Game of Thrones Season 6 Spoiler: Schenectady Is Eighth Kingdom of Westeros
By Fred Furnace
Published March 20th, 2016
A dragon hovers above Proctors Theatre in Schenectady during filming
of HBO's Game of Thrones. (Photo of Proctors by Matt Wade)
SCHENECTADY – A trailer for the sixth season of HBO's hit series Game of Thrones inadvertently revealed a shocking plot development: the addition of Schenectady to the fictional continent of Westeros.
The trailer aired only once and was then quickly taken down by the show's creators. The clip showed the "Mother of Dragons," Daenerys Targaryen, standing in front of what appeared to be the General Electric building downtown.
A second clip from the trailer showed “the Imp,” Tyrion Lannister, standing in line at the “will-call” window at Proctors Theater, next to Ser Jorah Mormont, who is shown holding a bag of popcorn and a box of Reese’s Pieces.
The images confirm what Thrones’ Internet conspiracy theorists had been predicting all winter: that Westeros will be getting an eighth kingdom based somewhere in upstate New York.
"David and D.B. thought Schenectady would be the perfect addition to the series," admitted a person close to executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
"They wanted the new kingdom to be a mysterious, lawless place,” he added. “A land where the citizens were vulgar, violence-prone and heavily addicted to the opium-like drug, ‘milk of the poppy.’
“Schenectady checked all the boxes,” he stated. “It was so perfect, in fact, that we just walked around filming the real citizens. We didn’t even need to hire actors.”
A source familiar with the plot line said Daenerys and her dragon, Drogon, stumble upon Schenectady after fleeing Meereen and the “Sons of the Harpy” rebellion. Dany eventually earns the love of Schenectady's wayward citizens through her trademark mix of compassion, brute force and smokin’ hot looks.
“My rightful claim to the Iron Throne begins here; it begins in Schenectady,” she declares.
The leaked images have created tremendous buzz on the Internet and throughout the area, but not everyone is happy with the news.
"I'm the boss of this place, not that little Targaryen whore," said Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy. "I don't care how many dragons she has; Schenectady is my kingdom and she needs to keep her nose out of it.”