New Game of Thrones Fan Theory Predicts That Cersei Lannister Will Die, and How

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

When it comes to Game of Thrones, viewers understand that no character—not even the most beloved—is immune to being killed off (and often in a brutal way). While few people would describe Cersei Lannister as "beloved," she is one of the series' key antagonists, and a big part of what makes the show tick. And while she seems pretty certain that she'll be left standing when winter comes to an end, a fan theory is predicting that Lena Headey's character will be one of the many who will bite the dust by the time season 8 is over.

To fully understand this theory, we need to go back to season 5's "The Wars to Come," when—in a flashback—we see a young Cersei meet with fortune teller Maggy the Frog, who reveals the prophecy for future Queen's life when she tells her: "And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you." Valonqar means "little brother" in High Valyrian, and many have taken that to mean that either Jaime or Tyrion will ultimately be the one to kill Cersei. However, this newest theory poses a different idea entirely.

Redditor Namez_Are_Hard suggested that it may not be Cersei's literal brother who kills her, but the little brother of her children:

"What if she’s pregnant with another son, and while giving birth to him, she dies. She is killed by the Valonqar. Nowhere in Mag's prophecy does it say HER valonqar, just THE valonqar."

The child would be the younger brother of Cersei's three already-dead children—Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen—and many fans are wondering if it could potentially be their "little brother" who ends Cersei, and not her younger brothers.

The theory is certainly interesting. We'll be waiting to see how—and if—Cersei meets her fate.

A Friends Jewelry Collection Just Launched From Alex and Ani for the Show's 25th Anniversary

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The 25th anniversary of Friends is coming in September, and there is no shortage of ways you can celebrate, whether you binge-watch the series while drinking a cup of Central Perk coffee or head to a movie theater for a marathon of some of the show's standout episodes. Now, courtesy of jewelry outlet Alex and Ani, you can further flaunt your love of Friends with a line of new charm bracelets and necklaces inspired by episodes from the beloved '90s sitcom.

If you're looking for a gift for the Rachel to your Ross, Alex and Ani has a “You’re My Lobster” bracelet, featuring a charm of a little lobster and one with Phoebe’s famous advice. For your favorite coffee lover, you can get the Central Perk bracelet with the café’s logo and two little steaming coffee mugs. And for that friend that's always there to help you move, there's the gold Couch and Pivot Cluster Charm Bangle, which has multi-colored crystal charms, a couch charm, and one that, of course, reads “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!”

Alex and Ani

The pieces in the Friends Alex and Ani collection run from $39-$49 and can be found on the company's website or at select retailers.

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[h/t US Weekly]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.

Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]