Fan Argues Game of Thrones's Final Battle Won't Be Against Cersei

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Helen Sloan, HBO

Every previous Game of Thrones battle was forgotten after fans watched the highly anticipated Battle of Winterfell in the most recent episode, “The Long Night.” The epic battle had audiences on the edge of their seats, half-expecting it to prove disastrous for most of their favorite characters. But thanks to Arya Stark, we can now take a breather—at least until next week. The players must now deal with a threat more dangerous than the Night King: Cersei Lannister. The next battle will be much different than the last, now that Daenerys Targaryen is fighting for the Iron Throne.

The fight against Cersei might not be the only thing the characters need to worry about. The teaser for the next episode leads fans to believe she’s the last villain, but some Redditors are not as convinced. Yes, they believe that there will be a fight to dethrone Cersei, but some viewers think the final battle—and the biggest one—might actually be between Jon Snow and Daenerys.

Redditor PrimeTime89 suggests that there have been plenty of hints that Daenerys would be a terrible ruler, including her rash decisions, the killing of the Tarlys, Sansa’s dislike of her, and her reaction to finding out about Jon’s parentage. She might not be the ruler the Seven Kingdoms need. And although Jon doesn’t want the title, he is the true heir to the throne.

A conflict between the pair would likely split the other characters into two sides. Arya, Tormund, Sansa, Brienne, and Davos would follow Jon, while Tyrion, Yara, Grey Worm, and Varys would be behind Daenerys. So while they all fought together in the battle for Winterfell, the last battle for the throne could pit them against each other.

The Redditor predicts the rest of the season will go as follows:

“Jon and Daenerys go to kill Cersei and her army (with bonus Cleganebowl).
Daenerys does things in the battle against Cersei that make Jon further realize she would be a terrible ruler.
Daenerys even possibly kills Sansa to punish Sansa's non-compliance to her rule.
Jon splits from Daenerys, backed by Arya, Tormund, Brienne, Davos, the North, and the Wildlings.
Daenerys leads an army backed by Tyrion, Yara, [Grey Worm], Varys, the Unsullied, and Greyjoys.
Jon's side defeats them at great emotional cost, killing former allies like [Grey Worm].
Jon kills Daenerys to become the most suited ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, giving the show its bittersweet ending of him sacrificing his love for doing what's right (this is a stretch here, but bonus slight parallel to Azor Ahai killing his wife?).”

Fans have been speculating for a while now that Daenerys might be the true villain of the final season, and this theory would match actress Emilia Clarke’s admission that her character’s last moments on screen “f**ked” her up.” If Cersei can be defeated, the Mother of Dragons still has someone in her way to the throne. We’ll see if the show reveals the answer in its final three episodes.

Matt LeBlanc Says "Weird Things" Happened at the Peak of Friends's Popularity

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Even though it went off the air in 2004, Friends continues find new generations of fans—so much so that there's even an unscripted reunion special in the works. With all the love surrounding the show, one can only imagine that the actors who played the six main characters have experienced the effects of its popularity—both good and bad.

As reported by Digital Spy, Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani, spoke during a pre-recorded interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show about "weird things" that happened while he was filming Friends. When pressed to give an example, LeBlanc recalled a time he saw his house, along with the homes of the five other cast members, on the news—while he was home.

"I remember one time, it was during the week, I had been flipping channels and watching the news and for some reason, they had a split-screen on the TV, six quadrants," he told Clarkson. "Each was a live shot of each one of our houses, like a helicopter shot. I was watching it and there was no information or news, it was just showing [our] houses."

Even though the actor found the situation bizarre, there was a very practical silver lining. “I remember looking closely at my house and thinking, 'F**k I need a new roof.' So the helicopter flies away and I get the ladder and I go up there,” LeBlanc added.

[h/t Digital Spy]

7 Timeless Facts About Paul Rudd

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Rich Fury, Getty Images

Younger fans may know Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, one of the newest members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the actor has been a Hollywood mainstay for half his life.

Rudd's breakout role came in 1995’s Clueless, where he played Josh, Alicia Silverstone's charming love interest in Amy Heckerling's beloved spin on Jane Austen's Emma. In the 2000s, Rudd became better known for his comedic work when he starred in movies like Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Anchorman (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), and I Love You, Man (2009).

It wasn’t until 2015 that Rudd stepped into the ever-growing world of superhero movies when he was cast as Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man, and became part of the MCU.

Rudd has proven he can take on any part, serious or goofy. More amazingly, he never seems to age. But in honor of (what is allegedly) his 51st birthday on April 6, here are some things you might not have known about the star.

1. Paul Rudd is technically Paul Rudnitzky.

Though Paul Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey, both of his parents hail from London—his father was from Edgware and his mother from Surbiton. Both of his parents were descendants of Jewish immigrants who moved to England from from Russia and Poland. Rudd’s last name was actually Rudnitzky, but it was changed by his grandfather.

2. Paul Rudd's parents are second cousins.

In a 2017 episode of Finding Your Roots, Rudd learned that his parents were actually second cousins. Rudd responded to the discovery in typical comedic fashion: "Which explains why I have six nipples." He also wondered what that meant for his own family. "Does this make my son also my uncle?," he asked.

3. Paul Rudd loved comic books as a kid.

While Rudd did read Marvel Comics as a kid, he preferred Archie Comics and other funny stories. His English cousins would send him British comics, too, like Beano and Dandy, which he loved.

4. Paul Rudd wanted to play Christian in Clueless. And Murray.

Clueless would have been a completely different movie if Rudd had been cast as the suave Christian instead of the cute older step-brother-turned-love-interest Josh. But before he was cast as Cher’s beau, he initially wanted the role of the “ringa ding kid” Christian.

"I thought Justin Walker’s character, Christian, was a really good part," Rudd told Entertainment Weekly in 2012. "It was a cool idea, something I’d never seen in a movie before—the cool gay kid. And then I asked to read for Donald Faison's part, because I thought he was kind of a funny hip-hop wannabe. I didn’t realize that the character was African-American.”

5. Paul Rudd idolizes Paul Newman.

In a 2008 interview for Role Models, which he both co-wrote and starred in, Rudd was asked about his real-life role model. He answered Paul Newman, saying he admired the legendary actor because he gave a lot to the world before leaving it.

6. Before Paul Rudd was Ant-Man, he wanted to be Adam Ant.

In a 2011 interview with Grantland, Rudd talked about his teenage obsession with '80s English rocker Adam Ant. "Puberty hit me like a Mack truck, and my hair went from straight to curly overnight," Rudd explained. "But it was an easier pill to swallow because Adam Ant had curly hair. I used to ask my mom to try and shave my head on the sides to give me a receding hairline because Adam Ant had one. I didn’t know what a receding hairline was. I just thought he looked cool. She said, 'Absolutely not,' but I was used to that."

Ant wasn't the only musician Rudd tried to emulate. "[My mom] also shot me down when I asked if I could bleach just the top of my head like Howard Jones. Any other kid would’ve been like, 'F*** you, mom! I’m bleaching my hair.' I was too nice," he said.

7. Romeo + Juliet wasn’t Paul Rudd's first go as a Shakespearean actor.

Yet another one of Rudd's iconic '90s roles was in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, but it was far from the actor's first brush with Shakespeare. Rudd spent three years studying Jacobean theater in Oxford, England, and starred in a production of Twelfth Night. He was described by his director, Sir Nicholas Hytner, as having “emotional and intellectual volatility.” Hytner’s praise was a big deal, considering he was the director of London's National Theatre from 2003 until 2015.