I just spent the last two hours watching Game of Thrones bloopers, and my mood didn’t improve like I thought it would. In fact, it did the opposite: I’m now scared, uncomfortable, and uneasy. And let me tell you why.
Well, some backstory first: Bloopers are my comedy drug of choice. Watching actors break character—whether on Saturday Night Live or Friends or even shows I haven’t seen—never fails to crack me up. The bagpipes blooper from Friends season seven? My spleen! The “Debbie Downer” SNL sketch featuring Lindsay Lohan? Someone call a medic. Every time Jimmy Fallon makes an appearance on camera? I’m laughing just as much as he’s laughing.
But this didn’t happen with the bloopers from Game of Thrones. Instead, I watched every slip-up and cackle from this accomplished cast with shock and dismay. Why, you ask? Because Game of Thrones isn’t supposed to be funny. Normally I can watch bloopers from drama or horror movies with ease, but the amount of death and destruction happening on GoT—especially this season—makes enjoying the gaffes damn near impossible. Dany just set all of King’s Landing on fire and killed Jaime and Cersei. There’s no time for laughing. There’s no time for smiling. All watching Peter Dinklage mess up the word “benevolent” in the blooper, below, made me think was, “Why didn’t you stop Daenerys from becoming the Mad Queen?”
And Cersei making funny faces between takes in this blooper? It’s hard to chuckle when you think about that whole-ass ceiling collapsing on her in last week’s episode.
Jaime flubbing his lines about Arya here just reminds me of that horrifying image of her emerging from the King’s Landing rubble.
The coffee cup blunder from season eight, episode four just makes me think of…the travesty that was season eight, episode four.
This is where I’m at, people: so traumatized by what’s happening on GoT that I can’t even laugh at a good blooper. Not only is this show wrecking my Mondays, it’s taking away one of the only pure joys I have left. Has winter left yet?
Christopher Rosa is the staff entertainment writer at Glamour. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrosa92.