Richard Madden Doesn't Think Anyone on Game of Thrones Will Make it Out Alive

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

When you’re an actor on a show, chances are you know all the behind-the-scenes secrets—including, quite possibly, how the series will end. But when you’re an actor on Game of Thrones, the secrecy is much more intense, and even the show's biggest stars don't always know everything.

So when you're an actor on Game of Thrones whose character was killed off a few seasons back, it's safe to steal a line from Ygritte and say: "You know nothing, Jon Snow." Or, in the case of Richard Madden: "You know nothing, Robb Stark."

Though Madden played Robb Stark for three seasons until his untimely (and very memorable) death at the Red Wedding, we're pretty sure the 32-year-old actor is as clueless as the rest of us when it comes to how the final season will shake out. Still, Madden—who just earned a Golden Globe nomination for his work on Netflix's Bodyguard, and who is being loudly talked about as the next James Bond—had a pretty bold prediction about the series' finale. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Madden admitted that he doesn’t think any of his former co-stars will make it out of Game of Thrones alive.

"I kind of think it’s just going to be three dragons flying around and everyone else is dead," he said. "It’s a possibility!"

We certainly can't rule it out. And given Madden's own bloody demise on the series, one can't blame him for having such a dark theory. Yet he also shared how leaving the show was a blessing in that it allowed him to become a fan.

"I can’t wait for the new season," he said. "I kind of don’t recognize that I was in it anymore because I’ve been watching so many years of it, and they talk about Robb Stark and I know who he is but I don’t see myself in that role. I’m just a viewer now, which is so good. That was one of the bad things about being in the show is you got the scripts, so you knew what was going to happen next ... I’ve not had that for years, so now I can just truly enjoy it as a viewer, which is thrilling."

Game of Thrones will return to HBO for its final season in April 2019. In the meantime, we'll just keep our fingers crossed that Madden's prediction is just a random guess.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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The Psychological Tricks Disney Parks Use to Make Long Wait Times More Bearable

© Jorge Royan, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0
© Jorge Royan, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

No one goes to Disneyland or Disney World to spend the day waiting in line, but when a queue is well-designed, waiting can be part of the experience. Disney knows this better than anyone, and the parks' Imagineers have developed several tricks over the years to make long wait times as painless as possible.

According to Popular Science, hacking the layout of the line itself is a simple way to influence the rider's perspective. When a queue consists of 200 people zig-zagging around ropes in a large, open room, it's easy for waiting guests to feel overwhelmed. This design allows riders to see exactly how many people are in line in front of them—which isn't necessarily a good thing when the line is long.

Imagineers prevent this by keeping riders in the dark when they enter the queue. In Space Mountain, for example, walls are built around the twisting path, so riders have no idea how much farther they have to go until they're deeper into the building. This stops people from giving up when they first get in line.

Another example of deception ride designers use is the "Machiavellian twist." If you've ever been pleasantly surprised by a line that moved faster than you expected, that was intentional. The signs listing wait times at the beginning of ride queues purposefully inflate the numbers. That way, when a wait that was supposed to be 120 minutes goes by in 90, you feel like you have more time than you did before.

The final trick is something Disney parks are famous for: By incorporating the same level of production design found on the ride into the queue, Imagineers make waiting in line an engaging experience that has entertainment value of its own. The Tower of Terror queue in Disney World, which is modeled after a decrepit 1930s hotel lobby down to the cobwebs and the abandoned coffee cups, feels like it could be a movie set. Some ride lines even use special effects. While waiting to ride Star Wars: Ride of the Resistance in Galaxy's Edge, guests get to watch holograms and animatronics that set up the story of the ride. This strategy exploits the so-called dual-task paradigm, which makes the line feel as if it's going by faster by giving riders mental stimulation as they wait.

Tricky ride design is just one of Disney's secrets. Here are more behind-the-scenes facts about the beloved theme parks.

[h/t Popular Science]