A Game of Thrones
A Song of Ice and Fire, book 1
George R.R. Martin
Featuring younger versions of several characters we got to know on Game of Thrones. We don’t know the title yet, but we know it will be about the Tourney at Harrenhal.
The Great Tourney at Harrenhal is an important historical event in the world of Westeros. Occurring 16 years before the events of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the contest took place over 10 days and included tournaments of jousting, archery and combat.
It is also the place where Prince Rhaegar Targaryen created a nationwide scandal for dedicating his victory to Lyanna Stark instead of his wife. This decision led to Robert’s Rebellion and the Targaryens being overthrown.
The Tourney at Harrenhal, also known as Lord Whent’s great tournament, was put on by Lord Walter Whent to celebrate the nameday of his daughter, and also probably to display his wealth to the realm and show off his sons.
It comes up several times in A Song of Ice and Fire and on Game of Thrones. Littlefinger lays out the broad strokes to Sansa when they’re at Winterfell together:
“Featuring many of the most iconic and well-known characters from the series, the production will boast a story centered around love, vengeance, madness and the dangers of dealing in prophecy, in the process revealing secrets and lies that have only been hinted at until now.”