In the second episode of Cosplay Melee, the contestants had to create original characters that would seamlessly belong in the Game of Thrones universe. I have to admit, I do not like GOT. I tried to get into season 1, but I just did not respond well to all the violence against women. At some point, maybe 3 or 4 episodes into season 1, I just got up and started cleaning the house, which was a pretty good indicator that I had no intention of sticking with the show. So yet again, Cosplay Melee is asking contestants to draw inspiration from source material over which I have no knowledge or interest…
For the first part of the challenge, the four contestants had to draw scrolls from a bowl. Each scroll had a different weapon written on it, and the contestants had to create whichever weapon they happened to draw.
Ruth is from North Carolina and she drew a shield. There is a dragon skull on her shield and its eyes light up.
Jennifer is from San Diego and she drew a crossbow. She wanted to create a character inspired by elves. The crossbow is made to look like wood. It’s really pretty, but to my knowledge, there are no elves on Game of Thrones.
Emily is from Atlanta and she drew a flail. It is the best weapon, even though it received some mild criticism because the fur looked too new, not battle worn and matted. She deservedly won the first round of the competition.
Edgar is from Los Angeles and he drew a sword. He constructed a complicated sword that open up like a pair of scissors. He was inspired by an alligator. Unfortunately, it does not look at all like it belongs in the GOT universe. Again, to my knowledge there are no alligators. Edgar got sent home.
For the main costume challenge, the remaining contestants had to spin a wheel which would determine their realm in GOT.
Ruth had to become a White Walker, which I understood to be some kind of zombie. She did a great job and the costume is truly frightening, but the judges claimed she didn’t look enough like a White Walker. Again, I don’t watch the show, but for starters, I would assume that the costume was supposed to be white.
Jennifer is a Baratheon, whatever that means. The judges’ main complaint about her look is that it didn’t work for her assigned realm. It seems to me that she tried to force the Elf thing into her character when she should have just let it go.
Emily is a Wildling. Her character’s back-story also had something to do with her being a long-lost Stark. I pretty-much knew Emily would win the $10,000. The producers gave her a “winner” edit she told the audience that her apartment burned down four years ago and that she works at an assisted living facility. Notice they didn’t bother giving the other contestants much of a personality. My favorite look was actually Ruth’s White Walker costume, but I can certainly respect when reality show competitions expect contestants to work within the confines of the challenge instead of rewarding them for doing whatever the heck they want.