Could Jon Snow Become the Next Night King in Game of Thrones?

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Helen Sloan, HBO

One of the more popular Game of Thrones fan theories over the years has claimed that Bran Stark, a.k.a. the Three-Eyed Raven, would become the Night King. There is some evidence to back the idea up, and considering that Bran and the undead leader had a connection, it wouldn't be impossible to imagine. But it seems fans and Isaac Hempstead Wright, the actor who plays Bran, are over that becoming a possible storyline. But a new theory suggests there might be another character who could turn into the new Night King in the series’ finale.

Redditor ModnarTnuocca says that instead of Bran becoming the Night King, it will be Jon Snow. The fan admits that this idea is coming totally out of left field, but it essentially builds on a previous theory that the Night King had possibly chosen Jon as his heir. The basic premise is that Jon will become the Night King to restore a balance to the world, essentially becoming the ice to Daenerys Targaryen's fire.

For proof, the Redditor points to the fact that Kit Harington, who plays Jon, said in an April 2019 interview that, “No one I've spoken to has guessed the actual ending. No one has got it right yet." This forced the fan to think outside of the box, explaining that Jon could become the Night King because of seven key hints. They write:

"But think about it, the references certainly are there:

1. There have been tons of Stark-Night King references
2. The last time a Night King was created was to save Westeros from a foreign invader
3. Bran knows how to create a Night King
4. Jon and the Night King have had a kind of weird relationship in the past, think Hardhome
5. This could wrap up the series in one episode
6. It would surely establish the balance once again between fire and ice
7. It would be bittersweet as [George R.R. Martin] has referenced many time[s]."

While Jon Snow becoming the Night King isn't really what we envisioned as the fate of one of our favorite characters, we are hoping for one last major twist in Sunday's finale. And most of us are still desperate for more of an explanation regarding Bran's powers. If anything is for certain, it's that we're expecting a lot out of this final episode. Let's hope at least something unexpected happens.

The Office Star Ellie Kemper Wants to Do a Reunion Episode

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NBC - NBCUniversal Media

While rumors of The Office getting a reboot have been swirling around for years, the outlook on that happening any time soon doesn't look good. But a reunion episode might just be possible.

Ellie Kemper, who played Erin Hannon in the beloved series, recently stopped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to dish about the sitcom and her thoughts on whether it might be making a return to the small screen: "I would love there to be a reboot, but I don't think there will be. So, that's a sad answer," Kemper admitted. "But maybe like a reunion episode? That would be fun."

E! News reports that Kemper isn’t the only cast member that wants to get the band back together. Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly, also thinks a reunion episode would be a hit. “I think it's a great idea," Fischer said in 2018. "I would be honored to come back in any way that I'm able to.”

A key player in the series' success, however, is not so enthusiastic about the idea. Steve Carell, who played the infamous Michael Scott, doesn’t think a revival would be well-received. "The climate's different," Carell told Esquire back in 2018. "I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he's certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That's the point, you know? But I just don't know how that would fly now.”

A Star Wars Connection Might Predict Jim Hopper's Future in Stranger Things

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Netflix

*Warning: This story includes spoilers for Stranger Things.*

Netflix’s Stranger Things is set in the 1980s and regularly includes references to huge cultural phenomena from that time. The series' third season made nods to Back to the Future, The NeverEnding Story, and (unsurprisingly) Star Wars. What might come as a surprise is that George Lucas's legendary space opera could hold a clue to what fate awaits one of Stranger Things's most beloved characters.

One of the major lingering questions from Stranger Things's third season is whether we will see David Harbour's character, Jim Hopper, ever again. Our favorite grumpy sheriff selflessly sacrificed himself in order to defeat the Russians and close the gate to the Upside Down. Fans were almost certain of his death (though it’s not shown on screen) until the post-credits scene rolled, in which the Russians speak of “the American” being held in their cells. Which is where things get interesting …

A new theory from Politico’s Bill Kuchman, which we spotted via Men’s Health, draws parallels between Hopper and Star Wars's Han Solo. In doing so, he might have predicted Hopper’s fate.

Kuchman explains that both Hopper and Solo use the phrase “See you in hell” before meeting their demise, with the Stranger Things character saying it in the final episode of season 3, and Solo saying it in The Empire Strikes Back.

On top of that, both characters seemingly die via a machine: Hopper is part of the key’s explosion, and Solo is frozen in carbonite. Also, at the end of the Stranger Things season 3 finale, Steve Harrington (played by Joe Keery) makes a reference to Return of the Jedi during his video store interview, the film in which Solo is revived.

Kuchman drives this point home by recalling that Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian save Solo in Return of the Jedi when Jabba the Hutt is feeding prisoners into the Sarlacc Pit. This is similar to how Stranger Things season 3 ends, with the Russians feeding prisoners to the Demogorgon.

Will Eleven, Mike, and the gang find the Force and save Hopper from the Russians? We’ll hopefully find out, if and when a fourth season of Stranger Things ever materializes.

[h/t Men's Health]

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