Game Of Thrones: 25 Easter Eggs, In-Jokes And References You Need To See

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Game of Thrones has weaved a rich tapestry through its five seasons so far, creating a huge world that goes beyond what we just see on the screen. Obviously a lot of this comes from the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire,and while it€™s fantastic to see George R.R. Martin€™s creations brought to life, there is plenty of made-for-TV stuff to enjoy as well. Because Westeros is so fully realised, and the show is pretty self-contained, it may not seem like the obvious place you€™d find hidden references and jokes, especially to pop-culture. However, the creators have managed to sneak in a number of nods over the years, everything from referencing similarly epic fantasies that you may expect, to a few rather more surprising winks. Then, of course, there€™s the self-referential moments, when the series does a lot of foreshadowing that you don€™t really realise until well after it€™s happened, or points to the books without the viewer knowing it. Some of these are a little easier to spot than others, and a few are in a completely different language, which once again just goes to show the amount of detail that has gone into creating this saga. With the wait before season 6 still ominous yawning ahead, now is the perfect time for reflection...

25. A Feast For Crows

When Ramsay Bolton is convincing his father, Roose, of the need to launch an attack on Stannis rather than wait for his siege, he drops a little reference to the book series. He says that they need to €œhit first, hit hard, and leave a feast for the crows.€ A Feast for Crows is, of course, the name of the fourth book, and one of the two that season 5 is based on. Also in season 5 Shireen is reading about the Dance of the Dragons, the Targaryen civil war, which is also very similar to the name of the fifth book (episode nine also has a similar title).

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