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SNL posits HBO's post-Game Of Thrones programming rests on spinoffs, Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T
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While Game Of Thrones’ Jon Snow proved he didn’t know nothing about sketch comedy, exactly, last night’s Saturday Night Live worked to find ways to fit the game Kit Harington into the fun. Naturally, there was some Game Of Thrones material for him to fall back on, with co-stars Emilia Clarke, John (Samwell Tarly) Bradley, and real-life wife Rose Leslie (and Pete Davidson’s insecure Night King) popping up to pester him in the monologue, and a single, jam-packed GOT sketch for the rest.

Therein, Harington essayed Snow (having to glue on a fake beard, since the actor has relievedly shaved his Northern locks) in a suspiciously Riverdale-esque Game Of Thrones spinoff called Castle Black, where the moody Snow tries to brush off his undead white walker girlfriend, despite their whole simpatico “being dead” thing, and her seductive, if skeletal, disrobing. From there, it was essentially every Game Of Thrones-related gag the writers room had in a hat, as the commercial touted coming guaranteed money-makers like the Paw Patrol-look animated kids show Dire Guys, a Hodor-starring Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and the Daria/Arya cartoon mashup that we definitely would binge the hell out of.


But it was the kicker that brought out the big NBC guns, as both Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T showed up to essay the roles of hard-bitten sex-and-violence cops in the undoubtedly long-running upcoming Westeros detective drama, Game Of Thrones: Special Victims Unit. Sporting doublet and hose, the partners took in a particularly gruesome Flea Bottom murder involving the Game Of Thrones-typical crime scene details of eye-gouging, penis-chopping, and eye socket-defiling. Plus, wearing the victim’s face to an orgy. House Lannister is going to get a visit. As the announcer promised of HBO’s commitment to squeezing every possible dollar out of its coming-to-a-close lucrative franchise, “We’re going full Star Wars on this.”

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