Game of Thrones fans were fuming on Sunday evening as Daenerys Targaryen and her last remaining dragon unexpectedly burned Kings Landing to the ground, killing thousands of innocent men, women and children in the process.
But while the surprise development left many disgruntled viewers breathing a rather different type of fire, it would appear the dramatic scene was predicted two-years ago – in a very different show.
Fans of long-running animated series The Simpsons will remember its characters paying homage to Game of Thrones in a 2017 parody.
Flaming hell: The Simpsons creators appear to have correctly predicted the dramatic downfall of Game Of Thrones citadel Kings Landing in an episode from 2017, during which they parody the HBO fantasy-drama
That looks familiar: The scene bears an uncanny resemblance to Sunday evening’s dramatic episode, in which Kings Landing is incinerated by Daenerys Targaryen
Titled The Serfsons, the episode took viewers back to medieval Springfield, where Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie played the show’s incestuous subplots, destructive dragons and white walkers for laughs.
But after watching Daenerys incinerate Kings Landing in her quest for the Iron Throne, fans were struck by its immediate similarity to The Serfons’ closing scene, in which The Simpson family cheerfully watch as a marauding dragon reduces Springfield to ashes.
Taking to Twitter, one amazed fan raved: ‘Writers at The Simpsons got a crystal ball or something?!?!?’
Incredible: After watching Daenerys burn the city to the ground in her quest for the Iron Throne, fans were struck by its immediate similarity to the closing scene in the 2017 episode
Banter: Titled The Serfsons, the episode took viewers back to medieval Springfield, where Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie played the show’s incestuous subplots, destructive dragons and white walkers for laughs
‘Freaky AF how The Simpsons knew about the #MadQueen before anyone else.,’ added another.
While a third wrote: ‘Well I be damned they predicted the future again.’
Others flooded Twitter with memes from the episode, with one commenting above a still from The Simpsons: ‘The #Simpsons and the #GameOfThrones predictive programming. Foreshawowing.’
Here we go: Many fans flooded Twitter with memes from the animated episode
It’s not the first time The Simpsons has inadvertently guessed the future, having previously predicetd Donald Trump’s presidency, the bola crisis and Bengt Holmström winning the Nobel Prize.
In 2018 it also hinted at a greater cosmological link between physicists Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein, almost two decades before Hawking would die on the day that his German counterpart was born.
The eerie link was uncovered as producers aired the 1999 episode – entitled They Saved Lisa’s Brain – in which Hawking stars, as a tribute to his death.
The Simpsons have also eerily predicted the Arab Spring, the FIFA football scandal, Greece’s economic crisis and the discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle.
It also featured Siegfried and Roy’s tiger attack and Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance long before they became real-life cultural events.
But one of the most famous, involve The Simpsons accurately predicting the fact that then-reality TV personality Donald Trump would become president of the United States