George R.R. Martin's Wife Will Leave Him if He Kills Her Favorite Game of Thrones Characters

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

A recent study estimated that half of Game of Thrones's main characters have been killed off over the past seven seasons, which makes it very likely that one of your favorites was among them. Though fans have come to expect death as one of the hallmarks of the epic HBO series, it doesn't make it any easier when it happens. Viewers have invested enough time and emotion into the show that some have even started petitions against killing off certain characters—or bringing them back from the dead. And it seems that not even Parris McBride, George R.R. Martin's wife, is immune to petitioning (read: threatening) her husband when it comes to advocating for which characters she wants to see still standing when the series concludes.

While it seems as if no character is safe from Martin's bloodlust—never mind that of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who have strayed quite a bit from the books in terms of who is alive and who is not—we do know that Sansa and Arya Stark, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams's characters, have a champion in McBride. So much so that she has threatened to leave the author if he harms a hair on either one of the Stark sisters's heads.

"[George's] wife did actually say that if he ever kills off Arya or Sansa, she's going to leave him," Williams revealed in 2015. "I'll just keep smiling, and say 'If you want to stay with your wife, you've got to keep me alive!'"

Martin himself even joked about this at a panel in Mexico in 2016. "She does have a favorite character, and she has threatened to leave me if kill that character," Martin said with a laugh, "so I do have to be very careful about that." But he declined to say specifically who that singular character is (though we'd fully believe it's Arya).

Of course, there seems to be a fan theory to predict both the death or survival of just about every character, as well as a recent study conducted by two injury epidemiologists at Sydney's Macquarie University, who concluded that Sansa and Arya have the best chance of survival. Perhaps the Stark girls really do have a higher power looking out for them!

A Friends Jewelry Collection Just Launched From Alex and Ani for the Show's 25th Anniversary

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The 25th anniversary of Friends is coming in September, and there is no shortage of ways you can celebrate, whether you binge-watch the series while drinking a cup of Central Perk coffee or head to a movie theater for a marathon of some of the show's standout episodes. Now, courtesy of jewelry outlet Alex and Ani, you can further flaunt your love of Friends with a line of new charm bracelets and necklaces inspired by episodes from the beloved '90s sitcom.

If you're looking for a gift for the Rachel to your Ross, Alex and Ani has a “You’re My Lobster” bracelet, featuring a charm of a little lobster and one with Phoebe’s famous advice. For your favorite coffee lover, you can get the Central Perk bracelet with the café’s logo and two little steaming coffee mugs. And for that friend that's always there to help you move, there's the gold Couch and Pivot Cluster Charm Bangle, which has multi-colored crystal charms, a couch charm, and one that, of course, reads “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!”


Alex and Ani

The pieces in the Friends Alex and Ani collection run from $39-$49 and can be found on the company's website or at select retailers.

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[h/t US Weekly]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

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