Game of Thrones has come to an end for 2016, but that doesn't mean that the fun has to stop as well. There are ways to cope with the sudden loss of new episodes to look forward to each week. One man has discovered the unlikely talent of doing voice impressions of Thrones characters, and he's released a video in honor of the end of Season 6. He even looks enough like the dearly departed Robb Stark that he feels like a natural fit for all things Game of Thrones. Check him out!
Scheiffer Bates is so on point with his impressions that it's almost hard to believe that he's not cheating somehow and using clips from the show in place of his own voice. He especially nailed Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos and Conleth Hill as Varys, and Game of Thrones should probably put Bates on retainer in case Kit Harington ever loses his voice. We might want to wonder from now on if Harington's radio interviews are actually him or if he recruited Bates to handle press.
It's especially impressive that Scheiffer Bates perfected as many characters as he did. Some of them are relatively obscure. Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister were bound to be included; Lancel Lannister and Flashback Ned Stark were surprises. Frankly, Bates' impressions only could have been better if he would have done his take on Robb Stark. Sure, the video was a compilation of Season 6 characters, but Bates and Robb look pretty similar. It could have been wild to watch Bates channel his inner Robb.
I'm not sure which of Scheiffer Bates' impressions is my favorite. I enjoyed the list of escalating skin conditions that he delivered as Ser Jorah, and his Jaime Lannister was fantastic. Still, I might have to go with his version of Tormund Giantsbane. His pickup lines actually weren't that unbelievable as a way that Tormund might actually try to woo a lady, and I like to imagine that Bates could totally play a re-cast Tormund in Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's hypothetical spinoff. Bates might not exactly look like Kristofer Hivju, but he definitely sounds like him.
Unfortunately, we still have a while before we'll get to see all the characters back on the small screen again. Fun diversions like Scheiffer Bates' impressions and Siri's snarky answers to Game of Thrones questions can only tide us over for so long. Take a look at our summer and fall TV premiere schedules to see what you'll be able to watch over hiatus, and don't forget to read our breakdown of what we know so far about Season 7.