Unless you’ve been living way out in the farthest reaches of the Red Waste, you probably know that the sixth season of Game of Thrones will premiere Sunday night on HBO (which happens to be available as a free preview this weekend).
Which is great! Unless your life is filled with folks who have no interest in your “little dragon show.” If that’s the case, maybe all you need to do is revise your pitch! Think about what TV shows they watch now, and then highlight the aspects of Game of Thrones that should most appeal to them.
For example, if your friend is into The Walking Dead then presumably they like zombies. Tell them all about Game of Thrones’ ice zombies. What’s cooler than zombies? Ice zombies! Below, we’ve come up with a few more ideas.
If your friend or family member is into:
– American Crime Story, they’ll enjoy unraveling the early mystery of Bran’s assassination attempt, as well as the courtroom drama of Tyrion’s trial. Mace Tyrell is no Marcia Clark, but Oberyn Martell is at least as charismatic as Johnnie Cochran.
– The Bachelorette, then tell them all about the beautiful, imperious Daenerys Targaryen and the men who’ve captured her heart. She loved and lost the gorgeous Khal Drogo. She’s just not that into the loyal Jorah Mormont. And, real talk here, I’m pretty sure Daario Naharis isn’t there for the right reasons.
– NCIS, they’ll probably respond to another ragtag team of misfits working toward a common problem: the Night’s Watch.
– the “will they or won’t they” push and pull of couples on shows like Castle, New Girl, and, uh, pretty much anything on The CW, I bet they’ll fall for the bickering-with-potential-for-more dynamic of Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth.
– The Americans, hook them on Westeros’ most slippery spymasters, Varys and Littlefinger.
– The Young and the Restless, General Hospital, or even classic teen dramas like Beverly Hills 90210, I think they’ll be captivated by Game of Thrones’ own soap opera heroine, Sansa Stark.
– Once Upon A Time, they’ll get even more magical excitement from dragons, White Walkers, and the mysterious red woman, Melisandre.
– Election 2016 coverage, but think it’s just not quite mean enough, just play them a few minutes of an average Lannister family dinner party.
– Finally, if your friends and family watch any of the Real Housewives franchises, you might just be out of luck. Westeros has nothing on the backstabbing, badmouthing, and general depravity of those ladies!
Once you’ve convinced a few folks to join you for this weekend’s big premiere, check back here later in the week and we’ll give you 13 essential episodes to get them (mostly) caught up by Sunday, as well as a bunch of ways to geek out on Game of Thrones beyond just watching the show.
Written by Kris Prusynski.