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‘Sesame Street’ parodies ‘Game of Thrones’ — and it’s awesome

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With the new season of Game of Thrones premiering this Sunday, it’s prime time to stir up fans with all things Westeros. And why should Sesame Street, which has already spoofed House of Cards, be any different?

In it’s “Game of Chairs” GoT parody, Sesame Street features some of the series’ most prominent, and many dead, characters including Ned Stark, Rob Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Cersei Lannister, Theon Grayjoy and Daenerys Targaryen.

All but Ned and Theon, who is Grover Bluejoy in the parody, are competing for the throne.

But instead of the iron throne, there are three thrones. One is made of ping pong balls and paddles, one of baseball bats and balls and the other of golf clubs and balls. Each of the four nobles up for the throne plays musical chairs until there is just one standing.

So, that sounds cheesy until the Game of Thrones references start rolling out through fuzzy puppets.

First, Grover Bluejoy is an idiot. He stumbles into the meeting late.

“It was really hard getting over that wall out there,” he says.

He’s then asked by Ned Stark how to play this Game of Chairs. Bluejoy responds with a series of answers – cards, marbles, etc. – before a woman in red pops up.

“The monster is blue and full of errors,” she says, mimicking the red priestess whose common one-liner is “the night is dark and full of terrors” in the actual George R.R. Martin smash.

Grover then starts the music. Daenarys loses first.

“My baby is sad because we lost,” she says as she uncovers a green baby dragon.

“A mommy of dragons,” Bluejoy then inquires in a kind of cute voice.

The parody takes on a true-to-form Sesame Street theme by counting the remaining contestants and chairs an illuminating each one.

Joffrey is next on the chopping block. He runs out of the scene crying like a little baby after Bluejoy says, “looks like you choked, Joffrey.”

This, of course, is a throwback to the most awesome “blue wedding” in which the jerk-face Joffrey is finally killed off.

This leaves Rob Stark and Cersei Lannister. Rob grows impatient of the game and points out that he has a wedding to get to.

That would be the infamous red wedding in which Rob is offed by a series of stabs to the gut after he’s forced to watch his wife and unborn child murdered before his eyes. The Sesame Street parody lacks that level of gore.

So, as the two tip-toe around the final throne – the one with golf clubs that most resembles the real iron throne – Grover Bluejoy topples into them all and emerges as the one left in the chair.

“I cannot think of a more horrible ending than this,” Rob Stark says. He probably could if he knew the fate he was about to suffer at that aforementioned wedding.

Cersei storms off, declaring that she’s going to tell her brother. They’ll probably get down and dirty after because the Lannister twins love them some sibling incest.

Then Ned Stark grumbles off the set, too.

“Don’t lose your head over it, Neddy,” Grover Bluejoy shouts after him.

He then requests a cushion for his new throne and a sweater because, “I think winter is coming.”

It might be a better five minutes than all of Game of Thrones to date. Maybe not, but it’s pretty funny.

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Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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