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Milk of the Poppy is pretty much exactly what it says: it is a white liquid which is extracted from poppy flowers by cutting into the un-ripe pods before they blossom:Source: KGM007 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Note that this is not a Game of Thrones invention. This is a real-life flower which is/was used in the exact same way in real-life as it ...


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Robert Baratheon, as a character in Game of Thrones, is quintessentially defined as someone who has let themselves go. He is not a bad person on the good/evil scale, but he's not a great ruler or example. Take note of the following exchange between Robert and Ned: Robert Baratheon: Lord Eddard Stark, I would name you the Hand of the King. Eddard Stark: [...


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I'll repost a comment I made on the Sci-Fi site as an answer here: There is actually a certain logic to it. One of the (if not the) primary duties of the Grandmaester is to represent the Maesters on the Small Council, which is the group that actually runs the day-to-day operations of the kingdom. What the Maesters need most out of this position is someone ...


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It's just fanservice This question was already asked in Sci-Fi & Fantasy SE and I agree with the highly voted and accepted answer by @Targbot: It's simply inexplicable fanservice. There is no possible way that the archmaesters elected a novice as their representative to the crown! The position of the Grand Maester is the only one that the King can't ...


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I think it's just "for dramatic effect". It's an indicator of where the next important action is going to happen, to the audience, via Jon's character. We see the Night King looking out to Jon on the boat; close his eyes, turn his head, then look out over the devastation in Hardhome. We then get a Jon [almost] POV* shot of where the Night King is looking - ...


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It is a drink made from the poppy flowers, and it is basically a drug. In real life, you can make opium from poppies, so I assume, that in the show the same properties of poppy create the painkilling effect as well as an anesthetic in higher doses.


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Not from an animal but from a flower. It's a medicine made out of poppy flowers. Game of Thrones Wiki explains it pretty well: Milk of the poppy is a powerful medicine, drunk as a liquid, which is used as both a painkiller and an anesthetic. Higher doses will induce unconsciousness, so patients can undergo surgery. It is commonly used throughout the Seven ...


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According to GRRM, Robert Baratheon is at least partly inspired by Henry VIII. In his youth, Henry VIII was charismatic, an enthusiastic athlete, and a regular participant in jousts. He became severely obese as he aged though - Wikipedia cites a waist size of 54" on death. As king of course there is little to stop someone from enjoying whatever rich diet ...


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The bell is not moved by a rope. You don't ring it by moving the heart of the bell, but by moving the bell itself. The axis of rotation is at the top of the bell. It can be seen in this video. Such bells are chain driven (in the video, and, in modern cases, with electric motors). In the olden days they could be moved using a crank. The yoke of the bell ...


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They are going to Naath, as said by Grey Worm: We sail for the Isle of Naath. They are free people and seem to be following Grey Worm and of course, Naath was Missandei's home. It's a throwback to their past conversation where Missandei expressed going back there. So it seems they are going to Naath and might become the protectors of Missandei's people ...


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While there is no specific answer given, --and it might be possible that it could of been anyone's battle horse, as many of Dothrakis were riding such colored horses, the point of the scene was to restore a sense of magic to the series as episode 8.05 is laced with magical realism elements such as the horse. (In the two episodes that followed 8.03, there ...


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After Nymeria leaves Arya, she becomes the leader of a huge wolf pack in the Riverlands. She and her brother Ghost are now the only living Stark dire wolves. As per the books, Nymeria is said to be leading a pack of wolves that do not fear men. She refuses Arya's invitation to go home with her and returns with her pack to the forest.


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It wasn't that dagger: Some fans thought that Arya gave the dagger to Sansa at the beginning of the episode. After the wights proved unstoppable, Arya told Sansa to go down to the crypts and to take the dagger to protect herself. We only see the hilt and can assume it’s the Valyrian steel dagger. But Sansa flashes the dagger to Tyrion in the crypts as ...


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The Red Women in the show are simply priestesses in the faith of R'hllor. They are nothing special, except the one we follow through the show called "Melisandre" This second one has no special role beyond that single episode in the series, so she is simply not mentioned anymore later. You can read more about the cult and the red priests / priestesses in ...


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I can only speculate, but here would be my proposal based on the books: Drogon has a lair in a cave on a mountain, which Daenery's names Dragonstone after her birthplace. We know this is somewhere in the Sea of Green, the large area of grassland south east (from what I gather from the maps, since she follows a stream towards the river Skahazadhan) of Meereen....


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Robert was a great warrior He won the battle of Trident and the throne by shoving his huge war hammer into the Last Dragon's (Rhaegal) chest. He only went to war against him because of his love for Lyanna, as he thought Rhaegal stole her from him and kidnaped her. He thought killing him and taking the realm and power from him will bring his Lyanna back to ...


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The night king is looking behind him, at the bodies he's about to revive. Jon looks at the bodies too, only a bit more over the entire area on the night king's left, since that's where most bodies are (the white walkers attacked from that side). Nothing more to it.


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Martin has made a point to emphasize that Targaryens, including Daenerys, are not immune to fire. Khal Drogo's pyre was more than just a cremation — Daenerys was burning the witch Mirri Maz Duur. This blood sacrifice, along with the magic of her dragon's eggs, created a perfect storm of sorcery that left her unburnt. And that's why she was the mother of ...


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Arya didn't give Sansa the catspaw dagger. The dagger that Arya gave Sansa was just an "ordinary" dragonglass dagger.


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So the whole TV series was called the "Game of Thrones", implying that there was a game. The name "Game of Thrones" was not chosen to describe the whole show's story as one "game". The show was named after the first book in the series of novels it is based on, "A Game Of Thrones", which corresponds to the first series of the TV show, in which Ned Stark ...


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Bronn is actually respecting a deal made a while ago with Tyrion, who said that if Bronn was hired by someone to kill Tyrion, Bronn could the come to Tyrion and Tyrion would offer the double price to stay alive. So, in this situation, Cersei offered Bronn Riverrun to kill Tyrion, and Tyrion offered the double of Riverrun, Highgarden, to stay alive. Bronn ...


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So, I was reading today and saw a passage which made me immediately want to come online and post an answer to this (which I saw when first posted). When the black brothers go to the other side of the wall to see 3 of their rangers heads on pikes: “I hope the Weeper burned the bodies,” said the dour man, the one called Dolorous Edd.“Elsewise they might ...


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The question was answered, but one part of your question hasn't really been addressed yet: In one of the episodes of season 1 or season 2, Daenerys says Viserys is not a true heir to the throne as he got burnt. Why did she say that? Keep in mind who Danaerys is at that point in time. She is barely a teenager, pretty much raised by Vyserys' arrogance ...


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Initially Drogon had the full intention to incinerate Jon as he felt the pain his mother did in his heart. The unexpected bitter reality made him cry and he wanted to turn the reason and the person behind it to ashes. Still he did not harm Jon, but he did burn the Iron Throne because he knew it was the throne Dany had been running after her whole life and ...


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I watched this most emotional scene of the last season and in my opinion the reason is: he did not harm Jon, instead he burnt the Iron Throne because he knew that this throne is the reason behind his mother's death. If he didn't know, then he would have burnt Jon. The writer wants to tell the love of child for his mother. No matter that Drogon is an animal; ...


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What reasoning do you have to assume that others must invariably have heard it? Maybe they did, maybe they didn't. The show runners clearly suggest they didn't. What makes you discount that possibility, other than "maybe they did hear it"? The only argument you bring is: Starting from his room he arrives pretty quickly on the scene-- we can thus conclude ...


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I am assuming you are talking about Kinvara, her work was just to help Tyrion spreading the name of Daenerys. Which she did and had no other purpose to fullfill like many other characters. Moreover she was not the second on-screen Red Priestesses. The first one was Melisandre as you know but there are many other Red Priests and Red Priestesses shown or ...


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Admitted it makes little sense (just like him becoming master of coin while previously not even knowing what a bank is, but hey that's the later seasons for yea), but the way it works is that Tyrion and Jaime are Lannisters. And they always pay their debts... so a deal made under what circumstance it might be in is a deal honored by them (Tyrion has made ...


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Kinerva is one shot character, but one who offers the series a few important things: She helps to prove that Melisandre isn't a complete liar by showing viewers another R'hlllor follower in the form of another Red Priestess who dresses nearly identical. This in turn helps to world build and plays into the "bigger picture" narrative, as this particular ...


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The Speech is also significant in other ways, It's in parallel with speeches from famous dangerious dictators who sought to conquer the world, such as Adolf Hitler (In fact Emilia Clarke watched videos of Hitler to prep for her character's speeches). This then gives Game of Thrones a deeper tether to more recent real-world history, making it more relatable ...


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