A full week after the much-loved “Game of Thrones: The Musical” first aired on NBC's "Red Nose Day" special, the charity has announced that it has gathered over $21 million in donations. The Red Nose Day fundraising project was intended to help charities and institutions for children living in poverty across the United States. [Scroll down for video]
“Game of Thrones: The Musical” was a 12-minute skit produced by British rock band Coldplay. It originally aired as part of a three-hour NBC special that brought together popular musicians, actors and other artists who used their talents to entertain and encourage people to donate.
The video has since been posted on Coldplay’s YouTube Channel and has gathered more than 8 million views. The video has also been shared numerous times on social media and in various websites. Apart from the band, several cast members from the hit HBO drama series took part. New songs were written for the skit with lyrics based on the characters and incidents from the show.
The controversial “Red Wedding” got its own soundtrack, while major characters played by Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) were given solo numbers to perform.
The catchy tunes were performed by the cast members themselves and had interesting titles and lyrics. “Rastafarian Targaryen” is an amusing reggae tune while “Still Going Strong” is Tyrion Lannister’s testimony about his longevity in the series that’s notorious for killing off major characters. “Closer to Home” is a ballad sung from Jaime Lannister’s point of view and dedicated to his sister Cersei and their incestuous relationship. Classic rock song "Wild Thing" was rewritten into "Wildling," Jon Snow's tribute to his lady love, Ygritte, played by Rose Leslie.
This year’s inaugural Red Nose Day in the United States culminated in the three-hour NBC special. Other participants included Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Pattinson. Us Weekly shared a compilation of notable moments from the show.
Donations are still currently being accepted. Those who wish to help may visit the Red Nose Day official website. See the full 12-minute video below: