With season six of Game of Thrones just around the corner, fans are starting to get rather antsy for their yearly fix of the fantasy epic. Many fan theories have surfaced concerning both the resurrection of certain characters and the death of others. As we all know GOT is known for leaving subtle hints and hidden secrets throughout its episodes. Whether it be a riddle in the dialog, or a cleverly placed hint in the background of a scene; the secrets are there, we just have to look for them. Now if you’ve only watch each of the episodes once, its less than likely that you’ve spotted any of these little Easter eggs. Not to worry though, we’ve watched all the episodes many times and during which we’ve found a few secrets we’d like to share with you.
Below is a list containing 15 secrets you may have missed while watching Game of Thrones. Find out if you’ve managed to spot any of these hidden gems, or if they managed to slip right past you. If you’re a GOT fan you won’t be disappointed and might even be inspired to do some detective work for season six.
15. No Nose?
Let’s begin with a fan favorite, Tyrion Lannister. Now, no one can forget the ninth episode of season two of Game of Thrones titled “Blackwater”. You remember the episode with the gigantic green explosion of wildfire?! The first big battle sequence of the series; it’s kind of unforgettable. During this episode Tyrion steps up and decides he’s going to lead the defense of King’s Landing , on account of “the king” Joffrey being too much of a little turd to do so. Shortly after Tyrion gives his riveting speech he is blindsided on the battle field by Mandon Moore (one of the Kingsguard) who cuts him across the face. Moore is then killed by none other than the loyal Podrick, who is later graciously rewarded. In the following episode Cersei makes a comment implying that she heard rumors off Tyrion’s nose being cut off. This dialog holds more meaning than one might initially assume, as in the books Tyrion does in fact lose his nose during the battle of Blackwater Bay.
14. Golden Hand
Speaking of the Lannisters losing body parts, Tyrion’s brother Jaime lost his sword fighting hand in season three, episode three, titled “Walk of Punishment”. This is actually a very important scene for Jaime’s character, despite his unpleasant parting. This scene acts as a sort of turning point for his character, proving Jaime may have a glimmer of hope in him after all. For those who don’t remember, Jaime saves Brienne from being raped by telling the Brave Companions or Bloody Mummers – whatever you prefer – that Brienne of Tarth is worth her weight in sapphires. This clever lie works out for Brienne… Jaime on the other hand, not so much. Locke proceeds to free Jaime from his shackles leading him to believe his luck has just turned around, and then bam! He chops his hand off. The little secret revolving around this situation comes four episodes later during “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”, when Locke tells Jaime to “go buy yourself a golden hand and **** yourself with it.” We didn’t know it at the time, but this turns out to be a subtle foreshadowing for the golden prosthetic hand Jaime receives in season four.
13. Pork Sausage
Since we’re on the subject of parting with one’s body parts, let’s talk about Theon Greyjoy. This perverted backstabber ends up being captured by the sadistic son of Roose Bolton, Ramsay Bolton, who proceeds to torture Theon mentally and psychologically for nearly three whole seasons. During this unpleasant time Theon is manipulated into believing his name is now Reek and also loses a rather precious member. Earlier in the show Theon’s sister Yara foreshadows his unsuspecting removal of manhood saying: “Anything with a cock is easy to fool.” Maybe if Theon listened to his sister he would still be fully intact.
12. Quaithe… Who?
Quaithe may be a reoccurring character in the books, but she has yet to reappear in the show. If you think back all the way to season two, you may recall a mysterious masked woman encountered by Jorah Mormont in Qarth. This woman is from the Shadow Lands in Asshai, the same place Melisandre is from, both of whom claim to have magical powers in the art of prophesy and clairvoyance; which seems to be true so far. This is a line spoken by Quaithe in season two: “Jorah the Andal. This man must sail past Old Valyria. All who travel too close to the Doom must have protection.” Three seasons later her prophesy comes true, after Jorah kidnaps Tyrion and sails past Old Valyria, the Doom being his contraction of Greyscale.
11. Ilyn Feelgood
Ilyn Payne is a recurring character in the first two seasons of Game of Thrones. He acts as the royal executioner or the “King’s Justice”. He seems to constantly have a grim expression on his face and never speaks. This is due to the fact that his tongue was ripped out with hot pincers for suggesting that Tywin Lannister, not king Aerys II was the true ruler of Westeros. Although we never hear his voice in the show, many may recognize his singing voice. Ilyn Pain aka Wilko Johnson isn’t just an actor, he used to be the lead guitarist and second vocalist for the British pub rock band Dr. Feelgood.
10. My Flame is Bigger
Everybody remembers when Joffrey was king; yet puppet would be a more suitable title. Well we’re sure everyone’s glad he’s dead and all, but you have to admit it made for some damn good manipulating plot twists. Almost everyone in Kingslanding took turns abusing the cruel yet vulnerable mind of the little twat. He was a hated character but his purpose was well orchestrated. There’s a clever shot in episode seven of season three where Tywin approaches Joffrey to lecture him on how to rule. During the said shot two flames can be seen, one beside Joffrey, and the other beside Tywin. Tywin’s flame is burning much stronger than Joffrey’s signifying his power over the boy king. It may be a subtle hint but it’s quite obvious once you’re looking for it.
9. Iron Throne
Although the Iron Throne on the show doesn’t live up to the version in the books, its design is well crafted and it holds some sneaky little secrets. The Iron Throne is said to have been forged by the breath of the greatest dragon using a thousand swords from the vanquished. Now obviously the throne on the show doesn’t consist of a thousand blades, even Peter Baelish touches on this saying he has counted and that the real number is under two hundred. Yet what some may not have noticed is that a few famous swords have been welded into the Iron Throne, the most obvious being Gandalf’s sword Glamdring, from The Lord of the Rings series. Orlando Bloom’s sword from Kingdom of Heaven can also be seen, and lastly Robin of Locksley’s sword aka Robin Hood’s is amongst the famous blades.
8. da Vinci Title Sequence
It’s no secret that Game of Thrones has one of the best title sequences of any show on TV, and even though it may be long, it doesn’t get annoying like many of the other shows out there. However, its intricate design wasn’t created without inspiration. All the interlocking castles and forts that build themselves out of the map are actually based off of Leonardo da Vinci’s machines/art work. The idea behind the map at the beginning is inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s maps of Middle Earth. And lastly if you pay close attention to the intro of each episode, you’ll notice that the soaring camera visits specific kingdoms depending on the plot of the episode you’re watching, giving you an idea of which storylines the episode will be focusing on.
7. Deadly Lyrics
Game of Thrones may have fewer songs than one may like, but the ones it does have always stand out. Just the first few notes from “The Rains of Castamere” will surely give you flashbacks of the infamous Red Wedding. What about the minstrel who had to choose between losing his finger or his tongue, after playing his comedic song about Robert Baratheon’s death. All in all music was one of the main sources of entertainment back in the day and the addition of more songs couldn’t hurt the show. For example take season five episode nine into account. When Meryn Trant arrives in Braavos, Mace Tyrell breaks into song and sings, “For we’re going to die tomorrow”, it’s a clever bit of foreshadowing, as Arya brutally murders the creepy pedophile the very next day.
Game of Thrones is notorious for sneaking in a lot of subtle, yet clever shots. Earlier we spoke about the shot where the director used two flames to signify Tywin’s power over king Joffrey. This clever shot may be a little harder to catch, as it should be considering the major plot twist it would be giving away. Remember when Rob Stark was the King of the North and things actually seemed to be looking up for the Stark family? Well before that whole idea was torn away from us the directors foreshadowed their demise. There’s a scene in season three where Rob and his mother Catelyn are studying a war map. At first glance it look as though the Stark army along with the Freys and Boltons are facing off against the Lannisters. However, after seeing what happens at the Red Wedding we realize this shot is actually hinting at the Starks being surrounded by the very people who betrayed them.
5. Hairstyle Alliance
Sansa Stark has been passed around more than any other character on the show, during which time she’s had alliances with the Staks, the Lannisters and the Tyrells. Although not all of these alliances were by choice, she’s managed to get by and now remains to be the Key of the North, which may result in her becoming pretty powerful come season six. Yet there’s been one subtle use of symbolism that has hinted at her alliances throughout each season. What is it you ask? Her ever-changing hairstyles of course. Believe it or not Sansa’s hairstyle has mimicked those she has been aligned with over the last five seasons. She’s shared the same hairstyles of both Cersei Lannister and Margaery Tyrell during her time spent in King’s Landing, and of course her mother Catelyn when she was still alive.
4. Tywin’s Introduction
Tywin’s first scene in Game of Thrones takes place in a war tent set up near the borders of the Riverlands. In this scene we see Tywin skinning a stag while he discusses war plans with his son Jaime Lannister. During this scene we learn just how arrogant and stern Tywin’s character can be. What’s interesting about this scene is the clever analogy at play here. As we mentioned above, Tywin is skinning a stag, the symbol of house Baratheon. This is also the same episode where King Robert Baratheon is killed in a hunting accident resulting in Joffrey taking the Iron Throne. Coincidence? I think not.
3. Familiar Faces
It’s kind of hard to forget the giant Hall of Faces from season five, especially with the trailer for season six referencing this creepy room located in The House of Black and White. Although the faceless men still remain quite mysterious, we now know that with the use of magic these faceless men use the skinned faces of the dead as a means of camouflage. What most people don’t know is that the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss can be seen amongst the countless ominous faces filling the pillars in this Hall. Although some may have caught this little Easter egg, did you know the face Arya touches belongs to the mother of Barry Gower, the prosthetics supervisor for the show?
2. Littlefinger’s Predictions
One of, if not the show’s best antagonist Petyr Baelish, seems to always know when things are going to happen, more so than any other character on the show. His deviously crafted character always leaves you guessing what he’s going to do next. Such guile makes for the perfect villain, which Baelish has pulled off masterfully. He even foreshadows three of the most impactful deaths from season four while speaking with Robin Arryn: “People die at their dinner tables. They die in their beds. They die squatting over their chamber pots. Everybody dies sooner or later.” This is perhaps the cleverest use of dialog from the show yet. The deaths he was foreshadowing are Joffrey at his wedding, Shae in her bed and Tywin on the privy.
1. The Wolf and the Stag
If you think Little Finger’s dialog was a clever use of foreshadowing, wait until you read this. Think back all the way to season one, episode one. Remember the scene where the Eddard Stark and his sons find a dead direwolf along with six newborn pups? Well there’s more to this scene than meets the eye. Sure it teaches us a little bit of history and introduces us to the feared direwolves of the north, but take this into account. The direwolf was killed by a stag, the symbol of house Baratheon. Eight episodes later Eddard (the direwolf) is killed by Joffrey Baratheon (the stag). To further this theory of foreshadowing Eddard leaves behind six children: Rob, John, Sansa, Arya, Brandon and Rickon, as does the dead direwolf in the first episode of the season. #mindblown.