Hugh Grant mixes up real life with 'Game of Thrones' in clip from 'Death to 2020' year-end special

Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY
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2020 was a bad year, but was it White Walkers descending on Westeros bad?

Netflix is sending off 2020 in a deserving way in "Death to 2020," a new comedy special streaming Sunday. "Death" is a mockumentary featuring interviews with "experts" on life during this accursed year, and its cast includes Samuel L. Jackson; Kumail Nanjiani as a tech bro; Tracey Ullman as Queen Elizabeth; Lisa Kudrow, channeling President Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway; Leslie Jones; and Laurence Fishburne as narrator.

Hugh Grant breaks out his snootiest British accent to play Tennyson Foss, a history professor without much of a grip on what "history" actually is. In this exclusive clip from the special, Foss compares the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic at a time of increasing political divisiveness to another existential threat facing a divided nation: the White Walkers on "Game of Thrones."

Hugh Grant as Tennyson Foss in Netflix's "Death to 2020" special.
Hugh Grant as Tennyson Foss in Netflix's "Death to 2020" special.

"Death" comes from producer Charlie Brooker, creator of sci-fi anthology series "Black Mirror," making him skilled at creating TV about tragedy and despair. "Every year I seem to be saying this is the worst year ever – and then comes along 2020 and puts all of that into sharp relief," he said in a statement. "Hopefully viewers will find at least one joke to their liking – because let’s face it, in 2020, any laugh you can emit, no matter how fleeting, is a small but precious victory."

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