Game of Thrones is one of the most talked-about shows on television, so it comes as no surprise that shows ranging from Saturday Night Live to The Simpsons have come up with pretty great parodies. Now, Family Guy has gotten in on the morbid fun with a Game of Thrones gag that is suitably gruesome and ridiculous. Check it out!
If you're anything like me, you did not expect the clip about Brian and Stewie deciding to open a bed and breakfast to turn into a Game of Thrones gore fest. Family Guy is known for its use of cutaway gags, but it still came as a pretty big surprise. Of course, as a huge Game of Thrones fan, it was a surprise to me in the best way. Brian was apparently once a member of the Family Guy version of the Night's Watch, and he filled the role of Jon Snow, brutal beatings and stabbings and all. We even got Peter taking the place of Sam, a.k.a. the guy with the boring storyline and the girl.
That said, I got my biggest laugh out of Peter and the other Night's Watch assassins going to town on Chris with their swords as soon as he said he was from Ballers. Even Brian didn't seem to disagree with those stabs, and that says a lot coming from a guy who was slowly bleeding to death from his own set of stab wounds. Somebody behind the scenes at Family Guy must not be a Ballers fan.
The gag can also be considered a throwback to when Fox played up the death of Brian back in Season 12. For many, the way Fox promoted the big Family Guy death meant that it was going to be permanent. When Brian was hit by a car and killed, some fans thought he wouldn't be coming back, much like how there were some Game of Thrones fans who were convinced that Jon Snow's death in Season 5 meant that he was gone for good. Both characters came back through some convenient loopholes, and both are still alive and more or less well.
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