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An Old Game Of Thrones Mystery May Soon Be Solved

Tom Nicholson
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From Esquire

There's a lot of buzz around that a longstanding Game of Thrones mystery might soon be settled once and for all.

The excitement comes from fan site Irish Thrones, which spotted pink Game Of Thrones location signs pointing toward Tollymore Forest in County Down.

To grasp what that means, we've got to go way, way back through the mists of time to 2011. In fact, we're going all the way back to the first scene of the first episode.

Tollymore Forest was all over season one. It's where Tyrion and Jon had a campfire chat en route to the wall, it's where the Starks found their Direwolf pups, and, most importantly, it's where the Rangers of the Night's Watch had their dismembered limbs scattered about on the snowy forest floor like fleshy Twiglets.

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Except clearly they weren't just scattered - they were placed into a symbol. As you might recall, showrunner David Benioff pointed to the importance of the White Walkers' symbols when they turned up in season seven.

"It's supposed to be something that’s very evocative of the thousands of years that have passed since these caves were first explored and the paintings were first made," he said.

"One of the things we learn from these cave paintings is that the White Walkers didn’t come up with those images, they derived them from their creators, the Children of the Forest.

"These are patterns that have mystical significance for the Children of the Forest. We're not sure exactly what they signify, but spiral patterns are important in a lot of different cultures in our world, and it makes sense that they would be in this world as well."

So, putting it all together: it looks like we're going back to the forest, and it's fairly likely that it's to find out what the White Walkers were saying way back in the beginning.

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