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.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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10 Words and Phrases That Came From TV Shows

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Television can be a hotbed of creativity (or mediocrity, depending on who you ask). But it's not just characters and storylines writers are coming up with—they also coin words. Here are 10 surprising words that were invented thanks to TV.

1. Poindexter

While this term for a studious nerd might seem very 1980s, it actually comes from a cartoon character introduced on TV in 1959. In the series Felix the Cat, Poindexter is the feline’s bespectacled, genius nephew, supposedly named for Emmet Poindexter, the series creator’s lawyer.

2. Eye Candy

This phrase meaning a thing or person that offers visual appeal but not much substance originally referred to such a feature of a TV program. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), it first appeared in 1978 issue of a Louisiana newspaper called The Hammond Daily Star: “Sex … is more blatant ... ‘Eye candy,' as one network executive calls it.” Ear candy is slightly earlier, from the title of a 1977 album by Helen Reddy, while arm candy is later, from 1992.

3. Ribbit

Think frogs have always been known to say “ribbit”? Think again: According to the OED, this onomatopoeia might have originated on a TV show in the late-1960s. While we can’t say for sure that absolutely no one was making this frog sound before then, the earliest recorded usage found so far (according to linguist Ben Zimmer) is from a 1965 episode of Gilligan’s Island, in which Mel Blanc voiced a character called Ribbit the Frog. This predates the OED’s earliest entry, which is from a 1968 episode of the Smother Brothers Comedy Hour: “That’s right. Ribit! .. I am a frog.”

4. Sorry About That

You've probably used this expression of regret more than once in your life, but did you know it was popularized by Get Smart? It's one of the many catchphrases from the late 1960s TV show. Others include “missed it by that much” and “the old (so-and-so) trick.”

5. Cromulent

Cromulent is a perfectly cromulent word, as far as the OED is concerned. This adjective invented on The Simpsons means “acceptable, adequate, satisfactory.” Other OED words the denizens of Springfield popularized are meh (perhaps influenced by the Yiddish “me,” meaning “be it as it may, so-so,” from 1928 or earlier), d’oh (the earliest recorded usage is from a 1945 British radio show), and embiggen, which first appeared in an 1884 publication by English publisher George Bell: “Are there not, however, barbarous verbs in all languages? … The people magnified them, to make great or embiggen, if we may invent an English parallel as ugly.”

6. Five-O

The OED’s earliest citation of this slang term for the police is from a 1983 article in The New York Times, although it was probably in use long before that. The moniker comes from Hawaii Five-O, which premiered in 1968. In the show, five-o refers to a particular police unit and apparently was named in honor of Hawaii being the 50th state.

7. Gomer

While the word gomer has been around since the year 1000 (referring to a Hebrew unit of measure), the sense of someone stupid or inept comes from the inept titular character in the 1960s show Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. It’s also a derogatory name among medical professionals for a difficult patient, especially an elderly one.

8. Cowabunga

Sure, the 1960s surfing slang might have regained popularity in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s due to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series, but it originated way before then. Chief Thunderthud, a character on the 1950s children’s show Howdy Doody would use it as faux Native American language. After that, it somehow made its way into surfer slang, hence becoming a catchphrase of Michelangelo, the hard-partying, surfing ninja turtle.

9. Har De Har

The next time you want to laugh in a sarcastic, old-timey way, thank Jackie Gleason for popularizing har de har via his iconic 1950s show, The Honeymooners.

10. Spam

So how in the world did spam, originally the name of a canned ham, come to mean junk email or to inundate with junk emails or postings? Chalk it up to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The food Spam (which stands for either “spiced ham” or “shoulder of pork and ham”) was invented during the Great Depression in the late 1930s. Fast-forward 40-some-odd years and the British sketch comics were singing incessantly about it. This apparently was the inspiration for the computer slang that came about in the early 1990s.