Game of Thrones Fan Theory Argues The Night King Built the Wall

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HBO

Game of Thrones is full of mysterious characters, but one could make an argument for the Night King being the most inscrutable of them all. Since next to nothing has been revealed about him on the show—all we know is that he was a member of the First Men, transformed into a White Walker by the Children of the Forest after they stuck dragonglass in his heart—fans are left to theorize about who he was and, perhaps more importantly, what he wants. But one Redditor has concocted a pretty impressive theory about the Night King: that he's responsible for building the Wall.

User DanGliesac argues that the Night King built the Wall after the battle against him during the Long Night. This time period, which took place thousands of years before the War of Conquest (also known as the Targaryen Conquest), is when the White Walkers originally came to Westeros.

The idea is that since the Night King brings winter wherever he goes, and possesses great powers we don’t even know the extent of yet, he would’ve been the most likely creature to create the great ice wall. And his reasoning would’ve been simple: to keep out the Children of the Forest, the First Men, and anyone else who could be a potential threat to his people. While Westerosian history books claim that Bran the Builder was the one who built the Wall, it was Bran's people who wrote those stories. As such, the theorist concludes:

“After this happened, in an attempt to salvage the failure of not being able to kill the [Night King] I think the story was spread that the ‘good guys’ were the ones that put up the wall to stop the [Night King] from coming back when it was really the complete opposite.”

Fellow Redditors were quick to show their support for this theory, with one person adding that, “[The Night King] probably made a deal with Brandon the Breaker: he makes the wall, Brandon and the Children write the spells so he can’t get back.”

This theory would make sense with the recent reveal that the Night King is after just one person in the final season. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vladimir Furdik—the actor behind the steely-eyed character—promised that, "People will see [the Night King] has a target he wants to kill, and you will find out who that is.”

If the Night King built the Wall for protection, it would make sense that he’s now only trying to break through it, thousands of years later, because of someone in particular. Who that person is, however, is still up for debate.

Stranger Things Fans Can Now Buy a 6-Foot-Tall Demogorgon Sprinkler

BigMouth Inc., Amazon
BigMouth Inc., Amazon

Some fans watch a show and then talk about it. Others create art inspired by it. Others develop far-out theories. But sometimes, fans go even further than that—like when pool accessory company BigMouth Inc. revealed its massive Stranger Things-inspired, inflatable Demogorgon sprinkler, which is now available for any fan to purchase.

The sprinkler, the perfect gift for those wishing to combine their love of sci-fi monstrosities and thorough lawn irrigation, stands 6 feet tall and can be connected to any standard hose, allowing it to spurt water from its horrifying open face, according to House Beautiful. And for fans thinking it can only be found in the far corners of the internet, fear not: the sprinkler is available now at Target and on Amazon.

If you want a less flashy way to show off your Stranger Things fandom this summer, BigMouth Inc. also sells a plethora of other novelty items based on the show, like an Upside Down-themed pool tube, Scoops Ahoy floating cupholders, and a float based on one of Eleven’s trademark waffles. (See all the options on Amazon here.)

This marks the latest in a series of collaborations for the hugely successful Netflix series. Prior to its release, Stranger Things teamed with both H&M and Nike to release clothing and shoes inspired by the series. It also collaborated with Coca-Cola to produce a limited edition collection of New Coke cans inspired by a moment in the third season.

We’re glad there’s a plethora of Stranger Things merchandise available, even the terrifying Demogorgon sprinkler—it sounds just ridiculous enough to buy right away. It's available at Target or Amazon for $100.

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Three Major Game of Thrones Stars Submitted Themselves for Emmys After HBO Chose Not To

Gwendoline Christie and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones.
Gwendoline Christie and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones.
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HBO dominated the 2019 Emmy nominations, which were announced earlier this week, with a record-breaking 32 nominations for Game of Thrones's highly contentious final season alone.

Ten of Game of Thrones's nominations came via the acting categories, several of which were hardly surprising: Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke landed nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series, respectively. Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams will compete against each other in the Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress categories. What did come as a surprise, however, were the first-time nominations for Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, and Carice van Houten—not because they didn’t deserve them, but because HBO didn't submit them for consideration.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO confirmed that the network did not enter the three actors for consideration by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This means that the actors’ representatives shelled out the $225 entry fees themselves.

While this might seem unfair, self-submissions are a pretty common practice. As Game of Thrones has many, many characters, all of them played by great actors, it's simply not possible for the network to enter every one of them. As it stands now, four of the six nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress are Game of Thrones co-stars (van Houten was nominated in the Guest Actress category), while three of the Outstanding Supporting Actor nominees are from Westeros.

Whether they made it onto the official ballot because of HBO or not, Game of Thrones fans are ecstatic that Allen, Christie, and van Houten are finally getting the Emmy recognition they deserve. Can one of them triumph? We'll just have to wait until September 22 to find out.

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