Check Out The 'GoT' Easter Eggs In The Latest Simpsons Episode
How better to celebrate the 629th episode of The Simpson and the start of its 29th season, than to parody pop culture references? Matt Groening and Co. chose to pepper their latest season premiere with hilarious nods at the hugely popular medieval/fantastic genre, a genre that gave us things like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Dungeons and Dragons.
Most of these Easter eggs refer to the phenomenon that is Game of Thrones, and here is a list of them all.
Tommen the First
"The Serfsons" episode starts with a series of medieval sequences referring in particular to GoT and Tommen Baratheon, when he was still King of the Seven Crowns. Cersei and Jaime's illegitimate son's motto was "The first of his name". It was also the title of episode 4 of season 5, the one where Tommen becomes king after Joffrey's death.
The Three-Eyed Raven
The Three-Eyed Raven is one of the most powerful beings in the kingdom of the Seven Crowns. The omniscient, time-travelling clairvoyant took over Bran's body and mind in season 6.
In The Simpsons, the Three-Eyed Raven becomes an ordinary blackbird that ends up as the main ingredient for the family dinner. Will Game of Thrones fans see in that a symbol of young Stark’s death? We wonder, as The Simpsons have the unfortunate habit of being quite accurate when predicting the future too.
Ned Stark's execution was a major plot element in both the books and series, and it broke the heart Game of Thrones fans. To dissuade any dreams of rebellion against the crown, Joffrey Baratheon stuck Ned's head on a spike and had it placed on the wall of Port-Real for all to see. In "The Serfsons," it looks like this Ned was swapped for another, as it’s good old Flanders who ends up in this morbid predicament (to Homer/Joffrey’s delight).
Robert Baratheon's medicine
Let's go back to the very beginning of Game of Thrones. In season 1, Robert Baratheon is mortally wounded during a hunting party. On his deathbed, he asks Ned Stark for a drink to soothe his pain. The King's Hand orders Mestre Pycelle to fetch some poppy milk, an extremely powerful anaesthetic. One of the vials at the herbalist in The Simpsons is named after this healing potion, this "Milk of the Poppy" (although it wasn't enough to save the usurper).
The White Walkers
Jacqueline Bouvier, Marge's mother, is rarely spotted in The Simpsons. In this season 29 premiere, the old dear has a date with none other than the Night King.
More vampire than undead in the Simpsons version though, the White Walker bites her to prove his love for her and Jacqueline could turn into an ice walker herself is nothing is done. At least the Springfield White Walkers are gentlemanly enough to give flowers to their beloved and not an ice javelin through the heart like in Game of Thrones.
The incestuous siblings
The Simpsons’ creators don’t even hesitate to parody Game of Thrones’ most delicate taboo: incest. Although the relationship between Jon and Daenerys has had fans all shook up lately, it's Cersei and Jaime who started it all, right from the pilot. The sequence in which Marge tells Homer: "I should have listened to that witch and married my twin brother, Markery", is a direct reference to Maggy the Frog, the soothsayer who predicted young Cersei a tragic destiny.
The twin brother in question is obviously Jaime, but this reference goes even further since Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who voices the Kingslayer in GoT, who also plays this ignoble Markery character in The Simpsons. At least, Jaime still has two hands in The Simpsons though.
George R.R. Martin
Just like Stan Lee in the Marvel Studios movies, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire also does a cameo in the episode. We get a glimpse of George R.R. Martin walking around like a predictor with a sign stating: "The end is not nigh". It's a way for the Simpsons to poke fun at the writer's rather slow output (fans have been waiting for the sixth volume of the saga, The Winds of Winter, since 2011).
In Westeros, crows are the equivalent of our Post Office. They're reliable and fast, so fast in fact that one could think they possess the gift of teleportation (just like some other GoT characters, really). In The Simpson, crows are still used as messengers by Bart et Milhouse, but only to deliver dubious jokes to Moe (who's not amused).
If Arya can now face the formidable Brienne, it's thanks to swordmaster Syrio Forel. He was instructed by Ned to teach her how to defend herself and without his mentoring, she too might have ended up with her head on a spike. He taught her that: "There is only one God and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to death: not today." Let's note that Lord Montgomery's coat of arms says: "We say excellent").
The revelation of Melisandre's true age in season 6 was another of Game of Thrones' famous plot twists. The power of her amulet was, in fact, hiding her true identity, that of a four hundred years old lady, according to Carice van Houten. In The Simpson, there's a magic necklace too, and its curative power is used to prevent Jacqueline from turning into a White Walker.
In George R.R. Martin's books, Victarion Greyjoy is the brother of Balon and of the infamous Euron, and the captain of the Iron Fleet. He's a sharp strategist and a fearless fighter, not in very good terms with his siblings (well, Euron did take his wife away from him). Although he hasn't actually shown up in the season yet, The Simpson's take on Victarion seems to be a much nicer guy than his brother. He's even running a successful lingerie shop.
There are loads of winged animals in fantasy literature, but you can only find Dragons versus White Walkers in Game of Thrones. In The Simpsons too the icy undeads can best Daenerys' children. In an ultimate sacrifice, Jacqueline gets rid of the fire-breathing monster by freezing it from the inside. Lisa will learn a great life lesson from this sequence: dragons might die, but imagination will prevail.
By Adrien Delage, published on 04/10/2017