German figure skater Paul Fentz was dressed for war at the men’s Olympic free skate competition at the PyeongChang Winter Games on Saturday (local time).
The 25-year-old, who has been figure skating since the age of four, channeled Game of Thrones' Jaime Lannister for his final performance at the 2018 Olympics by donning a suit of golden battle armor for his costume. In fact, Fentz was so dedicated to the character that he wore a red sleeve to symbolize the iconic moment when the Lannister’s hand gets cut off in season 3.
“I am trying to [represent him] correctly on the ice because at the beginning he is a bad guy and the music is really dark and everything, but at the end [he] gets glory,” Fentz told ELLE.com, just minutes after he finished competing. “I want to just be happy and take… the throne.”
Fentz said he finds the HBO show's music “very powerful.” He opted for the Season 7 soundtrack, because “it [has more] glory,” he said. “[It’s] not so dark and grim; it [has] more happiness and glory and [themes] of taking the throne, to me.”
Although GoT is not his favorite TV show (gasp!), he wanted his performance to speak to its millions of die-hard fans. "The whole world loves Game of Thrones," he said.
Fentz said the idea for a GoT-themed routine came from his choreographer, who told him that he could really pull off a Jaime Lannister inspired look.
“He said, 'Let’s get [you skating] to Game of Thrones—I have a really good idea for you!” said Fentz. “He said, ‘You have the right face, with [that] beard.’ I’m not a happy guy, like, ‘Hey!’ I’m [more] concentrated and focused on taking the throne!”
Wow, they seriously do look alike.
Although his performance was a hit with the crowd at PyeongChang's Gangneung Ice Arena (and Twitter), Fentz received a 139.82 for his free skate—which, combined with his short program score of 74.73, makes for a total finish of 214.55. He’s currently in seventh place, with 15 skaters to go.
After he wrapped up his performance, NBC figure skating commentator and 1998 Olympic champion champion Tara Lipinski said: "It was not his best, but a Lannister always pays his debts."
Her co-commentator, Olympian Johnny Weir, said Fentz needed more “Khaleesi” and that his routine “flew away like a dragon’s eyelash.” So, more ice than fire, then.