New Game of Thrones Fan Theory Has a Prediction About Littlefinger

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for the first six seasons of Game of Thrones and predictions about major plot points in the seventh season.

The seventh season of Game of Thrones is coming, and online predictions about the notoriously volatile fates of its characters are swirling. One circulating fan theory that’s gathering some steam purports to predict the fate of Westeros’s sleaziest operator, Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger, in the next season. It all revolves around an unlikely rival: Sandor Clegane (The Hound), whose connection to Baelish stretches back to the show’s first season.

The theory, as reported by TIME and courtesy of redditor Flay_the_pope, centers on one of the show’s earliest betrayals. In the first season, after Ned Stark discovered that Joffrey is not Robert Baratheon’s legitimate son—and therefore has no claim to the Iron Throne—Littlefinger promised to help Ned secure the support of the City Watch to stage a coup. Instead, Ned is arrested for treason and, as the City Watch slaughters his men, Baelish puts a dagger to Ned’s throat and, with a grin, says, “I did warn you not to trust me.”

The Starks never found out about Littlefinger’s betrayal, but one newfound Stark ally was in the room to witness it: Sandor Clegane. As the series has progressed, The Hound has built personal relationships with both Arya and Sansa Stark. In the season four finale, Arya admitted that she took The Hound off of her kill list, and he later offered to escort Sansa home to Winterfell. When we last saw The Hound, he was traveling north with the Brotherhood Without Banners—putting him right on track to run into one or both of the Stark sisters at Winterfell.

That could pose a problem for Littlefinger, who is currently acting as an advisor to Sansa. “I believe if Littlefinger, Sansa, and Sandor all end up in the same room, Littlefinger will be in BIG trouble and this may be his downfall,” Flay_the_pope writes.

Fellow Redditor BatsAreCute concurred, writing “I've been hoping for the day Sansa finds out this detail, and knowing The Hound, he'll have no reservations about blurting it out.”

Could this spell the end for Littlefinger? You’ll have to tune into Game of Thrones’s seventh season—which premieres on HBO at 9 p.m. on July 16—to find out.

[h/t: TIME]

Game of Thrones Counseling Available for Upset Fans Following Series Finale

Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
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It’s no surprise that some fans are having a hard time dealing with the fact that Game of Thrones is over. The show ran for eight seasons, and became a huge part of fans's lives and Sunday night routines. Moreover, since the season 8 premiere first aired, fans haven’t been too thrilled with the trajectory of the show, and it has only gotten worse. (The final episode in the series scored the lowest rating in the show’s history on IMDb).

But if you’re having a hard time wrapping your mind around the end of Game of Thrones, or just want to vent, there's a counseling service here just for you. CNN reports that if you go to Bark.com, a UK-based online marketplace, you can find a Game of Thrones counselor who will listen to your every qualm about the show. "The professionals will help them digest their feelings and interpretation of the show, which could range from anger and confusion to sadness and grief," the service description reads.

"We watch them to escape our daily lives and immerse ourselves into the 'unknown,'" Lynette, a counselor from Bark.com, said in a statement regarding people's TV show obsessions. "This is the very reason why we sometimes become addicted to watching them, the stories they tell become part of our identity."

There’s options of booking a 30-minute or 60-minute session, which range from $25 to $51. Fans can choose from a face-to-face session, group session, or online, and can specify which specific problems they’re having regarding the show. 

What do we say to Game of Thrones-related anxiety? Not today!

New Coke is Making a Comeback Thanks to Stranger Things

Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Netflix

In what was considered one of the biggest consumer product marketing blunders of all time, the Coca-Cola Company upset devotees of their signature beverage by introducing New Coke in 1985. Sweeter and smoother than the original, people practically revolted over the change, and the drink eventually disappeared from shelves.

In 2019, New Coke is not only resurfacing—it might turn out to be one of the company's savviest marketing moves to date.

CNN reports that Coca-Cola will be producing 500,000 cans of New Coke in collaboration with Netflix to promote season 3 of Stranger Things, the 1980s-set paranormal drama. Cans will be featured on the show in a kind of retro product placement.

Fans can look for the cans online, which will be offered as a free gift with the purchase of two special Coca-Cola Classic or Coke Zero Sugar glass bottles with Stranger Things artwork beginning Thursday. Special vending machines will also be set up in major cities, and visitors to Atlanta's World of Coca-Cola can purchase the product there, too.

The company is using the exact same recipe for New Coke that got them in hot water back in 1985. For many, it will be their first chance to sample the drink that anti-New Coke activist and retiree Gay Mullins described as being "unbelievably wimpy" and tasting like Pepsi (a comment meant to be derogatory). Originally intended to replace Coca-Cola Classic, the drink was eventually rebranded Coke II and sold through 2002.

Coca-Cola anticipates demand will exceed their 500,000 can allotment, which means you're likely to see them pop up on eBay before long.

The new season of Stranger Things premieres July 4.

[h/t CNN]

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