Jamie Adair

Jamie Adair is the editor of History Behind Game of Thrones, a website about the history behind George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels and the hit TV show, "Game of Thrones."

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Khal Moro: Eat Your Heart Out — Part 1

[Author’s note: A few episodes ago Daenerys was back in Vaes Dothrak, where Khal Moro and his cronies threatened her with effective imprisonment, rape, or slavery. They should have known better than to bully Daenerys where she once had one of her most glorious moments (after she ate the wild stallion’s heart). This two-part article takes a look back at the gruesome history behind Season 1’s heart-eating ritual. Warning: No shocker, but this article gets a little gross. And, the second half is much…

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Historic Recap: The Broken Man

Coming into this episode from last week, the big question that everyone wants answered is: “Will Arya survive?” Or will the Waif succeed in killing her? It’s easy to assume that Arya isn’t in real danger. After all, she is everyone’s second or third favorite character – at least according to most polls. But, this is Game of Thrones – and as we know from Lady, Ned, Catelyn, Robb, Hodor, Summer, Osha and many others, anything can happen. Tonight’s episode…

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A Greensighting of Mad King Aerys

In Episode Six of Season 6 (“Blood Brothers”), we caught a glimpse of the notorious Aerys Targaryen through the greensight of Bran – aka the incoming Three-Eyed Raven. We see flashes of the alchemists mixing the wildfire, a tunnel exploding, and King Aerys on his throne. Some fans theorize that Bran caused Aerys’ madness by whispering at him through time. The real-life Aerys-es’ madness had entirely different causes — one (Charles VI of France) may have had paranoid schizophrenia and the…

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Historic Recap: Blood of My Blood (Season 6, Episode 6)

Tonight’s episode has some interesting moments ripped right from the pages of history about chivalry and Richard III. Shakespeare lovers and Ricardians will be thrilled. This recap also contains some fun George RR Martin tidbits that Jun Yan brings to us fresh from this weekend’s Balticon. The episode focuses on Sam and Gilly, Arya, the Lannisters, Tyrells, and Faith Militant, Daenerys, Riverrun, and Bran and Meera. This episode picks up right where the last one left off – with Meera and…

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Is Shaggydog Dead? Symbolic Direwolf Names and Ironic Reversals

[Like all fan theories, this article may have spoilers.] Many Game of Thrones fans harbor theories about the direwolves.  Summer’s death – if he did die – made it clear that the name “Summer” wasn’t foreshadowing an outcome of salvation but rather the death of Bran’s dreams of his own halcyon “summer” days.  (He might not be quite so indulgent with the greensight after his losses last Sunday night.) The direwolf names appear to symbolize the fate and arc of…

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Opening The Door (Season 6, Episode 5) (Recap)

We’re still in the afterglow of Daenerys’ Dothraki coup last week, and, perhaps fittingly, tonight’s episode is full of strong women, some poised for leadership. Not all of the women are good, of course. (I mean, come on — this is Game of Thrones.) But, they all wield power. In “The Door,” Leaf atones for her past mistakes, but, frankly, her atonement isn’t enough. Unable to learn from his sister’s mistakes with the High Sparrow and the Faith Militant, Tyrion…

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Dothraki and the Proto-Indo-Europeans: Martin’s Horse People are the Real Deal

On George RR Martin’s blog, he writes that the Dothraki are a blend of a “number of steppe and plains cultures” including Mongols and Huns, certainly, but also Alans, Sioux, Cheyenne, and various other Amerindian tribes… seasoned with a dash of pure fantasy.” Martin doesn’t say how far back he draws on history for “horse people,” but it doesn’t seem inconceivable that he has a nodding acquaintance with Proto-Indo-European societies given what he writes next: “So any resemblance to Arabs or…

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Book of the Stranger: Death & Rebirth

Tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones might just have been the most dazzling of the season. The ending is explosive. When we left off last week, Rickon and Osha were in peril, Sansa was en route, Daenerys was about to be judged by the Dothraki khals. Sansa, Brienne, and Pod arrive at Winterfell. Melisandre may have saved Jon, but she’s still in jeopardy. The Dothraki are reborn. And, Ramsay almost meets his match. The Lannister family — Kevan and Cersei…

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Oathbreaker?

Due to a family emergency, there is no recap this week. Instead, please enjoy these curated recaps: Game of Thrones season 6, episode 3: 5 winners and 5 losers from “Oathbreaker” TOWER OF JOY: WHY GAME OF THRONES’ NED STARK FLASHBACK IS SO IMPORTANT [fan-theory spoilers] I did see the episode. I thought the combination of Bran’s flashback to young Ned’s sword fight in front of tower and Jon Snow’s resignation from the Night’s Watch was potentially quite revealing. In…

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