Game of Thrones is one of the most popular and acclaimed shows of all time, and with good reason. The show is brilliantly acted, and always seems to leave people guessing about what is going to happen next. But if you love watching the show the first time around, just wait until you go back and watch the seasons all over again. You'll find that the show becomes even more engaging when you re-watch the series. What was once a small throw-away line, may turn out to have a lot more meaning when given the benefit of context.
Don't have time to go back and re-watch it all? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Below are 20 of the coolest easter egg-style moments to come from the series so far. We've got moments of foreshadowing that you may have forgotten about, fun cameos you didn't know about and little bits of trivia about the show that help make it even more engaging. You'll even come across some differences from the books that got referenced on the show (many of which went over your head).
Do you know the role that the New York Giants and The Grateful Dead have in your beloved franchise? How about Gandalf? And can we just take a minute to think about the whole R + L theory surrounding Jon Snow?!
There's no shortage of reasons as to why we love the show, but by the end of this list, you'll be left amazed at just how clever it really is. You'll also learn why you should never skip or ignore the introduction theme! Have another Game of Thrones fan on your social media feed? Be sure to share the list and show them all the amazing things they may not know about the series.
20 George Bush’s Head
When you need to come up with a bunch of heads to stick on pikes and have limited time and budget, you’re going to use whatever it is you have on hand. For Game of Thrones, that included a prosthetic head of George Bush. While the show came out and said it was not a political statement, people representing the former president were less happy.
Upon receiving backlash, HBO stated “We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this inadvertent, careless mistake.”
19 Ned’s Death
While some of these things are fun easter eggs, there is also a great deal of foreshadowing that goes on in Game of Thrones that re-watching can really add value to. One of the biggest examples occurs in the first episode of the series in which a direwolf is found having been killed by a stag. A sad scene, but one that takes on a different meaning when you realize that the House Stark’s sigil is a direwolf, and the sigil of the House Baratheon is a Stag.
18 Telling The Future With Social Media
17 Ramsay Snow's Identity Being Revealed
Do you hate Ramsay? Good, I’m pretty sure that just makes you a human being, because holy smokes is that dude deplorable. For most of season 3 we watch Ramsay torture Theon, but we spend most of the season wondering who it was that was inflicting all this punishment. When Ramsay first appears in the series, it is in a dramatic fashion as he takes out several men who are following Theon. However, right before one of the men dies, he looks at Ramsay and calls him a "little bastard."
16 The Death Of Joffrey
15 Littlefinger Knows All
There is no doubt that of all the characters we’ve met in Game of Thrones, Littlefinger has to be among the most intelligent. But did you also know about his unbelievable foreshadowing ability? In a scene with Robin Arryn, Littlefinger talks to him about how death is absolutely everywhere, "People die at their dinner tables, people die in their beds, they die squatting over their chamber pots."
14 The Initial Warg Connection
13 Jamie Would Hate Being Crippled
12 12. The Grateful Dead's Role
When it comes to trying to create a universe as diverse as Game of Thrones, you’re going to try and draw inspiration from anywhere you can. For writer George R.R. Martin, it was one of his favorite bands, The Grateful Dead, that helped him during a lull period. He talked in an interview about how “I'm certainly a fan of the Grateful Dead. My wife Paris is perhaps more of a fan of the Grateful Dead than I am…I have Grateful Dead lyrics rattling around in my head all the time. 'Ripple' is one of my favorite songs of all time... 'There is a road, no simple highway.' The Weirwood trees are even named for Bob Weir, the band's co-founder and guitarist.”
11 R + L = ???
As you learned above with the Grateful Dead, there was no shortage of inspiration from George’s current life when naming characters or things in his universe. One thing that George also loves is the New York Giants. This becomes evident when reading his book A Dance with Dragons, where he writes “the fourth and final volume of The Life of the Triarch Belicho, a famous Volantene patriot whose unbroken succession of conquests and triumphs ended rather abruptly when he was eaten by giants,” which fans inferred to be referring to how the New York Giants had the huge upset over the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl.
9 The Golden Hand
8 Didn’t You Lose A Nose?
7 Hall Of Faces
If you watched any of the promos for season 6, you were well aware of how iconic the “Hall of Faces” is. Known as being the place where faceless men can alter their identity prior to an assassination, the hall has thousands of identities on the wall. Two of them just happen to be David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who are the co-creators of the show. Talk about a super cool (albeit creepy) prop to take home from the show.
6 A Witch In Westeros?
5 We Are The Knights That Say...Go Daenerys!
4 Musician Cameos
When it comes to making a guest appearance on Game of Thrones, you can imagine there is no shortage of actors that would love the opportunity. Yet as far as cameos are concerned, it is musicians that seem to be among the favorites. For Joffrey’s purple wedding, the band Sigur Ros was brought into perform (...and get pelted by coins).
Will Champion, the drummer from Coldplay, also got the chance to make an appearance and helped perform The Rains of Castamere during the infamous Red Wedding.
3 Gandalf On The Throne
2 Tyrion’s Destiny
1 The Intro
Do you like to skip through the opening credits of your favorite television shows? I guarantee that if you used to skip the intros of Game of Thrones, you aren’t going to be doing that anymore! Fans made the connection that during the intro, the show will showcase where the bulk of the action is going to be taking place in the episode. For a show that is continuing to get bigger and more intense, having a little reminder in the intro as to what part of the world we’re going to first is a welcomed and much-needed guide.
Sources: whatculture.com, ign.com, mentalfloss.com, dorkly.com, myfirstclasslife.com
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