LONDON: Fans rejoiced at a “Game of Thrones” themed advert that went viral on social media on Friday, promoting the launch of Riyadh Season 2022, an entertainment festival in Riyadh.
The advert, a remake of certain scenes from the popular hit HBO show, was met with mainly positive reactions from people on social media.
Saudi royal court advisor Turki Alalshikh stars as the Night King, alongside a cast of other talented Saudi Arabian actors and actresses.
Don’t go… I would like to thank all the participants in this promotional work for #Riyadh_Season … Create … and Saudi young men and women are creative and wonderful whenever they are given confidence and capabilities … and my master, may God protect him, our inspiring leader and godfather of vision, with him is our ambition, ambition and dreams, the sky is limitless pic.twitter.com/JwMGH4bt4C
– TURKI ALALSHIKH (@Turki_alalshikh) January 13, 2022
“I would like to thank all the participants in this advert for the #Riyadh_Season. You have been creative. The young Saudi men and women are incredibly creative and have so much potential,” said Alalshikh in a tweet, “and to our inspiring leader and patron of vision, with your ambition and dreams, the sky’s the limit.”
Saudi filmmaker Mohammed Almulla directed the Riyadh Season 2022 advert, and was applauded for his creative work which reached over 3.8 million views.
One Twitter user, Majed said: “As usual, Almulla is creative in his directing.”
As usual, Mullah is creative in directing @AlMullaGraphy https://t.co/kQQkSK1KMu
— Majed (@MajedUtd) January 14, 2022
Fadila Al-Jaffa, a Saudi commentator on international and domestic affairs, tweeted: “What we couldn’t even imagine in a day dream is a reality in the modern version of the country, a notable Saudi cleric is heading the cast in a promotional film for Riyadh entertainment season!”
What we couldn’t even imagine in a day dream is a reality in the modern version of country, a notable Saudi cleric is heading the cast in a promotional film for Riyadh entertainment season ! https://t.co/LAcL952ZiL
— Fadila Al Jaffal (@FadilaAlJaffal) January 14, 2022
Another Twitter user expressed his admiration saying: “(I) am genuinely impressed. This is truly AMAZING!”
I am genuinely impressed. This is truly AMAZING! https://t.co/CppY4dGEwo
– (@EyadASG) January 14, 2022
Despite the raving reviews, however, other people found the advert “cringe-worthy” and critiqued the director for a perceived lack of originality.
Twitter user Yaz said: “Surely this is illegal? Unless he got the rights from HBO for mimicking GOT. He has no rights to publish anything that resembles the show.”
Surely this is illegal? Unless he got the rights from HBO for mimicking GOT. He has no rights to publish anything that resembles the show. https://t.co/TlFl8A0uBJ
— Summer (@SandManSycco) January 14, 2022