If I’m being honest, the most important reason to watch the “Game of Thrones” season 8 premiere was to be prepared for the “Gay of Thrones” season 8 premiere, “Winterfella” (watch above). The Funny or Die web series is the queer-hairdresser-throwing-shade recap you didn’t know you needed in your life.
“Buckle up, queen, because the wall is down, a woman’s on the throne — it’s the America I wish I was living in!” orders Jonathan Van Ness, who was gay for “Thrones” before he became one of the new fab five on Netflix’s “Queer Eye.” He’s joined this week by guest Bryan Safi, with whom he breaks down the latest developments for Christina Aguilera (Daenerys), Baby Miss Cleo (Bran Stark), Evil No-Volume Carol Brady (Cersei Lannister), Hunty McTrade (Gendry) and more.
The “Thrones” premiere included a huge reveal, when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finally learned what the audience found out at the end of last season: “His 23andMe results came back Ancestry-Dot-Wrong,” says Van Ness about Jon’s mixed-up parentage. Or as Safi explains, “Turns out he’s 50-percent Targaryen, 50-percent Stark, and 100-percent f—ing his aunt.” And the show ended with Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) “stepping out in his hot salty beard” only to be confronted by Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), “who’s all like, ‘I Know What You Did First Season.'”
We think “Game of Thrones” is a pretty safe bet to win the Emmy for Best Drama Series for the fourth time this year, and I’m hoping it brings “Gay of Thrones” along for the ride too. The recap series has already earned two nominations for Best Short Form Variety Series (2016, 2018), but it hasn’t won yet. So no matter who wins the Iron Throne at the end of the season, Van Ness should be king of the Emmys.
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