Merriam-Webster (as an adjective): [archaic]: defeated, vanquished lacking the least bit of courage; contemptibly fainthearted From the Oxford English Dictionary: ADJECTIVE - Contemptibly lacking in courage; cowardly. NOUN - [archaic] A cowardly person. From the Free Dictionary: adj. - ...


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To be craven is to be a coward. However, in the book series of A Song Of Ice and Fire, Craven is also the name of Ayra's horse. If you are reading the books, this may explain the confusion.


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It is a straw dummy. In said scene where Bronn and rest of Lannisters are singing before the Battle of Blackwater, there is also a straw man (much smaller)in a noose on the wall when the Hound and accomplice make their entrance to the scene. As for significance, who knows?


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Considering that it was mostly Tywin that convinced Tommen to give up his seat in the trial allowing himself to step in, let's look at why he chose to do it. 1. Tommen is very easily manipulated The most important thing to note is that he recused himself because Tywin pretty much asked him to. He wanted to be in control of the trial, and make sure that it ...


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Two major north houses don't suffer losses: the Kastark and the Bolton (both enemies of Robb but northeners nevertheless) and in the beggining he not bring the entire northern forces with him, only a half or less (other discussion, the north have a potential force of 45.000-50.000 men, Robb bring 18.000 at the begining of the campaign). The war of ...


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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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Why is Tommen not involved in the trial? As Tywin tells Tommen shortly after he becomes king: "Wisdom is what makes a good king. But what is wisdom? How do you know which choice is wise and which isn't? A wise king knows what he knows and what he doesn't. You're young. A wise young king listens to his counselors and heeds their advice until he comes of ...


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All these responses are valid, but in Season 5 there is a huge reveal that is another reason Baelish betrayed Ned Stark. Stop reading now if you don't want a spoiler:


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During the series, on a couple of occasions, just before white walkers appear birds (probably crows) in their numbers fly by. Whether this has some significance or not to what Bran will be able to control I don't know. But that's certainly not my theory. Jojen tells Bran that he is not like other wargs, he his special, stronger. I don't see how warging ...



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