The Night King Won the Battle of Winterfell, According to New Game of Thrones Theory

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Warning: Spoilers for all aired episodes of Game of Thronesahead.

There are just two episodes of Game of Thrones left: Let the fan theories fly.

As enthusiastic as Game of Thrones's fan base is, some are getting fed up with this season. Characters are making uncharacteristic moves, and love scenes seem to be overpowering actual battles. Fans are angered with how their favorite characters are behaving. Showrunner David Benioff confirmed that Daenerys Targaryen just “kind of forgot about the Iron Fleet and Euron [Greyjoy]’s forces,” while Tyrion Lannister is definitely not the clever man he used to be. So what’s really going on here? Well, one fan has a possible explanation.

Redditor Inherent_Advice argues that the Night King actually won the Battle of Winterfell, even though he ended up being killed by Arya Stark. What if his job was already done by then? The fan recalls what the undead leader wanted, which Bran Stark tells everyone in the episode “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” While they’re preparing for the war against the dead, the Three-Eyed Raven explains that the Night King wants to kill him to erase the world and start “an endless night.” Samwell Tarly then goes into his little speech, stating, “That’s what death is, isn’t it? Forgetting. Being forgotten. If we forget where we’ve been and what we’ve done, we’re not men anymore. Just animals.”

“Winter did come for Westeros. And what do we know about winter? That it's an endless night of forgetting,” the Redditor writes, referencing all of the poor choices the characters have made since the Battle of Winterfell. They also point out how Bran has become useless since “The Long Night.” This could be because the Night King is dead, but it also could be because he won.

As you might expect, the comments section has received all kinds of reactions, with one even writing, “This could also explain why [George R. R. Martin] forgot to write the last two books of the series.”

Are our favorite characters really this naive in the war for the Iron Throne? We’re hoping for an explanation before the series ends.

Game of Thrones Counseling Available for Upset Fans Following Series Finale

Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
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It’s no surprise that some fans are having a hard time dealing with the fact that Game of Thrones is over. The show ran for eight seasons, and became a huge part of fans's lives and Sunday night routines. Moreover, since the season 8 premiere first aired, fans haven’t been too thrilled with the trajectory of the show, and it has only gotten worse. (The final episode in the series scored the lowest rating in the show’s history on IMDb).

But if you’re having a hard time wrapping your mind around the end of Game of Thrones, or just want to vent, there's a counseling service here just for you. CNN reports that if you go to Bark.com, a UK-based online marketplace, you can find a Game of Thrones counselor who will listen to your every qualm about the show. "The professionals will help them digest their feelings and interpretation of the show, which could range from anger and confusion to sadness and grief," the service description reads.

"We watch them to escape our daily lives and immerse ourselves into the 'unknown,'" Lynette, a counselor from Bark.com, said in a statement regarding people's TV show obsessions. "This is the very reason why we sometimes become addicted to watching them, the stories they tell become part of our identity."

There’s options of booking a 30-minute or 60-minute session, which range from $25 to $51. Fans can choose from a face-to-face session, group session, or online, and can specify which specific problems they’re having regarding the show. 

What do we say to Game of Thrones-related anxiety? Not today!

New Coke is Making a Comeback Thanks to Stranger Things

Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Netflix

In what was considered one of the biggest consumer product marketing blunders of all time, the Coca-Cola Company upset devotees of their signature beverage by introducing New Coke in 1985. Sweeter and smoother than the original, people practically revolted over the change, and the drink eventually disappeared from shelves.

In 2019, New Coke is not only resurfacing—it might turn out to be one of the company's savviest marketing moves to date.

CNN reports that Coca-Cola will be producing 500,000 cans of New Coke in collaboration with Netflix to promote season 3 of Stranger Things, the 1980s-set paranormal drama. Cans will be featured on the show in a kind of retro product placement.

Fans can look for the cans online, which will be offered as a free gift with the purchase of two special Coca-Cola Classic or Coke Zero Sugar glass bottles with Stranger Things artwork beginning Thursday. Special vending machines will also be set up in major cities, and visitors to Atlanta's World of Coca-Cola can purchase the product there, too.

The company is using the exact same recipe for New Coke that got them in hot water back in 1985. For many, it will be their first chance to sample the drink that anti-New Coke activist and retiree Gay Mullins described as being "unbelievably wimpy" and tasting like Pepsi (a comment meant to be derogatory). Originally intended to replace Coca-Cola Classic, the drink was eventually rebranded Coke II and sold through 2002.

Coca-Cola anticipates demand will exceed their 500,000 can allotment, which means you're likely to see them pop up on eBay before long.

The new season of Stranger Things premieres July 4.

[h/t CNN]

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