There’s been a lot of talk about all the Game of Thrones spin-offs that are in the works – with most people predicting that the one that is eventually made will tell a story set before the main series. Perhaps during Robert’s Rebellion?
But what if instead of going back in time, we went forward? What if we were were presented with a version of Game of Thrones set in the modern day? How would that look?
Well, some very talented person has created the answer to that question, and that answer is: fucking awesome. A YouTube channel named simply ‘Westeros the Series’ uploaded a trailer for their concept show, Westeros, on Tuesday, and it’s so good that it’s getting a lot of attention.
Looks brilliant, doesn’t it? There’s a nice nod to Arya’s old swordmaster Syrio Forel in there, when ‘Prime Minister Lannister’ tells the cameras: "Trust me, fear cuts deeper than swords," while insisting that there is “nothing beyond the Wall”.
The show looks to be set in a dystopian future. We are treated to flashes of a man with very White Walkery eyes waking up in bed, a silver-haired, presumably Targaryen man snorting a line of cocaine, someone stepping out of a car in high heels with a wolf at their side, and wind turbines erected either side of the gates of Braavos.
The Iron Throne appears to be kept in a sterile, empty room inside a perspex box, and Westeros is now home to high-rise cityscapes.
“Look at this prodigious world, it had changed,” says an ominous sounding man as he looks over what may be future King’s Landing from a skyscraper – and this seems to be the theme for the show – the tagline is ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’.
It appears infighting, wars between house and the threat of the dead are all just as prominent in modern-day Westeros as they are in Game of Thrones, despite the world looking unrecognisable.
No one knows exactly where this video has come from, or who has made it, but there are rumours that it is the work of German TV presenter and satirist Jan Böhmermann.
He tweeted the video out soon after it was published on Tuesday morning, and has made similarly well-produced spoofs in the past, including one called ‘V for Varoufakis’, which caused controversy for showing a clip of the Greek finance minister giving the finger, The Telegraph reports.
While the trailer is almost certainly a spoof, it does tease a 2019 release date at the end. It won’t actually get made, but now we really want it to – especially since we’ve only got one more season left of Game of Thrones. This feels like it would fill the gap very nicely.