How the Truth About Jon Snow's Parents Could Lead Varys to Kill Daenerys in Game of Thrones

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Ask any Game of Thrones fan to share some of the show's most shocking revelations and many would cite finding out that Jon Snow was the rightful heir to the Iron Throne at the top of their list. We can hardly imagine what will happen when Kit Harington's character, who still believes that he is the bastard son of Ned Stark, learns that his parents were Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark and that he is the true heir to the Iron Throne. But what about everyone else in Jon's inner circle?

Fans are dying to know what Daenerys Targaryen will do once she discovers that not only is she not the rightful heir to the throne, but that she's been sleeping with the guy who is ... who just happens to be her nephew? Oddly, a new fan theory has emerged that seems to suggest that might not be Dany's rock-bottom. One Redditor believes that once Lord Varys learns the truth, his allegiance will shift (not for the first time) and he'll end up murdering Daenerys as a result.

The theory comes from Redditor John-on-gliding, who believes that the first part of season 8 will be devoted to the battle against the White Walkers, in which Daenerys—and her dragons—will be a valuable player. However, the second half of the season will likely be about the fight for the Iron Throne, which is when Jon’s true parentage will probably be revealed. That’s where things might get difficult for Dany.

Once the truth is out, the Redditor predicts that Varys will turn on Daenerys and conspire to kill her so that Jon will be able to claim the throne. They point out the season 7 episode “Stormborn,” where the Mother of Dragons references Varys's history of shifting his loyalties. Varys responds that he serves in the best interest of everyone, explaining, “I will dedicate myself to seeing you on the Iron Throne, because I choose you. Because I know the people have no better chance than you.” He also warns, “As long as I have my eyes, I’ll use them.”

Lord Varys is known to be a manipulator, so it wouldn’t be too shocking to see him betray someone in the final season. However, Daenerys dying would not be taken lightly by fans, nor her followers in Westeros (unless, of course, the rumors that she's actually as diabolical as her dad and has just been manipulating us all along turn out to be true).

The truth will be revealed soon enough when Game of Thrones returns for its final season on April 14, 2019.

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

We can always count on Mark Hamill to give us some early intel on the next Star Wars movie—whether the studios like it or not. And earlier this week, the 67-year-old actor came through for us yet again.

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press asked Hamill about The Rise of Skywalker and whether he would be involved in the final film in the Skywalker Saga. Hamill confirmed that he would indeed be making an appearance, and shed new light on how.

When asked if this would be his final appearance in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill replied, “I sure hope so,” before elaborating, “I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”

The fact that Hamill will appear as a Force ghost doesn’t come as a big shock to fans, as most have been convinced that was the only way he could return to the franchise. (He did die in the previous film, The Last Jedi, after all.) However, suspicious fans have been speculating about other ways he could come back, with some using promotional photos as possible evidence that Luke will be resurrected.

Despite knowing a major part of Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker, we still have plenty of questions. We’ll just have to wait until the film debuts on December 20 to find everything out.

[h/t Associated Press]

Fans Are Rallying for Macaulay Culkin to Play Joker in The Batman

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
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After months of speculation, it was only recently announced that Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to don the Dark Knight's iconic cape in Matt Reeves's upcoming film The Batman. Unsurprisingly, the response to the casting news was mixed.

While it’s believed The Batman will center around a younger version of Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen previously, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding other major plot points—including which villains will be included, and who will play them.

We Got This Covered reports that various DC characters are being rumored to appear in the film, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter. But fans are desperate to know if the most notable Batman villain will be included on the roster: the Joker.

Though there has been no mention of the Joker in conversations surrounding the new film, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill—nor has it prevented fans from offering up their ideas on who could nail the iconic role, and Macaulay Culkin is apparently at the top of the list.

The former child star has not commented on the validity of the rumors, but many DC fans are on board with it, including digital artist Bryan Zapp who created an image of what Culkin would look like as the Joker.

Meanwhile, Todd Phillips's Joker, a standalone film focusing on the villain’s origin story and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set to hit theaters on October 4.

Although it could get confusing, The Batman will be part of the DCEU, while Joker will not live in the shared universe, which means there could very well be two portrayals of the same character at the same time. Whether or not Culkin would take on the role—or if there will be a Joker at all—is only up for speculation right now.

[h/t We Got This Covered]

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