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The Mystery Knight: Dunk & Egg #3 Explained (Game of Thrones prequel)

  • Published on Nov 26, 2022

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  • Alt Shift X
    Alt Shift X  Year ago +150

    Get a free audiobook with a Premium Plus Audible trial: www.audible.com/asx
    The Mystery Knight graphic novel art by Mike S. Miller: x-vid.net/user/UnderdogMike

    • I C
      I C 7 months ago


    • RLucas3000
      RLucas3000 7 months ago

      @Javid Seyad Ahmed House of the Dragons is coming!

    • vwr777
      vwr777 Year ago

      I hope you will make videos about "Dark" one day:)

    • Puffin
      Puffin Year ago +1

      Are you Q Tetra X?

    • Albee Bestre
      Albee Bestre Year ago +1

      Please make more ASOIAF related videos

  • Bro
    Bro Year ago +1555

    Maester wearing Egg's old hat is a very important detail.

    • Jorge Chávez
      Jorge Chávez 3 months ago +2

      @Mega Mac equals Euron, Moonboy for all I know

      STOMPER 4 months ago

      @Bruh Moment dumb

    • Account2525
      Account2525 4 months ago +1

      Maester is the key to all this.
      Because he's a funnier character than we've had before.

    • Mega Mac
      Mega Mac 5 months ago +15

      The hat is Jaqen H’ghar.

    • Tiga Wu
      Tiga Wu Year ago +2

      @Min Ahm go read the original work again, especially chapter 3, you'll notice something

  • Aidan FARNAN
    Aidan FARNAN Year ago +1401

    Walder Frey: Ruining other peoples weddings for 90 years!

    • Kristopher Spence
      Kristopher Spence 12 days ago

      LOL 😆

    • Bruhistan TV
      Bruhistan TV 3 months ago +8

      He needs a kid named Finger who will say "Walduh" and all 6 million of his children and grandchildren turn up instantly. This would really complete the books I think.

    • Konstantin Yagodin
      Konstantin Yagodin 6 months ago +16

      @Tatigan Well, that was the most obvious relation between the 3rd Dunk & Egg book and ASoIaF, you just need to count which year was it in (211 AC) - fits perfectly

    • King Aerys II. Targaeryen
      King Aerys II. Targaeryen 9 months ago +2

      @Tatigan He should have been tossed down a well Sparta style and we’d have saved ourselves a helluva lot of trouble.

    • Tatigan
      Tatigan Year ago +78

      Holy shit, I did not clock that the annoying Frey child was Walder Frey when I read the book.
      It's weird seeing him having use of his legs lol

  • Glidus
    Glidus Year ago +3047

    Bloodraven: Treason is no less vile because the traitor proves a craven.
    also Bloodraven: lord butterbutt lmao

    • Sit-ins For sithis
      Sit-ins For sithis 2 months ago

      You deserve a clout in the ear. He took 9/10 of his stuff and also his foremost castle which was only 40 years old !

    • Bruhistan TV
      Bruhistan TV 3 months ago

      type of guy to shout "wooo woo milk cart has arrived!" when a well endowed lady walks in

    • a ghost in the wifi
      a ghost in the wifi 5 months ago +1

      Pre-tree-life, I bet Bloodraven was certainly an interesting ally. Imagine what side of him Shiera must have seen (Not like that, let's be adults.)
      Around strangers, my eerily Targy husband (His blond is more Lannister, but the contours of his face are all Rhaegar.) is a stern statue of judgements around strangers. At home, he laughs, annoys me on purpose for giggles, and is soft and kind at heart.

    • The Dead Night King
      The Dead Night King Year ago +3

      @Wisdom Manari' this comment gives me serious *”Oh hi Mark”* vibes

    • James Osborne
      James Osborne Year ago

      hahah glad im not the only one who scoffed at that

  • Indigo
    Indigo Year ago +1933

    If HBO was smart, they would hire Alt Shift X to do post-show discussions. And not restricted to Game of Thrones. The video on Raised by Wolves was great.

    • Elphie Gleason
      Elphie Gleason 11 months ago

      @SCP Database yup I agree with you

    • E J
      E J Year ago

      @NukeMarine wait. So ASX was contracted by Amazon for expanse on their channel?

    • This2143
      This2143 Year ago +1

      D&D: We are *StcHupid*

    • Jurassic Lion
      Jurassic Lion Year ago

      Videos on other series like Warrior and Lovecraft Country would be cool too.

    • Lucas
      Lucas Year ago

      Agreed on both accounts!

  • Cynical Optimist
    Cynical Optimist Year ago +875

    You forgot to mention HOW Ser Glendon Ball ( [edit] or rather Ser Glendon FLOWERS, assuming that Ser Quentyn even was his father) won the trial by battle;
    Dunk told him to use a *tourney* lance, which was longer than the *war* lance that Daemon used and thus would reach it's target quicker.
    That was a trick Dunk had learned from prince Baelor in his own trial way back in his first book, The Hegde Knight. So Dunk might not be to bright, but he learns from experience...

    • Jon Stark
      Jon Stark 21 day ago +1

      He is a legendary knight of tje kingsguard after all... Or rather will be

    • Juliusz Słowacki
      Juliusz Słowacki 8 months ago

      because Dunk learns from his mistakes

    • King Aerys II. Targaeryen
      King Aerys II. Targaeryen 8 months ago +1

      @Muenni Good thing I have the Kingsguard and not the Lionguard
      Anyways where are your siblings and did they mention me in any slightly negative way in the past few days?
      Just asking

    • Muenni
      Muenni 8 months ago +3

      ​@King Aerys II. Targaeryen Better watch out for some treacherous lion guard, then.

    • King Aerys II. Targaeryen
      King Aerys II. Targaeryen 8 months ago +6

      @Muenni Just burn them as I always say. No problems, clean and a lot of fun for the audience

  • dylan busby
    dylan busby Year ago +3187

    Mewtwo- Japan's greatest philosopher

    • Fredrik Emilsson
      Fredrik Emilsson 5 months ago

      I read this comment before I watched the video.
      "The actual what... What are you talking about?!"
      But yeah... I got there. 😂

    • Santsi
      Santsi 8 months ago

      @Loren Z brain plasticity

    • E T
      E T 8 months ago

      @Loren Z Children learn languages easier than adults due to a psychological period called ''sensitive period'' or ''critical period'' which sensitizes them to language-learning. This period's effects are at their peak during infancy which is why children learn their mothertongue more efficiently than later on if they aren't exposed to speech. Adults have higher cognitive capacity to learn overall but children do learn languages extremely efficiently.

    • Aaron Fields
      Aaron Fields Year ago


    • HiHowdyHello Hi
      HiHowdyHello Hi Year ago

      The worlds

  • ContentOverTime
    ContentOverTime Year ago +2521

    Mewtwo is my favorite philosopher of the Edo period.

    • Patrick Stroup
      Patrick Stroup Year ago

      I laughed like hell when he says "Japanese philosopher ".

    • Sports Entertainer
      Sports Entertainer Year ago

      @Christer Arnold Bordon you are a good one.

    • Christer Arnold Bordon
      Christer Arnold Bordon Year ago +4

      @Zasumbadji quotes don't need to be necessarily true, it could be just an ideal that a person espouses

    • Cynical Chimp
      Cynical Chimp Year ago +5

      @Zasumbadji Anyone that isn't:
      1. 8 years old
      2. An elitist with zero self awareness
      Knows that lol. Imagine thinking that a child born in rural Afghanistan has the same chances of success / opportunities as a child born in suburban New England.
      I was talking to someone the other day who seriously believed that hard work could get you anywhere, and that anyone that was poor just didn't work hard enough. I thought he was a young teenager, but I clicked on his profile to see he had a wife and kids :/ hope his kids don't end up poor.

    • batman
      batman Year ago

      Know pain

  • Václav Šulc
    Václav Šulc Year ago +563

    I just realized, when you mentioned that Bloodraven is heavily inspired by odin; Bloodraven "combined" himself with a tree to gain full sight of the Old Gods and Odin "pinned" himself to Yggdrasil with his spear and bled for 7 days to gain the power of magic. The similarity is just crazy

    • david lewis
      david lewis 7 months ago +1

      @BattyButtercup Fenrir, the Wolf God Devourer

    • Elina Sarmala
      Elina Sarmala 7 months ago


    • BattyButtercup
      BattyButtercup Year ago +9

      There's also the whole "Odin is a pagan god"/Brynden Rivers uses the ways of The Old Gods.
      I say "uses" rather than "follows" because Brynden clearly borrows magical tricks used by Mel, a priestess of the monotheistic Red God religion. I'd be unsurprised by the Three-eyed Crow showcasing knowledge and ability in the sorceries of other faiths, too. There's that whole "Bran wasn't the first kid Brynden summoned his way" thing with Euron Greyjoy, and Euron's ended up with his own multi-classing faith magic system going on while he tries at becoming a living god (which is what the Singers seem to treat Brynden as being).
      I forget who's supposed to off Odin come Ragnarok but, like, we have giants both Literal and figurative running about Westeros if need be AND mythic prophecy wolves besides! If [Wun-Wun?], The Mountain, The Hound, or Brienne aren't free to be Literal Giants, there's Literally Anyone Associated With Braavos such as the Faceless Men, mercenaries, the Iron Bank... and there's Littlefinger or, more probably, Sansa, through disguise or seizure of the dude's sigil and criminal empire (before she retakes House Stark's direwolf head or she embroiders herself a new, personal sigil without any giants).

    • JD'C
      JD'C Year ago +14

      Tolkien was also heavily inspired by Odinnic myths when he made the character of Gandalf, particularly the ones about Odin traveling around and visiting people's houses disguised as an old man in a grey cloak.

    • Václav Šulc
      Václav Šulc Year ago +19

      @Matt Shannon I mean he is able to change his appearance and he is also know to be a trickster, it's almost in character for him to appear where you expect him the least :D

  • LukasLambs
    LukasLambs Year ago +92

    If I had a nickel for every time Dunk threatened to give Egg a “clout in the ear” I’d have enough money to fund a third blackfire rebellion.

    • Jon Stark
      Jon Stark 21 day ago +4

      It seems that Third blackfyre rebellion has happened without ur funding good ser

  • grapetaems _
    grapetaems _ Year ago +465

    “Brienne’s story echoes Dunk’s story”

  • Durval Lacerda
    Durval Lacerda Year ago +555

    One of the things that I love about the ASoIaF stories/books, is how there is always something else going on behind it all; there are layers of stories, secrets and mysteries stacked on top of eachother.
    This is impossible to translate to a tv show.

    • Blue is Not a Warm Colour
      Blue is Not a Warm Colour 4 months ago

      @Niranjan Rajesh I rewatched Watchers on the Wall on a whim and then saw your comment. God what a phenomenal episode.

    • Durval Lacerda
      Durval Lacerda 11 months ago +3

      @Boyzby It's impossible because no studio has the budget and time to do it.
      If HBO really wanted to do the "detailed story" of all GoT books, it would take 20 seasons with 20 episode each season. I'm not even exaggerating; GoT story and wolrd is that big.

    • Boyzby
      Boyzby 11 months ago

      Why are people so quick to stay it's impossible? What about telling a detailed story is impossible?

    • Niranjan Rajesh
      Niranjan Rajesh Year ago +2

      @callmecatalyst season 6 is absolute shite.. The truly great seasons were 1-3. 4 had some incredible episodes but wasnt as great as the others. 5 was bad,6 was mediocre,with some terrible plots,7 was horrible,8 was catastrophically bad. And winds of winter is nowhere near the best episode of the series,idk if it even gets into the top 20. The only truly great moments in the WoW was the start,the jon reveal and cerseis coronation. I used to think WoW was the best episode,but it just isnt. Watch blackwater and watchers on the wall. Those are hour long episodes made to pure perfection. Everything in those episodes is perfection:the timelines,the plots,the acting,the drama,the climax etc. Winds of winter feels a bit contrived to me in places. Quite artificial. Watchers on the wall has the best battle in game of thrones,it has the moment when alliser respects jons strategy for the first time,allisers incredible speech,many mini bosses within the battle,incredible scenes like that of the giant crashing into the men holding the gate,the giant letting loose a giant arrow that resulted in a spectacular death for a nights watch man,the scythe,and a compelling plot over all of this. Same goes for blackwater

    • Hrothgrar
      Hrothgrar Year ago +8

      That is 100% possible. Don't make excuses for Dan and Dave.

  • Duncan Van Ooyen
    Duncan Van Ooyen Year ago +176

    I think I've decided that Bloodraven is my favorite historical character in the ASOIAF universe. Even excluding the whole Three-Eyed Crow thing, even if you treat that as a separate character, Bloodraven is great. He has the ruthless, cutthroat political sense of Tywin and Stannis, he's got magical powers like Bran, he's a bastard who fights for the good of the realm like Jon, he's a spymaster like Varys, he's got the Targaryen connection, he's motivated by love, family and duty, like Ned, and he has deep flaws related to his paranoia and prejudice, not unlike his cousin, Aerys II, The Mad King.
    He's like a microcosm for all the best and most interesting traits that make characters on ASOIAF so interesting and fun.

    • Warboss Morzag Da Krumpa
      Warboss Morzag Da Krumpa 2 months ago +1

      @Dan iel And being a cool uncle of sorts to Egg and seeing greatness in Dunk, despite his ruthlessness.

    • Dan iel
      Dan iel 2 months ago

      And weirwood enchanted arrows he wields

    • Arawn
      Arawn 2 months ago +2

      Aerys the 2nd isnt his cousin. Thats Aerys the first

    • Pedro Lucas
      Pedro Lucas 4 months ago +14

      And he is a son of Ice and Fire who turned into leader of the Night's Watch, just like Jon and after he's resurrected, Jon will maybe look like BloodRaven because of his ability of warging into Ghost!

  • invi ernum
    invi ernum Year ago +155

    "Dunk is oblivious to the flirting."
    lmao He's actually pretty adorable.
    Thank you for helping condense the book's material. I always find I can enjoy the details when they are laid out in formats like yours.

    • Arbiters Kiss
      Arbiters Kiss 3 months ago +1

      I did not catch it the first time myself. I thought he was fascinated by Dunk because of him dreaming of him on the Kingsguard, not unlike Daeron's fear of him the first time they meet.

    • King Aerys II. Targaeryen
      King Aerys II. Targaeryen 9 months ago +6

      The original turbovirgin

  • TheMangakid1995
    TheMangakid1995 Year ago +86

    It just occured to me that I'm surprisingly more interested in seeing the continuation of the Dunk and Egg stories than I am in the main ASOIF series. Maybe I'm attracted to the comparatively smaller scale nature of the stories, maybe the fact that so many of these stories have been hinted at a history in the main series and supplemental material, or maybe I just don't like ice zombies. Either way I hope Martin has the chance to finish telling these characters stories.

    • Faisal Jahangir
      Faisal Jahangir 6 months ago +5

      Same. The main series will never be finished so I'd rather just get more Dunk and Egg stories instead.

  • TheLetterM
    TheLetterM Year ago +95

    This story is honestly so hype. It includes all the best elements of ASOIAF: politics, scheming, prophecy, magic, heroism and Bloodraven. Great video, I wish there was more stuff to cover. Maybe Fire and Blood?

    • Oscar Bautista
      Oscar Bautista 9 months ago +7

      exactly, that's why I love the dunk and egg tales so much.. they condense everything I love of the main series in a single, super entertaining, fun to read book. I wish we can at least get the story at winterfell and also the one where they go to Essos..

  • Yoni Rais
    Yoni Rais Year ago +38

    I like the idea that maynard is bloodraven in disguise and that bloodraven is taking his job of impersonating a hedge knight and spying at the wedding as an opportunity to have some fun drinking with the guys and make sexsiest jokes
    It really adds to his character in my opinion: hes not just this mysterious scary looking sorcerer creep, hes also a guy who was probably treated as a freak and outcast his whole life for being a bastard and albino and probably had a very lonely life which he ia trying to make up for now

  • Atun-Shei Films
    Atun-Shei Films Year ago +1524

    Welp, looks like I'm rereading Dunk and Egg for the upeenth time

  • Mike N. Nyamute
    Mike N. Nyamute Year ago +277

    The artist for this novel really made Bloodraven look like a vampire

    • Blood Angel
      Blood Angel 3 months ago +4

      @G4llager idk i like the idea that he is not a handsome high born snob of a knight, but an ugly bastard that is more honorable than the rest. It fits him imo

    • G4llager
      G4llager Year ago

      he really did glendan ball dirty

    • Joe Rogan’s TRT shots
      Joe Rogan’s TRT shots Year ago +14

      ASOIAF desperately needs Manga/Anime style adaptation

    • Who Cares Duhh
      Who Cares Duhh Year ago


    • YetiPotato
      YetiPotato Year ago +19

      Targaryen armor would fit any bloodknight or vampire

  • Shubert Reads
    Shubert Reads Year ago +477

    Slam Dunk video dude, Eggcellent stuff as always

    • BaccaIsMemebob
      BaccaIsMemebob Month ago

      @Alt Shift X just DUNKing our faces in content are ya.

    • Mellotome
      Mellotome 10 months ago +1

      @Random People what a BALL of an episode.

    • Random People
      Random People Year ago

      @Alt Shift X thats a bit eggy

    • Alt Shift X
      Alt Shift X  Year ago +105


  • jlshel42
    jlshel42 Year ago +239

    "How do you do, fellow hedge knights?" has me laughing too much at work.

    • Emma Harrison
      Emma Harrison Year ago +15

      I know, right? If you're going to pretend to be a hedge knight, try to not be so obvious :)

  • Cam Jensen
    Cam Jensen Year ago +434

    Oh god I cant tell you how long I laughed at that Japanese philosopher joke.

    FUSSSSOHLE Year ago +212

    The storys of Dunk and Brienne have many parralels?
    So that means that Pod is a secret Targaryen xD

    • Westpol
      Westpol Month ago

      What if he is not a Targaryen, but secret Baratheon tho? He has dark hair after all

    • Oscar Wind
      Oscar Wind Year ago +1

      Everyone is a secret Targaryen

    • Jaqen H'Ghar
      Jaqen H'Ghar Year ago +2

      Would be great for Podrick's actor to play Egg in the series if they age him up

    • Evan Long
      Evan Long Year ago

      @Kevin W bro 🤣🤣🤣

    • Kevin W
      Kevin W Year ago +16

      nah that can't be right, cause we know Jon Snow's a Targaryen, and Thormund was very clear about observing Jon having a small pecker lol

  • Krystof S.
    Krystof S. Year ago +316

    "Gorghan of Old Ghis once wrote that a prophecy is like a treacherous woman. She takes your member in her mouth, and you moan with the pleasure of it and think, how sweet, how fine, how good this is... and then her teeth snap shut and your moans turn to screams. That is the nature of prophecy, said Gorghan. Prophecy will bite your prick off every time."
    - Marwyn the Mage

    • A Random Guardsmen
      A Random Guardsmen Year ago +11

      And then Marwyn travelled straight to Daenerys, a prophetic character, and crossed the sea, who are invested with ironborn who follow some lovecratian maniac that wants to end the world. Marwyn really is a „do as I say, not as I do“ kinda guy lol.

    • tabulldog27
      tabulldog27 Year ago +35

      probably what happened to Rhaegar, honestly lmao

  • ZergrushEddie
    ZergrushEddie Year ago +25

    "As a Japanese philosopher once said" had me full on bent over laughing like a hyena. Nicely done

  • An Arsehole
    An Arsehole Year ago +312

    "...throw him down a well."
    How Walder Frey will die in the books, mayhaps?

    • MysticDragonWolf
      MysticDragonWolf Year ago +9

      @DeAndre Woods It’s the sense of dishonor and treachery - killing people at a wedding
      Yet Tywin said it best - Explain to me why it is more noble to kill 10,000 men in battle than a dozen at dinner
      Was it cloak and dagger? Yes
      Was it all under false pretenses? Yes
      Did it break the laws of hospitality? Yes
      And yet Tywin did it to end a war and did it so Frey took the blame of being an breaker of sanctuary and hospitality.
      Frey already had taint of “late Frey” for his role in Roberts rebellion, what’s one more hated name

    • DeAndre Woods
      DeAndre Woods Year ago

      @BattyButtercup I don’t see why all the hate for Walder Frey he did right by his family

    • BattyButtercup
      BattyButtercup Year ago +9

      This revelation has clearly prophesized the survival and plot-armouring of book!Podrickmmortal until he fulfils the deeds unfinished by his spiritual predecessor, Egg: Podrick must throw Walder Frey or a similarly awful scion of his down a well; he must prove himself personally to Brynden Rivers or Bran Stark; and he must achieve a success at Summerhall where Aegon failed.
      Clearly, Podrick will hatch a new and improved ruling dynasty or governing body for Westeros that sees to the smallfolk. Or a dragon. One or the other!

  • LC for 3
    LC for 3 Year ago +333

    Call me crazy, but I really don’t think we’re going to get all those novella’s from George. I doubt we ever even get A Dream of Spring at this point.

    • Dats J
      Dats J 2 months ago

      @JCV it actually makes sense, because wrapping up all the plotlines is way harder than actually coming up with them. So maybe he's waiting to finish ADOS before releasing TWOW so he can change whatever doesn't fit.

    • JCV
      JCV 10 months ago

      my only hope (and it’s a crazy one) is that he’s trying to have both finished before publishing TWOW. sigh.

    • Niranjan Rajesh
      Niranjan Rajesh Year ago

      @anya_mz its a great one. He could publish TWOW now and then suprise everyone with ADOS a couple of years later after TWOW hype is done

    • Alpha Sierra
      Alpha Sierra Year ago

      You're crazy. Crazy right

    • Ashutosh Samantaray
      Ashutosh Samantaray Year ago +3

      @Krystof S. I was very excited about the 2020 date he gave when I was a new fan. I guess most fans have moved on.( I too, I used to save money for buying TWOW last year, but I don't anymore.) I do think TWOW is in our reach, but if trendlines mean anything, GRRM is not going to publish ADOS. Which may be a good thing for making lots of good fandom content(too optimistic here!) I wouldn't rule out dunk and egg novellas though. I think its possible he releases multiple of those at some point.

  • Jack Coogan
    Jack Coogan Year ago +151

    Call me crazy, I like the Tales of Dunk and Egg more than the main novels.

    • vexingcosmos
      vexingcosmos Year ago

      I think they are more fun because we know the trajectories of the characters.

    • Ashutosh Samantaray
      Ashutosh Samantaray Year ago +2

      I would want more of these easy to keep track of books too. I think a lot of ppl would agree, if they know about these novels..

    • Louis Roy
      Louis Roy Year ago +24

      I agree, however I couldn’t like Dunk and Egg as much if it wasn’t for the main series. It’s everything that’s great about ASoIaF in a nice concise package. However, it’s how it connects to and expands on the main series that elevates it above, in my opinion.

    • Veloce
      Veloce Year ago +31

      probably because each of them is a finished story.

    • Hannah Seling
      Hannah Seling Year ago +28

      I prefer them, too. For me, it's just a matter of taste. The main series is so massive with an incredible amount of moving parts. That isn't a criticism. I can acknowledge the objective quality and brilliance of ASOIAF. I simply enjoy reading "smaller" stories with a more focused cast more.

  • John Moruzzi
    John Moruzzi Year ago +77

    Really love these in depth Dunk and Egg explanation vids. Thanks Alt Shift X!!

  • tavdy79
    tavdy79 Year ago +26

    In the section on parallels between Dunk and Brienne, you missed two which are closely linked. The names of their squires have similar meanings - an egg and a pod are both containers within which you usually find an embryonic life form, either an animal or a plant respectively - and both Egg and Pod transform into massively more confident people over the course of the books, fulfilling the potential their names imply.

  • SCP Database
    SCP Database Year ago +47

    I enjoy these novellas more than some of the books just because the character building is a lot more concise and they’re likable

  • Ali Almuhanna
    Ali Almuhanna Year ago +25

    My favorite scene from The Sworn Sword is when Dunk mouthes the word “clout in the ear” and Egg grins at him. Absolutely priceless !

  • Florent Placide
    Florent Placide Year ago +44

    Brynden Rivers/Blood Raven is such an interesting character. I love this type of characters which are despised by the many for their appearance or their alleged malfeasance even though they are serving the greater good. Brendyn Rivers is highly intelligent, competent and cunning and use all sorts of means and knowledge for the good of the realm. I'd love to see/read more of him. Thanks Alt Shift X for yet another great analysis :)

    • Muenni
      Muenni 8 months ago

      The "greater good" of House Targaryen, that is.

    • Niranjan Rajesh
      Niranjan Rajesh Year ago +4

      He is the best character in ASOIAF,the most interesting. He is a bastard who has come into power,a very daunting sight as hes described as an albino with red eyes and a red winestain birthmark,a sorcerer who practices dark magic,he is the lover of the most beautiful woman who ever existed,he is literally a son of ice and fire,he becomes both kings hand and lord commander,he is ruthless and intelligent,and also the three eyed raven

    • Florent Placide
      Florent Placide Year ago

      @Nikhil Iyengar You're perfectly right ! I corrected it. It's quite a shame to praise a character and to butcher its name ^^

    • Nikhil Iyengar
      Nikhil Iyengar Year ago +2

      Brynden, my lord Florent. Brynden.

  • Peter Joyce
    Peter Joyce Year ago +28

    This was fantastic. You have such a soothing voice, and the editing was amazing. Thank you for this!

  • MegaKnight2012
    MegaKnight2012 Year ago +10

    I've truly come to love Martin's use of prophecies being misinterpreted. So often in fantasy they're so cut and dry, but in the Westeros stories, one can cause so much harm by personal interpretation of dreams and prophecies. Martin is a former Catholic and Catholic theologians actually warn against committing wrongs based on personal revelations. One theologian I met said one should just live their life as best as possible and if the revelation is part of God's plan, it will just happen naturally. Yet in Martin's stories, we see the consequences of when peoples try to force their revelations to be made reality. It reminds me of how Dunk says he doesn't know what the morrow brings, only that he can live his life as best as possible

  • Novadamus
    Novadamus Year ago +22

    Dunk and Egg’s escapades are my favorite A Song of Ice and Fire side stories. They’re so well written and well paced. Super intriguing, great characters, action. All around fun.

  • Mellow Yello
    Mellow Yello Year ago +82

    The Japanese philosopher bit had me rolling.
    Also Glyndyn, Fireballs "son" was a real MVP in this story, holy shit.

    LARKIN Year ago +63

    If Bloodraven was impersonating Maynard Plumm, maybe Shiera Seastar also disguising as Bloodraven and ruling in his stead? They were the power couple of Westeros back then.

  • slowseph brostar
    slowseph brostar Year ago +102

    Dunk repeatedly threatens to give Egg a "clout on the ear" and Brienne bites off Vargo Hoat's ear. Coincidence??

    • First Last
      First Last Year ago


    • Julie C
      Julie C Year ago +14

      I THINK NOT!
      (good catch btw, even if a bit absurd 😂)

  • Carlos Ibarra
    Carlos Ibarra Year ago +17

    Sometimes I pick up a new series and think “huh, this is pretty good. Maybe comparable in quality to ASOIAF” then I come back to the series and realize just nothing compares to the depth of ASOIAF, truly a modern classic

    • Dats J
      Dats J 2 months ago +1

      Since I read ASOIAF a couple of years ago, I stopped reading books. I compare every new book to The Song and they're never even close in quality. So, basically, ASOIAF ruined books for me.

  • Kaiser Chief
    Kaiser Chief Year ago +204

    "this is a time of political tension" is there a time where there isnt political tension in westeros??

    • Jacob Klemm
      Jacob Klemm 2 months ago

      Hell yeah read up on my man Jaehaerys I

    • Darkstar
      Darkstar 3 months ago

      ​@What Seek Ye I think reign of Viserys I was the most peaceful cuz there was almost no resistance from the lords and not much tension in the family

    • Darkstar
      Darkstar 3 months ago

      ​@Alexander Zack Dorne exists

    • Gerard Jagroo
      Gerard Jagroo Year ago

      @Admin. Slayer Enryu Alysanne and yes the did have political tension to spare what with Rogar Baratheon's treachery and the almost war with Braavos to say nothing of succession crisis

    • Low-fat Milk Love
      Low-fat Milk Love Year ago +2

      @Admin. Slayer Enryu it was a golden age, but still had its own problems. The issue with Baratheon and the new Vulture King, the Prince of Dorne launching a miserable naval assault, Myrish pirates sieges Tarth and the death of Prince Aemon when he tried to sort it out. Also a plague that they had to deal with.
      Point is, times were good, but shit’s always crazy in Westeros.

  • Fløcke
    Fløcke Year ago +37

    Your the only one of the channels I subed for their GoT content years ago I still watch 2 years after the season we do not speak of. Keep up your good work mate :)

  • NukeMarine
    NukeMarine Year ago +7

    Great video as always. The bit about dreams got brought up an idea. Prophecies being prophecies, it's also possible that the young queen that replaces Cersei and the valonqar that strangles her are Princess Arianne and King (f)Aegon. If you consider AFfC and ADwD as one long book, we're introduced to the prophecy and the two new characters around the same time which is a great way to mess with the reader's expectations. Also, while S8 was horrendous, it did show that the Golden Company guarded King's Landing which in the books would only happen if (f)Aegon was the one on the throne.

    • lluewhyn
      lluewhyn 7 months ago

      I think the Younger, More Beautiful Queen will be either Arianne or Daenerys (weird to think Cersei being around once Aegon takes King's Landing), OR the YMBQ doesn't refer to just one individual, but several including those two plus Margaery.

  • books from Windblown
    books from Windblown Year ago +67

    If Martin decided to release the 4th book of Dunk and Eggs: it needs to be adapted into a graphic novel

    • NoneOfYour Beeswax
      NoneOfYour Beeswax Year ago

      @A Yourmum The serialised graphic novels are pretty straight up adaptations of the books, but are even less likely to be concluded than the books. I haven't seen a new issue for at least a year now.

    • the wanderingartists
      the wanderingartists Year ago

      It is known.

    • books from Windblown
      books from Windblown Year ago +2

      @A Yourmum no need to read graphic novels they are not good as Dunk and Eggs.

    • A Yourmum
      A Yourmum Year ago

      @books from Windblown oh wow didn’t even know about that. I knew there were graphic novels for dunk and egg just not for asoiaf. Would you recommend it? I’ve already read the books 🤷‍♂️

    • books from Windblown
      books from Windblown Year ago

      @A Yourmum there is a graphic novel based on the second book of asoiaf series

  • Cant be Tamed
    Cant be Tamed Year ago +4

    Having Bloodraven besides any king is a double-edged sword. One, he's so loyal to his family that he's willing to go through any lengths to protect it. He has spies and men ready to do his bidding, and more importantly, you can blame him for all of the crimes and misfortune on the land.
    The downsides of having Bloodraven around; your subjects wouldn't like you and rumors of his magic and skills would be used as a stepping stone to rebellions. He's also dangerous and would ruin the image of the Targaryens. Not to mention many would likely want to kill him and probably you as well.
    Weigh your choices carefully.

    • Pedro Lucas
      Pedro Lucas 6 months ago +1

      Daeron II was dawn lucky that BloodRaven didn't supported the Blackfyres!

  • Pedroalí Tovar
    Pedroalí Tovar Year ago +9

    You all will see that if we finally finish reading the last tale of Dunk&Egg, we'll find out that Colhands is actually Dunk back to life thanks to the Ghost of Heart Hill & Bloodraven after his own death, when he sacrificed himself saving Rhaegar from Summerhall's fire.

    • Pedro Lucas
      Pedro Lucas 2 months ago +2

      Holy shit, this theory makes absolute sense!

  • Kriegerdammerung
    Kriegerdammerung Year ago +74

    Yo, mate! Ser Maynard and Lord Bloodraven use the same phrase "a nest of adders"! that's uber specific! Also, George R. R. Martin is so witty, he must have known MORE phrases to have one repeated twice in the same tale, right?

    • Momos Haineour
      Momos Haineour Year ago +15

      They also both use the name "Butterbutt" when speaking about Lord Butterwell.
      Plumm was definitely BR in desguise.

  • Scott McArthur
    Scott McArthur Year ago +9

    Always wondered, knowing George's penchant for naming characters after real world influences, if Uthor "the Snail" with his unique sigil was named in honour of the Silver Snail - a legendary comic book shop in Toronto.

  • Seetj
    Seetj Year ago +3

    Love the dunk and egg books a bunch and really can't wait to see more after whenever George finishes winds of winter I'm guessing

  • deathislife
    deathislife Year ago +21

    I love so much that you gave a shoutout to Radio Westeros! They're among the most informative ASoIaF podcasts I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.

  • Niccolò Medeot
    Niccolò Medeot Year ago +7

    I have no idea where my "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" book is gone so thank you for this video that let me relive these incredible stories

  • Serious Guy
    Serious Guy Year ago +9

    Most of the time I feel like I'm Dunk the lunk, as thick as a castle wall too while reading the novellas because I don't get the simple things that Dunk misses too. Like I had no idea that the Fiddler was a Blackfyre... I knew he was a Targareon Prince but- It's just that these videos really help me out in understanding these books so thanks for making them.

  • Woody
    Woody Year ago +34

    You know what....I have little faith for them to produce the Prequel Series without books behind them when they clearly failed at that in the main series.
    I stick with these stories.

    • Woody
      Woody 2 months ago

      @BaccaIsMemebob I will now watch Episode 2. Episode 1 was a good start.

    • BaccaIsMemebob
      BaccaIsMemebob 2 months ago

      welp 1 year later and im curious to hear yalls opinions on HOTD so far

    • Mike N. Nyamute
      Mike N. Nyamute Year ago +11

      To be fair, the failure of the main series wasn't really HBO's fault. They were willing to give D&D more time and money to make more seasons but D&D refused, wanting to finish the project quickly
      But I've seen the casting for House of the Dragon and it's pretty questionable, so I don't expect it to succeed

    • kindlin
      kindlin Year ago +6

      As long as D&D aren't on the job, and they find people passionate about their work for more than 5 years, then I think we'll be in a good spot. That, or end it around 4 seasons. That seems to be a good number for many great shows.

  • I am a disappointment to my parents

    The sheer depth of this world still amazes me after all these years, such a brilliant writer

  • Robert Payne
    Robert Payne Year ago +3

    So first off I wanted to say I adore your videos. Your voice is so soothing, yet powerful enough to grasp my attention. Your videos are also edited wonderfully. Nothing overly showy, but not utterly simple in the slightest. Top notch. I was wondering if you're ever planning on delving in the the cosmere at all? The books seem mostly up your alley, and I'd love to hear your opinions and predictions about hidden meanings and upcoming events in the books.

  • theRealPermagreen
    theRealPermagreen 2 months ago +1

    The scene between Bloodraven and Dunk at the end always kind of reminded of those bits at the end of Terry Pratchett's watch novels in the Discworld series where the Patrician talks to Vimes about everything that happened and what the consequences of it all will be. Bloodraven may as well have said "Do not let me detain you" when he dismissed the two.

  • Susan Bishop
    Susan Bishop 7 months ago +1

    of all the characters in this series I would kill to have GRRM to flesh out and write a lot about Bloodraven. What an interesting character to be left on the pages without his own in depth story line.

  • Bruhistan TV
    Bruhistan TV 3 months ago +4

    Brynden just wanted to have fun, do a little trolling, but life demanded otherwise. Many such cases!

  • Richard Cieslik
    Richard Cieslik Year ago +8

    Makes the final couple of seasons of GoT even sadder, with all the subtle interconnectivity, prophecies, deeper meanings, being simply forgotten.

  • Zach
    Zach Year ago +2

    so glad you gave us the third book too! I have loved these videos about dunk and egg to death. So well done!! Your hard work in these works shows. cheers

  • KarRawr
    KarRawr 5 months ago

    I never knew just how much parallel there is between Dunk and Brienne's stories. The offspring of characters echoing their ancestors actions is quite poetic

  • Никакменянезовут Отстаньотменядурацкийгугл

    Wow. I didn't get a lot when reading the book. Thanks for your videos! It's realy interesting to discover missed bits of story.

  • B Gonzalez
    B Gonzalez Year ago +2

    Love your videos and really enjoyed the comics adaptación!
    My wife and I received the first 2volumes of the graphic novels version as a wedding gift. I really dug them as we were both big fans of game of thrones show and he knew that. My wife has still to read but when I buy the 3rd I will add the first two in the series to her her 2021 reading stack.

  • Mark Jr Bessett
    Mark Jr Bessett Year ago +11

    I just spent two hours watching these Dunken and Egg prequel videos. I have no regrets.

  • Fyraltari
    Fyraltari Year ago +3

    I never made a connection between Bloodraven and Odin but it works so well! Amazing!

  • Sthephan Chanampa
    Sthephan Chanampa Year ago +27

    2:26 you can hear him smiling. I love it

  • nick koch
    nick koch Year ago +4

    I liked the historical reference with the cup over water and the Japanese philosopher, still one of my favorite Pokemon

  • Bobdmz
    Bobdmz Year ago +3

    I love the armor designs in this comic.
    Edit:Also Blood Raven’s birth mark looks more like a raccoon than a raven.

  • Ashwin Ramakrishnan
    Ashwin Ramakrishnan 8 months ago +2

    I just finished reading the Mystery Knight, and am kicking myself for not recognizing Maynard Plumm. I knew there was something suspicious when Dunk mentioned his odd features, but didn't put it together. Thanks Alt!

  • Aidan Thames
    Aidan Thames Year ago +193

    "A Japanese philosopher once said"
    lol Mewtwo

  • Dane Jennings
    Dane Jennings 13 days ago

    I really do hope we can see the rest of these story’s. I haven’t finished reading the main series but the idea of these really does excite me

  • Touchpad NM
    Touchpad NM Year ago

    I appreciate that you're adding more comedic bits to these videos. Good mix of entertaining and informative.

  • Jen Jen
    Jen Jen Year ago +1

    Stunning video! I miss your GRRM breakdowns as much as GOT. Thank you so much, youre bloody brilliant!

  • lilshabaz1862
    lilshabaz1862 2 months ago +1

    The Others take you. I've been reading the Dunk and Egg stories and I watch your video after reading each one... and I end up rereading them to catch everything you point out that I blindly miss. I tried to watch this video in tandem to avoid another reread... alas, I've still managed to miss so much. I will be immediately journeying back to Whitewalls to pay closer attention to one Ser Maynard Plumm in particular...

  • Kseni_Vely
    Kseni_Vely Year ago

    The series was good overall, great some times, but the books are always better. In the books there's always some of those layers that we put in ourselves as readers, there's imagination and our own twisted logics to all of it. That's the magic of it. There's lore galore to be interpreted and explained, as we all have seen for the past years discussing how the series was lettings us down and leaving out major plotlines. We've been taking about it for years now and amazing channels like this one give me life and hope that somewhere, somehow there'll be writers for next shows that care and will give us something to look forward to 🙌🏻

  • Jakob Babrick
    Jakob Babrick Year ago +76

    Well, now I feel as thick as a castle wall too. I didn't notice the flirting either haha. In my defense I don't notice it in real life though.

  • N Amiin
    N Amiin 3 months ago

    Dunk and egg are just so interesting, I can't wait for more of their stories.

  • The Emissary
    The Emissary Year ago +1

    I dunno why, but the Mystery Knight is my favourite Dunk and Egg story so far, maybe because it had more Bloodraven in it which is awesome, or maybe its just Alt Shift X's way of presenting the story to me, even though Ive read the book before. Anyway, Ill NEVER stop rewatching this video. Thanks Alt Shift X

  • TheTower
    TheTower Year ago +2

    Of the comparisons between Dunc and Brienne: brienne is also seen at renlys tournament using a shield that has the same symbol as Dunc, a tree with a star

  • Maso Perez
    Maso Perez Year ago

    I really wish I could learn more about the Blackfyres from their own perspective. In relation to other things I've always found them neat, even if they're mostly fools and reckless jerks.

  • Rodiacreed
    Rodiacreed Year ago

    This has to be the best Targaryen period because its time where there were lots of kings coming and going, a lot of political tensions, the Blackfyres are a serious threat and Dunk and Egg are very good protagonists that lead very interesting lives, even their death was mysterious and special.

  • Nathan Sky
    Nathan Sky Year ago

    I really love your content, mate! Keep up the amazing work!

  • The Vinyl Score
    The Vinyl Score Year ago +2

    I’d love to hear you talk about Gormenghast trilogy. I like the reference to books in this story by George!

  • Spencer Hadfield
    Spencer Hadfield Year ago +1

    Alt+Shift+X -- you make the best videos and breakdowns of books and shows I've ever seen. The amount of research and details you put into your videos really shows; with every video you put out. I'm so happy that I found your channel long ago, and hope you keep going for many more years!

  • lluewhyn
    lluewhyn Year ago +2

    One thing not mentioned in this video that I hadn't caught in earlier readings, is that Bloodraven totally threatens to kidnap young Aegon due to conflict between Bloodraven and Aegon's father Maekar, and there's a lot of subtle verbal underplay between the two of them about what would happen if Bloodraven tried to do such a power play. Basically, Bloodraven concedes that it's not worth the risk.

    • lluewhyn
      lluewhyn Year ago

      @Kriegerdammerung Whoops! What a mistake to make! Will correct.

    • Kriegerdammerung
      Kriegerdammerung Year ago

      Aegon father's is Maekar, mate

  • Jetski03
    Jetski03 Year ago +8

    I find it funny how George thinks he can do 10 books when it’s taken him 10+ years just to do one

    • Einomar
      Einomar 2 months ago +1

      To be fair the song of ice and fire books are much more complex then the dunk and egg short stories. With every asoiaf book the story expands in plot and complexity, making them more time consuming to write. That is ofc his own fault, but I think people need to have that in mind while they judge his writing speed. I also think all the pressure is starting to get to him, people loosing their minds on social media etc. Creativity can get hampered under emotional and psychological duress. Being reminded constantly on the Internet that "he is old and will probably die soon so he should hurry up and finish his books" isn't going to help his creative process.
      People can be quite gross and callous in that way. Anyway I really hope he get to finish his life's work, for his sake.

  • Jimmy GS
    Jimmy GS Year ago

    I was hoping you mentioned the inn by the God's Eye shore. Where all of the wedding's attendees crossed the lake to reach Butterwell's castle.
    I have a theory, that it is the same inn found by Arya and Yoren's group of recruits, before they are attacked by Ser Amory Lorch, in the book "A Clash of Kings".

  • Halcyon
    Halcyon Year ago +2

    I am going to be very disappointed if we never see the resolution of such interesting stories, both asoiaf and dunk and egg.

  • Sean Castle
    Sean Castle Year ago

    You did an amazing job covering these. Kudos.

  • Tag Ross
    Tag Ross Year ago +17

    A bit sad that you didn't take about Dunk's sort of grudge/gratitude towards Gormon Peake.

  • Rob Thomas
    Rob Thomas Year ago +6

    I’d love to know more about Glendon (Fireball) Ball what happened to him in his life did he ever get respected

    • Oscar Bautista
      Oscar Bautista 9 months ago

      I would guess he somehow joins Dunk and Egg's group for when they take ship to Essos (there is supposed to be a future story there), and chooses to stay.. maybe joins the golden company

    • Alt Shift X
      Alt Shift X  Year ago +8

      The books don't say.. maybe it'll be revealed in future Dunk & Egg stories. Mayne he'll join King Egg's Kingsguard!

  • Matthew Terlaga
    Matthew Terlaga Year ago +20

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I think I heard that Duncan and Glendon stay friends, and that when Duncan joins the Kingsguard Glendon does as well, and becomes his second in command.

    • Jimmy GS
      Jimmy GS Year ago +8

      @Matthew Terlaga Yes, the part you got wrong is that Dunk saved Rhaella (Daenerys' mother) while she was pregnant with Daenerys. She was actually pregnant with Rhagear (Daenerys' oldest brother), when Dunk saved her at Summerhall.

    • Matthew Terlaga
      Matthew Terlaga Year ago

      @Jimmy GS yes, when it catches on fire, from egg trying to make his dragon egg hatch, and the only survivor is the woman dunc saved, who would go on to birth Danerys and her brother, alt shift x even mentions it in a previous video

    • Jimmy GS
      Jimmy GS Year ago

      @Matthew Terlaga Dunk and Egg, both die in Summerhall.

    • Kriegerdammerung
      Kriegerdammerung Year ago +7

      @Matthew Terlaga Begging your pardon, no, Ser Duncan saved Rhaella as she was to birth Rhaegar.

    • Matthew Terlaga
      Matthew Terlaga Year ago

      @Kriegerdammerung it’s possible, we know dunc lived that long, and actually died saving daneyrs mother while she was pregnant with her, putting her on a ship and then going back to try and save egg, his king and friend.

  • Frank Sabba
    Frank Sabba Year ago +2

    Also, when Jon first takes Longclaw in his hands, his first thoughts are about stealing his own brother's birthright, and taking his father's sword

    • Pedro Lucas
      Pedro Lucas 4 months ago +2

      Just like Daemon Blackfyre, and the irony is that one of the reasons why Catelyn treated Jon the way she did was because she feared he would become Daemon Blackfyre 2.0!

  • Gaming With This Guy
    Gaming With This Guy 29 days ago

    I love how BloodRaven, of all people, tested the honor of Dunk with the suggestion of just running away instead of giving up his armor..

  • cmbuelow
    cmbuelow Year ago

    These videos are priceless. You explain the stories far better than anyone.
    Also, the use of the graphics from the comics helps tremendously

  • Nortonman
    Nortonman Year ago +1

    So aside from the last two books in the main series, GRRM wants to write 7 or more novellas too...? Why do I have the feeling we're not getting to get all these...?

  • LMB925
    LMB925 3 months ago

    The man is 73 years old and has his attention stretched beyond capacity as is, we'll be so luck if he finishes ASOIF, so let's hope he doesn't distract himself with more of these stories. At least not until we get the last two books. As someone who read the books about 15 years ago and needs to read them again, I'm just hoping we get a closing that was written by him, or at least with his input. At this point, I just wish he'd hire some people to help him finish the series.

  • henryk123
    henryk123 Year ago +60

    "The Lord Commander", knowing current Martin writing speed, is estimated to be published in next 100 years?

  • StraMose
    StraMose Year ago +30

    That Japanese Philosopher was very wise. Perhaps you could make a video about him?

  • Atropus Arbaalish
    Atropus Arbaalish 6 months ago

    Elric was the antithesis to the muscle bound sword swinger. He was an emaciated albino, whose vampire sword forces him to kill, so the sword can feed.