Warning! Spoilers for the seventh season finale of Game of Thrones lie below! Read at your own risk!
HBO aired the Game of Thrones’ penultimate season finale last night, and the action-packed episode still has fans reeling. The record-breaking episode drew more than 16 millions viewers, and a handful of them are apparently diehard Yu-Gi-Oh! fans.
After all, it was the otaku fanbase that noticed Game of Thrones’ sly nod to Yu-Gi-Oh!
If you watched the show’s season seven finale, you will know Game of Thrones went out in a blaze of blue glory. The episode ended with the Night King approaching the Wall with an army of White Walkers in tow. The group was ready to invade Westeros after having been holed up for centuries, and the Night King was able to knock down the Wall thanks to a special friend.
The Night King might have killed Viserion previously, but the White Walker resurrected the beast as one of his own kind. The dragon took on the visage of the White Walkers as his hide turned white and eyes went blue. The fiery undead dragon used his blue flames to destroy the Wall for the Night King, but Yu-Gi-Oh! fans could only see one thing.
After all these years, they finally got to see a realistic take on the mighty Blue-Eyes White Dragon.
Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will be familiar with the creature, and casual anime fans will have likely heard of the beast. The Blue-Eyes White Dragon is the franchise’s most famous Duel Monster thanks to Seto Kaiba. In the original anime, the duelist is a staunch defender of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and Kaiba feels like he is the only person worthy to use the card.
As you may have guessed, the Internet flipped over the Game of Thrones nod despite its unintentional roots. You can check out the best reactions to the reveal below:
If you are a fan of anime and HBO dragons, yesterday was truly a highlight for you.
Seto Kaiba is notoriously protective of his Blue-Eyes White Dragons, so it isn't strange to see the Night King associated with the tempermental character. It's just a shame that Jon Snow didn't see the rival coming...
It's official: Yu-Gi-Oh! is the ultimate pop culture predictor. I guess it's time to ask George R.R. Martin if he's a fan of Duel Monsters.
Jon and Dany better watch their backs. If they aren't careful, the Night King will take away all of their Life Points.