Game of Thrones hive, are you still there? Guys? It’s been a while since our last meeting and I know we didn’t expect to see each other again until , but just like Bran becoming King of the Six Kingdoms, there’s something new that none of us could have predicted: Game of Thrones is coming to Broadway.
While , the other massive pop culture spinoff that made its way to Broadway in recent years, focused on what happened after the epilogue of J.K. Rowling’s books, this play will take place between 16 and twentysomething years before the events of Game of Thrones (the precise year depends on if the play will follow the books’ timeline or the show’s, which is longer) and feature the older generation of Thrones characters. Dead favorites like Ned Stark, Catelyn Tully, Oberyn Martell, Jamie and Cersei Lannister, and Mad King Aerys will likely appear in their younger forms to tell the story of how the game of thrones really began.
The play will recount the Tourney at Harrenhal, during which the first domino that led to the all-out civil war of Robert’s Rebellion fell. It was at that tournament that Prince Rhaegar Targaryen formally declared his interest in Ned Stark’s sister Lyanna in spite of his marriage to Princess Elia Martell and Lyanna’s betrothal to Robert Baratheon. As Thrones fans know, Rhaegar and Lyanna later ran away together, married in secret, made Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen, and died in rebellion their partnership sparked.
The show’s official description goes on to say that “the production will boast a story centered around love, vengeance, madness and the dangers of dealing in prophecy, in the process revealing secrets and lies that have only been hinted at until now.”
A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin is writing the story for the yet-untitled show with co-writing by Duncan MacMillan, who wrote the notoriously shocking 2017 Broadway adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. The play is currently scheduled for 2023 with concurrent productions in New York, London, and Australia, giving Thrones fans in three countries plenty of time to save their coppers, stage, and golden dragons for a ticket.
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