5 Things That Need to Happen in the Next Game of Thrones Episode

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Helen Sloan, HBO

Warning: Spoilers ahead for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, season 8.

Although "The Last of the Starks," the fourth episode in Game of Thrones's final season, was more of a slow burn than the nonstop action we saw in “The Long Night,” it's clear that the show is about to pick up the pace again in episode 5. In addition to seeing Missandei beheaded on the orders of Cersei Lannister (a move that enraged Daenerys), the people of Westeros are also starting to find out about Jon Snow’s true identity. That Jon, not Daenerys, is the true heir to the Iron Throne will clearly prove to be problematic for the Mother of Dragons.

We can’t tell much about what’s going to happen from the episode 5 teaser, but we know at least five things that need to happen to make the final push to the end.

1. An Actual Battle for the Iron Throne Must Begin.

After the Night King was defeated in “The Long Night,” we knew the next battle would be between Daenerys and Cersei for the Iron Throne. However, up until the final moments of episode 4, Dany was trying (albeit begrudgingly) to make the process as peaceful as possible, at the suggestion of her advisors. But just before her most loyal friend Missandei was beheaded, she offered a final word to Dany: Dracarys, clearly signaling her Khaleesi to burn King’s Landing down.

The preview for next week’s episode does not show anything up in flames, but there’s no shot Dany will be holding anything back now. The war has begun.

2. Jaime and Cersei Lannister Must Reunite.

One of the more upsetting moments in “The Last of the Starks” saw Jaime Lannister abandoning Ser Brienne of Tarth (whom he recently started sleeping with) to go back to King’s Landing for his sister, Cersei. Beyond the disgust and disappointment of seeing Jaime retreat back to Cersei after watching his impressive character development in the last few seasons, it hurt all the more knowing how heartbroken Brienne was by his departure. Although we don’t know what his intentions are in going back to the capital, we do know that a reunion between the twins must occur. Whether Jaime wants to kill Cersei or join her fight, a tense—and likely final—scene between the two is necessary.

3. Yara Greyjoy Must Return.

While we seemingly said our final goodbyes to characters such as Tormund Giantsbane and Samwell Tarly, we don't believe we’ve seen the last of Yara Greyjoy. As Daenerys’s army has been seriously damaged, she needs all the help she can get, and Yara has been off fighting for her.

As Theon Greyjoy explained in the second episode of season 8, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Yara went to take back the Iron Islands in Daenerys’s name. It would be wise for Dany to recruit the remaining Greyjoy troops, and would be epic to see Yara and her uncle, Euron Greyjoy, fighting against each other.

4. Cleganebowl Must Happen.

One of the most-anticipated fights in Game of Thrones history is more than likely about to go down, as the Hound is on his way to King’s Landing. The fan-named “Cleganebowl” is a predicted showdown between brothers Sandor (the Hound) and Gregor Clegane (the Mountain), which will likely end in one of their deaths.

In "The Last of the Starks," Arya caught up with the Hound as he was leaving Winterfell on horseback, and questioned him about why he was leaving for King’s Landing ahead of everyone else. He told her he has unfinished business there, and we know exactly what he's talking about. As the Hound and Arya are making their way to King's Landing ahead of everyone else, we have to assume they'll arrive at their destination by the next episode. And we can only imagine what will happen when they do.

5. Daenerys Must Be Confronted.

If the latest episode told us anything, it’s that Daenerys is not in a great place, psychologically-speaking. She knows Jon has a truer claim to the Iron Throne than she does, and is clearly threatened by how well-liked and respected he is by all those he encounters. Once people find out that Jon is actually Aegon Targaryen, they’re going to start turning against Dany and push for Jon to become their king, and the only thing she can really do about it is prevent anyone from discovering the truth. But that ship has obviously sailed now that Jon told Arya and Sansa, who told Tyrion, who told Varys, and ... you get the point. News travels fast.

In next week’s episode, Dany's advisors must confront her about what should be done. It’s clear Jon doesn’t want the Iron Throne, but if Varys is a barometer of how the people will feel, whether Jon wants to be ruler or not won't matter much.

10 of the Most Popular Portable Bluetooth Speakers on Amazon

Altech/Bose/JBL/Amazon
Altech/Bose/JBL/Amazon

As convenient as smartphones and tablets are, they don’t necessarily offer the best sound quality. But a well-built portable speaker can fill that need. And whether you’re looking for a speaker to use in the shower or a device to take on a long camping trip, these bestselling models from Amazon have you covered.

1. OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Portable Speaker; $26-$30 (4.4 stars)

Oontz portable bluetooth speaker
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Of the 57,000-plus reviews that users have left for this speaker on Amazon, 72 percent of them are five stars. So it should come as no surprise that this is currently the best-selling portable Bluetooth speaker on the site. It comes in eight different colors and can play for up to 14 hours straight after a full charge. Plus, it’s splash proof, making it a perfect speaker for the shower, beach, or pool.

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2. JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $110 (4.6 stars)

JBL portable bluetooth speaker
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This nifty speaker can connect with up to three devices at one time, so you and your friends can take turns sharing your favorite music. Its built-in battery can play music for up to 20 hours, and it can even charge smartphones and tablets via USB.

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3. Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker; $25-$28 (4.6 stars)

Anker portable bluetooth speaker
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This speaker boasts 24-hour battery life and a strong Bluetooth connection within a 66-foot radius. It also comes with a built-in microphone so you can easily take calls over speakerphone.

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4. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker; $129 (4.4 stars)

Bose portable bluetooth speaker
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Bose is well-known for building user-friendly products that offer excellent sound quality. This portable speaker lets you connect to the Bose app, which makes it easier to switch between devices and personalize your settings. It’s also water-resistant, making it durable enough to handle a day at the pool or beach.

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5. DOSS Soundbox Touch Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $28-$33 (4.4 stars)

DOSS portable bluetooth speaker
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This portable speaker features an elegant system of touch controls that lets you easily switch between three methods of playing audio—Bluetooth, Micro SD, or auxiliary input. It can play for up to 20 hours after a full charge.

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6. Altec Lansing Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $15-$20 (4.3 stars)

Altec Lansing portable bluetooth speaker
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This lightweight speaker is built for the outdoors. With its certified IP67 rating—meaning that it’s fully waterproof, shockproof, and dust proof—it’s durable enough to withstand harsh environments. Plus, it comes with a carabiner that can attach to a backpack or belt loop.

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7. Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker; $33-$38 (4.6 stars)

Tribit portable bluetooth speaker
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Tribit’s portable Bluetooth speaker weighs less than a pound and is fully waterproof and resistant to scratches and drops. It also comes with a tear-resistant strap for easy transportation, and the rechargeable battery can handle up to 24 hours of continuous use after a full charge. In 2020, it was Wirecutter's pick as the best budget portable Bluetooth speaker on the market.

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8. VicTsing SoundHot C6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $18 (4.3 stars)

VicTsing portable bluetooth speaker
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The SoundHot portable Bluetooth speaker is designed for convenience wherever you go. It comes with a detachable suction cup and a carabiner so you can keep it secure while you’re showering, kayaking, or hiking, to name just a few.

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9. AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $30 (4.4 stars)

AOMAIS portable bluetooth speaker
AOMAIS/Amazon

This portable speaker is certified to handle deep waters and harsh weather, making it perfect for your next big adventure. It can play for up to 15 hours on a full charge and offers a stable Bluetooth connection within a 100-foot radius.

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10. XLEADER SoundAngel Touch Bluetooth Speaker; $19-$23 (4.4 stars)

XLeader portable bluetooth speaker
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This stylish device is available in black, silver, gold, and rose gold. Plus, it’s equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, a more powerful technology that can pair with devices up to 800 feet away. The SoundAngel speaker itself isn’t water-resistant, but it comes with a waterproof case for protection in less-than-ideal conditions.

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The Empire Strikes Back Topped the Weekend Box Office—40 Years After Its Original Release

Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker go head-to-head in The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker go head-to-head in The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
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The Empire Strikes Back is clearly a classic for a reason. A full 40 years after its initial release in 1980, the second film in the original Star Wars sequel is once again dominating the weekend box office. As Deadline reports, the 1980 hit took in an estimated $175,000 at 483 drive-in theater locations nationwide this past weekend—with the gross sales only projected to skyrocket from there. The site reports that the beloved space opera would likely end the weekend with ticket sales landing between $400,000 and $500,000.

Due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, movie theaters across the country remain closed, which is giving new life to drive-in theaters. The decision to re-release The Empire Strikes Back was a pretty major one, too; this weekend marked the first time the film was back in theaters since its February 1997 re-release.

According to Box Office Mojo, The Empire Strikes Back held the number one spot at the domestic box office for eight weeks following its May 21, 1980 release. The film then raked in another $67.6 million when the 1997 edition arrived.

But The Empire Strikes Back wasn't Disney's only success this weekend. The company held the top three box office spots with Marvel’s Black Panther and Pixar’s Inside Out coming in at number two and three, respectively.

[h/t Deadline]