The Game of Thrones prequel is all set to hit theaters, though there is a long wait ahead. It is expected to debut in Broadway, New York City; the West End in London as well as in theaters in Australia in 2023.
The play will be written as collaboration between playwright Duncan Macmillan and George R.R. Martin. It will be directed by renowned the U.K director, Dominic Cooke. The casting has not as yet been finalized.
The play is said to be a prequel story to HBO’s Game of Thrones, which was adapted from the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. It is centered around the Great Tourney at Harrenhal, which had taken place 16 years before the Game of Thrones.
Since it is close to the timeline of the popular Game of Thrones (GoT), fans can expect to see some of their favorite GoT characters including Jamie Lannister and Eddard (Ned) Stark. Jon Snow’s parents — Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark will also appear. However, other popular characters including Arya, Sansa and Daenerys are too young to appear in pivotal roles.
Since the prequel is set 16 years before the events of the Game of Thrones none of the original cast of GoT will be able to make an appearance as they would most probably be too old to play such young roles.
The Great Tourney at Harrenhal is a 10 day event. The Knight of Laughing Tree, a mysterious knight, participates in the tourney. In the Game of Thrones, when the tourney is recalled, King Aerys tries to unmask the knight but fails to do so. So, his identity remains a mystery. If the story in the play travels beyond the past revelations in the show, the knight could be named and one of the longest hidden mysteries in the Game of Thrones could be solved.
Other crucial mysteries and events also take place during the 10 day tourney but there is no indication about how the play will be written. However, fans have to wait until 2023 to watch events unfold at the Great Tourney of Harrenhal.
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