Game of Thrones Fan Who Named Her Daughter Khaleesi Is Sort of Regretting it Now

Emilia Clarke stars in Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke stars in Game of Thrones
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Warning: Spoilers for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones below.

Given the enormous popularity of Game of Thrones, it's hardly surprising that the series’ loyal fans have commemorated some of the main characters by naming their pets and even their children after them. But after the most recent episode, "The Bells," which saw Daenerys Targaryen burn down King's Landing in its entirety even after its people had surrendered, fans are rethinking their decision of naming anyone after the Mad Queen. 

INSIDER reports that in 2018 alone, 560 babies were named "Khaleesi" in the U.S. This title was given to Dany when she married Khal Drogo in season 1, which roughly translates to "queen," and is one of the many names she goes by in the hit HBO series.

Up until the most recent episode, Daenerys has generally been portrayed as the kind of leader who could finally bring peace to the Seven Kingdoms. But when she rode in on her dragon Drogon and set fire to all of the innocent civilians at the capital, fans who named their daughters after Daenerys started having second thoughts about their chosen namesake.

The Daily Beast spoke to one mother, Jasmine Estrada, who explained that she does not agree with Daenerys's recent actions, making the decision to name her now-6-year-old daughter after the Mother of Dragons "bittersweet." "I'm kind of in shock," Estrada said. "It was kind of disappointing that her power trip took over. That was not cool."

But it's not all bad news for these dedicated Game of Thrones fans. Another mother who named her kid after the character, Katherine Acosta, still supports Daenerys. "I'm still behind her," Acosta told The Cut. "Even after last night's episode, I'm still rooting for her. I don't think she did anything wrong. I think she did what she had to do."

"After the episode, a lot of people kept tagging me on memes and being like, 'How do you feel that Khaleesi has that name now that Daenerys did all of that?' I'm like, I don't feel anything different," Acosta continued. "It's not like she did it just 'cause. If you watch the show, she had every right."

We don't know exactly what was going on in Daenerys's mind when she killed thousands of innocent people, but we definitely know she seemed to be following in her late father's footsteps. Whether or not she was justified in her actions is up for fans to decide.

[h/t INSIDER]

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Netflix

Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images
Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]

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