“When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die,” Cersei Lannister explains to Eddard Stark during the first season of the HBU drama. “There is no middle ground.”
Despite such a dire warning, fans of the medieval fantasy have become enchanted with the kingdom of Westeros almost as much as Lord of the Rings aficionados dream of Middle Earth. Although Westeros is fictional, the Mt. Lebanon Public Library is providing the next best thing on Friday, April 22, 2016, as it transforms itself into the world of Game of Thrones with a special “Evening in Westeros” celebration that is sure to delight local fans across the region.
In addition to allowing Game of Thrones followers to congregate and interact with each other, the event will also feature an array of entertainment, including medieval music and food, wine and mead tasting, medieval dance lesson overseen by University of Pittsburgh Professor Emily Winerock, a live steel sword demonstration courtesy of Broken Plow Western Martial Arts and the Pittsburgh Sword Fighters, and real chain mail for attendees to try on.
Although the HBO drama and George R.R. Martin book series that the show is based on takes place in the fictional kingdom of Westeros, the world of Game of Thrones is loosely modelled after the Wars of the Roses-era of England. Thus while being fantasy, Game of Thrones is also rooted in the medieval, and the parallels offer real-world exploration despite the non-real elements that both the show and books incorporate into their narratives.