22 mind-blowing Game of Thrones easter eggs you probably missed

23 May 2019, 14:50

Emma Clarke

By Emma Clarke

Did you spot these subtle Game of Thrones easter eggs?

Game of Thrones has come to an end, after 8 incredible seasons - and we've already got serious withdrawal symptoms.

Fans have spent the best part of a decade following the journeys of their favourite characters, dedicating hours of their personal time to the hit HBO show.

In the season 8 finale - and, indeed, the last EVER episode - there were quite a few unexpected twist and turns, but, naturally, show runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff had planted quite a lot of hints over the years, which foreshadowed how it would all end.

Here are just some of the easter eggs and clues from Game of Thrones you may have missed...

1) Jaime Lannister told Brienne he wanted to add to the Book of Brothers.

Jaime Lannister revealed his desire to add to his entry in the Book of Brothers to Brienne of Tarth waaay back
Jaime Lannister revealed his desire to add to his entry in the Book of Brothers to Brienne of Tarth waaay back. Picture: HBO

2) The map room had a cracked floor in the new opening credits, foreshadowing Daenerys' attack on King's Landing.

The Game of Thrones opening credits showed the crack in the floor of the map room
The Game of Thrones opening credits showed the crack in the floor of the map room. Picture: HBO

3) Speaking of the new opening credits, the Lannister lion stained glass that appears above the Iron Throne is smashed.

The stained glass of the Lannister lion in the Game of Thrones opening credits was smashed
The stained glass of the Lannister lion in the Game of Thrones opening credits was smashed. Picture: HBO

4) Daenerys was stabbed in the front, while her father Aerys II was stabbed in the back. In the very same spot.

Daenerys was stabbed in the front, while her father, the Mad King, was stabbed in the back
Daenerys was stabbed in the front, while her father, the Mad King, was stabbed in the back. Picture: HBO

5) Dany died in Jon Snow's arms, as did Ygritte.

Both Dany and Ygritte died in Jon Snow's arms
Both Dany and Ygritte died in Jon Snow's arms. Picture: HBO

6) Balerion the Dread's flames forged the Iron Throne, and Drogon fiery breath destroyed it.

Drogon melted the Iron Throne, proving dragons really do understand metaphors
Drogon melted the Iron Throne, proving dragons really do understand metaphors. Picture: HBO

7) Daenerys' plaits get more and more complex as the show progresses - despite the fact Missandei is no longer there to braid her hair.

Daenerys' plaits get more complex as the show goes on
Daenerys' plaits get more complex as the show goes on. Picture: HBO

8) Ser Davos corrected Bronn's grammar, just as Stannis used to correct the Onion Knight.

Ser Davos corrected Bronn's grammar, just as Stannis Baratheon used to correct him
Ser Davos corrected Bronn's grammar, just as Stannis Baratheon used to correct him. Picture: HBO

9) Arya's final scene in Game of Thrones mirrored the season 4 finale, when she set sail for Braavos.

Arya said she'd "like to see" what's west of Westeros back in season 4, and y'all missed it
Arya's final Game of Thrones scene echoed her journey to Braavos. Picture: HBO

10) Dany's Iron Throne scene is a helluva lot like the vision she had in season 2.

Daenerys had a vision about the Iron Throne when she visited the House of the Undying in the season 2 finale
Daenerys had a vision about the Iron Throne when she visited the House of the Undying in the season 2 finale. Picture: HBO

11) Sansa's coronation gown was made from the same material as Margaery Tyrell's wedding dress and featured several nods to her parents.

Sansa's coronation gown in the show's finale was made from the same material as Margaery Tyrell's wedding dress
Sansa's coronation gown in the show's finale was made from the same material as Margaery Tyrell's wedding dress. Picture: HBO

12) Maester Aemon said "love is the death of duty" to Jon in season one, on the day Ned Stark was captured.

Maester Aemon was the first to say "love is the death of duty"
Maester Aemon was the first to say "love is the death of duty". Picture: HBO

13) Is winter over?

In the Game of Thrones finale, as Jon Snow and the Wildlings walked north of the Wall, we saw a little sapling in the snow
In the Game of Thrones finale, as Jon Snow and the Wildlings walked north of the Wall, we saw a little sapling in the snow. Picture: HBO

14) The letters R and L are scrawled into the wood at Winterfell, way back in season one.

Jon Snow's truth was right under our noses the WHOLE TIME
Jon Snow's truth was right under our noses the WHOLE TIME. Picture: HBO

15) Wait... is that Gandalf's sword in the Iron Throne?

Lord of the Rings fans spotted Gandalf's sword in the Iron Throne
Lord of the Rings fans spotted Gandalf's sword in the Iron Throne. Picture: HBO

16) Littlefinger predicted how major Game of Thrones characters would die back in season 4, when he told Robin Arryn: "People die at their dinner tables. They die in their beds. They die squatting over their chamber pots. Everybody dies sooner or later."

Littlefinger predicted how major Game of Thrones characters would die in season 4
Littlefinger predicted how major Game of Thrones characters would die in season 4. Picture: HBO

17) Ser Davos may have uncovered Jon Snow's true lineage without realising it, when he was reading A History of Aegon The Conqueror with Shireen Baratheon.

Shireen Baratheon and Ser Davos read about Jon Snow's lineage in a book about Aegon Targaryen
Shireen Baratheon and Ser Davos read about Jon Snow's lineage in a book about Aegon Targaryen. Picture: HBO

18) Ed Sheeran's character, Eddie, was killed off in season 8.

Bronn revealed the fate of Ed Sheeran's character, Eddie, in the season 8 premiere
Bronn revealed the fate of Ed Sheeran's character, Eddie, in the season 8 premiere. Picture: HBO

19) The "west of Westeros" seed was planted in Arya's head back in season 4, when she was training with the Faceless Men in Braavos.

Lady Crane was the first one to speak to Arya about "what's west of Westeros"
Lady Crane was the first one to speak to Arya about "what's west of Westeros". Picture: HBO

20) The chandelier in the Citadel library is the same as the astrolabe that appears in the Game of Thrones opening credits.

The chandelier in the Citadel library is the same as the astrolabe in the Game of Thrones opening credits
The chandelier in the Citadel library is the same as the astrolabe in the Game of Thrones opening credits. Picture: HBO

21) The markings on the astrolabe in the opening sequence detail events in the show - from the comet that marked the birth of Dany's dragons, to Ned Stark's beheading.

The red comet appeared in Game of Thrones in season 2, marking the birth of Dany's dragons
The red comet appeared in Game of Thrones in season 2, marking the birth of Dany's dragons. Picture: HBO

22) Game of Thrones ended where it all began...

Game of Thrones began at The Wall, and ended there, too
Game of Thrones began at The Wall, and ended there, too. Picture: HBO