Let Black Thought and the Roots Explain ‘Game of Thrones’ to You

By Hayden Wright

The Game of Thrones universe is complicated, especially for those of us joining late. On The Tonight Show, The Roots’ Black Thought provided a helpful explainer, bringing fans and curious bystanders up to speed about what’s happening this season—which debuted on Sunday night.

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They start from the very beginning. “Hey yo, it opens on Jon Snow, who died at the end of season 5 / Lady Melisandre still thinks he’s alive,” the rap goes, aided by host Jimmy Fallon.

From there, Black Thought takes us through the twisted storyline in under a minute—wrapping up with the episode’s surprising final scene: “Then Red Lady took the choker off, brother / A-hickey hickey hickey, she’s old as a mother.” Spoiler alert!

If the Roots did this every single week, perhaps the Internet wouldn’t feel so adrift in Game of Thrones discussions. Watch the segment here below.

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