In the Game of Thrones season six finale, we got probably one of the purest moments in the show’s history, a moment that was purely filled with awe, and not the kind that comes from seeing one of your favorite character’s head chopped off either. I’m of course talking about the moment when Samwell Tarly walks into the Citadel’s library for the first time, and sees the world of knowledge that’s been made available to him now, where he will study become a new Maester.
The moment has been understandably compared to Belle in Beauty and the Beast as well, but thanks to the appearance of some familiar looking objects in the scene, the library may be playing a larger role in the show than we may have thought. In case you were wondering, of course, we’re talking about the impossible-to-miss golden chandeliers hanging over the library as well, that looked almost identical to the maps(?) we see in the show’s opening credits, that have been there since the first episode in 2011.
While recently speaking with The Hollywood Reporter as well, John Bradley, who plays Tarly in the series, spoke about the scene, and the underlying importance he thinks the library’s chandeliers could have on the overall arc of the show:
“I only became aware of that after I saw the episode. On the day, it was all green screen. It’s only after I saw the episode and people started telling me about the gyroscope. I think it could mean any number of things. One theory is that what we’re seeing now and how we’re experiencing Game of Thrones is Sam telling the story of Game of Thrones. If you take the logic of the story now, the story of Westeros and the story of the battle for the Iron Throne, it would be a book in that library. The visual motif of that is you’re about to be told a story — the sense of an idea of being told a story, and people gaining that knowledge, the way Sam is absorbing knowledge in the library.”
This is an interesting theory, and one that’s actually come up amongst the fan community over the years as well, the idea that the story we’re hearing of Westeros is actually being told by Samwell Tarly. It also would make sense about why there are so many unknown variabilities in the story as well, and why there has been so much mystery surrounding a number of the characters and their backstories. It could also explain why some of the show’s biggest heroes have been the ones that have surrounded Sam throughout the story also, if it is indeed him telling it.
We only have two more, shortened seasons to go before we reach the conclusion of Game of Thrones, so for right now we’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out. Will the final scene be one of Sam, in the Citadel, closing a book on the show’s characters and stories? It certainly seems like a fitting possibility, and one that stays in line with some of the show’s other main themes and focus on history and knowledge.
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