via Jon Negroni
Remember when Andy would play with Woody and dress up sorta like a cowboy himself? (Andy was a huge Deadwood fan) You probably remember that - what you may not remember is that his hat doesn't really look like Woody's at all. However, it does resemble someone's hat: Jessie's.
The red material? The white lining? His "Joan Cusack-esque" voice? All points to that hat being a kid-sized Jessie hat. But where would Andy get a Jessie hat? He didn't even seem to be aware of the other characters from Woody's RoundUp. Must have been a hand-me down. Maybe from Andy's mom...
...but if Andy's mom owned that hat, that means there's a chance she's Emily: Jessie's former owner, who had the same hat - and who grew up and gave Jessie away to charity (like a normal, well-adjusted teen).
Well, it certainly would make sense. Andy's Mom (Emily) remembered her childhood love of the characters from Woody's RoundUp, and Jessie in particular. Most of the toys were hard to find in this day and age, but she managed to find a Woody doll, and it quickly became her son's favorite toy (love of cowboys must run in the family). Think about it - why else would Andy be so into a toy from a 1950's TV show that's always yelling about poisoning the waterhole? Why would he be wearing the Jessie hat instead of the Woody one?
And it adds a whole new level of emotional impact to Jessie being brought into the fold of Andy's toys - she's back with a kid, and it's EMILY'S kid no less. Emily did bring her back, in a roundabout way.
Just a reminder: the most emotionally-devastating movies of the past several years are about how you're a bad person for not playing with your old Power Ranger toys.
I mean - yes, obviously this is just a fun Easter Egg plopped in by someone in the props department of HBO. Adding Gandalf's sword to the Iron Throne? What a funny sight gag!
BUT WHAT IF IT ISN'T?
Think about it - both take place in worlds filled with dragons and eternally-trapped in medieval technology eras, and Game of Thrones specifically takes place in an era after magic had supposedly died out. Maybe centuries and centuries of magic and disaster changed the continental makeup of Middle Earth and eventually became Westeros. Westeros is stll dealing with the mysterious "Doom of Valyria" - a catastrophic event that destroyed a once mighty empire overnight, with fire raining from the sky and the grounds giving way. Maybe that was just Mordor being reborn?
Glamdring (that's Gandalf's sword) was left behind in the vaults of Minas Tirith, after the final battle with the forces of Mordor during the War of the Ring. Countless years pass, the continents shift, and some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth.
Then Aegon the Conqueror came around, and one of his enemies wielded Glamdring. Aegon took the sword (along with a thousand others) and used it to construct his throne. Or (probably more likely) it was just a similar looking sword. Unless the big twist on Game of Thrones this season is that Tom Bombadil shows up.
Regardless, Smaug's probably the great-great-great-grandpa to Daenerys' dragons.
We know that ET and Star Wars took place in the same universe (AND IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT - congratulations! You probably fill your mind with memories and useful knowledge instead of pointless trivial minutiae). But anyways, the ET aliens are visible in one of the MANY exciting senate sequences in the prequel trilogy, so at the very least, there's that.
In the film ET, we see ET using some very Force-like powers (including healing, flying a bicycle, and eating way more Reeses Pieces than you should be able to eat in one sitting) - and also, most tellingly...
HE RECOGNIZES YODA. Also, sorrrta weird that this exists in a world where Star Wars is both a movie franchise AND a thing that actually happened. I mean - I guess that technically turns the Star Wars movies into...documentaries or something. Anyways, when ET recognizes Yoda, he says "Home! Home!"
So - ET is from Star Wars and can use the Force with ease. Sounds like a Jedi to me.
Well, without knowing his midichlorian count- (*instantly gets beaten up by a million people*)
Okay, okay. He's a Jedi. A Jedi who's easily distracted by candy. No wonder the entire Jedi Order got taken down by an angsty teenager and an electric California Raisin.