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.

How Much Are You Spending on Streaming Services? This Handy Calculator Can Tell You

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With the recent debut of both Disney+ and Apple TV+, not to mention upcoming launches for HBO Max, NBC’s Peacock, and more, streaming services are officially coming for cable television’s throne—and might sneakily empty your bank account while they're at it.

While a monthly fee of $10 to $15 seems easy enough to justify if you’re willing to sacrifice a burrito bowl or fancy cocktail once a month, the little voice in the back of your head is probably whispering, “but it still adds up.” To find out just how much, MarketWatch created a calculator that will not only tell you how much you’re spending on streaming services every month; it’ll also add up the lifetime cost of all those entertainment expenses.

The calculator covers Netflix, CBS All Access, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Disney+, Apple TV+, and YouTube TV, and it also includes a whole host of add-ons that you might not even have realized were available. Through Amazon Prime, for example, you can subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels—but there are also more niche options like Hallmark Movies Now and NickHits (with iCarly, The Fairly OddParents, and other Nickelodeon classics).

As you check off services and add-ons, you’ll see your monthly bill on the right side of the total box, and the lifetime cost—which accounts for 50 years of streaming, adjusted for inflation—will balloon before your eyes on the left side. Below that, there’s an even larger number labeled as the lifetime “true” cost, which estimates how much you would’ve made if you had invested that money instead.

For example: If you sign up for basic monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Disney+ for $9 and $7, respectively, your lifetime cost totals around $16,200. However, if you had opted to invest that money, the 50-year prediction sees you walking away with almost $74,000.

Having said that, it’s understandably hard to look that far into the future, especially when Disney+ is tempting you with the Lizzie McGuire series, Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, and practically every beloved animated Disney movie from your childhood.

[h/t MarketWatch]

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas


Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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