For the second time this season, Game of Thrones invaded Saturday Night Live with a special cameo by one of its stars. On Saturday’s episode hosted by Zach Galifanakis, a game show sketch about the HBO epic featured a surprising and entertaining cameo by Jaime Lannister himself, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
In “Game of Game of Thrones,” three Westeros-loving nerds answered trivia questions about the show. Kudos to the SNL writers who filled it with fairly obscure facts, from the translation of Valar Morghulis to referencing Beric Dondarrion as the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners. Only true Game of Thrones lovers could’ve answered those.
Coster-Waldau turned up in the bonus round. While the contestant (played by Galifanakis in a dragon costume) instantly recognized him (and wanted to take a shower with him), that wasn’t the question.
The appearance comes as Game of Thrones is hitting record-high ratings for its third season and marks the second Game of Thrones cameo on SNL this year, despite the somewhat disappointing fact that none of the actors have been chosen as hosts.
The first cameo came one month ago when Peter Dinklage showed up on Weekend Update as Drunk Uncle’s relative, Peter Drunklage. Like Coster-Waldau’s appearance, it was quite hilarious and just made me wish the show would get one of the actors from the show to host. How awesome would Emilia Clarke be, if only to have everyone call her Khaleesi in her monologue.
There are two episodes left this season on Saturday Night Live, with returning cast member Kristen Wiig hosting on May 11 with musical guest Vampire Weekend and Ben Affleck hosting the May 18 season finale with Kanye West. Let’s hope they find a way to get Kit Harington to show up (aka Aidy Bryant’s future husband).
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO.
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