DreamWorks Animation has released a fantastic sketch featuring Kit Harington from Game of Thrones and Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon. After two critically and commercially successful movies, the highly anticipated How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is due for release in February next year. The franchise's third installment sees the return of Hiccup and his pet dragon, Toothless, a pair who have spent the past two films changing the relationship between Vikings and dragons for the better thanks to Hiccup's ability to tame and train the beasts in a benevolent way.
One fictional character who no doubt wishes she had Hiccup's skill is Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen. Despite being the self-proclaimed Mother of Dragons, Daenerys has struggled to keep her trio of fire-breathers under control but Kit Harington's Jon Snow seemed to be a natural with the creatures when he first encountered them in season 7. Game of Thrones is set to premiere its final set of episodes in April next year and, despite the whole world waiting to find out how the story ends, one of the show's biggest draws remains the visually impressive dragons.
Jon Snow may be adept at dragon-handling in Thrones, but actor Kit Harington apparently isn't quite as skilled. In a hilarious short sketch from DreamWorks Animation, Harington is auditioning for an "untitled fantasy TV drama" alongside his big Hollywood co-star, How To Train Your Dragon's Toothless. As Kit attempts to deliver his lines in Jon Snow's trademark gravel-laced tones, Toothless begins to demonstrate the perils of bringing a dragon onto a film set and, quite literally, starts chewing the scenery.
The sketch contains the same trademark mischief and humor that made Toothless one of the most lovable CG creations in cinema and while the video is worth watching for the slapstick gags alone, it's the light-hearted jabs towards Game of Thrones and the character of Jon Snow that really hit the mark. Harington complaining to Toothless "Be honest, do I come across as too broody? 'Cause half the time, I'm just trying to remember where I left my keys" is perhaps the highlight of the entire skit.
Credit must, of course, go to Kit Harington for being such a good sport and playing up to the over-serious thespian stereotype to great effect, and the sketch also succeeds in reminding How To Train Your Dragon fans exactly what they've been missing in the four years since the last movie. With both Game of Thrones and How To Train Your Dragon returning next year after extended breaks, 2019 certainly looks set to be the year of the dragon.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres in April 2019 on HBO.
Source: DreamWorks Animation
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) release date: Feb 22, 2019