The night wasn’t very long before it was full of GoT cameos.
Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, a.k.a Jon Snow, sans beard, took the stage to host Saturday Night Live, and after a few self-deprecating jokes about the other roles in his career (Pompeii, Silent Hill: Revelation), he went the questions-from-the-audience route during his monologue. After being needled by one fan about who wins the game of thrones, he declared that he was not revealing how the show ends. That’s when Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) popped up to great applause and asked, “Could you just give us a general sense of how it ends?” She explained that it’s been so long since they filmed the end of HBO’s fantasy drama that she’s forgotten everything and besides, she spends most of her time talking to a dragon, “which is just a tennis ball on a green pole.” Her final question: “Do you remember in season 6 when we had sex? Did you know they filmed it?”
Next up: John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), who first asked, “Do you know what happens to Samwell Tarly?” before inquiring more poignantly: “Do you think we’ll still hang out after the show is done? Like best friends?” After Harington said they would, Bradley was eager to make plans: “What about next Tuesday? I could come by around 6 a.m.” When Harington noted he was busy during that time, a hurt Bradley retorted, “Wow, they were right. You’ve changed.”
Then came the Night King (okay, it was actually Pete Davidson), who asked, “I just need to know: Do people hate me? Because it really feels like they hate me.”
Finally, it was time for Harington’s wife, Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte, with a couple of pressing questions of her own: “What are we going to do for money now?” and “How soon can you grow back that beard?”
SNL also imagined the prequels, sequels, spin-offs, and crossovers that HBO will offer with Thrones exiting the air, including Castle Black, “a sexy moody drama about forbidden love” that involved Harington as Jon Snow and skeletal nudity, an animated take on Daria titled Arya, Sam and Gilly in The Queen of Kings Landing, Cersei and the City, No Ballers (sorry, Lord Varys and Grey Worm), The Marvelous Mrs. Melisandre, and Wilding Out, along with kids programming like Dire Guys and Hodor’s House. The capper? Game of Thrones: Special Victims Unit, which featured cameos by Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay as they investigated the graphic and sexual crimes committed in Westeros. “You tell me some sick son-of-a-bitch cut this dude’s’ thing off, then fed it to his dog, then gouged the man’s eye’s out, then fed him his own eyes, then wore his dead skin to an orgy, then got busy in the holes where his eyes used to be?” asked Ice-T. “Circle gets the square,” replied Hargitay.