While the world of Westeros is best-known for HBO's Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, some superfans have given the franchise its own beautiful music video.
Although Martin has been writing the book series since 1991, his creation has found huge success more recently with HBO's epic TV series based on his work. Over the past seven seasons, audiences have become accustomed to the bloody battles and snowy vistas of Game of Thrones, which are rife for creative fans to recreate in a variety of forms.
Thrones parodies and remakes are nothing new, but Master Visuals Studio has created The Cure: A Kashmiri Instrumental Tribute to Game of Thrones. Filmed entirely in the popular ski resort of Gulmarg, it seems like the perfect setting to recreate the snowy backdrop of the TV series.
The video is already making traction online, having been viewed thousands of times and shared by the official Jammu and Kashmir Tourism's Facebook page. The tourism board reportedly sponsored the project in a bid to boost visitor numbers and showcase the talents of young locals, alongside the potential for filming in the region.
Serving as an origin story of sorts, the video focuses on what we assume is supposed to be Jon Snow on another perilous mission. Heading to a place called Stark’s Waterfall, he must find a cure for a dying woman before it is too late. There is even a portly Kashmiri version of Samwell Tarly to accompany him on his journey and an uncanny Peter Dinklage lookalike to play Tyrion Lannister. Directed by Ruman Hamdani, the project took three months to film with pretty basic production equipment, but there is no denying it looks striking anyway.
Alongside the iconic Thrones theme tune, the video also includes a unique composition of A R Rahman's 'Escape' from Slumdog Millionaire. However, hearing the music of the TV series recreated wholly on Kashmir instruments is a gorgeous tribute to the series. Sufiyan Malik can be seen playing the rabab in the video and was the man responsible for composing the music for The Cure.
While the show still isn't set to return until some time in 2019, the Kashmir version can help tide fans over until they head back to the Seven Kingdoms for the final time. Importantly, the fan video shows the widespread appeal of Game of Thrones and how it is still as popular as ever all over the world. HBO is already working on five big-budget Game of Thrones spinoffs, but an Indian remake with the team behind The Cure suddenly sounds pretty appealing too.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on HBO sometime in 2019.
Source: Master Visuals