21 "Dune 2" Details And Easter Eggs That Are Super Clever, But You Might've Missed Them

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1.First, in Dune: Part Two, Chani can be seen using a piece of blue fabric as a headband, notably in the scene when Paul rides the sandworm for the first time. In the book, The Art and Soul of Dune: Part Two, director and writer Denis Villeneuve explained that "when Fremen women fall in love, they wear blue in the film."

Chani watching Paul climb a sand dune while wearing a blue headband

2.In Dune, when Paul meets Reverend Mother Mohiam she uses the voice on him to declare that he should be silent when he has his hand in the box. In Dune: Part Two, there's a great parallel where Paul now does this exact same thing to her before he fights Feyd-Rautha.

Reverend Mother saying "Silence" in Dune vs. Paul yelling "Silence" in Dune 2

3.Dune: Part Two is the first time we see Giedi Prime, aka the home of the Harkonnens, in the daytime, after only seeing it at night in the first movie. The black sun is the reason the sequence when Feyd-Rautha fights the Atreides prisoners is filmed in black and white.

Feyd-Rautha in the arena in Dune 2

4.The fireworks seen during Feyd-Rautha's birthday celebration on Giedi Prime were inspired by "drops of ink falling into clear alcohol."

Feyd-Rautha in the arena in Dune 2 standing over an opponent

5.When Lady Jessica moves to the South, there's a clear shift in the color scheme for her clothes and what the Reverend Mothers wear in the South vs. the Bene Gesserits. You'll notice Jessica and the Mothers in the South wear earth tones, namely faded oranges, browns, etc., while the Bene Gesserits wear black.

Lady Jessica in ornate headdress and robe with intricate facial tattoos in Dune 2
Lady Jessica in ornate headdress and robe with intricate facial tattoos in Dune 2
Reverend Mother in dark hooded cloak with a concerned expression
Reverend Mother in dark hooded cloak with a concerned expression

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In the book, The Art and Soul of Dune: Part Two, costume designer Jacqueline West explained, "With Jessica's move to the south, our whole palette changes." She added, "It's much warmer, and much more ornate."

6.In Dune, there's a shot that shows Paul fighting in a vision and his helmet opening to reveal his now blue-colored eyes. The sequence is recreated in Dune: Part Two when we see Chani fighting in the battle at the end.

Paul fighting in Dune vs Chani fighting in a similar manor and in a similar outfit in Dune 2

7.At the beginning of the movie, Stilgar, Chani, and the Fremen showcase to Paul and Lady Jessica how they take water from the Harkonnen soldiers they've just killed. By the end of the movie, the Fremen have abandoned their sacred beliefs to follow Muad'Dib, aka Paul, and you see them simply burning bodies instead.

closeup of two soldiers with battle wounds and blood on their faces
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8.Also, the Fedaykin burning the bodies after the massive attack at the end of the movie is a callback to the opening moments of Dune: Part Two, when we see the Harkonnen burning the bodies of the Atreides soldiers.

soldiers burning piles of bodies

9.The Cave of Birds set, which is prominently seen when Feyd-Rautha arrives on Arrakis to see the damage he has done after bombing Sietch Tabr, was designed to "represent giant fingerprints," aka the Fremen's identity, according to production designer Patrice Vermette.

Denis Villeneuve crouching with another man inside a textured tunnel, looking thoughtful. They are on a film set

In the book, The Art and Soul of Dune: Part Two, Denis also elaborated on filming the bombing scene, saying that cinematographer Greig Fraser improvised shots "to capture the intensity, as a war photojournalist would do."

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10.In Dune, during Paul's visions of the future, he foresees people fighting for him while holding flags that showcase the sigil for House Atreidies with a dark background. However, when the battle at the end of Dune: Part Two happens, the Fremen fighting for Paul, who are notably led by Stilgar, are holding different flags.

Troops fighting in Dune vs. Stilgar with troops in Dune 2
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11.After Paul drinks the Water of Life and tells Lady Jessica that he sees "a narrow way through" all of the possible futures, there's a quick glimpse of the moment from later in the film when he stabs Feyd-Rautha during their battle.

Paul saying, "May thy knife chip and shatter" before fighting Feyd-Rautha

12.In the scene when the Emperor interrogates the Baron, Rabban, and Feyd-Rautha inside the Imperial Tent, you'll notice the set is designed like a pyramid, with the Emperor, Princess Irulan, and Reverend Mother Mohiam at the top, and the Harkonnens standing at the bottom of the stairs.

Christopher Walken as The Emperor in Dune 2

In the book, The Art and Soul of Dune: Part Two, producer Tanya Lapointe details how the Emperor sitting on the throne at the top is meant to symbolize how he's "at the top of the food chain."

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13.Then, as the scene continues in the Imperial Tent, with Paul eventually killing the Baron and confronting the Emperor, you'll notice their positions on the pyramid-like set change. Now Paul is at the top with the Emperor, Princess Irulan, and Reverend Mother Mohiam at the bottom.

Character Paul Atreides from "Dune" wearing a stillsuit in a desert scene

According to the book, The Art and Soul of Dune: Part Two, this is meant to show the "shifting political dynamics" in the movie.

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14.Dune begins with Chani watching foreigners descend onto Arrakis to mine for spice, with the end of Dune: Part Two being the opposite. At the end of the second film, she watches Paul and the Fedaykin leave Arrakis to fight the Great Houses and begin the Holy War.

Chani in Dune explaining how outsiders come to mine spice and how they are cruel to her people
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15.For Princess Irulan's incredible metal headpieces, costume designer Jacqueline West said they were inspired by "how the nuns' habits framed their face." This allowed Irulan to have certain aspects of the Bene Gesserits "without giving her the shape."

Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan in Dune 2

16.When Gurney Halleck appears for the first time in Dune: Part Two, he's playing a nine-stringed guitar while singing, which his character often does in Frank Herbert's book. In the book, he's described as both a skilled weapons master and musician.

Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck in Dune 2

17.The set design for Lady Fenring's bedroom was "inspired by the idea of an egg held between the legs of a spider," according to production designer Patrice Vermette.

Austin Butler and Léa Seydoux in Dune 2

In the book, The Art and Soul of Dune: Part Two, Tanya Lapointe said that this was one of Denis' favorite sets.

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18.In Dune: Part Two, the passage of time is illustrated through Princess Irulan's voiceovers as she records what is happening and states the dates. Nine months pass over the course of the movie, which is different than Frank Herbert's book, which takes place over several years.

This change also coincides with Lady Jessica's pregnancy. In the book, her daughter, Alia, is born during this time period, whereas Denis elected to have Jessica remain pregnant and have conversations with her unborn child.

19.In Dune, there's a scene when the Sardaukar army silently drops in for an ambush. A similar moment happens at the beginning of Dune: Part Two, when the Harkonnen soldiers float upward as Paul, Jessica, and the Fremen avoid and hunt them.

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20.When designing the Sardaukar army's swords, prop master Doug Harlocker explained in The Art and Soul of Dune: Part Two that they are made to reference "a version of Excalibur, or Templar knights' lethal broadsword."

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21.And finally, in Dune, we see Liet-Kynes preparing to ride a sandworm by standing on top of a sand dune on Arrakis. In Dune: Part Two, the movie ends with Chani doing the same thing, with the scenes filmed almost identically.

In the book, Liet-Kynes, who is a man in the original novels, is Chani's father, but in the movies, Chani's relation to Liet-Kynes has not been specified.

What other details, Easter eggs, and more did you spot in Dune: Part Two? Tell us in the comments below!

If you want to dive even deeper into the world of Dune: Part Two, you can buy The Art and Soul of Dune: Part Two HERE.