Westeros is coming to Broadway with a prequel story, reportedly centered around the Great Tourney at Harrenhal, which took place 16 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
The plot, according to Page Six, goes something like this:
Joe Snow’s dad — and Daenerys’ older brother — Rhaegar infamously crowned Lyanna the Queen of Love and Beauty, presenting her with blue winter roses. This was a huge scandal that reverberated through Westeros, since Lyanna was betrothed to Robert Baratheon at the time, while Rhaegar was married to Elia of Dorne. It’s a key event in the timeline of “Game of Thrones” because it essentially sparks the conflict of the show: Rhaegar and Lyanna run away together to secretly marry, causing a furious Robert to wage a war.
This tourney, held over 10 days, also sees the participation of a mysterious knight known as the Knight of the Laughing Tree. According to how the festival is recalled on “Game of Thrones,” King Aerys is unsuccessful in trying to unmask the knight and figure out his identity. If the play fleshes out the story beyond what was revealed on the show, it could name the knight and solve a long-simmering mystery in the series.
Does any of that sound familiar? I’ve forgotten everything.
George R.R. Martin said in a press release about the play:
“The seeds of war are often planted in times of peace. Few in Westeros knew the carnage to come when highborn and smallfolk alike gathered at Harrenhal to watch the finest knights of the realm compete in a great tourney, during the Year of the False Spring. It is a tourney oft referred during HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ and in my [series of books] ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ … and now, at last, we can tell the whole story … on the stage.”