Is Sam Tarly Narrating Game of Thrones? We Break Down The Clues
With Season 6 of Game of Thrones ending in death, death, and more death, viewers cling to any sliver of hope put forth in the season finale -- in particular, Samwell Tarly's entrance into the Citadel of Oldtown, where he plans to train to become Maester of Castle Black.
Having traveled the entirety of Season 6 to get to the Citadel, fans see this as quite a victory.
But those watching more closely are focusing on something else; namely, the huge gyroscope that hangs inside the entrance to the Citadel.
The gyroscope is seen only in one other place in the show -- the opening credits have, since the very first episode, featured the image of the gyroscope in addition to the oh-so-familiar maps of Westeros.
Could there be a connection between these two moments in the show? Specifically, could this be an indication that Sam is telling the story of Game of Thrones?
The idea was put forth by the actor of Sam himself, John Bradley. "If you take the logic of the story now," he told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview, "the story of Westeros and the story of the battle for the Iron Throne, it would be a book in that library."
Too much of a coincidence? How about this: the lens that we see the Maester looking through could account for the weird fisheye effect we see on the map of Westeros in the opening credits.
But wait, there's more.
While this may be a bit of a stretch, it's noteworthy nonetheless, particularly with everything aforementioned taken into account.
As George R. R. Martin told The Observer, "It's no secret that Tolkien has been a huge influence on me, and I love the way he ended Lord of the Rings." When, at the end of the trilogy, Samwise Gamgee is seen sitting down with his family, we learn that he has recounted the entire story to them. Could it be that Samwell Tarly is Game of Thrones' Samwise Gamgee?
Aside from their shared name, the two share some important personal characteristics. Both are depicted as the loyal sidekick, are more cut out for domestic life than dangerous adventure, and, while secondary characters, are essential to the success of that adventure.
What would this mean for the ending of the show? Not much, other than the knowledge that Sam lives on. For all we know, he could be recounting to a generation of post-apocalypse survivors his "This is How the World Ends."