When it comes to pop culture, there are very few franchises as influential as Star Wars or Game of Thrones.
Fans around the world have enjoyed, quoted or argued fervently about both, and although they’ve each had massive dips in quality (season four and five of Game of Thrones, and the Star Wars prequels), it’s easy to see why they’ll both go down in history as some of the greatest entertainment we’ll ever feast our eyes on.
Although both are technically fantasy series, an incest plot is one of quite a few places in which Star Wars and Game of Thrones overlap (of course, they each decided to go different ways with that plot). One genius on YouTube has created an incredible Star Wars/Game of Thrones mashup, and although it’s not canon in either universe, it’s definitely canon in our hearts.
If you’re fairly up to date with Game of Thrones, you’ll probably remember Arya Stark’s return to Winterfell in season seven, episode four’s The Spoils of War. There were plenty of hugs and emotional reunions, but my favourite part of that segment was the epic swordfight between Maisie Williams’ character and Brienne of Tarth, the woman detailed to protect Arya by her now-dead mother.
It was ostensibly just a sparring session, but it was still a great moment, and one that really couldn’t be improved, right? The only way that fight would be even more entertaining is if they were using some special kind of sword. I don’t know, maybe a sword made of light? A saber, even? You see what I’m getting at here.
Feast your eyes upon this marvel! The YouTube community certainly did, and while some people were drawn into an argument about which iconic piece of pop culture was superior, the majority praised the handiwork that made this amazing GoT lightsaber fight possible.
With a diverse and detailed expanded universe of heroes, villains, rogues and mystical forces, it’s perhaps no surprise that Game of Thrones has been combined with Star Wars. This is far from the first time, though. Remember the Tower of Joy scene from the tail-end of season six? Here it is again, with lightsabers instead of swords:
What’s that? You want more? Why not check out this showdown between two of the best fighters in Game of Thrones: Brienne of Tarth makes another appearance, but this time she’s up against fan favourite the Hound.
After suffering from lulls in quality, it’s safe to say that both Game of Thrones and Star Wars are nearing the top of their respective games once more. Star Wars returned in 2015 with Episode VII: the Force Awakens and Rogue One, while the nearing end of the series has forced Game of Thrones to up the ante, to great effect.
At the moment, Game of Thrones has just passed the halfway point of its eight-episode seventh season, while Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, comes out in December of this year. We’re privileged to live in a world where we can enjoy both Star Wars and Game of Thrones, and this mashup just goes to show how beloved both properties are in the pop culture world.