Could Arya Stark Still Be Serving the Faceless Men in Game of Thrones?

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Since the latest episode of Game of Thrones, titled “The Long Night,” Arya Stark has been the source of many discussions among fans. We knew Arya was tough, but now she's clearly proven just how fierce a fighter she is. But what if the assassination of the Night King was all planned by the Faceless Men, the organization that turned Arya into the fierce assassin that she is?

Reddit fan u/lxBATESxl is convinced that Arya was actually doing the Faceless Men’s work in killing the Night King, and that Jaqen H'ghar let her take some faces from the House of Black and White when she left to go back to Winterfell two seasons ago. Jaqen likely wouldn’t have allowed anyone to take faces, however, he might have if he knew Arya was going to use them to embark on a mission that would save the Seven Kingdoms.

But the Redditor brings up another prediction that’s even more of a twist. What if the members of the Faceless Men were really doing the bidding of the Iron Bank, who knew that without their help, Winterfell would fall and King’s Landing would be next? We know that the Iron Bank awarded Cersei a large loan, so if they used the Faceless Men to safeguard King’s Landing, their deal with Cersei would be safe as well. It’s an endless chain of mutual protection that would ultimately protect the Iron Bank more than anyone else.

The user speculates:

"The Order is known for taking a sacrifice or payment in order to carry out an assassination. I tend to think that the Iron Bank could have paid the order for the assassination of the [Night King]. The Iron bank had recently given a sizable loan to Cersei and are typically good about ensuring that their gambles/loans always pay out in the end. If the [Night King]’s army were to win the battle of Winterfell, Cersei's army would stand no chance once the [Night King] collected additional troops and moved to King’s Landing. By paying the Order, they are covering their bet on Cersei."

So basically what the Redditor is arguing is that the Faceless Men put it in Arya’s head that she was capable of killing the Night King, and pushed her to carry out their plan for them without her knowing their real intentions. “I don't think that Arya is aware that there was a price paid for the [Night King]’s assassination. I think that she is serving the order somewhat unknowingly,” the user adds.

This seems like a really elaborate plan, and with only three episodes left, it’s hard to imagine all of this coming to fruition. However, we have been suspicious as to why Jaqen just let Arya leave the Faceless Men back in the Season 6 episode “No One.” It all seemed far too easy.

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

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

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The Longest Movie Ever Made Would Take You More Than 35 Days to Watch Straight Through

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Nishant Kirar, Unsplash

A typical movie lasts between 90 minutes and two hours, and for some viewers, any film that exceeds that window is "long." But the longest film you've ever seen likely has nothing on Logistics—a record-breaking project released in Sweden in 2012. Clocking in at a total runtime of 35 days and 17 hours, Logistics is by far the longest movie ever made.

Logistics isn't your standard Hollywood epic. Conceived and directed by Swedish filmmakers Erika Magnusson and Daniel Andersson, it's an experimental film that lacks any conventional structure. The concept started with the question: Where do all the gadgets come from? Magnusson and Andersson attempted to answer that question by following the life cycle of a pedometer.

The story begins at a store in Stockholm, where the item is sold, then moves backwards to chronicle its journey to consumers. Logistics takes viewers on a truck, a freight train, a massive container ship, and finally to a factory in China's Bao'an district. The trip unfolds in real time, so audiences get an accurate sense of the time and distance required to deliver gadgets to the people who use them on the other side of the world.

Many people would have trouble sitting through some of the longest conventional films in history. Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996) lasts 242 minutes, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra (1963) is a whopping 248 minutes long. But sitting down to watch all 857 hours of Logistics straight through is nearly physically impossible.

Fortunately, it's not the only way to enjoy this work of art. On the project's website, Logistics has been broken down into short, two-minute clips—one for each day of the journey. You can watch the abridged version of the epic experiment here.