4 Predictions for What Will Happen in the Next Episode of Game of Thrones

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The final season of Game of Thrones has finally arrived, and all fans can do is obsessively rewatch each episode to look for tiny details they might have missed the first time around—and theorize about what could happen next. Reddit has already been flooded with predictions for the rest of the season, and now that season 8 has finally premiered, those fan theories only seem to be growing by the minute.

While, ultimately, fans want to know how the series will end, right now they're focused on predicting what major plot points and reveals we could see when the season's second episode airs on April 21. Here are four of the most popular ones.

1. Daenerys will find out the truth about Jon.

While we knew that Jon Snow would eventually learn the truth about his parents in season 8, viewers were surprised that we saw that particular bomb dropped in the first episode. Samwell Tarly was the one tasked with delivering the news to Jon that Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen were his birth parents, which makes him not only the true heir to the Iron Throne … but the nephew of Daenerys Targaryen, his new love. With news as big as this, Jon will have to tell Dany the truth immediately; there's no way he'll be able to keep it a secret for long.

2. Jaime will ask for forgiveness.

The last moments of "Winterfell," season 8's first episode, saw Jaime Lannister arrive at Winterfell—with Bran Stark patiently waiting nearby. However, it's not just Bran that Jaime's going to need to make some serious amends with. In the preview for next week, we see Jaime on trial before Daenerys because, in case you forgot, it was Jaime who killed her father, the Mad King Aerys Targaryen (thus earning him the "Kingslayer" moniker).

As we know from Jaime's conversation with Brienne of Tarth back in season 3, Jaime only killed Aerys because he knew that the Mad King was planning to kill innocent people by burning up the whole city, along with his father Tywin Lannister. In the new episode, Jaime might explain this to Daenerys, but it seems more likely he'll just ask for forgiveness. Given the stakes with the White Walkers quickly approaching, there won't be time for a heart-to-heart between the characters, especially not after we've already witnessed that extremely emotional scene from Jaime already. He knows of the threat in the North, and he's not proud of killing the Mad King. He even tossed the title of the Kingslayer years ago. In favor of the greater good, fans are predicting that Jaime will apologize to Daenerys and that the two of them can (hopefully) move on.

3. Brienne and Tormund will reunite.

Out of the multiple long-awaited reunions we saw in last night's episode, fans were disappointed we didn't see one between Brienne of Tarth and Tormund Giantsbane. While we're not sure if there are any mutual feelings between the pair, we know at least Tormund has been after Brienne for a while now—and his very vocal attraction to her has made for some laugh-out-loud moments. Seeing them meet again in the new episode might not lead to anything, but it'll be entertaining at the very least. As the preview for next week shows Tormund in Winterfell, we can only assume that he'll see at Brienne at some point.

4. The Night King will reach Winterfell.

Unfortunately for our favorite characters in the North, the next episode will likely include the Night King and his army arriving at Winterfell. As the preview shows Tormund telling Jon, "Before the sun comes up tomorrow," we can only assume they're talking about how long they have until the undead arrive. We're predicting episode two will continue to tie up loose ends, as well as set up the rest of the season, and that it will likely include—or end with—the Night King's arrival at Winterfell.

Fans are under the impression that since episode three is the longest one, clocking in at 82 minutes, that is where the big battle we've been promised will take place.

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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