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One is a melodramatic soap opera featuring family rivalries, violent deaths and aristocratic intrigue. The other is Game of Thrones.

With the series 4 U.K. premiere of Downton Abbey just over a week away, now is the perfect time to set aside your crossbows and get caught up on three seasons of this Masterpiece Classic’s upstairs/downstairs drama. Don’t let Laura Linney’s dulcet tones fool you; this ‘Antiques Roadshow’ lead-in is intense.

We present 15 reasons that prove why these two Emmy-award winning costume dramas are basically the same show. Minor spoilers ahead.

1) King Robert is still alive.

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And yes, he’s still making poor life choices.

2) The Lannister siblings are still at each other’s throats.

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There’s the one that’s pretty, the one that’s a disappointment, and the one that’s sometimes just kind of a bitch.

3) Daddy Tywin still rules the roost.

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Lord Grantham may be their biological father, but we all know who really raised those girls.

4) The underappreciated bastard of the family is still the sexy one.

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He worships the old gods. In England they call that “Catholicism.”

5) Varys and Littlefinger are still scheming.

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One is always obsessing over beautiful people he can’t have. The other is a eunuch.

6) The Queen of Thorns is still sassy.

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And she doesn’t have time for your so-called “weekends.”

7) There’s still plenty of Hot Pie.

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Mrs. Patmore and Daisy bake it downstairs.

8) And that red-headed wildling still just wants to be free.

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She aspires to secretarial skills. Dream big.

9) Jorah is still unsuccessfully chasing after that hot, young thing.

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Guy just can’t catch a break.

10) And King’s Landing’s always going for broke.

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It’s all Robert’s fault.

11) The good still die young.

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Happiness means you’ve outlived your usefulness in the overall plot development.

12) Honor still gets you into trouble.

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Everything is (probably) the wife’s fault.

13) And lust still gets you killed.

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Things would be just fine if everybody just kept it in their pants.

14) But incest is still highly encouraged amongst the aristocracy.

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To keep the blood of the dragon pure, the Crawleys are encouraged to marry other Crawleys.

15) And everyone knows weddings can be kind of a bummer.

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Fit hits the shan in season 3.

Series 4 of Downton Abbey premieres in the U.K. September 22nd on ITV.

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