The Simpsons has released a clip from its season 29 premiere, which sees the animated show going full-on Game of Thrones. For nearly 30 years, The Simpsons has thrived on its timely pop culture references. When the show returns tonight with its premiere, titled 'The Serfsons', that trend will continue with an episode set in medieval times and references to various fantasy entertainment, including Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and even Conan the Barbarian. In fact, Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will even provide his own voice acting talents in a role that’s rumored to be similar to his character Jaime Lannister.
While this isn’t the first time that The Simpsons has made reference to fantasy or Game of Thrones itself (the comedy show once did an entire couch gag parody of Game of Thrones opening credits) but it will be the first entire episode dedicated to the genre. The newest clip provides a nice preview of what to expect from the season 29 premiere.
The clip includes a typical prank between characters Bart Simpson (Nancy Cartwright) and Moe (Hank Azaria), only the means of delivery for the prank has changed from a phone call to letter-by-raven. This is an obvious reference to Game of Thrones heavy use of ravens for message delivery between characters. You can check out the humorous clip above.
This is definitely a prime example of The Simpsons’ trademark style of comedy and Game of Thrones fans should get a laugh out of the clip, which also includes a nice reference to Lord of the Rings with Milhouse as a goblin-like creature. Also of note, 'The Serfsons' will be the first episode in nearly three decades that is not composed by long-time composer Alf Clausen.
'The Serfsons' isn’t the only episode of The Simpsons that will be set outside of its usual setting of Springfield this month either, as the show’s annual Halloween-themed 'Treehouse of Horror' episode will debut later this month (and will include prolific author Neil Gaiman in a guest role). With season 30 approaching fast as well, some fans are no doubt wondering how much life the show has left in it. While there’s no way to know for sure, it’s likely that The Simpsons will be around for some time yet, even if it’s in the form of a sequel to The Simpsons Movie, which is being talked about.
The Simpsons airs on Sundays at 8pm on FOX.