Game of Thrones Showrunners Claim Series's Ending is Hidden in Spotify Playlist

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

We are just days away from the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones and fans are trying to cram in their final theories on Reddit and finish binge-watching all seven seasons. The series’ ending has been kept under lock and key, but the showrunners may have just handed over the ultimate spoiler for fans in the form of a playlist.

According to co-showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the show’s ending can be discovered by listening to Spotify’s newly dropped playlist, appropriately called “Game of Thrones: The End is Coming.”

"The answer to the ending is 100 percent hidden in the playlist choices … No one will believe us, but it’s true,” the creators told Spotify’s For the Record via email this week.

This revelation has forced fans to find clues and spoilers as they dissect the playlist and research each song’s lyrics.

The playlist is dominated by hard rock, starting with "Sleep Now in the Fire" by Rage Against the Machine. Cosmopolitan points out that the lyrics of this song, including lines like "The cost of my desire … sleep now in the fire!,” can be directly related to Daenerys Targaryen, especially in the scene where she burns Randyll and Dickon Tarly alive in the season 7 episode “Eastwatch.”

Another addition, “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin, could be about the Night King, with lines like "We come from the land of the ice and snow / From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.” The song also includes the verse, "So now you'd better stop / And rebuild all your ruins / For peace and trust can win the day / Despite all of your losing." This could hint at everyone banding together to defeat the White Walkers.

Other tracks don’t need much explanation, such as “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes and “Dire Wolf” by the Grateful Dead.

There’s no doubt all the songs relate to some aspect of Game of Thrones, even if just the names fit, but as for spoilers, we’re not entirely sure. We’ll have to wait until the series finale airs on May 19 to know. In the meantime, you can find the Spotify playlist here.

[h/t Cosmopolitan]

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
Helen Sloan, HBO

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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