Fans Are Theorizing One Major Game of Thrones Character Actually Survived the Finale

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Now that Game of Thrones is finally over, one would think that would also mean the end to the countless theories fans have been concocting over the past few years. But even though we likely will never get answers to our remaining questions, that doesn’t mean we’re done analyzing every moment of the last season and posing our theories to anyone who will listen.

Case in point: Some viewers are now under the impression that Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) survived the series finale, and it’s actually not as unbelievable an idea as it sounds.

As Cosmopolitan reports, Twitter users have been speculating that after Jon Snow stabs Daenerys, Drogon swoops in to take her somewhere that could potentially save her. This idea stems from the Season 6 episode “The Door,” which showed Tyrion Lannister and Lord Varys meeting with Kinvara, the High Red Priestess from Volantis. In the scene, she tells the pair that Daenerys was The One Who Was Promised, and she would be spreading the word.

Clearly, the Priestess believed in Daenerys, and fans are now thinking this could very well mean she’d be willing to bring her back from the dead, just as Melisandre did with Jon Snow. As it was mentioned in the series finale that Drogon was spotted flying east, people are speculating that he was taking Dany to Kinvara in Volantis. Many have taken to Twitter to pose their theory as to where the Mother of Dragons ended up, imagining her living peacefully in Essos.

Diehard Daenerys fans would have loved to have seen a better conclusion for the character we followed so closely since the very first episode, so it’s not really surprising that many are coming up with ways for her to have faced a better fate. Despite the fact that we’ll likely never know where Drogon took her, it’s evident that the character will live on in fans’ hearts and, of course, in fan theories.

h/t Cosmopolitan]

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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