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Fan-made video makes you want to join the Night’s Watch

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Game of Thrones fans are passionate. We know this, because we ourselves are fans. And paying homage to the show with video remixes seems to be a big part of this fandom. There’s just something about these images that cries out for an editor’s intervention.

In that vein, we have two wonderful fan-made videos that beautifully express each creator’s passion for Game of Thrones. First up, YouTuber TheGaroStudios pays tribute to The Night’s Watch. Check out The Night’s Watch: Winds of Winter:

Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.

What I liked about this particular video was how it brought together all the different characters who form the Night’s Watch, not all of whom are people we like. Whether it’s Ser Alliser Thorne rallying the men to defend Castle Black against the wildlings, Jon Snow warning people about the White Walkers at Hardhome, or Grenn and his fellows reciting the Night’s Watch oath before making their last stand against Mag the Mighty, everyone is part of the same brotherhood.

It’s also neat to see how two men who hate each other—Ser Alliser Thorne and Jon Snow—use the same rallying cry in battle. (“To me!”) And the montage of the funeral pyres was a nice touch. “And now his watch is ended.”

Moving on, we have hauntingly sad video about the love between Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. From YouTuber AnneSoshi, it’s called Rhaegar & Lyanna: But that’s a Sadder Story.

This one was pieced together from several different shows and movies. There are scenes from the CW’s Reign in there, with Adelaide Kane (Mary, Queen of Scots) standing in for Lyanna Stark. Bradley James, who plays Arthur Pendragon on BBC One’s Merlin, serves as Rhaegar Targaryen. There are also scenes from Tristan & Isolde, a 2006 film that starred Henry “Superman” Cavill, repurposed for the video as young Robert Baratheon, and James Franco, who stands in here for young Ned Stark. Finally, Indian actress Deepika Padukone “plays” Elia Martell, with scenes taken from her film, Love Aaj Kal.

Of course, there are scenes from Game of Thrones spliced in, as well, including from clips from Bran’s weirwood flashbacks and Jorah’s speech about Rhaegar from “Walk of Punishment.”


This is a wonderful video about Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark’s love, and it directly contradicts the stories told by King Robert Baratheon, and just about everyone else in the Seven Kingdoms. I guess that whole unreliable narrator thing is real, huh?


  • I LOVED both of these videos! They are very well made! The Night’s Watch video just made me remember why I love GoT so much and how much I will miss it when it is gone!😥 The battles were the best! And the Robert, Lyanna, Rhaegar video made me really want a spin-off of what we never saw!! There is so much story to be told there! I will also have to check out Reign, have never watched it but this video makes me want to watch it! Thanks David for finding them and posting!

  • If all six seasons are divided into the three areas, I prefer the ones up north the most, particularly those at the wall. From Crasters Keep to Winterfell the drama has been the most interesting and important. Kings Landing and Essos have their moments, too, but what happens in the north is for the sake of humanity and the ultimate goal.
    The end of season 6 was saying goodbye to Essos, and I think the end of 7 will be saying goodbye to Kings Landing, and all of season 8 will be in the North. Can’t wait!

    • Me too!!! The North is where it’s at and where it’s always been!

      That NW video was very good. After it ended, another video by that author popped up and I watched it as well, and it was also very good. Think it was called (GoT) Jon Snow King in the North

      • Still the best episodes are the northern set ones too. I can watch Hardhome and Battle of the Bastards repeatedly and enjoy them every time.
        I like the way that Mance Rayder, Tormund and Ygritte, Wildlings, changed Jons perception of the far northern people, and all episodes they appear are also the best of the ones set in the North.

  • Okay, I’ll admit it: I just keep coming back here to watch that darned Night’s Watch video. It’s really good. It brings a little tear to my little eye in a couple of places even. Now the Rhaegar & Lyanna video… I think I’ve just watched too much Merlin to see Bradley James as anyone but Arthur. I can’t get into him as Rhaegar. However, when I attempt to suspend my disbelief there (which is a toughie, folks, I’ll be honest with you), that video actually is pretty good.