8 Questions the Game of Thrones Finale Needs to Answer

Emilia Clarke stars as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from Game of Thrones's series finale
Emilia Clarke stars as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from Game of Thrones's series finale
HBO

Warning: Spoilers for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones ahead.

It's hard to believe there's only one Game of Thrones episode left, but here we are. After last week's episode, "The Bells," fully unleashed the Mad Queen in Daenerys Targaryen, we obviously have a ton of questions about how the current situation within the Seven Kingdoms will resolve itself. But beyond what will happen to Dany, there are still plenty of other questions that need to be addressed in the finale. Here are eight of them.

1. Where will Jon and Daenerys's relationship go from here?

We saw first-hand in the latest episode that Jon Snow was completely betrayed by Daenerys Targaryen. After an awkward scene between the lovers earlier on, the Mother of Dragons later went against her word and burned down King's Landing, murdering hundreds—if not thousands—of innocent people in the process. So where do Jon and Dany stand after the events of last episode? It's hard to imagine that Jon will still be comfortable bending the knee to Dany after her violent actions, but we'll have to get a definitive answer as to where the couple goes from here.

2. Who, if anyone, is the Prince That Was Promised?

The prophesized Prince That Was Promised, an idea Melisandre carried throughout the series, has been predicted by both fans and characters to be a handful of different people (many of whom have already been killed). Whether it's meant to be Jon, Daenerys, or even Arya Stark, The One Who Was Promised is destined to save the world from an "impending darkness." Now we just need to know: Who is it?

3. Will Arya fulfill the rest of her prophecy?

Season 8's Battle of Winterfell concluded with Arya killing the Night King, something we realized she was meant to do all along. Melisandre returned and repeated the same prophecy to Arya that she offered up in the third season: "Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you'll shut forever," leaving her with just one more person to kill after blue-eyed leader of the army of the dead.

As Cersei Lannister has green eyes, fans had been theorizing that Arya would be the one to kill her. However, with the wicked queen ultimately meeting her demise in a much less satisfying way, there's still someone out there with green eyes for Arya to defeat. Will it be Daenerys, who has blue-green eyes? We need to find out if the prophecy will fully come true.

4. What happened to Yara Greyjoy?

Yara Greyjoy seemed to be essential to Daenerys's fight for the Iron Throne, and Theon Greyjoy explained earlier on in the season that his sister went to take back the Iron Islands in Dany's name. While Daenerys's Mad Queen antics proved she probably didn't need to recruit Yara and her troops, we'd still like to see a proper goodbye for the ironborn. Now that her uncle, Euron Greyjoy, is dead, Yara might not have any reason to return. But we'd still like to see her in the final episode.

5. Will anyone from previous seasons return?

For more than a year, there has been a lot of fan speculation about which characters from previous seasons we might see again before the series ends. Many have suspected that Daario Naharis, Daenerys's former lover—who we last saw in season 6—would return to fight for his queen, while others have predicted the return of Jaqen H'ghar. Nearly all of the remaining characters have people from their past whose reemergence could create a major plot twist. Now we just need to see if it happens.

6. Why was Jon Snow brought back from the dead?

The reason why Melisandre believed Jon was the Prince That Was Promised was because she was able to bring him back from the dead through the Lord of Light in season 6. Apart from any religion, however, it seemed obvious that Jon was brought back for a reason. With just one episode left, we need to know what that reason was, because it couldn't have just been luck.

7. What was the point of the Night King?

A common complaint about season 8 is regarding the Night King, and how little he amounted to after years of buildup. The undead leader and his army were supposed to be the greatest threat in Westerosi history—a threat so dangerous that the plan to defeat him brought the most unlikely of characters together to fight alongside each other. But ever since Arya killed him in "The Long Night," he hasn't been spoken of again—nor has Bran Stark's connection with him. We'd like to get some type of closure on that plot line, or at least hear a mention of the Night King.

8. Who will sit on the Iron Throne?

Of course, the biggest question of all is: Who, if anyone, will sit on the Iron Throne? With Daenerys's poor choices in "The Bells" likely pushing her down the line of viable candidates, Jon Snow seems to be the only logical choice—especially considering that he is the rightful heir. But we all know how much he doesn't want it. In the end, will Jon decide to put his feelings aside for the greater good of the Seven Kingdoms, or will someone else rise up and take the Iron Throne from him? Soon enough, we'll (hopefully) know all.

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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