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An Empire of Ice and Fire is a Game of Thrones fanfic. The Karstarks are facing famine, so Ned Stark and Jon Snow go to Pentos to buy grain, where they meet Daenerys and Viserys Targaryen.

Tropes that appear in this fanfic:

  • Action Mom: Daenerys.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Jon Snow, and later, Jorah teaches Daenerys how to wield a sword.
    • Bran gets a slight upgrade with his powers thanks to the Warlocks of Qarth.
    • Tywin Lannister, who has never been described as a great combatant, kills Obara and Nymeria Sand.
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  • Adaptational Villainy: The High Sparrow backs Joffrey, showing that he cares less about the people than he does about the Faith's supremacy.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The Battle of the Bastards is even bigger than in the show. Apart from the forces present, the Blackfish brings his forces, the Freys support the Boltons, and Daenerys has a Big Damn Heroes moment with her dragons.
    • Littlefinger's plotting is taken to the next level, as he's revealed to have been the one who convinced the Mad King that Rickard and Brandon Stark were conspiring against him, instigating the events that led to Robert's Rebellion.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Due to very different circumstances, Rhaegal is the only one of Daenerys' dragons to keep his canon name. Instead, Drogon becomes Balerion (due to Dany never loving Drogo) and Viserion becomes Eddarion (in honor of Ned Stark, whom Dany briefly meets and greatly admires).
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  • Adapted Out: Daenerys' Qarth storyline is skipped over, due to her taking control of the Dothraki sooner and never needing to go there.
  • An Arm and a Leg: At the Battle of Highgarden, Tywin Lannister loses a leg in a fight with Jon.
  • And This Is for...:
    • When dueling Daario in King's Landing, Jon declares that each wound he lands on his opponent is for one of the people his treachery harmed.
    • "For Mance" and "For Grenn" are used by the Wildlings and Night's Watch, respectfully, as battle cries during the Battle of Last Hearth.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Tyene Sand, later legitimized as Tyene Martell, becomes the main Dornish perspective.
    • Gendry accompanies Arya to Braavos. He even assists in her assassination of Walder Frey.
  • Assassination Attempt: There are several made on the imperial family, first by order of the Lannisters and later by a scheming Littlefinger. When it's discovered that the Faceless Men are the agents responsible, Jon wipes them out with dragonfire.
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  • Asskicking Equals Authority: After Khal Drogo’s death, Daenerys takes over the khalasar by killing the two frontrunners and the rest submit to her authority.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Jon and Dany are crowned Emperor and Empress in chapter 41.
  • Back from the Dead: Like in canon, Jon is killed by the Night's Watch mutineers and then magically resurrected. He's killed again by the Night King at Last Hearth, and resurrected again, this time by Aemon sacrificing himself.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Walder Frey kills one of his own soldiers when he refuses to show him Robb Stark's (non-existent) body.
    • Ramsay Bolton opens Chapter 25 by beating a lord to death.
  • Balancing Death's Books: Aemon allows himself to be ritualistically killed in exchange for Jon being resurrected.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: The final duel between Jon and the Night King takes place in the middle of an inferno created by dragon fire.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Viserys wanted to return to King's Landing. He does so...to be tried for his crimes and sentenced to death.
  • Best Served Cold: The Mountain gets his revenge on Loras Tyrell for beating him at the Tourney of the Hand.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: Several over the course of the story, including expanded versions of the Battle of the Blackwater, the Battle of Hardhome, and the Battle of the Bastards, as well as the Battle of the Coastroad, the Battle of Riverrun, the Battle of Highgarden, the Battle of King's Landing, the Battle of Last Hearth, and the Battle of Winterfell (which is the biggest of all, lasting seven chapters).
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Jon and Daenerys at the end of Chapter 26.
  • Big "NO!": Jon, when the Night King fatally wounds Bran.
  • Blade on a Stick: The Night King wields a glaive made of ice.
  • Blatant Lies: Illyrio Mopatis says that the Northern houses secretly drink toasts to Viserys. It’s common knowledge that the North greatly dislikes the Targaryens.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: After Arya is captured, Joffrey orders her sent to toil with the slaves instead of killing her - which ultimately allows her to get in position to kill Joffrey. Of course, Joffrey feared if he killed her, her spirit would kill him.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Joffrey soils himself when Jon’s forces bring the wight to King’s Landing.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Littlefinger pretends to help Ned Stark, subsequently summons the Mountain to King's Landing to free Joffrey, then double-crosses the Lannisters late in the story, and finally sends the Waif after Daenerys.
  • Comet of Doom: The Great Fall, a magical comet that passes Planetos every 8000 years. Last time around, the Children of the Forest channelled its power to create the Night King, but in the process accidentally tore a chunk of the comet free and caused it to hit the planet, causing the Long Night. When it passes again in the present, the Night King intentionally tears off another piece, bringing about a second Long Night.
  • The Comically Serious: Invoked Trope.
    Ned: For someone so emotionless, Stannis sometimes could deliver the best humor.
  • Composite Character: Tywin Lannister takes Stannis’ place as the character who Melisandre sleeps with to create the shadow demon that kills Renly.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Dontos Hollard spends most of his time as a jester, but saves Daenerys, Sansa, and Jaime's lives when he tackles Cersei when she's about to execute them, stole Daenerys' katana from another room and frees them.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Littlefinger doesn't get to go out with something as simple as a slit throat like in canon. Instead, he's mauled to death by Ghost.
  • Cruel Mercy: After his failed alliance with the Boltons, Viserys is left in a cell at Winterfell to rot.
  • Darkest Hour: While the story has plenty of low points for the heroes, the absolute lowest comes in Chapter 92, when the Night King transforms Daenerys into the Night Queen, and kills Jon.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Daenerys names her twins by Jon after Arya and Rhaegar.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Khal Drogo is poisoned in Chapter 9.
    • Stannis Baratheon is killed by The Mountain before Ned Stark.
    • Loras Tyrell is killed by The Mountain at the Battle of the Blackwater and Mace Tyrell is killed at Bitterbridge.
    • Lord Glover falls during the Battle of Last Hearth.
    • Lord Royce, Tormund, and Bran fall during the Battle of Winterfell.
  • Destination Defenestration: When Tywin returns to King's Landing following Joffrey's regime's disastrous loss at Riverrun, he expresses his displeasure by taking Joffrey's chief military advisor Dolgren Hill and tossing him out a window to his death.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: When it looks like Ned and Stannis managed to outsmart Cersei and confine Joffrey, Littlefinger summons The Mountain to King’s Landing to free Joffrey, leading to Stannis's death and Ned’s execution.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The Villain Team-Up of Viserys and Ramsay. They're the first major antagonists that Jon and Daenerys take on, but are defeated in Chapter 26 of what turns out to be an over 100 chapter story. For the rest, the plot is driven by the heroes' conflicts with Joffrey and the Night King.
  • Doomed by Canon: Ned Stark, Talisa, Ygritte.
  • Door Stopper: As of this writing, the story is over 555,000 words long.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Ramsay Bolton to Viserys Targaryen. When Ramsay is defeated by Jon and Daenerys, Viserys is left in a cell to rot until he's eventually executed nonchalantly.
  • Dragon Rider: Daenerys, of course, with Jon also starting to do it after Rhaegal is drawn to him, and with them later teaching their children to do it too. The Night King becomes one as well after he raises the dragon of Azor Ahai, Vhalthrax, who died during the Long Night.
  • Dying Clue: Varys, bleeding out from a stab wound inflicted by the Waif, sees a raven nearby that Bran is using and says “The Mad King” to reveal a final piece of information: Littlefinger persuaded the Mad King to burn Rickard and Brandon Stark.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome:
    • Theon stabs Euron, stopping him from killing Jon and giving Jon the opportunity to kill Euron, but in the meantime leaves himself open to Euron fatally wounding him.
    • Randyll Tarly has a Mutual Kill with a giant, stabbing him through the heart just before he manages to smack Randyll hard enough to rupture his organs and fatally wound him.
    • Barristan Selmy and Thoros go down side-by-side, holding the line against Joffrey's forces in order to buy time for Jon's team to begin their plan to incite an uprising in King's Landing.
    • Grenn and his squad get an even more awesome moment than in canon, as rather than holding Castle Black's tunnel against a single giant, they hold it against an entire swarm of wights (including a giant).
    • During the White Walkers' attack on Castle Black, a nameless soldier, already seriously wounded, tackles a group of wights, managing to stab one in the heart with dragonglass even as he and the whole group tumble off the top of the Wall.
    • Sandor saves Arya during the Battle of Last Hearth by tackling a White Walker into the Last River, which is filling with wildfire. He then kills it with a dragonglass dagger right before the wildfire detonates and incinerates him.
    • During the Battle of Winterfell, Edd is mortally wounded by Grenn's wight while trying to ignite a trench full of wildfire. With the last of his strength, he grabs the wight and drags him into the trench with his torch, incinerating them both as the wildfire ignites.
    • Benjen sacrificing himself to fuel the spell that Bran uses to free Daenerys from the Night King's control.
    • As the defenders retreat into Winterfell castle, Mag Mar covers them, single-handedly holding the line and managing to kill both a giant wight and the White Walker controlling it before being overwhelmed.
    • Fatally stabbed by a wight as Winterfell's defenses are breached, Tormund still manages to fire a dragonglass cannon at a wight giant, and then uses the last of his energy to drop a torch into a chest of gunpowder, blowing up the wights who overrun him moments later.
    • Bran allows himself to be run through by the Night King, as it gets him close enough to reach in and rip out the Night King's dragonglass core, rendering him vulnerable to Jon's attacks and stripping him of his Resurrective Immortality.
    • Melisandre saves Dany from a White Walker's attack, getting impaled in her place. Then she triggers a magical Suicide Attack, incinerating the Walker and every wight for twenty feet.
  • The Emperor / The High Queen: Jon and Daenerys are eventually declared Emperor and Empress of the Targaryen Empire, which claims all of Westeros and New Valyria (the former Slaver's Bay).
  • Eternal Recurrence: 8000 years ago, the earliest Targaryens visited Westeros and met the first Starks, whom they intermarried with. They then allied to defeat a mad god-king in preparation for the Long Night. All of this eerily reflects what happens in the story's present day. Further, the male Stark, Marden, became the Night King, and the male Targaryen, Soryn, became Azor Ahai. And now Jon seem posed to repeat the latter's actions to defeat the former.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sandor doesn't believe in cruelty for the sake of cruelty, and makes a point that whenever he kills someone, he makes sure to make it quick.
  • Evil Uncle: Viserys tried to kill Daenerys' children while they were infants. Even when he's been rendered impotent in a cell, he still tries to hurt them.
  • Face Death with Dignity:
    • Unlike her show version, Cersei merely remarks that she was wrong about the valonqar prophecy and tells Jaime to kill her.
    "Do it."
    • Tywin simply tells Jon to execute him quickly.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Daario turns on Daenerys and joins forces with Joffrey.
  • Famous Ancestor: Soryn Targaryen, the first Dragon Rider, became Azor Ahai, while the first Stark lord, Marden, became the Night King.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Bran describes Daenerys becoming the Night Queen as this.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Daenerys is shown to be resisting the corruption of the Night Queen.
  • Final Battle: There are several climatic battles, for each major storyline.
    • The Battle of the Coastroad is the final confrontation between the Targaryen Empire's forces in Essos and the Slavers Alliance.
    • The Battle of King's Landing ends the war between the Targaryen Empire and Joffrey's regime.
    • The Battle of Winterfell is the final showdown between the forces of the living and the White Walkers.
  • Fingore: Ned cuts off two of Gregor's fingers during the attempted escape from King's Landing, but it does little to slow him down.
  • Fix Fic: One of the goals later in the story is to rectify all the problems that the author had with Season 7 and especially Season 8 of the show.
  • Flaming Sword:
    • Naturally, Lightbringer is repeatedly mentioned. Longclaw, which along with Saracen was reforged from it after the Long Night, becomes this as well after Jon's second resurrection (as it had been tempered in his blood by the Night King).
    • During the Battle of Winterfell, Melisandre causes the weapons wielded by the cavalry — both Westerosi and Dothraki — to ignite right before they charge.
    • The Night King is capable of igniting his glaive with blue ice flames.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • The Karstarks encountered blight on their lands, resulting in a year's worth of crops being destroyed. Because it's too late in the season to grow more, Ned has to go to Pentos to negotiate for more grain, and he has Jon accompany him, where he meets Daenerys. Everything snowballs from this particular nail.
    • Because Daenerys is taught to wield a sword by Jon and Jorah, she is able to take the khalasar by force without dragons after Khal Drogo dies.
    • Because Khal Drogo is dead before Viserys threatens Daenerys’ children, Daenerys elects not to kill him and exiles him instead.
    • Ned summons Stannis to King’s Landing to help with the incest situation. Because Stannis is killed by the Mountain, Renly leads the Battle of the Blackwater, where he is killed by a shadow.
    • Olly, who is part of the turncloak Watchmen who murder Jon Snow in the show, is not among them, as he was present at the Hardhome Massacre. He is now Jon's squire.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: None of the Bolton forces, including Ramsay himself, like Viserys at all. They only tolerate him because they can use him to claim the Iron Throne.
  • A God Am I: Seven freaking Hells. Joffery is even more insane than he was in canon.
  • God-Emperor: Joffrey becomes God King after he helps prop up the Faith Militant.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Jon and Dany have a pretty active sex life. So do Robb and Margaery. And Gendry and Arya. And Podrick and Sansa.
  • Hand Blast: Bran can do this when channeling his full magic power.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After ensuring Renly's demise, Melisandre (with some prompting from Davos) turns on Joffrey and helps Margaery and Olenna escape from the Reach before Joffrey has the Reach subjugated.
  • Hegemonic Empire: Jon and Daenerys eventually establish the Targaryen Empire, which lays claim to all of Westeros and the former Slaver's Bay, which is rechristened New Valyria.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Aemon lets himself be ritualistically killed by the Red Priests so that Jon can be resurrected after being killed by the Night King.
    • During the Battle of Winterfell, Benjen rips out the dragonglass core keeping him alive, sacrificing himself so that Bran can use its magic to free Daenerys from being the Night Queen.
    • Mag Mar singlehandedly holds the line as Winterfell's defenders retreat into the castle.
  • High-Altitude Battle: The Battle of Winterfell features a dragon battle, with the Night King taking on Jon and Daenerys who are then joined by their children.
  • Hope Bringer: Jon's arrival at Winterfell just before the Final Battle after previously being killed and resurrected fills the despairing defenders with hope and the Night King with dread and rage.
  • Hope Spot: A villainous example. While Littlefinger is on trial, Daenerys thanks him for his help in taking King's Landing and pardons him...for the murder of Lysa Arryn. There is more than enough still for him to be found guilty and sentenced to death.
  • Human Sacrifice: Joffrey has Myrcella burned alive in an attempt to curse Jon.
  • I Have No Son!: Viserys denounces Jon, Daenerys and their children as his kin before being executed.
  • I Have Your Wife: The Night King takes Leaf prisoner and threatens to kill her in order to make her lover Zilas repeat the ceremony that created him on Daenerys, turning her into the Night Queen.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Jon is still killed by the Night's Watch mutineers, and then magically resurrected. Though the way it's done here also hatches three dragon eggs for him.
    • Ramsay meets the same fate he did in the show.
    • The Night King still gets a dragon wight. It's just not one of Daenerys' dragons.
    • Oberyn Martell is still killed, triggering Ellaria to launch a coup in Dorne. The Lannister forces end the coup, killing all but Tyene among the Sand Snakes.
  • Internal Reveal: After he returns to the North from Pentos, Ned reveals to Catelyn that Jon is Rhaegar's son.
  • Irony:
    • In canon, the High Sparrow was killed by a wildfire explosion. Here, he uses wildfire to sacrifice Myrcella.
    • Joffrey, while mortally wounded by Arya, is finished off by Eddarion, the dragon named after Ned Stark, whom he had executed.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: For her wedding to Khal Drogo, Jon gives Daenerys a Valyrian Steel katana. Justified because Daenerys doesn't have the necessary musculature to wield a longsword.
  • Laser Blade: Bran creates one from his magic during the Battle of Winterfell.
  • Last of His Kind: Arya becomes the last of the Faceless Men after Jon wipes out the rest in retaliation for the attempt on Daenerys.
  • Last Stand: The defenders at the Battle of Winterfell acknowledge that win or lose, their war with the dead will end there.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father:
    • "Jon, I am not your father" — Rhaegar Targaryen is your dad.
    • For a more villainous and more distantly related example, the Night King turns out to have been Marden Stark, the first lord of House Stark.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Petyr Baelish, even more so than in canon. Late in the story, it’s revealed that he persuaded King Aerys that Rickard and Brandon Stark were trying to kill him, which caused Robert’s Rebellion.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The Ned Stark that Dany sees in her dream drops hints about Jon being the son of Lyanna, something that Dany has no reason to even suspect at that point.
  • Mercy Kill: Arya kills Jaqen H'Gar so he won't experience the "fire and blood" coming after the failed assassination attempt on Daenerys.
  • Natural Spotlight: During Jon's Rousing Speech at the Final Battle, a beam of sunlight breaks through the gloom and storm clouds to dramatically highlight Longclaw which has become Lightbringer.
  • Never My Fault: After the Battle of the Bastards, Viserys and Ramsay are yelling at each other in their cells about whose fault it is.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ramsay and Viserys trying to have Jon killed may have temporarily left him dead, but Melisandre's talents not only resurrect Jon, they give birth to more dragons and released Jon from the Watch, allowing him to go after the two, bringing their plans to an end.
  • Not His Sled: Arya's big moment from canon of killing the Night King is repeated in Chapter 92, except in this story the Night King is immune to Valyrian steel and therefore doesn't die when stabbed.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Jon remembers that Robb beat Theon to a pulp two years before the story when he hit a woman.
  • No-Sell: Valyrian steel has no effect on the Night King.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: During the confrontation with the Mountain in Chapter 11, Joffrey stabs Stannis with a dagger, leaving him open to be killed by the Mountain.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ned when he sees Jon and Daenerys’ relationship.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, as we have both Arya Stark and Arya Targaryen.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: Viserys says that Jon did one thing right for Daenerys: improving her posture.
  • Original Character: Ser Theodore Caryn, Barristan Selmy's nephew.
  • Out-Gambitted: Like in canon, Sansa turns Littlefinger's sham trial of Arya on him, exposing all his crimes before all of Westeros' lords and sentencing him to death.
  • Outliving One's Offspring:
    • Catelyn outlives Bran due to his death in the Final Battle.
    • By the Final Battle, Tommen is the only one of Jaime's children still alive thanks to Myrcella being burned alive and Joffrey's death when Jon and Daenerys took King's Landing.
  • Patchwork Kids: Jon and Daenerys’ children Rhaegar and Arya are a mix of Northern and Valyrian traits; Rhaegar has dark hair and purple eyes and Arya is silver haired with grey eyes.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Viserys insults Jon over being a bastard several times.
  • Precision F-Strike: After Ned and Stannis realize that Robert's children are actually bastards, all Stannis can muster in response is "Well fuck".
  • Pregnant Badass:
    • Arya fights at Last Hearth and Winterfell, knowing she's pregnant at the time, and is just as fierce as always.
    • Meera Reed is pregnant by the time the Battle of Winterfell occurs.
  • Prophecy Twist: Cersei always thought that Tyrion would kill her, and never imagined that Jaime would be the one to kill her. She lampshades it right when Jaime's about to kill her.
  • Pursued Protagonist: Tyene Sand opens Chapter 27 being chased by Lannister soldiers.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Played with because it wasn’t meant as a slight, but Viserys goes berserk when Jon and Dany’s daughter Arya calls him "uncle".
  • Red Baron:
    • In Essos, Ned is apparently known as the "Wolf of the Trident".
    • Bran earns the nickname "The Raven".
  • Red Right Hand: One of Viserys’ hands is burned by molten gold instead of his entire head.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Ned gives a short one to Viserys about what his father Aerys II did to the Starks.
    "My family, Prince Viserys, were loyal subjects of House Targaryen. However, when my brother and father pleaded with King Aerys about my sister, and he responded by burning one alive and strangling the other to death. My oath to him died on that day, and I can tell just by looking at you that you share his honor. More accurately the lack of it."
  • Resurrective Immortality: It turns out that this is how the Night King returned after being defeated 8000 years ago, as the magic which created him caused him to regenerate in the Land of Always Winter. Bran ripping out his dragonglass core during the Final Battle strips this magic from him, making it possible to permanently kill him.
  • Retcon: Originally, Jon forged the Valyrian steel katana Saracen for Daenerys. Later, the author realized that there were several things about this which didn't work, so it was rewritten that rather than forging the sword himself, Jon received it from Kinvara.
  • Riddle for the Ages: It isn't definitively stated who killed Khal Drogo.
  • Rousing Speech:
    • While most of the other defending commanders at the Battle of Last Hearth use simple battle cries, Jaime gives an actual, if brief, speech to the Westerlands forces under his command as they prepare to face the Army of the Dead.
    "See those, you cunts?! They think they can stop us. But they fucking won't! We are men of the Westerlands! We are Lions! We are Boars! We are Spears, and Firetrees, and the fucking Sun itself! When we roar, the very rocks tremble! So let the fucking dead in the Seven Hells themselves hear us roar!"
    • Jon gives an absolutely epic one just before the Battle of Winterfell:
    Jon: Men and Women of Westeros! Hear me! My name is Jaehearys Targaryen, Third of my Name, Emperor of the Targaryen Empire! But my name was not always this. But my name was not always this. I was once Jon Snow... the lowly and ashamed bastard of Winterfell. I came from nothing but shame and darkness, shunned by all as a stain on my great father’s name. I came from this nothing, arose from a baseborn bastard to find myself before you all. The United Men and Women of the North, South, East and West. Of Westeros, Essos, North of the Wall and from lands unseen by many that live. The greatest army in the history of the world! An Army that I am honored to fight alongside!

    Today, I stand before you not as a King or an Emperor, not as a bastard or a highborn. I stand before you as a son of these lands, both North and South. The brother of the finest family I could ever know. The father of three beautiful children! The husband of the greatest woman I have ever known! And a free Man!

    Look at it, men and women of the living! The King of Death and his undead monsters before you wish to make slaves of us all, to destroy our civilization and all we love and cherish. To extinguish all life upon this world... but you know what? FUCK THEM! We will hold this fucking ground before us! Channel the spirits of warriors long dead. Of the Age of Heroes. Of the Conquest! Of the Liberation!

    There may come a time. A time where all life in this world will lay dead. Where men betray their trust in their lands and the gods above, when laws and oaths meant nothing and the age of men comes crashing into dust. BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY! This day I ask you all... My Brothers! My Sisters! To follow me into the Darkness, one last time! To fight the abominations that would erase all light and hope from this world! I bid you stand as Free Peoples. As proud warriors, as Fathers, as Mothers, as Sons and Daughters! Together, we will bring the dawn!
  • Screw Destiny: Davos tells Jon as much, in much more crude language ("fuck prophecy", to be precise), regarding the prophecy which states that he'll have to kill Daenerys to defeat the Night King. Robb backs this, and Jon comes around to believing that he can defy the prophecy.
  • Second Love: Margaery Tyrell to Robb Stark.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Bran dies during the Final Battle, but reveals that he knows Meera is pregnant with their child.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Viserys and RamsayJoffreyThe Night King.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Daenerys’ children aren’t stillborn, and all her dragons survive.
    • Viserys Targaryen isn’t burned by molten gold, but lasts considerably longer.
    • Catelyn and Robb survive the Red Wedding. Catelyn is captured, but Robb escapes northward.
    • Both Olenna and Margaery Tyrell are spared their fates (suicide by poison and death by wildfire respectively) because they don't go to King's Landing.
    • Shae avoids her canonical fate because Joffrey is not poisoned; therefore she is not called to testify and Tyrion escapes King's Landing with her.
    • Myranda isn't thrown off of Winterfell's walls. Instead she last long enough to get incinerated by Daenerys and her dragons when they have their Big Damn Heroes moment.
    • Tywin survives several years longer because Tyrion flees King's Landing without killing him.
    • Tyene Sand is the last remaining Sand Snake, thanks to the Dornish rebellion against the Lannisters playing out differently.
    • Rickon is saved by Jon during the Battle of the Bastards.
    • Maester Aemon is still alive well past the point of his death in canon. Until he eventually sacrifices himself to resurrect Jon.
    • Joffrey lives for years longer because Olenna is never in a position to poison him (and Littlefinger has no reason to double-cross him).
    • Because he never succeeds Joffrey as king, Tommen never becomes such a political pawn that he commits suicide to escape it.
    • Because of her parents' earlier deaths, Shireen is still alive as they never sacrificed her.
    • As Olly never betrays Jon, he is still alive as well.
    • Thanks to Jon arriving on Rhaegal in time to rescue their group at the Three Eyed Raven's cave, Leaf, Hodor and Jojen all survive. Though Jojen eventually falls during the Battle of Winterfell.
    • Thanks to the wildlings not attacking Castle Black and the Battle of the Bastards happening differently, Mag Mar and Wun Wun are both still alive. Mag eventually dies at Winterfell.
    • The Waif managed to avoid getting killed by Arya in Braavos, and continues to hound her until she makes an attempt on Daenerys' life.
    • Dontos Hollard spends much more time as a jester, and eventually receives Duskendale after Daenerys and Jon take King's Landing.
    • Missandei is never captured and executed by the Lannisters.
    • Jorah and Lyanna Mormont survive the Battle of Winterfell.
  • Spirit Advisor: A ghostly Robert Baratheon appears to Joffrey from time to time. Whether it's real or a symptom of his madness is unclear.
  • Take a Third Option: Ned doesn't want to kill Daenerys, and needs to show Robert that he is concerned about the Targaryens. So he arranges for Khal Drogo's assassination.
  • Take That!: When planning the defenses at Winterfell against the White Walkers, it's suggested that the civilians take shelter in the crypts (as was done in canon). Bronn laughs this off, saying that only dumbasses would do this when facing off with an enemy that can raise the dead.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • Joffrey has this reaction upon seeing the person who stabbed him is Arya, who he thought was dead.
    • The Night King gets this twice during the Battle of Winterfell, first when the previously dead Jon shows up, and then upon seeing that Daenerys has been freed from his control.
  • Trial by Combat: Tywin demands one after being captured by Jon and Daenerys, with the Mountain as his champion. The Imperials put forward Tyene Sand, who defeats him, with Tywin being executed immediately afterwards.
  • Truer to the Text: In the books, Jeyne Poole, disguised as Arya, is given to the Boltons by the Lannisters to keep the Northern lords under control. In the show, Sansa is given to the Boltons by Littlefinger without input from the Lannisters. Here, the Lannisters give Sansa to the Boltons as part of a deal to keep the Northern lords under control.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Daenerys racks up even more titles than in canon, and Jon gains plenty of his own after being anointed Emperor.
    • Daenerys' list of titles is: Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen-Stark, first of her name. Empress of the Targaryen Empire, Queen of the Andals, the Roynar, and First Men. Lady of Westeros and Queen in the North. Queen of New Valyria. Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea. Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, the Princess Who Was Promised. The Unburnt, Valyria Reborn. Joint Protector of the Pax Targaryana and Ruler of All She Surveys.
    • Jon's list of titles is: Jon Imperator of House Stark-Targaryen, first of his name. Emperor of the Targaryen Empire. King in the North, Riverlands, and Vale. Lord of Westeros and Defender of the Valyrian People. Father of Dragons and Prince who was Promised. The Unburnt, the Resurrected. The White Wolf, the Dragonwolf. Friend of the Free Folk and Joint Protector of the Pax Targaryana.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • As his regime collapses around him, Joffrey loses his remaining sanity and is reduced to a crying man child.
    • When the Night King sees Jon arrive at the Battle of Winterfell, despite having previously been killed, his rage and fear at the sight causes him to snap, and he throws out all tactics in favor of having his forces just Zerg Rush the defenders to wipe them out for good.
  • Villainous BSoD: Cersei has a terrible one when Myrcella is sacrificed by Joffrey.
  • Villainous Crush: The Night King becomes obsessed with Daenerys upon seeing her, as she looks just like his long-dead wife.
  • Villain Team-Up: Ramsay and Viserys team up because they don't like the Starks; Ramsay will help Viserys get his throne and Viserys will help to get Ramsay Daenerys. Walder Frey also gets in on the act, pledging his support in exchange for increased power in their regime.
  • War Elephants: The Golden Company makes use of them, as per canon. During the Battle of Winterfell, they supplement their regular elephants with mammoths from North of the Wall.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The High Sparrow's fate is not mentioned.

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