Fans of the new Netflix cyberpunk series “Altered Carbon” have spotted something unusual hidden away in plain sight within one of the show’s episodes, which may suggest that the show takes places in a wider universe.
Episode three of “Altered Carbon”, named ‘A Lonely Place’, features a police station within an old building.
At the top of the building is an ancient stained-glass window, and wouldn’t you know it, there’s a Seven Pointed Star on display for all to see, a reference to the New Gods of Westeros.
From this, fans of both “Altered Carbon” and “Game of Thrones” have begun spinning fan theories – is it possible that these shows take place in the same continuity?
After all, “Game of Thrones” is a world that looks a lot like our own, but with a very different history. “Altered Carbon” similarly bears something of a resemblance to our own, but its distant futuristic setting makes it hard to tell whether this is supposed to be our own Earth, or, as in “Blade Runner 2049”, all this funky cyberpunk adventure is taking place in an alternate reimagining of our home planet.
Then, there’s another connection that fans think they may have seen. Apparently, episode three of “Altered Carbon” also contains a piece of music which some people firmly believe is “Reverie” from “Westworld”.
This makes things more complicated – “Westworld” and “Game of Thrones” are not meant to exist in the same universe, as George RR Martin has spoken about how he wants his books to be a fictional work that exists within “Westworld” so that there can be a robot amusement park featuring characters from the television show.
So does “Altered Carbon” take place in the future of Westeros? Does Westworld exist somewhere in that continuity? Is the “Game of Thrones” amusement park actually a historical land like Westworld or Samuraiworld?
This is all getting too confusing. It gets even more difficult to decipher when you bear in mind that one of the directors who worked on “Altered Carbon”, Miquel Sapochnik, has also directed a bunch of “Game of Thrones” episodes.
The fan theories can branch out from this endlessly. Is this a simply Easter Egg, or a hint to a greater connection between these two shows?
Be careful how far down this particular rabbit hole you descend – the mental acrobatics necessary to keep track of all this is a sure-fire route to madness.