Game of Thrones Fan Theory Predicts That Arya Will Kill Bran

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Helen Sloan, HBO

*Spoilers ahead.

There’s no denying the latest Game of Thrones episode “The Long Night” was met with a divided reaction from fans. Many were angry the Night King was defeated with just one easy stab, especially since we still had so many questions about the undead leader. Fans believe there has to be more to the whole conflict between him and Bran Stark. As we all question what the Night King’s true motives were, one fan theory brings a new idea into the mix.

Redditor SilentPr3dator suggests that the Night King might not have been the villain at all. They argue that the Three-Eyed-Raven is actually evil and wants to kill all of mankind, in turn resulting in Bran having those intentions as well. After seeing what men do—killing and destroying nearly everything—the theory states that it’s made the last greenseer want to cleanse the world.

This would explain why Bran has been causing destruction throughout time, perhaps even causing the Mad King to go insane. This is an idea which has circulated around Reddit for some time (we saw that he’s clearly capable it when he caused Hodor to lose his mind). According to the fan's argument:

“The White Walkers were, in fact, ‘good’—so to speak. They have been trying to kill the [Three-Eyed-Raven] for generations. As soon as he ventured South of the wall in the form of Bran, they followed suit ONLY to try kill [to] him. So what does the [Three-Eyed-Raven] do? He manipulates the rest of humanity to save him from the [White Walkers], painting THEM as the evil guy. That's his only option. The [Night King]'s mark is on him and will hunt him down.”

Going with this idea—that the Three-Eyed-Raven has engineered the entire thing—would explain why Bran gives Arya Stark the dagger to kill the Night King. But the theory becomes even more interesting when the user postulates that just as Arya killed the Night King, she will be the one to kill the Three-Eyed-Raven, too.

The Redditor believes that Melisandre's prophecy to Arya—“Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you'll shut forever”—in both season 3 and season 8 signifies the brown eyes of Walder Frey (whom Arya killed), the blue eyes of the Night King (whom she also just killed) and green eyes of the greenseer, a.k.a. Bran. This would mean she’ll have to kill her brother as well.

We’re all hoping for more of an explanation as to what Bran’s intentions and plans are, and this theory would definitely be epic if it turned out to be true. With just three episodes of Game of Thrones left, we don’t have long until the truth is finally uncovered.

10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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Greg Rosenke/Unsplash

The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

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Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

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2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

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Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

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3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

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Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

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4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

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The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

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5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

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Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

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6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

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This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

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7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

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Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

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8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

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What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

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9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

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Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

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10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

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Netflix To Test Free Streaming Festival After Canceling Free Trials

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Netflix recently ended its 30-day free trial, but prospective users in some markets will soon get another chance to test out the streaming service. As Engadget reports, Netflix is opening its content to non-subscribers for 48 hours.

The event, dubbed StreamFest, was leaked through the code of the Netflix Android app. In the company's Q3 2020 earnings call, Netflix executives revealed that the streaming festival will first be tested in India. If that trial is successful, similar promotions may be held in markets around the world.

Early details surrounding the event suggest it will be even easier to access than the original free trial. Anyone who can visit Netflix's website on their device will be free to explore the service's catalog—no credit card information required. But like a real movie festival, the number of real-time viewers may be limited. The Netflix app code revealed a line in the program that reads: “Netflix StreamFest is at capacity.”

The first two-day StreamFest is expected to launch in select markets on December 4, 2020. Here are some of the most exciting titles to look for when the promotion comes to your part of the world.

[h/t Engadget]