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The trilogy parodies the graphic violence and excessive, often torrid sexuality of the Game of Thrones television series.
When Cartman is meeting with Princess Kenny in Kenny's backyard, next to Kenny's throne, there is a little princess doll. This was the same doll carried around by Karen McCormick in the Season 15 finale "The Poor Kid ". It is possible that Princess Kenny probably gets all his pink toys and unicorns from his little sister.
When Cartman is complaining about pre-orders giving money to people who haven't even finished their game, he is commenting on how South Park: The Stick of Truth has been delayed repeatedly, finally until March 4, 2014.
When the children first meet in Cartman's basement, a box labeled 'Mommy's Toys' can be seen behind Cartman, which is most likely filled with sex toys. This is a reference to Liane Cartman's sexual promiscuity.
This episode arc once again shows Cartman's preference for the Xbox systems. The first was in "Tonsil Trouble", where he has an Xbox 360.
The price of the Xbox One with an 80% discount would be $100. The price of the PS4 with the discount would be $80.
References to Popular Culture
This episode is based on the Black Friday shopping craze and reports of violence, assaults, and deaths for people trying to get the best bargains.
Much of the fantasy segment references Game of Thrones.
The nerdy kids play Star Trek: one kid has Vulcan ears and another wears a Geordi La Forge-type visor.
Stop Touching Me Elmo is a reference to Tickle Me Elmo, which was considered the big must-have holiday toy in 1996. His implied pedophilia is a reference to puppeteer Kevin Clash, who quit after allegations of underage sex. (Although the boys he is accused of having relationships with were aged 15+, not small children.)
It also references the injury of Robert Waller, a clerk at a store in New Brunswick, Canada, was among those injured by "Elmo-mania". During a Midnight Madness sale, a crowd of 300 stampeded down the aisle on December 14, 1996, after spotting him being handed a box of the toys by another employee, he "was pulled under, trampled—the crotch was yanked out of [his] brand-new jeans." According to People, the clerk "suffered a pulled hamstring, injuries to his back, jaw, and knee, a broken rib and a concussion.
In the "Stop Touching Me Elmo" commercial scene, an ersatz instrumental version of "Elmo's Song" from Sesame Street plays throughout.
The news reporter mentions Sony's "Brack Friday Bunduru" for the PS4 system, which allows you to automatically pre-order Metal Gear Solid V. This is a reference to the Metal Gear video game series created by Hideo Kojima. Metal Gear Solid V is a two-parter game (Ground Zeroes & The Phantom Pain) that was originally intended to have both parts released as one game, but an extended development time resulted in Kojima splitting the game into two parts so that players will get early access to the game.
The mall cops that chose to work on Black Friday are an analogy of the Night's Watch, a group of sworn protectors in Game of Thrones who first encounter the White Walkers, who are in turn referenced by the Black Friday shoppers.
The head mall security officer has a similar appearance to the head of the Night's Watch, Jeor Mormont. He also has a similar death.
The phrase "Winter Is Coming" can be seen and heard throughout the episode. This is a reference to the motto used by the Stark family in Game of Thrones, who must always be vigilant and prepared for the harshness of winter when it hits their land in the north. Though, according to George R.R. Martin, the creator of Game of Thrones, it can also be a metaphor to always be prepared for dark events that may happen in our lives, even if things are going well now.
The scar on the security guard's eye could be a possible reference to the James Bond villain "Ernst Stavro Blofeld" from "You Only Live Twice".
Kyle's costume texture and appearance is a possible reference to the leather jerkin Jaime Lannister wore in the Game of Thrones episode "The Wolf and the Lion", in the scene where Jaime duels Ned Stark.