Monty Python quotes have permeated much of Western society, and now it also looks like they've also invaded Eastern society - more specifically the Eastern continent in Game of Thrones.
In episode 4 of Game of Thrones, titled Breaker of Chains, the show's linguist David Peterson smuggled in a clandestine Monty Python quote into the straight-faced Medieval fantasy drama. However, as much of a Monty Python fan as I am, even I missed the reference - primarily because I don't speak Low Valyrian. The quote, which was spoken by the Meereenese champion prior to his duel with Daario Naharis, is actually a translation of the insults delivered by the French taunter in Monty Python and The Holy Grail.
In a recent interview with MakingOfGameOfThrones.com, Peterson explained how he threw in the hidden Easter Egg. He stated:
One of the biggest [Easter Eggs] is from Episode 3 this season. There's a scene where the Meereenese rider is challenging Daenerys' champion. He's shouting and Nathalie Emmanuel [Missandei] is translating – but she's not translating what he's saying. He's actually saying a Low Valyrian translation of the French guy's insults in 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail.' That was [series creator] Dan Weiss's idea and it was so hilarious that I had to do it. Right after that episode aired, I was getting tweets like, "Is he saying a 'your momma' joke?" Close… But no, he's actually starting out with, "Your mother is a hamster."
Want to see the scenes in question? Check out the videos below (skip to 1:30 for the hidden quote):
In fact, this might not be the first time Game of Thrones has referenced the famous 1975 British comedy film. Earlier in Season 4, Davos misread the word 'Knight' as 'K-nig-it' - another of the French taunters phrases - while personally, I think The Mountain looks a hell of a lot like Sir Bedivere - although that might be coincidental:
In fact, showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff have previously stated Game of Thrones has at times been uncomfortably close to Monty Python. In an interview with Vanity Fair, they stated:
Dan Weiss: You’re very aware of the fact that at any given moment in the show you are probably no more than fifteen degrees away from Monty Python. All you really need to do is turn it and take it there. And it’s so tempting sometimes, because it was another formative influence for me, and it would be really funny to steer it into Monty Python.
David Benioff: To the point where we shot the pilot in the castle where the shot Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
However, quoting the French taunter in Game of Thrones goes back even further than this. George R.R. Martin also included one of his insults in the Song of Ice and Fire book series:
Whatever next? Will those crucified at Meereen break out into 'All Ways Look On The Bright Side Of Life'?
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Source: The Guardian