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]

George R.R. Martin Doesn't Think Game of Thrones Was 'Very Good' For His Writing Process

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

No one seems to have escaped the fan fury over the finals season of Game of Thrones. While likely no one got it quite as bad as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, even author George R.R. Martin—who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series upon which the show is based, faced backlash surrounding the HBO hit. The volatile reaction from fans has apparently taken a toll on both Martin's writing and personal life.

In an interview with The Guardian, the acclaimed author said he's sticking with his original plan for the last two books, explaining that the show will not impact them. “You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” he stated.

He went on to explain how even his personal life has taken a negative turn because of the show. “I can’t go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favorite thing to do in the world,” Martin said. “To go in and wander from stack to stack, take down some books, read a little, leave with a big stack of things I’d never heard of when I came in. Now when I go to a bookstore, I get recognized within 10 minutes and there’s a crowd around me. So you gain a lot but you also lose things.”

While fans of the book series are fully aware of the author's struggle to finish the final two installments, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, Martin admitted that part of the delay has been a result of the HBO series, and fans' reaction to it.

“I don’t think [the series] was very good for me,” Martin said. “The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day … I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.'"

Still, Martin has sworn that the books will get finished ... he just won't promise when.

[h/t The Guardian]

Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now


If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon now for $20 before its August 27 release date.

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