When They’re Not Killing Each Other, These ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Like to Boogie
Tyrion Lannister's "Trial by Dance"
Celebrations and swordsmanship are both central to the “Games of Thrones” universe. Both activities involve degrees of dance – from frolicking guests at King’s Landing’s many weddings to the battlefield agility declared by Brienne, Oberyn and Jon Snow. Epic military campaigns like The Battle of the Blackwater and The Massacre at Hardhome require choreography on a massive scale for the action to appear meaningful onscreen. While no one claims Westeros to be “Dancing with the Stars,” dancing plays a greater role than you might think to make The Realm as believable as it is. So, let’s get to it – Waltz Is Coming.
Season 4’s courtroom scene with Tyrion and Jaime Lannister begins with the brothers making a surprising dancing entrance. It’s a prelude to Tyrion’s request for a “trial by combat.” Thankfully, someone has remixed the scene with one from the stoner comedy film “Ali G Indahouse” featuring Charles Dance (Tyrian Lannister – yes, that’s his real last name) in drag and set it all to the PSY track “Daddy.” Watch Tyrion demand a “trial by dance.”
Arya Stark learns The Water Dance
In season 1, having newly arrived with her father Ned to King’s Landing, Arya Stark declares her intention to become a warrior. Ned bows to her wishes, and hires Syrio Forel to train her in the Water Dance. Viewers are treated to several adroitly choreographed scenes between Syrio and Arya.
The Night King's Boogie
After the brutal Massacre at Hardhome in season 5, Jon Snow locks eyes with legendary Night King, leader of the White Walkers. Through the internet’s infinite beauty, someone has turned him into a Disco King.
Margaery Tyrell, Barbie Girl
Margaery Tyrell gains much of her strength from her sexual confidence. She used it to seduce King Joffrey into marriage, and afterward she manipulated him more successfully than even Cersei. In this music video clip of actress Natalie Dormer, it appears Margaery’s apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.
Kit Harington's Wildling Serenade
One of the show’s biggest sex symbols is the immortal Kit Harington, who plays everyone’s favorite bastard Jon Snow. In 2015, Harington reunited with his Wildling love interest Ygritte (Rose Leslie) to serenade her The Troggs classic “Wild Thing” for charity. The band backing him up? Coldplay!
Tywin Lannister's Hooker Boot Pump
Consider this one a GIF’t from us. In 2002 British actor Charles Dance starred in Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Ali G Indahouse,” which includes a comeuppance scene where Dance’s character is humiliated in drag. Nine years later Dance made his debut as House of Lannister patriarch Tywin.
The Mother of Dragons Clucks Like a Chicken
Before she was the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryn (Emilia Clarke) was the Dancer of Chickens. She may have three Emmy nominations for her “Game of Thrones” work now, but she really laid an egg in what is clearly a leaked home video.
Arya Stark's Mad Flash Mob Skills
It turns out that Arya Stark (Maisey Williams) knows how to do more than just the Water Dance. She’s also a pretty mean popper, tutter and neck roller, too! The kicker? Williams participated in this Bath, England flash mob one year after her “Game of Thrones” breakthrough! Spoiler Alert: she works out. 🎶
Brienne of Tarth, Unapologetic Bitch
During Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour (2015-2016), she ritually plucked an audience member to get a spanking on her catwalk, strut their stuff, then receive a banana from The Queen. In on of her Sydney, Australia shows, the lucky “Unapologetic Bitch” was Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth). It’s so amazing to watch, we’ve to it for you from multiple angles. And in close-up. After the song Brienne and Madge lavish praise on each other. Christie is having the time of her life, giving thanks to the gods – the old and the new.
Tyrion & Jaime's Courtroom Scene - in full
We talked about this scene in slide no.1, but we didn’t link to the full scene before, so here it is. Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) ham it up big time here – Coster-Waldau nearly does a Mummer’s Strut.
Corbin Bleu Dances to GOT Theme Song on 'Dancing with the Stars'
We mentioned in our intro that Westeros is not exactly “Dancing with the Stars,” but what we didn’t mention was that winter came to DWTS not once, but twice. Two cast members have danced Viennese Waltzes to the theme song. In season 17 it was “High School Musical” alum Corbin Bleu. and partner Karina Smirnoff.
DWTS, Part 2 - Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy
Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? I mean if “American Idol” contestants could sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” once per season (well, practically), surely DWTS could get away with a return trip protecting the Realm, yeah? Season 23 saw Amber Rose and partner Maks Chmerkovskiy waltz to Ramin Djawadi’s indelible theme.
sarah paulson dancing to theme song
This one is outstanding. Actress Sarah Paulson tweeted that people would think she was a loser if the ever saw the geeky way she dances to the theme song in her home at the start of a new GOT episode. Not long after that tweet, this video of her was posted to Pedro Pascal’s Instagram feed – the actor who played Oberyn Martell. Hilarious, right?
James Corden parody
Then there was the time James Corden enlisted Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Alan Cumming to include a “Game of Thrones” song in one of his “Inappropriate Musicals” sketches. 🎶
Sansa Stark Reveals Who the Best GOT Dancer is
After the show won Outstanding Drama Series at the 2016 Emmy Awards, “Access Hollywood” asked Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) who the best dancer in the cast is. She wasted no time in revealing it to be Maisey Williams (Arya Stark – see slide no.8), but also that Kit Harington (Jon Snow) also has “Bruce Springsteen-like moves” (nailed it! – see slide no. 5). That’s it for us, GOT fans – see you next winter!