So the latest "commercial" of sorts for the season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones was just released by HBO ... and man, is it weird. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is counting down the days until March 31, 2013, when the first episode of the season airs. HBO has been releasing as many posters, teasers, and trailers as they can to give us a sneak peek at what's to come.
But after watching this one, I honestly couldn't tell if it were a practical joke or not. They picked a "celebrity" of sorts to "star" in the commercial. Sorry, I'm overusing quotations marks because I still can't get over how incredulous this whole thing is. Because they picked the wrong person to reach out to audiences who like Game of Thrones. We're nerds! Doesn't HBO know this? Why would they think a professional basketball player could possibly do anything for us? It's really quite a heart-wrenching tragedy.
I mean, they picked Carmelo Anthony to sit on the Iron Throne. Carmelo Anthony? Star NBA player? Someone who'd most likely beat Game of Thrones fans up back in high school? (I'm kidding.) (Kind of.)
Here it is:
The best comment from the YouTube page? "You know nothing Carmelo."
I wouldn't have believed this was something HBO came up with if it weren't listed under the official Game of Thrones username. I'm just not on board with having any celebrity, especially a professional athlete, endorse the series. What a weird move on HBO's part. It's a fantasy world, it's supposed to be well-disconnected from anything in ours, especially a multimillionaire who plays basketball for the New York Knicks. Folks have been apparently going back to the YouTube page to see if the video has been taken down, but alas ... it's still there.
I don't get it. If you do, please enlighten the rest of us. What a strange commercial. At least instead of getting really psyched and pumped up for season 3, which I probably can't handle much more of, this one has just left me confused and bewildered. Would love to know the reasoning behind this one!
What do you think of Carmelo Anthony starring in a Game of Thrones commercial?
Image via GameofThrones/YouTube