One thing shows like Girls, Westworld and Game of Thrones all have in common, beyond the fact that they’re our favourites? The famous HBO static and ‘Ahhhh.’
Depending on which series acted as your introduction to HBO, there’s a good chance the sound of the static will always make you think of this particular show. Maybe you’re sitting down to watch the latest episode of Ballers, but one drawn-out note of static and suddenly you’re expecting Sarah Jessica Parker to get splashed by a New York City bus as Carrie Bradshaw.
To illustrate just how iconic the HBO static truly is, the network gathered the biggest stars of their current series, including the cast of Silicon Valley, Girls, Insecure, Ballers, Westworld, Veep, and just about everyone from Game of Thrones (RIP Hodor) to do their best impression of the HBO static.
And while this was ostensibly a tribute to HBO, um… new GoT costumes? Yes please. Daenerys has ditched her soft blue dress for a heavy, military-looking jacket, possibly signaling she’s arriving somewhere cold. Her handmaiden Missandei also looks ready for battle, possibly finally earning an official title as the Mother of Dragons’ adviser. As for Tyrion, his brooch shows he has, so far, kept his job as the Right Hand of the Queen.
Arya appears to be reunited with her sword ‘needle,’ which could be a nod to a reunion with big brother Jon Snow, who gifted her with the weapon in Season 1. As for Snow, he’s looking regal as King of the North, with Cersei also looking every part the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Plus, there’s no shortage of pelts, so yeah, winter has arrived. Time for the White Walker-induced nightmares to begin. Is it July yet?
The promo video also uses Last Week Tonight host John Oliver to do what he does best – break down the ridiculousness of what you’re about to see on your TV screen.
All together now, ‘Ahhhhh….’