New Game of Thrones Fan Theory Predicts How Two Major Characters Will Die

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Helen Sloan, HBO

Now that Game of Thrones’s Battle of Winterfell is over and many main characters remain alive, the survivors are ready to celebrate their victory. But that celebration might not last long, because there’s still at least one more battle to face—and it might be more terrifying than the army of the dead.

The last battle to be fought will presumably be among the living, as the fight for the Iron Throne begins in the next episode. And considering how most of our favorite characters cheated death in “The Long Night,” something tells us they won’t be as lucky in the next fight. The deaths of two major characters might have been foreshadowed already, according to one fan on Reddit.

According to Redditor __djames, the deaths of both Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are coming in the final episodes of Game of Thrones, but with an unexpected twist.

The theory states that Daenerys will still fight for her right to sit on the throne, despite knowing that Jon is the rightful heir. But the Redditor elaborates on the idea by stating that word will get out to Jon’s allies that he is the heir and they will side with him, leaving Daenerys without an army. This will result in her going mad like her late father, King Aerys II Targaryen. The theory predicts:

“Dany will surrender to her father's madness as her claim to the throne diminishes, killing Jon as he tries to protect his family from her rage; Sansa using ‘Chekhov's gun’—literature can't help but repeat itself, sometimes it is necessary—will stab Dany through the heart using the dragonglass dagger Arya gave her in last night's episode—a dagger that was unused throughout the supposed most important episode, though introduced entirely for the viewer.”

The user also claims this was strongly suggested in the scene where Arya reunites with Jon in the premiere episode of season 8. Jon asks how she was able to sneak up on him, which clearly hinted at the assassin sneaking up on the Night King in the latest episode. Arya then asks how he survived being stabbed, to which he replies that he didn’t. This could be foreshadowing his ultimate demise when Daenerys stabs him.

The Redditor continues with a shocking twist:

“Dany will fulfill her destiny as a new queen, though with a caveat: as Jon stated, he was stabbed in the heart but didn't ‘survive,’ just as Dany will be. She will restore a sense of stasis, becoming the Night Queen, bringing together ‘a song of ice and fire,’ and finally showing us why the white walkers have been obsessed with a symbol so similar to the Targaryen sigil since day one.”

This theory would be epic if it turned out to be true, although it would likely be hard to include all of this in just the three remaining episodes. With the Night King out of the way now, the only thing left to resolve is the Iron Throne, and whether Jon or Daenerys will sit on it is on everyone's minds. If one thing’s for sure, it’s that their dynamic has definitely shifted.

Mifflin Madness: Who Is the Greatest Character on The Office? It's Time to Vote

Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.
Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.

Your years of watching (and re-watching) The Office, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, have all led up to this moment. Welcome to Mifflin Madness—Mental Floss's cutthroat competition to determine The Office's greatest character. Is Michael Scott the boss you most love to hate? Or did Kevin Malone suck you in with his giant pot of chili?

You have 24 hours to cast your vote for each round on Twitter before the bracket is updated and half of the chosen characters are eliminated.

The full bracket is below, followed by the round one and round two winners. You can cast your round three vote(s) here. Be sure to check back on Monday at 4 p.m. ET to see if your favorite Dunder Mifflin employee has advanced to the next round. 

Round One

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Round Three

The Office Planned to Break Up Jim and Pam in the Final Season—Then (Smartly) Thought Better of It

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
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Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly's relationship in The Office was truly a romance for the ages. Fans were delighted when, in Season 3—after years of flirting—John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer’s characters finally got together. But an alternative plan for the show’s ninth and final season saw the couple going their separate ways.

Season 9 saw one of the most stressful storylines the show had to offer when Jim took a job in Philadelphia and Pam struggled to take care of their children on her own back in Scranton, putting intense strain on their otherwise seemingly perfect relationship. In one unforgettable scene, a particularly tense phone call between the couple ends with Pam in tears. Fischer’s character then turns to someone off camera named Brian for advice.

As Collider reports, Pam and Jim's relationship could have taken a turn for worse in the final season—and the writers had planned it that way. As recounted in Andy Greene's new book, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, series creator Greg Daniels sat down with each of the show's stars before starting the final season to discuss where their characters would go. John Krasinski, who played Jim, pitched the idea of putting Jim and Pam’s relationship on thin ice. According to Krasinski:

"My whole pitch to Greg was that we’ve done so much with Jim and Pam, and now, after marriage and kids, there was a bit of a lull there, I think, for them about what they wanted to do … And I said to Greg, ‘It would be really interesting to see how that split will affect two people that you know so well.'"

Several writers weighed in with ideas about how they might handle a split between Jim and Pam from a narrative standpoint—though not everyone was on the same page.

Warren Lieberstein, a writer on the series, remembered when the idea of bringing Brian—the documentary crew's boom operator—into the mix. “[This] was something that came up in Season 5, I think," Lieberstein said. "What if that character had been secretly there the entire time and predated the relationship with Jim and had been a shoulder that she cried on for years?’ It just seemed very intriguing." Apparently, the writers thought breaking the fourth wall would jeopardize the show, so they saved it for the last season.

Writer Owen Ellickson said there was even some talk of Pam and Brian “maybe hooking up a little bit," but the negative response to the storyline led the writers to "pull the ripcord on [Pam and Jim's separation] because it was so painful to fans of the show." Ellickson said that they backtracked so quickly, they even had to re-edit certain episodes that had already been shot to nix the idea of Jim and Pam splitting up. Which is something the show's millions of fans will be forever grateful for.