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What happens when you take Robb Returns and throw in a healthy dose of Murphy's Law?

The Raven's Plan by The Sithspawn is the result.

The War for the Dawn has ended in a victory for the Night's King. In desperation, Bran Stark and Melisandre enact a plan to send the last surviving members of the Great Houses (Jon Targaryen, Daenerys Targaryen, the two Lannister brothers, Jaime and Tyrion, Sansa Stark and Bran Stark) into the past.

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The attempt goes FUBAR when more people are sent back than expected. Oops.

Can also be read on AlternateHistory.com here and on Archive of Our Own here.

There's also now a spinoff, Conversation with the not so dead, which contains character interactions that don't fit into the main story's narrative.

The fanfic has the following tropes:

  • 0% Approval Rating:
    • Tywin’s ruthlessness and desire for power made him one of the most feared men in the entire Seven Kingdoms. Come the Remembering, when everyone actually has the capacity to fight back, and now he’s one of the most hated and fought against. Even his own siblings turn against him, and the only reason why the Lannisters have any respect at all is because he’s no longer in charge.
    • After what he did to his daughter Shireen, Stannis is firmly in this group. Absolutely no one has any care for him at all, not even his daughter or his brothers. Shireen and Davos both immediately pull a Screw This, I'm Out of Here! as soon as they Remember, while Robert has him thrown in a Black Cell.
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    • No one misses the Freys after they broke Sacred Hospitality at the Red Wedding. While some are concerned with how brutal Edmure was in his purge of the Freys (as it was disturbingly similar to what a young Tywin Lannister did to Castamere), they’re still hated by all (with the exception of Fat Walda), both versions of their deaths are put into a song, and they’re only ever spoken about in anger.
    Greatjon: The bread’s not poisoned. We’re not the fucking Freys.
  • 100% Adoration Rating:
    • Shireen Baratheon was already loved due to her battle with greyscale, but once word of what Stannis did to her starts to spread, she becomes even more universally loved. Even Qyburn of all people respects her enough to treat her greyscale scars.
    • As a minor example, all of the Tully bannermen show that they feel sorry for Fat Walda, despite her being a Frey, due to her likely Remembering what happened to her in the last timeline. Any time she is mentioned, it's met with sympathy and concern for her wellbeing.
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  • Achilles in His Tent: After his Rage Breaking Point below, Ned spends some time wallowing in his frustrations at all the changes his family's undergone, his still smoldering anger at having to trust Jaime, and his shame at having blown up like that in the first place.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Margaery and Dickon can't help but laugh at the audacity of the fact that the first thing they can think of that they have in common is that they were both burned to death.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • While the story is primarily based on the show, it still includes many secondary and tertiary characters from the books who were Adapted Out.
    • On the show, Littlefinger was revealed to be who sent the cutthroat after Bran, while Joffrey is implied to be the one who tried to have Tyrion killed during the Battle of the Blackwater. But the story goes with the books' interpretations that Joffrey was responsible for the former, while Cersei was for the latter.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Quite a few of the cast have learned a few lessons about behaving better after experiencing their own deaths, or being forced to work together to fight the White Walkers. Though some have learned nothing and want to try their hand at gaining the Throne again. And some others are simply changed for the better due to the butterfly effect.
    • Viserys, of all people, is so overjoyed with his sister's quick rise to power and the knowledge of Jon being King of the North that he asks Jorah to train him to be a Knight, so he can support their kingdom-to-be.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Balon learns nothing from the disastrous War of the Five Kings other than to distrust Euron. A furious Yara has him tossed into the dungeon when he threatens to restart the reaving of the North.
  • All Just a Dream: What everyone resurrected believes at first. Then the Awful Truth kicks in.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Since Hodor can't exactly communicate with everyone else, it's not clear whether or not he Remembers.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: A cabal within the Maesters have been manipulating events for millennia to control the development of Westerosi society, repress knowledge of magic, and (more recently) bring down the Targaryen dynasty. Having discovered this shortly before the old timeline ended, Sam and a group of Reach lords spread the word and spearhead a purge of all those involved, especially when it turns out they're responsible for killing Alerie and Luthor Tyrell. They also killed Joanna Lannister by causing her to bleed to death and they fed Aerys drugs that heavily contributed to his madness.
  • And This Is for...: Sandor to Joffrey before beating him to death. With a F-Bomb for good measure.
    Sandor: Fuck the King. This is for the Little Bird.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Even some of the people who Remember but didn't make it to the Long Night don't believe that the Others are real and coming, despite the blatantly magical nature of their situation.
  • Armor Piercing Punch: Davos decks Stannis Baratheon after the former confirms that he remembers what he had done to Shireen.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Renly swears to Robert that he will never rise against the King, Robert responds by asking why it’s okay for him to rebel against Stannis but not Robert. Renly can’t come up with a satisfactory reply, and Robert angrily dismisses him.
  • Arranged Marriage: To secure the Tyrells' loyalty, Sam arranges to have Margaery to marry Dickon.
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • One commentator on AH.com dubbed the rock that Edmure used to killed Black Walder as "the Tully Rock of Doom". Many chapters later, Tyrion notes that people in-universe have started calling it that as well.
    • Furthermore, that same AH.com commentator later went so far as to write a song about the Rock of Doom (after a song title was mentioned in Chapter 37), which was later incorporated into the story.
  • Assassination Attempt: Shae sneaks into Tyrion's solar and tries to kill him, but is interrupted by Jaime.
  • Authority in Name Only:
    • Robert. He's still the official king of Westeros, but with every kingdom sans Dorne and the Stormlands pledging themselves to House Targaryen, it's only a matter of time before he's deposed and Jon takes his rightful place on the Iron Throne. Fittingly, everyone except him knows this; thanks to all communication with King's Landing being purposefully stifled by the other kingdoms, he's only aware of the Westerlands and the Riverlands rising in rebellion. He doesn't know that the North, the Vale, the Reach, and the Iron Islands are doing so as well. Since Dorne barely respected his authority to begin with and is currently embroiled in their own Civil War, Robert only really rules the Stormlands and the Crownlands.
    • Ned and Catelyn Stark are officially the heads of House Stark. In reality only Robb and Rickon actually listen to them — Bran and Arya do whatever they want, Sansa has usurped Catelyn's place as Lady of Winterfell due to nobody trusting her mother anymore and only listens to Jon, and Jon himself is now king, so his orders supersede theirs at almost every level. They're not taking the sudden reversal in authority very well, to say the least.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: The Northern Houses swearing fealty to Jon Targaryen.
  • Awful Truth:
    • Alliser Thorne doesn't take the news that he organized the murder of Prince Rhaegar's son none too well.
    • Catelyn Stark finally discovers that Jon Snow is not her husband's bastard, but rather his nephew, with his parents being Rhaegar and Lyanna. And that's nothing compared to finding out about Arya becoming a Faceless Man.
    • The Northern lords learn of Aerys' Wildfire plot and just how near death they all were when invading King's Landing when Bran explains why Jaime Lannister is now their ally.
    • Apparently, Tommen was unaware that Jaime was his real father when he died, having believed all the rumors to be vicious slander. He does not take it well, to the point of spurning Jaime and preferring to be a bastard instead of a Lannister.
    • This is how Maester Cressen, Lord Rosby, and Renly feel about finding out that Jon Snow is Jon Targaryen, the implications of it for Ned's loyalties, and the fact that they have to tell all this to Robert. And of course, Robert himself doesn't take the news even remotely well.
    • Viserys is horrified to learn that his last act before his death in the old timeline was to threaten to kill Daenerys.
  • Back for the Dead:
    • Joffrey and Doreah return... only for Sandor and Irri to kill each, respectively, a sentence or two later. And while Baelish doesn't Remember, as soon as he shows up he is instantly killed by Jaime.
    • Loras Tyrell is killed not long after he reunites with Renly.
    • After realizing that her dreams aren't dreams and that she really did consent to having Shireen burned to death, Selyse Baratheon commits suicide again.
  • Back from the Dead: Oh...a lot of people. Almost everyone, to be exact — it would be easier to list the named characters who don't Remember.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Hodor talks like a normal person in the first chapter. Ned even calls him by his real name, Wylis... and then Bran reveals that he was warging into him to get Robb off of Theon. He goes back to hodoring immediately afterwards.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Ramsay gets mauled to death by a Stark warged bear while out hunting.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After returning, Arya wishes people would respect her instead of treating her like Arya Underfoot again. Then, the Riverlanders come and reveal what Arya did to the Freys in the original timeline - and people stop treating her like Arya Underfoot, because they are bloody scared of her.
  • Berserk Button: Finding out about the Lannisters' various betrayals infuriates Robert. Finding out about the existence of Jon Targaryen enrages him. Finding out Jon Targaryen is Jon Snow and that Ned Stark has betrayed him sends him into an Unstoppable Rage.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mace Tyrell, after hearing of his Maester's role in the deaths of his father and wife, slides behind him as he's getting screamed at by Olenna and Leyton Hightower, and backstabs him before he can even register his presence.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Jaime for Tyrion. He rushes to save him when he realizes that Shae is about to try and kill him, and later makes it clear that if it wasn't for Tyrion's own insistence, he'd send her to Slaver's Bay or kill her.
    • Viserys, surprisingly, has a moment of this when he sees Daenerys light herself on fire to hatch her dragons anew. He makes a mad dash to the flames to try and save her and has to be held back by multiple men to keep from going in after her.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Jaime greets Brienne with one when they're reunited. Also counts as a "Shut Up" Kiss, as she's in the middle of berating him for making it so hard for her to track him down.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • Ned's outraged reaction to hearing that Jaime is an ally now.
    • Doran's reaction to learning how the Maester conspiracy killed his mother's friend Joanna Lannister.
  • Blatant Lies: Meryn Trant claims that in the old timeline he died fighting a group of Bravos trying to assassinate Mace Tyrell (as opposed to being jumped by Arya in a whorehouse before he could try to rape her).
  • Blood Magic:
    • What Bran and Melisandre use to enact the ritual.
    • Daenerys uses ancient blood-powered spells from Old Valyria to both hatch her eggs and make her dragons grow immediately to adulthood.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: The discussion Bran, Jon, and Sansa have about informing Ned over what happened in the old timeline. Since too many remember Bran feels that Ned should be informed of everything by them before someone else enlightens him, while Jon and Sansa want to spread out the information as to ensure that Ned is not overwhelmed.
  • Break the Haughty: Cersei starts as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and loses it all in a single day. She’s held at dagger point by Renly, hears her brother telling her captor to kill her, is thrown in a Black Cell, has all her titles removed, and then has her recently dead son’s corpse thrown in with her. To top it all off, she doesn’t Remember, so she has no idea why everything suddenly changed completely overnight.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    • Lothar Frey repeatedly wets and soils himself. First when Black Walder is brutally beaten to death in front of him, then when told he's going to be given to Robb Stark, and then when he meets Arya Stark at Winterfell.
    • Played for laughs when Ned Umber complains that one of the worst things about having his infant's body is the difficulty he has in not making a mess of himself.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Tyrion’s narration points out that this is one of Bronn’s many good qualities: for all his joking and cynicism, he’s also very quick to realize when a situation requires him to be silent, serious, and just doing his job.
  • Civil War: Dorne suffers this, first due to Doran and his loyalists remembering what Ellaria and the Sand Snakes did in the old timeline and exacting revenge (causing the guards to turn on each other, unsure of what's going on), and when things calm down after that, many other Houses rise against the Martells, either out of revenge for family who were killed in the crossfire or because they see them as weakened now and ripe for being overthrown.
  • Coitus Interruptus: Tyrion and co., after confirming that the plan has gone to hell, burst into Kevan's room to see if he Remembers...and interrupts him while he's in the middle of screwing his wife Dorna.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Edd takes savage glee in telling Thorne the truth of Jon's birth, and keeps a wide smile long after. He compares the experience positively to bedding a willing woman.
  • Conflict Killer: The Others tend to have that effect. For particular examples:
    • Jonos Bracken and Tytos Blackwood's lifelong feud died thanks to the Others. In fact, the camaraderie they fostered together has reached a point where they're Heterosexual Life-Partners.
    • Many of the Great Houses reluctantly give up their grudge against House Lannister. Though this is mostly because Tyrion is now Lord of Casterly Rock in place of Tywin, and many are still hoping that Jaime still gets punished when this is all over.
    • There's an implicit example with Daenerys and Jon. In canon, Daenerys didn't take it well when she learned that her lover was a rival claimant for the Iron Throne. Here, the Others made taking the Iron Throne so irrelevant that she doesn't care who sits on it now, as long as it's her, him, or (preferably) both of them.
  • Conflicting Loyalty:
    • Ned Stark is faced with the choice of swearing fealty to Jon (and thus betraying his oldest friend) or staying loyal to Robert (and thus turning on the nephew he raised as his own son). He ultimately chooses Jon after Sansa points out he already betrayed Robert by saving Jon's life in the first place.
    • After learning that Jon is a Targaryen, Barristan is torn between staying in Westeros and swearing fealty to him, or going to Essos in order to uphold his original oath to Daenerys. He ultimately decides on Jon, due to feeling a need to protect his old friend's son.
  • The Coup: Quite a few people who remember the future stage these:
    • Sam takes control of Horn Hill from his father, and then takes over from the Tyrells as temporary Warden of the South.
    • Yara overthrows her father as ruler of the Iron Islands.
    • Tyrion removes Tywin as ruler of Casterly Rock.
    • Daenerys seizes control of Pentos.
    • The overall goal of the first part of the fic is to depose Robert and have Jon take his rightful place on the throne so Westeros can properly prepare for the Others' return. In fact, an argument can be made that it's already happened: as of this writing, Jon has all of Westeros (except Dorne, the Stormlands, and the Crownlands) in his camp. With Dorne torn apart by their own Civil War and not inclined to side with either side due to Elia Martell, and the Crownlands divided, only the Stormlands actually follow Robert. At this point, Jon is not just the rightful king, but also the De Facto king.
  • Cultural Posturing: Even after dedicating himself to trying to be a better person, Viserys still treats the Dothraki like they're inferior compared to him.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • In general, the ritual was only supposed to work on a select few people. It backfired, sending the consciousnesses of thousands of people back after their deaths to a few days after Jon Arryn's death. At least, Bran made sure three people didn't remember - Cersei Lannister, Petyr Baelish and Euron Greyjoy. Unfortunately, he forgot about Tywin.
    • Barristan Selmy was shocked to find out that Jaime Lannister is now backing House Targaryen (i.e., Jon Targaryen).
    • When Renly holds Cersei hostage and demands that Jaime and his group surrender in exchange for her life, Jaime's reply shocks both Renly and Cersei:
    • After Sam reveals to his family that his father threatened to have him killed unless he took the Black, his father gets an Armor-Piercing Slap from his wife, in total opposition to her usually submissive attitude, shocking everyone.
    • Daenerys didn't expect Viserys to be shocked back into sanity by the sight of her apparently committing suicide — only to emerge unscathed and attended by three young adult dragons.
    • Robert and Renly are dumbfounded when Stannis finally stumbles into the Red Keep, absolutely drunk out of his skull. It gets worse when he reveals he's been trying to numb the pain of having made a Human Sacrifice of his own daughter in the old timeline.
    • Alton Lannister has no idea what to do when Jaime apologizes to him for killing him, and he stands there dumbfounded for a while after Jaime leaves him be.
    • The last thing Qyburn expected when he was caught by Gregor Clegane was for the Mountain to tell him that he liked being undead, and that he wants to be changed back into the monster that Qyburn made him in the old timeline... just with his own free will this time.
    • Despite the time-travel element, neither Robb nor Jon were honestly expecting that Ned Umber and Lyanna Mormont would retain their adult minds in the bodies of infants.
    • Qyburn showing up in Winterfell with the Mountain's severed head, an offer to treat Shireen's greyscale scars, and a cart full of books was quite unexpected for Sansa, Catelyn, Arya, and Davos, and it leaves them wanting quiet time.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The blood of the Wolf, Lion, and the Dragon (Sansa Stark, Tyrion Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen respectively) should've been enough for the ritual. No one took into account the blood of the 3,000 soldiers who would be fighting and dying in the same area, which overpowered the ritual, thus leading to the current predicament.
  • Dirty Kid: Ned Umber, due to being a horny preteen stuck in the body of a toddler that can barely walk.
  • Downer Beginning: The story opens with the Others having won the Second War for the Dawn and overrun most of Westeros, with the last major group of survivors making a desperate Last Stand that's not expected to win, just to buy time for the ritual to be enacted and send them all back in time for a do-over.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Qyburn's first POV reveals that he was never loyal to Cersei, he just pandered to her madness in order to gain her patronage for his experiments.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Robert's plans for dealing with the Lannisters involve sparing Tyrion and naming him Warden of the West in order to spite Tywin's memory... completely unaware that Tyrion has already taken control of Casterly Rock himself. Also, Robert hoping to meet Ned again as they fight again against the Targaryens, not knowing that Ned is actually the Targaryen claimant's main supporter.
    • Tywin loathed Tyrion all his life for supposedly killing his mother during his birth. When Tyrion learns that it was actually the Maesters that killed her, Tyrion can’t help but note the irony that Tywin hated him his whole life for no reason.
    • Talisa flees to Pentos to avoid getting caught back up in Westerosi politics. In the process, she accidentally stumbles on Daenerys, who’s impressed by her strength and recruits her for herself.
    • In the original timeline, Renly was The Lost Lenore to Loras, who never truly got over his death after all that time. In the new timeline, they’re together for only a moment, and then Loras is killed by Jaime in the chaos, making him The Lost Lenore to Renly instead.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Arya becomes this after word of her status as a Faceless Man, and her actions in the old timeline, is revealed. Except among the Tullys and their loyalists, who praise her for what she did to the Freys.
    • House Stark in general becomes this after their various exploits from the old timeline come to light. Besides Arya, of course, there's Jon, who is the rightful king of Westeros and leader of the forces against the White Walkers, and Sansa, the Lady of Winterfell who fed Ramsay Bolton/Snow to his own hounds. Even Bran is feared, as his magic was powerful enough to cause the events of the fic in the first place. No less than Olenna Tyrell considers crossing the Starks to be death now, and her granddaughter Margaery agrees.
    • Edmure Tully is edging dangerously close to this status after what he did to Black Walder spreads to the rest of Westeros. At the very least, he is far more respected now.
  • Driven to Suicide: Selyse Baratheon. Again.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Ramsay is killed offscreen by Bran warging into his dogs and mauling him to death.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Stannis, after everything he did in the original timeline only for it all to come to nothing.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Doran Martell may hate the Lannisters, but even he can't help but feel some vindictive pleasure at hearing that the maester who murdered Joanna Lannister will be facing justice very soon.
    • To his credit, when Stannis realizes that he did in fact burn his daughter alive, the first thing he does is tell Davos to get her as far away from him as he can. Davos is all too happy to comply.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: It's noted that even the worst of the Targaryen kings — including Maegor the Cruel, Aegon the Unworthy, and even Aerys the Mad King — never resorted to practicing slavery.
  • The Exile: Unwilling to bring himself to kill her again, Tyrion instead has Shae sent on a ship to Braavos.
    • This is the plan for Jaime when the war for the Others is over: as “punishment” for his previous crimes (and as a reward for Brienne), he is to be exiled to Tarth.
  • Eye Scream: Oberyn loses an eye fighting Areo Hotah.
  • Famous Last Words: A great many characters die over the course of the story, though only some of them have a chance for last words:
    • Original Timeline:
      • "We can really begin the spell now." Bran Stark
      • "I think we can forgive him his crudeness this time?" Daenerys Targaryen
      • "Just this time." Sansa Stark
      • "I'll see you all on the other side." Tyrion Lannister
      • "NOW!" Melisandre
      • "For Arya." Gendry Waters
      • "We stop for nothing!" Samwell Tarly
      • "I'll see you soon, Gilly." (last thoughts)
      • "Remember our bargain! Theon comes home, you give me back my brother!" Yara Greyjoy
      • "What’s one more death between friends?" Beric Dondarrion
      • "I guess it's today for me… but you need to keep telling him, not today!" Arya Stark
      • "This has to work." (last thoughts) Jon Targaryen
    • Post-Remembering:
      • "Release me! I am the KING!" Joffrey Baratheon
      • "Ser Jaime! What is happening?" Petyr Baelish
      • "You're not going anywhere! Get them!" Loras Tyrell
      • "Irri…" Doreah
      • "It is my right!" Black Walder Frey
      • "I have done nothing, my lord!" Maester Lomys
      • "I'm going to enjoy this. And I’m going to take my time." Myranda
      • "What did you fucking do?!" Ramsay Snow
  • Fate Worse than Death: Played for Laughs. Hizdahr is happy that he and his family won't be killed by the former slaves of Mereen...until he learns that he and Daario will be co-ruling Mereen together in Daenerys' name.
  • Fantastic Racism: Smalljon has this against wildings so much that even after willing to take the Black following the return he refuses to listen about the White Walker threat and outright tells Robb that the Starks didn't deserve the North because of their southern ties.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • The Hero/The Leader: Jon, as both the rightful king of Westeros and as the primary leading force against the Others.
    • The Lancer: Robb, who is Jon's second on the battlefield and a genius tactician.
    • The Smart Guy: Sansa, who is the most politically savvy of the Starks and an effective administrator.
    • The Big Guy: Arya, as a Faceless Man who can take out their more elusive enemies if necessary.
    • The Chick: Bran, the only one with magical gifts.
    • Team Dad: Ned. Literally.
    • Team Mom: Catelyn. Again, literally.
    • Tagalong Kid: Rickon, because he's the only one who is physically and mentally a child despite his gruesome death.
    • Team Pet: The Direwolves
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • Jonos Bracken and Tytos Blackwood have set aside their life long animosity and become Heterosexual Life-Partners after having to fight the Others together.
    • The main reason why Jaime isn't executed by just about every House after everything he did in the last life is because he fought and died alongside them during the Long Night. The fact that he and Tyrion were the only members of House Lannister to volunteer to fight (and the fact that he actually killed Cersei, ridding them of her madness) earned him their respect.
  • Foreshadowing: Myrcella briefly recognizes the maid serving her dinner, and realizes it's likely Tyrion will want to bed her. That maid turns out to be Shae, who Tyrion has of course bedded before.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The Northern Lords are willing to work with Jaime, but make no mistake: no matter how much he's done to make up for his crimes, they all very much despise him and still expect him to be punished when the war is over. Luckily enough, it's a punishment that he already agreed to and actually rather likes: exile to Tarth.
  • The Ghost:
    • Beric Dondarrion is the only major supporting character that has yet to make an appearance.
    • Euron Greyjoy, one of the three biggest threats in the previous timeline, and thus someone Bran specifically prevented from Remembering. Petyr Baelish is dead, having been killed by Jaime, while Cersei Lannister is currently languishing in the Black Cells. Euron, however, has yet to show up at all — Yara believes that he's escaped to the Shivering Sea, or somewhere else far away from Westeros.
  • The Good Chancellor: Once Davos reunites with the Starks, he's immediately reinstated as Jon's Hand, on the grounds that he knows as much as they do about the true threat, and they trust him.
  • God Is Inept: An irritated Sansa outright tells Septa Mordane the Seven never answered her prayers, feeling praying to them in the face of Winter is plain nonsense.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Maester Cressen, Stannis' Maester, is so frightened of the effects of the Remembering he decides to consult Melissandre, the only magic expert he can tap - only to find her braindead in her room.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The ritual did its intended job of sending people back in time. It just got overcharged and sent back too many.
  • Groin Attack: Yara gives one to Theon to make sure he has his balls back and to remind him not to lose them.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Jaime, Jon, Sam, Gendry, Edd, Tormund, and others hold off the Night King's forces in order to buy time for Bran to finish the ritual. This turned out to be also literal, as their blood and that of their army's was added to the spell and overpowered it.
    • Melisandre protects Bran from the bulk of the backlash when the ritual overcharges, frying her body. This also results in rendering her younger self braindead.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Depending on how heroic you find Catelyn of course, but the revelation that not only Arya is a Faceless Man, but the gruesome way she killed the Freys hit Catelyn like a sledgehammer.
    • Again, depending on how heroic you find the reformed Viserys, but finding out that in the old timeline his last actions before death were threatening to kill Daenerys leaves him broken down.
  • History Repeats: Just like in the original timeline, Selyse Baretheon hangs herself over the guilt of having been complicit in her daughter Shireen being made a Human Sacrifice.
  • Hold the Line:
    • Jorah apparently died defending Moat Cailin from the Night King's forces so that everyone could evacuate south of the Neck.
    • This was essentially what the survivors at the Isle of Faces were doing - fighting the Others off for long enough to give Bran time to finish his ritual.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Robert Baratheon is a terror to many and no stranger to frightening enemies, but Lancel Lannister in the depths of his Faith Militant beliefs, up to and including carving the symbol of the Seven into his forehead, is enough to unnerve him and snuff out his interest in interrogating other prisoners for a while, even Cersei after finding out that her children are Jaime's, not his.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Tywin. Not only has his least favorite son taken all his power, but because he Remembers he knows the truth about Jamie and Cersei. And to add insult to injury, the only reason he remembers? Bran forgot about him.
  • Hypocrite: During the talk about what to do with the Boltons, Ned notes that he doesn’t feel comfortable with a Pre Crime Arrest. Understandable, but it rings a little hollow with Theon (who committed a heinous offense but is regretful, was already horrifically punished for it, and has Jon, Arya, Bran, and Sansa vouching for him) currently imprisoned in his room.
  • I Am Not My Father: Shouted by Tyrion when he's told that Tywin Lannister would never show mercy towards somebody who tried to kill him, in response to his decision to spare Shae, who also remembers after she nearly killed him.
  • I Have No Son!: Inverted. Thanks to the malfunctioning of the spell, Stannis, his wife, and Shireen herself all remember Stannis allowing Melisandre to burn Shireen alive as a Human Sacrifice in the old timeline. Shireen promptly disowns them, whilst Davros takes her away from Dragonstone, determined to never see them again. The guilt drives Stannis deeper into alcoholism than even Robert fell, whilst his wife hangs herself again in shame.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Littlefinger, courtesy of Jaime. Followed by decapitation to Make Sure He's Dead.
  • In the Blood: Renly mentally suggests the possibility that the Baratheons' Targaryen blood is why Stannis fell so far in the previous timeline.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Ned Stark reveals to the Northern Lords that Jon Snow is not his bastard, but rather Jon Targaryen, the trueborn son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. News of his true identity also starts to trickle through to other parts of Westeros thanks to the various people who Remember.
    • Word of why Jaime really killed the Mad King starts spreading as people who fought alongside him against the Others try to convince those who didn't that he's trustworthy. When Ned Stark finally finds out, he does not take it well.
    • Chapter 29 is pretty much dedicated to Catelyn learning everything that happened after her death, and her reaction.
    • Chapter 35 sees two big internal reveals, as Maester Cressen learns about Jon Snow being Jon Targareyn, and all the Lannisters learn about the Maester conspiracy killing Joanna.
    • Chapter 36 has Renly, and then Robert, finally learn about Jon Snow being Jon Targaryen.
    • Ned finally learns about Arya being a Faceless Man and killing the Freys in Chapter 38; Greatjon told him about Arya killing all the Freys, and Jon disclosed Arya being a Faceless Man. The same chapter also has Mathis Rowan and other Reach Lords getting caught up to speed on everything that's happened since the Remembering.
    • In Chapter 39, Jon tells Ned and Robb about how he was killed in the Night's Watch mutiny and resurrected by Melisandre, as well as several smaller things like Beric's repeated resurrections by Thoros, how Sandor protected Sansa and Arya, and how Arya spent time as Tywin's cupbearer.
  • Is That What They're Calling It Now?: Myrcella's response to Jaime introducing Brienne as his "good friend" when she's just caught them in the middle of The Big Damn Kiss.
  • It's All About Me: Renly's reaction to Stannis being imprisoned and Shireen being missing, on top of all of the Baratheons' other problems? Mentally preen how that makes him Robert's heir by default.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • In the midst of her Heroic BSoD, Cat blames everything that became of her family in the old timeline on her own actions. Specifically her canonical choice to swear to the Seven that she'd raise Jon as her own, only to go back on her word.
    • Robb blames himself for the Karstarks allying with the Boltons because he executed Rickard Karstark. After explaining what happened to his father, Ned notes that given what happened, Rickard's execution was inevitable.
    • The reason that Greatjon Umber didn't respond to any of the ravens from Winterfell was because he blamed himself for his son's betrayal of the Starks and felt there was nothing he could do to atone for it.
  • Kick the Bitch: A furious Robert, aware and very tired of Cersei's scheming, has Joffrey's corpse thrown in her Black Cell.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Joffrey and Littlefinger and killed in their first appearance: Joffrey by a vengeful and protective Sandor and Baelish by Jaime.
  • Killed Off for Real: Named casualties as of the current point in the story include:
    • Killed in the chaos in King's Landing:
      • Joffrey — beaten to death by Sandor.
      • Littlefinger — stabbed and beheaded by Jaime.
      • Ser Loras Tyrell — killed by Jaime after attacking the latter and Barristan at the same time.
      • Janos Slynt — lynched by an angry mob.
      • Ser Preston Greenfield — killed in the King's Landing riots.
      • Ser Boros Blount — killed in the King's Landing riots.
      • The High Sparrow — chest caved in by Robert.
    • Killed in the Water Gardens Bloodbath:
      • Ellaria Sand — stabbed by Doran.
      • Obara Sand — skewered in the head by Trystane.
      • Areo Hotah — killed by Oberyn Martell.
      • Trystane Martell.
      • Nymeria Sand.
      • Tyene Sand.
    • Killed at some other time or place:
      • Lady Selyse Baratheon — suicide by hanging.
      • "Rattleshirt" the Lord of Bones — head smashed in by Tormund.
      • Doreah — beheaded by Irri.
      • Krazynys — castrated and killed by Missandei.
      • Lord Walder Frey — killed by his sons in "retaliation" for Arya killing them with his face in the old timeline.
      • Black Walder Frey — head smashed in by Edmure.
      • Melisandre — rendered brain dead by the ritual after taking too much power.
      • Roose Bolton — beheaded by Robb.
      • Myranda — killed by Bran via warging into Ramsay's hounds.
      • Ramsay Snow — killed by Bran via warging into a bear.
      • Maester Lomys — knifed by Mace.
      • Ser Gregor Clegane — killed by Qyburn.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: By the end of the first timeline, Cersei and Jaime had lost all love they once had for each other and tried to kill the other. Cersei had the Mountain do the deed, but Jaime came out on top and then killed Cersei himself.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Word of God is that Melisandre being rendered brain dead is this for her actions in the old timeline.
    • A lot of this happens in general to various people post-Remembering, to the point that those who don't remember are barely able hold to their friends back from taking their revenge.
    • Lomys was part of a conspiracy to destabilize the realm, and murdered Alleria and Luthor Tyrell to achieve that. He's promptly killed by Mace, who stabs him in the back in retaliation for the death of his wife and father.
    • Zigzagged in regards to Hizdahr (at least in his mind). He died saving Daenerys' life; in exchange, and he and his family are the only masters in Mereen whose lives are spared when the slaves rise up again. The zigzag part comes in when he is forcibly co-opted into ruling Mereen in Daenerys' name...with Daario.
    • Qyburn reveals that his canonical Painful Transformation of the Mountain into a zombie was revenge for nearly being killed by him at Harrenhal. As is his killing of the Mountain and his men when given the chance in the new timeline.
  • Last Stand: The first chapter opens with the desperate last stand of what's left of humanity — some three thousand men and women — trying to hold back the Army of the Dead long enough to buy Brandon Stark time for his ritual.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Everyone not present at the Isle of Faces when the ritual was enacted is utterly baffled by waking up in the past. Likewise, due to dying at different points, a lot of people who do remember at least parts of the original are still lacking a lot of important information.
    • Take, for example, the Starks. Ned Stark, who died before the chaos began (and whose death is what instigated it), is completely lost and the big explanation at the beginning is primarily for his benefit. Cue his over-growing shock and horror over his family's changes in personality, abilities (especially magic), and the many tragedies they endured. Robb and Catelyn, who made it to the Red Wedding before dying, have first-hand accounts of the War of Five Kings but little understanding of the underlying duplicity that occurred before, during, and after the war, so they fare hardly better than him. The last Stark to die before the Long Night, Rickon, is the only one that is generally accepting of the new information, since he died only a year or so before the ritual.
    • Bran mentions that when the spell started getting out of control, he still made a point to make sure that Cersei, Littlefinger, and Euron Greyjoy didn’t Remember. He attempted the same with the Boltons, but isn’t certain if he succeeded (it's later revealed that he succeeded with Roose, while Ramsay gets killed before we learn about him), while he realizes that he should’ve done it with Tywin had he not forgotten about him.
    • Robert is literally the last major political figure in Westeros to learn about Jon Targaryen, mostly because everyone in the vicinity with knowledge of that revelation fled King's Landing as fast as they could, while everyone outside the vicinity is purposefully avoiding contact with him, essentially making all of King's Landing (and to a lesser extent, the Crowlands and the Stormlands) this trope. It takes until Chapter 36 for him to learn who Jon really is and that the North has pledged to him, and he still doesn't know that almost all the other kingdoms have either done so already or are in the process of doing so.
    • Outside of Winterfell even those who were on the Isle of Faces don't understand why so many people remember.
  • Love Dodecahedron: The Time Travel has really done a number on a lot of love lives, especially Jon and Daenerys's. While the two love each other and most of the kingdoms have accepted that the two are (unofficially) betrothed, they have several suitors still vying for them. Jon's First Love Ygritte is alive again, as is Daenerys's first husband Khal Drogo and her former lover Daario Naharis. Then there's Jorah, but it seems he's accepted that Daenerys doesn't love him the way he loves her and is fully supportive of their relationship.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: Perfectly displayed with House Lannister. Their ruthlessness in the previous timeline caused everyone to fear them, but it also caused them to hate them as well. The only reason retaliation never came was because their resources were depleted. Now, in the new timeline, that's no longer an issue, with every region not in on the plan already taking up arms for their revenge. It's for this reason that Kevan and Genna supported Tyrion in his coup against Tywin — even they couldn't deny that Tywin's actions had only made things worse in the long run for their family.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: After he's already stabbed Petyr Baelish through and through, Jaime still decapitates him afterwards for this reason.
  • Megaton Punch: One of the first things Meera does after being reunited with Jojen is lay him out flat for not warning her about what Bran would become.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The Frey sons kill Lord Walder as "revenge" for him killing them in the last timeline, not realizing that it was actually Arya using his face instead.
  • The Mole: Several of the Maesters assigned to the major houses are actively working to destabilize the realm. This includes Grand Maester Pycelle, and the Maesters of Houses Lannister, Tyrell, and Martell.
  • Monumental Damage: Apparently, when the Others overran Oldtown in the old timeline, the Night King used Viserion to collapse the Hightower.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Upon learning that his straightlaced brother Stannis has become an alcoholic, Robert's reaction is to gleefully laugh and wonder if they can start drinking together. Upon learning why he became an alcoholic, he's disgusted and infuriated, ordering Stannis thrown in the Black Cells to rot.
    • When Ned learns that Meera Reed fell in love with Bran, he starts chuckling, clearly impressed with his son, but when Bran reminds him that he's not Bran anymore, Ned's mood crashes straight back down.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe, everyone universally agrees Stannis crossed it by burning Shireen in the previous timeline. The instant Robert learns of it, he has Stannis thrown in a Black Cell.
    • Viserys seems to think he crossed it in the previous life when he threatened Dany’s unborn child. When he learns about this, he’s reduced to tears, asks why she even bothered to keep him alive after that, and remarks that she deserves better than him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The reaction from several people who Remembered. The hardest hit are Stannis and Selyse Baratheon, who drive themselves into alcoholism and suicide, respectively, after they realize that, yes, they did burn their daughter alive. Additionally, while he doesn't Remember, Viserys has a very similar reaction when he's told of what he threatened to do to Dany's unborn child.
  • Nausea Fuel: In-Universe, Arya giving Tomard a blueberry pie is this to the Manderly and Reed bannermen. Tomard, not knowing of the Frey Pies because he doesn't Remember, does not understand why they start turning green, gagging, and retching over Arya giving him a seemingly innocuous blueberry pie.
    Tomard: What the fuck is the matter with all of you?! It's just fucking Blueberry Pie!
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Stannis' reaction to learning what he would do in the future (specifically, murdering his own daughter) is to order Davos to take Shireen as far away from him as he can, and then get very, very drunk.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Jaime killing Loras during the madness at King's Landing made things far more difficult than it had to be. To be fair to Jaime, it's pointed out In-Universe that was primarily Loras' fault, as he attacked both Jaime and Barristan Selmy at the same time. Barristan himself states that if Jaime hadn't killed Loras, he certainly would have.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • Robb to Theon, though he's talked down before going too far.
    • Sandor to Joffrey, beating him to death.
    • Edmure to Black Walder, bashing his head in with a rock.
    • Bran to Ramsay, indirectly.
    • Greatjon Umber to Smalljon Umber, breaking his jaw and nearly killing him, when the former learns the latter had dumped his oaths to the Starks to follow the Boltons.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction:
    • Bronn, when Tyrion jokingly offers to make him the new lord of Castamere.
    • Part of Tomard's miniature mental breakdown when he learns that Arya (who he still thinks of as "little Arya Underfoot") grew up to become a Faceless Man.
  • Noodle Incident: Old Nan apparently tanned Aegon the Unlikely's behind when he was Ser Duncan the Tall's squire and they visited Winterfell.
  • Odd Couple: Several pairings, both platonic and romantic, are seen as this by those who don't Remember or didn't live long enough to have the necessary context.
  • Off with His Head!: After seizing the Dreadfort, Robb executes Roose by beheading him with Ice.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • Somewhere between chapters 26 and 39, Qyburn managed to kill The Mountain and his men.
    • At the same time that Missandei kills Krazynys, the Unsullied are taking over Astapor. All we see of the aftermath is the fact that Grey Worm survived and the Unsullied won. Meanwhile, in Meereen, the slaves, led by Daario Naharis, manage to revolt and successfully kill all the slavers (except Hizdahr), liberating the city on their own, all while Hizdahr can only hear what is happening.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The general reaction for those who weren't supposed to come back. And of those who were, when they realize how many other people remember.
    • Qyburn's reaction when a remembering Gregor Clegane goes after him. Subverted in that, even if he hates Qyburn for turning him into a mindless slave to Cersei, he remembers that he also made him much stronger, immune to pain, and even somehow cured his maddening affliction — he describes it as Qyburn finally giving him the peace and quiet he'd sought from Maesters all his life. Perhaps understandably, Gregor asks Qyburn to make him undead again — but this time with his own free will.
    • Maester Cressen finds Lord Rosby almost catatonic with panic after finding out from Tycho Nestoris that Jon Targaryen and Jon Snow are the same person.
    • Ramsay and Myranda have this reaction when Ramsay's hounds suddenly turn on him. And then a bear shows up.
    • Patrek Mallister (who doesn't Remember) almost has a panic attack when Edmure nearly orders his archers to fire at a Frey party approaching under parley.
    • Roose Bolton when Bran reveals the hidden torture chambers underneath the Dreadfort.
  • Omniscient Morality License: What Bran operates on. Considering the only way to stop him is to babysit him literally 24/7, Jon, Arya, and Sansa just give in and lets him do what he wants — much to Ned's disbelief and frustration.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Sarella Sand was this for the Sand Snakes. Doran explicitly states, while explaining why he's sparing her, that if she had been present in Dorne when Ellaria and the others were planning their coup, chances are the coup would have never happened to begin with.
    • Shireen considers herself this for House Baratheon. She is quite probably right.
    • Ned thinks he's this for the Starks. In reality, the role is shared by Jon and Sansa.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Melessa Tarly's reaction to learning her husband threatened to kill Sam if he didn't join the Night's Watch is to give him an Armor-Piercing Slap and scream at him, stunning everyone at the total reversal of her normal personality.
    • When Renly has a dagger to Cersei’s throat, Jaime tells him to just kill her and get it over with. Renly and Cersei are both so shocked that not only do neither of them continue to stop him from leaving, but Renly can’t bring himself to kill her.
    • Viserys (who doesn't Remember) is so overwhelmed by Daenerys' seizure of power in Pentos, and learning of Jon's existence, that he becomes a much happier and well-adjusted human being. Dany speculates that he was essentially shocked back into sanity.
    • Edmure Tully's personality change post-Remembering comes across as this to Patrek Mallister (who doesn't Remember), especially when he nearly has his archers loose their arrows on Stevron Frey when the latter calls for parley.
    • Mace is so shocked to learn of the conspiracy within the Maesters that he personally kills his own Maester, who was involved. Olenna is shocked to find herself feeling proud of him for this.
    • Also with Olenna, the various revelations about the Long Night and the Starks' newfound power base leaves her visibly worried, with Margaery notes is very unnerving.
    • When Ned hits his Rage Breaking Point, he roars with anger, utterly shocking everyone around him.
    • Ned finally believes Theon went through some form of punishment in the last life when the once proud heir is reduced to tears and blubbering after one slap.
    • When the Lannisters learn about the Maesters allowing Joanna to die, they all react with, for them, uncharacteristic levels of anger (and sorrow, in Genna's case).
    • The normally bombastic Greatjon Umber is left utterly depressed by learning of his son's betrayal of the Starks.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Osha became this to Rickon, something Catelyn notes with envy and despair. The first person he asked for upon waking up was not his mother, but Osha. She very clearly returns the love.
    • Davos is this to Shireen. For every decision where we get to see his thought process, the first thing he considers is how this decision will effect her, and his care for her is strong enough to stay his hand from ordering Qyburn's execution after he offers to treat her greyscale scars. For her part, Shireen essentially disowned her father after what he did to her and clearly cares for Davos too.
  • Pet the Dog: Proving that Edmure isn't too far gone to those who don't Remember or weren't there at the end, when Fat Walda comes up as one of the Frey hostages, he decides she will be treated as a guest instead, and shows sympathy when he learns that she most likely Remembers.
  • Phrase Catcher: Arya, no pies.
  • Pre Crime Arrest: Many characters are imprisoned or killed for the actions they took in the old timeline.
    • Sandor kills Joffrey when he realizes the boy Remembers.
    • Similarly, Irri decapitates Doreah when she finds her in the market.
    • Theon is arrested and exiled to the Iron Islands on the threat of death should he return to the North.
    • Renly orders the capture of Cersei, Jaime and their children, as well as the death of all the Redcloaks.
    • Doran kills Ellaria Sand, precipitating the Water Gardens Bloodbath.
    • Most of House Frey gets wiped out for their role in the Red Wedding.
    • Greatjon Umber nearly kills his son Smalljon for how he betrayed the Starks.
    • Ned actually refuses to do this to the Boltons; despite knowing of their future betrayal, he feels uncomfortable arresting or executing someone for something they haven’t actually done yet. Bran has to reveal that Roose has already committed several actual crimes in his torture chamber for Ned to go along with their plan.
  • Pretty Boy: Invoked by Robb after he learns about the relationship between Jaime and Brienne.
    Robb: He’s prettier than she is!
  • Proper Lady: Sansa isn't one anymore, to Septa Mordane's shock.
  • Properly Paranoid: When Tyrion discovers the Maester’s conspiracy to kill his mother during his birth, he has Bronn confiscate everyone’s weapons, put them outside, then not let anyone out until Tyrion says so. Considering that Jaime’s reaction is so violent that Bronn actually has to choke him out, he was probably right to do so.
  • Psycho Serum: Lord Hightower strongly implies that Pycelle administered Aerys drugs that drove him mad as part of the Maester Conspiracy.
  • Put on a Bus: Varys. After providing an escape route in the first Kings Landing chapter (and revealing that he does Remember), he states that he has unfinished business and another way out of the city and leaves the others be. Several characters wonder where he is in later chapters, but nothing is ever made clear and he is yet to appear again.
  • Puppet King: After the rebelling slaves and the Second Sons take over Meereen, Daario appoints Hizdahr zo Loraq as ruler of the city, with Hizdahr quickly realizing that Daario will be the one really in charge.
  • The Purge: Several are carried out in retaliation for actions taken in the old timeline:
    • Edmure, backed by numerous forces from the Riverlands, Vale, and North, kills every member of House Frey involved in the Red Wedding (which was most of them).
    • House Forrester wipes out all of House Whitehill (except for Gwyn) for siding with the Boltons.
    • Every Maester involved in the conspiracy to manipulate and control the realm are executed by the Hightowers and other lords alerted to the conspiracy.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Ned builds up a lot of frustration and anger over the various changes brought about by the Remembering, all of which comes bursting out in reaction to being told that Jaime is now an ally.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Among those sent to the past are the three surviving children of House Stark (Arya, Sansa and Bran), their cousin (Jon Snow/Targaryen), his aunt/lover (Daenerys Targaryen) and the two Lannister brothers, (Jaime and Tyrion).
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Regardless of whatever Jon, Sansa, and Arya do, there are certain events that Ned, Catelyn, and Robb won't take well. That's partly why Bran wanted to tell the latter three everything upfront.
    • Planetos is a fantastic medieval society, so news gets around slowly. This is both a blessing and a curse.
    • The former slaves of Mereen want their freedom, but know that in order to enjoy their freedom, let alone keep it, they need someone to run the city effectively. This is partially why they spared Hizdahr; while their impromptu leader Daario can handle the military, Hizdahr can handle the actual day-to-day ruling.
    • The Northern Lords start to forgive Jaime for his murder of Aerys after they all realize exactly what kind of catastrophe he averted with his betrayal. All his many other crimes? Not so much. They are willing to work with him, but they expect nothing less than a full punishment for his crimes when the war is over, Heel–Face Turn or not.
    • As well-deserved the brutal punishment Edmure heaped on the Freys was, the people closest to him are still severely disturbed by it because it is extremely reminiscent of a young Tywin Lannister and his actions against the Reynes and Tarbecks. Considering that Tywin currently has a 0% Approval Rating and made his house so hated that even his siblings turned on him for the sake of survival, he's just about the last person Edmure's loved ones want him to resemble.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Ned to Theon for his betrayal.
    • Sansa to Septa Mordane, when she self-righteously tries to assert authority over Sansa.
  • Redemption Equals Death:
    • Melisandre took so much power from the ritual when it went wrong that while she saved Bran's life at the cost of her own, her past body was also rendered brain dead.
    • The fact that Hizdahr died saving Daenerys' life means that the slaves will spare him and his family, on the condition that he rules the city with Daario.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Old Nan tells that her first son's (and thus Hodor/Willas' grandfather) father was Ser Duncan the Tall.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?:
    • No one is ever going to forget that Arya fed Walder Frey a pie made out of two of his grandsons and annihilated House Frey. Or fail to tell others about it (not helped by the fact that it's now in song form).
    • Speaking of the Freys, Edmure's own brutal purge of them post-Remembering is rapidly becoming this as well, especially his brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Black Walder Frey with a rock. In fact, it and Arya's purge are both in the same song.
  • Reset Button: Murphy's Law in effect.
  • Rousing Speech: Jon gives one to the Northern lords after they pledge fealty. When Robb comments on it afterwards, Sansa points out that he picked it up from Daenerys.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Greatjon says that this is why he and other Northerners liked having Talisa as Queen in the North — unlike Southern ladies, she actually was willing to get her hands dirty to help their men.
  • Running Gag: People referencing Arya's making of the Frey Pies, to the confusion of people who didn't live long enough to find out about that event. Also, her sneaking up on people.
  • Sanity Strengthening: Viserys starts out as the same arrogant bastard he was before, but after Daenerys hatches her dragons, he actually begins to be humble, realize that he was wrong, reacts with shock and shame when he finds out why he died, and starts training to become a knight. With no other explanation, Daenerys decides the sight of the dragons must have shocked him back into sanity.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Upon realizing how badly the ritual has turned out, Jaime, Bronn and Sandor grab Tommen and Myrcella, as well as a few others who remember (most notably Barristan) and flee King's Landing.
    • Talisa gets on a ship to head for the Free Cities out of shame for her part in how things turned out in the original timeline, only to wind up in the company of Daenerys in Pentos.
    • After chewing out Stannis for everything he did, Davos grabs Shireen and abandons Dragonstone. It later turns out that practically all of Stannis' men ditched him.
    • When Salaadhor Saan realizes that what he Remembers wasn't a dream, he and his crew head for the Summer Islands in order to be as far from Westeros as possible when the Others come, after originally wanting to go all the way to Yi Ti before someone remembered they also have legends about undead armies.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Played for Drama. When Renly and co. finally tell Robert who exactly Jon Targaryen is, Robert is completely unable to comprehend the words coming out of their mouths at first and it takes them several times before they finally sink in, at which point he goes into an Unstoppable Rage.
    • Tyrion notes that he has to reread the letter detailing how the Maesters killed Joanna Lannister for him to realize just what he’s seeing. Cue Tranquil Fury.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The entire premise of the story is going back in time to try and stop the Second Long Night from coming — or at least have a united Westeros ready to face it.
  • Shed the Family Name: Tommen wants to opt out of the Lannister name to become a Waters.
  • Shout-Out: Possibly when Daenerys is talking with Drogo:
    Drogo: The Great Grass Sea belongs to no man.
    Daenerys: I am no man.
  • Slashed Throat: What did Loras Tyrell in.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Tyrion to Tywin, quoting what he said verbatim in their final confrontation: "I am your son. I have always been your son". His startled reaction is what confirms to Tyrion that Tywin remembers.
  • Spanner in the Works: House Wode proves to be a minor one. A House that, by all appearances, has no one who Remembers the future, they end up informing Robert of Hoster Tully declaring for Jon Targaryen, thereby ruining the attempts by those who do Remember everything to keep Robert out of the loop about Jon for as long as possible. Minor, because by the time they did, every kingdom except the Stormlands and Dorne had already pledged or were in the process of pledging their fealty to Jon and Daenerys, making their actions only a temporary setback.
  • Spit Take: At different points, Robb and Ned both end up choking on their ale when Jon and Howland, respectfully, inform them about Arya falling in love.
  • Split Personality: Everyone who is aware of the existence of “Reek” points out that Theon still has some of his mannerisms. Yara is explicitly trying to get that side of him removed completely, so far through a combination of Groin Attack and You Need to Get Laid.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Arya has picked up this habit, to everyone's annoyance.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: In his brief time in the story Joffrey revealed that like his mother he believed that Tyrion was the one who killed him, revealing that when he pointed at Tyrion as he died in the original timeline he was, from his perspective, identifying his killer, as Cersei had believed.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: All the time travelers who died early in canon have this issue, but it shows most with Ned Stark. He's essentially given a second chance at life with his beloved family, but said family has suffered so much and changed so drastically that he barely recognizes any of them. It eventually boils over in his Rage Breaking Point above, and he has a quiet talk with Howland Reed afterwards to come to terms with it.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • After learning that Tyrion is their ally and friend, Ned thinks that at least they aren't talking about trusting the Kingslayer.
    • The Maester conspirators at the Citadel were so confident in their machinations they kept extensive, meticulous records of their actions. This only made it incredibly easy to root out which Maesters were in it when Samwell Tarly invaded the Citadel.
  • That Man Is Dead: Bran repeatedly tells people that he's not really Brandon Stark anymore, he's the Three Eyed Raven now. Most people who knew him in the future all agree with him on that.
    Jon: Bran will always be my brother... but the Three Eyed Raven is not Bran.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When Lord Rosby, Cressen, and Renly learn exactly who Jon Targaryen is and what it means, and realizes they'll have to tell Robert, they are utterly terrified at what a disaster this is going to be. They're all right.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Qyburn kills the Mountain over nearly being killed in the original timeline.
  • This Means War!: Jon Targaryen's very existence is grounds for war, let alone over half the realm pledging themselves to him, as far as Robert Baratheon is concerned. That's why communication with King's Landing was limited; everyone that Remembers that far knows that once Robert learned of Jon's existence, rebellion is inevitable.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Edmure Tully. Yes, that Edmure Tully. He sacks The Twins and beats Black Walder Frey to death with a rock when the latter demands a Trial by Combat.
    • In something more akin to "regaining lost levels in badass", Robert's reaction to the looming civil war is to get back into fighting shape. And while he's still far from his prime, he's certainly doing better than the fat slob he was beforehand.
    • Qyburn, of all people, managed to kill the Mountain. Yes, The Mountain.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The reaction everyone in-universe has to Loras Tyrell choosing to attack Jaime and Barristan, two of the greatest swordsmen alive, at the same time. Olenna doesn't even bother with baying for Jaime's blood anymore once she learns about it, as she knows the Tyrells will lose any and all sympathy once that fact becomes widespread.
  • To the Pain: Tyrion has Bronn confiscate the side weapons from his uncles and brother (and, surprisingly, his aunt) before announcing the truth of Creylen's treachery for this reason: they'd kill him way, way too fast for the suffering he wants to inflict upon him.
  • Trial by Combat: Black Walder Frey demands one from Edmure Tully. Edmure opts to simply beat the man to death instead.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Daenerys' canonical very Long List of accumulated titles is lampshaded several times: when Tyrion reveals himself as her Hand to Tywin, he starts listing her titles but gives up halfway through. Later, after learning that Dany has conquered Pentos and named herself Queen, Sansa mentions how that's on top of all her other titles, stating how she seems to collect them. Even the narration gets in on it by never actually listing all of her titles all at once, even when a character does: at one point someone goes to say her titles, and the narration cuts to the end.
  • Twirl of Love: When Gendry and Arya finally reunite at Winterfell, Arya runs towards Gendry and he catches her in his arms. They hug for a long while to everyone's amusement and Catelyn's horror.
  • Undying Loyalty: It was this trope in relation to Winterfell and the Starks that led Old Nan to abandon her first love, even though she was really in fully reciprocated love, her beloved could have easily given her and their family a bright future and even nobility, and in fact he would have insisted in marrying her once he knew she was with child. As she confesses to Arya, her husband wasn't the father of her first child - it was Ser Duncan the Tall, making him Hodor's great-grandfather.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • When Robb sees Theon after waking up, he becomes so furious that being held up by Jon and Jory Cassel with all their strength, having Arya wrapped around his leg and Sansa screaming in his face to calm down is barely enough to keep him from killing Theon. Then Ser Rodrik gets in on it, and Bran has to warg into Hodor to stop him from doing the same.
    • The Lannisters get so mad upon finding out that Joanna Lannister was killed through inaction by Maester Creylen that Jaime smashes Tyrion's desk and has to be knocked out by Bronn, Kevan throws his chair across the room, and Stafford clenches his chair so hard the arms break.
    • When Robert learns that Jon Snow is Jon Targaryen, that he's Rhaegar's son by Lyanna, and that Ned is betraying him, he goes utterly berserk, wrecking the Small Council chambers, knocking out Meryn Trant with a chair to the face, and sending everyone else fleeing.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Robb is heartbroken to learn that his friend Smalljohn Umber betrayed the Starks to the Boltons, and is totally unrepentant about it, feeling that the Starks don't deserve to rule the North because of their southern ties.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • A lot of people's reactions to learning of what other people did in the old timeline.
    • Bloodraven calls out Bran for casting the ritual. Bran counters by pointing out he didn't have much choice.
    • Quite a few people are disturbed by Edmure's treatment of the Freys.
    • Barristan to Jaime for keeping secret his reasons for killing the Mad King.
    • Ned Stark to Sansa, when he learns how she executed Ramsay Bolton. And again to Bran when Ned finds out he had used his powers to kill Ramsay again, first by turning his hounds on him and Myranda and then by setting a bear on him.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 25. Shae Remembers, and goes after Tyrion with a dagger.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Ned Stark rips into Catelyn over her decision to kidnap Tyrion Lannister.
  • Why Are You Not My Son?: When Sam reveals the true extent of his intelligence after convincing the Tyrells to make him Lord Paramount until the Others are defeated, Olenna laments the fact that he wasn't born to her and instead to Randyll Tarly, who clearly didn't see Sam's true value.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Justified with Ned Umber and Lyanna Mormont, who weren't all that old before their minds were sent back in time, and thusly they have the mental capacities of young adults — including the power of speech — and the physical capacities of the infants they are in the present.
  • You Are in Command Now:
    • More like "I am in command now". Samwell Tarly, Tyrion Lannister and Yara Greyjoy each usurped their respective fathers. Later, with the backing of the Reach lords who remember, Sam takes the title of Warden of the South from Mace, in order to better prepare for the incoming invasion of the dead.
    • When Maester Cressen arrives at King's Landing to drop off the insensate Stannis, Robert immediately names him Grand Maester.
  • You Do NOT Want to Know:
    • Bran's reaction when he's asked what's happening in Dorne post-Remembering. It turns out Dorne is basically tearing itself apart, attacking the Martells, rallying to join Jon, or taking revenge against Ellaria and the Sand Snakes. It turns into such a circus the guards don't know what they are supposed to do.
    • Sansa warns Catelyn about this when the latter demands to know everything that happened to Arya in the old timeline. However, Cat persists, and she comes to regret it.
    • The Starks' steward, Veyon Poole, who predeceased his children, asks Sansa what happened to his daughter Jeyne, who doesn't Remember. Sansa just tells him that they should be glad that she doesn't (as she'd ended up in one of Baelish's brothels).
  • You Need to Get Laid: Yara has Dagmar get Theon set up with a few whores in an attempt to snap him out of "Reek".
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