‘The Winds of Winter’ Spoilers: Are Varys and the High Sparrow Working Together? George RR Martin Explains the Inspiration for the Faith Militant

By Staff Writer

May 26, 2015 03:30 PM EDT

George RR Martin's sixth book, "The Winds of Winter" isn't coming out anytime soon, but fans have already come up with several speculations including the role of the High Sparrow and his connection with Varys. Is the High Sparrow really working together with Varys? This article contains spoilers for "The Winds of Winter." Read on to learn more about this story.

The Faith Militant aka The Sparrows are gathering more power than they ever could, as their entire army is growing with more warriors from different classes. This powerful cult is led by the High Sparrow, who has been mentioned in Martin's last two books in "A Song of Ice and Fire" series - "A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance with Dragons."

The High Sparrow has proven to become more powerful with every second, especially after slaying Kevan, putting two Queens behind bars and torturing a member of the Kingsguard. Fans began speculating that the High Sparrow may be working together with none other than Varys.

According to a Council Member from the "A Forum of Ice and Fire," there is a high possibility that Varys is working with the High Sparrow. The member noted that before Varys disappeared, he was dressed as a septon and could possibly be hiding in King's Landing. The member also cited that it is impossible for the High Sparrow to become so adept to the games being played by the nobles that it only makes sense for Varys, who is so skilled in the game to have some form of connection with the High Sparrow.

Meanwhile, George RR Martin recently revealed the inspiration for the Faith Militant and the High Sparrow. Speaking to EW, Martin explained that the inspiration goes way back in the Middle Ages, when the church leaders were not there for spiritual purposes, but rather, for political means.

"The Sparrows are my version of the medieval Catholic Chruch, with its own fantasy twist," Martin said.

Martin also remarked that the leaders of the Church during that time period had "their own version of the game of thrones," playing with the kings and leaders of the state.

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