Game of Thrones is an intensely awesome show to watch, but it's not the easiest show to explain to folks who haven't watched. So much has happened over the six seasons so far that it might take a flow chart, cheat sheet, and sheaf of extensive notes to cover everything. Luckily for those of us who don't have it in us to really sum up Thrones to date, Samuel L. Jackson has contributed his own take on the series that is pretty much perfect. Check it out!
In less than eight minutes, Samuel L. Jackson explained enough of the six seasons of Game of Thrones that anybody would know enough to fake their way through a conversation about the Lannisters and the Starks. The video even works as a great refresher for fans who don't have the time or inclination to rewatch all sixty hours of Thrones to date. Why should we sit through the sexual escapades of Podrick the squire and the Sand Snake shenanigans in Dorne when we can listen to Samuel L. Jackson's take on the important parts of the saga?
It's nice that Samuel L. Jackson stopped short of going into explicit detail of the events of Season 6. A few of the most heartbreaking moments are still so near that it might be hard to laugh just yet. Some viewers may need more time before Hodor's death and the massacre in the Sept of Baelor are funny. Rickon's failure to serpentine is destined to be worth a few laughs someday - seriously, all he needed to do was zig-zag - but it's still a bit soon to point and laugh at the boy who was murdered in front of his brother by a psychopath.
I'm not sure what was my favorite part of Samuel L. Jackson's explanation of Game of Thrones. I appreciated his enthusiasm for the battles, and I had to laugh at his jokes about Cersei. Still, I think he might have won me over with his comments about the dragons. I can definitely relate to frustration about Dany whiling away the time in Essos waiting for the dragons to grow up into fearsome beasts. It took five seasons and some seriously dragging storylines for her to decide that her babies were big enough to help her win Westeros. Honestly, if the producers could somehow get Jackson to do audio commentaries for Dany-centric episodes of the show, I'd pre-order the DVDs right now.
Unfortunately, Game of Thrones has only recently ended its sixth season, so it'll be a while before we get to see more of the exploits of the folks in the Seven Kingdoms now that winter has finally come. I can only hope that we'll continue to get videos like Samuel L. Jackson's summary of the show to sustain us over the months of hiatus. Take a look at our breakdown of what we know so far about Game of Thrones Season 7 for a look at what's been confirmed as coming next for Dany and her dragons. It may not be narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, but it's still worth checking out.
Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.
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