The Grand Maester Conspiracy: what are the maesters up to?

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Is there a Grand Maester Conspiracy in Game of Thrones / ASOIAF? Were the maesters behind the decline of the Targaryens, dragons and magic?
This video contains major spoilers for Book 5 / Season 5.
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Sumire bot
Sumire bot - 2 दिन पहले
lmaoo you put a picture of stones in a heart shape to represent lady stoneheart lololololol
Jackson Worthman
Jackson Worthman - 4 दिन पहले
Well, looks like most of the maesters are gonna have to be purged, dragons and magic shall exist if the Citadel wants it or not. When Brian travels south, the children of the forest must travel with him, the maesters must be overthrown
Jackson Worthman
Jackson Worthman - 4 दिन पहले
Luwin seems like an okay guy when it comes to magic, he does have a Valyria steel link in his chain, Aemon is in the same category, same with Marwyn, and Lady Rohanne Webber's maester, everyone else like Cressen, Pycelle, and others not so much
Zach Robledo
Zach Robledo - 12 दिन पहले
You should do breakdowns on Fire and Blood and Dunk and Egg stuff
Maria Vibo
Maria Vibo - 17 दिन पहले
The YouTube channel In Deep Geek have an amazing playlist on the maesters. Its called Magic, Maesters and faceless men.
And thank you for your great content!
Jaz Helton
Jaz Helton - 18 दिन पहले
I’d been thinking it was the maesters meddling that caused the dragons to get smaller and weaker, and the eggs less likely to hatch and survive somehow. But then that season finale SO I GUESS MAESTERS WERE JUST NERDS WHO DID NOTHING.
Dragon - 22 दिन पहले
And they had 21 dragons. Scary.
Inga B
Inga B - 26 दिन पहले
"a massive mancrush on tywin lannister"
Marc Dumont
Marc Dumont - महीने पहले
Nothing apparently, according to the show.
saket lamture
saket lamture - महीने पहले
Please do character series
Runterra X
Runterra X - महीने पहले
Maybe by killing off the last dragons, he means the Maesters helped encourage the Dance of the Dragons so that the Targareyns butcher one another?
xCuddly - महीने पहले
No one: Alt shift X: In a song of ice and fire...
KeV B - 2 महीने पहले
GOT SEASON 8 - What were the maesters up to? nothing at all.
reymagea1 - 2 महीने पहले
Danerys' dragons didn't grow the same--the two that stayed chained up were smaller while the largest was out (and about) eating and exercising...
Tekk Luthor
Tekk Luthor - 2 महीने पहले
Turned out, none of it matters. That's why I avoid speculation videos at all cost now. Waste of time. (Not the channel but show)
OG granny
OG granny - 2 महीने पहले
Itll matter in the books.
Ayan Anwar
Ayan Anwar - 3 महीने पहले
If marywn is the maester of magic but the maesters dont believe in magic then isnt this proof that there is some consipracy being built in the shadows
The Law
The Law - 3 महीने पहले
Euron "Crow's Eye" Greyjoy is going to BTFO the grey sheep in Winds Of Winter. What they get for writing off magic and telling him he can't fly.
Jack Logan
Jack Logan - 3 महीने पहले
0:31 hehe babyhand
User 1
User 1 - 3 महीने पहले
What if the maesters and the faceless men are connected in some way, would explain why the maesters are so opposed to Qyburn's necromancy, maybe because they worship death like the faceless men, who possibly brought down Valyria and magic as a whole via death.
Yautja - 4 महीने पहले
your videos are incredible for watching at night in bed and falling asleep :)
MUD PIE - 4 महीने पहले
normally i'm okay with poppycock......buuuut this video made my head hurt
Mac Muller
Mac Muller - 4 महीने पहले
Maesters=Keepers from Mass Effect
Mary Zhang
Mary Zhang - 4 महीने पहले
3:38 "sacrificed to queer gods" this maester sounds damn fabulous
X Y - 4 महीने पहले
鄭茂廷 - 4 महीने पहले
When magic miracle doesn’t exist knowledge is power.
Marcus The Death of Rats
Marcus The Death of Rats - 4 महीने पहले
Conspiracies always fail if they are big. This is why only a few Arch Maesters know about this. And it's not like they need to invite all the other minor maesters to this plot. They just need to indoctrinate them against magic, myths, prophecies and mithycal creatures. Doing this they can indirectly influence the perception of the high lords on magic (and they have arguably succeeded).
Also, remember how in the TV show the Maesters keep certain books locked and only accessible to certain Arch Maesters? That could be further proof that this conspiracy theory is true.
In the end, considering how horrible wizards and sorcerers can be (Mirri Maz Duur, Bloodraven, Euron) it's probably best if their magic is no more.
Setiawan Setiawan
Setiawan Setiawan - 4 महीने पहले
12:49 It makes sense but they way you say it makes it hilarious
Taiwo Seiler
Taiwo Seiler - 4 महीने पहले
Try ethnonatinalism in minecraft
mohammad azad
mohammad azad - 4 महीने पहले
Why dany's dragons never grow a little dragone?
mohammad azad
mohammad azad - 4 महीने पहले
Every one who we think is small and nothing they have huge act in the story
Nelson Rondon
Nelson Rondon - 4 महीने पहले
Notting they was up 2 Notting smh
Fabian Hartendorf
Fabian Hartendorf - 4 महीने पहले
What if the dragons are a metaphore for the Targaryens. Perhaps the maestars are responsible for the tragedy of Summerhall. Just thought about it.
ComradeSlice - 4 महीने पहले
The Maester who "wrote" The World of Ice and Fire talks about how Elia possibly killed herself and her own children to prevent them from suffering... which is obviously nonsense made up so he wouldn't have to blame Gregor Clegane and Tywin Lannister. That being said I think the entire book has to be taken with a grain of salt. All of the accounts of the Dance contradict each other. Mushroom's accounts of certain events are sometimes the most likely and sometimes appear to be nonsense. My own personal opinion is that the seeds of the war were laid by Viserys' unwillingness to check the grasping nature of his good-kin, and that the Maesters were horrified by the outcome of the war and then chose to act against the dragons.
Nathaniel Clark
Nathaniel Clark - 4 महीने पहले
Fucking with GRRM I wouldnt be surpised if there was a Maester conspiracy. Only the top Maesters really know the depth of it tho & I suspect the rest are just doing their "jobs" unknowingly helping push forth the greater agenda of their order. You dont need everyone to know the full truth to make things happen. Sure, Pycelle was/is loyal to Tywin/House Lannister but his service to them also assisted in the greater goal of killing off the Mad King. Sure, Cressen loved Stannis & all that but his attempt at killing Melissandre also serves the stoppage of magic returning to Westeros. Yeah, Aemon chose to go to the Wall but not stopping him or promoting him served the Maesters in removing one of the potential Targ threats. The possibilities are endless really. & I love it.
Benjamin Turnip
Benjamin Turnip - 4 महीने पहले
Is that a heart made of stones? You sly dog
Osamin TV
Osamin TV - 4 महीने पहले
The maesters paid the faceless men to cause the doom of Valyria
Darky - 4 महीने पहले
It could be that the maesters where responsible for the angry mob that destroyed the dragonpit. I dont believe we are ever told what happened to the *old man* who roused the people to attack the dragonpit
Neerupan Ganeshaan
Neerupan Ganeshaan - 4 महीने पहले
Who’s here after season 8 but still wants more Asoiaf
mxt mxt
mxt mxt - 4 महीने पहले
Glass candles? What does that mean?
If there is magic in that world suppressing it will only weaken the area where it's suppressed compared to other areas. Allowing magic users to conquer the Targaryens did.
If I'm right, Aerys Targaryen II went made for quite some time before the rebellion so that's why those houses conspired against the Targaryens.
Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl - 4 महीने पहले
TalhaTheOptimist - 4 महीने पहले
its irrelevant now:(
Myne1001 - 4 महीने पहले
Not for the novels...if GRRM ever finishes them
Donovan - 4 महीने पहले
Well, the maesters “killing off all the dragons” could be a metaphor for a conspiracy to unseat the Targaryans and aid in Robert’s Rebellion.
Larkin Hancock
Larkin Hancock - 4 महीने पहले
What do you think of the theory that Alicent Hightower is actually a half Targaryen and the daughter of King Jaharey's exiled daughter and a Hightower all made in a plot to place the Hightowers on the throne with their own Dragonriders.
Taigh - 4 महीने पहले
Idk why I'm still watching these. Frik and frak rushed the last seasons and messed up my show! Lazy bastards
Dylius01 - 4 महीने पहले
Nothing, apparently
James Ricker
James Ricker - 5 महीने पहले
What are they up to?
Answer, Renaissance and the age of enlightenment
George Loxley
George Loxley - 5 महीने पहले
Wish they’d have continued this in the show
Captain-Axeman - 5 महीने पहले
Master Pycelle is acualy a genius. Watch deleated scenes.
Arnab Mukherjee
Arnab Mukherjee - 4 महीने पहले
That was such an amazing scene. For both tywin and pycelle. Should ve been in thr show.
Brodie Knight
Brodie Knight - 5 महीने पहले
There's a deleted scene from the TV show that shows that Pycelle is not a crotchety old fuck at all, but a cunning mastermind who is pretending to not be a threat.
VoidKeeper - 5 महीने पहले
Scratchin' their bums.
Davie Donna
Davie Donna - 5 महीने पहले
This video sucked.
Anonymous Doe
Anonymous Doe - 5 महीने पहले
I like to believe that they both caused the war AND poisoned the species somehow, making them sterile and unable to reproduce
Daniel rogers
Daniel rogers - 5 महीने पहले
I know Dragons are the GOTs equivalent of nuclear weapons but their an endangered species! Don't the tigarians get that
Gerald Andexler
Gerald Andexler - 5 महीने पहले
Wow. The power behind the throne. Like Rasputin with the Czar.
ZigZag2000 - 5 महीने पहले
To be fair, none of the dragons lived as long as Marxices, Vhager and Ballrion were a lot older than the rest of the dragons. Ballrion was around 220 years older when he died, so most of them would not of had as long time to grow.
Carlos Spiceywhiener
Carlos Spiceywhiener - 5 महीने पहले
D&D forgot about the maesters
Emma Clarke
Emma Clarke - 3 महीने पहले
They kinda forgot about their own canon within the show, that they themselves had written
Der Mathze
Der Mathze - 5 महीने पहले
I think they kinda forgot about everything in the books that is discussed on this channel.
arcanics1971 - 5 महीने पहले
I would contend that the Maesters did indeed play a significant part in the demise of the dragons, both through political manipulation that led to the war and more directly in causing the dragons to grow smaller. I believe that the maesters know that magic and dragons are intrinsically linked (increase one and so the other grows and vice verse) and worked to poison each new dragon slowly so its offspring would be smaller.
I believe that Sam has already found the evidence of this but has yet to read everything he has.
Obviously I have little to back this up other than the continued hints that magic and dragons are faces of the same coin.
SegaDream131 - 5 महीने पहले
What is game of thrones????
Is it after you win the only food in the hunger games???
Then you only have one toilet in the world, so you play musical chair with yourself to take a shit???
Yep thats what I think it is.....
Ilya Muromets
Ilya Muromets - 5 महीने पहले
The dragons grew smaller, because the magic was weak.
Spooky Boyy
Spooky Boyy - 5 महीने पहले
Answer: fuck all, son. Fuck all.