Tonight's season premiere of The Simpsons was an extravaganza of fantasy tropes, shout outs, nods, homages, and outright jokes unlike anything ever seen. Trying to list everything would be nearly impossible. From the opening sequence and closing credits, which both reference Game of Thrones to everything in-between, there are moments for fans of pretty much every fantasy franchise out there to enjoy. Here are some of our favorites.
Three-eyed raven soup
Right off the bat, we see a three-eyed raven, a nod to Game of Thrones and one of its most enigmatic and mystical characters.
Milhouse the Orc/Goblin
Milhouse is an Orc, and just as disposable as they are in Lord of the Rings. Or he’s a Goblin, as his father mentions “goblin Jesus.” Hmm. Let's just say he's "generic fantasy creature" and leave it at that, okay?
Heads on pikes
The heads on pikes are a nod to Game of Thrones and its heads on pikes. They even go so far as to show NED Flanders’ head. Get it? Ned? Like Ned Stark?
White - er Ice Walker
The Ice Walker that bit Marge’s mother looks suspiciously like the White Walkers from Game of Thrones. Yeah, there’s a lot of GoT references in this.
The weirdest reference, both in what it’s nodding to and how it’s presented, definitely goes to Krusty’s Genital Smurfs. Man, Gargamel is gonna be confuuuused.
The potions in the apothecary reference Harry Potter, Legend of Zelda, Lord of the Rings, and more. Here’s all the ones named:
The Strangler, Mundane Potion, Lucy’s Cordial, “Cure Moderate Wounds,” Red Potion Restores Health 20 Rupees, Green Potion Restores Magic 30 Rupees, Blue Potion Restores Both 100 Rupees, Ent-Draught, Elixir of Madness, Barksin +2, Polyjuice Potion, Milk of the Poppy.
Tenth Level Fighter
When Homer sees the Amulet of Warmfyre, he says, “100 GP? That’s more than a tenth level fighter makes in an entire campaign!” That’s referencing Pathfinder, the pen and paper RPGs.
The shop names are hilarious, referencing Conan the Barbarian, Game of Thrones, and of course Eric of Melnibone
Mill owned by Miller, Cold Stone Screamery, Urban Outhouses, Rural Outfitters, Hyborian Apparel, Just Half-Capes, Banana Monarchy, Fool Locker, Restoration Bard-wear, Victarion’s Secret, David’s Merkins, Never 21, Melric’s Melniboners
The Gelatinous Cube is one of the most frustrating enemies in Dungeons and Dragon lore. Here, it’s a house pet.
The actor who plays Marge’s twin brother that wants to sleep with her is Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones. Um… typecast?
Toothless Head on wall at Moe’s
The head of Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon can be seen on the wall at Moe’s Tavern. Poor, poor Toothless.
Aragorn, is that you?
A man in a cloak with a pipe is also at Moe’s – much like Aragorn when he’s first revealed in Lord of the Rings
Aslan, wearing a cross
Aslan the lion from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe has a cross on and is a door-to-door preacher, a reference to his close allegory to Jesus in the book series.
Much like the All-Seeing Eye of Sauron in Lord of the Rings, the leaders in The Simpsons have an all-sniffing nose. Not quite as intimidating, admittedly.
“P. Jackson’s Overstuffed Hobbit” recipe:
It was only on screen for a split second, so if you didn't pause, it read:
“Cut Hobbit into three pieces, pack with unnecessary stuffing, serves many, satisfies none.”
Yeah, we’re going to just leave that one to speak for itself.
It’s always nice to see a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe reference in 2017, especially of the criminally underrated Man-At-Arms. Duff Man plays the character here.
“Magic: The Gathering Act”
The law that all magic users must work for the kingdom? Named after the popular fantasy trading card game.
And finally, we had some very Ent-like talking trees… until the people of Springlandia just break them apart to make ladders out of them instead of just accepting their help. Sorry, Ents.