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
Helen Sloan, HBO

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]

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
Helen Sloan, HBO

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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