Game of Thrones Fans Think Season 8 Premiere Might Have Revealed the Night King's Identity

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While we can’t predict everything that will happen in the final season of Game of Thrones (though plenty have tried) we don’t need a Magic 8-Ball to know that the Night King will likely be one of the main antagonists. The character is still mysterious, and although we don’t know exactly why he’s commanding a huge army to destroy the Seven Kingdoms, we might have gotten some insight into his identity in the season 8 premiere.

In the latest episode, titled “Winterfell,” we are briefly reintroduced to a boy, Lord Ned Umber, who earns the title after his family dies in the Battle of the Bastards fighting for Ramsay Bolton. The 10-year-old lord pledges fealty to Jon Snow when he returns to the North, and is instructed to return to his house in the Last Hearth to get reinforcements.

When we next see him, he is found dead by Tormund Giantsbane, stabbed through a wall by the White Walkers. His body hangs in the middle of a spiral symbol made up of limbs. In the terrifying scene, the boy springs back to life as a wight and is set on fire, also setting the spiral ablaze. As reported by ComicBook.com, fans have zeroed in on the spiral, which has popped up in the show many times before, theorizing that it could suggest the Night King is a Targaryen.

Fans on Twitter have compiled the times that the White Walkers made a spiral and compared them to the spherical Targaryen symbol. This could suggest that the Night King is marking places with his original house sigil.

Another clue that backs up this claim is the fact that the Night King is able to ride Viserion, Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, whom he killed and reanimated last season. As only Targaryens can ride these creatures, it’s easy to speculate that the undead leader might be one.

While many others believe the Night King could actually be a Stark, some are banking on the villain’s identity being revealed in the final season. He has a specific mission, and we’re dying to find out what that is.

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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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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