Game of Thrones Fan Argues Direwolves’ Names Hint at the Starks’ Fates

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Game of Thrones is known for its complex history and character plots, so it's easy for fans to sometimes get lost in all the details. But if you watch closely, it seems that even the tiniest details might be there for a reason—and possibly foreshadow major moments to come. At least that's the argument that one fan is now making when it comes to the names of the Stark kids’ direwolves, and how they might have been hidden spoilers all along.

According to Redditor RidgeRomaSergey, the name of each Stark child's direwolf predicts the character's fate. For instance, Jon Snow’s direwolf is named Ghost, which mirrors Jon's own life-and-death (and life again) journey. Sansa Stark’s pup was named Lady, and now Sansa is literally the Lady of Winterfell. Robb Stark—who was killed by the Freys, who have the color gray in their house sigil—had a direwolf named Grey Wind.

While these fates have come to fruition, the theorist claims that since Arya Stark’s direwolf Nymeria is named after the Princess of the Rhoynar—who is remembered as a warrior queen—Arya will be victorious and possibly win the Iron Throne. Though it’s been proven that Nymeria wasn’t in battle, she was a powerful leader. And as for Bran Stark’s direwolf Summer: this could suggest that the youngest living Stark will be the key to defeating the Night King in the final season, bringing summer back to the North.

The theory is surprisingly convincing, though it could just be coincidental. But considering that Game of Thrones’s visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer has already confirmed that Ghost will return in season 8—and that he'll do “some pretty cool things”—we can’t totally dismiss this idea yet.

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

We can always count on Mark Hamill to give us some early intel on the next Star Wars movie—whether the studios like it or not. And earlier this week, the 67-year-old actor came through for us yet again.

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press asked Hamill about The Rise of Skywalker and whether he would be involved in the final film in the Skywalker Saga. Hamill confirmed that he would indeed be making an appearance, and shed new light on how.

When asked if this would be his final appearance in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill replied, “I sure hope so,” before elaborating, “I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”

The fact that Hamill will appear as a Force ghost doesn’t come as a big shock to fans, as most have been convinced that was the only way he could return to the franchise. (He did die in the previous film, The Last Jedi, after all.) However, suspicious fans have been speculating about other ways he could come back, with some using promotional photos as possible evidence that Luke will be resurrected.

Despite knowing a major part of Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker, we still have plenty of questions. We’ll just have to wait until the film debuts on December 20 to find everything out.

[h/t Associated Press]

Fans Are Rallying for Macaulay Culkin to Play Joker in The Batman

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
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After months of speculation, it was only recently announced that Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to don the Dark Knight's iconic cape in Matt Reeves's upcoming film The Batman. Unsurprisingly, the response to the casting news was mixed.

While it’s believed The Batman will center around a younger version of Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen previously, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding other major plot points—including which villains will be included, and who will play them.

We Got This Covered reports that various DC characters are being rumored to appear in the film, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter. But fans are desperate to know if the most notable Batman villain will be included on the roster: the Joker.

Though there has been no mention of the Joker in conversations surrounding the new film, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill—nor has it prevented fans from offering up their ideas on who could nail the iconic role, and Macaulay Culkin is apparently at the top of the list.

The former child star has not commented on the validity of the rumors, but many DC fans are on board with it, including digital artist Bryan Zapp who created an image of what Culkin would look like as the Joker.

Meanwhile, Todd Phillips's Joker, a standalone film focusing on the villain’s origin story and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set to hit theaters on October 4.

Although it could get confusing, The Batman will be part of the DCEU, while Joker will not live in the shared universe, which means there could very well be two portrayals of the same character at the same time. Whether or not Culkin would take on the role—or if there will be a Joker at all—is only up for speculation right now.

[h/t We Got This Covered]

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