Exit one Gary Pitkin, singer, impersonator, and restless subject of a dead king named Elvis Aaron Presley. A frustrated young man, born twenty-five years too late, who is about to find his own place to dwell, down at the end of lonely street, in a neighborhood called…the Twilight Zone.
The Twilight Zone’s Once and Future King is the first segment of the twenty-fifth episode, the first episode of the second season in 1986-87 and it’s pretty forgotten about since it aired.
Yeah, so what, right? Well, if you’re a Game Of Thrones fan, you might be interested since George R.R. Martin happened to write this episode. After the unexpected commercial failure of Martin’s fourth book, The Armageddon Rag, “essentially destroyed my career as a novelist at the time”, he recalled, it led him to seek a career in television. After a Hollywood option on that novel led to his being hired, first as a staff writer and then as an Executive Story Consultant, for the revival of the Twilight Zone, he led the team for this unpredictable episode.