Did Tormund Giantsbane's Farewell Hint at Jon Snow's Fate in Game of Thrones?

Kristofer Hivju and Kit Harington in Game of Thrones.
Kristofer Hivju and Kit Harington in Game of Thrones.
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones.

With just two episodes left of Game of Thrones, we’re getting nervous for our favorite characters. If the finale goes in typical Thrones fashion, which is basically killing off all the characters we love, then no one is safe. And despite Jon Snow’s annoying need to always do the right thing, we’re betting most people are rooting for him. But he’s currently in a very tough position: he has unintentionally betrayed the woman he loves, Daenerys Targaryen, by learning he’s the true heir to the Iron Throne—something Dany has spent her life believing is her own destiny. That also makes him her nephew, but, uh, that’s not important right now.

So what will Jon’s fate be in the final moments of the series? Redditor mephis_baal believes one conversation from the latest episode, “The Last of the Starks,” might have hinted at what’s to come for him.

When Jon leaves Winterfell for King’s Landing to help Daenerys in the battle against Cersei Lannister for the Iron Throne, he must say a few emotional goodbyes. Although he appears to snub his beloved direwolf Ghost, Jon says farewell to Samwell Tarly and Gilly, along with Tormund Giantsbane. In his scene with the Wildling, Jon tells him that Ghost will be happier up north, to which Tormund replies, “So would you.” Jon then says he wishes he was going with him as well, before adding, “This is farewell then.” Tormund isn’t so sure, however, telling him, “You never know.” And before walking off, he adds, “You got the north in you, the real north.”

While this might have been nothing more than a sentimental conversation between close friends and allies who have come a long way since their first meeting, fans have started to speculate that it could foreshadow Jon actually returning to the north. And the Reddit user has posed a theory as to how it might happen: the battle against Cersei will be won, but Daenerys will ultimately die. Jon will become the king, but because he’ll be so heartbroken over the death of his love, he will abandon his duties and go live with the Freefolk up north, leaving Sansa Stark in charge of the Seven Kingdoms.

As we’ve seen over the years, Jon does not want to be the king of anything. This theory coming true would finally give him an opportunity to live in peace, but would be upsetting at the same time.

A “bittersweet” ending is what we’ve been told to expect from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, so it shouldn’t be out of the question for the show.

Virginia’s University of Lynchburg is Adding a Harry Potter Class to Its Fall Curriculum

Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R.
Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R.

While it’s not exactly an invitation to Hogwarts, students at Virginia’s University of Lynchburg are getting just about the next best thing. This fall, the campus is adding a Harry Potter-themed class to its curriculum as a general education course.

The university is in the process of changing some of its course offerings and streamlining classes in recognition of its modern students. According to WSET ABC 13, Dr. Sharon Foreman, director of general education, said of the new curriculum: "It is very targeted towards 21st century students who are going out into a global society and so we want faculty, staff, and administrators to know what that means, what it looks like, and [to] experience it first hand.”

Faculty have decided providing an education for a global society includes offering courses like the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Good Life," which will ask students to read J.K. Rowling’s books alongside the works of philosophers to create connections between the past and present.

University of Lynchburg coordinator of integrated seminars Amy Merrill Willis told WSLS 10 News that the course's instructor, Devin Brickhouse Bryson, is "going to be introducing philosophical concepts from [Plato], Socrates, and Aristotle, and asking students to think about the Harry Potter series in depth.”

Although there may not be a sorting hat or Butterbeer involved, the class sounds like a creative way to engage students in philosophy and critical issues, all while focused on the beloved Harry Potter series.

[h/t WSET ABC 13]

Wizarding World Orlando’s New Roller Coaster Is Full of Harry Potter Easter Eggs

Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando

While Universal Studios Orlando is already home to some incredible attractions in its Wizarding World of Harry Potter, such as its very own Hogsmeade, the Hogwarts Express, and even a Hogwarts Castle, the newest roller coaster seems to be bringing out the most dedicated of Potterheads. The ride, called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, saw whopping 10-hour waits in its opening days, and for those lucky enough to have experienced the brand-new attraction already, it looks like many have deemed it worth the line.

GameSpot got to take a ride on the Motorbike Adventure, and writer Meg Downey noted all the great details riders will encounter as they soar through the Forbidden Forest—which included a load of Easter eggs.

In particular, Downey calls out the many Harry Potter nods on the walls of the castle ruins. The graffiti, which resembles cave drawings, includes a joke about a Hippogriff attempting to catch Draco Malfoy (likely in reference to the Prisoner of Azkaban scene where the cocky wizard encounters Buckbeak), a drawing of a Phoenix that looks just like Fawkes, and even some sweet writings from Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter.

A Blast-Ended Skrewt within Universal Orlando's Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
A Blast-Ended Skrewt within Universal Orlando's Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, a reference to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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Additionally, the ride includes a reference to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, according to Downey, who reports that Hagrid has a poster of Nifflers in his main workshop.

The new ride seems to be a must-do experience for diehard Harry Potter fans, exploring some of the most mysterious parts of Hogwarts and the fun style of Hagrid and his creatures.