Fleeing from war and keeping away from bloody battlefields is a common scene on HBO's "Game of Thrones." But now, the cast of the hit series, which returns for season six on April 24, is also appealing on behalf of those who are seeking refuge from real-life war and bombings.
Stars from the fantasy TV-series appeared in a video for International Rescue Committee (IRC) in collaboration with HBO network to appeal to fans to send aid to the agency which helps refugees start new lives after leaving behind their homes for a safer future.
Lena Headey, who plays Queen Cersei Lannister, leads the video, shot in black and white by explaining that the IRC provides relief for more than 3 million refugees across Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Serbia, Turkey and in Greece. The organization also helps thousands more who have been fortunate enough to be granted safe haven in the U.S.
Also featured in the video is Liam Cunningham, better known on the show as Ser Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight.
"Every month, hundreds of thousands of people flee their homes," he says.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis), John Bradley-West (Sam Tarly), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow/Bolton), and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) also lend their famous faces to the video to plead for donations from the show's 6.9 million fans worldwide.
Even actors who are no longer regulars on the show dropped in to lend their support and their voices for the #RealmToTheRescue campaign:
Deobia Oparei (Areo Hotah), Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H'gar), and Oona Chaplin (Talisa Maegyr) are just some of the former stars of the show who returned.
Describing that "rescue has no boundaries," the video was released online March 13.
Unlike Donald Trump turning away Daenerys Targaryen and her starving khalasar from the gates of Qarth in a spoof video, the actors and IRC hope that "Game of Thrones" fans will help support the stars in their appeal for help for Syrian refugees fleeing from very real war and danger in the Middle East.
According to the IRC website, they are the only agency working to help refugees from all fronts: from within war-torn Syria, to helping refugees in-transit across neighboring countries and as they traverse Europe, and in the United States and around the world to help transition and resettle refugees in their new homes.