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

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HBO

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.

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

Watch the Stranger Things Cast Recap the First Two Seasons in 15 Minutes

Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
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While we can't wait for the third season of Stranger Things to premiere next month, many of us have also probably forgotten what happened in the series' first two seasons—especially the tiniest of details, which might prove to be significant in the upcoming episodes. Coming up with fan theories can get difficult when we can’t remember everything, but watching all 17 episodes before July 4 isn't feasible for everyone. That's why this new video, in which the cast of the Netflix hit provides the ultimate recap, is a lifesaver.

The video features Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) recalling all the key moments of seasons 1 and 2, in just over 15 minutes.

The actors first go through the main characters of the series, explaining how each of them are intertwined, such as Hawkins's sheriff Jim Hopper, and Nancy's then-boyfriend Steve Harrington. They introduce the Upside Down, which Will was trapped in during the majority of the first season, resulting in his mom Joyce relying on a few nontraditional strategies to get him back. The cast also explains who Eleven is and how she's able to help get Will back.

The recap pinpoints all the major moments of the first season, and then goes into the second season, where everything in Hawkins appears to be normal again. The latest season, as the cast recalls, explores Eleven's backstory and introduces new characters like Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Bob Newby, and sadly, the baby Demogorgon named D'Artagnan. The video concludes with the school Snowball dance, but things don't exactly end on a happy note, as the season's final moments show a monster is still very present in Hawkins.

As action-packed as Stranger Things is, a recap like this is truly a must. We'll rewatch it a few times before season 3 debuts on July 4.

[h/t Highsnobiety]

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