Game Of Thrones Recreated A Monty Python Sketch
It's probably not surprising that the dudes filling our television sets with dragons and angry hordes of zombie-cicles are giant nerds. Even so, Game Of Thrones may have slipped a particularly geeky reference past most audiences. Obviously, the show's prime inspiration is J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings with a copy of Hustler secretly tucked inside, but the fourth season includes a coded reference to another great fantasy epic: Monty Python And The Holy Grail.
When Daenerys and her army approach the gates of Meereen, the scene plays out not dissimilarly from when King Arthur and his knights come upon the French castle. But since HBO isn't exactly strapped for cash, the Queen of Dragons and her friends aren't forced to bang coconuts together.
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The Champion of Meereen emerges and begins shouting insults at our heroes before publicly relieving himself like a common Harry Potter character. What exactly did he say? According to Game Of Thrones' in-house linguist, it was "a Low Valyrian translation of the French guy's insults in Monty Python And The Holy Grail," including lines such as "Your mother is a hamster" and "Go and boil your bottoms, sons of a silly person." Meaning there's still hope that the much-anticipated final season will pit the Stark children against a bloodthirsty rabbit.
The Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Is Filled With Beastie Boys References
While George Lucas named many of his alien creatures after incomprehensible gibberish his kids randomly blurted out, after the franchise was wrestled out of his hands, J.J. Abrams came up with a new source of inspiration: the Beastie Boys. It's no secret that Abrams is a fan of the hip-hop group. His Star Trek reboot featured a pint-sized Kirk blasting "Sabotage" in a stolen car, which is weird because A) that would essentially be classical music in the 23rd century, and B) how do the Beastie Boys exist in the Star Trek universe when many of their songs include references to Star Trek?
In any case, Abrams is a big fan. If you don't believe us, meet Resistance pilot Ello Asty -- just an H and an N away from the Beastie Boys album Hello Nasty. It's not only this dude. All members of the Abednedo species are named after Beastie Boys. There's Brasmon Kee ("Brass Monkey"), Slowen Lo ("Slow And Low") and Ilco Munica (Ill Communication).
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