New Game of Thrones Fan Theory Suggests We May Not Have Seen the Last of Littlefinger

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Out of the many deaths on Game of Thrones that fans found extremely satisfying, the killing of Lord Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger, at the hand (or, rather, dagger) of Arya Stark in season 7 was among the most memorable. While fans cheered to see the duplicitous social climber get his comeuppance, a recently resurfaced fan theory regarding the series' final season claims we might not have seen the last of Littlefinger.

As Metro reports, Redditor MrSilenceT has pointed out a few key moments in season 7 that could point to the return of Littlefinger.

The first occurs in the season 7 episode "Spoils of War," which proves Bran Stark is finally catching onto Littlefinger's ill intentions. Bran recites the "chaos is a ladder" line back to Petyr, a reference from his past. Many fans wondered then why Littlefinger wasn't suspicious enough to do anything. Fast forward to the next episode, "Eastwatch," where he is told by a young woman in a soft yet extremely creepy whisper, "Sorry, your time is up." To that, Littlefinger hands her what looks like an iron coin of the Faceless Men. While this confused many viewers, the fact that he was slain by Arya just two episodes later kind of halted our speculation there.

However, according to the Redditor, we shouldn't have believed Baelish could be killed off that easily. The theory argues that the person we saw die in "The Dragon and the Wolf," the season 7 finale, was actually one of the Faceless Men disguised as Littlefinger.

Given Littlefinger was completely shocked when it became obvious the Stark siblings were turning against him in the episode, MrSilenceT posits that this could mean it wasn't even Baelish at all. The writer points out the fact that whenever he was close to death previously in the series, Littlefinger knew what to do:

"Every single time, calculate[d] and impeccable control. As you would expect from a man that has been plotting for 30 years straight without a rest. Such a man will not be taken by surprise when the end comes. But a faceless man playing the last moments of this man would think he would be."

It's true. Littlefinger dropping to his knees so suddenly after he realized what was truly going on was unexpected. But why would a Faceless Man be willing to die for him? This is less clear, but Littlefinger has stated previously that his grandfather was from Braavos. There could easily be a lot more about his past and his family that viewers just don't know about.

While it's possible this fan theory is just that—a theory—the Redditor makes a convincing case for how this could happen. It is the final season of Game of Thrones after all; viewers should prepare for some wild twists when the series returns on April 14, 2019.

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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