[Warning: This trailer contains SPOILERS for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series.]
HBO's historical fantasy series Games of Thrones has won over audiences with its gripping storylines and epic scale, but as is common with high-end TV shows the wait between seasons can be very long indeed. While fans wait for Games of Thrones Season 6 to arrive in spring 2016, and for the next book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series to be published... well, whenever it's eventually published, there's another story playing out in the kingdoms.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series is a narrative-based video game that focuses on the core gameplay mechanic of choice and consequence. Players control members of House Forrester, a northern family whose lives are thrown into extreme peril after the events of the Red Wedding. After five tumultuous episodes, the series will finally come to a close this week in the season finale, which is titled "The Ice Dragon".
Much like the TV show and the books, the time between episodes of the Game of Thrones video game series can be pretty long, so Telltale's season finale trailer takes the opportunity to remind players of a few of the major decisions that they have made so far over the course of the series. Creating incredibly difficult choices is one of the developer's goals, so it's a point of pride when the percentage of players who chose one path or the other falls into the 40-60% range - as some of these do.
Although the Forresters themselves do not appear in the TV show, the game is set in the same universe and features cast members like Natalie Dormer, Kit Harington, Iwan Rheon, Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey - as well as animated versions of their characters. We've previously recommended Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series for fans of the show, since it's playable on the average computer as well as on iOS devices, and is very accessible even for those who don't play a lot of video games.
Game of Thrones takes place across multiple locations, from Essos to Westeros and from King's Landing to the Wall and beyond. The plot largely revolves around trying to keep House Forrester from being overrun by its enemies at House Whitehill, who are jealous of the Forresters' ability to cultivate Ironwood and make valuable objects from it, such as shields that are nearly impervious to fire. As older brothers Rodrik and Asher defend House Forrester in the north, Mira Forrester is pulling strings in King's Landing as a handmaiden to Lady Margaery and former squire Gared Tuttle seeks the supposedly mythical North Grove beyond the Wall.
With writing that's on par with the TV show and the added bonus of being able to dabble in the tricky politics of Westeros, Game of Thrones is well worth catching up on now that the series is complete. And who knows - perhaps there's a Season 2 somewhere in the future as well.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series Episode Six - "The Ice Dragon" will be available on PC, Mac, iOS, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One from November 17th, 2015.