Game of Thrones Symbolism: Houses & the Starks


Find out more about the deeper meaning of the house symbols on Game of Thrones, starting with the Starks: their grey & white, their motto, “Winter is Coming,” and their animal, the direwolf. Buy or rent the series on Amazon:

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Works Cited & Consulted:
* Martin, George R.R. “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Bantam Books.
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* Harris, Elena. “Wolf Spirit Animal.” Spirit Animal.
* freeguess. “An Analysis of House Words.” /r/asoiaf on Reddit, 5 Jan. 2013.

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  1. In an alternate universe, Robb could have actually followed his mother's advice and possibly could have ruled King's Landing after winning the war. Shame.

  2. I’m watching this on 5/28/2020; I can’t help but think of current events when thinking of the symbolism behind House Stark. 🖤

  3. I actually think that the starks are the most resilient house, yes a lot were killed but there are still four of them left at the end. Much more than most houses

  4. On a deeper prophetic level, summer child Bran may represent the force that will defeat winter…… said no one who watched the TV series finale season ever. Come on Bran, do something! lol

  5. Jon snow’s direwolf also symbolises the joined stark and Targaryen houses. White fur for the Stark’s and red eyes for the Targaryen’s. If he used the banner it would probably be a red dragon on a white background.

  6. There's a lot more symbolism about Ghost: Like his namesake, Ghost basically appears and disappears whenever he wants. For example, during the Battle of Winterfell against the White Walkers, he joins Jorah Mormont and the Dothraki in the failed cavalry charge and he isn't seen until the next episode, where he is shown to have survived the battle, albeit without his right ear. Ghost appearing and disappearing at will further makes him more like his namesake. It's like he doesn't even exist.

    Another thing, Jon Snow joins the Night's Watch, which is looked down upon and ignored by the rest of Westeros. The Night's Watch are all like ghosts: it's like they don't even exist. Additionally, Jon himself, because he's seen as a bastard, is also looked down upon and ignored by the rest of the world, so he's like a ghost too, and this idea is only strengthened by Jon joining the Night's Watch. Also, When Jon goes to Castle Black, his direwolf goes with him.

  7. Who is dumb brain saying the plot of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is hard to follow???

    The show only fanbase that defended the adaptation's abortion of the IP!

  8. My theory is that Sansa and Bran’s wolves got mixed up. If the “soul” theory is true, then when Sansa’s wolf died, it was connected to Bran. This caused Bran to live.

  9. I am happy that rickon is alive in books and ser davos has the responsibility to bring him back to white harbour… So may be books would be kind towards rickon… Maybe he will be the heir of winterfell

  10. This series never was to my fancy yet had a devoute following that influenced pop culture along with individuals, language and what people aspired toward.


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