This past season of Game of Thrones may have been the most epic in the entire series, and we’re talking about a series that, up to this point, has already been hailed as one of the best television shows ever. Like anything with a huge, obsessive following, the creators have done their best to reward the very loyal audience with some fun Easter eggs to find and then analyze the hell out of. In some cases, the Easter eggs are call backs to an earlier plot point or scene, but in other cases, the Easter eggs are loaded with mystery and hinting towards some possible huge reveals. What could these little clues mean for all of our favorite citizens of the Seven Kingdoms?
Of course, catching all of the Easter eggs is a bit of a challenge, you know, when there’s a brutal battle taking place or when Ramsey is being fed to his own dogs. Sometimes the show is just so entertaining that we miss all the little clues the creators have so finely worked into an episode for us viewers. Thankfully, we have collected 15 very well hidden Easter eggs from season six of Game of Thrones that you might have missed. Considering the fact that the series is rumored to only have 13 more episodes, these Easter eggs could be huge clues about the fates of some of our most beloved characters.
These 15 Easter eggs range from hints about characters’ backstories to clues about their fates to inside jokes and call backs about things that happened in earlier seasons. However small an Easter egg, it’s always fun to find them and try to figure out what they mean.
15. Repeated Jokes From Tyrion and The Hound
For fans of the show, the creators don’t always slip in Easter eggs that are deep and meaningful. The creators will sometimes give the fans an Easter egg that is fun. Game of Thrones can be fun and funny sometimes, right?
One of the first Easter eggs comes from The Hound. In season four, we saw The Hound kill a room-full of men because he wanted some chicken. Okay, there was a bit more to it than that, but he did ride off eating a chicken wing so there’s that.
In season six, The Hound is finally back. The writers gave audiences who remembered The Hound’s fondness for chicken a little wink by simply having The Hound state, “I prefer chicken.” It was a small call back but fans who caught it loved it.
Going even further back, in season one Tyrion was taken to The Eyrie to be held accountable for his actions by Lady Lysa. In an exchange, he started to make a joke about a jackass and a honeycomb only to be interrupted by Lysa. Robin Arryn then complained that he wanted to hear how it ended but unfortunately for Robin and us, Tyrion didn’t get to finish his joke.
Well, in season six, Tyrion begins the joke about the jackass and honeycomb again, only to have the Masters’ attack on Meereen interrupt him, yet again leaving the audience wondering what the hell happened with the jackass and honeycomb.
14. Arya Played Herself In The Play
When Arya passed her little blind assassin training boot camp (which dragged on too long but then totally paid off so it’s okay), she was tasked with killing an actress. Arya went to see the play in which the actress was performing and, oddly enough, it was something she had already seen.
From the audience, she watched as an actor playing her father Ned was beheaded for his treason – much like how she sat helplessly in the audience when this happened for real in season one. On an even larger scale, this could be a metaphor for how removed she is from the actual action of the show. Arya’s story-line has been distant from those vying for the throne. Sure, she’s a Stark, but she’s also been MIA and playing with different faces. Her watching the play, distanced from the actual actions, is also a reference to that.
A bonus Easter egg here is that Arya is told to murder an actress who just so happened to be playing Cersei… You know, Cersei Lannister, someone whose name is on Arya’s famed list.
13. Walder Frey’s Death
Walder Frey had this coming ever since he hosted the Red Wedding and took down a whole branch of the Stark family tree. That was not cool, Walder. He’s been a minor villain through the years, taking a backseat to the likes of Joffery or Ramsey, but a villain nonetheless.
The Red Wedding was finally avenged in full and in the most appropriate of ways. The most obvious Easter egg was when Arya told Walder that hers was the last face he’d ever see, then proceeded slit his throat. In doing so, she killed him in the same manner her mother Catelyn had been murdered.
The direct call back is nice, but it gets even sweeter when you consider the other co-conspirators of The Red Wedding – Roose Bolton and Tywin Lanniser. Roose Bolton was murdered earlier this season by his son Ramsey, in a style that matched exactly how Roose had murdered Robb – a stabbing in the stomach. The one last piece of the puzzle is Tywin Lannister, who was shot by a crossbow-wielding Tyrion Lannister.
The Red Wedding saw the deaths of the Starks by crossbow fire, stabbings and the slitting of Catelyn’s throat. Finally, in the final episode of season six, all the puppeteers had been paid back in the same exact fashion.
12. Guest Right
Game of Thrones is littered with history, and said history can sometimes result in superstitions. Guest right is both a superstition and also just common decency. The rule is that once a guest eats food and drinks wine with a host, the guest cannot harm the host and the host cannot harm the guest.
The legend that spurred guest right was that of The Rat Cook. According to the story, a king was staying as a guest when the host murdered his son and baked him up as a pie for the king to eat. The king thought it was so delicious, he asked for seconds. The gods were angered by the action – not of murdering the prince or baking the prince for his father to eat, but rather they were angered by a host taking advantage of a guest in this manner. The gods turned the host into a white rat who could only survive by eating his own offspring. Baking people into pies and being turned into a rat seems pretty far fetched but there are dragons roaming around in Game of Thrones, so yeah.
By this end, Walder Frey broke the guest right rule when he hosted The Red Wedding. The fact that Arya serves him his sons in a pie before slitting his throat is a nice call back to the original myth.
11. The Hound Pissed On Lady Stoneheart
Lady Stoneheart is a lot like “fetch” in Mean Girls. Stop trying to make Lady Stoneheart happen. It’s not going to happen.
For anyone not familiar with the books, (SPOILER ALERT) Catelyn Stark is (kind of) resurrected as Lady Stoneheart after her death and avenges the deaths of the Starks. Arya’s direwolf drags Catelyn’s dead body from a river and she is then brought back to life by Lord Beric Dondarrion, that dude who dies and comes back all the time. Well, in the books, he gives his life to bring Catelyn back as Lady Stoneheart.
In the show, however, Beric is alive and kickin’, meaning Lady Stoneheart probably isn’t happening – unless he’s going to bring back a corpse that’s now been dead for three seasons, in which case, just don’t.
At this point in the show, The Hound is now with Beric and Thoros of Myr. Just to really rub salt in the wounds of all the Lady Stoneheart hopefuls, The Hound, one of the most elegant characters on the show, took a piss in the river – you know, the river from which Catelyn’s body would have been dragged. I guess that’s how the creators feel about the whole Lady Stoneheart storyline.
10. The Flying Bell
Remember the walk of atonement? Of course you do. How could you forget? It was probably the only time you really truly felt bad for Cersei – and probably the only time you will.
Well, after Cersei blows up half of King’s Landing with wildfire, it cuts to a shot of a large bell flying through the air and crashing into a wall, showing the destruction she has caused. It’s also exactly where Cersei made her walk of atonement, while Septa Unella followed her, ringing a bell and repeating, “Shame.”
It was a nice little visual Easter egg that was followed up with Septa Unella basically being wine-boarded by Cersei. After that, she takes a page or two out of Unella’s book and tells her to “confess.” Cersei then repeats, “Shame,” as The Mountain goes to work torturing Unella.
9. The King In The North Glance
Season six was certainly not the first time we heard a bunch of presumably drunken Northerners declare someone King in the North. Handsome ol’ Robb Stark held that title for quite some time before baby bro Jon ever earned it.
The creators of the show have said they specifically wanted the scenes to be very different – one being outside, one being inside; one with men raising their swords and standing, one with them kneeling to their king. So, visually there were many differences but there was one visual aspect that was kept the same: the glance.
In Robb’s King in the North moment, he glances at Catelyn, who looks at him very wearily, likely because she knew what happens to those who play the game of thrones. In Jon’s moment, he glances at Sansa, who smiles more warmly, calling back to the Robb/Catelyn moment but evoking a different feeling.
One should note, though, that a moment later she shares a weary stare with Littlefinger. What that was about, one can only guess.
8. Arya Traveling West Of Westeros
This may not specifically be an Easter egg in the most formal of ways, but it could certainly be a set-up for how we see Arya’s story ending.
While Arya is a fan favorite for sure, her storyline has been distant from the shit-hitting-the-fan situations that all of her family and almost every other character has dealt with. Sure, Daenerys is perhaps another isolated character – I mean, she’s never even seen Cersei, Jon Snow, Sansa or any of the rest of the gang – but her goal has always been to get her bum on that Iron Throne. Arya doesn’t want any of that. She seemingly wants to avenge her family… and then what?
Well, while talking to Lady Crane of the acting troupe, Arya asks what’s west of Westeros and says she’d like to see it. An ending with Arya exploring the uncharted lands of the Game of Thrones universe would be perfect considering the fact that she’s basically been exploring since season one. If this is her ending, they may have hinted at it that very moment.
Of course, that would be a decidedly happy ending for Arya, when we all know happy endings are few and far between on Game of Thrones.
7. The Imp’s Delight
On the same note, did the creators already set up a possible ending for Tyrion? I mean, there are only 13 more episodes so it’s safe to say that they need to start tying things up, right?
During a conversation in season six, Tyrion reveals that he’d love to have his own vineyard and he’d call his wine The Imp’s Delight. The conversation seemed unimportant but Game of Thrones doesn’t usually just throw away dialogue, even if it’s playful dialogue.
While he is currently serving as the Queen’s Hand and seems to be proud of the role, there are 13 more episodes and a lot could change. No body knows for sure if Dany is going to get the throne (though it seems probable with the dragons and all), and even if she does, will Tyrion stick around to help guide her or will he take all his wisdom and start making The Imp’s Delight?
If we’re really trying to predict Tyrion’s fate, all the way back in season one, he stated exactly how he’d like to die: “In my own bed, with a belly full of wine and a maiden’s mouth around my c**k.” If anyone deserves a happy ending like that, it’s Tyrion Lannister.
Also, even if he doesn’t make The Imp’s Delight, can someone start making this? I’d totally drink it.
6. A Hint That Tyrion Is A Targeryen
Since we were talking about Tyrion’s fate, we might as well discuss his origins.
We know that Dany is a Targeryen for sure. Although Jon Snow’s father was not actually 100% confirmed, many people believed that the finale of season six confirmed the infamous R + L = J fan theory, making him a Targeryen as well. In case you don’t know the basics of that fan theory, it goes like this: Jon Snow is not actually the bastard son of Ned Stark, which was confirmed in the finale. Rhaegar Targaryen (Dany’s brother) ran off with Lyanna Stark. Whether she was taken by force and raped or willingly ran off with Rhaegar because she was in love is unclear. The folklore differs depending on where you live in Westeros.
Now, we’ve all seen that Lyanna gave birth to Jon, but without the father 100% confirmed, we can’t necessarily jump to any conclusions. I mean, we all thought The Hound was dead, right?
Now for another bastard birth fan theory: Tryion might be a Targeryen too. This fan theory believes that The Mad King was rather fond of Joanna Lannister (Tywin’s wife/Tyrion’s mother) and bedded her many times, either by using his kingly power or by Tywin brokering the deal like some weirdo pimp trying to get ahead in the Seven Kingdoms. This affair would assume that Tyrion may be the son of Joanna Lannister and The Mad King, which makes sense since Tywin hated Tyrion. In fact, Tywin hated Tyrion so much that his last words to Tyrion were, “You’re no son of mine.”
If this turns out to be true, the scene in with Tyrion calms the dragons and recalls how desperately he wanted a dragon in his childhood could be one of the biggest Easter eggs this season.
Also, if this is true, that would make Dany and Tyrion half-siblings, Dany Jon Snow’s aunt and Tyrion Jon Snow’s, err, half-uncle…? Keeping up with the families ties on this show is sometimes impossible.
5. Hand(s) of the Queen
In this episode, we saw not one but two Queen’s Hands. Cersei had apparently asked Maester Qyburn to be her Hand of the Queen, which makes sense. He’s been her #1 bestie since he brought The Mountain back from the dead and basically gave Cersei a zombie solider.
In a more sentimental scene, we see Daenerys pin Tyrion with a Hand of the Queen pin. The significance of this is not only that two fan-favorite characters are officially teaming up to take the Iron Throne, but also that Tywin Lannister (Tyrion’s father) served as the Hand of the King to Aerys II (Dany’s father).
This pinning of Tyrion was a slight nod to the past in that way, though the partnership between their fathers didn’t end very well. Tywin sided with the rebellion and Jaime ended up murdering Aerys so here’s hoping Dany and Tyrion face a better outcome.
4. “The things I do for love.”
All along Cersei said she would do anything for her child… anything. No, for real, look back on how many times Cersei said something along the lines of “I will burn this city to the ground” in the past when talking about keeping her children safe. Well, she apparently did not mean that metaphorically.
While Jaime is at Riverrun, he talks to Edmure (Catelyn’s brother) about their sisters, stating that Catelyn and Cersei both loved their children fiercely to the point that they would do anything – even start a war or burn cities to ash. This is only two episodes before Cersei blows up King’s Landing (effectively burning a city to ash) in order to destroy the enemies who had their claws in Tommen. Unfortunately for Cersei, Tommen had some other ideas.
Jaime’s speech to Edmure ends with him saying, “The things we do for love.” This is a call back to the very first episode, as he said almost the same exact line right before pushing Bran out the window for Cersei. Oddly enough, his own son would be diving out of a window in a similar manner only two episodes later.
3. Arya’s Training Mirrors Her Brothers’ Deaths
While Arya was doing her blind training, The Waif asked her about her brothers. Arya went on to talk about her brothers as The Waif continued to attack her. Interestingly enough, The Waif seemed to attack Arya in ways that matched injuries which her brother incurred. When Arya says Robb, The Waif strikes Arya in the torso, where Robb was stabbed. When she says Bran, she’s hit in the back, referencing his fall and paralyzing injury in the first episode. She’s also asked about The Hound, at which point, she falls off the platform she had been on, much like how The Hound took a tumble down that hillside.
Of course, since these little Easter eggs worked out, fans questioned if Rickon would incur some sort of a leg injury, as Arya is struck in the leg when she mentions Rickon. Instead, lil’ Rickon took an arrow to the chest. Though, he may have been shot in the leg too. At one point, his dead body has, like, thirty arrows fly down at it.
2. “When the red star bleeds…”
Ah, sometimes it’s the little things. In that big reveal scene when we finally get confirmation that Jon Snow is, indeed, Lyanna’s son and not Ned’s, there was one tiny detail that could pretty much confirm the fact that Jon Snow is the great leader who was promised.
There’s a myth about a leader being born who basically makes Westeros chill out a little. Melisandre’s version is that, “It is written in prophecy as well. When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.”
Obviously, some may think of Daenerys immediately, the mother of dragons and all, but one small clue in Jon’s birth scene may point to him instead.
On the bedpost rests a sword, but it isn’t just any ol’ sword. Before Ned walks up the stairs to the tower, he defeats Arthur Dayne and takes his sword. This is the sword that Ned places at the bedpost. This sword is kind of a big deal. Its name was Dawn and it was supposedly made from the heart of a fallen star. On the pummel is the sun, which is another star symbol. Lastly, the sword has quite a bit of blood dripping from it, meaning it could be the bleeding red star that the promised prince was born under… that prince being Jon Snow.
1. Samwell Tartly Tells This Story
Sam finally makes it to Oldtown where there’s a Beauty and the Beast-style library. In the library that Sam ogles, there are chandeliers that look quite similar to something we’ve seen before. These look pretty much like the gold things spinning around in the opening credits. While this could simply be a call-back to the opening credits with no deeper meaning, it could also be pointing towards fact that this is, in fact, a story and it must be told by someone. With any story, any mythology, someone has to tell the tale, and that could very well be Sam.
George RR Martin has started several times that he was inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. That epic series was told by the best friend of the hero Frodo. His name was Samwise.
Could Samwell be the Samwise of Game of Thrones? The chandeliers may be pointing to a yes.