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 of the fantasy-drama, titled The Serfsons.
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
The episode guided viewers out of The Simpsons' contemporary setting and 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 a scene from The Serfsons, in which the 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.'
Daenerys rules in the 'Game of Thrones' series finale preview
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 predicted Donald Trump's presidency, the Ebola 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.
Major events: It's not the first time the cartoon is seen to predict the future, perhaps the most famous which was when creators appeared to foresee the presidency of Donald Trump (pictured)
Crisis: The Simpsons also appeared to predict the Ebola crisis and Bengt Holmström winning the Nobel Prize
Another eerie moment: Recently it was revealed that an episode predicted Walt Disney Co. took over 21st Century Fox Inc, 20 years ago
The Simpsons has also predicted the Arab Spring, the FIFA football scandal, the Greek economic crisis and the discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle.
It once 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.
A Trump presidential campaign will hardly be the first event The Simpsons apparently predicted from afar.
The show has called world events correctly before, in fields as diverse as politics, medicine and theoretical physics.
In 1997 an episode apparently predicted the Ebola outbreak in early 2015 which devastated West Africa.
In the episode Lisa's Sax, a sick Bart is given a book to read to keep him occupied at home. However, despite her intentions to soothe her son, Marge hands over a volume entitled Curious George and the Ebola Virus.
The cover features a sicken monkey - the animal which carries Ebola. Frames of the cover are followed moments later by Bart gesturing to a drawing of piled-up bodies.
A 1998 episode - The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace - got science buffs talking years later, when it emerged Homer Simpson had produced a decent approximation of a theory related to the Higgs-Boson 'God particle'.
One experienced particle physicist said that a complicated equation Homer scribbled on a chalkboard seemed to pre-empt the discovery by experts at CERN.
And Matt Groening's gang also apparently foresaw the political downfall of Syria, brought about by the Arab Spring.
A 2001 Simpsons episode - New Kids on the Blecch, shows clips of a war in an unspecified Middle Eastern country.
Some of the U.S. enemies depicted in the show were using a jeep branded with a flag used by nobody at the time it was aired - but which more than a decade came to be used by a rebel group in Syria.
The show has also successfully called the 2015 FIFA soccer scandal during a 2014 episode titled "You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee".
Greece's economic crisis was also predicted on The Simpsons in the January 2013 episode titled ‘Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson’.
The show has also predicted Siegfried and Roy's tiger attack, Lady Gaga's Super Bowl performance and MIT's Bengt Holmström winning the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2016.
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