Sesame Street’s Game of Thrones Parody Is Cuter Than a Bucket of Puppies

Game of Chairs
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Game of Chairs

Not to go all Garfield on you, but Mondays are The Worst, so it’s a good thing Sesame Street saw fit to release its Game of Thrones parody, Game of Chairs, this morning. The kiddies learn not only their numbers, but also how to play the cruel, anxiety-inducing game of musical chairs; and mom/dad/babysitter get to enjoy little Easter eggs like Grover’s “Do not lose your head over this, Neddy, baby.”

Really, the various wars fought for the Iron Throne of Westeros are just a bloodier version of musical chairs, so it’s not much of a stretch that Puppet!Ned Stark sets up an actual game of musical chairs—to a medieval version of “Pop Goes the Weasel” played by “Grover Bluejoy,” natch—to find the new king or queen of “Jesteros.” The end result, with Bluejoy as king, is no less ridiculous than someone like Tommen landing in the seat, and a tiny part of us hopes Bluejoy also ends up on the Iron Throne in the HBO series, just for laughs.

Now that we think about it: Forget viewership and awards—a Sesame Street parody is what really means a TV show is a hit.