Norton of Morton

Read a new instalment of Norton of Morton every Saturday at 4 o'clock

Saturday 20 April 2019

Game of Adders

In which G.M. Norton attempts to join two great television houses.

I'm so pleased that the final season of Game of Thrones has now got underway. It was probably around five years ago that I started watching it. It was my beloved that I have to thank for bringing it into my life. Although as the early seasons do feature quite a lot of naked flesh and coitus, it did get a little awkward when my parents visited and my beloved insisted on introducing the show to them as well.

As it's been a couple of years since the last season of the show, I re-watched all the previous seven seasons in readiness for the final season eight.

While watching the first season, something occurred to me. It reminded me of The Black Adder, the first series of Blackadder, set in the Middle Ages.

Now for the purpose of enjoying these comparisons, it will help if you're aware of both shows, so apols if you're not.

King Richard IV, played by Brian Blessed is a dead ringer for King Robert Baratheon.

Both shows feature a Kingslayer

Faithful squires Baldrick and Podrick share a similar sounding surname

House Wyl from Dorne, has a black adder on it's sigil. Apparently, George R. R. Martin confirmed that this was a nod to Blackadder.

Tim McInnerny played the bumbling Lord Percy Percy in Blackadder, and Lord Robett Glover in Game of Thrones.

And if I may move on from the first series of Blackadder, there are a few others...

Edmund from Blackadder II is almost as cunning as Littlefinger.

Blackadder II also has 'Bob', a woman disguised as a boy and Arya Stark also attempts to pretend she's a boy to evade the Lannisters.

My brain does work in mysterious ways. Did you make the same connection? Did I miss any other similarities?

G.M. Norton
Protagonist of 'Norton of Morton'

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