YMMV: A Game of Thrones

  • Genius Bonus: At one point Ned Stark observes that Tywin Lannister is "as much fox as lion". Rennaisance philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli famously wrote in his classic work on politics, The Prince, that "The prince needs to be both a fox to avoid the snares and a lion to scare away the wolves".
  • Moral Event Horizon: Joffrey infamously crosses this by having Eddard Stark beheaded.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Ser Waymar Royce. Dead by the end of the prologue like almost everyone else met during it (the Sole Survivor dying in the first chapter proper), but he got one hell of a memorable Dying Moment of Awesome and a decent amount of personality, considering his limited pagetime.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Little Bran is taken to watch a man die.