Callbacks and Easter Eggs: “The Bells”

Did you catch any callbacks and Easter Eggs in the latest episode of Game of Thrones, “The Bells”? Here’s some stuff you may have missed, and others you definitely didn’t.

Did anyone think that Varys might have been trying to poison Daenerys on Dragonstone?

It’s clear Varys has chosen Jon as the ruler he wants to back for the Iron Throne, and that means he needs to push Daenerys out the way by any means necessary. In the past, Varys has proven he is willing to do anything to see the right person ruling Westeros.

The show went to the trouble of reminding us that Varys has a network of “little birds,” and having Martha, a girl from the kitchens, inform him of Daenerys’ eating habits: namely, she’s not doing it. Could Varys have been trying to kill her by poisoning? Oh, and did anyone else think that Martha looked a lot like the little girl hiding with Varys in the crypts at Winterfell? Did her draft her into his service?

Moving on, here’s a nice side-by-side comparison of Bran’s weirwood dream from season 4, where he saw a dragon fly over King’s Landing, and what actually happened when Daenerys attacked attacked the city:

If only Cersei would have listened to Jaime in season 7.

One of the best moments from “The Bells” was Tyrion’s emotional interaction with Jaime. These two have had a lot of these moments, and lets not forget that Jaime once freed Tyrion from prison before his own execution.

If you had flashbacks of “The Mountain and the Viper” during CLEGANEBOWL, then you weren’t alone.

But don’t worry; offscreen, everything is cool:

Let’s move to Dany’s dream from the House of the Undying in season 2:

That’s not snow, folks. It’s ash. Rough.

There’s also a connection to be made with Mirri Maz Duur, the witch woman who killed Daenerys’ son in her womb, as well as letting Khal Drogo die.

I guess Dany became the stallion who mounted the world.

That little wooden horse was working overtime when it came to symbolism. Here’s how it tied into Arya’s journey:

This is more of a funny observation than an Easter egg, but it’s here anyway:

Here’s a nod to book readers: The shields of the Golden Company display a sigil that recalls the pikes topped with the gilded skulls that stand outside the tent of the company commander in A Dance with Dragons.

FYI, one of those skulls belonged Aegor Rivers, aka Bittersteel, the bastard son of King Aegon IV Targaryen and the man who started the Golden Company.

Man, maybe Metallica should have scored Dany’s attack on King’s Landing. Listen to how well “For Whom the Bell Tolls” lines up with her attack.

Jaime Lannister has seen some shit, folks. First, the Mad King wanting to “burn them all,” and then his daughter was actually doing it:

Finally, although Jaime left Brienne and broke our hearts at Winterfell, he did die in the arms of the woman he loved, for better or worse, as he told Bronn in season 5.

It happened how Cersei said it would, too. “Jaime and I are more than brother and sister,” she once told Ned. “We shared a womb. We came into this world together. We belong together.”

 

See you next week, for the final ever Game of Thrones Easter Eggs and Callbacks post ever.

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