Betting Odds Now Favor Bran Stark to Win Game of Thrones's Iron Throne

Isaac Hempstead Wright stars as Bran Stark in Game of Thrones
Isaac Hempstead Wright stars as Bran Stark in Game of Thrones
Helen Sloan, HBO

Warning: Spoilers for all aired Game of Thrones episodes ahead.

When it comes to predicting who will end up on the Iron Throne when Game of Thrones concludes, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Since Daenerys Targaryen’s fiery massacre last week in "The Bells," the betting odds that she will become the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms have plummeted, and one unlikely person has now taken the lead.

According to OddsShark, Bran Stark is the new odds-on favorite, even ahead of the true heir to the throne, Jon Snow. Going from +200 odds to -500, Bran has made the top of the list, while Jon has dropped from +300 to +800, putting Jon behind Sansa Stark, whose odds also fell from +300 to +400, and Tyrion Lannister, who increased from +900 to +750.

After Daenerys showed what kind of leader she would be in the latest episode, her betting odds dropped from +900 to +1500, which means very few people think she will take the throne. And fans still think that Gendry, the bastard son of Robert Baratheon, has a claim to the throne—even though that likely won’t happen. He makes the list anyway, right behind Daenerys with +3000, tying with Arya Stark.

Also tied with Arya and Gendry is Jon and Daenerys’s child, who may or may not exist, at +3000; Samwell Tarly at +5000; and Ser Davos Seaworth at +15000.

That Bran might become the ultimate ruler of the Seven Kingdoms has some precedent: In recent weeks, a few fan theories have predicted that the youngest living Stark would ultimately win the Iron Throne. He’s one of the few characters who hasn’t been playing the game and who could rule without the want for more power. He’s also one of the very few level-headed people still breathing. But we’ll have to wait and see if that means anything in Sunday’s finale.

[h/t TV Guide]

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
Helen Sloan, HBO

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.
Netflix

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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