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June 11, 2014

12 Game Of Thrones Mysteries That Are Going To Drive You Crazy

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1. Jon Snow’s Mother

“Never ask me about Jon,” he said, cold as ice. “He is my blood, and that is all you need to know. And now I will learn where you heard that name, my lady.” (I:65)

His blood but not in fact his son? Is he the son of Ned’s sister Lyanna and her Targaryen lover?

2. The Lord of Light and the Other

“Make no mistake, good sers and valiant brothers, the war we’ve come to fight is no petty squabble over lands and honors. Ours is a war for life itself, and should we fail the world dies with us,” Melisandre insists. (III.884)

What does she know?

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3. The Chosen One

All of them seemed surprised to hear Maester Aemon murmur, “It is the war for the dawn you speak of, my lady. But where is the prince that was promised?”
“He stands before you,” Melisandre declared, “though you do not have the eyes to see it. Stannis Baratheon is Azor Ahai come again, the warrior of fire.” (III.884)

Fans are pretty sure the chosen one isn’t Stannis…

4. The Night’s Watch Oath

I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come. (I:522)

There are literal magic swords and horns in the series. Which ones are meant? What part will they play?

5. What is Sansa becoming?

Robin Arryn: When we get married, you can tell me if you don’t like somebody and then we can bring them back here and WHOOSH! Right through the Moon Door!
Sansa Stark: I like the sound of that. (Mockingbird, 4.7)

She’s not an innocent any more.

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6. A woods witch tells Arya in the books:

“I dreamt a wolf howling in the rain, but no one heard his grief,” the dwarf woman was saying. “I dreamt such a clangor I thought my head might burst, drums and horns and pipes and screams, but the saddest sound was the little bells. I dreamt of a maid at a feast, with purple serpents in her hair, venom dripping from their fangs. And later I dreamt that maid again, slaying a savage giant in a castle built of snow.” She turned her head sharply and smiled through the gloom, right at Arya. “You cannot hide from me, child. Come closer, now.” (III:492)

This is the Red Wedding, in which the fool with little bells dies in the books. At another wedding, Sansa wears poisoned amethysts in her hair (a necklace in season four). Later Sansa literally beheads her cousin’s doll in her snow fort. Is this significant because of her aunt’s death after? Or will she literally slay a giant later, like Littlefinger (whose family crest is the Titan of Braavos)?

7. Arya’s Path

“Show me how–I want to be able to do it too.”
“If you would learn you must come with me…The girl has many names on her lips: Cersei, Joffrey, Tywin Lannister, Illyn Payne, the Hound. Names to offer the red god. She could offer them all…one by one.
“I want to but I can’t. I need to find my brother and mother…and my sister.” (Valar Moghulis, 2.10)

Her brother and mother are dead, her sister vanished. What will Arya become without them?

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8. Asshai

“To go north, you must go south. To reach the west, you must go east. To go forward you must go back, and to touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow.”
Asshai, Daenerys thought. She would have me go to Asshai. “Will the Asshai’i give me an army?” she demanded. “Will there be gold for me in Asshai? Will there be ships? What is there in Asshai that I will not find in Qarth?”
“Truth,” said the woman in the mask. And bowing, she faded back into the crowd. (II.426)

It’s the land of dragon eggs, origin of Melisandre and the mysterious Quaithe (speaking above). Is a Targaryen sword waiting for Daenerys? An army of dragons? Ancient magic?

9. Upon the stillbirth of her child, Mirri Maz Duur advised her that Drogo will return from his comatose state:

When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before. (I.68)

This may be a curse—a complex way of saying “never.” Or it may come to pass.

10. As Melisandre the Red Priestess foretells:

“When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.”

The entire prophecy was fulfilled by Daenerys at the end of the first book and season. But is there more to come? More dragons from stone? Dragonstone Island was the Targaryen stronghold. What remains there?

11. Old Nan tells Bran:

Oh, my sweet summer child. What do you know about fear? Fear is for the winter when the snows fall a hundred feet deep. Fear is for the long nights when the sun hides for years, and children are born and live and die, all in darkness. That is the time for fear, my little lord; when the white walkers move through the woods. Thousands of years ago there came a night that lasted a generation. Kings froze to death in their castles, same as the shepherds in their huts, and women smothered their babies rather than see them starve, and wept and felt their tears freeze on their cheeks. So is this the sort of story that you like? In that darkness the white walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hounds. (Winter is Coming, 1.1)

Once more, winter is coming…and it seems the evil was defeated before but…how?

12. In the House of the Undying, Daenerys gets a prophecy in the books:

three heads has the dragon . . .
. . . three fires must you light . . . one for life and one for death and one to love . . .
. . . three mounts must you ride . . . one to bed and one to dread and one to love . . .
. . . three treasons will you know . . . once for blood and once for gold and once for love . . .
(II.515)

A great love awaits her at her story’s climax – Jon Snow, according to fan theories. But will he betray her? Kill her? Teach her warg powers? Melt the Wall?

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Tyrion notes: “The Seven Kingdoms will never be more ripe for conquest than they are right now. A boy king [Tommen] sits the Iron Throne. The north is in chaos, the Riverlands a devastation, a rebel [Stannis] holds Storm’s End and Dragonstone. When winter comes, the realm will starve.” (V.281)

Who will win? Who will finally take the Iron Throne? TC mark

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