Game of Thrones Showrunners Say a Season 8 Battle Will Outdo the 'Battle of the Bastards'

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There's a lot of hype surrounding the final season of Game of Thrones. Which makes sense when you consider that this is the show that gave us both the Red Wedding and the Purple Wedding (and just a few episodes apart, no less). In the lead-up to the season 8 premiere, an unprecedented number of fan theories and rumors have been reported—so much so that viewers are already on the edge of their seats, even though it will be more than two months before we see a new episode. Knowing how high expectations would be, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been feeling the pressure to make season 8 the most memorable of all (which is no easy task, considering all the new ground the series has broken over the past seven seasons).

While both cast and crew are contractually obligated to remain tight-lipped about pretty much anything related to the final season, the show's co-creators teased a tantalizing detail in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. When asked about how they were preparing to wow audiences with their last batch of episodes, they claimed that the biggest, baddest battle in Game of Thrones history will go down in the final season.

"In terms of sheer scope, there is a lot in this season that outstrips the 'Battle of the Bastards' sequence so expertly directed by Miguel Sapochnik," they claimed. "We can say this without feeling bad, since most of it was also expertly directed by Miguel Sapochnik."

While this tidbit might be enough to satisfy fans of other series, Game of Thrones viewers are different—and only have more questions. Like who will the battle be between? Who will die? And, of course, who will win? Let the fan theories fly!

Game of Thrones will return for its final season on April 14, 2019.

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]

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