Celebrating the long awaited arrival of Game of Thrones season 8, the Night’s Watch joined forces with the British Army in a surprise military performance.

Tower of London visitors got a big surprise as the British Army’s Coldstream Guards performed a spectacular rendition of the Game of Thrones theme tune, before being joined by the Night’s Watch for a unique military display.

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Crowds gathered for what they thought would be a traditional Changing of the Sentry Duty from the Coldstream Guards—and they remained unaware as they broke into ‘The Standard of St George March’, as they usually would. But then things went North, and suddenly they were playing the Game of Thrones theme tune as the Night’s Watch marched out. Watch the stunt here:

The routine took two months of choreographing and precise military and musical planning. Twelve actors were transformed into the Night’s Watch for the spectacle, dressed in costumes that took ten weeks to create. Meanwhile, the Army were in their traditional scarlet tunics and black fur busbys.

Photo: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Sergeant Major Richard Maddocks said of the stunt: “We play all over the world at all sorts of concerts and events, but this was genuinely a career highlight for all of us seasoned Members of the Coldstream Guards Band. Given it’s a favourite TV programme of many of ours made it an extra special experience. The Night’s Watch delighted and stunned their audience and challenged us into looking our sharpest and playing our military best!”

The final series of Game of Thrones will return to Sky Atlantic on Monday, April 15, at 9pm (or 2am for keen-os.)

Big Game of Thrones fan? Here are a bunch of themed activities in London:

🐺 Grab a selfie on the iron throne
⚔️ Dine at a GoT-themed feast
🐺 Boogie at ‘Rave of Thrones’
⚔️ Party at a GoT-inspired cabaret night
🐺 And so much more

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