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2. 10,000 Ships, One Queen: Nymeria's Exodus Was Going to Be the "Game of Thrones" Story You Never Knew You Needed... Until HBO Shelved It.
2024/05/12

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A Voyage Never Sailed: The Abandoned "Ten Thousand Ships" Prequel

While Game of Thrones' final season left many fans disappointed, the prospect of spinoffs offered a glimmer of hope.  One such project, "Ten Thousand Ships," promised an epic journey into ancient Westeros, but sadly, it was shelved, leaving fans to lament what might have been.

Nymeria: A Queen Leading an Exodus

Writer Brian Helgeland envisioned a sweeping tale inspired by legendary journeys.

 Queen Nymeria, a figure shrouded in myth and legend, would have taken center stage. Her story, mirroring the biblical Exodus, depicted her people fleeing a ravaged homeland, forced to live upon the sea. Imagine the desperation, the struggle for survival, the longing for a new home – a narrative ripe with emotional depth and dramatic tension.

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"It was essentially the story of Moses but swapping him out for Nymeria," Helgeland explained, revealing the scale of his ambition. He sought to weave a tapestry of hardship, resilience, and ultimately, hope, as Nymeria led her people through treacherous waters toward a new dawn.

A Fusion of Myth and Adventure

Helgeland drew inspiration from classic tales of adventure and resilience.

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