A Game of Thrones Fan Predicted How the Battle of Winterfell Would End a Full Year Ago


*Game of Thrones season 8 spoilers ahead.

One of the reasons fans come up with their own theories while watching their favorite TV shows and movies is because they want to be the first ones to predict those monumental scenes and twists we talk about for years afterwards. Even if their ideas prove to be wrong or are deemed just bizarre, theories give fans the chance to decide the outcome for themselves, to an extent.

But what if those wild posts on Reddit proved to be true? It’s pretty rare for a fan theory to actually come to fruition, though it does happen. Most recently, as Mashable reports, one major Game of Thrones moment from the Battle of Winterfell was actually predicted by a fan last year.

If you were able to see “The Long Night,” the third episode in Game of Thrones season 8, through all the poor lighting, then you probably have some opinions about how the Battle of Winterfell turned out. Fans have been divided about the episode, with some loving the fact that Arya Stark defeated the Night King, and others hating how anticlimactic the moment was. But either way, no one expected it to turn out the way it did—except for one person, who predicted it all on Reddit one year ago.

Redditor gride9000 theorized the Night King’s death would play out exactly how it did. The fan pointed out how strange it was that the assassin’s blade kept popping up throughout the series, especially in some pretty obvious close-ups. Then it all made sense to them once Bran gave the knife to Arya in season 7. The Three-Eyed-Raven knew what was going to happen, so he gave it to Arya knowing she’d use it to kill the Night King. While we all know that now after watching the latest episode, the Redditor really did figure it out a while ago. And the funniest part? Fellow fans in the comments section weren’t exactly convinced.

Here’s hoping that a few more fan theories come true in the final three episodes of Game of Thrones, because we still have so many questions that need answers.

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

We can always count on Mark Hamill to give us some early intel on the next Star Wars movie—whether the studios like it or not. And earlier this week, the 67-year-old actor came through for us yet again.

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press asked Hamill about The Rise of Skywalker and whether he would be involved in the final film in the Skywalker Saga. Hamill confirmed that he would indeed be making an appearance, and shed new light on how.

When asked if this would be his final appearance in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill replied, “I sure hope so,” before elaborating, “I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”

The fact that Hamill will appear as a Force ghost doesn’t come as a big shock to fans, as most have been convinced that was the only way he could return to the franchise. (He did die in the previous film, The Last Jedi, after all.) However, suspicious fans have been speculating about other ways he could come back, with some using promotional photos as possible evidence that Luke will be resurrected.

Despite knowing a major part of Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker, we still have plenty of questions. We’ll just have to wait until the film debuts on December 20 to find everything out.

[h/t Associated Press]

Fans Are Rallying for Macaulay Culkin to Play Joker in The Batman

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
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After months of speculation, it was only recently announced that Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to don the Dark Knight's iconic cape in Matt Reeves's upcoming film The Batman. Unsurprisingly, the response to the casting news was mixed.

While it’s believed The Batman will center around a younger version of Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen previously, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding other major plot points—including which villains will be included, and who will play them.

We Got This Covered reports that various DC characters are being rumored to appear in the film, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter. But fans are desperate to know if the most notable Batman villain will be included on the roster: the Joker.

Though there has been no mention of the Joker in conversations surrounding the new film, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill—nor has it prevented fans from offering up their ideas on who could nail the iconic role, and Macaulay Culkin is apparently at the top of the list.

The former child star has not commented on the validity of the rumors, but many DC fans are on board with it, including digital artist Bryan Zapp who created an image of what Culkin would look like as the Joker.

Meanwhile, Todd Phillips's Joker, a standalone film focusing on the villain’s origin story and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set to hit theaters on October 4.

Although it could get confusing, The Batman will be part of the DCEU, while Joker will not live in the shared universe, which means there could very well be two portrayals of the same character at the same time. Whether or not Culkin would take on the role—or if there will be a Joker at all—is only up for speculation right now.

[h/t We Got This Covered]