‘Game of Thrones’: 5 Easter Eggs Fans Likely Missed

Every popular TV show or movie franchise has to include Easter eggs, even if there may be an excess of them. For pop-culture phenomenons like Game of Thrones, it was more necessary to assuage fans who never seemed to get enough of the series.

They acquiesced more than a few times, often placing Easter eggs in the show fans would sometimes miss. To this day, a few obscure references are in various episodes some fans are still scoping out.

In most cases, these eggs were designed to give subtle clues to things happening later, if not sly references to George R.R. Martin’s books. Only the biggest Game of Thrones nerd would probably catch these on first watch, if at least hearing about them.

5. The use of notable faces was an ongoing sly wink

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All those severed heads seen on the show were sometimes notable people making cameos in the most interesting way possible. This is exactly how George R.R. Martin wanted to do one of his coveted cameos, albeit never happening due to scheduling issues.

Instead, the production crew turned to the producers of the show to lend their visages, including for the eerie Hall of Faces. According to Mental Floss, a couple of those faces happened to be David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Whether anyone really caught their countenances in that mix of heads is impossible to guess. Most likely not since everyone in the Hall of Faces are bald and look…well, very dead.

Most interesting is other notable faces appear in other cameos, particularly Rob McElhenney and Martin Starr. However, they were all victims of being shot in the face with arrows on the ship belonging to Theon Greyjoy’s uncle.

4. Some subtle references went beyond ‘Game of Thrones’

As much as Game of Thrones seemed obsessed with itself in referencing the books, things that already happened, or would happen, other pop culture nods were thrown in.

In some episodes, swords seen on the Iron Throne are those from other franchises like Lord of the Rings and Kingdom of Heaven. It took some detective work, but some fans noted the LOTR sword looked very similar to Gandalf’s sword Glamdring.

None of this was ever confirmed. Regardless, it makes sense little nods to other fantasy epics would get thrown in for good measure. With these being found, it shows how many people really were watching with nose pressed to screen.

3. A certain U.S. President had his head on a stake

Yes, it seems the cameos from severed heads were just too hard to pass up for the production team at Game of Thrones. During the height of the show’s popularity, U.S. President George W. Bush was more than a little unpopular.

At the height of his unpopularity in starting a war with Iraq, the producers subtly placed his head on a stake during the 10th episode. Benioff and Weiss claim they just used the head randomly. HBO was not happy, though, and disparaged the show for doing this.

No one will likely see the head again in reruns since it was excised.

2. Messages in the costumes

Many of the costumes made for Game of Thrones came from overly practical items. Within those costumes, hidden messages would sometimes get placed in the fabrics.

Apparently Sansa Stark’s wedding dress included images alluding to her life and family. Part of this included the insignia of a lion on the back, a notable Lannister symbol.

No doubt over time, other costume details will be found, particularly when the series is available in full to stream.

1. The chilling prediction of all the character deaths

Game of Thrones Kit Harington
‘Game of Thrones’ star Kit Harington | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

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Game of Thrones was clearly preoccupied with death, which meant killing off many of the main characters, a trope only The Walking Dead progressed. What some fans might have forgotten is Littlefinger seemed to predict many deaths down the road.

Said Littlefinger to Robin Arryn early in the series run: “People die at their dinner tables, they die in their beds, they die squatting over their chamber pots. Everyone dies, sooner or later”.

Maybe it was an overly general statement. Still, the specifics of where some will die gave a chill up the spine as subtle evidence Littlefinger knew the future.