Jarrod Fairclough – The television event of the decade is finally upon us, as Game of Thrones returns tonight for its 8th and final season. Will Jon Snow defeat The Night King? Will Cersei Lannister get what’s coming to her? Will Ned Stark show up as a Force Ghost? Who’s to say.
Game of Thrones and Sesame Street enjoy a commonality in that both air on HBO, but they’ve crossed paths a few times since 2011. Below you’ll find just a few times that the words intercepted. Okay, well Game of Thrones intercepted with Sesame Street, it’s not like Grover played Littlefinger’s brother or anything.
The most well known is the Game of Chairs spoof from Season 45, in which Grover and some familiar looking faces all battle it out in a game of Musical Chairs. Tyler Bunch steals the show as Neddy Stark.
Cersei Lanniester herself Lena Headey is no stranger to puppetry work, after starring in the 1998 mini-series Merlin, which featured visual effects by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. But in 2013 she stopped by Sesame Street to chat with Murray about the word ‘Relax’.
Perhaps the greatest get of all was Peter Dinklage, aka Tyrion Lannister, who appeared in Episode 4405’s Street Scene as Simon of ‘Simon Says’ fame. Unfortunately the full episode isn’t available for us to embed, but he did a wonderful musical number, “Whatever Simon Says” which you can enjoy below.
Unfortunately we can’t find the video, but in a 2016 interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, aka Jaime Lannister, stated that when he was young he wanted to be Big Bird, and that he adored Sesame Street. Why he hasn’t been invited on the show like his siblings we’ll never know. Maybe because he pushed Bran out the window in the first episode?
In February 2017 Elmo started a challenge asking his famous friends to tell jokes. Obviously someone at Sesame Street got on the Season 6 red carpet, because stars Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) all took turns giving their favorite jokes.
Of course, these are just the Sesame Street/Game of Thrones crossovers. Let’s not forget that Dame Diana Rigg had big parts in both Game of Thrones and The Great Muppet Caper. Then there was Charles Dance, who after being killed on the toilet went to read some poetry at the O2, only to be rudely interrupted by Pepe the King Prawn. But those are for another day. Now, if you’ll excuse me, winter is coming, and I need new slippers.