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Game of Thrones is almost back for its eighth and final season. The wait to get to this point has been a long one, as something a recent Thrones-themed sketch on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon points out. In a fun twist, a couple of Game of Thrones giants showed up to help.
First things first, it is nice to see that Sean Bean still has a good head on his shoulders. Get it? There were multiple layers to Bean’s Ned Stark inside jokes. Many of them are likely recognizable to Game of Thrones fans and even non-fans at this point. Poor Ned losing his head has been talked about for years.
First, he switches out “winter” to say the “premiere is coming.” As fans will recall, "Winter is coming" is the oft-repeated motto of House Stark, and Ned was known to say it pretty frequently. Oh, Ned! How viewers miss thee!
Sean Bean urges Jimmy Fallon to calm down, as the premiere is finally almost here. Bean says that until the premiere, “we mustn’t lose our heads.” Everyone at the table acts like they do not get it, which makes it all the more amusing. Not deterred, Bean keeps endearingly pushing for them to acknowledge the joke. I GoT it!
Before the end of the sketch, George R.R. Martin shows up to reveal Game of Thrones’ return date. Insert rapturous applause. Along with sharing the premiere date for the final season, Martin offers a highlight. After all, once Game of Thrones premieres, what will everyone have to look forward too?
George R.R. Martin follows up with the answer. After the show ends, he promises “there will still be books.” The debut of Martin’s books brings with it an important aspect. You should not expect to know how the book series’ story concludes by the show. Martin has said his books and the show might have important differences.
The wait for Game of Thrones’ final season is almost over. The wait for the next book in the A Song of Fire and Ice series will continue. This sketch captured the frustration that the long wait for Game of Thrones’ final season has involved. Now it is almost over. Will Sean Bean’s prediction that only one of Ned Stark’s kids will survive prove correct?
Find out when Game of Thrones returns this Sunday, April 14, at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. New episodes of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon air weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.