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Two rival marching bands form an alliance for one incredible Game of Thrones tribute

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Nov 8, 2018, 2:14 PM EST (Updated)

Winter may be coming, but that didn't stop two rival schools' respective marching bands from forging an alliance for an inspired eight-plus minute tribute to Game of Thrones.

During the halftime show at a game between the University of Michigan and Penn State University, both schools' marching bands joined forces for an epic rendition of a handful of the blockbuster fantasy series' best known orchestral numbers. There was even a bit of narration between songs, while the bands pulled off some seriously impressive choreography.

Starting off with the show's main title, the band goes to "Rains of Castamere/Light of the Seven," "Reign/Spoils of War," and ending with "Winds of Winter/Mhysa." All while Westeros was recreated via sigils of House Stark, House Lannister, and a dragon. They also did a pretty faithful recreation of the opening credits. 

While this performance is definitely not canon, it's a noteworthy addition to Game of Thrones' musical history. Over its seven-season run, the show has featured cameos from musicians ranging from Mastodon to Ed Sheeran. Even Icelandic avant-rockers Sigur Ros got heckled during their era-appropriate rendition of "Rains of Castamere" at King Joffrey's wedding, where he was later poisoned and died a horrible death. Ah, memories. 

The downside here, of course, is that we won't be seeing the final season of Game of Thrones until sometime in the first half of next year. The epic fantasy series will close out with a six-episode run, with each installment having the scope, the budgets, and the runtimes of a feature-length production — which was actually closer to the show's plan at one point. 

(via io9)

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