There’s a hidden ‘Game of Thrones’ reference on ‘Altered Carbon’
Altered Carbon commits fully to the sci-fi cyberpunk genre, but is there a nod to our favorite fantasy zeitgeist, Game of Thrones? Keen-eyed Redditors noticed what may be a religious symbol from Game of Thrones lurking in the scenery of Altered Carbon.
Early in episode three, Prescott (Tamara Taylor) visits the police station to invite Maria (Martha Higareda) to a party at the Bancrofts’ residence way up in the clouds. An exterior shot of the police station reveals the stained glass windows of its edifice and a seven-pointed star – the symbol of the Seven.
It’s worth pointing out that Thrones and Carbon have one big thing in common: Director Miguel Sapochnik, who directed six of the 10 Altered Carbon episodes and such seminal Thrones chapters as Season 6 finale “The Winds of Winter.”
Altered Carbon takes place in a borderless, multicultural world (think: Blade Runner), where people switch between languages regardless of ethnicity and can end up in bodies different from the one in which they were born. It’s not a stretch that this human melting pot would contain different faiths and folklore, including the Faith of the Seven.
Metro notes that viewers have noticed other Easter eggs, like clips of the Westworld score and what might be a Highlander prop in other episodes, so Altered Carbon might just be nerd paradise upon closer inspection.
We might have to watch it again to be sure. Altered Carbon is now streaming on Netflix.