What Arya Stark's Actions in Game of Thrones's 'The Long Night' Could Mean for the Azor Ahai Prophecy

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Helen Sloan, HBO

Much like any highly anticipated episode of a popular TV series, the third episode in season 8 of Game of Thrones, "The Long Night," was met with a divided fanbase. While many fans thought that Arya Stark defeating the Night King was an epic ending, others thought it was too easy of a move. The scene left many with a sense of confusion about what's next, especially with the number of lingering prophecies still up in the air. One question, for example, is regarding Azor Ahai, or as the show calls it, the Prince That Was Promised.

The episode strongly suggested that killing the Night King was Arya's destiny, as Melisandre repeated what she had once said to her back in season 3 when they first met: "Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you'll shut forever." This signaled to Arya, and to the audience, that she was meant to defeat the undead leader, who famously has glowing blue eyes. But does this mean that she's also Azor Ahai?

To catch you up to speed: Azor Ahai was a legendary hero who lived thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. He forged the sword Lightbringer, and used it to defeat the Great Other: the god of darkness, cold, evil, fear, and death. Fans have been looking forward to the prophecy that Azor Ahai would be reincarnated to come true, with many believing it would either be Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen, as Melisandre has hinted at both in the past. The prophecy states:

"There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him."

When Melisandre meets Daenerys in season 7 and tells her that she has "a role to play" in the prophecy, Missandei explains that in High Valyrian, it's actually the "prince or princess who is promised," meaning it's entirely possible Arya could be the Azor Ahai. And as TIME points out, although she doesn't defeat the Night King with a sword, prophecies in Thrones have come true in not-so-literal ways before. Plus, the fact that Melisandre's death comes only after helping Arya, and that the long-unknown purpose of Beric Dondarrion having been brought back from the dead multiple times, only to die while saving Arya, pretty much proves that the little assassin is involved in the Lord of Light religion's prophecies in some capacity. Even if she doesn't know it.

But we can't place all our bets on Arya being Azor Ahai just yet, considering Jon is still very much a contender—Melisandre didn't bring him back from the dead in season 6 for nothing. Of course, fans are now speculating that Arya is the one that was promised, but we have three episodes left to see how the prophecies play out and who will win the Iron Throne.

[h/t TIME]

Amazon Customers Are Swearing by a $102 Mattress


Before you go out and spend hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars on a new mattress, you may want to turn to Amazon. According to Esquire, one of the most comfortable mattresses on the market isn’t from Tempur-Pedic, Casper, or IKEA. It’s a budget mattress you can buy on Amazon for as little as $102.

Linenspa's 8-inch memory foam and innerspring hybrid mattress has more than 24,000 customer reviews on Amazon, and 72 percent of those buyers gave it five stars. The springs are topped by memory foam and a quilted top layer that make it, according to one customer, a “happy medium of both firm and plush.”


Perhaps because of its cheap price point, many people write that they first purchased it for their children or their guest room, only to find that it far exceeded their comfort expectations. One reviewer who bought it for a guest room wrote that “it is honestly more comfortable than the expensive mattress we bought for our room.” Pretty impressive for a bed that costs less than some sheet sets.

Getting a good night's sleep is vital for your health and happiness, so do yourself a favor and make sure your snooze is as comfortable as possible.

The mattress starts at $102 for a twin and goes up to $200 for a king. Check it out on Amazon.

[h/t Esquire]

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The Emotional Reason Behind Lisa Kudrow's Favorite Friends Episode

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Friends will always be there for you, especially now that the entire series is on HBO MaxIf you're having a tough time deciding which episode to re-watch, Lisa Kudrow—the actress who brought Phoebe Buffay to life—has a suggestion.

During a Reddit AMA a few years back, Kudrow revealed which episode of Friends is her favorite, and the answer might surprise you. While promoting her show The Comeback, fans asked her about everything from her degree in biology to her favorite animated series. When asked which Friends episode she loved most overall, Kudrow gave a heartfelt reply:

"The Halloween party that Sean Penn appeared in. For a lot of reasons. Number one was it was the first show we shot after 9/11. And that whole week, while driving in LA, people would pull up, and give me a very sad look, and a quiet 'thank you' for making them laugh."

In times of turmoil, laughter really can be the best medicine. If you find yourself missing the Friends gang, fear not—executives at WarnerMedia hope the iconic series' unscripted reunion special will be filmed by the end of summer.