Anyone who has watched so much as one season of HBO’s awesome drama Game of Thrones knows just how rich, full and diverse the lands of Westeros and beyond really can be!
Anyone who has read their way through all George RR Martin’s pleasingly epic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire‘ series, on which the show is based, will know that the world, the realms, the history and the families of the stories extend way beyond what could be seen in a mere TV show.
So it is with absolutely no trepidation at all that we bring the news that Telltale Games, who recently announced that they would be tackling the Game of Thrones videogame, intend to run their story timeline in line with the TV series. If ever there were a TV series that could easily support more untold stories within its world, Game of Thrones would be it.
Previous Telltale classics, such as The Walking Dead have taken the existing timeline and built a fresh new story within the world, so this isn’t new territory as such. The Walking Dead took the idea of the show (and comic series), but kept it pretty self contained, not needing to use the TV characters stories to pull us along for the ride.
Their efforts with Bigby in their Fables game ‘The Wolf Among Us‘ walked the prequel path that allowed more narrative freedom from the comic series.
Game of Thrones, though, is different. The world it exists in is already so deep, complex and amazingly well fleshed out by George RR Martin, that every action his lead characters take (King Joffery’s tyrannical ruling, Jon Snow’s antics beyond the Wall or Danaerys Targaryen’s uprising across the narrow sea) has far reaching consequences for everyone within the seven kingdoms.
You could choose any character, from another would-be king, to a hedge knight, to a denizen of the night working the weekend at a brothel to help feed her sick brother – and the impact of the bigger characters decisions would be felt. There are already a hundred stories being told in Martin’s works. Telltale could easily adapt and take ownership of two or three of these and have a hugely compelling tale on their hands.
Alternatively, (and perhaps more likely) Telltale could invent a whole new cast of characters, a whole new House, complete with family banners and sacred words (Winter is Coming, a Lannister pays this debts, etc) and simply breathe a new life into the world of violence, betrayal, sex and anarchic monarchy for which the show is infamous.
Interestingly, though Telltale have pledged NOT to tell a prequel story, George RR Martin has such a well written and detailed history of the seven kingdoms – it would be easy to tell a hugely enthralling prequel story that would appeal just as much to fans as newcomers. Playing as the hammer wielding Robert Baratheon, before he became the rotund King of Westeros would be amazing.
After the dramatic events of ‘The Red Wedding‘ in season three of the TV show (made comparatively worse than the book version by the inclusion of Robb Stark’s wife in the ordeal), Telltale have some lofty heights to aim for if they want to shock any of the long term fans of the series.
If you’re new to Game of Thrones, a word of warning: don’t get too attached to any of the characters you may play as. At least in The Walking Dead game, Lee survived longer than the first episode – if Telltale stay true to the source material, it’s unlikely the same will be true of Game of Thrones.
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