Finally, Telltale Games has shared some actual details for the upcoming Game of Thrones adaptation. As predicted, we’ll be playing as House Forrester, with characters entangled in the War of the Five Kings.
Even if you’re not familiar with the books and only know George R.R. Martin’s stories through the TV show, there shouldn’t be any spoilers here. The storyline starts around the end of Season Three and runs up until the beginning of Season Five, so the settings like King’s Landing and The Wall should be familiar, but others like Ironrath (the home of House Forrester) will be new.
House Forrester is a noble house from the Wolfswood in the north of Westeros. Bannermen to House Glover, they have always offered unswerving loyalty to the ruling great house of the North – the Starks. The Forresters are seated at Ironrath, an imposing stronghold surrounded by towering ironwood trees. Built over fifteen hundred years ago by Cedric Forrester and his triplet sons, Ironrath is a testament to the strength and endurance of Ironwood. The Forrester house words are ‘Iron from Ice’, which echoes their belief that – like the ironwood itself – the adverse conditions and unforgiving landscape of the North only makes them stronger.
The ironwood forest near Ironrath is the largest in Westeros, giving House Forrester a strategic advantage. Many of the best ships, weapons and destructive structures use ironwood – and House Forrester controls the majority of the forests.
At this stage, the Forresters have not appeared in the TV series (and neither have their rivals, House Whitehill), but they both live in the world of George R.R. Martin’s creation, making their debut in the novel A Dance With Dragons.
Telltale takes Martin’s stories and twists them even further: You’ll play Game of Thrones from five different points of view – either a member of the Forrester family or a person working for the House.
Playing as five characters not only reflects the epic scope of Game of Thrones, but is also something that the player needs to be mindful of. This is because the actions of one character can ripple out to affect the rest of House Forrester. Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you’re truly playing the Game of Thrones… where you win, or you die.