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.

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar


Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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What Movie Do You Want to Watch? This Website Analyzes Film Critic Reviews to Help You Choose

She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
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Much like sommeliers can detect subtle notes of who-knows-what in a sip of wine, film critics are fantastic at identifying influences and drawing parallels between movies. Cinetrii is a handy website that crowdsources all that movie knowledge to help you find your next favorite film.

Basically, you enter the name of a movie you enjoyed in the search bar, and the site will show you a node graph with film recommendations splintering off the search query. Click on one, and you’ll see a quote from a critic (or critics) who referenced the films together. This way, you get a list of recommendations based on different aspects of the movie, and you get to decide for yourself what you’d like to see more of.

If, for example, you were blown away by the special effects in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, you might like Doctor Strange; according to Variety, it boasts “a staggering visual effects innovation, in which the building-bending seen in Christopher Nolan’s Inception is taken to an extreme that would blow even M.C. Escher’s mind.” If what the Chicago Tribune calls an “elegant brain-bender” quality appealed to you more, The Matrix might be a perfect fit.

Films above your search query were released before the movie you typed in, while films below came out after it. The shorter the line, the more closely the films are related, as calculated by the website’s algorithm. And, as Lifehacker points out, that algorithm doesn’t give any special treatment to massive Hollywood blockbusters, so Cinetrii is an especially great way to find hidden gems. Because it shows you the critics' actual quotes, you’re not left to wonder why a certain film landed on the recommendations list—which can’t always be said for “Watch next” lists on streaming services.

You can explore Cinetrii here.

[h/t Lifehacker]