What’s the Difference Between Wights and White Walkers in Game of Thrones?

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For the past seven seasons, Game of Thrones has brought fans action-packed, cinematically pleasing scenes on television. The battles, the drama, and the terror have all contributed to making the series one of the most successful shows in television history. But with a show this complex, many might get stuck with the details from time to time, especially regarding the types of creatures in the series. We all know Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons and the direwolves, but what about the difference between the terrifying White Walkers and the wights? Here’s a rundown of what makes them different.

The White Walkers are the skeletal soldiers that the Night King commands. They were created by the Children of the Forest thousands of years ago as a way of creating an army that would protect them against the First Men, who were cutting down the forest. But the scary creatures eventually broke free, and became one of the biggest threats in Westeros.

White Walkers look somewhat similar to humans, because they are their descendants, but they’ve lost all humanity. They have long white hair, sometimes a white beard, and glowing blue eyes. They’re very tall and have greyish-white skin which could be compared to a mummy. Dragonglass and Valyrian steel are the White Walkers’s biggest threats: they will die if they’re struck by them.

On the other hand, wights are simply the products of White Walkers, who have the ability to resurrect the dead and turn them into wights. These creatures are especially creepy, because they’re pretty much the zombies of the dead—they take on the appearance of the person when he or she died. Their purpose is to serve the White Walkers and act as their minions. Stories claim only White Walkers can create wights. And the only way to kill a wight is to burn them. It’s believed they can survive anything else, even beheading.

The Night King is expected to be the biggest problem in the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones, as Jon Snow and Daenerys try to figure out how he’ll be defeated. And since Vladimír Furdík, the actor behind the Night King, has confirmed that his character is after one person specifically, we suspect it won’t be an easy task. We’ll face the undead creatures once again when the show returns this Sunday.

[h/t PopSugar]

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

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 is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]

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