Daenerys Targaryen Could Be the True Villain of Game of Thrones, According to Fan Theory

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Daenerys Targaryen hasn't always had it easy over the past seven seasons of Game of Thrones. But when we last left the Mother of Dragons, she seemed to finally be fulfilling her destiny and making her way toward the Iron Throne. Season 7 gave us a glimpse at what Westeros might look like with Daenerys sitting on the Iron Throne in the finale … but at what cost?

Over the series' 67-episode run (and counting), we've gotten several clues into the sort of queen Daenerys would make, and let's just say the apple might not fall far from the tree. In season 7, we watched as Dany set two prisoners of war on fire for not bending the knee to her, a strategy that was once favored by her father, the "Mad King" Aerys II Targaryen.

Although some would argue that Daenerys's actions were justified and that she's a natural-born leader ready to take charge by conquering the White Walkers (and dethroning Cersei Lannister), there's some evidence to suggest that the true villain in season 8 might just be Khaleesi herself.

While Dany has done an admirable job of maintaining enough innocence to make us believe that she's nothing like her father, a new fan theory spotted by Esquire begs the differ. Redditor nanoelite laid it out like this:

"Both the show and the book series seek to portray a fantasy setting in realistic terms, clearly displaying the grim aspects of medieval life, the brutality of warfare, and the grey morality of its characters. That's why I don't think that either the Night King (a supernatural entity with absolutely no characterization) or Cersei (a comically evil despot) will be the big bads. Both characters are too easy to root against, and having a clear conflict between good and evil doesn't seem in line with what we have seen from the first seven seasons."

It would undoubtedly be surprising to see one of the show's seeming heroes turn out to be the villain—and to see what fans would make of their beloved queen being just as diabolical as her father.

"Daenerys Targaryen will end as the big bad, because she would be an interesting, and dangerous villain," the Redditor continued. "She is extremely powerful, possessing the largest army as well as dragons. She is sympathetic, having been abused and hunted her whole life, punished for the sins of her family, yet still being generous to those closest to her. And she has great moral arguments, seeking to abolish slavery, end the chaos in Westeros, stop the Dothraki and the Ironborn from raiding and raping, and become a queen in a world dominated by men."

This seems like a wild card theory, but Game of Thrones—which returns for its final season on April 14—has never been predictable.

[h/t Esquire]

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

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LightFieldStudios/iStock via Getty Images

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

Amazon
Amazon

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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