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Game of Thrones Fans Noticed a Subtle Confirmation of a Popular Sam Tarly Theory

He might have the most important job of anyone.
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Fans have long imagined that Samwell Tarly could end up having the most important role in Game of Thrones: telling the story. One of the more fun fan theories is that Sam writes the histories that become Game of Thrones. Up until this Sunday there was little evidence to support the theory beyond the character's love of books and general resemblance to the series' IRL author.

In Season Seven, Samwell is finally in his element, surrounded by books and science and teachers, rather than tired old soldiers with swords and White Walkers. And in Episode Two, fans noticed a key interaction that points to Sam writing what we know as A Song of Ice and Fire.

The moment comes in a scene between Archmaester Ebrose and Sam as they gather books in the Citadel library.

"If you're going to write histories, Tarly, you have to do the research," Archmaester Ebrose lectures. "If you want people to read your histories, you need a bit of style. I'm not writing The Chronicles of the Wars Following the Death of King Robert I so it can sit on a shelf unread."

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When Sam just awkwardly shakes his head, Archmaester Ebrose asks, "What? You don't like the title? What would you call it then?"

"Possibly something a bit more…poetic," Sam says.

Hmm, something like A Song of Ice and Fire certainly is a bit more poetic. And this marks the first real hint that Sam could be the one narrating the series.

It makes sense, too, as George R.R. Martin has often compared himself to Game of Thrones's resident neckbeard.

"I would probably be Samwell Tarly. I love Sam, too. He's a great character," he said at Comic Con a few years ago. "Tyrion might be who I want to be, but Sam is probably closer to who I actually am. The fat kid who likes to read books and doesn't like to go up a lot of stairs."

And even with all those bedpans to clean and that disease to cure, he'll probably finish the books before George R.R. Martin.

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This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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