These Dead 'Game of Thrones' Characters Could Appear in New Broadway Show

A Game of Thrones broadway adaptation is coming, and it will resurrect some of your favorite characters from the dead.

While no official details on the character list are available, the timeline of the Broadway plot, and former revelations about the main event, imply that Ned Stark, Jaime Lannister, Lyanna Stark, Robert Baratheon and more will make an appearance.

The Broadway show, which is based on a storyline by original creator George R.R. Martin, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will take viewers back to a historical event in Westeros, which happened long before the Game of Thrones television series picked up. That means those who suffered tragic deaths will still be alive as they attend the event, which was only alluded to in the HBO series.

The stage adaptation, which has yet to be named, will center on The Great Tourney at Harrenhal, which took place 16 years before the Game of Thrones television storyline. While it wasn't televised, it was mentioned often in HBO's adaptation and Martin's book series—enough so that there's a good amount of background on the event, and how the pre-feuding families interacted in the good times of Westeros.

Ned Stark dies in 'Game of Thrones'
The HBO series "Game of Thrones" showed the emotional death of Ned Stark (far right), whom fans continue to grieve. Television 360

A Song of Fire and Ice already proved Stark, his sister Lyanna, Lannister, Baratheon, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and more were in attendance at The Great Tourney, which seems to imply they'll be present on stage. That will be great news for those still heartbroken over Stark's emotional death, among others.

For a bit more background on The Great Tourney at Harrenhal, A Wiki of Fire and Ice explains the event was held in 280 AC by Lord Walter Whent. Some of the highlights include Lannister, a teenager at the time, being welcomed into the Kingsguard. While all of the families—not yet at war—enjoyed the festivities, a handful of side plots were seen, too, like recruitment for The Night's Watch.

There's also a yet-to-be-revealed "mystery knight" who competed in the tourney and a major plot twist that could put relationships on edge. Prince Rhaegar won the competition and chose Lyanna Stark as "the queen of love and beauty"—an odd decision given both of their spouses were present (Lyanna was married to Baratheon at the time.)

Martin gave a statement about the importance of the previously elusive event. "The seeds of war are often planted in times of peace," Martin told The Hollywood Reporter. "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 novels, A Song of Ice & Fire ... and now, at last, we can tell the whole story... on the stage."

Despite Game of Thrones' ultra-passionate fanbase, reactions to the stage adaptation were mixed on Tuesday after the news broke. Some Twitter users questioned the need for another version of the story, while others were excited to see any fresh Game of Thrones content.

George R.R. Martin is developing prequels, sequels, spinoffs, and a whole Broadway play to avoid writing that next Game of Thrones book.

This is the level of procrastination to which I aspire.

— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) March 30, 2021


— andy (they/ze) (@andycaspian) March 30, 2021

Game of Thrones still finding ways to pull me in. A play about the Great Tourney at Harrenhal? Okay I'm in.

— Kristofer Purnell (@kjpurneII) March 30, 2021

i do not have the emotional and mental capacity to even begin to formulate my thoughts on the game of thrones broadway adaptation oh my god do i not

— Alicia Lutes (@alicialutes) March 30, 2021

they’re making a game of thrones play for broadway...

— jennifer ☽ (@jawbreakcolson) March 30, 2021

Not Game if thrones GAME OF THRONES going to Broadway I can’t stand it anymore

— ᭙ɑղժɑ 𝓽💛 (@Wandener2) March 30, 2021

I'll take "Things Nobody Asked For" for $200

— Evie Fordham (@eviefordham) March 30, 2021

This reminds me of The New Yorker cartoon when the couple is leaving the theater and the caption says "I just didn't think it stayed true to the video game."

— Amy Chozick (@amychozick) March 30, 2021