The 16 craziest moments in Telltale's Game of Thrones
Spoilers. Lots and lots of spoilers ahead.
Game of Thrones was an IP that seemed to make all the sense in the world for a Telltale game when it was first announced. With the massive success of 2012’s The Walking Dead, why not go from capitalizing on one successful brand name to arguably an even bigger one? Like its source material, Telltale’s standalone storyline has a tendency to take your heart, rip it out, throw it against the wall and repeat this process as beloved characters meet their untimely ends. Fortunately, death isn’t the only trick up Telltale’s sleeve, and the story thus far has had its share of intrigue and insanity. So without further ado, here are the craziest moments from Telltale’s Game of Thrones.
1.) Gared Tuttle and the “medicinal use of maggots”
After being stabbed in the leg while trying to avenge his family’s murder against Whitehill and Bolton soldiers, Gared Tuttle finally limps into Ironwrath. Carrying the Greatsword of Lord Gregor Forrester and an urgent message for his Uncle, Gared collapses on the ground and is taken into the Great Hall where he is tended to by Maester Ortengryn. Here the player takes part in a surgical procedure on Gared’s leg by holding his wound open while the Maester casually sprinkles live maggots inside it to prevent infection. What’s even more disconcerting is that those maggots, four episodes later, are still in there…
2.) Ethan Forrester is killed by Ramsay Snow
Fans of the books and the TV show need no introduction on the kind of monster that Ramsay Snow is and prides himself on being. At the climax of Episode One, young Ethan Forrester who has just recently taken the reigns as lord of Ironwrath, accepts an audience with Ramsay to try and resolve a dispute over the possession of the prized Ironwood with the Whitehills. It quickly becomes apparent that Ramsay has no intention of resolving the dispute, informing the Forresters that a garrison of Whitehill soldiers will instead reside within Ironwrath and that half of their land will now belong to them. To add insult to injury, Ramsay takes a liking to Ethan’s twin sister, Talia, and threatens to take her as his hostage. No matter what choice the player makes, Ramsay plunges his knife into Ethan’s throat in typical Game of Thrones fashion, killing off a character before their time.
3.) Rodrik Forrester learns of his father’s fate.
Power is fleeting in the world of Game of Thrones. You can be the most respected name amongst your people one moment, then hauled off in a corpse cart the next. Such is the fate of Lord Gregor “The Good” Forrester. Rodrik, who we find survived the Red Wedding after all, wakes up in such a predicament. When the player takes control of Rodrik for the first time, one of the first context inputs is to roll over a body that appears to stand out from the others in the cart. Eventually the cart hits a rock, and the lifeless face of Rodrik’s father stares back at him. It is a cruel reminder how quickly a person is discarded when they are no longer useful in this world.
4.) Mira Forrester is attacked by the soldier Damien in the garden.
After attending a tense meeting over ironwood supplies with a Whitehill representative, at the request of Tyrion Lannister, Mira Forrester returns to her chambers to find that it has been ransacked. She discovers a note that tells her to meet in secret in the gardens at night. That night, she learns that the author of the note is Damien, a guard who was posted in the meeting room earlier that day. Things quickly take a turn for the worse, as Damien reveals that he has no intention of helping Mira, but instead is there to assassinate her. Just when all seems lost, the coal boy, Tom, slams a wooden board into the side of Damien’s head. Here the player has a choice to kill Damien or run. No matter which one you choose, Damien is killed either by Mira’s hand or Tom’s, and presents an unenviable dilemma, that no amount of secrecy can silence forever.
5.) Asher, meet Drogon
As Asher and company are cornered by the Lost Legion, they find they have little choice but to blindly enter a cave they find on a whim. Inside, Malcolm and Beskha hold off the incoming soldiers while Asher ventures deeper into the cave to find an exit. Asher finds an opening in the cave but before he can get to it, a dragon emerges from below the exit and confronts him. Fans of the TV show might recognize this dragon as Daenerys Targaryen’s beloved Drogon. Asher backs off and makes his way towards Malcolm and Beskha as Drogon bears down on him. Eventually the two confrontations collide and Drogon unleashes its fiery breath on the combatants. Here the player is faced with one of Telltale’s signature “Who are you going to save?” moments, as Drogon will burn either Malcolm or Beskha.
6.) Mira can’t cut a deal
There are points in the game that coincide with major events from the main story. Although the player doesn’t actually witness these events, you know exactly what they are when they happen, assuming you are up on the story. As every Game of Thrones fan can attest, nobody was sad when Joffrey Baratheon met his end. As it turns out, Mira Forrester probably could have done without it, at least at that moment. In her quest to make the Forresters the sole provider of Ironwood for the realm, Mira had an agreement in place with Tyrion Lannister, the Master of Coin, who has a decree to make the arrangement official, laying on his desk.
After Tyrion is arrested for Joffrey’s murder, Mira races back to Tyrion’s quarters with the coal boy, Tom, to recover the decree before the guards can ransack the room. What follows is an intense race against time as Mira frantically scours the room. Eventually the player will find the decree in a lockbox on Tyrion’s desk and make their getaway before the guards can catch them.
7.) Gared Tuttle avenges his family
Gared Tuttle is working a late night duty shift atop the wall, when Britt, the man who killed Gared’s family comes to relieve Finn, who is also working. Britt, being the sociopathic murderer he is, can’t help but brag about the details of the killing, and eventually both characters draw their swords for a long awaited duel. Gared eventually bests Britt, and players are given the choice to spare him, kill him or (the best choice IMO) kick him off the wall.
8.) Rodrik doesn’t stay down
The climax of the third episode, Swords in the Darkness, is a confrontation between Gryff Whitehill and Rodrik Forrester. Gryff demands that Rodrik show him obedience after it is revealed that Talia has bitten a Whitehill guard for stealing food. Gryff knocks Rodrik to the ground, and one of the most intensive stand-offs of the entire series commences, Get Up or Stay Down. Gryff threatens to kill Talia if he gets up, so it’s up to the player to test both Rodrik’s and Gryff’s resolve, deciding between a fear for Talia’s life or the perception that the Forrester house is still strong.