The world of Game of Thrones is dense and full of terrors. But it's also full of Easter eggs! George R.R. Martin has hidden so many subtle clues in the A Song of Ice and Fire books that he is afraid some fans have already figured out the secret ending and, like the books, the HBO show is also peppered with plenty of Game of Thrones hidden features and Easter eggs that are inspired by Martin's books and other sources.
Did you notice that Gandalf's sword is in the Iron Throne? How about that Jon Snow's best buds at the Wall have the same names as Frodo's pals in The Lord of the Rings? There are also initials carved on a wall that hint at Jon Snow's real parents, several references to Monty Python, nods to H.P. Lovecraft and Dragonslayer, and many, many more, if you are willing to keep your eyes peeled.How many Game of Thrones dragon, er, Easter eggs did you catch while watching the show? Which one surprised you more than the Red Wedding? Vote up your favorite hidden message and help us decide which is the one Easter egg to sit the Iron Throne and rule the Seven Kingdoms!
Littlefinger Predicts All the Major Deaths in Season Four in One Sentence
If things don't work out for Littlefinger in Westeros, he could make a go of it as a fortune teller. While trying to console Robin Arryn after his mom got dropped like a bad habit out the Moon Door, Littlefinger says, "People die at their dinner tables, they die in their beds, they die squatting over their chamber pots. Everyone dies, sooner or later." In that one sentence he predicted the deaths of King Joffrey, Shae and Tywin Lannister. You've got our attention, Littlefinger!
The Initials on a Wall Supposedly Reveal Jon Snow's True Parents
Some Game of Thrones fans believe that Ned Stark is too much a man of honor to have fathered Jon Snow out of wedlock. There is a theory that Jon Snow's real parents are Rhaegar Targaryean and Ned Stark's sister Lyanna - otherwise known as the R+L = J Theory. Although incredibly widespread, this theory does not appear in George R.R. Martin's books... yet. If you look closely at the picture above, you can see the letters "R" and "L" clearly carved to the left of Snow. That can't be random, can it?
The Opening Credits Show You Where the Episode Will Be Taking Place
People usually fast-forward through the opening credits of any show, and the Game of Thrones opener is particularly long. But the next time you watch the animated opening featuring the different kingdoms of Westeros and Essos, pay attention to which areas are featured. The locations visited in each opening sequence vary depending on where the characters are heading in that particular episode.
Gandalf's Sword Is in the Iron Throne
The Iron Throne is supposed to be made up of hundreds of swords hammered together for months while being welded by dragon fire. If you look closely you can see the handle of Gandalf's sword, Glamdring, from The Lord of the Rings. We're sure whoever did that meant it as an homage to J.R.R. Tolkien and not to suggest that Gandalf was defeated and his sword made into a throne.