Some of our generation’s musical greats have just proved that they will happily sacrifice their dignity for enough money.
HBO announced in April that it was releasing an album of Game of Thrones-inspired tunes from artists like A$AP Rocky and Ellie Goulding. The album dropped April 26, and now the project has cursed us with a music video of the track “Power is Power” by SZA, The Weeknd, and Travis Scott.
The video features the artists getting their Westerosi warrior on. Dressed in furs and ribbons, The Weeknd embodies the spirit of Jon Snow while contemplating deep phrases like “heavy is the head that wears the crown.” SZA writhes around on the Iron Throne while channeling Daenerys, and Travis Scott tries to play the maniacal bad guy, overlooking some steam-filled mountains. The whole time, scenes from Thrones play in the background.
The overall effect of the over-the-top emoting and dramatic costumes and set design just doesn’t land. Instead, it just makes these stars look like big nerds, putting on misplaced sappy emotional displays while cosplaying.
Cool song though.