On Thursday May 21st, Game of Thrones fans got a special treat when some of the cast from the show teamed up with British band Coldplay to create a skit for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day. What was broadcasted on NBC was a twelve minute mini “documentary” showcasing Coldplay creating Game of Thrones: the Musical.
Narrated by Liam Neeson, the mini documentary added humour and musicality to the typically dark drama of Game of Thrones, and gave viewers just what they wanted: comic relief.
The video opens with a shortened version of the show’s opening credits and theme to introduce the cast, but with added red noses on the landmarks of King’s Landing and Winterfell.
“In an exclusive Red Nose Day revolution, we’ve discovered that the British band Coldplay are secretly working on a musical of TV sensation, Game of Thrones” voices Neeson. He then goes on to inform viewers that the band are working on creating the sixteen songs required for a full Broadway stage musical.
Yet while Martin seems highly optimistic of the project, certain GOT cast members do not.
“One word that springs to mind when I’m thinking of this project is Titanic” states Emilia Clarke who plays Daenerys Targaryen. “But not in terms of the successful movie, uh, in terms of the unsuccessful boat”.
After clips of cast members chastising the whole idea, and only Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon) and Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow) showing up to hear the songs played for the first time, all hope seems lost for Martin.
But then Jon Snow saves the day, as Kit Harrington walks into the studio as a symbol of hope for Chris Martin, and day two of the workshop takes a turn for the better.
“With a phone call from Jon Snow and the offer of free food, a huge chunk of the cast have arrived” voices Neeson as Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) walks into the London studio.
Game of Thrones fans get a wink in this moment, as dramatic music plays and a look of horror falls on Allen’s face as he stares at Rheon. A reference to the horrific relationship Theon has with Ramsey Snow. This is then immediately broken, as the two offer warm greetings and embrace each other in a hug.
At about 5:53 in the video viewers are finally given a real treat: GOT cast members singing the musical numbers.
The first performance is given by Kit Harrington singing “Wildling” to the tune of “Wild Thing”. Performing the song to Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Harrington sings out “ Wildling, you make my heart sing, you pull your bow sting, and shoot me. Wildling”.
Then the number one performance in the video, in my opinion, is given at 7:53 when Martin introduces the Red Wedding song. “It Starts very serious” Martin tells the GOT cast before singing, “You don’t mess around with Walder Frey”.
The whole cast then joins Martin to sing the lines “If you’re here for the wedding of Robbie Stark, keep the car running there’s no need to park. He’s not going to make it through the night./ Keep that wedding cake in the fridge, he didn’t pay me back for using the bridge. I’m afraid this wedding won’t be white”.
The mini-doc then cuts to Emilia Clarke, who has changed her mind on the idea of a GOT musical, singing Rastafarian Targaryen. “I always knew it was going to be a triumph” Clarke says. “George R. R. Martin meets Chris Martin, what could go wrong?”
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) also partakes with the song Closer to Home. “It’s the first romantic ballad about incest, in Coldplay’s career” voices Neeson. As does Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) with the song A Man for All Seasons (Still Goin’ Strong).
The video ends with Martin saying that they just need George R. R. Martin’s permission; permission the band was certainly not granted.
“It’s a set back” speaks Martin. “But I’ve got plenty of other ideas” he says, as a series of posters with Downtown Abbey: The Opera, Breaking Bad: The Ballet, and Taken: On Ice scroll by.
“That’s not a bad idea” speaks Neeson in regards to the Taken poster. “I better get my skates on then”.
You can watch the video in its entirety below.