IIRC, the only god we've seen real evidence of in Game of Thrones is the Lord of Light. We see it when Beric comes back to life, and well as a couple times with Melisandre (birthing the shadow and bringing Jon Snow back).

But, has there been any evidence of other gods throughout the series, or is the Lord of Light perhaps the actual one true god?

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    Evidence? No..... the second part of your question is opinion-based I suspect.
    – Paulie_D
    May 8, 2019 at 12:34
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    The problem is that we don't actually have specific evidence for the Lord of Light either. We can see Melisandre do quite some magic, but afterall the White Walkers and dragons are inherently magical things, too. So it might be a little fuzzy to argue if that ultimately speaks for her god's power or even existence.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    May 8, 2019 at 12:41
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    Same question on the Sci-Fi & Fantasy SE: Is R'hllor, The Lord of Light, the only “real” god? May 8, 2019 at 12:43
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    @DarthLocke "apart" or "a part"?
    – OrangeDog
    May 8, 2019 at 16:24
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    Proving or disproving the existence of any deity in- or out-universe has eluded mankind for millennia. I don't see it being sorted out in one SE QA ;)
    – Tetsujin
    May 8, 2019 at 18:14

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I'm going to ignore situations that happened only in the books (i.e. some healers that worship the 7 and seem to perform miracles) and focus on what we've seen on the TV show.

Mirri Maz Duur: She used some pretty dark magic on Khal Drogo (and, to some extent, on Daenerys). She worships the Great Shepherd of the Lhazareen. Does that mean the Great Shepherd is real?

Ironborn: As mentioned above, the ironborn seem to drown and then come back to life. Does that mean the Drowned God is real?

Bran: It seems Bran's magic is linked to the Old Gods (in the books even more so through his Weirwood net). Does that mean the Old Gods are real?

White Walkers: Sure, they seem to be the enemies of the "lord of Light", but that's just based on what Melissandre says. We've seen they were created by the Children of the Forest, who are also linked to the Old Gods. So maybe what Melissandre says is just propaganda and the Old Gods are the real thing?

Plus we've seen some weird stuff in Essos (faceless men, Warlocks of Qarth, etc). Each with their own religions.

What we've seen in all these cases (and the ones you mentioned regarding R'hllor) are just proof that magic exists, not that a specific god exists.

Whether that magic is linked to a god or it's just something that is there (and people use gods as an explanation for the source of the magic) is something we'll never know.

I recall GRRM saying something like "the gods of Westeros are as real as ours", so make of that what you will!


Many-Faced God is worshipped by the Faceless Men who clearly have some form of powerful magic granted to them. It isn't clear exactly how this magic works but we could extrapolate that is comes from the Many-Faced God.

However, the Many-Faced God is a god of many faces, clearly, and one of those faces is R'hllor, the Lord of Light that is worshipped by Melisandre and Thoros. Therefore, it isn't inconceivable that their power also comes from the Lord of Light.

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    There's also 'magic' unattributed to any deity - that dragon glass & valyrian steel have 'special powers'.
    – Tetsujin
    May 8, 2019 at 13:06
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    That's why I think everything Arya can do is not inconceivable and I think it was definitely curious that Melisandre either triggered something in Arya or passed her along a message, but it's not like Melisandre hasn't mysteriously spoken words of the dead before (Y'Gritte to Jon) and that Faceless Men seem to be able to read minds or also get sensory information from the beyond (JH recited the names on Arya's list)... May 8, 2019 at 13:10
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    "Therefore, it isn't inconceivable that their power also comes from the Lord of Light." uh? you meant the Many-Faced God?
    – Federico
    May 8, 2019 at 13:35
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    @DarthLocke "apart" or "a part"?
    – OrangeDog
    May 8, 2019 at 16:23
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    How did you made the connection: 1. The god is manyfaced 2. One of the faces is of another god ??? There's no reason to assume this is correct. May 9, 2019 at 9:32

The Lord of Light and the Many Face god obvious made themselves known because we see things a happen that humans can't produce on their own.

I would argue, in the show the Drowned god has also proved its existence although it was very subtle. When Euron Greyjoy goes through his King ceremony he actually drowns and is brought back, "what is dead may never die". I've watched the scene a couple times and it doesn't look like they're playing around, he really drowns and is brought back by the Drowned god. And everyone there was normal with it because thats what they were expecting.

If the Drowned god is real and one of the old gods maybe theres enough evidence to at lease say the other ones used to exist. Just look what Bran can do, and we all know he's on team old gods because of his connection to the Weirwood tree.

Tbh, i'd like to think the new gods are fake. Hope you like my answer, I think the old gods are real/mostly retired.

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    Who says that humans can't do those things on their own? Magic exists, but there's no proof that magic is provided by any gods.
    – OrangeDog
    May 8, 2019 at 16:22
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    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from a god.
    – Ramon Snir
    May 8, 2019 at 20:06
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    @Jeffyx: More info: In the books, they're quite clear that it's very common for people to drown and die during the drowning ceremony, but there's on particularly holy priest who's done tons of these, and has never lost a single person. May 8, 2019 at 22:32
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    @Jeffyx: Mind you, wasn't Qyburn also the one who noted that their "scientific" wildfire just happened to be getting easier to make (at almost the exact same time Dany's dragons hatched). Just because they think it's science doesn't mean it isn't magically powered. May 9, 2019 at 4:38
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    In the books the drownings are the Iron Islands extremely metal form of a baptism. They DO drown the person, but the priests are extremely well practiced at mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Victarion Greyjoy (who drowns Euron) has never lost one. Other priests do sometimes lose people during drownings, but it’s still common for priests to wander the islands inviting the faithful to reinforce their faith by being drowned. It’s nothing to do with magic, and all to do with the skill of the priest
    – s3raph86
    May 9, 2019 at 6:13

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