[Spoiler alert: Westworld Season 3, Episode 2.] HBO fandoms collided when a Game of Thrones Easter egg unexpectedly popped up in Westworld Season 3, Episode 2 on Sunday, March 22. The episode titled “The Winter Line” highlighted cameos from Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) beloved dragon, Drogon, and the now-infamous GoT showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. But seeing as how their eighth season ended, the mini Game of Thrones and Westworld crossover had followers feeling a mixture of feelings.
The ‘Game of Thrones’ Easter egg on ‘Westworld’ Season 3
Deep into Westworld Season 3, Episode 2, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) seek for Maeve (Thandie Newton). The pair step right into a Delos facility, and regardless of the parks being shut down, there are nonetheless loads of staff.
“What are we doing in Park Four?” Benard says. “I thought the parks were shut down.” Then Stubbs replies, “They are. These techs are just waiting to see if they get laid off.”
Meanwhile, Stubbs and Bernard stroll previous two lab technicians, Dave and Dan, performed by Benioff and Weiss respectively. Then Dave reveals there’s a possible purchaser from a startup in Costa Rica.
“How the f*ck are you going to get that to Costa Rica?” Dan says.
“In pieces, man,” Dave says. He revs up a chainsaw and walks towards a large robotic dragon who seems to be an terrible lot like Drogon, the one certainly one of Daenerys’ youngsters to outlive Game of Thrones Season 8.
Fans react to the ‘Game of Thrones’ cameos in ‘Westworld’
Following the March 22 episode of Westworld, Game of Thrones followers had been floored by the surprising Drogon cameo and took their shock to social media.
“Tell me y’all simply noticed DROGON from Game of Thrones too #Westworld,” a fan wrote on Twitter.
“Not drogon being in westworld I’M SCREAMING,” one other fan tweeted.
Meanwhile, different followers couldn’t assist however reference the downfall of Game of Thrones Season 8, which was a large letdown to many viewers. “So season 8 of GoT was only a sh*tty simulation of what truly occurred,” a fan wrote. “It’s makes sense now!”
Then others expressed their frustration with the scene. “This just show you how confident they were that the last season of GOT would be a success, they thought this little easter egg would be funny, well it wasn’t,” a fan wrote on Reddit. “Seeing their faces literally took me out the universe and made me remember how much I dislike this guys when I was just trying to enjoy another show.”
In response, one other fan urged an alternate that means behind the Game of Thrones cameo on Westworld. “I actually interpreted this as a reference to how awful season 8 was,” the fan wrote. “The fact that they are discussing a new project and are about to mutilate the dragon with a buzz seemed more like an ‘F*ck you haha.’”
Showrunners clarify the ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Westworld’ crossover
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Westworld showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan defined how the Game of Thrones Easter egg got here collectively. And the criticisms made towards the crossover apart, it seems the scene was merely meant to have a good time Benioff and Weiss as creators and what their overarching accomplishments on Game of Thrones meant for Westworld.
“We’re friends with both Dan and David, who are lovely human beings,” Nolan mentioned. “They have been incredibly supportive and friendly with us as we were getting our show up and running.”
Later, Nolan famous that Park Four is a reference to “Medieval World” in Michael Crichton’s Westworld movie from 1973. But Game of Thrones was “the show that created the opportunity for us to do this show.”
“It reinvented television in terms of its ambition. Its production values, the sweep of the stories they were telling,” Nolan mentioned. “We wanted to pay homage to them. Dan and David very kindly obliged and agreed to come hang out with us on set for a night. And they brought one of their big fire-breathing friends with them.”
Meanwhile, Nolan revealed George R.R. Martin has at all times been on board with a Game of Thrones crossover. He informed Variety:
We’re additionally pleasant with George R.R. Martin, and George had persistently for the reason that first season mentioned, “We’ve bought to do a tie-in with Game of Thrones.” People neglect that George was initially a TV author and he got here up within the TV world wherein you’d sometimes have these crossover exhibits, which the followers would f*cking freak out over. So George had at all times been pitching the crossover present.
In all honesty, we’re nonetheless bummed concerning the last season of Game of Thrones. And fairly frankly, it’s a bit troublesome to not tie the cameo on Westworld with how the D&D present ended. Nevertheless, the Westworld showrunners reminded us of the huge affect behind Game of Thrones. So with that, we’ll simply say it’s OK to have blended emotions about this one and transfer on.
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