game of thrones arrested development the rains of castamere 'Arrested Development' is a good 'Game of Thrones' replacement this weekend

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but fans of “Game of Thrones” have to wait until June 2 for a new episode of the HBO fantasy series to air. Before you start lamenting the fact that “The Rains of Castamere” is still nine days away, we have a handy replacement ready to occupy your Sunday night: “Arrested Development.”

Sure, “Arrested Development” is a comedy and “Game of Thrones” is a drama, but they have more in common than one might think. Netflix has resurrected the fan-favorite series and is premiering its 15-episode fourth season on May 26 starting at 12:01 a.m. PT. Watching new “Arrested Development” will be just like watching “Game of Thrones” — well, sort of. Here’s why:

Both include complicated family politics

The Bluths have a complicated family history. So to do the Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, Baratheons, Greyjoys … well, you get the idea. Keeping track of who is allied with whom is tricky in both shows — and half the fun.

Both feature dense plotlines

If you didn’t watch “Game of Thrones” from the beginning, you’ll likely have a very hard time keeping up with the events taking place in Season 3. The same is the case for “Arrested Development,” as its first three seasons are complex, convoluted and frequently self-referential. People who love “Game of Thrones” for its dense storylines should be able to respect that “Arrested Development” does the same thing, and vice versa.

Both include magic

Of course, GOB’s brand of magic is a bit different than the Lord of Light’s, but at least his is a good replacement during the final countdown to new “Game of Thrones” episodes. Just don’t forget, he does illusions and not tricks, because tricks are something one of Littlefinger’s whores does for money.

Both feature romantic incest

Maeby and George Michael. Cersei and Jaime. Both so ill fated, both so in love. Hey, at least Maeby and George Michael aren’t actually related though.

Both should be watched immediately

If you don’t watch “Game of Thrones” when it airs, you run the risk of your friends immediately posting spoilers to social media. The same will likely be the case with “Arrested Development,” especially since people have been waiting seven years for Season 4. Watch “Arrested Development” sooner rather than later and you won’t regret it. In fact, we’ll be live blogging the new season here on Zap2it starting right when it premieres at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday.

“Arrested Development” Season 4 premieres on Netflix on May 26. “Game of Thrones” Season 4 returns with its penultimate episode on June 2.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz