Game of Thrones Fans Think Season 8 Premiere Might Have Revealed the Night King's Identity

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While we can’t predict everything that will happen in the final season of Game of Thrones (though plenty have tried) we don’t need a Magic 8-Ball to know that the Night King will likely be one of the main antagonists. The character is still mysterious, and although we don’t know exactly why he’s commanding a huge army to destroy the Seven Kingdoms, we might have gotten some insight into his identity in the season 8 premiere.

In the latest episode, titled “Winterfell,” we are briefly reintroduced to a boy, Lord Ned Umber, who earns the title after his family dies in the Battle of the Bastards fighting for Ramsay Bolton. The 10-year-old lord pledges fealty to Jon Snow when he returns to the North, and is instructed to return to his house in the Last Hearth to get reinforcements.

When we next see him, he is found dead by Tormund Giantsbane, stabbed through a wall by the White Walkers. His body hangs in the middle of a spiral symbol made up of limbs. In the terrifying scene, the boy springs back to life as a wight and is set on fire, also setting the spiral ablaze. As reported by ComicBook.com, fans have zeroed in on the spiral, which has popped up in the show many times before, theorizing that it could suggest the Night King is a Targaryen.

Fans on Twitter have compiled the times that the White Walkers made a spiral and compared them to the spherical Targaryen symbol. This could suggest that the Night King is marking places with his original house sigil.

Another clue that backs up this claim is the fact that the Night King is able to ride Viserion, Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, whom he killed and reanimated last season. As only Targaryens can ride these creatures, it’s easy to speculate that the undead leader might be one.

While many others believe the Night King could actually be a Stark, some are banking on the villain’s identity being revealed in the final season. He has a specific mission, and we’re dying to find out what that is.

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
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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.
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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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