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The novels feature [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a large ensemble cast]], narrated in chapters that relate action from the third-person limited perspective of [[SwitchingPOV alternating protagonists]], some of them at [[AnotherSideAnotherStory times might be on the opposite side of a conflict]]. Some of the plots and subplots of the protagonists [[HyperlinkStory are involved in overlap with each other directly and indirectly]], [[TwoLinesNoWaiting while others merely parallel the central action or counterpoint it in key ways]]. In general, there are three theaters of action in the books -- the Wall, Westeros, and Essos -- where a range of characters and factions gravitate around, slowly converging as the narrative of the series moves to the final act.

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The novels feature [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a large ensemble cast]], narrated in chapters that relate action from the third-person limited perspective of [[SwitchingPOV alternating protagonists]], some of them at [[AnotherSideAnotherStory times might be on the opposite side of a conflict]]. Some of the plots and subplots of the protagonists [[HyperlinkStory are involved in overlap with each other directly and indirectly]], [[TwoLinesNoWaiting while others merely parallel the central action or counterpoint it in key ways]]. In general, there are three theaters of action in the books -- the Wall, Westeros, and Essos -- where a range of characters and factions gravitate around, slowly converging as the narrative of the series moves to the final act.
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'A Song of Ice and Fire'' is a bestselling {{Doorstopper}} epic fantasy series written by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin. The first book (out of a planned seven) was published in 1996 and most recently, Book 5, was published in 2011. In addition to the main books, there are a variety of spin-offs and related media, such as prequels and in-universe history texts.

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'A ''A Song of Ice and Fire'' is a bestselling {{Doorstopper}} epic fantasy series written by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin. The first book (out of a planned seven) was published in 1996 and most recently, Book 5, was published in 2011. In addition to the main books, there are a variety of spin-offs and related media, such as prequels and in-universe history texts.
10th Oct '17 7:13:47 PM JulianLapostat
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A [[GreaterScopeVillain much bigger threat]] than the instability of the government and potential invasion from Essos lies in the far North, in the Lands of Always Winter. The Wall was built to keep [[TheFairFolk the Others]] from returning to Westeros and to this end, an organization called the Night's Watch was instituted to permanently garrison the structure in a network of castles that divides the Seven Kingdoms from the far North. The decline of magic has led to the institution of the Night's Watch being deprecated and understaffed over the centuries. It was once regarded as a noble institute by all Seven Kingdoms but now that the Others are believed to be a SealedEvilInACan, only the North regards the Night's Watch as a noble and honorable calling. While younger sons and illegitimate sons of noble houses -- primarily from the North -- still join the Night's Watch voluntarily, it has mostly become an ArmyOfThievesAndWhores who spend most of their time putting down rebellions by Wildings, barbaric tribes who defy the customs of mainland Westeros and who periodically try to get past the Wall. This status-quo gets unbalanced thanks to reports of sightings of the blue-eyed Others, who have led attacks on many Wildling villages as well as ranging parties sent by the Night's Watch. The Others are cold, unnatural, and seemingly immortal beings whose powers allow them to [[NotUsingTheZWord converted the dead into wights]], to serve as slaves in an inhuman army of the dead. This results in the Wildlings to ally around Mance Rayder and mount the largest wildling rebellion in the history of the Watch.

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A [[GreaterScopeVillain much bigger threat]] than the instability of the government and potential invasion from Essos lies in the far North, in the Lands of Always Winter. The Wall was built to keep [[TheFairFolk the Others]] from returning to Westeros and to this end, an organization called the Night's Watch was instituted to permanently garrison the structure in a network of castles that divides the Seven Kingdoms from the far North. The decline of magic has led to the institution of the Night's Watch being deprecated and understaffed over the centuries. It was once regarded as a noble institute by all Seven Kingdoms but now that the Others are believed to be a SealedEvilInACan, only the North regards the Night's Watch as a noble and honorable calling. While younger sons and illegitimate sons of noble houses -- primarily from the North -- still join the Night's Watch voluntarily, it has mostly become an ArmyOfThievesAndWhores who spend most of their time putting down rebellions by Wildings, barbaric tribes who defy the customs of mainland Westeros and who periodically try to get past the Wall. This status-quo gets unbalanced thanks to reports of sightings of the blue-eyed Others, who have led attacks on many Wildling villages as well as ranging parties sent by the Night's Watch. The Others are cold, unnatural, and seemingly immortal beings whose powers allow them to [[NotUsingTheZWord converted the dead into wights]], to serve as slaves in an inhuman army of the dead. This results in leads the Wildlings to ally band around Mance Rayder Rayder, King-Beyond-The-Wall and mount the largest wildling rebellion in the history of the Watch.
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# ''The Winds of Winter'' (TBD)[[note]]GRRM projects that the novel will come out in 2018.[[/note]]

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# ''The Winds of Winter'' (TBD)[[note]]GRRM projects that the novel will come out in 2018.(TBD)[[note]]Seven chapters [[https://www.reddit.com/r/asoiaf/wiki/twow#wiki_released_chapters have been published as previews]]. Another four chapters were read at conventions, and subsequently transcribed online.[[/note]]



For more information, see the [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFire character sheet]] and GRRM's "[[http://grrm.livejournal.com Not-a-blog]]". Martin has released a few sample chapters for ''The Winds of Winter'' [[http://www.georgerrmartin.com/if-sample.html here]]. Others can be found online.

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For more information, see the [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFire character sheet]] and GRRM's "[[http://grrm.livejournal.com Not-a-blog]]". Martin has released a few sample chapters for ''The Winds of Winter'' [[http://www.georgerrmartin.com/if-sample.html here]]. Others can be found online.\n
10th Oct '17 7:04:04 PM JulianLapostat
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The Targaryens outlasted their dragons for a century or so after the deaths of their mounts but their dynasty was toppled by a rebellion led by King Robert Baratheon in [[TheAlliance an alliance]] that ultimately included Lord Eddard Stark, Lord Hoster Tully, Lord Jon Arryn, and Lord Tywin Lannister. In the course of their rebellion, their alliance was cemented by marriage, with Lord Eddard Stark marrying Catelyn Tully, and governing the North. He has five children with Catelyn -- Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon -- and an [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] Jon Snow, fathered with [[MissingMom another woman]]. Lord Stark's household also includes Theon Greyjoy, a hostage raised in his household to check the ambitions of his rebellious father Balon. King Robert Baratheon married Lord Tywin Lannister's daughter Cersei, the eldest and most ambitious of her father's three children. In addition to Cersei, Lord Tywin has two other children who have prominent roles in the series -- Jaime, Cersei's twin brother, and one of the greatest knights of Westeros who is currently serving Robert's [[Main/PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], and his youngest son Tyrion, a dwarf who is TheUnfavorite of his family. King Robert is also assisted by his brothers in governing the Seven Kingdoms -- Renly being one of the most prominent courtiers of the Seven Kingdoms, with close ties to the wealthy and powerful House Tyrell; and Stannis, the resentful [[MiddleChildSyndrome middle-child]] who is disliked for his difficult personality, with his only friend being the commoner Davos Seaworth.

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The Targaryens outlasted their dragons for a century or so after the deaths of their mounts but their dynasty was toppled by a rebellion led by King Robert Baratheon in [[TheAlliance an alliance]] that ultimately included Lord Eddard Stark, Lord Hoster Tully, Lord Jon Arryn, and Lord Tywin Lannister. In the course of their rebellion, their alliance was cemented by marriage, with Lord Eddard Stark marrying Catelyn Tully, and governing the North. He has five children with Catelyn -- Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon -- and an [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] Jon Snow, fathered with [[MissingMom another woman]]. Lord Stark's household also includes Theon Greyjoy, a hostage raised in his household to check the ambitions of his rebellious father Balon. King Robert Baratheon married Lord Tywin Lannister's daughter Cersei, the eldest and most ambitious of her father's three children. In addition to Cersei, Lord Tywin has Tywin's two other children who sons also have prominent roles in the series -- Jaime, Cersei's twin brother, and one of the greatest knights of Westeros Westeros, who is currently serving Robert's [[Main/PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], and his the youngest son child Tyrion, a dwarf who is TheUnfavorite of his family. King Robert is also assisted by his brothers in governing the Seven Kingdoms -- Renly being one of the most prominent courtiers of the Seven Kingdoms, with close ties to the wealthy and powerful House Tyrell; and Stannis, the resentful [[MiddleChildSyndrome middle-child]] who is disliked for his difficult personality, with his only friend being the commoner Davos Seaworth.
10th Oct '17 7:01:06 PM JulianLapostat
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The Targaryens outlasted their dragons for a century or so after the deaths of their mounts but their dynasty was toppled by a rebellion led by King Robert Baratheon in [[TheAlliance an alliance]] that ultimately included Lord Eddard Stark, Lord Hoster Tully, Lord Jon Arryn, and Lord Tywin Lannister. In the course of their rebellion, their alliance was cemented by marriage, with Lord Eddard Stark marrying Catelyn Tully, and governing the North. He has five children with Catelyn -- Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon -- and an [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] Jon Snow, fathered with [[MissingMom another woman]]. Lord Stark's household also includes Theon Greyjoy, a hostage raised in his household to check the ambitions of his rebellious father Balon. King Robert Baratheon married Lord Tywin Lannister's daughter Cersei, the eldest and most ambitious of her father's three children. In addition to Cersei, Lord Tywin has two other children who have prominent roles in the series -- Jaime, Cersei's fraternal twin brother, and one of the greatest knights of Westeros who is currently serving Robert's [[Main/PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], and his youngest son Tyrion, a dwarf who is TheUnfavorite of his family. King Robert is also assisted by his brothers in governing the Seven Kingdoms -- Renly being one of the most prominent courtiers of the Seven Kingdoms, with close ties to the wealthy and powerful House Tyrell; and Stannis, the resentful [[MiddleChildSyndrome middle-child]] who is disliked for his difficult personality, with his only friend being the commoner Davos Seaworth.

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The Targaryens outlasted their dragons for a century or so after the deaths of their mounts but their dynasty was toppled by a rebellion led by King Robert Baratheon in [[TheAlliance an alliance]] that ultimately included Lord Eddard Stark, Lord Hoster Tully, Lord Jon Arryn, and Lord Tywin Lannister. In the course of their rebellion, their alliance was cemented by marriage, with Lord Eddard Stark marrying Catelyn Tully, and governing the North. He has five children with Catelyn -- Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon -- and an [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] Jon Snow, fathered with [[MissingMom another woman]]. Lord Stark's household also includes Theon Greyjoy, a hostage raised in his household to check the ambitions of his rebellious father Balon. King Robert Baratheon married Lord Tywin Lannister's daughter Cersei, the eldest and most ambitious of her father's three children. In addition to Cersei, Lord Tywin has two other children who have prominent roles in the series -- Jaime, Cersei's fraternal twin brother, and one of the greatest knights of Westeros who is currently serving Robert's [[Main/PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], and his youngest son Tyrion, a dwarf who is TheUnfavorite of his family. King Robert is also assisted by his brothers in governing the Seven Kingdoms -- Renly being one of the most prominent courtiers of the Seven Kingdoms, with close ties to the wealthy and powerful House Tyrell; and Stannis, the resentful [[MiddleChildSyndrome middle-child]] who is disliked for his difficult personality, with his only friend being the commoner Davos Seaworth.
10th Oct '17 6:59:40 PM JulianLapostat
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The Targaryens outlasted their dragons for a century or so after the deaths of their mounts but their dynasty was toppled by a rebellion led by King Robert Baratheon in [[TheAlliance an alliance]] that ultimately included Lord Eddard Stark, Lord Hoster Tully, Lord Jon Arryn, and Lord Tywin Lannister. In the course of their rebellion, their alliance was cemented by marriage, with Lord Eddard Stark marrying Catelyn Tully, and governing the North. He has five children with Catelyn -- Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon -- and an [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] Jon Snow, fathered with [[MissingMom another woman]]. Lord Stark's household also includes Theon Greyjoy, a hostage raised in his household to check the ambitions of his rebellious father Balon. King Robert Baratheon married Lord Tywin Lannister's daughter Cersei, the eldest and most ambitious of her father's three children. In addition to Cersei, Lord Tywin has two other children who have prominent roles in the series -- Jamie, Cersei's twin and one of the greatest knights of Westeros who is currently serving Robert's [[Main/PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], and his youngest son Tyrion, a dwarf who is TheUnfavorite of his family. King Robert is also assisted by his brothers in governing the Seven Kingdoms -- Renly being one of the most prominent courtiers of the Seven Kingdoms, with close ties to the wealthy and powerful House Tyrell; and Stannis, the resentful [[MiddleChildSyndrome middle-child]] who is disliked for his difficult personality, with his only friend being the commoner Davos Seaworth.

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The Targaryens outlasted their dragons for a century or so after the deaths of their mounts but their dynasty was toppled by a rebellion led by King Robert Baratheon in [[TheAlliance an alliance]] that ultimately included Lord Eddard Stark, Lord Hoster Tully, Lord Jon Arryn, and Lord Tywin Lannister. In the course of their rebellion, their alliance was cemented by marriage, with Lord Eddard Stark marrying Catelyn Tully, and governing the North. He has five children with Catelyn -- Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon -- and an [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] Jon Snow, fathered with [[MissingMom another woman]]. Lord Stark's household also includes Theon Greyjoy, a hostage raised in his household to check the ambitions of his rebellious father Balon. King Robert Baratheon married Lord Tywin Lannister's daughter Cersei, the eldest and most ambitious of her father's three children. In addition to Cersei, Lord Tywin has two other children who have prominent roles in the series -- Jamie, Jaime, Cersei's fraternal twin brother, and one of the greatest knights of Westeros who is currently serving Robert's [[Main/PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], and his youngest son Tyrion, a dwarf who is TheUnfavorite of his family. King Robert is also assisted by his brothers in governing the Seven Kingdoms -- Renly being one of the most prominent courtiers of the Seven Kingdoms, with close ties to the wealthy and powerful House Tyrell; and Stannis, the resentful [[MiddleChildSyndrome middle-child]] who is disliked for his difficult personality, with his only friend being the commoner Davos Seaworth.
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The series was adapted for television as ''Series/GameOfThrones'' which despite borrowing the title of the first book is an adaptation of the entire series, and between Seasons 1-4 faithfully adapted the first three books. The unusual circumstances of its conception and genesis (an adaptation of an as-yet incomplete series of novels), means that the later seasons have [[CompressedAdaptation compressed books 4-5]], and as of Season 6 is set to move past the chronology of the published books and finish before the author completes his books. Martin has been supportive of the project writing the screenplays for one episode per season (for Seasons 1-4)[[note]]He used to work in television; ironically, he returned to novels because he was tired of budget constraints limiting his imagination. This came back to bite him in the posterior when he was assigned to adapt the episode that contains one of the biggest and most complicated battles of the civil war.[[/note]]. He has also given Weiss and Benioff the outlines for the remaining books in the series in case they outpace him, which they did in 2016.

The series has also spawned several licensed works:

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The series was adapted for television as ''Series/GameOfThrones'' which despite borrowing the title of the first book is an adaptation of the entire series, and between Seasons 1-4 faithfully adapted the first three books. The unusual circumstances of its conception and genesis (an adaptation of an as-yet incomplete series of novels), means that the later seasons have [[CompressedAdaptation compressed books 4-5]], and as of Season 6 is set to move past the chronology of the published books and finish before the author completes his books. Martin has been supportive of the project writing the screenplays for one episode per season (for Seasons 1-4)[[note]]He used to work in television; ironically, he returned to novels because he was tired of budget constraints limiting his imagination. This came back to bite him in the posterior when he was assigned to adapt the episode that contains one of the biggest and most complicated battles of the civil war.[[/note]]. He has also given Weiss and Benioff the outlines for the remaining books in the series in case they outpace him, which they did in 2016.

The series has also spawned several licensed works:
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The novels feature a large ensemble cast, narrated in chapters that relate action from the third-person limited perspective of [[SwitchingPOV alternating protagonists]], some of them at [[AnotherSideAnotherStory times might be on the opposite side of a conflict]]. Some of the plots and subplots of the protagonists [[HyperlinkStory are involved in overlap with each other directly and indirectly]], [[TwoLinesNoWaiting while others merely parallel the central action or counterpoint it in key ways]]. In general, there are three theaters of action in the books -- the Wall, Westeros, and Essos -- where a range of characters and factions gravitate around, slowly converging as the narrative of the series moves to the final act.

The series is set on the continent of Westeros, a world where the [[BizarreSeasons seasons can last for years]]. Westeros was once a world suffused with magic. Beings like the Children of the Forest allied with the First Men against the Others, a race of inhuman ice beings and banished them to the [[GrimUpNorth Lands of Always Winter]], with a giant Wall built to repel them. More recently, the dragon-riding Targaryen dynasty, refugees from the doomed Valyrian Freehold on the continent of Essos, unified the seven kingdoms of Westeros under a single realm. But some time later, even the dragons died, and with their death, [[TheMagicGoesAway magic has faded]] for more than a century across the known world prior to the start of the series. However, there are rumors, whispers, and prophesies that someday, the dragons will return.

The Targaryens outlasted their dragons for a century or so after the deaths of their mounts but their dynasty was toppled by a rebellion led by King Robert Baratheon in [[TheAlliance an alliance]] that ultimately included Lord Eddard Stark, Lord Hoster Tully, Lord Jon Arryn, and Lord Tywin Lannister. In the course of their rebellion, their alliance was cemented by marriage, with Lord Eddard Stark marrying Catelyn Tully, and governing the North. He has five children with Catelyn -- Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon -- and an [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] Jon Snow with [[MissingMom another woman]]. King Robert Baratheon married Lord Tywin Lannister's daughter Cersei, the eldest and most ambitious of her father's three children. In addition to Cersei, Lord Tywin has two other children: a son Jamie, Cersei's twin and one of the greatest knights of Westeros who is currently serving Robert's [[Main/PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], and his youngest son Tyrion, a dwarf who is TheUnfavorite of his family.

At the start of the series, a long summer lasting for more than a decade is nearing its end, leaving many observers to fear the onset of an even longer winter which would be hard enough even during the best of times. Unfortunately, what follows would not be the best of times. In the wake of Lord Jon Arryn's sudden and surprising death, King Robert Baratheon resolves to make Eddard Stark his Hand of the King, and his second-in-command, in spite of the grudges House Stark bears with House Lannister. TheAlliance that opposed the Targaryen dynasty, which governed Westeros in the previous decade, fractures in the course of the first three novels, plunging the kingdom into civil war -- even isolationist regions like the Iron Islands and the southern principality of Dorne take advantage of the crisis to assert their own agendas. Across the Narrow Sea, TheRemnant of House Targaryen -- the vengeance-mad Prince Viserys Targaryen and his younger sister Princess Daenerys -- live in exile, planning to return to Westeros and restore their dynasty. They court their own alliance of exiles, mercenaries, and ambitious local states to build an army that would eventually invade Westeros again, and bring them back to power. Naturally, the general instability of Westeros with almost every region in turmoil and civil war is amenable to their interests.

A [[GreaterScopeVillain much bigger threat]] than the instability of the government and potential invasion from Essos lies in the far North, in the Lands of Always Winter. The Wall was built to keep the Others from returning into Westeros and to this end, an organization called the Night's Watch was instituted to permanently garrison the structure in a network of castles that divides the Seven Kingdoms from the far North. The decline of magic has led to the institution of the Night's Watch being deprecated and understaffed over the centuries. It was once regarded as a noble institute by all Seven Kingdoms but now that the Others are believed to be a SealedEvilInACan, only the North regards the Night's Watch as a noble and honorable calling. While younger sons and illegitimate sons of noble houses -- primarily from the North -- still join the Night's Watch voluntarily, it has mostly become an ArmyOfThievesAndWhores who spend most of their time putting down rebellions by Wildings, barbaric tribes who defy the customs and views of mainland Westeros and who periodically try to get past the Wall. This status-quo gets unbalanced thanks to reports of sightings of the blue-eyed Others, who have led attacks on many Wildling villages as well as ranging parties sent by the Night's Watch. The Others are cold, unnatural, and seemingly immortal beings whose powers allow them to [[NotUsingTheZWord converted the dead into wights]], to serve as slaves in an inhuman army of the dead. This results in the Wildlings to ally around Mance Rayder and mount the largest wildling rebellion in the history of the Watch.

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The novels feature [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a large ensemble cast, cast]], narrated in chapters that relate action from the third-person limited perspective of [[SwitchingPOV alternating protagonists]], some of them at [[AnotherSideAnotherStory times might be on the opposite side of a conflict]]. Some of the plots and subplots of the protagonists [[HyperlinkStory are involved in overlap with each other directly and indirectly]], [[TwoLinesNoWaiting while others merely parallel the central action or counterpoint it in key ways]]. In general, there are three theaters of action in the books -- the Wall, Westeros, and Essos -- where a range of characters and factions gravitate around, slowly converging as the narrative of the series moves to the final act.

The Most of the series is set on the continent of Westeros, a world where the [[BizarreSeasons seasons can last for years]]. Westeros was once a world suffused with magic. Beings like the Children of the Forest allied with the First Men against the Others, a race of inhuman ice beings and banished them to the [[GrimUpNorth Lands of Always Winter]], with a giant Wall built [[TheWallAroundTheWorld to repel them.them]]. More recently, the dragon-riding Targaryen dynasty, refugees from the doomed Valyrian Freehold on the continent of Essos, unified the seven kingdoms of Westeros under a single realm. But some time later, even the dragons died, and with their death, [[TheMagicGoesAway magic has faded]] for more than a century across the known world prior to the start of the series. However, there are rumors, whispers, and prophesies that someday, the dragons will return.

The Targaryens outlasted their dragons for a century or so after the deaths of their mounts but their dynasty was toppled by a rebellion led by King Robert Baratheon in [[TheAlliance an alliance]] that ultimately included Lord Eddard Stark, Lord Hoster Tully, Lord Jon Arryn, and Lord Tywin Lannister. In the course of their rebellion, their alliance was cemented by marriage, with Lord Eddard Stark marrying Catelyn Tully, and governing the North. He has five children with Catelyn -- Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon -- and an [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] Jon Snow Snow, fathered with [[MissingMom another woman]].woman]]. Lord Stark's household also includes Theon Greyjoy, a hostage raised in his household to check the ambitions of his rebellious father Balon. King Robert Baratheon married Lord Tywin Lannister's daughter Cersei, the eldest and most ambitious of her father's three children. In addition to Cersei, Lord Tywin has two other children: a son children who have prominent roles in the series -- Jamie, Cersei's twin and one of the greatest knights of Westeros who is currently serving Robert's [[Main/PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], and his youngest son Tyrion, a dwarf who is TheUnfavorite of his family.

family. King Robert is also assisted by his brothers in governing the Seven Kingdoms -- Renly being one of the most prominent courtiers of the Seven Kingdoms, with close ties to the wealthy and powerful House Tyrell; and Stannis, the resentful [[MiddleChildSyndrome middle-child]] who is disliked for his difficult personality, with his only friend being the commoner Davos Seaworth.

At the start of the series, a long summer lasting for more than a decade is nearing its end, leaving many observers to fear the onset of an even longer winter which would be hard enough even during the best of times. Unfortunately, [[FromBadToWorse what follows would not be the best of times. times]]. In the wake of Lord Jon Arryn's sudden and surprising death, King Robert Baratheon resolves to make Eddard Stark his Hand of the King, and his second-in-command, in spite of the grudges House Stark bears with House Lannister.Lannister, the king's in-laws. TheAlliance that opposed the Targaryen dynasty, which governed Westeros in the previous decade, fractures in the course of the first three novels, plunging the kingdom into civil war -- even isolationist regions like the Iron Islands and the southern principality of Dorne take advantage of the crisis to assert their own agendas. Across the Narrow Sea, TheRemnant of House Targaryen -- the vengeance-mad Prince Viserys Targaryen and his younger sister Princess Daenerys -- live in exile, planning to return to Westeros and restore their dynasty. They court their own alliance of exiles, mercenaries, and ambitious local states to build an army that would eventually invade Westeros again, and bring them back to power. Naturally, the general instability of Westeros with almost every region in turmoil and civil war is amenable to their interests.

A [[GreaterScopeVillain much bigger threat]] than the instability of the government and potential invasion from Essos lies in the far North, in the Lands of Always Winter. The Wall was built to keep [[TheFairFolk the Others Others]] from returning into to Westeros and to this end, an organization called the Night's Watch was instituted to permanently garrison the structure in a network of castles that divides the Seven Kingdoms from the far North. The decline of magic has led to the institution of the Night's Watch being deprecated and understaffed over the centuries. It was once regarded as a noble institute by all Seven Kingdoms but now that the Others are believed to be a SealedEvilInACan, only the North regards the Night's Watch as a noble and honorable calling. While younger sons and illegitimate sons of noble houses -- primarily from the North -- still join the Night's Watch voluntarily, it has mostly become an ArmyOfThievesAndWhores who spend most of their time putting down rebellions by Wildings, barbaric tribes who defy the customs and views of mainland Westeros and who periodically try to get past the Wall. This status-quo gets unbalanced thanks to reports of sightings of the blue-eyed Others, who have led attacks on many Wildling villages as well as ranging parties sent by the Night's Watch. The Others are cold, unnatural, and seemingly immortal beings whose powers allow them to [[NotUsingTheZWord converted the dead into wights]], to serve as slaves in an inhuman army of the dead. This results in the Wildlings to ally around Mance Rayder and mount the largest wildling rebellion in the history of the Watch.



The series has been received with great acclaim, with TIME Magazine even going so far as to brand Martin "the American [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien]]." Ironically, their only real trait in common is that they write EpicFantasy. ''A Song of Ice and Fire'' and ''The Lord of the Rings'' share a SwitchingPOV and infrequent instances of magic, but ''Ice and Fire'' has so many narrators that it is hard to pin down a central protagonist. The series is located on the ''far'' end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, with [[GrayAndGrayMorality moral ambiguity]] very prevalent and few clear-cut heroes or villains. Martin plays for keeps with his characters, and AnyoneCanDie, no matter who they are, how safe they seem, how beloved by fans they are or how important they are to the setting's stability. While a SaveTheWorldClimax has been foreshadowed ever since the series' opening chapter, it's taken five books of FourLinesAllWaiting for the MythArc to finally start coming together in earnest.

The first three books were released over the course of a decade, with the next two over another. This has led to anxiety for some fans, as when ''A Storm of Swords'' was released, it ended on a cliffhanger, and then later ''A Feast for Crows'' and ''A Dance with Dragons'' suffered major structural problems that led to a lot of ScheduleSlip.

A [[Series/GameOfThrones TV adaptation is now airing on HBO]]. Scripted by Dan Weiss and David Benioff, the show is planned for eight seasons, with ''A Storm of Swords'' comprising two seasons, the fifth and sixth seasons being a combination of ''A Feast For Crows'' and ''A Dance with Dragons'' but told chronologically rather than by splitting locations and characters as in the books; all other seasons roughly corresponding to a single novel. By the time of its fourth season, it has become the highest-rated show in HBO history. Martin has been very supportive of the project, defending the adaptation against detractors and even writing some of the episodes himself[[note]]He used to work in television; ironically, he returned to novels because he was tired of budget constraints limiting his imagination. This came back to bite him in the posterior when he was assigned to adapt the episode that contains one of the biggest and most complicated battles of the civil war.[[/note]] He has also given Weiss and Benioff the outlines for the remaining books in the series in case they outpace him, which they did in 2016.

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The series has been received with great acclaim, with TIME Magazine even going so far was adapted for television as to brand Martin "the American [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien]]." Ironically, their only real trait in common is that they write EpicFantasy. ''A Song of Ice and Fire'' and ''The Lord ''Series/GameOfThrones'' which despite borrowing the title of the Rings'' share a SwitchingPOV and infrequent instances of magic, but ''Ice and Fire'' has so many narrators that it first book is hard to pin down a central protagonist. The series is located on the ''far'' end an adaptation of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, with [[GrayAndGrayMorality moral ambiguity]] very prevalent entire series, and few clear-cut heroes or villains. Martin plays for keeps with his characters, and AnyoneCanDie, no matter who they are, how safe they seem, how beloved by fans they are or how important they are to between Seasons 1-4 faithfully adapted the setting's stability. While a SaveTheWorldClimax has been foreshadowed ever since the series' opening chapter, it's taken five books of FourLinesAllWaiting for the MythArc to finally start coming together in earnest.

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first three books were released over the course books. The unusual circumstances of a decade, with the next two over another. This has led to anxiety for some fans, as when ''A Storm of Swords'' was released, it ended on a cliffhanger, its conception and then later ''A Feast for Crows'' and ''A Dance with Dragons'' suffered major structural problems that led to a lot of ScheduleSlip.

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genesis (an adaptation is now airing on HBO]]. Scripted by Dan Weiss and David Benioff, of an as-yet incomplete series of novels), means that the show is planned for eight seasons, with ''A Storm of Swords'' comprising two seasons, the fifth and sixth later seasons being a combination of ''A Feast For Crows'' have [[CompressedAdaptation compressed books 4-5]], and ''A Dance with Dragons'' but told chronologically rather than by splitting locations as of Season 6 is set to move past the chronology of the published books and characters as in finish before the books; all other seasons roughly corresponding to a single novel. By the time of its fourth season, it has become the highest-rated show in HBO history. author completes his books. Martin has been very supportive of the project, defending the adaptation against detractors and even project writing some of the episodes himself[[note]]He screenplays for one episode per season (for Seasons 1-4)[[note]]He used to work in television; ironically, he returned to novels because he was tired of budget constraints limiting his imagination. This came back to bite him in the posterior when he was assigned to adapt the episode that contains one of the biggest and most complicated battles of the civil war.[[/note]] [[/note]]. He has also given Weiss and Benioff the outlines for the remaining books in the series in case they outpace him, which they did in 2016.



For more information, see the [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFire character sheet]], GRRM's "[[http://grrm.livejournal.com Not-a-blog]]" and [[http://www.winter-is-coming.net Winter Is Coming]], a central nexus for news on the TV show. Synopsis pages for each novel are in progress; in the meanwhile, feel free also to check out our [[Recap/GameOfThrones recap page]] for the show; HBO has been fairly faithful to the original material for at least the four seasons (and the first three books), and the recaps document any significant deviations.

Martin has released a few sample chapters for ''The Winds of Winter'' [[http://www.georgerrmartin.com/if-sample.html here]]. Others can be found online.

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For more information, see the [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFire character sheet]], sheet]] and GRRM's "[[http://grrm.livejournal.com Not-a-blog]]" and [[http://www.winter-is-coming.net Winter Is Coming]], a central nexus for news on the TV show. Synopsis pages for each novel are in progress; in the meanwhile, feel free also to check out our [[Recap/GameOfThrones recap page]] for the show; HBO has been fairly faithful to the original material for at least the four seasons (and the first three books), and the recaps document any significant deviations.

Not-a-blog]]". Martin has released a few sample chapters for ''The Winds of Winter'' [[http://www.georgerrmartin.com/if-sample.html here]]. Others can be found online.
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