Each season's ending scene is symbolic of either fire or ice, alternating between seasons.
- In Season 1, Daenerys' dragons hatch. Dragons are an obvious analogy to fire.
- In Season 2, the White Walkers are first seen unobscured accompanied by a raging snowstorm (Ice).
- In Season 3, Daenerys, whose house is analogous to fire, liberates the slaves of Yunkai.
- In Season 4, Arya, whose house is analogous to ice (as well as their ancestral sword being called Ice), sails away from Westeros.
The "Rains of Castamere" symbolizes Tywin V Tyrion as much as the Lannisters alone.
• It's possibly unintentional, but Tyrion states, "All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes," in the first season. Jon Snow has established that Bastards are considered to have flippped the colors of their father's sigil: to Tywin, Tyrion isn's a true golden lion, he's a red one. "A coat of gold, and coat of red, a lion still has claws..." This becomes apparent when the leitmotif plays in the credits after Tyrion's trial in The Laws of Gods and Men the moment where he has officially declared himself an enemy of his father and sister and glares them in utter hatred and fury.
- The Title Game of Thrones...
The name of the TV Series as opposed to A Song of Ice and Fire
or perhaps some of the other book tiltes - A Storm of Swords
and A Clash of Kings
. For one thing those titles are too "fantasy" or too "medieval", they suggest something suited to a special genre and associated theme. The TV series is a fantasy series but at the same time it is less fantastic than the books(which was less fantastic than other fantasies). The title Game of Thrones
sounds like a fantasy but it also has something timeless to it, it's exotic without being medieval and fantastic. This also suits the series which has a different dimension than the books. The books is about the fantastical elements interacting with a world of Realpolitik
and the tension between ideals, medieval chivalry and political necessities. The TV show is largely about debunking fantasy and medievalism altogether, its mostly about politics and living in a feudal world, which pegs it to other genres like The West Wing while retaining an exotic element.