How Arya Could End Up on the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones

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Helen Sloan, HBO

*Spoilers ahead.

After the latest episode of Game of Thrones, "The Long Night," showed Arya Stark successfully demolishing the Night King in the most impressive display of dagger-catching we've ever seen, we can't help but root for her to win it all. A new fan theory, posted by Redditor DreadChord, lays out the path for Arya to make it all the way to the Iron Throne. While it might be a bit of a stretch, and sort of depressing, it's still got some plausibility. According to the theory:

"Daenerys' vision from the house of the undying has a scene with no one sitting on the throne, while the throne room is covered in snow. I suggest, Jon dies and Arya truly ends up taking to the no-one persona, adopting Jon's face and behaviour and masquerading as Jon, king on the iron throne. She kills Cersei as Jon, fulfilling simultaneously both the Valonqar prophecy and the green eyes prophecy, Valonqar loosely since Jon seems to think of Arya as [his] little sister."

"No one" is the identity that the Faceless Men take on, and when Arya completed her training in season 6, Jaqen H'ghar told her, "Finally, a girl is no one." While Arya replies to this by boldly stating, "A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I am going home," prompting her journey back to her family, the Redditor still believes there's a chance she could take on the identity once again.

The "Valonqar" prophecy mentioned here refers to a passage in A Feast for Crows, the fourth book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series—not the TV series. As a child, Cersei Lannister is told by Maggy the Frog that she would be killed at the hands of a "Valonqar," a High Valyrian word meaning "little brother." While there are plenty of theories interpreting this to mean Tyrion or Jaime Lannister, or even somehow Cersei's unborn child as being the one to kill her, this fan theory is one of the more out-there translations of the prophecy we've heard so far. But Game of Thrones is known to give us some unbelievable twists.

While we don't think we're ready to see Jon Snow die, there's no denying that the Seven Kingdoms would be in good hands under Arya's rule.

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: How Jaws’s Most Famous Line Came to Be


The line "You're gonna need a bigger boat" from Jaws (1975) has gone down as one of the most iconic quotes in movie history. Spoken by Chief Brody moments after the eponymous shark appears behind the Orca, it's been referenced countless times in film and television, and ranks 35th on AFI's list of top 100 movie quotes. It was famously ad-libbed by Roy Scheider, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor didn't pull the line out of thin air.

Carl Gottlieb, who co-wrote the screenplay for Jaws, revealed the origin of "You're gonna need a bigger boat" to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. Filming Jaws on the water made for a troubled production, with the crew working off a barge that carried the equipment and craft services plus a smaller support boat. Crew members complained to producers that this support boat was too small, which was how they coined the soon-to-be-famous phrase.

"[Richard] Zanuck and [David] Brown were very stingy producers, so everyone kept telling them, 'You're gonna need a bigger boat,'" Gottlieb told The Hollywood Reporter. "It became a catchphrase for anytime anything went wrong—if lunch was late or the swells were rocking the camera, someone would say, 'You're gonna need a bigger boat.'"

Scheider eventually picked up the saying and started sneaking it into takes. One of his ad-libs came after his character's first confrontation with the shark, which is also the audience's first good look at the human-eating antagonist following an hour of suspense-building. Scheider's timing and delivery instantly made movie history. "It was so appropriate and so real and it came at the right moment, thanks to Verna Fields's editing," Gottlieb said.

The stories of the making of Jaws have almost become as famous as the film itself. Here are more facts about Steven Spielberg's classic monster movie.

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]