Did Tormund Giantsbane's Farewell Hint at Jon Snow's Fate in Game of Thrones?

Kristofer Hivju and Kit Harington in Game of Thrones.
Kristofer Hivju and Kit Harington in Game of Thrones.
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones.

With just two episodes left of Game of Thrones, we’re getting nervous for our favorite characters. If the finale goes in typical Thrones fashion, which is basically killing off all the characters we love, then no one is safe. And despite Jon Snow’s annoying need to always do the right thing, we’re betting most people are rooting for him. But he’s currently in a very tough position: he has unintentionally betrayed the woman he loves, Daenerys Targaryen, by learning he’s the true heir to the Iron Throne—something Dany has spent her life believing is her own destiny. That also makes him her nephew, but, uh, that’s not important right now.

So what will Jon’s fate be in the final moments of the series? Redditor mephis_baal believes one conversation from the latest episode, “The Last of the Starks,” might have hinted at what’s to come for him.

When Jon leaves Winterfell for King’s Landing to help Daenerys in the battle against Cersei Lannister for the Iron Throne, he must say a few emotional goodbyes. Although he appears to snub his beloved direwolf Ghost, Jon says farewell to Samwell Tarly and Gilly, along with Tormund Giantsbane. In his scene with the Wildling, Jon tells him that Ghost will be happier up north, to which Tormund replies, “So would you.” Jon then says he wishes he was going with him as well, before adding, “This is farewell then.” Tormund isn’t so sure, however, telling him, “You never know.” And before walking off, he adds, “You got the north in you, the real north.”

While this might have been nothing more than a sentimental conversation between close friends and allies who have come a long way since their first meeting, fans have started to speculate that it could foreshadow Jon actually returning to the north. And the Reddit user has posed a theory as to how it might happen: the battle against Cersei will be won, but Daenerys will ultimately die. Jon will become the king, but because he’ll be so heartbroken over the death of his love, he will abandon his duties and go live with the Freefolk up north, leaving Sansa Stark in charge of the Seven Kingdoms.

As we’ve seen over the years, Jon does not want to be the king of anything. This theory coming true would finally give him an opportunity to live in peace, but would be upsetting at the same time.

A “bittersweet” ending is what we’ve been told to expect from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, so it shouldn’t be out of the question for the show.

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Which Friends Character Would Earn the Most Money in the Real World?

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Although Friends went off the air in 2004, the iconic sitcom continues to attract new fans who've discovered the show via re-runs and streaming networks like HBO Max.

To play into this devoted fan base, the professional resume writers at StandOut-CV conducted a fun experiment: They asked more than 3000 fans to predict where Joey, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe, and Monica would be today, career-wise. They also took the time to figure out how much each character would earn in their respective fields in the real world. Could we be more curious?

Bringing in the highest salary is Joey, whose acting exploits are projected to earn him approximately $61,022 a year. Next comes Dr. Ross, whose career as a paleontologist brings in an estimated $59,023. After that comes fashion designer Rachel, earning $54,563 a year, followed by Chandler's writer/editor salary of $47,039 annually. Phoebe comes next, with her musical career bringing in an annual salary of $43,604 (although the site doesn't mention how her massage therapy business might factor into her life today). Surprisingly, Monica would bring in the least amount of money; she'd earn an average of $43,165 per year as a head chef.

As far as where fans think the Friends gang would be today, the answers are pretty great: They believe Joey would have expanded his acting career to include his own reality series called Keeping Up With Joey Tribbiani. Monica, meanwhile, would have taken the next step in her culinary career by opening up her own restaurant, and her husband Chandler would have continued his passion for writing at a comics magazine. The last season of Friends follows Rachel as she works as an executive for Ralph Lauren, and fans theorize that she would have used her breadth of experience to start her own fashion brand. It's believed Phoebe would have continued her music career, perhaps even becoming a music teacher, while Ross would have spent time writing dinosaur-themed children's books.

Hopefully, the upcoming Friends reunion special will give fans a final answer on what the characters would be up to today.