(WARNING: The following contains giant, Wun Wun-sized plot SPOILERS for 'Game of Thrones' recent season finale — Season 6, Episode 10. Proceed with whatever level of caution your friendly neighborhood Three-Eyed Raven suggests is wise.)
Now, while there were a lot of thematic and plot-related details to talk about in Game of Thrones' recent Season 6 finale, that wasn't all that the episode was hiding. Not only was there a whole lot of setup for Season 7, and a ton of loose plot threads left dangling, but — as it turns out — there was a veritable Hodor-load of Easter Eggs, callbacks and visual nods lying just beneath the episode's surface, too.
Here, then, are...
The 9 Biggest Easter Eggs Hiding In The Game Of Thrones Season Finale
Featuring: Jon Snow's future sigil, a surprising nod to the opening credits, and some absolutely perfect timing from Arya.
First up, though?
9. A Dire Opening Sequence
Or, rather, a direwolf-infused one. As anyone who was paying attention during the opening sequence (and not averting their eyes to avoid casting-related spoilers) will have noticed, Winterfell is no longer under the cruel dominion of House Bolton, and its flayed man sigil. The direwolf has returned to the North, folks...
Speaking of opening sequences, though:
8. The Opening Sequence Just Invaded Oldtown
See that chandelier right there? The one we just saw hanging in the gloriously grandiose library in Oldtown? Well, it too will likely be familiar to anyone who's seen the opening sequence in the past, well, six seasons. Y'see, it seems that the show's opening title sequence may have been featuring a chandelier-shaped cameo from the Oldtown library this whole time:
What's more, that may actually prove to be more than just a visual Easter Egg, with some fans now theorizing that the Maesters of Oldtown may actually have been watching over the whole of Westeros from that very library. After all, there are a whole lot of lens hanging around the room, too.
Interested in a far more subtle nod, though? Well then, how about...
7. The Two Pillars Of The Kingdom
As Gedogfx recently pointed out on Imgur, y'see, the season finale featured a pretty darned incredible nod to the oft repeated maxim about there being "two pillars of the Kingdom." Specifically this one, that Cersei first mentioned back in Season 5: "The Crown and the Faith are the two Pillars that hold up this world. One collapses, so does the other." And, right on cue:
Which is extremely clever foreshadowing and everything, but not quite enough to distract from the fact that Tommen just jumped out of the window (which, itself, was something of a visual nod to Bran's forcible defenestration back in the show's very first episode).
6. Shame, Shame, Shame
Check out the video above, at around about the 1:18 mark. Notice where that giant bell lands? Why, it's pretty much at the exact same spot that we previously saw Cersei make her "walk of shame."
It seems Cersei's closing words upon abandoning Septa Unella to her horrifying fate weren't the show's only reference to the woman's "shaming" of the new Queen of Westeros. Next up, though? A subtle nod for fans of the novels:
5. 100 Red Scorpions (Would Not Be As Fun To Play With As Dalmatians)
Remember Olenna Tyrell's reference to 100 red scorpions killing a Tyrell in Dorne back in the day? Well, as it turns out, we actually know exactly what she's referring to. As Oberyn Martell himself revealed back in the novels (A Storm of Swords, to be precise):
When the Young Dragon conquered Dorne so long ago, he left the Lord of Highgarden to rule us after the Submission of Sunspear. This Tyrell moved with his tail from keep to keep, chasing rebels and making certain that our knees stayed bent. He would arrive in force, take a castle for his own, stay a moon’s turn, and ride on to the next castle. It was his custom to turn the lords out of their own chambers and take their beds for himself. One night he found himself beneath a heavy velvet canopy. A sash hung down near the pillows, should he wish to summon a wench. He had a taste for Dornish women, this Lord Tyrell, and who can blame him? So he pulled upon the sash, and when he did the canopy above him split open, and a hundred red scorpions fell down upon his head. His death lit a fire that soon swept across Dorne, undoing all the Young Dragon’s victories in a fortnight. The kneeling men stood up, and we were free again."
Knowing Game of Thrones, we'll probably see that in flashback (with some added nudity) next season. Speaking of flashbacks, though, we also saw...
4. The Dawn Of Azor Ahai
Or, rather, some fairly comprehensive evidence that Jon Snow — newly confirmed to be Lyanna Stark's son — is, in fact, "the prince that was promised." Y'see:
"It is written in prophecy as well. When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone."
The reason that matters? Well, in that there gif up above, you're seeing Jon Snow's birthing bed, covered in blood, with Arthur Dayne's sword Dawn (said to have been forged from the heart of a fallen star, and with a sun/star on its pommel) standing above it. Which, for my money, beats a red comet, any day. Is that whole "Jon Snow is going to wake up a dragon hiding in The Wall" theory still very much on?
3. Maggy The Frog's Prophecy Was Even More Accurate Than You Think
Now, in fairness, the final part of Maggy The Frog's prophecy about Cersei's future — "The king will have twenty children, and you will have three…gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds" — always seemed likely to come true after every other element of it did. The fact that Tommen forcibly abdicated his throne (out of a window) while wearing a whole lot of gold, though? That was still pretty darned spot on.
Plus, you can now expect your social media feeds to be full of thousands of "King's Landing" jokes. In lighter news, though:
2. Arya Stark Has Excellent Timing
Y'see, even before Arya took up baking (above), it turns out she had long-since mastered one of the crafts key elements: timing. A perfect case in point?
See, this is why she's still most people's favorite Stark. Plus, double points for killing Walder in exactly the same manner that her mother was murdered (and for referencing the novels' long-running pie-murder theory).
1. Jon Snow Is About To Get An Awesome Sigil
Specifically, all of that talk of him being the "White Wolf" seems to be a reference to his likely sigil as lord of Winterfell. Y'see, bastards aren't permitted to take their family's crests, but they are allowed to invert the colors of their sigils.
For Jon, that would mean that House Stark's grey direwolf on a white background would become a white wolf, on grey. A fitting image for a man in possession of a kick-ass (and apparently invisible, of late) white direwolf, no?
The big question now, though?
What do YOU think?
Were there enough Easter Eggs hiding in 'Game of Thrones' season finale?