Game of Thrones Fan Who Named Her Daughter Khaleesi Is Sort of Regretting it Now

Emilia Clarke stars in Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke stars in Game of Thrones
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Warning: Spoilers for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones below.

Given the enormous popularity of Game of Thrones, it's hardly surprising that the series’ loyal fans have commemorated some of the main characters by naming their pets and even their children after them. But after the most recent episode, "The Bells," which saw Daenerys Targaryen burn down King's Landing in its entirety even after its people had surrendered, fans are rethinking their decision of naming anyone after the Mad Queen. 

INSIDER reports that in 2018 alone, 560 babies were named "Khaleesi" in the U.S. This title was given to Dany when she married Khal Drogo in season 1, which roughly translates to "queen," and is one of the many names she goes by in the hit HBO series.

Up until the most recent episode, Daenerys has generally been portrayed as the kind of leader who could finally bring peace to the Seven Kingdoms. But when she rode in on her dragon Drogon and set fire to all of the innocent civilians at the capital, fans who named their daughters after Daenerys started having second thoughts about their chosen namesake.

The Daily Beast spoke to one mother, Jasmine Estrada, who explained that she does not agree with Daenerys's recent actions, making the decision to name her now-6-year-old daughter after the Mother of Dragons "bittersweet." "I'm kind of in shock," Estrada said. "It was kind of disappointing that her power trip took over. That was not cool."

But it's not all bad news for these dedicated Game of Thrones fans. Another mother who named her kid after the character, Katherine Acosta, still supports Daenerys. "I'm still behind her," Acosta told The Cut. "Even after last night's episode, I'm still rooting for her. I don't think she did anything wrong. I think she did what she had to do."

"After the episode, a lot of people kept tagging me on memes and being like, 'How do you feel that Khaleesi has that name now that Daenerys did all of that?' I'm like, I don't feel anything different," Acosta continued. "It's not like she did it just 'cause. If you watch the show, she had every right."

We don't know exactly what was going on in Daenerys's mind when she killed thousands of innocent people, but we definitely know she seemed to be following in her late father's footsteps. Whether or not she was justified in her actions is up for fans to decide.

[h/t INSIDER]

George R.R. Martin Doesn't Think Game of Thrones Was 'Very Good' For His Writing Process

Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

No one seems to have escaped the fan fury over the finals season of Game of Thrones. While likely no one got it quite as bad as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, even author George R.R. Martin—who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series upon which the show is based, faced backlash surrounding the HBO hit. The volatile reaction from fans has apparently taken a toll on both Martin's writing and personal life.

In an interview with The Guardian, the acclaimed author said he's sticking with his original plan for the last two books, explaining that the show will not impact them. “You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” he stated.

He went on to explain how even his personal life has taken a negative turn because of the show. “I can’t go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favorite thing to do in the world,” Martin said. “To go in and wander from stack to stack, take down some books, read a little, leave with a big stack of things I’d never heard of when I came in. Now when I go to a bookstore, I get recognized within 10 minutes and there’s a crowd around me. So you gain a lot but you also lose things.”

While fans of the book series are fully aware of the author's struggle to finish the final two installments, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, Martin admitted that part of the delay has been a result of the HBO series, and fans' reaction to it.

“I don’t think [the series] was very good for me,” Martin said. “The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day … I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.'"

Still, Martin has sworn that the books will get finished ... he just won't promise when.

[h/t The Guardian]

Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now

Cinephile/Amazon
Cinephile/Amazon

If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon now for $20 before its August 27 release date.

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