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"The Old Gods and the New"[3] is the third short of the first season of Histories & Lore. It is the third short of the series overall. It was released on March 6, 2012 in Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season. It was narrated by Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark and Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark, and written by Bryan Cogman.


Many gods are worshipped in the disparate parts of Westeros, but most worship either the God of Seven, or countless spirits known only as the Old Gods. Catelyn and Bran Stark detail the differences of these religions, the people that worship them, and how they came to hold sway over the Seven Kingdoms.[3]


Catelyn Stark: In the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the dominant religion is the Faith of the Seven, first brought to its shores by the Andals some six thousand years ago.

Bran Stark: But there are some who still keep to the old way, worshiping the faceless gods of the Children of the Forest and the First Men. The Old Gods are countless, nameless spirits of nature. In ancient times, the Children of the Forest carved faces in the trunks of the weirwood trees, which became sacred symbols of their faith. In time, the First Men adopted the Children's gods as their own. Most castles at that time contained a godswood with a weirwood or a heart tree at its center.

Catelyn Stark: Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, a new religion was born in the Hills of Andalos. According to legend, the God of Seven revealed itself to the Andals, and the invasion of Westeros followed soon after.

The Andals sailed across the sea on ships, armed with weapons of steel. Some warriors carved a seven-pointed star into their skin as a symbol of their new faith.

Bran Stark: The invaders destroyed most of the weirwoods in the southern land, slaughtered the Children of the Forest wherever they could find them, and conquered every kingdom of the First Men, save the North. In time, the Faith of the Seven spread like wildfire throughout the land.

The Seven is a single deity with seven aspects, each symbolizing a different area of life, though most people refer to the Seven as separate gods.

Catelyn Stark: The Mother is prayed to for mercy and watches over fertility, childbirth, and peace. The Father sits in judgment over souls. The Warrior is prayed to for protection, valor, and skill in battle.

The Crone is the symbol of wisdom and foresight. The Smith watches over creation and craftsmanship. The Maiden symbolizes purity, love, and beauty.

Finally, there is the Stranger, rarely prayed to, who represents death.

The Faith is highly organized and deeply influential in Westerosi politics and culture, as the official religion of the monarchy. Worshipers gather in temples of the Faith called septs.

The seat of the Faith is the Great Sept of Baelor, which is located in the capital city of King's Landing.

Bran Stark: Still, in the North, where descendants of the First Men dwell, worship of the Old Gods continues to this day, and the sacred faces of the weirwood trees keep close watch over the faithful.











  1. Jacob Klein (March 4, 2012). Game of Thrones DVD & Blu-Ray Available 3/6!. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 3: "The Old Gods and the New" (2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (2012).
  4. Dan Selcke (September 20, 2017). Bryan Cogman is developing a fifth Game of Thrones prequel series for HBO. Winter is Coming. Retrieved December 14, 2023.