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John Oliver’s New Set Includes a Very Subtle Homage to Game of Thrones

Notice anything?

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I attended the taping of this past Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight, and during a pre-show Q-and-A, one audience member asked John Oliver about his favorite part of the new set.

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While you might initially assume that the backdrop is the New York City skyline—the show tapes in New York—it’s actually full of landmarks from all over the world: Beside the Empire State Building is the Washington Monument, the Burj Khalifa, and even one of the Great Pyramids. (It makes sense, given that the show has thus far taken a more international perspective on the news.)

But Oliver’s favorite part of the new set is this:

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Just over Oliver’s right shoulder is the castle where Stannis Baratheon hangs out on Game of Thrones. As the Huffington Post notes, it’s called “Dragonstone.”

There’s always a bit of fakery to these late-night backdrops, and it’s fun to see Oliver taking this convention one step further.

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