The relentless cynicism of Game of Thrones is a big part of the shows’ appeal, no question. Here’s the fantasy adventure series where heroes die, villains prevail, and even the darling direwolves can wind up butchered. We’ve all learned to accept that. But still, could we get even just a fleeting glimpse of what Westeros would look like if it were fun, sunny, and/or cute? Is it too hard to let Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and Snorlax free to prance around the Iron Islands?
That’s what’s wonderful about fan art. It answers super-specific wishes. The artist Kaleb Raleigh, otherwise known as Sketch-BGI, has illustrated the GoT/Pokémon mash-up you probably even thought to ask for in a DeviantArt Gallery entitled “A Song of Blue and Red.” Not only does he re-imagine the bestial sigils of Houses Greyjoy, Martell, and Lannister as Pocket Monsters Ash might catch with his Pokéball, he also takes the conceit a few steps farther; showing how these cuddly creatures grow into more fearsome evolved forms.
Look closely at these pieces and you’ll notice Raleigh has even been thorough about the creatures’ classifications. House Tyrell’s little Shrubrush is a grass Pokémon, for instance, while House Tully’s evolved Retespawn is a water/fighting Pokémon. That fits. In fact, it’s just the sort of detailed classification Martin lavishes upon the saga’s royal genealogies. The cases where Raleigh imagines Pokémon representing outfits who aren’t royal houses–like the White Walkers and the Night’s Watch–are quite clever, too. However, our favorite might be the evolved flayed man that is the Creepuscle of House Bolton. It’s like a chibi-fied Colossus from Attack on Titan.
What other Poké-mashups would make just as much sense as this? If they’ve already been illustrated online, please, please, please link them in the talkback.
Image Credits: Kaleb Raleigh