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Game of Thrones is coming to end.
Well, HBO is developing a prequel series and George R.R. Martin still has to finish the series, so Game of Thrones will live on on the silver screen and on the page. But the main show, the only show as of now, the show that brought many of us to this fantastic story and allowed book readers to sit back with smug looks on their faces, is coming to a close.
In honor of that, let us sit back and reflect.
And laugh a little as we go through all the parodies of Game of Thrones through the last nine years (that’s nearly a decade of murder over a big chair!)
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Let’s run back to May 24, 2013. You might not have been in your comfy seat, but you felt that warm and fuzzy feeling as a smile came across your face.
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Recall that smile, and together we’ll watch back when times were simple. Among other things, Jimmy Fallon was the host of Late Night on NBC. He and his teams of expert writers transformed the 30 Rockefeller Center into its own version of Westeros. The Iron Thrones became the Iron Desk, Dragons were Peacocks, and the Red Wedding hadn’t aired yet.
Sorry I reminded you.
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On Sep 25, 2013 we were graced with this wonderful parody. Bill Hader, future Richard Tozier in It Chapter 2, stands before three super fans played by Taran Killam and Aidy Bryant, but the third fan, Duncan (Zach Galifianakis) has come dressed as a dragon. Why is Jaime called Kingslaver? Who killed Half-hand? Easy questions, but Duncan is asked this: What is the capitol of Wisconsin?
Oh, I feel attacked, and the sketch isn’t even in full swing yet.
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Even back in 2014 we were making jokes about how slow George writes. Oh, if only we knew.
But if want to know why George R R Martin hasn’t finished The Winds of Winter and Dreams of Spring yet? Well on April 6, 2014 we got an answer, sort of.
It’s exactly what George R R Martin would say if he actually let loose and spoke his mind.
Bonus points if you want to know how he got to name the White Walkers?
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I’ll give you a hint: a white guy just walked past me.
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What happens when you bring a brooding Jon Snow to a dinner party in a Brooklynn Townhouse? On April 7, 2015, five days before season 5’s premiere, Seth Myers learned that winter was coming. Spring has sprung, he prattled, but Jon Snow gave his usual warning, “Winter is coming.”
“So much for global warming,” one patrons jests.
“You won’t be laughing when the white walkers rip you limb from limb.”
It’s funny because the Night King hadn’t risen the dead in front of our eyes.
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Hope you didn’t have a baby shower before Feb 18, 2016, because you might have invited the wrong guest. Seth Meyers did in his sketch on Late Night where he brought the Red Priestess herself, Melsiandre, to a baby shower. “The night is dark and full of terrors,” she warned, sitting in a room with not only Seth Myers, but his pregnant wife and human rights attorney Alexi Ashe. At least didn’t set anyone on fire.
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Back on May 8, 2016 it was a simpler time. “Jon Snow is dead!” all the characters say, while we the audience sat back and said, “Shut up and bring him back.” In this sketch, Cecily Strong and S.N.L host Brie Lawson (Captian Marvel) act as audience surrogates, showing that maybe things were a lot easier during episodes 601 and 602 when we know what was coming.
The best part is Jon keeps waking up and being told “Not yet!” by Melsiandre.
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Aired Aug 9, 2017, it’s less of a parody but more of a commentary. Seth Meyers steps by Leslie Jones’s apartment to listen her live instead of just reading, like most of us, her live-tweets.
Watch it. No spoilers, but Varys stops by just Jamie meets Drogon, as well as Daenerys Targaryen, for the first time.
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You might remember this one since this sketch only aired on Dec 8, 2018. It’s KHAL DROGO’S GHOST DOJO! It’s a place where all the characters who died on Game of Thrones can go. With Khal Drogo there for Dothraki public access, what can go wrong?
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Either way you cut it, its laugh-out-loud hilarious to see Khal Drogo meet several other dead characters. The first guest is a punch in the gut, however, since it’s the lovable puff-bag Hodor. Honestly, that “hold the door” joke was as painful as the Red Wedding. At least they made it up with hearing him actually speak in coherent sentences.
On a related note, sorry for bringing up the Red Wedding. I know you probably forget about it.
Oh, who am I kidding? The North Remembers.
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Legendary thriller writer Peter James asks George R.R. Martin, Karin Slaughter, Lee Child and more what books or authors inspire them!
Peter James asks George R.R. Martin, Heather Graham, Lee Child and other wonderful writers what books or authors inspire them!
At Thrillerfest this weekend, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin opened up about a particularly tragic in-store appearance he made early in his career, which boasted minus-four attendees. You read that right.
When the event, held in a bookshop/coffee shop was scheduled to start, only four people were there. The moderator of the event even waited an extra twenty-or-so minutes before introducing Martin to the stage, hoping that maybe the extra chunk of time would give more fans the chance to show up.
Still, never one to care much about fame, nor his own ego, Martin stepped out, ready to do the reading for his four loyal fans only to find that, immediately following his introduction, every single audience member stood up and walked out of the bookstore, leaving him to read to an empty room. It turned out they were just there for the coffee.
It’s impossible to imagine a time when George R.R. Martin, who now regularly reads to audiences of seven-thousand and more and once allowed six-hundred fans to hug him during a meet-and-greet in Mexico, didn’t have a large, intense, and loyal fan-base.
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