Of all the crazy things to happen this week on Game of Thrones, Sam finally (finally!) arriving at the Citadel after never shutting up about how excited he was to go there is probably not at the top of anyone’s list. However, you have to admit that after all this time, finally getting to see the inside of the building where Maesters from all over the Seven Kingdoms learn their trade is pretty cool. The Citadel’s library alone is enviable enough to make us want to give up personal hygiene and access to pasteurized milk in order to live in Westeros and go there to study. Of course, this author couldn’t get an education there because she doesn’t have a Y-chromosome but that’s an argument for Gilly to tackle on her own time.
As amazing as the sheer amount of books and size of the library is when Sam sees it for the first time, the gigantic whirligig of a chandelier was the selling point of the scene mostly because of where viewers have seen it in the past. Namely, whipping across the opening credits of the show every episode since the beginning. But is there larger meaning to the chandelier appearing up in both the opening credits and in the halls of the Citadel? Maybe not, but a new theory could have just broken the A Song of Ice and Fire series wide open.
Exhibit A, the chandelier itself being in the Citadel. Which means it obviously has some larger meaning within the world of Westeros. Whether it is only important to the Maesters or to the universe as a whole remains unknown.