Josh Gad has responded to a new fan-made mash-up of Frozen 2 and Game of Thrones that features the Ice Queen Elsa and Tormund Giantsbane. Though these characters are from two very different franchises, the mash-up is surprisingly fitting, given both characters' relationship with snowy landscapes.
In Game of Thrones, Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) spends his time on the show in the North. Originally located north of the Wall, the furthest south he goes in Westeros is Winterfell; and even during the final "battle" in King's Landing setting up the series finale, he doesn't venture south. In Frozen 2, Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) appears to be traveling to parts unknown, according to the new trailer, but ice and snow follow her wherever she goes, considering her magical powers. And, though these two characters have very little in common, a fan-made GIF has Elsa and Tormund interacting with each other, prompting Josh Gad (who voices the snowman Olaf in both Frozen and Frozen 2) to comment on the mash-up.
Gad reacted to the GIF on Twitter, which splices footage from Game of Thrones and Frozen 2. The Game of Thrones footage uses a scene from season 7's finale, in which the newly resurrected Viserion destroys the Wall, while the Frozen 2 footage uses a scene from the trailer in which Elsa fires her ice powers into the ocean. The GIF, edited together by Twitter user @ThePixelFactor, cleverly makes it appear as though Elsa, not Viserion, is causing the damage. In response, Gad captioned his retweet by saying, "I knew this was imminent but it doesn’t make it less perfect. #queenofthenorth #Frozen2." Check out the mash-up below:
Though Elsa might have seemed unpredictable in the first Frozen, she and her sister Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) turn out to be the heroes of the film, working side-by-side. However, in earlier drafts of the first film, Elsa was originally conceived as Frozen's villain. So, in some alternate universe, this mash-up is fitting for the character, especially when compared to Game of Thrones' Queen Daenerys, who also used magic to aid in destruction.
Though Game of Thrones has officially ended, the Frozen franchise is likely just getting started. This means that fans may have only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what sort of powers will be on display in Frozen 2 and its inevitable sequels. That said, unless Disney surprises audiences with a last minute twist, a la Dany's transformation into the Mad Queen in Game of Thrones, they likely won't see Elsa doing the sort of damage she appears to be doing in this mash-up.
- Frozen II (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019