The recent Game of Thrones season premiere sported a notable nod to one of gaming’s most popular titles, and it may have been completely intentional.
About 22 minutes into the episode, Jaime Lannister is talking with his sister, Cersei, during which he says “We are the last of us.” For those having trouble keeping up, it seems to be a pretty clear reference to Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed survival game, The Last of Us.
The quote isn’t pulled directly from the game, instead potentially referencing a popular meme where protagonist Joel says to Ellie “You know, Ellie, we really are the last of us” in a rather awkward title drop. The connection could have been entirely coincidental, but Game of Thrones producer and writer David Benioff reportedly confirmed that it was intentional, inspired by the visual similarities between Joel and Jamie’s actor, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
One of the biggest fans of this probable nod was The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann himself, who made a post about the comparison on Twitter.
“You know, Ellie…” pic.twitter.com/A4OVJsKEC9
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) July 18, 2017
While the intention of the connection isn’t yet confirmed, there’s no harm in believing it was a deliberate shoutout until proven otherwise. This reference wouldn’t be the first connection between Naughty Dog’s series and an HBO show, as an actress from the show Westworld has been confirmed for a role in the game’s sequel.
In other The Last of Us Part II news, the sequel was conspicuously absent from the recent E3 2017, but Druckmann claimed that this was due to the developer not wanting to pull attention away from its other project, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Fans will likely hear more about Part II at this year’s PlayStation Experience.
Source: Game Rant