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Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Ned Stark had survived Littlefinger’s betrayal? How about if Tyrion had fought the Mountain himself—and won? For the thousands of fans anxiously awaiting Game of Thrones season 8, these questions can be answered by the dedicated writers of Game of Thrones fanfiction.
With so many options, it can be hard to determine which Game of Thrones fanfiction to pick first. Given the subjective nature of the genre, it can be hard to boil down which fanfictions will be best enjoyed by a wide audience. But these are some of the most popular Game of Thrones fanfictions out there. Oh, and because these stories deal with Game of Thrones plots, a massive spoiler alert is officially in effect.
The best Game of Thrones fanfiction
It’s no surprise that many Game of Thrones die-hards like long-form, in-depth content. The majority of popular Game of Thrones fanfiction boasts at least a dozen chapters and a word count in the many thousands. If you are looking for some light reading, look elsewhere. This Game of Thrones fanfiction is dense and bloody.
1) “Kingdoms at War”
What if, before Joffrey could give the order for his execution, Ned Stark and his daughters fled King’s Landing? In deathwalker’s “Kingdoms at War,” the escape of the Starks changes everything. Robb’s survival, and his subsequent marriage to Margaery Tyrell, gives readers a completely different look at Westerosi politics. Robb’s fleshed out character reveals himself as an impressive military commander, and the author gives the powerful women in Game of Thrones plenty of time to shine. At 79 chapters and counting, this fanfiction should last you—and the other 270,000 people who’ve started it—at least until the premiere of season 8.
2) “A Knight’s Watch”
This fanfiction’s title is intriguing enough to get a click from most Game of Thrones fans. Clearly a nod to Jon Snow’s long stint with the Night’s Watch, this 40-chapter-long beast of a fanfiction centers around an alternate timeline from the very beginning. What if Ned Stark had forbidden Jon to take the black, instead sending him to squire for a knight? The events of Game of Thrones unfurl in a very unfamiliar way through the course of this fanfiction by DolorousEdditor, which has been enjoyed by more than 120,000 people.
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3) “For Fear Tonight Is All”
All of the characters in Game of Thrones lead rather unfortunate lives. Sansa Stark, in particular, suffered a transformative and painful journey that connected closely with viewers. For those wishing the eldest Stark daughter had endured a few fewer horrors, consider this absolute monster of a fanfiction. At 99 chapters and counting, “For Fear Tonight Is All” by Silberias sees Sansa Stark spirited away and wed by Oberon Martell. If only for that fantastic list of tags—but seriously people, don’t Google gout—this fanfiction with upward of 100,000 readers is definitely worth a read.
4) “The Conquest”
Another beast from DolorousEdditor, “The Conquest” shifts the story completely. Instead of conquering mainland Westeros, what if Aegon the Conqueror had set his sights on Essos? In a complete twist on Game of Thrones’s historical setting, this 14-chapter fanfiction is a bit more manageable than many others on this list. Be warned, however: It is not yet completed. As it imagines the survival of many beloved characters who have lost their lives in Game of Thrones canon, it’s not surprising that more than 80,000 people have enjoyed this fanfiction so far.
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5) “And the Giant Awoke”
This popular fanfiction by RemoWilliams twists the timeline in Game of Thrones around one particular event: Tyrion Lannister’s trial by combat. Following Shae’s betrayal at his trial, Tyrion is left without a champion to stand for him against Gregor Clegane. Using his wit and no small amount of luck, Tyrion defeats The Mountain himself. This earns him the title “The Giant of Casterly Rock” and changes the future of Westeros. With more than 3,000 favorites, this 27 chapter-long fanfiction is sure to scratch that Game of Thrones itch.
6) “The North Remembers”
This complex fanfiction steers away from altering the events in the Game of Thrones timeline. Instead, The North Remembers—which focuses more on the books than the show—occurs after the events of A Dance with Dragons. It is intended to serve as a direct sequel to the most recent book in the series and aims to close up dangling storylines. The game of thrones continues in this 113 chapter fanfiction, which has upwards of 1,000 favorites.
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7) “Ned Stark Lives!” trilogy
Yes, you read that right. Writer cbstevp created an entire trilogy of fanfiction based on Ned Stark surviving the events of the first book. Collectively, these three fanfictions have more than 140 chapters and 2,200 favorites on one site alone. This series completely flips the events in Game of Thrones by changing the first major death in the series. According to Benjamin Backhaus, who created an impressive collection of novel-length, completed fanfiction, this trilogy is a delightful and fascinating read.
8) “I Became the Daughter and the Son”
This Game of Thrones fanfiction features a major twist on the events established in the series, and it’s a favorite of Ultimate Game of Thrones creator Benjamin Backhaus. In “I Became the Daughter and the Son,” writer GilraenDernhelm takes a deep-dive into a very unexpected relationship between Arya Stark and Jamie Lannister. For fans looking to turn the series on its head, this 60-chapter fanfiction is worth checking out. The clever writing and careful approach to characters deserve more than the 550 likes garnered so far.
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