‘Game of Thrones’ Even More Bloodthirsty When Set in a High School
The land of Westeros has bloodthirsty, backstabbing nobles, sadistic madmen, direwolves, dragons and White Walkers. But there is another world where corruption, manipulation and pure brutality rule that even George R.R. Martin couldn’t conjure, and that is high school. So it seems only natural that the drama of Game of Thrones would fit quite well in the world of warring cliques and prom dates, and of course, someone would think to put the two together in a weird but entertaining visual fanservice kind of way. Over the weekend, Zach Grafton and Matthew Mercer launched their new web series, “School of Thrones,” in which the younger generations of Martin’s houses must survive daily life in Westeros High.
Our narrator for the most part is a young Sansa Stark, played by web series veteran Mary Kate Wiles, who is in love with the thuggish Joffrey. “If freshman Sansa knew sophomore Sansa was gonna fall for a Lannister,” she ponders, “she would have suffocated herself, in a puppy avalanche.” She gazes at Joff from afar and explains school politics to the new foreign exchange student, Daenerys Targaryen, who is all alone in a school full of cliques and hordes. The Starks are hipsters, the Baratheons jocks (minus Stannis, who is the weird missionary kid), the Lannisters bullies and the Greyjoys, aptly, the Speedo-donning swim team. While Dany tries to fit in, Stannis and popular jock brother Renly are vying for the position of (Prom) King. Brace yourselves.