4 Things You Might Have Missed in Game of Thrones's 'The Long Night'

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*Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8, episode 3*

"The Long Night," which was arguably the most anticipated episode in Game of Thrones history, premiered on Sunday, April 28. In addition to featuring the epic Battle of Winterfell, it also marked the longest episode in the series' history, clocking in at 82 minutes.

Fans were already expecting a handful of major deaths to take place at the battle, and while there weren’t as many as we feared, we did say goodbye to a few favorite characters. We’ll be mourning the loss of Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey), and even Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)—who ultimately proved himself to be loyal to the Stark family and Winterfell—for years to come. But beyond all of the intense events and upsetting moments, there are a few details you might’ve missed on the first watch. Here are just a few of them.

1. The dagger that killed the Night King could have also killed Bran.

The most unexpected moment in "The Long Night" occurred when Arya Stark came out of seemingly nowhere and stabbed the Night King, just as he was approaching an unguarded Bran Stark. Just like that, she defeated the undead leader and all of his army fell with him. But the best part of it all was what she used to kill him: the Valyrian steel dagger that was once supposed to kill Bran all the way back in the season 1. Fans have, of course, suspected this weapon would be incredibly important in the final season, and it was.

2. Melisandre knew what was going to happen all along.

Arya was surprised to see Melisandre, who repeated the same prophecy she told her in season 3. In the third season episode “The Climb,” Melisandre told a young Arya: “I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness eyes staring back at me—brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you'll shut forever. We will meet again.” While this seemingly made no sense to Arya back then, or to viewers, hearing it again from Melisandre in tonight’s episode sealed the deal. The blue eyes were the Night King’s. She knew it was Arya’s duty.

3. There was religious symbolism in Beric’s death.

Many fans were expecting Beric Dondarrion to meet his demise in the final season, but that didn’t make his death tonight any less upsetting. The character has been killed and brought back to life by the Lord of Light numerous times, which had us all theorizing what his purpose would be. Turns out, it was to save Arya so that she could defeat the Night King. Beric’s death was also quite symbolic: As he was stabbed, his arms were outstretched in a doorway, creating a Christ-like image.

4. There was some potential foreshadowing for Sansa and Tyrion.

While down hiding in the crypts, Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister shared a few sweet moments together. While reminiscing on how Tyrion was the least terrible of Sansa’s husbands, it's suggested that they should have stay married. This seemingly foreshadows their relationship progressing in further episodes, hinting at a fan theory which puts the two together on the Iron Throne. Sansa also said the only thing in their way would be the Dragon Queen, which might mean Daenerys will actually become her true enemy. (Cue the “Daenerys is the real villain" theories.)

Turn Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit

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Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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David Lynch Is Sharing How He's Keeping Busy at Home in New YouTube Series

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Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images

David Lynch, the director of some of the most surreal movies from recent decades, enjoys a relaxing home improvement project as much as the rest of us. As Pitchfork reports, Lynch has launched a new video series on YouTube sharing the various ways he's staying busy at home.

The series, titled "What Is David Working on Today?", debuted with its first installment on Tuesday, May 28. In it, the filmmaker tells viewers he's replacing the drain in his sink and varnishing a wooden stand. In addition to providing a peek into his home life, Lynch also drops some thought-provoking tidbits, like "water is weird."

Fixing the furniture in his home isn't the only thing Lynch has been up to during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also wrote, directed, and animated a 10-minute short titled Pożar, and since early May, he has been uploading daily weather reports. If life in quarantine doesn't already feel like a David Lynch film, diving into the director's YouTube channel may change that.

This isn't Lynch's first time creating uncharacteristically ordinary content. Even after gaining success in the industry, he directed commercials for everything from pasta to pregnancy tests.

[h/t Pitchfork]