Game of Thrones: Please Don't Go
--Pulled from the Imperial article archive on Scarif for your re-enjoyment!--
With the new trailer for season seven of Game of Thrones dropping earlier last week, the hype train is now far from the station. But with this, we come to a sad realization, we come to the beginning of the end.
Only two seasons remain, but take heart! HBO has confirmed that four spin-off shows are in development. Now, that does not mean we will be getting four new spin-offs but it does mean that Game of Thrones isn’t gone forever. And with the immense amount of lore and history in the world of Westeros (and Essos), it only makes sense.
Now, being the nerd that I am, I do in fact own the “The World of Ice and Fire”, a massive book about the history of the world of Game of Thrones. And it has gotten me thinking, which stories do I have they will make into a television series? Well, here are my thoughts.
This one is fairly obvious, isn’t it? I mean come on, who doesn’t want to see some more young Ned? Or this famous, or perhaps infamous, Rhaegar Targaryen that everyone talks about? Or see the warrior Robert Baratheon in his prime? I sure would. But perhaps most of all, to see the Mad King get stabbed in the back by Jaime Lannister and the creation of the “Kingslayer.”
Robert vs. Rhaegar. Ding, ding, ding!
For me, there is a lot that could go into this story. More than just battles, though those would be pretty sweet. But there would also be plenty of political intrigue as well, which is what we have come to love about Game of Thrones. The game is what drives the whole series so there would have to be a good amount of behind-the-scenes chess playing in order to keep us on the edge of our seats, for we know what happens in the end. Rhaegar and his capture Lyanna Stark would be a great place for this. We know now that there was some sort romance there so this story would give us that bit of story where we have to stop and think to ourselves, “Wait, who is the good guy and who is the bad guy?”
The First Men and the Creation of the White Walkers
This is something that we caught a glimpse of in season six. The First Men arrive in Westeros and begin to build and establish themselves. Well, the Children of the Forest don’t exactly appreciate their precious tress being cut down for the use of building forts and walls. So, as in all things with Game of Thrones, a war breaks out. And in order to fight off the First Men, the Children created the White Walkers.
Why don’t people ever learn, don’t fuck with the trees
Well, that didn’t exactly go as planned. The First Men still established kingdoms and the Children of the Forest eventually lost control of the White Walkers. So much so that the White Walkers almost took over everything. In an event known as “The Long Night,” all free people had to band together to rally against the White Walkers and thankfully with the help of some dragonglass they were able to do so.
Benjen’s Lost Rangers
I don’t know about you all but someone I really hope we see again is Benjen Stark. He is one of those characters for me that I really liked and was interested in from the beginning and was sad to see basically disappear. Thankfully, we see him again but something is a tad off about him. He seems a little more blue but apparently had ben saved from going full blown wight when the Children of the Forest got to him and shoved some dragonglass into his chest.
Riding through the North on a horse with no name.
Now, unlike the other stories on this list, this story takes place during the events of Game of Thrones. Uncle Benjen goes off to go on a Ranging and never returns. The next time we see him, he is far from the Wall so the question is, what the hell happened? There is plenty of room for creativity in this story and we would be able to see a character that I am sure we all wish we got to see more of in the show and the books alike. We would also be able to see more things beyond the Wall which is full of crazy shit.
These are just but a few of some of the stories they could go into with these spin-offs. Usually, I don’t get my hopes up very much when a spin-off show gets announced but with how much lore is available to writers, I am genuinely excited about it.
What stories do you hope for? You should let us know!