Game of Thrones Theory Argues Bran is the Lord of Light

Isaac Hempstead Wright stars as Bran Stark in Game of Thrones
Isaac Hempstead Wright stars as Bran Stark in Game of Thrones
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Season 8 of Game of Thrones has really outdone itself in showing audiences all the ways that Bran Stark can be weird, mysterious, and sometimes creepy. Being the all-knowing Three-Eyed Raven, who balances on the line between the past and present, you’d think he’d be more forthcoming with all the knowledge he seems to possess. But fans are still trying to figure out what Bran’s fate will be and what part he’ll play in the series' final two episodes.

One Game of Thrones fan, Redditor DontMicrowaveCats, thinks that Bran could be the Lord of Light, an enigmatic figure whose followers in Westeros believe he has a destiny planned for everyone. The theory, as reported by NME, explains that Bran gave Arya Stark the dagger that would eventually kill the Night King because he knew it would happen. “So, like the Lord of Light, everything Bran has done recently also ultimately leads to Arya defeating the Night King,” the user claims.

The Redditor goes on to theorize that Bran went back in time in order to manipulate the past so that the outcome of the Battle of Winterfell would end up with Arya killing the Night King, which is why the Night King was going after him. The idea posed by the fan—which claims that the Night King is the lord of death and ice, and the Lord of Light is the lord of fire—would explain how characters like Beric Dondarrion and Jon Snow were brought back with fire, and consequently aided Arya with taking out the undead leader.

“He put the key piece in play,” the Redditor writes. “All of the ‘magical Lord of Light moments’ that are supposedly the gods’ work are actually Bran manipulating the past, resurrecting people, and making sure Arya got the knife and made it to kill the Night King.

“The simplest explanation to all of this: The Three-Eyed Raven is the Night King’s opposite. The Night King’s opposite is the Lord of Light. Therefore, Bran [is] the Lord of Light (or at least what people think is the Lord of Light due to the signs he brings)," the user writes.

We don’t know too much about the Lord of Light beyond basic lore and what Melisandre has said. It’s entirely possible that this theory could be true. With only two episodes left of Game of Thrones, we’re just hoping for some explanation of Bran’s abilities and power.

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.

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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.