Good news, Royal Family (and, I suppose, the rest of you): The two most-hyped shows of the year just had a baby over at Cracked.com. The mad minds behind most of the good lists on the lousy internet (as well as many a fine video) have just hatched the “Game of Thrones” and “Arrested Development” mashup like some bastard with the last name of “Snow.”
According to Cracked columnist Dan O’Brien, the two shows have more in common than initially meets the eye:
The idea to mash the shows up came about because we’re all super nerds for both shows. We had a pitch meeting one week and, instead of working, we talked about the latest episode of “Game of Thrones.” It was the Red Wedding, where Robb mentioned making a terrible mistake. Someone pointed out that GOB said a version of that in “Arrested [Development]” a hundred times, and because we love both shows so much we started Rolodexing other similarities that we noticed (there is a shocking amount).
If you are worried that Ron Howard’s punny narrative wordplay might get lost in the translation, rest assured that columnist/editor Michael Swaim more than handily picks up the reins to narrate the travails of being a Stark in the Seven Kingdoms. But then, he has O’Brien to thank for that too.
My goal when writing the script was to ape Mitch Hurwitz’s voice as closely as I could. He’s a much better writer than I am, so I’m sure I fell short but it was certainly a fun challenge. I wrote the script after chaining myself to a computer and watching both shows side by side, over and over again, and I’d try weird stuff like watching “Thrones” while listening to the audio of “Arrested,” and vice versa. The hardest part was cramming in as many jokes as we could and highlighting as many similarities we could while still maintaining some kind of narrative sense.
While a terrifically funny blending of the two shows, one can’t help but notice the sheer absence of nudity from Cracked’s coverage of the HBO epic. A “Game of Thrones” parody without nudity is like a season of “Arrested Development” without any humor (damn you, season four).
And if you aren’t current on your “Game of Thrones” (unlike all your more popular peers), this thing plays like one big spoiler alert, so maybe don’t watch it ‘til you’re all caught up?