What Ghost Returning to Game of Thrones Could Mean for the Final Season

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HBO

The final season of Game of Thrones is upon us, and though we'll be saying goodbye to some of our favorite characters in fictional history, we're also going to see the return of some fan favorites.

Visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer recently confirmed Jon Snow's direwolf Ghost will be making an appearance in season eight, and it doesn't sound like it'll just be a minor cameo. “Oh, you’ll see him again," Bauer told told The Huffington Post. "He has a fair amount of screen time in Season 8. He does show up ... He’s very present and does some pretty cool things."

Obviously, fans were thrilled to learn they'll get to see Ghost again.

But besides the initial excitement, we're now wondering what Ghost's involvement could mean for Jon's fate and the finale of Game of Thrones. What "cool things" could Bauer be referring to?

George RR Martin has teased Arya Stark's direwolf Nymeria's "important" role in the final two books. “You know, I don’t like to give things away,” he ​said in a 2014 interview, adding, “You don't hang a giant wolf pack on the wall unless you intend to use it.” Though the show could always not follow Martin's plans, Ghost could definitely team up with Nymeria, should Jon and Arya reunite to fight alongside each other.

According to writer Bryan Cogman, Ghost was supposed to be in season seven, but the scene had to be cut because they didn't have the budget. "There was a bit here where Jon came out of the crypt, and Ghost came up to him and [Jon pet] him and said, 'Take care of [Sansa], watch over her for me.' But I guess those direwolves are expensive. I guess it got cut. Oh, well. Ghost is there somewhere roaming around," he ​shared.

Clearly, Ghost's absence hasn't been because of a lack of importance. If Game of Thrones is going to bring him back, it's likely for something major, probably with Nymeria at his side. We can't wait to see how it all goes down when the final season premieres in ​the first half of next year.

The Office Star Ellie Kemper Wants to Do a Reunion Episode

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NBC - NBCUniversal Media

While rumors of The Office getting a reboot have been swirling around for years, the outlook on that happening any time soon doesn't look good. But a reunion episode might just be possible.

Ellie Kemper, who played Erin Hannon in the beloved series, recently stopped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to dish about the sitcom and her thoughts on whether it might be making a return to the small screen: "I would love there to be a reboot, but I don't think there will be. So, that's a sad answer," Kemper admitted. "But maybe like a reunion episode? That would be fun."

E! News reports that Kemper isn’t the only cast member that wants to get the band back together. Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly, also thinks a reunion episode would be a hit. “I think it's a great idea," Fischer said in 2018. "I would be honored to come back in any way that I'm able to.”

A key player in the series' success, however, is not so enthusiastic about the idea. Steve Carell, who played the infamous Michael Scott, doesn’t think a revival would be well-received. "The climate's different," Carell told Esquire back in 2018. "I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he's certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That's the point, you know? But I just don't know how that would fly now.”

A Star Wars Connection Might Predict Jim Hopper's Future in Stranger Things

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Netflix

*Warning: This story includes spoilers for Stranger Things.*

Netflix’s Stranger Things is set in the 1980s and regularly includes references to huge cultural phenomena from that time. The series' third season made nods to Back to the Future, The NeverEnding Story, and (unsurprisingly) Star Wars. What might come as a surprise is that George Lucas's legendary space opera could hold a clue to what fate awaits one of Stranger Things's most beloved characters.

One of the major lingering questions from Stranger Things's third season is whether we will see David Harbour's character, Jim Hopper, ever again. Our favorite grumpy sheriff selflessly sacrificed himself in order to defeat the Russians and close the gate to the Upside Down. Fans were almost certain of his death (though it’s not shown on screen) until the post-credits scene rolled, in which the Russians speak of “the American” being held in their cells. Which is where things get interesting …

A new theory from Politico’s Bill Kuchman, which we spotted via Men’s Health, draws parallels between Hopper and Star Wars's Han Solo. In doing so, he might have predicted Hopper’s fate.

Kuchman explains that both Hopper and Solo use the phrase “See you in hell” before meeting their demise, with the Stranger Things character saying it in the final episode of season 3, and Solo saying it in The Empire Strikes Back.

On top of that, both characters seemingly die via a machine: Hopper is part of the key’s explosion, and Solo is frozen in carbonite. Also, at the end of the Stranger Things season 3 finale, Steve Harrington (played by Joe Keery) makes a reference to Return of the Jedi during his video store interview, the film in which Solo is revived.

Kuchman drives this point home by recalling that Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian save Solo in Return of the Jedi when Jabba the Hutt is feeding prisoners into the Sarlacc Pit. This is similar to how Stranger Things season 3 ends, with the Russians feeding prisoners to the Demogorgon.

Will Eleven, Mike, and the gang find the Force and save Hopper from the Russians? We’ll hopefully find out, if and when a fourth season of Stranger Things ever materializes.

[h/t Men's Health]

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