Just in case you had forgotten that Peter Dinklage was on Game of Thrones, Saturday Night Live was there to remind you.
Last night's episode featured a couple of sketches centered around Dinklage's famous character, Tyrion Lannister, but it was his non-Game of Thrones moments that made the biggest impact.
One of the best sketches of the night, for example, was also one of the weirdest. "Space Pants" featured Dinklage sporting a pair of, well, space pants, singing one of the best original songs the show's had in years. To his credit, Dinkalge — who's best known for his super serious role on the HBO series — let his hair down and nailed the sketch, allowing the ridiculousness of it all to succeed.
Handling absurd situations, it turned out, was Dinklage's biggest asset. In another fantastic sketch, the actor was paired with SNL powerhouse Leslie Jones in a spoof of Naked and Afraid. Not only did Dinklage play off of Jones' more aggressive comedy style perfectly, but he made sure that she was the star of the sketch and took a back seat.
The episode wasn't one of the season's best, but it managed to hold its own for the entire 90 minutes. Even the worst of the episode, including the very strange monologue Dinklage delivered, wasn't enough to derail it.
Here are the best and worst moments from last night's episode.
Best sketch: Naked and Afraid
I'm a sucker for any sketch with Leslie Jones in it, but this four minute short was by far the best part of the night.
It was awkward, strange and best of all, Jones and Dinklage worked wonderfully together to capture the absurdity of it all. I'm happy to see that Jones is getting more air time and, much like Pete Davidson, is being allowed to just be herself.
The persona she carries through her standup performances and other appearances works excellently for the majority of SNL sketches and it's great to see her finally be recognized for it.
Runner up: Space Pants
Lately, SNL has been moving some of its weirder sketches to the beginning of the program and the result has been very positive.
The strange sketches can be hit or miss, but it's often where we find the comedic gold the variety show is known for. In Space Pants, Dinklage is a restaurant performer who distracts a group of Godfather-inspired mafia members from shooting a couple of guys who owe them money.
Gwen Stefani joined Dinklage in the sketch, and although she didn't add much to it, she unsurprisingly nailed her performance.
Honorable mention: Game of Thrones
We all knew it was going to happen, but the inevitable Game of Thrones sketch was surprisingly great.
Instead of going down the "Is Jon Snow dead" route, which Dinklage got out of the way during his opening monologue, they focused on the dragons.
SNL veteran Bobby Moynihan was used as one of the dragons and the comedian used both his ability to make hilarious if odd sounds and his physical stature to carry the sketch.
Worst sketch: Opening Monologue
To say that the opening monologue was disappointing would be an understatement.
It lasted only a few minutes and was devoid of any major jokes. Dinklage and Moynihan, dressed as Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin, went back and forth, but there wasn't anything funny about the setup.
Perhaps worst of all, it just seemed to come to an end without any specific reason. I can only imagine something was cut during dress rehearsal and they didn't have enough time to add in any jokes, because I've never seen a monologue this unprepared before.
Next week, Russell Crowe is set to host with Margo Price. Saturday Night Live airs at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.