This story contains some spoilers for the end of the fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones as well as for parts of the book A Dance with Dragons.
When Telltale first announced that it was working with the Game of Thrones property, gamers began wondering what part of the universe the studio would explore. Would it follow the books? The shows? Something entirely different from the world of Westeros?
Telltale has previously said that it would stick to the HBO show rather than George R. R. Martin’s novels, but the studio recently tweeted out a teaser image implying it may be doing a bit of both. As Mashable points out, the image Telltale released contains a quote from Martin’s most recent book, A Dance with Dragons.
The quote mentions ironwoods, which are a type of tree indigenous to Northern Westeros, including the haunted forests beyond the Wall. Fans of the show will remember that its latest season ended with Stannis Baratheon, the Lord of Dragonstone, arriving beyond the Wall with an army at his back just in time to put a stop to the Wildlings’ siege of it. This could mean that the game will show some of the events before Stannis’ arrival or delve into those immediately after to lead into the show’s fifth season.
However, as Mashable points out, the ironwood is also the sigil for House Forrester, whose involvement in the game was teased in August. In A Dance with Dragons, House Forrester provides Stannis with scouts to aid in his march to Winterfell, but the noble house has otherwise gone largely unmentioned in both the show and the books.
Telltale has confirmed that Game of Thrones‘ first episode will release this year.