George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire is currently longer than the Bible and all three Lord of the Rings novels put together. And he's only written five out of seven books so far. That's a lot of words, a lot of names, and a whole lot of sneaky little Easter Eggs that George slipped by you when you weren't looking. I'm not just talking about all those prophecies and secret identities and moments of foreshadowing, either. I mean references to other books and TV shows, clever word play, and homages that GRRM slipped in along with all those dragons and snow zombies. Here are just a few of the Easter Eggs you might have missed while reading A Song of Ice and Fire.
What's the point of creating your own fastidiously detailed fantasy world, after all, if you can't sneak in a reference to your favorite football team? Or create a religion based on your favorite musician? Or drop in a solid Sesame Street reference? GRRM has spent years creating elaborate backstories and family trees for the good people of Westeros, but that doesn't mean he didn't have fun with it. Here are a few of the smart, silly references in ASOIAF that might have flown straight over your head: