If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. This is because not very many happy things happened in the lives of the five Stark youngsters. Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon Stark were intelligent children, and they were charming, and resourceful, and had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky, and most everything that happened to them was rife with misfortune, misery, and despair. […] And just like that, the Stark children became the Stark orphans. I’m sorry to tell you this, but that is how the story goes.
—  George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Some of the fans of George RR Martin, I say to Harington, are concerned that the author of Game of Thrones will die before he completes the books. “I actually get very angry when I hear things like that.” Really? “Yeah! It’s sort of indicative of what’s wrong with the world today - so many anonymous voices getting to say what they want. He’s given them this wonderful thing. He’s like: ‘I hand it to all my fans and and then they start sending me messages about how I might die before I finish them.’ I’m very glad that he hasn’t just given up as a result. He has a lot of very supportive fans, too.” (x) — Kit Harington



a French phrase literally meaning “nobility obliges”. It is the concept that nobility extends beyond mere entitlements and requires the person with such status to fulfill social responsibilities, particularly in leadership roles; the obligation of honorable, generous, and responsible behaviour associated with high rank or birth.

Etymology: French, noblesse, “nobility” (ultimately from Latin nobilis, “knowable, known, well-known, famous, celebrated, high-born, of noble birth, excellent”) + oblige, “obliges” (ultimately from Latin ob, “to, against” + ligō, “bind, unite”).