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.

Friends's Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc Once Pitched the Idea of a Phoebe and Joey Romance

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It's hard not to get sucked into all the romantic relationships that Ross, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Rachel, and Phoebe had on the hit '90s sitcom Friends. And if you're a devout fan of the show, you probably have some opinions of your own on the various love interests seen throughout the 10 seasons. Or you may even have rooted to see relationships play out that never happened. For those viewers who ever hoped to see Phoebe and Joey get together: you're not alone. That was one romance Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc pushed for, too.

During a joint interview with Entertainment Weekly back in 2016 (per Insider), Kudrow and LeBlanc, who played Phoebe and Joey, respectively, revealed that they had pitched a secret affair between their characters at one point in the show. When asked why the pair never got together, LeBlanc explained:

"Towards the end we actually pitched the idea that Joey and Phoebe had been having casual sex the entire time. We’d go back and shoot all the historical scenes and just before a moment that everyone recognizes, there’s Joey and Phoebe coming out of a broom closet together. But they were like, 'Nah.'"

While the idea sounds like it was shot down pretty quickly, imagine the Central Perk crew finding out that Joey and Phoebe had been having an affair all along. But for now, this reveal from the actors is all just a "moo point" at the end of the day.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

You Could Get Paid to Watch Disney+ While Social Distancing

She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
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In October 2019, Reviews.org chose five lucky couch potatoes for its “Disney+ Dream Job,” a position that paid people $1000 and gave them a year-long Disney+ subscription to watch 30 Disney programs in 30 days.

Now, the technology review site is accepting applicants for a similar (albeit less time-consuming) role: 10 people will receive a $200 Visa gift card and a free year of Disney+ to watch one single Disney film. Since most Disney movies are around 90 minutes long, your one-time wage works out to about $133 per hour.

To enter, all you have to do is send an email to giveaways@reviews.org with “Dream Job” in the subject line and your name and the title of your favorite Disney film in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random, so you don’t have to worry about trying to pick the “right” movie or explaining why you’re the right person for the job. You do, however, have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, April 10, and winners will be notified by email on the following Monday, April 13.

While October’s dream job was more about drumming up excitement for Disney+, which was a brand-new platform at the time, this one is all about encouraging social distancing and supporting people through the coronavirus crisis. With Disney+’s wide array of entertainment at your disposal—from National Geographic animal documentaries to animated classics you loved as a kid—you might feel a little less bored while you’re camped out on your couch.

If you want to check out Disney+ for yourself, head here to learn how to get a free seven-day trial.

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