Undead Prince wrote:let's remember it's being made by mere humans that cannot possibly mean every single thing they do to have five layers of inner symbolism or obliquely foreshadow the future events...
How often have I heard that one. Usually as an excuse to not use the brain for speculative thought.
Of course, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and a coincidence is just a coincidence, but you can't be sure without some thinking, which is what I’m doing here, and there’s no reason to get your panties in a knot about it.
I don't think anyone got their spirits ruffled, Undead Prince. So no need for that
Now, your interpretation of the skull is a valid interpretation that I happen to NOT agree with, but I didn't comment on it because interpretation is a thing for the reader, each reader.
I will go and say however what I just did, above. And to take note from my fav. author J. L. Borges, finding new interpretations and new ways to look at a work of literature, a painting and any cultural product really is to give life to that cultural product, piece of writing etc.
But one must not then assume to understand the authorial intent that went behind that cultural product. You can never really know, sometimes the authors themselves don't, and if there were one "true" way to look at things then they'd be dead artistically.
Every so often, the author makes it clear there's a message behind their work, of course. Other times, a good case can be made one way or another. But unless it's pretty transparent, it cannot be claimed to be final, so I'd say CelebrenIthil's call to moderation is not an appeal to mental indolence.
So in a nutshell, if you see a symbolic connection, that is chipper. But that doesn't mean the author put it there, nor does it mean that others will see it- even though you tell them where to look, they'll see things differently.