Game of Thrones: Nikolaj Coster Waldau says the story is ‘done’
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Nikolaj Coster Waldau might have said the story is “done” but his character Jaime seems to be coming back after all, in a mixed blessing for fans. More and more new Game of Thrones projects keep being unveiled when readers really want just one thing above all. On top of the new five-year deal with HBO to develop at least six more shows, and an array of other films and TV projects elsewhere, Martin has now added an epic new show. It is based on the dramatic Great Tourney at Harrenhal, when the seeds were sown for Rob’s Rebellion against the Targaryen dynasty and features some of the biggest names from A Song of Ice and Fire.
Martin said today he was “blown away” by the latest project which promises to feature “many of the most iconic and well-known characters from the series.”
The Great Tourney took place 16 years before the opening of A Game of Thrones. Rob, Jaime and Ned were young men at the time (age 20, 16 and 19 respectively), but they were already important figures from prominent families. Jaime’s twin Cersei and brother Tyrion could also be there.
At the end of the ten-day event, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, who was already married to Elia Martell, publicly declared his love for Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark. What followed would tear the Seven Kingdoms apart.
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Rhaegar spirited Lyanna away and many believed she had been abducted against her will.
She was also betrothed at the time to her brother’s best friend, Rob, the fiery and powerful head of House Baratheon.
In truth, he loved her more than she did him and her true affections lay with Rhaegar, but, as an author, Martin is the master of showing how perceptions and passions always trump the truth.
In an announcement today in The Hollywood Reporter, Martin said: “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.”
Martin added: “It is a tourney oft referred during HBO’s Game of Thrones, and in my novels, A Song of Ice & Fire… And now, at last, we can tell the whole story… on the stage.”
This will be a rare outing for the author’s Westerosi world in the theatre. He revealed that plans had been underway with world-renowned theatre luminaries long before the global pandemic struck. Martin also promised that the new play will be seen all around the world.
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Martin said: “Our dream is to bring Westeros to Broadway, to the West End, to Australia… and eventually, to a stage near you … It ought to be spectacular…
“An amazing team has been assembled to tell the tale, starting with producers Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and Jonathan Sanford. Their knowledge and love of my world and characters has impressed me from the very first, and their plans for this production blew me away since the first time we met.”
Martin said: “Dominic Cooke, our director, is a former artistic director of London’s Royal Court Theatre, who brought Shakespeare’s dramas of the War of the Roses to television, and our playwright, Duncan Macmillan, has previously adapted George Orwell and Henrik Ibsen, among others.”
This undoubtedly sounds fantastic and will explore events that will thrill any Game of Thrones. But, this is yet another project for the 72-year-old author who has admitted he still has “hundreds of pages” to go on The Winds of Winter after working on it for ten years. And that is before he even starts on A Dream of Spring.
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