The Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere was full of so many glorious reunions, the most emotional of which were no doubt Jon’s reunions with Arya and Bran.
But one crucial reunion was missing — that of Jon and Ghost!
Seriously, where is Ghost?!
Dear @HBO and @GameOfThrones,
Last night's #GameofThrones season 8 premiere was fantastic, but I feel I speak for most of the fandom when I ask: WHERE IS GHOST? Sorry for the all caps.
— David (Razor) Harris (@House_Razor) April 15, 2019
— Brick (@MrBrick) April 16, 2019
It was frustrating that Ghost was totally absent from most of Season 6 and all of Season 7 — but we were promised he would be “very present” in Season 8.
And yet! One episode of six has come and gone and there is STILL NO GHOST.
— Michael Paul Smith (@MPSmithnyc) April 15, 2019
ghost in the shadows where the writers placed him watching jon ignore him and go for a dragon ride instead pic.twitter.com/jZxnRoHFE6
— kinsey (@sansascstark) April 16, 2019
Ghost is as important to Jon as Dany’s dragons are to her. But here’s Jon, riding a dragon, and not even mentioning Ghost?!
*Jon rides Rhaegal*
— Adam (@AdamGiancola) April 15, 2019
You know what would have been nice? If Jon actually introduced Dany to Ghost.
Ghost when Jon come back smelling like a dragon pic.twitter.com/3iVuGQe5KQ
— Devin Aire (@TexasTez) April 15, 2019
But I would have settled with any scene with Ghost in it, to be honest. Even if he was in the background.
— Enricoh Alfonzo🐺~ 3D (@Alfonzowords) April 15, 2019
You know, the episode where Jon finds Ghost. Why couldn’t they include a nod to this?!
We all know the episode where Jon finds Ghost. Why couldn’t they include a nod to this?!
But if they can include a 5-minute dragon ride scene, they can also include one of the most important characters in Jon Snow’s life.
You can’t just build up a character — and tie that character to the very identity of one of the main characters of the show — and then just conveniently forget they exist.
To be honest, I’m very concerned Ghost will only show up just in time to be killed off.
If next time we see Ghost he dies, we riot. #GameofThrones
— MüşkülMan of House Stark 🐺 (@yinemimuskul) April 16, 2019
HE DESERVES BETTER.
Justice for our boy!
Here’s hoping Ghost and Jon get a good moment in Episode 2. Otherwise WE RIOT.
— Jack Bailey (@JackBailey__) April 15, 2019
HBO is teaching respect by putting Muppets on Game of Thrones and Westworld
As the latest season of Game of Thrones has shown, Westeros is at war. The divide between factions has stretched the Seven Kingdoms to the breaking point, and it seems that there’s only one hope for peace. Not Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons, or Jon Snow and his overdeveloped sense of righteousness. No, as HBO’s latest promotion shows, only Elmo, from House Sesame Street, can save the realm now.
“Elmo thinks that you two need to respect each other,” says Elmo, bursting into a tense negotiation between Tyrion and Cersei Lannister. “When Elmo has a problem with his friends like Abby or Cookie Monster, Elmo doesn’t get upset. Elmo listens and learns from what they have to say.” But instead of getting carved up into fuzzy red bits by the zombified corpse of The Mountain (as would probably happen on actual Game of Thrones), it seems that the fuzzy Muppet has accomplished what years of fighting and countless lives could not.
If we stop fighting and work together, we can be stronger,” muses Tyrion, echoing the arguments made by Jon Snow in the season 7 premiere, when the would-be King of the North brought a wight before Cersei to try to sway her to their cause. But Elmo seems to have succeeded where irrefutable evidence of the undead hordes about to annihilate the entire living population of Westeros (which apparently, includes Sesame Street somewhere) failed, convincing Cersei and Tyrion to try to put aside their differences and respect each other.
They then toast Elmo with goblets of wine.
At this point in this surreal tableau of branded content, you may suddenly remember that HBO has a deal with Sesame Workshop, granting the premium cable network exclusive first-run rights to the popular children’s show. This video is part of a new Sesame Street campaign about respecting others, which is being conveyed through one of the most violent, sexual, and overall least-appropriate-for-small-children series on television, featuring the actual actors from that series.
This isn’t the first Sesame / Thrones collaboration, either. There was the Game of Chairs parody segment that aired during an episode of Sesame Street back in 2015, and a Share the Laughter campaign with Thrones star Kit Harington in 2017.
This all would be bizarre enough on its own, but HBO didn’t stop there: there’s also “Respect World,” an even weirder parody that sees Cookie Monster — a visitor from an as-yet-unseen Delos park, Sesame World — join Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in the middle of one of their sessions.
Like the Game of Thrones segment, this clip is communicating a message of mutual respect and open communication. But it’s hard to remember that when your brain is trying to parse Cookie Monster serving cookies in front of glasses of Westworld’s weird milk goo (#Milkworld), as a piano player covers the show’s theme song in its signature style.
HBO’s campaign also includes a rap by Common, featuring Muppet versions of Cersei, Tyrion, Bernard, and Delores singing and dancing along with the Sesame Street gang.
Mercifully, these are the only crossover clips HBO’s posted so far, but we can only imagine the possibility of where Sesame Workshop and HBO could take things next. Will Bert and Ernie join Tony Soprano to help work out his guilt over senseless Mafia killings? Maybe Grover can team up with Al Swearengen? The possibilities are endless.
Trump Again Used Game of Thrones For Its Propaganda and HBO Replied Back
President Donald Trump on Thursday used imagery inspired by HBO’s “Game of Thrones” to sell his political messages without the network’s permission — again.
And once again, HBO wants him to cut it out.
Trump evoked the epic fantasy television phenomenon, which kicked off its eighth and final season last Sunday, in a tweet celebrating the outcome of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian election meddling and possible Trump-campaign collusion in 2016.
In a more than 400-page report, Mueller’s team said it did not find evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein further determined that Mueller’s findings did not warrant an obstruction of justice offense.
As part of his victory lap Thursday morning, Trump tweeted an image using a font style that closely matches the title cards and credits used in HBO’s show.
“NO COLLUSION. NO OBSTRUCTION,” the text of the image reads. “FOR THE HATERS AND THE RADICAL LEFT DEMOCRATS — GAME OVER.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
HBO, a unit of AT&T, said in a statement that it doesn’t want Trump using the show, which clocked a record-high 17.4 million viewers during its season premiere, to suit his political agenda.
“Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes,” an HBO spokesman said in a statement to CNBC.
Trump has aped the style and slogans of “Game of Thrones” before. He has shared at least two other photos in the past six months that borrow from the slogans and font style of the television series.
In November, Trump promoted his administration’s promised sanctions against Iran by tweeting “SANCTIONS ARE COMING NOVEMBER 5” — a clear reference to the phrase “Winter is coming” popularized by the show.
“We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes,” HBO told CNBC at the time. The network’s official Twitter account later suggested Trump misused its trademark.
How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?
— House Box Office (@HBO) November 2, 2018
In January, Trump’s Instagram account posted a similar photo — this one apparently meant to promote Trump’s long-held campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
This image just appeared on Trump's official instagram account. pic.twitter.com/bqxdFTjgpH
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) January 3, 2019
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding HBO’s statement.