Right before the “United States of Whatever” skating sequence, Lucas Lee walks into his skateboard shrine room. Prominently displayed is a board, broken in half and laid out much like the broken sword Narsil in Rivendell during the events of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings.” It’s similar down to the way the shards are placed. So why is it enshrined? Well, for Narsil, it was the sword that Isildur took up after his father’s fall to slice the One Ring off of Sauron, along with his finger. The sword broke and it was displayed in its pieces because of its significance. It was the moment history shifted.
/Film reached out to BenDavid Grabinski and asked him about this similarity. He didn’t tell us directly, but he did say this:
“I will say there are almost a thousand dumb weird references in the show and it’s really nice people are picking up on any of them or engaging with it in that way. The shot of his broken board is referencing three things at once — one of the references might be the deepest and dumbest cut of the entire season.”
So what are those three references?