Game of Thrones characters reimagined in Seinfeld, Arrested Development, Mad Men

By CW

We’ve all played that game around the office: If my coworkers, family or friends were characters from Game of Thrones, who would they be? Well, the folks over at Vulture took this thinking to a new and awesome level, enlisting an artist to reimagine GoT characters into some of TV’s most beloved personalities from Seinfeld, Arrested Development and Mad Men. TNW offers some thoughts and grades on each rendering:

Seinfeld

Here we have The Hound as Kramer, Samwell Tarly as George, Dany as Elaine and Tyrion as Jerry. Let’s break this down from left to right.

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Emmy nomination hits and misses

BY MR

The nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmys have been released, and we’ve got ample praise and rage for the TV Academy voters. Here’s a quick look at 10 things the Academy got right — and 10 it got woefully wrong.

What the Emmys got right:

• The Best Drama category: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Homeland and Game of Thrones got nods, marking the first time in Emmy history that no Best Drama contender comes from a Big Four network. It’s a testament to the strength of premium cable and, hopefully, a wakeup call for basic.

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Roundtable: Did ‘Mad Men’ Season 5 live up to the extraordinary hype?

We laughed, we cried, we watched two dogs hump in a parking lot. It was an anticipated and eventful season of Mad Men, which means there’s much to discuss. PPC Roundtable Team, assemble!

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this if you haven’t seen every single second of every single episode of Mad Men Season 5. You’ve been warned.

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Three reasons to love ‘Mad Men’ Season 5

And, by extension, our blog name:

1. Lane punches Pete Campbell:

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‘Mad Men’ finale preview: Peggy, Lane, and what it all might mean

Don’s confrontation with Lane in “Commissions and Fees” will remain a defining moment for the series.

SPOILER WARNING: This post contains details through the most recent episode of Mad Men, “Commissions and Fees.”

Two weeks, two bombshells. That’s perhaps the quickest way to sum up the most recent episodes of Mad Men. Following the latest developments, Season 5 has abruptly switched gears, exchanging Howard Johnson-sponsored vacations and glorious Roger Sterling acid trips for scenarios once unfathomable to even the most cynical viewers.

Peggy quit and Lane committed suicide. Just writing that sentence truly, devastatingly hurts.

Now that we’ve picked our jaws off the floor and finished our requisite mourning, however, the folks at PPC are finally ready to react. And there’s no shortage of questions. Namely: Entering Sunday’s finale, what does it all mean?

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‘Mad Men:’ The end of the beginning

By James Eckhouse

Don listens to The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” at the end of “Lady Lazarus,” (Season 5, Episode 8).

“When did music get so important?”

Don’s question to Megan on this week’s Mad Men is one all our grandparents must have asked, and the answer is an in-joke to music snobs everywhere: right now. That is, 1966, the year when four of the greatest albums in the history of popular music — Blonde on Blonde, Face to Face, Revolver (central to this week’s “Lady Lazarus” episode), Pet Sounds (featured prominently in “Far Away Places,” i.e. the Roger acid trip one) — were released within four months of each other.

If Mad Men was going to splash $250,000 for one Beatles song and one only, it couldn’t have chosen better than “Tomorrow Never Knows,” maybe the greatest closing track in the history of pop (sorry, Prince), which, despite not being heard until the end, was Sunday’s thematic centerpiece. Listen to Revolver today. You can try to deny it in an attempt to seem less obvious, you can point to a lot of other groups that are just as important — but, really, can you say anyone did this any better?

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Roger Sterling: ‘Mad Men’ Season 5 MVP

The resurgent Roger Sterling (played by John Slattery) in all of his glory.

SPOILER ALERT: The following entry contains information through the most recent episode of Mad Men: “At The Codfish Ball” (Season 5, Episode 7).

We’re seven episodes into the new season of Mad Men, and the larger picture has finally begun to unfold. Megan’s Zou Bisou Bisou-ing has subsided, and we’ve been left with several key takeaways: Don and Megan’s marriage can’t last; Peggy is reconsidering her priorities; Michael Ginsberg is a full-blooded Martian; and perhaps most important, Glen and Sally still keep in touch!

All of these developments could change by next Sunday. But one thing won’t. In a span of just two episodes, Roger Sterling has transformed from a depressing, weary old man into the brazen, witty egomaniac we’ve come to know and love. He’s once again the spectacular Silver Fox of old. He, unquestionably, is this season’s MVP. (more…)