[WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS for Game of Thrones season 6.]
HBO's immensely popular fantasy series Game of Thrones is known for depicting death, destruction and no holes barred brutality on a truly biblical scale - as warring factions clash medieval style, with garnishing of the supernatural and mystical creatures. When a show is this popular, a subculture of affectionate parody grown from fan participation is a testament to its quotability, characterization and epic action.
As a constant flow of Game of Thrones themed memes, jokes and art swamp social media platforms daily, a British voice actor has found his niche performing hilarious and uncanny impressions of the show's characters. With season 6 now finished, Scheiffer Bates has just released his latest offering (which you can watch above).
Game of Thrones' popularity is facilitated by a smart marketing strategy that utilizes social media and its likable cast to enhance fan engagement during and between seasons. This strategy cleverly encourages its fandom's creativity and this humor is supported by cast appearances on talk show sketches and viral video where the actors gently mock their character's notable traits. Bates has gained notoriety as a viral star via his You Tube channel, and his skilled Game of Thrones impressions have earned him the opportunity to perform on Jimmy Kimmel, and the UK's Radio 1 and The One Show. His impressions have also been recognized by several Game of Thrones cast members, and he has been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone and the Independent.
Bates' latest video is his take on the characters and dialogue featured in season 6 - with some funny twists. The voice actor portrays several male characters including Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju). Bringing these Game of Thrones players to life with extraordinary deftness, the impressionist adds humor through his capricious facial expressions and playful satire of their season 6 storylines.
A vehicle as vast and successful as Game of Thrones has the power to create opportunities for talented individuals who can find a way to appeal to the show's fandom for profit or launching a career. This sort of relationship is mutually beneficial for garnering exposure - and offerings such as this provide engaging entertainment between seasons for fans looking for their favorite show fix.
Plus, if any of the Game of Thrones male cast members are unavailable for additional voice takes or a hypothetical animated series in the future, HBO knows who to call now!
Game of Thrones season 7 will return to HBO in Spring 2017.
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