What Happened to Game of Thrones's Prince That Was Promised Prophecy?

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

One of the biggest prophecies in Game of Thrones was the story of the Prince That Was Promised. This person was the prophesied savior in the Lord of the Light religion, believed to be born from salt and smoke and wielding a sword named Lightbringer to defeat the threat of darkness. Throughout the majority of the series, fans have been speculating who the prince (or princess, since it's a gender neutral word in High Valyrian) could be. Some of the characters were desperate to find out as well. But since the series finale on Sunday, many are still wondering whether or not The One Who Was Promised was revealed. Was there ever one at all?

The first person thought to be this savior in the TV series was Stannis Baratheon, after he proclaimed himself the King of the Seven Kingdoms and Melisandre was totally behind it. But after Stannis was killed in battle and Jon Snow was brought back to life, the priestess then announced that she thought Jon was the prince. Since then, fans had been on board with this theory, especially after Jon seemed to be making heroic leadership decisions up north. We saw him becoming the King in the North, and then his true parentage was revealed—a game changer that confirmed he was the true heir to the Iron Throne.

But the final season might’ve thrown this idea out the window, considering it was Arya who killed the Night King—a feat many fans thought would have been left to the prophesied prince. After that, some began speculating whether or not the trained assassin was actually the Prince That Was Promised. But there were still some who believed Jon could be the ultimate savior.

And since the series finale, which saw Jon kill Daenerys Targaryen, many fans have continued to believe that he was the prince because he killed the darkness that was Dany. And as TIME points out, in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, the Azor Ahai, a.k.a. the Prince That Was Promised, had to kill his wife to create the Lightbringer, which certainly parallels what Jon did to Daenerys.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t explicitly settled whether or not the Prince That Was Promised prophecy was ever fulfilled, so we may never know (unless the showrunners or George R.R. Martin start talking). 

Harry Potter Fans Are Waiting 10 Hours or More to Ride Hagrid’s Roller Coaster

Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando

Muggles will do anything to be a part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal Orlando opened up its newest ride this week at its version of Hogsmeade, the village that surrounds Hogwarts castle. Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure takes wannabe wizards and witches on a twisting, high-speed flight through the mystical Forbidden Forest.

Diehard fans began waiting overnight outside the park in anticipation of the ride, and it looks like just about everyone had the same idea. At 8:30 a.m. on opening day, the line was already eight hours long, and quickly stretched to 10 hours long by 10:30 a.m., CNN reports.

The line is worth the wait for many fans of the franchise. As Potterheads already know, Rubeus Hagrid, beloved friend of Harry Potter and the gang, has a special affinity for mysterious creatures. So who better to see the beasts of the forest with than the half-giant?

Participants on the ride can choose to sit in Hagrid’s sidecar or in the driver’s seat. The winding track includes appearances by some of our favorite wizards, like Arthur Weasley, and creatures benevolent and otherwise, such as Cornish pixies, massive spiders, and the three-headed dog, Fluffy.

Fans aren’t the only ones wanting to experience the ride. Some of the stars of the film series had a little reunion in Orlando this week to celebrate the opening, including Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).

Unlike the fans, however, they have magic (fame) to keep them from having to wait in 10-hour lines.

Happy riding, Potterheads!

[h/t CNN]

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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