“Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have witnessed a lot, from the HBO series’ blood-soaked Red Wedding to the execution of Ned Stark and Hodor’s tragic demise.
But nothing could prepare them for comedian Leslie Jones.
In a promotional video for the “Saturday Night Live” alum’s new Netflix standup special, “Leslie Jones: Time Machine” — which was directed by Benioff and Weiss and premiered Tuesday — the Emmy-nominated comic shares her innermost thoughts about her awesome life and punctuates it all with a freaky dance, which shakes the duo to their core.
“Now that I’m 50, people say that I should slow down, you know? Enjoy the fruits of my labor. Relax a little bit,” the avid “Game of Thrones” fan says in a voiceover as she’s seen strolling the halls of a film studio. “You know, maybe I should.”
But she stops herself from such negative thinking and declares, “Naaaaah! That just means I got 50 more years to have some fun!”
With that she sticks out her tongue and exclaims, “Winter’s coming, b–ch!” before busting some enthusiastic dance moves in front of a mirror — which, unknown to her, is of the two-way variety, with directors Benioff, 49, and Weiss, 48, on the other side.
“What’s happening right now?” asks Weiss as he and a furrow-browed Benioff watch Jones purse her lips, flail her arms and thrust her pelvis. Their mock horror probably mirrors their reaction when fans noticed a stray, incongruous coffee cup in a scene from the show’s final season last year.
“Leslie asked us to do it. And we were honored,” Benioff and Weiss recently told the Los Angeles Times. “But we told her, ‘We’ve never done a stand-up show before!’ She didn’t care. We said, ‘We’ve never done live television before!’ Nope. We said, ‘You can get a better director!’ But her mind was made up, and that was that.”
Benioff and Weiss added that they didn’t even try to tweak her material beforehand and instead “wanted to get out of her way and let her shine.”
In the one-hour special, Jones embraces physical comedy to brashly chronicle everything from her youthful wild days to celebrity encounters to bodily changes due as she ages.