Game of Thrones returns on March 31st, but a new series is helping to ease the wait by preemptively placing viewers within Westeros.
Westeros High School, that is.
Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Squaresville actress Mary Kate Wiles takes the lead in School of Thrones, a hormone-fueled parody of the popular fantasy series and HBO drama. Like a quirky retelling of Shakespeare, creator Zach Grafton has meticulously modernized every element of the medieval tale and added a few of his own embellishments to keep things interesting. The first episode was released on March 10th to a warm reception, with thousands of subscribers already flocking to the show’s YouTube channel.
Hardcore Game of Thrones fans may be disappointed by the liberties Grafton has taken with the source material. Instead of being a child-sized whirlwind of pure evil, Joffrey Baratheon is little more than a mere annoyance. His betrothed, Sansa Stark, is transformed from a fragile flower to a witty, sarcastic leading lady. The latter edit is easily defensible, as it gives Wiles a stage on which she can exercise her considerable acting chops. Many viewers are watching to see her in action, and they will not be disappointed.
Grafton previous created There Will Be Brawl, a dystopian spin on Super Smash Bros that hit Machinima back in 2010. This time around, he’s crafted a far more whimsical product. In place of Game of Thrones‘ titanic bombast, School of Thrones utilizes whooshing edits, simple teen tropes, and, for what it’s worth, an undeniably kickass opening sequence. But hey, at least they kept the dwarf.