This ‘Game of Thrones’ parody is exactly as hard to follow as it should be

Who does that kid from Love, Actually play again? 


Aja Romano

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Published Jan 31, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 7:44 pm CDT

That guy’s claim to the throne is what, exactly? Which tyrannical incestuous ruler wants to kill our heroes this time? Who does that kid from Love, Actually play again? Wait, I thought that character was dead! 

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If any of these statements sound familiar to you, you’ve probably watched Game of Thrones, the hit HBO series based on George R. R. Martin’s popular, and notoriously dense, fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire

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Now, Melbourne comedy group The Peloton has tackled the Game of Constant Confusion head-on, in a hilarious skit that echoes Monty Python in its skewering of the medieval and fantasy tropes that Game of Thrones plays with. 

“The Medieval One” asks: If you think it’s confusing for you, what would it be like to be a character on the show itself—especially one trying to keep up with whoever it is you have to fight this week?

Though The Peloton has been in action for less than a year, they’ve released over a dozen short comedy skits on their YouTube channel, where they take on a wide variety of comedies—and occasionally dramas—of manners. It’s a comic style that works especially well for the epic hilarity of Game of Thrones, where, in addition to the places you have to keep track of, there are  the endless lists of characters, their houses, animal sigils, and movements through the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros—not to mention who’s making a play for the throne, who’s trying to kill whom, and who’s gotten the axe (sorry, House Stark fans). Let’s just say there’s a reason why those famous opening credits feature a map:

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*First Published: Jan 31, 2014, 11:16 am CST