Why ‘House of the Dragon’ Referenced the Muppets and Probably Will Again

Viewers rave about HBO’s hit series house of the dragonbut only the most dedicated fans might have noticed that last Sunday’s episode contained a Muppets reference.

That Sesame StreetHEAT Crossover goes back to the book by George RR Martin Fire & Bloodwhich serves as a basis house of the dragon. A Sesame Street The character’s name was dropped during a council meeting, Polygon noted.

In Episode 6, entitled “The Princess and the Queen,” Lyonel Strong mentions a frontier dispute between Houses Bracken and Blackwood. Then Queen Alicent asks, “Why didn’t Lord Grover Tully intervene?”

Grover, of course, is also the name of a blue furry monster from the long-running children’s show Sesame Street. But the fact that a character in house of the dragon has the same nickname is no coincidence.

Elmo, Grover, House of Dragons
Elmo and Grover pose for a photo at a children’s hospital in New Jersey on February 22, 2017. Some “House of the Dragon” fans pointed out a “Sesame Street” reference in last Sunday’s episode.
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martins Fire & Blood features several other allusions to sesame Street, to. Polygon determined that Lord Grover Tully’s grandson is named Elmo, who will eventually father two children named Oscar and Kermit.

Polygon further reported that Martin had a little cheeky fun writing about the Muppet-themed Tully family that spans generations. The fantasy author wrote that Oscar possesses a kind of “prickly pride” and classified Kermit’s tenure as a soldier as “green”:

Then, as now, the River Lords were a quarrelsome, quarrelsome bunch. Kermit Tully, Lord of Riverrun, was her liege and nominal commander of her army… but it must be remembered that his lordship was only nineteen years old and ‘green as summer grass’, as the Norsemen would say. His brother Oscar, who had slain three men during the mud fight and then been knighted on the battlefield, was even greener and cursed with the kind of prickly pride so common in second-born sons.

Den of Geek reported that this was confirmed by two of Martin’s co-authors back in 2017 Fire & Blood‘s Muppet names were 100 percent intentional. Many fans are now hoping for that house of the dragon will remain committed to the part and will introduce the rest of the Tully family as they appear in the book.

For the past year, some on social media have wondered how the series would appeal to the Tully family.

“Very curious to see if House of the Dragon cowardly decides to rename Grover, Elmo and Kermit Tully, or if they take the bold and noble route and allow a very serious HBO drama to feature three characters obviously named after Muppets are named. ‘ Twitter user @KLo1012 wrote back then.

news week has called Sesame Street for comment. A representative from HBO declined to comment.

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