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.

14 Retro Gifts for Millennials

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Ravi Palwe, Unsplash

Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996, which means the pop culture they grew up with is officially retro. No matter what generation you belong to, consider these gifts when shopping for the Millennials in your life this holiday season.

1. Reptar Funko Pop!; $29

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This vinyl Reptar figurine from Funko is as cool as anything you’d find in the rugrats’ toy box. The monster dinosaur has been redesigned in classic Pop! style, making it a perfect desk or shelf accessory for the grown-up Nickelodeon fan. It also glows in the dark, which should appeal to anyone’s inner child.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Dragon Ball Z Slippers; $20

Hot Topic

You don’t need to change out of your pajamas to feel like a Super Saiyan. These slippers are emblazoned with the same kanji Goku wears on his gi in Dragon Ball Z: one for training under King Kai and one for training with Master Roshi. And with a soft sherpa lining, the footwear feels as good as it looks.

Buy it: Hot Topic

3. The Pokémon Cookbook; $15

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What do you eat after a long day of training and catching Pokémon? Any dish in The Pokémon Cookbook is a great option. This book features more than 35 recipes inspired by creatures from the Pokémon franchise, including Poké Ball sushi rolls and mashed Meowth potatoes.

Buy it: Hot Topic

4. Lisa Frank Activity Book; $5

Urban Outfitters

Millennials will never be too old for Lisa Frank, especially when the artist’s playful designs come in a relaxing activity book. Watercolor brings the rainbow characters in this collection to life. Just gather some painting supplies and put on a podcast for a relaxing, nostalgia-fueled afternoon.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

5. Shoebox Tape Recorder with USB; $28

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The days of recording mix tapes don’t have to be over. This device looks and functions just like tape recorders from the pre-smartphone era. And with a USB port as well as a line-in jack and built-in mic, users can easily import their digital music collection onto retro cassette tapes.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Days of the Week Scrunchie Set; $12

Urban Outfitters

Millennials can be upset that a trend from their youth is old enough to be cool again, or they can embrace it. This scrunchie set is for anyone happy to see the return of the hair accessory. The soft knit ponytail holders come in a set of five—one for each day of the school (or work) week.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

7. D&D Graphic T-shirt; $38-$48

80s Tees

The perfect gift for the Dungeon Master in your life, this graphic tee is modeled after the cover of the classic Dungeons & Dragons rule book. It’s available in sizes small through 3XL.

Buy it: 80s Tees

8. Chuck E. Cheese T-shirt; $36-$58

80s Tees

Few Millennials survived childhood without experiencing at least one birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. This retro T-shirt sports the brand’s original name: Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. It may be the next-best gift for a Chuck E. Cheese fan behind a decommissioned animatronic.

Buy it: 80s Tees

9. The Nightmare Before Christmas Picnic Blanket Bag; $40

Shop Disney

Fans of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will recognize the iconic scene on the front of this messenger bag. Unfold it and the bag becomes a blanket fit for a moonlit picnic among the pumpkins. The bottom side is waterproof and the top layer is made of soft fleece.

Buy it: Shop Disney

10. Toy Story Alien Socks; $15

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You don’t need to be skilled at the claw machine to take home a pair of these socks. Decorated with the aliens from Toy Story, they’re made from soft-knit fabric and are big enough to fit adult feet.

Buy it: Shop Disney

11. Goosebumps Board Game; $24

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Fans that read every book in R.L. Stine’s series growing up can now play the Goosebumps board game. In this game, based on the Goosebumps movie, players take on the role of their favorite monster from the series and race to the typewriter at the end of the trail of manuscripts.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Tamagotchi Mini; $19

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If you know someone who killed their Tamagotchi in the '90s, give them another chance to show off their digital pet-care skills. This Tamagotchi is a smaller, simplified version of the original game. It doubles as a keychain, so owners have no excuse to forget to feed their pet.

Buy it: Amazon

13. SNES Classic; $275

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The SNES Classic is much easier to find now than when it first came out, and it's still just as entertaining for retro video game fans. This mini console comes preloaded with 21 Nintendo games, including Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II.

Buy it: Amazon

14. Planters Cheez Balls; $24

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Planters revived its Cheez Balls in 2018 after pulling them from shelves nearly a decade earlier. To Millennials unaware of that fact, this gift could be their dream come true. The throwback snack even comes in the classic canister fans remember.

Buy it: Amazon

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America’s Most Popular Horror Movie Villains, Mapped

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No matter how you feel about scary movies, it's hard to avoid them around Halloween. This is the time of year when the faces of cinema's classic horror villains seem to pop up in every store window and television set you see. Depending on where you live, certain horror icons may be especially hard to ignore. Check out the map below to find out the most popular scary movie villain in your state.

To make the map, FrontierBundles.com chose 15 classic horror movie antagonists and looked at regional Google Trends data for each name from the past year. Frankenstein's Monster from 1931's Frankenstein dominates most of the country, with 11 states including Pennsylvania and Arizona searching for the character. Ghostface from 1996's Scream ranked second with eight states. Chucky from Child's Play (1988), the Xenomorph from the Alien franchise, and Norman Bates from Psycho (1960) also rank high on the list.

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Not every Halloween term Americans are searching for is horror-related. Some of the more wholesome seasonal queries that appear in Google's data include candy, crafts, and maze. But for every Google user searching for family-friendly fall activities, there are plenty looking up horror movies and monsters as well. Here's what people are Googling in your state for Halloween.