Game of Thrones Showrunners Claim Series's Ending is Hidden in Spotify Playlist

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

We are just days away from the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones and fans are trying to cram in their final theories on Reddit and finish binge-watching all seven seasons. The series’ ending has been kept under lock and key, but the showrunners may have just handed over the ultimate spoiler for fans in the form of a playlist.

According to co-showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the show’s ending can be discovered by listening to Spotify’s newly dropped playlist, appropriately called “Game of Thrones: The End is Coming.”

"The answer to the ending is 100 percent hidden in the playlist choices … No one will believe us, but it’s true,” the creators told Spotify’s For the Record via email this week.

This revelation has forced fans to find clues and spoilers as they dissect the playlist and research each song’s lyrics.

The playlist is dominated by hard rock, starting with "Sleep Now in the Fire" by Rage Against the Machine. Cosmopolitan points out that the lyrics of this song, including lines like "The cost of my desire … sleep now in the fire!,” can be directly related to Daenerys Targaryen, especially in the scene where she burns Randyll and Dickon Tarly alive in the season 7 episode “Eastwatch.”

Another addition, “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin, could be about the Night King, with lines like "We come from the land of the ice and snow / From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.” The song also includes the verse, "So now you'd better stop / And rebuild all your ruins / For peace and trust can win the day / Despite all of your losing." This could hint at everyone banding together to defeat the White Walkers.

Other tracks don’t need much explanation, such as “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes and “Dire Wolf” by the Grateful Dead.

There’s no doubt all the songs relate to some aspect of Game of Thrones, even if just the names fit, but as for spoilers, we’re not entirely sure. We’ll have to wait until the series finale airs on May 19 to know. In the meantime, you can find the Spotify playlist here.

[h/t Cosmopolitan]

Friends's James Michael Tyler Says a Fan Theory on How the Characters Always Got their Seats at Central Perk Makes Sense

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There are plenty of fan theories surrounding the hit sitcom Friends, including one that claims Rachel actually dreamed the entire show and another which suggests Phoebe was hallucinating the entire time. But even after the sitcom ended in 2004, there is one burning question that remains unanswered: How did the gang always manage to sit at the orange couch when they went to Central Perk?

The coffee shop is located in New York City, one of the most densely populated cities on the planet, so it seems pretty unlikely Monica, Ross, Joey, Phoebe, Rachel, and Chandler could get their spot every time they stopped in for their (many) cups of coffee. But according to Insider, Friends actor James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, told RadioTimes there's one fan theory about it that "makes a lot of sense."

The theory suggests that Gunther was the reason the crew was always able to grab the couch. In some scenes, there's even a "reserved" sign on the coffee table in front of the orange sofa. Why would he purposely reserve the table? According to the theory, it's because of his enormous crush on Rachel.

While Tyler says he never personally placed the sign on the coffee table, he told RadioTimes, "That was probably one of the set designers, I'm guessing, maybe one of the writers … I'm not sure who was responsible for that. But I do remember seeing that." He continued, "It never really occurred to me why it was there, but it makes a lot of sense [that Gunther put it there] in retrospect."

Now that you have that question answered, learn why some fans think the crew's incessant coffee drinking was just a long Starbucks marketing ploy by heading here.

[h/t RadioTimes]

Roar—Tippi Hedren’s Wild Big Cat Movie From 1981—Will Soon Be Available to Stream

Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith with a couple of cool cats in 1982.
Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith with a couple of cool cats in 1982.
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Decades before Joe Exotic amassed his frightening collection of big cats as seen in Netflix’s Tiger King, there was an even wilder personal zoo located in California—and owned by people you might already know.

Following a trip to a game preserve in Mozambique, Tippi Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and her filmmaker husband, Noel Marshall, decided to produce a movie about a scientist and his family coexisting with big cats. The cast would include the couple, Marshall’s sons John and Jerry, and Hedren’s daughter Melanie Griffith (who’d later become a film star herself and the mother of another one: Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson). They started raising lion cubs at their Sherman Oaks house in 1971, and soon moved to a larger property in Santa Clarita. By the time they began shooting in 1976, they had 132 lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, and jaguars. And one 5-ton bull elephant named Timbo.

The film, titled Roar, was finished in 1981, but it never got a wide release in the United States. Next week, it’s getting the VOD treatment.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Alamo Drafthouse is releasing the film—along with a video Q&A with John Marshall—on Vimeo starting Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. EST. For $10, you’ll be able to stream it for one week on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and/or Chromecast. Ten percent of the profits will benefit the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation’s Pioneers Assistance Fund, which will use the money to support theater workers unemployed during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you’re hoping Roar will live up to the jaw-dropping nature of Tiger King and similar programs, you won’t be disappointed. The narrative might be fictional, but the risky encounters with the various beasts are very real.

“I am amazed no one died,” John Marshall told Entertainment Weekly. A staggering 70 members of the cast and crew sustained serious injuries on set, including Hedren, who contracted gangrene after her leg was crushed by Timbo; Griffith, who required plastic surgery after a cat clawed her face; and John Marshall, whose head was gnawed on by a lion.

While you wait to watch Roar on Wednesday night, here are 10 wild animal documentaries you can stream right now.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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