In the trailer, Anthony, the New York Knicks oft-injured small forward, is shown practicing his ball-handling and jump shooting interspersed with clips from Game of Thrones.
The latest 30-second ad for the new season of Game of Thrones, which premieres on Sunday evening March 31, also contains what is supposed to be dramatic commentary from Carmelo Anthony: “The journey here is no easy one. It’s no place for the weak or the timid. When defeat casts you aside, and victory makes you revered, your legacy is defined. A great war is underway. Who will prevail?”
HBO’s Game of Thrones is one of the most popular series on the cable network, garnering about 10 million viewers an episode and making it the third-most watch series in the history of HBO. The series with its large ensemble cast has been nominated for numerous Golden Globe and Emmy awards.
Set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and based on George R.R. Martin’s series of sword-and-sorcery fantasy novels, Game of Thrones chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the realm’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne.
Season 3 will apparently signal some major changes for many fan-favorite characters. Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) has lost his role as Hand of the King, and sports a new facial scar. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is a captive of the Wildlings, and Ygritte is set to become a romantic interest for the character. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is still searching for an army to help her invade Westeros and help her reclaim the Iron Throne. Some interesting developments are also likely in store for bully king Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson).
HBO is also considering producing a Game Of Thronesprequel. Martin is currently writing a new series of novels about two characters called Dunk And Egg and set in Westeros about 100 years earlier.
Do you sense any connection or marketing tie-in between Game of Thrones and Carmelo Anthony? Watch the trailer and decide for yourself: