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Why did Ramsay strike him?
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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 loyalists to Jon's faction who immediately aimed at him. If ...

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How could Jon Snow do what he did in "Oathbreaker"?
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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 ...

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Why did Lord Tywin try to execute Tyrion?
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He didn't. His original plan was for Tyrion to live - but Tyrion blew it after Shae's testimony. Remember this dialogue from S04E06 when a concerned Jaime is trying to reason with Tywin (adapted from ...

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Why does Bran want to find Drogon?
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There's nothing remarkable about wanting to know where a dangerous, possibly vengeful city-destroying dragon with unclear motivations has gone - but it's worth asking why did King Bran immediately ...

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Who is the third man that Sandor Clegane is referring to?
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More likely it's a reference to dysentery, which quite literally caused people to have "shat themselves to death" and was a huge problem not only in the real-life Middle Ages but also in books Game of ...

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What was up with Grand Maester Pycelle?
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Congratulations! It looks like you spotted a subtle clue towards a plot twist originally planned to be revealed in season 2, that was later dropped. Pycelle was originally imagined by the showrunners ...

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What did Ramsay actually mean?
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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 ...

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Why do sieges work in Westeros?
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The simple answer is, they don't work well when winter is coming and people have been recently stockpiling food (like with the hopeless siege of Riverrun). Only commanders as incompetent as Frey & ...

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Why does The Hound never take the black?
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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 '...

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Why did Arya Stark lose her vision?
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The man with Jaqen's face actually explained this one pretty clearly (as seen in the transcript): The faces are for no one. You are still someone. And to someone, the faces are as good as poison. ...

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Why is the dialogue in Game of Thrones more "modern"?
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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 (...

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Was Kraznys mo Nakloz naive to hand over the Unsullied to Daenerys?
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Möoz's answer is great, I just want to look at this one part in a little more detail: Trading a dragon for 8,000 soldiers is seen as an unwise trade; an experienced trader should see this as ...

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Why does Sansa not become Queen of the North?
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I wrote a really long answer on this over on the other site... to summarise: Sansa doesn't want to rule. Littlefinger tried and failed to talk her into staking her claim in the previous episode, so ...

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Why did no one help Arya?
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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,...

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Why does Davos care about Jon so much?
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I think there are three parts to this: 1. Why does he care about Jon and side with his friends at all? See Purpose of Davos protecting Jon Snow?. Basically, he's been thrust into siding with Jon's ...

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What has changed in Season 5 of Game of Thrones compared to the books?
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I feel like this question would benefit from a spoiler-free overview, by character. The final section details which book characters don't appear in the TV show and visa versa, so stop reading before ...

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Why do TV comedy programs have laugh tracks?
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Graham Lineham, sitcom writer behind several successful Irish and British sitcoms, wrote an article on this. This seems the most important point (my bold): Audience laughter, when it's deserved, ...

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Was Theon always loyal to Sansa?
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Just to add one thing about Theon which is explicit in the books and strongly implied in the show, which explains why it would be in character for him to act at that moment regardless of loyalties or ...

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Why didn't Cersei kill Dany, Tyrion and the rest of the others?
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When Tyrion and Qyburn walked out to talk, they both stopped at a very specific point, further apart than was comfortable to talk. Then, when Tyrion walked a certain distance past this point, Cersei's ...

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Why did the Night King attack the furthest target first?
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Since we're covering all the possibilities, there's one more that would tie up a lot of the in-universe questions (such as, why did the army of dead react so slowly?) and out-of-universe questions (...

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Purpose of Davos protecting Jon Snow?
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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 ...

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What was the first movie to feature a person seated on a toilet?
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As a starting point, IMDB has a rather marvelous feature called "keywords" where users create tags for possible features of a film then tag films that contain such scenes or elements. It's a fun way ...

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How did Jaqen H'ghar end up in the dungeons of King's Landing?
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The short answer is, in the TV show, we absolutely don't know, and even in the books, it's mysterious. But there are a few small clues we can use to focus the possibilities. (this is based on the TV ...

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Did Joffrey believe that he is not the true-born son or heir, but a bastard?
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Tautologist's answer gives evidence of possible moments of doubt - but there's also evidence he still believed Robert was his father until (at least almost) end. This is from the scene where the ...

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How closely does Game of Thrones follow the fantasy or fairy-tale genre?
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If you don't like fairytales or the fluffy sillyness of some fantasy, and you like drama like Breaking Bad, probably you'll really enjoy Game of Thrones. It's all about a gritty, well-developed ...

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Why was Kylo Ren punching himself?
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An identical question was asked at the sci-fi site. I won't repost my answer completely, but to summarise, an alternate, much simpler theory based entirely on things that exist in real life is that ...

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Why sudden change in war boy's motives?
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He had an incredibly simple world view and goal. He idolised Joe (see how excited he was when "He looked at me!!!" earlier in the chase. He knew he was dying, and wanted to go out in a glorious way (...

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Why does Barristan the Bold accept the pardon from Robert Barratheon?
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IvanaMNE's answer from the books reminded me that there was a similar scene in the TV show. Some quick searches in transcripts turns it up in season 3, episode 5, shortly after Jorah and Barristan met,...

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Why does Ser Davos stare at the blood stain?
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Simplest answer is, he's in shock, head spinning, trying to make sense of what happened and his place in it. Don't forget that, despite not knowing Jon very well, Davos was with Stannis when he ...

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Reason and timing of specific characters death in s05e10?
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Jon pretty much answers this question himself this very episode while talking to Sam. [I am] The first Lord Commander in history to sacrifice the lives of sworn brothers to save the lives of ...

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