8 Questions the Game of Thrones Finale Needs to Answer

Emilia Clarke stars as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from Game of Thrones's series finale
Emilia Clarke stars as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from Game of Thrones's series finale
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Warning: Spoilers for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones ahead.

It's hard to believe there's only one Game of Thrones episode left, but here we are. After last week's episode, "The Bells," fully unleashed the Mad Queen in Daenerys Targaryen, we obviously have a ton of questions about how the current situation within the Seven Kingdoms will resolve itself. But beyond what will happen to Dany, there are still plenty of other questions that need to be addressed in the finale. Here are eight of them.

1. Where will Jon and Daenerys's relationship go from here?

We saw first-hand in the latest episode that Jon Snow was completely betrayed by Daenerys Targaryen. After an awkward scene between the lovers earlier on, the Mother of Dragons later went against her word and burned down King's Landing, murdering hundreds—if not thousands—of innocent people in the process. So where do Jon and Dany stand after the events of last episode? It's hard to imagine that Jon will still be comfortable bending the knee to Dany after her violent actions, but we'll have to get a definitive answer as to where the couple goes from here.

2. Who, if anyone, is the Prince That Was Promised?

The prophesized Prince That Was Promised, an idea Melisandre carried throughout the series, has been predicted by both fans and characters to be a handful of different people (many of whom have already been killed). Whether it's meant to be Jon, Daenerys, or even Arya Stark, The One Who Was Promised is destined to save the world from an "impending darkness." Now we just need to know: Who is it?

3. Will Arya fulfill the rest of her prophecy?

Season 8's Battle of Winterfell concluded with Arya killing the Night King, something we realized she was meant to do all along. Melisandre returned and repeated the same prophecy to Arya that she offered up in the third season: "Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you'll shut forever," leaving her with just one more person to kill after blue-eyed leader of the army of the dead.

As Cersei Lannister has green eyes, fans had been theorizing that Arya would be the one to kill her. However, with the wicked queen ultimately meeting her demise in a much less satisfying way, there's still someone out there with green eyes for Arya to defeat. Will it be Daenerys, who has blue-green eyes? We need to find out if the prophecy will fully come true.

4. What happened to Yara Greyjoy?

Yara Greyjoy seemed to be essential to Daenerys's fight for the Iron Throne, and Theon Greyjoy explained earlier on in the season that his sister went to take back the Iron Islands in Dany's name. While Daenerys's Mad Queen antics proved she probably didn't need to recruit Yara and her troops, we'd still like to see a proper goodbye for the ironborn. Now that her uncle, Euron Greyjoy, is dead, Yara might not have any reason to return. But we'd still like to see her in the final episode.

5. Will anyone from previous seasons return?

For more than a year, there has been a lot of fan speculation about which characters from previous seasons we might see again before the series ends. Many have suspected that Daario Naharis, Daenerys's former lover—who we last saw in season 6—would return to fight for his queen, while others have predicted the return of Jaqen H'ghar. Nearly all of the remaining characters have people from their past whose reemergence could create a major plot twist. Now we just need to see if it happens.

6. Why was Jon Snow brought back from the dead?

The reason why Melisandre believed Jon was the Prince That Was Promised was because she was able to bring him back from the dead through the Lord of Light in season 6. Apart from any religion, however, it seemed obvious that Jon was brought back for a reason. With just one episode left, we need to know what that reason was, because it couldn't have just been luck.

7. What was the point of the Night King?

A common complaint about season 8 is regarding the Night King, and how little he amounted to after years of buildup. The undead leader and his army were supposed to be the greatest threat in Westerosi history—a threat so dangerous that the plan to defeat him brought the most unlikely of characters together to fight alongside each other. But ever since Arya killed him in "The Long Night," he hasn't been spoken of again—nor has Bran Stark's connection with him. We'd like to get some type of closure on that plot line, or at least hear a mention of the Night King.

8. Who will sit on the Iron Throne?

Of course, the biggest question of all is: Who, if anyone, will sit on the Iron Throne? With Daenerys's poor choices in "The Bells" likely pushing her down the line of viable candidates, Jon Snow seems to be the only logical choice—especially considering that he is the rightful heir. But we all know how much he doesn't want it. In the end, will Jon decide to put his feelings aside for the greater good of the Seven Kingdoms, or will someone else rise up and take the Iron Throne from him? Soon enough, we'll (hopefully) know all.

Keep Your Cat Busy With a Board Game That Doubles as a Scratch Pad

Cheerble
Cheerble

No matter how much you love playing with your cat, waving a feather toy in front of its face can get monotonous after a while (for the both of you). To shake up playtime, the Cheerble three-in-one board game looks to provide your feline housemate with hours of hands-free entertainment.

Cheerble's board game, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, is designed to keep even the most restless cats stimulated. The first component of the game is the electronic Cheerble ball, which rolls on its own when your cat touches it with their paw or nose—no remote control required. And on days when your cat is especially energetic, you can adjust the ball's settings to roll and bounce in a way that matches their stamina.

Cheerable cat toy on Kickstarter.
Cheerble

The Cheerble balls are meant to pair with the Cheerble game board, which consists of a box that has plenty of room for balls to roll around. The board is also covered on one side with a platform that has holes big enough for your cat to fit their paws through, so they can hunt the balls like a game of Whack-a-Mole. And if your cat ever loses interest in chasing the ball, the board also includes a built-in scratch pad and fluffy wand toy to slap around. A simplified version of the board game includes the scratch pad without the wand or hole maze, so you can tailor your purchase for your cat's interests.

Cheerble cat board game.
Cheerble

Since launching its campaign on Kickstarter on April 23, Cheerble has raised over $128,000, already blowing past its initial goal of $6416. You can back the Kickstarter today to claim a Cheerble product, with $32 getting you a ball and $58 getting you the board game. You can make your pledge here, with shipping estimated for July 2020.

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HBO Max: Everything You Need to Know About the New Streaming Service

What will you binge-watch first?
What will you binge-watch first?
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This week, WarnerMedia launched HBO Max, the long-awaited streaming platform that the company hopes can compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney+. But with HBO GO and HBO NOW already in existence, the addition of a third platform for HBO content has caused no small amount of confusion among both prospective customers and current HBO subscribers. Here are answers to all your burning questions about the buzzworthy new service.

What is HBO Max?

HBO Max is a direct-to-consumer streaming platform that you can download as an app or access through your cable or internet provider. Just like Apple has Apple TV+ and Amazon has Prime Video, WarnerMedia now has HBO Max.

How is HBO Max different from HBO NOW and HBO GO?

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This user's viewing habits are eclectic, to say the least.
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Before HBO Max, WarnerMedia had two different apps with the same library of HBO series and certain Warner Bros. films. HBO GO is for viewers who already pay for HBO through their cable TV provider, which is why you have to log in through your TV provider. HBO NOW is for independent subscribers who pay $15 a month for access to the same content. In other words, HBO GO is for customers with cable, and HBO NOW is for those without it.

Like HBO NOW, HBO Max is an independent subscription service that you don’t need a TV provider in order to access. The main difference comes down to content: While HBO NOW and HBO GO only include HBO series and some films, HBO Max offers tons of additional shows and films licensed from other distributors—plus new, exclusive originals (more on that in a minute).

How much does HBO Max cost, and how do I get it?

You can sign up for HBO Max here. Your first seven days will be free, and it will cost you $15 per month after that.

Do I already have access to HBO Max?

If you’re already an HBO NOW subscriber, your app should have automatically updated to the HBO Max app (if you don’t have automatic updates enabled, make sure to update it manually), and you can log into HBO Max using your existing HBO NOW credentials. Your recurring monthly payment of $15 will also now automatically start applying to HBO Max instead of HBO NOW.

If you watch HBO through your TV or mobile provider, there’s a good chance you can access HBO Max at no additional cost, too. Apple TV channels, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, Hulu, Spectrum, Verizon FIOS, Xfinity, and many other providers are included—you can see the full list here.

Which platforms will HBO Max be on?

You can stream HBO Max on your desktop on HBOMax.com, or you can download the app through the Apple app store, Google Play, or Samsung TV. You can also access HBO Max content on your TV through any of the providers listed here.

What's playing on HBO Max?

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Elmo and James Dean in the same place, at last.
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HBO Max boasts 10,000 hours of content that includes all HBO shows, many Warner Bros. films from the past century, new Max Original series, and other programs from CNN, Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, TCM, Adult Swim, and more.

To name a few highlights, the service currently offers all eight Harry Potter films, all 10 seasons of Friends, an exclusive selection of Studio Ghibli classics like Howl’s Moving Castle (2005) and Spirited Away (2002), and 2019’s Joker. The first few episodes of some highly-anticipated Max Originals are also available, including Anna Kendrick’s rom-com series Love Life, the voguing house reality competition Legendary, and Sesame Workshop's The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo (featuring guests Kacey Musgraves, John Mulaney, the Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X, and more—so far).

Will I get to see the Friends Reunion?

Yes, the Friends reunion will definitely debut on HBO Max, but no air date has been confirmed yet. Production was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and they’re tentatively hoping to film it sometime this summer. (But hey, at least you have access to all the other Friends episodes to help you pass the time.)