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War of the Usurper (originally announced as Robert's Rebellion and promoted as Game of Thrones: War of the Usurper) is a TV mini-series that will air on HBO during April 2017-July 2017. It was commissioned by HBO in June 2016, after Game of Thrones' sixth season finale, instead of season seven due to the fact that the show has caught up with the books and to give George R.R. Martin time to finish the seventh and final book of A Song of Ice and Fire, A Dream of Spring.

The mini-series consists of thirteen episodes. The series will premiere on April 2, 2017.

War of the Usurper will be based about the important events of Robert's Rebellion, or the War of the Usurper according to Targaryen loyalists. Robert's Rebellion was the war between the Houses Targaryen and Baratheon in which Robert rose to the title of King after his victory against the dragons.


For as long as anyone could remember, House Targaryen ruled the Seven Kingdoms after the first Aegon Targaryen and his sisters turned their enemies to ash with their dragons on the Field of Fire. Now, their descendant Aerys Targaryen rules from King's Landing. Peace has spread across the kingdoms...but it won't last forever.

At the Tourney of Harrenhal, King Aerys fears for his hold on the throne as he begins to hear whispers of a conspiracy to overthrow him orchestrated by Lord Robert Baratheon. Meanwhile, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen names the Lady of Winterfell, Lyanna Stark the Queen of Love and Beauty instead of his wife, Princess Elia Martell which causes unrest in Dorne.

A year passes from the tourney and Lyanna is supposedly kidnapped by the prince. The lady's brother, Brandon Stark rides for King's Landing for the safe return of his sister. The king denies him such as his father, Rickard Stark follows him. After Rickard is arrested for treason, he demands a trial by combat. Aerys is happy to oblige and names wildfire the champion of House Targaryen. Rickard is burnt to death and Brandon strangles himself trying to free his father. This act of merciless cruelty demands Lords Robert of House Baratheon, Eddard of House Stark and Jon of House Arryn to raise their banners in revolt against the Mad King which leads to a war the Seven Kingdoms are not likely to forget.




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Bill Nighy as Aerys Targaryen

Clive Standon as Eddard Stark

Oliver Jackson Cohen as Robert Baratheon

Gary Oldman as Jon Arryn

Charlie Hunnam as Rhaegar Targaryen

Gerard Butler as Brandon Stark

Liam Neeson as Rickard Stark

Janet Montgomery as Lyanna Stark

Cate Blanchett as Rhaella Targaryen

Bonnie Wright as Catelyn Tully

Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister

Alex Pettyfer as Jaime Lannister

Imogen Poots as Cersei Lannister

Jamie Bell as Petyr Baelish

Benedict Cumberbatch as Arthur Dayne

Inma Cuesta as Elia Martell

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David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

April 2, 2017 TBA
In the series premiere, the lords and ladies of Westeros attend Lord Whent's tourney at Harrenhal. Varys whispers in King Aerys Targaryen's ear of a rebellion. Eddard Stark meets Lord Hoster Tully's daughter, Catelyn. Prince Rhaegar Targaryen faces the Knight of the Laughing Tree in the final joust. Tensions rise when Rhaegar names Lyanna Stark the Queen of Love and Beauty instead of his wife, Elia Martell of Dorne.


"There is No Middle Ground" TBA TBA April 9, 2017 TBA
Lyanna runs away with Rhaegar, stoking a fire of rebellion against the crown. Brandon is the first to revolt against Aerys and rides to King's Landing with a small army, followed by his father, Rickard.


"As High as Honor" TBA TBA April 16, 2017 TBA
News of the merciless deaths of Rickard and Brandon reaches the Eyrie and Jon calls his banners in revolt. Marq Grafton denies Jon's calling and the Battle of Gulltown commences.


"Summerhall" TBA TBA April 23, 2017 TBA
Robert rides down to the Stormlands and faces Targaryen loyalists at Summerhall.


"The Ashford" TBA TBA April 30, 2017 TBA
Robert faces a tough decision as the forces of both House Tyrell and Tarly collaborate.


"Battle of the Bells" TBA TBA May 7, 2017 TBA
Tywin dispatches his forces to find Robert in the Stony Sept in the Riverlands. Ned and Jon lead their forces against the Lannisters.


"Family, Duty, Honor" TBA TBA May 14, 2017 TBA
Ned and Jon wed their brides of House Tully, Catelyn and Lysa.


"Ours is the Fury" TBA TBA May 28, 2017 TBA
Robert meets Rhaegar on the Green Fork of the Trident for Lyanna.


"Burn Them All" TBA TBA June 4, 2017 TBA


"Storm's End" TBA TBA June 11, 2017 TBA


"Promise Me" TBA George R.R. Martin June 18, 2017 TBA


"Stormborn" TBA TBA June 25, 2017 TBA


"Long May He Reign" TBA TBA July 2, 2017 TBA

Book to show differences

Below is a list of differences between War of the Usurper and text from A Song of Ice and Fire.

  • In the books, Jon Connington was the Hand of the King during Robert's Rebellion. In the show, Tywin Lannister is the Hand of the King.