Spoiler Alert: Your Favorite Game of Thrones Character Is Probably Going to Die Next Season

HBO
HBO

From a face full of molten gold to a wedding day massacre, the creators of Game of Thrones have never been shy about killing their characters—yes, even beloved ones ­—and have continued to find new and inventive ways to off 'em over the course of seven seasons. While the epic series’ eighth (and final) season won’t arrive until 2019, HBO’s powers-that-be are already confirming what you probably knew was coming: A lot of people are going to die!

As Variety reports, several of the network’s executives were on hand at the INTV Conference in Israel to take part in a panel titled “The Best of HBO.” When talk turned to Game of Thrones, senior vice president of drama Francesca Orsi described approaching the final season as “a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers. None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths.”

Orsi went on to say that even the table read of the final six episodes was pretty dramatic, and ended with the cast and crew standing up and applauding for a full 15 to 20 minutes. “It was amazing,” says Orsi. “By the very end, everyone looked down and looked up and tears were in their eyes.”

Of course, Game of Thrones’s eighth season won’t mark the end of HBO’s collaboration with George R.R. Martin. Orsi said the network is already planning “three, four, five spinoffs” of the rabidly popular series, noting that “it feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it.” And these won’t be small-budget affairs. “$50 million [per season] would never fly for what we are trying to do,” Orsi said of the spinoffs, which have already enlisted writers Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River), and Carly Wray (Mad Men, The Leftovers) to get cracking on the scripts. “We are going big,” Orsi confirmed.

In May 2017, Martin himself shared some details about the proposed projects on his blog:

“For what it's worth, I don't especially like the term ‘spinoff,’ and I don't think it really applies to these new projects. What we're talking about are new stories set in the ‘secondary universe’ (to borrow Tolkien's term) of Westeros and the world beyond, the world I created for A Song Of Ice and Fire. It is a world, and a pretty big one, and if there were 8 million stories in the naked city back in the '50s, just think how many more there are in an entire world, and one with thousands of years of recorded history.

“None of these new shows will be 'spinning off' from GOT in the traditional sense. We are not talking Joey or AfterMASH or even Frasier or Lou Grant, where characters from one show continue on to another. So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment. Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than 'spinoff' or 'prequel,' however, I prefer the term 'successor show.' That's what I've been calling them.”

Whatever you want to call them, HBO’s commitment to Martin’s work should be reassuring to fans who are dreading “The End” of Game of Thrones. Will it be enough to help you through the grieving process as you watch your favorite characters fall? Only time will tell.

[h/t: Variety]

George RR Martin Just Gave Us a Peek at Game of Thrones’s Ice Spiders

Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images
Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

When you think of threats in Game of Thrones, the first thing that comes to mind might be Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons or maybe even the Night King. But does anyone remember the ice spiders in Westeros lore, which Old Nan told Bran about several years back?

In the series' first season, Old Nan told Bran bedtime stories about The Long Night, a time in the Age of Heroes when darkness fell upon the known world for a whole century. During this time, famine and horrifying dangers appeared, including the White Walkers and, yes, a scary species of ice spiders.

So it seems fitting that the 2020 Game of Thrones calendar George RR Martin recently shared on Twitter shows off these ice spiders on the front cover, as the upcoming prequel series is rumored to be called The Long Night (and it was Martin himself who let that tiny detail slip).

It's an interesting illustration, and could be an early glimpse about a terrifying new creature we might soon get to see in Westeros—if not in the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones, then possibly in the prequel.

Game of Thrones Season 8 is scheduled to premiere in April 2019.

New Avengers: Endgame Theory Argues None of the Superheroes Died in Infinity War

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Marvel Studios

In most movies, it's the characters' journeys that really matter—not necessarily how they end. However, when it comes to Avengers: Infinity War, what fans undoubtedly remember is Thanos's snap, which closed the movie and presumably killed off half of the universe, leaving the whole of Marvel's fan base in utter shock.

But what if Thanos's snap, now officially known as "The Decimation," did not actually kill any our favorite superheroes? What if, instead, it sent them all to an alternate universe? That's what one interesting new theory proposes, Esquire reports. Here's what Redditor joethehamface wrote:

"We have all been making fun of Thanos by saying that death wasn't necessary with the near infinite power of the gauntlet. What if it simply split the reality in two, taking half of everyone into each version ... The two parallel realities could be joined by a sort of bridge in the quantum realm. Since Scott was in the quantum realm at the time of the split, he was unaffected by the snap and not bound to either reality—leaving him free to travel from one to the other over this bridge. Maybe this leaves him free to travel through to the parallel dimensions created by Thanos, splitting the time stream. He would be the only way for them to communicate with [each] other. Maybe he exists in both realities and gains knowledge from both due to some strange form of quantum entanglement."

What's the likelihood of this being the case? Well, pretty low. But Paul Rudd as Scott Lang appearing in the highly-anticipated Avengers: EndGame trailer after we all thought he was one of the many casualties does validate the theory a bit. Unfortunately, we'll just have to wait and see.

Avengers: EndGame will arrive in theaters on April 26, 2019.

[h/t: Esquire]

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