You’ve got to hand it to the showrunners on Game of Thrones – they know how to sneak in a quirky Easter Egg or a heartbreaking bit of foreshadowing.
Redditor Efurthy has spotted a throwaway moment from season three of Game of Thrones that means so much more in retrospect. All the way back when the show was relatively young, a single name was mentioned that, years later, has become incredibly important to the story as a whole.
In the scene, Shireen Baratheon attempts to teach the illiterate Ser Davos to read, starting with the letters A, E, and G (when put together, they sound, the Onion Knight is told by Shireen, like “egg”).
Why is this significant? Because the title of the book that Shireen has brought for Ser Davos to read is An History of Aegon the Conqueror.
It wouldn’t be for years to come that the name Aegon would take on new meaning, when the conclusion of season seven reveals that Jon Snow, the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne, is himself truly named Aegon Targaryen.
It’s a small, almost inconsequential reference, buried deep in the show’s history, but it’s clear that, right from the start, the showrunners behind Game of Thrones knew exactly where they were going with everything – possibly because they knew even then that grumpy old George RR Martin was too slow at writing to provide a conclusion to the story in anything approximating a timely fashion.
Trying to size up how much of this information is made clear to the show’s cast in advance, The Hollywood Reporter asked actor Liam Cunningham whether he knew that this seemingly inconsequential line of dialogue would hold such importance in years to come.
His response is pretty fun:
“No, are you kidding me? I don’t know what the hell’s gonna happen from one episode to the next. That’s testament to how good the writing is on that, too. After seven seasons, people are still asking the same question they asked in season one. ‘Who do you think is gonna end up on the throne?’
“…They’re very good at that sort of thing. David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] plant little Easter Eggs there if you want to see them.”
As far as Easter Eggs go, this one feels like a very deliberate, almost painfully obvious nod to the audience.
Does Shireen literally need to spell it out for you? This right here is an Easter Aeg.
There’s all the proof you need that Benioff and Weiss have been planning this from the start.