Clues Hint That a Major Game of Thrones Character Is Still Alive


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

The internet has just found something really fishy about a certain character we all assumed died in last week’s Game of Thrones episode, “The Bells.” Hold onto your fallen character tributes for now, because there might be proof that Jaime Lannister is still alive.

In the middle of all the chaos happening in King’s Landing during the most recent episode, Cersei Lannister was able to reunite with her brother in a strangely sentimental moment. When it looked like every way out was blocked, Jaime took a hysterical Cersei in his arms and they embraced as the Red Keep collapsed all around them. Is there any possible way one of them didn’t die?

Well, as reported by Cosmopolitan, Tumblr user WeedsAreFlowersToo has found possible evidence that might prove Jaime miraculously survived.

First, the fan pointed out how strange it was that there haven’t been any goodbye posts or tributes to Jaime, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, from the cast. So far this season, as each episode has brought more deaths, the show’s cast members have started to post about the fallen characters on social media. But this hasn’t happened for Coster-Waldau. The user wrote:

"Why isn’t ANYONE acknowledging that Jaime Lannister just died??? Why is nobody in the cast thanking Nik for his performance? Why did Pilou (Euron Greyjoy) and Lena’s (Cersei Lannister) Insta post not say anything about Jaime dying? Why isn’t Nik saying anything about what he thinks of the scene? Why did he make a post saying goodbye to Lena, and not to the character he played for 8 years? Why is there no talk of Jaime’s death in the game revealed?"

This definitely seems strange, especially considering in Coster-Waldau’s Instagram post after the episode, he didn’t explicitly say goodbye to his character. Instead, it seems just like a goodbye to Cersei.

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The best, sweetest most wonderful sister from another mother @iamlenaheadey . That was a fun decade 😘

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The user also brought up a response from Entertainment Weekly editor James Hibberd, who has been conducting exit interviews with the actors whose characters have died this season. After speaking with Lena Headey and Rory McCann following “The Bells,” one fan on Twitter asked Hibberd where Coster-Waldau’s interview was. His response was quite cryptic: “Holding that one for a bit…”

"Apparently James Hibberd also said there was a character he was surprised to see alive in episode 6," the fan continued. "I don’t think there is any other character at this point that we would be shocked to see alive except Jaime. Prove me wrong."

Although we’d have some trouble buying the possibility that Jaime survived getting stabbed by Euron Greyjoy and having a castle fall on him, there is some solid evidence here that something unexpected might happen in the finale. We’ll just have to wait these next few days to see.

Virginia’s University of Lynchburg is Adding a Harry Potter Class to Its Fall Curriculum

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Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R.

While it’s not exactly an invitation to Hogwarts, students at Virginia’s University of Lynchburg are getting just about the next best thing. This fall, the campus is adding a Harry Potter-themed class to its curriculum as a general education course.

The university is in the process of changing some of its course offerings and streamlining classes in recognition of its modern students. According to WSET ABC 13, Dr. Sharon Foreman, director of general education, said of the new curriculum: "It is very targeted towards 21st century students who are going out into a global society and so we want faculty, staff, and administrators to know what that means, what it looks like, and [to] experience it first hand.”

Faculty have decided providing an education for a global society includes offering courses like the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Good Life," which will ask students to read J.K. Rowling’s books alongside the works of philosophers to create connections between the past and present.

University of Lynchburg coordinator of integrated seminars Amy Merrill Willis told WSLS 10 News that the course's instructor, Devin Brickhouse Bryson, is "going to be introducing philosophical concepts from [Plato], Socrates, and Aristotle, and asking students to think about the Harry Potter series in depth.”

Although there may not be a sorting hat or Butterbeer involved, the class sounds like a creative way to engage students in philosophy and critical issues, all while focused on the beloved Harry Potter series.

[h/t WSET ABC 13]

Wizarding World Orlando’s New Roller Coaster Is Full of Harry Potter Easter Eggs

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Universal Orlando

While Universal Studios Orlando is already home to some incredible attractions in its Wizarding World of Harry Potter, such as its very own Hogsmeade, the Hogwarts Express, and even a Hogwarts Castle, the newest roller coaster seems to be bringing out the most dedicated of Potterheads. The ride, called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, saw whopping 10-hour waits in its opening days, and for those lucky enough to have experienced the brand-new attraction already, it looks like many have deemed it worth the line.

GameSpot got to take a ride on the Motorbike Adventure, and writer Meg Downey noted all the great details riders will encounter as they soar through the Forbidden Forest—which included a load of Easter eggs.

In particular, Downey calls out the many Harry Potter nods on the walls of the castle ruins. The graffiti, which resembles cave drawings, includes a joke about a Hippogriff attempting to catch Draco Malfoy (likely in reference to the Prisoner of Azkaban scene where the cocky wizard encounters Buckbeak), a drawing of a Phoenix that looks just like Fawkes, and even some sweet writings from Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter.

A Blast-Ended Skrewt within Universal Orlando's Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
A Blast-Ended Skrewt within Universal Orlando's Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, a reference to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Universal Orlando

Additionally, the ride includes a reference to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, according to Downey, who reports that Hagrid has a poster of Nifflers in his main workshop.

The new ride seems to be a must-do experience for diehard Harry Potter fans, exploring some of the most mysterious parts of Hogwarts and the fun style of Hagrid and his creatures.