Did Game of Thrones rip off It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with their Battle of Winterfell episode?

This post will contain spoilers from the Game of Thrones episode “The Battle of Winterfell.” Please stop reading if you don’t want this episode spoiled for you. 

Folks, tonight’s Game of Thrones episode The Battle of Winterfell lived up to all of the hype and then some. Some are calling it the greatest episode of any TV show in the history of TV.

That being said, while this episode was outstanding, there was something fishy about the entire episode. Somewhere deep in my reverie I had felt like I had seen this episode before.

Then it hit me: I had seen this episode before only I didn’t see this episode on Game of Thrones. 

I had seen this exactly storyline on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Specifically, Season 4, episode 13, The Nightman Cometh.

For starters, both The Battle of Winterfell and The Nightman Cometh have deep prophecies rooted inside of them.

In The Battle of Winterfell there are prophecies based on the prince/princess who was promised as well as the whole “fire and ice” ordeal.

In “The Nightman Cometh,” the prophecy talks about the Dayman coming to fight the Nightman to take down the evil forces that have been created in their world. Here are the words of that prophecy:

“Dayman (ah-ah-ah)
Fighter of the Nightman (ah-ah-ah)

Champion of the Sun (ah-ah-ah)
You’re a Master of Karate
And friendship
For Everyone”

For those of you who watched The Battle of Winterfell tonight the parallels between these two shows are clear.

For starters, the Nightman is represented by the Night King. It’s clear that he is the evil force that drives the entire engine. He’s trying to suck the souls out of all living souls to add to his limitless army.

In The Nightman Cometh the Nightman must pay a troll toll to attack his victims whereas in Game of Thrones, the Night King must cross over a wall to get to his victims. Using symbolism, it’s clear that George R.R. Martin used the Northern Wall in Game of Thrones to represent the Troll Toll that he had to have the Night King pass.

In this parallel, the Dayman is also represented by Arya Stark. For starters, we know from her time in Bravos that she’s a “Master of Karate.” We also know that since she can become “no one” that she can, in theory, become friends with anyone.

As we just witnessed during The Battle of Winterfell, she is indeed the fighter and ultimate destroyer of the Night King. The prophecy from The Nightman Cometh could be rewritten to fit Game of Thrones like this:

“Dayman (ah-ah-ah)
Fighter of the Night King(ah-ah-ah)

Champion of The North(ah-ah-ah)
You’re a Master of Karate
And friendship
For Everyone”

To add more fuel to the fire on this conspiracy theory, the creators of Game of Thrones actually wrote an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Since The Nightman Cometh released nearly three years before the first episode of Game of Thrones, it’s obvious that the creators of the show are huge Sunny fans and they decided to rip it off from the very start.

Now, I’m not a lawyer or anything but if I’m Rob McElhenney, the creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,  I’m suing HBO for everything they’re worth. They clearly and obviously stole this episode from underneath them without giving them any credit.

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