New Game of Thrones Promo May Contain a Major Daenerys Targaryen Spoiler

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Nothing gets past fans these days, especially Game of Thrones fanatics who have been waiting for season 8 for almost two years. They'll analyze every detail of any teaser, so after HBO recently dropped two more promos for the final season with a little bit of extra footage we hadn't seen before, someone on Reddit noticed a tiny detail that could potentially be a major spoiler. You've been warned.

Redditor Spiral66 analyzed the promo titled "Together" and thinks that Daenerys Targaryen gets a change of location: he claims one scene looks like she is back at Dragonstone castle, the ancestral home of the Targaryens. The fan says that if you compare the Dragonstone fireplace from season 7 with the new promo, the images match up. A GIF here shows the two scenes lined up, providing further evidence the Mother of Dragons might actually be there.

But this wouldn't really make sense, as we know from previous previews that Dany is with Jon Snow at Winterfell and that they're getting ready for the big battle that it is rumored will take place in the third episode. So that means any footage of her at Dragonstone would have to come later in the season, and it would also mean both characters survive that particular battle—or that she high-tailed it out of Winterfell before the battle actually began (though that seems unlikely).

HuffPost reached out to the Redditor, who gave a more in-depth explanation of their findings:

"When the promo came out, most people assumed, including myself, that the shot of Dany was before the big battle at Winterfell. But as this sub has a tendency to overanalyze things, I started thinking, 'What if this was somewhere else?' And sure enough, after looking up the Dragonstone fireplace, the carvings from both images matched. After that I checked what the Winterfell fireplaces looked like and they seem to have a much more traditional style so then I became certain this scene was at Dragonstone."

The Redditor thinks that although Daenerys and Jon might survive the battle, the clip possibly suggests they don't win, so they must retreat to Dragonstone and "use it as their new base of operations." They also speculate that since she looks upset, perhaps characters close to her such as Grey Worm or Jorah Mormont didn't survive.

There's a lot of speculation inherent in this theory, but you can't deny the promo scene does resemble Dragonstone. The countdown is ticking until the final season of Game of Thrones premieres on April 14.

Mifflin Madness: Who Is the Greatest Character on The Office? It's Time to Vote

Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.
Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.
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Your years of watching (and re-watching) The Office, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, have all led up to this moment. Welcome to Mifflin Madness—Mental Floss's cutthroat competition to determine The Office's greatest character. Is Michael Scott the boss you most love to hate? Or did Kevin Malone suck you in with his giant pot of chili?

You have 24 hours to cast your vote for each round on Twitter before the bracket is updated and half of the chosen characters are eliminated.

The full bracket is below, followed by the round one and round two winners. You can cast your round three vote(s) here. Be sure to check back on Monday at 4 p.m. ET to see if your favorite Dunder Mifflin employee has advanced to the next round. 

Round One


Round Two


Round Three


The Office Planned to Break Up Jim and Pam in the Final Season—Then (Smartly) Thought Better of It

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
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Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly's relationship in The Office was truly a romance for the ages. Fans were delighted when, in Season 3—after years of flirting—John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer’s characters finally got together. But an alternative plan for the show’s ninth and final season saw the couple going their separate ways.

Season 9 saw one of the most stressful storylines the show had to offer when Jim took a job in Philadelphia and Pam struggled to take care of their children on her own back in Scranton, putting intense strain on their otherwise seemingly perfect relationship. In one unforgettable scene, a particularly tense phone call between the couple ends with Pam in tears. Fischer’s character then turns to someone off camera named Brian for advice.

As Collider reports, Pam and Jim's relationship could have taken a turn for worse in the final season—and the writers had planned it that way. As recounted in Andy Greene's new book, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, series creator Greg Daniels sat down with each of the show's stars before starting the final season to discuss where their characters would go. John Krasinski, who played Jim, pitched the idea of putting Jim and Pam’s relationship on thin ice. According to Krasinski:

"My whole pitch to Greg was that we’ve done so much with Jim and Pam, and now, after marriage and kids, there was a bit of a lull there, I think, for them about what they wanted to do … And I said to Greg, ‘It would be really interesting to see how that split will affect two people that you know so well.'"

Several writers weighed in with ideas about how they might handle a split between Jim and Pam from a narrative standpoint—though not everyone was on the same page.

Warren Lieberstein, a writer on the series, remembered when the idea of bringing Brian—the documentary crew's boom operator—into the mix. “[This] was something that came up in Season 5, I think," Lieberstein said. "What if that character had been secretly there the entire time and predated the relationship with Jim and had been a shoulder that she cried on for years?’ It just seemed very intriguing." Apparently, the writers thought breaking the fourth wall would jeopardize the show, so they saved it for the last season.

Writer Owen Ellickson said there was even some talk of Pam and Brian “maybe hooking up a little bit," but the negative response to the storyline led the writers to "pull the ripcord on [Pam and Jim's separation] because it was so painful to fans of the show." Ellickson said that they backtracked so quickly, they even had to re-edit certain episodes that had already been shot to nix the idea of Jim and Pam splitting up. Which is something the show's millions of fans will be forever grateful for.

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