5 Things You Might Have Missed in Game of Thrones's "The Last of the Starks"

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WARNING: Spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones below!

We finally saw the great Battle of Winterfell in last week's Game of Thrones episode, "The Long Night," but now a seemingly larger fight looms: the fight for the Iron Throne. Daenerys Targaryen is still determined to take what she believes is hers, but finds herself increasingly isolated after losing many of the Dothraki and Unsullied, not to mention her loyal guard Jorah Mormont, in the Battle of Winterfell—and she's still struggling with the fact that Jon Snow, a.k.a. Aegon Targaryen, is the true heir to the throne (which he ended up revealing to Sansa and Arya by way of Bran, even after Daenerys begged him not to).

While we’re all still probably upset over the end of the episode—in which Rhaegal was killed and the loyal Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) was beheaded—other moments were more under the radar. Here are five things you might have missed in "The Last of the Starks," the fourth episode of Game of Thrones's final season.

1. The Night King was ignored.

Although we saw the Night King die in episode 3, "The Long Night," fans are still holding out hope that we'll learn more of his story. However, tonight proved he might just be forgotten after all: The recap before episode 4 started didn’t even show the pivotal scene in which Arya defeated the Night King in the final moments of the previous episode, though she did get a nice shout-out from Daenerys, who called her the "hero of Winterfell."

Meanwhile, when asked by Jimmy Kimmel if we were done with the White Walkers, Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff responded, "we're not gonna answer that," leaving some to wonder if we might see more of the White Walkers after all.

2. Arya Has Never Been a Lady.

A major moment in "The Last of the Starks" showed Gendry—the newly minted Lord Baratheon of Storm's End—boldly declaring his love for Arya, asking her to marry him and become "The Lady of Storm's End." Unfortunately for Gendry, the object of his affection wasn’t really having it. After politely denying Gendry’s proposal, Arya tells him, “That’s not me.” This was a callback to the first season, when Ned Stark tells his daughter that one day she’ll become a lady and get married. She tells her dad, “No, that’s not me.”

3. Cleganebowl is probably happening.

Fans have been rooting for Sandor and Gregor Clegane—The Hound and The Mountain, respectively—to face off for several seasons in what they've dubbed "Cleganebowl." In "The Last of the Starks," Arya catches up with The Hound on horseback as he's leaving Winterfell, questioning why he’s going to King’s Landing before everyone else. He tells her he has unfinished business at the capital, and we know exactly what that business entails. (Arya, meanwhile, mentions unfinished business in King's Landing, too—something tells us she's looking to cross another name off her list.)

4. Cersei might actually be pregnant.

The question of whether or not Cersei is actually pregnant has been an open one since she told Jaime she was expecting last season. Many fans, at that point, believed she was lying to manipulate her brother. Her pregnancy was also what convinced Tyrion that she would send the Lannister armies to help fight the dead at Winterfell. (A promise she never intended to keep.)

So when she drank wine after sleeping with Euron Greyjoy earlier this season, many fans took that as confirmation that she had been lying about the pregnancy all along; others thought she might have miscarried, while some believed that her pregnancy actually explained her willingness to hop into bed with Euron. In "The Last of the Starks," she essentially confirms that she's pregnant to Euron, and implies that the child is his.

At the end of the episode, when Daenerys and her troops confront Cersei and offer her the chance to surrender, Tyrion tries to reason with his sister to keep King's Landing from being destroyed. When he brings up Cersei’s unborn child, whom he argues should be reason enough to not start another war, the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms starts getting emotional—which could be confirmation that she is, in fact, pregnant. (But will Euron catch the fact that there's no way Tyrion could know about the pregnancy if the baby was actually his?)

5. Tyrion's message to Cersei might have been a message to Daenerys as well.

Reddit user Shaggylives pointed out that when Tyrion is talking to Cersei about her child, the shot frequently cuts back to Daenerys. "There was a reason why they kept cutting to Dany when Tyrion was pleading with Cersei for a peaceful resolution," Shaggylives wrote. "His advice about doing it for her child was for Dany as well. She can't have children, is down to one dragon, and that dragon will most certainly die while attacking the city. His final hope is that Dany's love for her dragon will outweigh her need for revenge." Of course, Missandei's final word—dracarys—was a clear message to Daenerys, so it seems likely that next week, things are going to burn.

11 Fun Facts About Dolly Parton

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Over the past 50-some years, Dolly Parton has gone from a chipper country starlet to a worldwide icon of music and movies whose fans consistently pack a theme park designed (and named) in her honor. Dolly Parton is loved, lauded, and larger than life. But even her most devoted admirers might not know all there is to this Backwoods Barbie.

1. You won't find Dolly Parton on a Dollywood roller coaster.

Her theme park Dollywood offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages. Though she's owned it for more than 30 years, Parton has declined to partake in any of its rides. "My daddy used to say, 'I could never be a sailor. I could never be a miner. I could never be a pilot,' I am the same way," she once explained. "I have motion sickness. I could never ride some of these rides. I used to get sick on the school bus."

2. Dolly Parton once entered a Dolly Parton look-alike contest—and lost.


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Apparently Parton doesn't do drag well. “At a Halloween contest years ago on Santa Monica Boulevard, where all the guys were dressed up like me, I just over-exaggerated my look and went in and just walked up on stage," she told ABC. "I didn’t win. I didn’t even come in close, I don’t think.”

3. Dolly Parton spent a fortune to recreate her childhood home.

Parton and her 11 siblings were raised in a small house in the mountains of Tennessee that lacked electricity and indoor plumbing. When Parton bought the place, she hired her brother Bobby to restore it to the way it looked when they were kids. "But we wanted it to be functional," she recounted on The Nate Berkus Show, "So I spent a couple million dollars making it look like I spent $50 on it! Even like in the bathroom, I made the bathroom so it looked like an outdoor toilet.” You do you, Dolly.

4. Dolly Parton won't apologize for Rhinestone.


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Parton is well-known for her hit movies Steel Magnolias and 9 to 5, less so for the 1984 flop Rhinestone. The comedy musical about a country singer and a New York cabbie was critically reviled and fled from theaters in just four weeks. But while her co-star Sylvester Stallone has publicly regretted the vehicle, Parton declared in her autobiography My Life and Other Unfinished Business that she counts Rhinestone's soundtrack as some of her best work, especially "What a Heartache."

5. Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus's godmother ... sort of.

"I'm her honorary godmother. I've known her since she was a baby," Parton told ABC of her close relationship with Miley Cyrus. "Her father (Billy Ray Cyrus) is a friend of mine. And when she was born, he said, 'You just have to be her godmother,' and I said, 'I accept.' We never did do a big ceremony, but I'm so proud of her, love her, and she's just like one of my own." Parton also played Aunt Dolly on Cyrus's series Hannah Montana.

6. Dolly Parton received death threats from the Ku Klux Klan.

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In the mid-2000s, Dollywood joined the ranks of family amusement parks participating in "Gay Days," a time when families with LGBTQ members are encouraged to celebrate together in a welcoming community environment. This riled the KKK, but their threats didn't scare Dolly. "I still get threats," she has admitted. "But like I said, I'm in business. I just don't feel like I have to explain myself. I love everybody."

7. Dolly Parton started her own "library" to promote literacy, and has given away more than 100 million books.

In 1995, the pop culture icon founded Dolly Parton's Imagination Library with the goal of encouraging literacy in her home state of Tennessee. Over the years, the program—built to mail children age-appropriate books—spread nationwide, as well as to Canada, the UK, and Australia. When word of the Imagination Library hit Reddit, the swarms of parents eager to sign their kids up crashed the Imagination Library site. It is now back on track, accepting new registrations and donations.

8. There's a statue of Dolly Parton in her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee.

A stone's throw from Dollywood, Sevierville, Tennessee is where Parton grew up. Between stimulating tourism and her philanthropy, this proud native has given a lot back to her hometown. And Sevierville residents returned that appreciation with a life-sized bronze Dolly that sits barefoot, beaming, and cradling a guitar, just outside the county courthouse. The sculpture, made by local artist Jim Gray, was dedicated on May 3, 1987. Today it is the most popular stop on Sevierville's walking tour.

9. The cloned sheep Dolly was named after Dolly Parton.

In 1995 scientists successfully created a clone from an adult mammal's somatic cell. This game-changing breakthrough in biology was named Dolly. But what about Parton inspired this honor? Her own groundbreaking career? Some signature witticism or beloved lyric? Nope. It was her legendary bustline. English embryologist Ian Wilmut revealed, "Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell and we couldn't think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton's."

10. Dolly Parton turned down an offer from Elvis Presley.

After Parton made her own hit out of "I Will Always Love You," Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, reached out in hopes of having Presley cover it. But part of the deal demanded Parton surrender half of the publishing rights to the song. "Other people were saying, 'You're nuts. It's Elvis Presley. I'd give him all of it!'" Parton admitted, "But I said, 'I can't do that. Something in my heart says don't do that.' And I didn't do it and they didn't do it." It may have been for the best. Whitney Houston's cover for The Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992 was a massive hit that has paid off again and again for Parton.

11. In 2018, Dolly Parton earned two Guinness World Records.

Parton is no stranger to breaking records. And on January 17, 2018 it was announced that she holds not one but two spot in the Guinness World Records 2018 edition: One for Most Decades With a Top 20 Hit on the US Hot Country Songs Chart (she beat out George Jones, Reba McEntire, and Elvis Presley for the honor) and the other for Most Hits on US Hot Country Songs Chart By a Female Artist (with a total of 107). Parton said she was "humbled and blessed."

7 Weird Super Bowl Halftime Acts

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Shakira and Jennifer Lopez seem like natural choices to perform the halftime show at this year’s Super Bowl, but the event didn’t always feature musical acts from major pop stars. Michael Jackson kicked off the trend at Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, but prior to that, halftime shows weren’t a platform for the hottest celebrities of the time. They centered around themes instead, and may have featured appearances from Peanuts characters, Jazzercisers, or a magician dressed like Elvis. In honor of Super Bowl LIV on February 2, we’ve rounded up some of the weirdest acts in halftime show history.

1. Return of the Mickey Mouse Club

The era of Super Bowl halftimes before wardrobe malfunctions, illuminati conspiracy theories, and Left Shark was a more innocent time. For 1977’s event, the Walt Disney Company produced a show that doubled as a squeaky-clean promotion of its brand. Themed “Peace, Joy, and Love,” the Super Bowl XI halftime show opened with a 250-piece band rendition of “It’s a Small World (After All).” Disney also used the platform to showcase its recently revamped Mickey Mouse Club.

2. 88 Grand Pianos and 300 Jazzercisers

The theme of the halftime show at Super Bowl XXII in 1988 was “Something Grand.” Naturally, it featured 88 tuxedoed pianists playing 88 grand pianos. Rounding out the program were 400 swing band performers, 300 Jazzercisers, 44 Rockettes, two marching bands, and Chubby Checker telling everyone to “Twist Again."

3. Elvis Impersonator Performs the World’s Largest Card Trick

Many of the music industry's most successful pop stars—like Prince, Madonna, and, uh, Milli Vanilli—were at the height of their fame in 1989, but none of them appeared at Super Bowl XXIII. Instead, the NFL hired an Elvis Presley-impersonating magician to perform. The show, titled “BeBop Bamboozled,” was a tribute to the 1950s, and it featured Elvis Presto performing “the world’s largest card trick.” It also may have included the world's largest eye exam: The show boasted 3D effects, and viewers were urged to pick up special glasses before the game. If the visuals didn't pop like they were supposed to, people were told to see an eye doctor.

4. The Peanuts Salute New Orleans

Super Bowl XXIV featured one of the last halftime acts that was completely devoid of any musical megastars. The biggest celebrity at the 1990 halftime show was Snoopy. Part of the show’s theme was the “40th Anniversary of 'Peanuts,'” and to celebrate the milestone, performers dressed as Peanuts characters and danced on stage. The other half of the theme was “Salute to New Orleans”—not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the comic strip.

5. A Tribute to the Winter Olympics

Super Bowl XXVI preceded the 1992 Winter Olympics—a fact that was made very clear by the event’s halftime. The show was titled “Winter Magic” and it paid tribute to the winter games with ice skaters, snowmobiles, and a cameo from the 1980 U.S. hockey team. Other acts, like a group of parachute-pants-wearing children performing the “Frosty the Snowman Rap,” were more generally winter-themed than specific to the Olympics. About 22 million viewers changed the channel during halftime to watch In Living Color’s Super Bowl special, which may have convinced the NFL to hire Michael Jackson the following year.

6. Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye

“Peace, Joy, and Love” wasn’t the only Disney-helmed Super Bowl halftime. In 1995, Disney produced a halftime show called “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” to tease the new Disneyland ride of the same name. It centered around a skit in which actors playing Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood stole the Vince Lombardi Trophy from an exotic temple, and it included choreographed stunts, fiery special effects, and a snake. Patti LaBelle and Tony Bennett were also there.

7. The Blues Brothers, Minus John Belushi

The 1990s marked an odd period for halftime shows as they moved from schlocky themed variety shows to major music events. Super Bowl XXXI in 1997 perfectly encapsulates this transition period. James Brown and ZZ Top performed, but the headliners were the Blues Brothers. John Belushi had been dead for more than a decade by that point, so Jim Belushi took his place beside Dan Aykroyd. John Goodman was also there to promote the upcoming movie Blues Brother 2000. The flashy advertisement didn’t have the impact they had hoped for and the film was a massive flop when it premiered.

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