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Here’s How Daenerys Could Have Kids Again on ‘Game of Thrones’

Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons are the only children she can ever have on Game of Thrones, it is known. And yet, one fan theory that seems increasingly probable says that Jon Snow will get her pregnant.

The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 makes not one, not two, but three references to Daenerys and Jon’s potential offspring. First Jorah mentions it, then Tyrion, and finally Daenerys herself. One interpretation suggests that their potential kid is the true “Song of Ice and Fire” from the book series title.

But go back a step. How would this happen? Daenerys believes she’s infertile because of the witch Mirri Maz Duur she enlisted to save Khal Drogo in Season 1. Of course this plan backfired horribly. Duur told her that “only death can pay for life,” and while Dany thought this only involves sacrificing his horse, it turned out to be the life of their unborn baby.

To make matters worse, after all that Drogo was alive but effectively brain-dead. The implication is that in one fell swoop, after trusting the wrong person and the wrong magic, Daenerys lost her husband, unborn child, and potential to ever have human kids.

But it’s the “only death can pay for life” part that fans are latching onto, because in Season 7, Dany’s dragon “child” Viserion has died. And she’s looking awfully cozy with Jon Snow.

“Only death can pay for life”

So perhaps the death of her dragon child will pay for a new life. Of course, some fans are also theorizing that this ominous prediction will mean that Dany pays for her child’s life with her own. After all, her own mother died in childbirth and Jon’s mother Lyanna Stark did too.

But for now, there are no indications about Daenerys’s death in the show. There are, however, several indications that she will have a child with Jon.



This Tiny Game of Thrones Detail Could Mean the End for Littlefinger

Sansa Stark seemed to take to her new role as Regent of the North in Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, establishing her credibility as a capable leader. However, some fans are still worried about the thorn in her side known as Littlefinger.


As Sansa walked through the Winterfell courtyard making plans to keep her people fed and warm throughout winter, the master manipulator followed along silently at her side. And while he didn’t say anything, there was a specific moment in the conversation that seemed to give him pause.

After Sansa asked Maester Wolkan about the length of the longest winter in the past 100 years, he replied that he would have to look it up. “I’m not entirely certain. I’ll check Maester Luwin’s records, he kept a copy of every raven’s scroll,” he said, referencing the former Maester of Winterfell.

This revelation made Littlefinger do a quick but noticeable double-take — as noted by The Ringer — seeming to hint that one of these scrolls may contain some incriminating information.


Some speculate that there may be a scroll that links Littlefinger to the Valryian steel dagger that was used in the assassination attempt on Bran and was last seen when Littlefinger held it to Ned’s neck after betraying him to the Lannisters. This theory is supported by the fact that the dagger was shown strapped to Arya’s hip in promotional photos for the season, indicating that the young assassin may be the one to finally take out Littlefinger upon her arrival at Winterfell. And judging by the promo for this week’s episode, she’s getting very close to her destination.


Not to mention that the promo also appears to show Sansa suspiciously perusing a paper that could be the scroll in question.


Here’s hoping that ousting Littlefinger is the first item on the Stark sisters’ reunion to-do list.

The 8th episode of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season airs Aug. 27th at 9 p.m. on HBO.



HBO Hackers Threaten to Leak ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale Episode 7

So far, the only leaked episodes of “Game of Thrones” Season 7 have come from HBO partners themselves. Hackers have shared other data, and pieces of GoT scripts, but never full episodes. Yet.

HBO’s hackers recently emailed Mashable with details on their latest exploits, vowing to leak the Season 7 finale, Episode 7, “as soon as possible.”

According to Mashable, the data dump the hackers — “Mr. Smith group” — shared with them included login credentials for every HBO social media account. The hackers claimed to “have access to many HBO Platforms already” and posted on several HBO Giphy accounts, writing things like “HB-OLD is Dying….” before the pages were deleted.

But it’s this threat, emailed from the group to Mashable, that’s getting the most attention:

“Be ready for GOT S& E6 &E7 as soon as possible.”

“As soon as possible” may mean they don’t have it yet and may never have it, they just want to hold the threat over HBO’s head.

The email was sent before Episode 6 aired on August 20, but Episode 6 was already leaked by HBO Europe accounts several days before that anyway. So a threat to leak Episode 6 isn’t exactly scary to anyone. But Episode 7… that’s the season finale. If they had it to leak, they probably would’ve done it by now, since HBO doesn’t seem interested in playing the hackers’ “game” and giving them (anymore) money.


Even if the Season 7 finale somehow finds its way onto the web — from hackers or, more likely considering the recent pattern, an HBO contractor — it shouldn’t affect the ratings in a negative way. And even if hackers do spoil what happens in the finale … well, guess what? Someone on the inside already did that months ago when they leaked a full-season breakdown on Reddit. HBO’s own allies have been leading the leak game all year, at least when it comes to “Game of Thrones” Season 7 content, which is all that most fans care about anyway.

The highly anticipated “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale airs Sunday, Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. on HBO.




Game of Thrones is a series of surprises. In the beginning, it was a shock to see the nice, “good” characters come to awful ends. We learned no one was safe and threw around the phrase as comfort every time another heroic person bit the dust. Then, we were awed by smoke monsters and the presence of dragons. Most recently, it’s been a bit of a wonder that none of our favorite characters are dying; they’re actually making it out of seemingly impossible situations.

“Beyond the Wall” changed the game with a blue-eyed wight dragon revelation in its final scene. I don’t use the game-changer line lightly. The Night King‘s action altered what I thought I knew about how Game of Thrones would end. That’s one of the reasons the Night King is the MVP of the penultimate episode of season seven.

Before we dive into the Night King’s profound show of power, let’s touch on the obvious rationale for naming him MVP. He was a textbook example of working smart, not hard in “Beyond the Wall.” The Night King didn’t have to do anything to lure Jon Snow and his men; they planned their own idiotic Tour of the North trip. Once he had them there, he let his vast, exceptionally expendable army do their thing. He didn’t have to raise a bony finger.

The Night King has all the time in the world. He was content to let his army wait out the refreezing of the lake and go after Jon and his men. His patience paid off when Daenerys flew her dragons to the scene, which leads us to another reason the Night King wins the episode. He got himself a damn undead dragon.

The leader of all the White Walkers had massive, dragon-killing spears for some reason. I guess he’s probably heard about Dany and her dragons by now, so maybe he’s been getting prepared. He didn’t panic when he saw Drogon light swaths of his army on fire or call for a retreat. He doesn’t have the burden of compassion to hold him back. The Night King remained calm and took down Viserion without any sign of emotion.

Awful? Yes. I’m not siding with the Night King. But I can’t deny he made an intelligent and valuable move in a sea of our heroes making stupid decisions. He resurrected Viserion and gained a giant, scaly asset—a weapon capable of changing the tide.

Call me a sweet summer child, but I believed Daenerys and her dragons would be the end of the Night King and his army. Dragon fire is one of the few guaranteed ways to end a White Walker’s existence. You’d think by now I would know Game of Thrones isn’t a show about happy endings, but I had a hope it’s where the story was going.

I can see how a dragon fueled triumph could still happen. Since Jon has been dead before, maybe he’ll be able to connect with and ride Viserion. But that’s a theory for another time.

As it is, the Night King scored a huge win by gaining an ice dragon. The dragons seemed like undefeatable, surefire solutions to the survival of Westeros. If the Night King can take down such a powerful force by barely exerting any effort, what else can he do? We thought we saw it all when Jon witnessed the Night King in action at “Hardhome,” but that terrifying display was nothing compared to how the zombie ruler shifted an entire freaking war by throwing a spear at a dragon like most of us toss trash into a dumpster.

For the first time, I feel like the citizens of Westeros are utterly and completely screwed. Good job, Night King.

Does my choice for MVP align with yours? Fly a dragon (too soon?) to the comments and tell me your pick.



Game of Thrones Finale Trailer Teases an Insane Meeting of All Your Favorites

Starting with last season and really ramping up this year, Game of Throneshas been efficiently re-uniting the once-scattered cast of the HBO series. Arya briefly saw her direwolf; Sansa has found both Bran and Jon. A whole mess of characters who knew each other’s dads met up north of the Wall. But nothing we’ve seen yet can quite match the major meeting looming in the finale. Everyone will be down south for the big meeting of Kings, Queens, and zombies. Well, almost everyone.

You had your chance to go to the party, Sansa, but you (snottily) sent Brienne instead. Speaking of which, let’s take a full accounting of everyone we see gathered in one place for the finale.

We see (deep breath): Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) , Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Bronn (Jerome Flynn), Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)—or at least his fleet, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), Pod (Daniel Portman), and just behind him Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), Varys (Conleth Hill), Theon (Alfie Allen), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Davos (Liam Cunningham), the Hound (Rory McCann) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie). We don’t see Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) she’s undoubtedly there as well as a few other familiar faces. Plus, you know, scores of armies spoiling for a fight.

Please don’t ask me how Grey Worm and the Unsullied escaped from Casterly Rock. Just be glad our second favorite eunuch (behind Varys but in front of Theon) is safe and sound. As for the dazzling location itself, this is the much-anticipated Dragonpit.

News first broke back in August that Game of Thrones was using the picturesque Italica ruins near Seville, Spain, to stand in for the Dragonpit—a cavernous ruin perched atop of the hills of King’s Landing. This is what that evocative location looks like in the books, and here’s what the ruins look like in real life.

This is why we think by Daenerys, will likely be there. What’s a Dragonpit without dragons? This as-yet-unamed episode will be directed by Jeremy Podeswa. Controversial though he may be, Podeswa has directed some truly impressive and beautifully filmed action for Thrones in the past, including Jorah and Tyrion’s confrontation with the Stone Men, Brienne and Pod’s heroic rescue of Sansa and Theon from the Bolton soldiers, and Tyrion’s dramatic unchaining of Viserion and Rhaegal.


So whatever happens at the end of this dustup between so many main characters, it’s promising to be a lovely war.



Game of Thrones Fans Noticed Jon Snow Has a Powerful Ally He Hasn’t Used Yet

Game of Thrones has made a point this season to—among the dragon battles and sex scenes—include some long, boring scenes between Cersei and Tycho Nestoris of the Iron Bank. I know, I know, it’s not much fun to watch Cersei discuss her credit score while an army of undead is marching South, but the Iron Bank has a huge role to play in all this. Many fans believe that money could be Cersei’s ultimate downfall once the Iron Bank sees a better business opportunity in Daenerys than Cersei.

But the bank could also be another potential ally in the north, with a vested interest in Jon Snow’s cause as well. As one Reddit user explains:

I believe Jon should also be prioritizing proving to the Iron Bank that the Wights exists. I’ve thought for a while about how the White Walkers only seem to plague Westeros, while the rest of the ASOIAF World is so enormous and would remain seemingly unscathed by Westeros’ complete and utter fall in the coming Winter. Shouldn’t there be some army or ally in the Eastern Lands that would have a vested interest in ensuring the entire continent of Westeros wasn’t turned into an army of the dead? Seems to make sense that the Iron Bank would be exactly those people. They have a major interest in ensuring the Westeros economy stays intact and continues to funnel gold into their banks across The Narrow Sea. Upon learning of the coming threat to a major interest of theirs, wouldn’t the Iron Bank be motivated to provide sell-sword armies and resources to help man The Wall and defeat the White Walkers?

This is assuming Jon Snow is able to pull off his dumbest plan yet and secretly kidnap a single wight from the White Walker army. But, should the Iron Bank be convinced of the White Walker threat, their best investment would be in the salvation of the human race. That’s a pretty sound business model. The White Walkers probably aren’t going to pay taxes! Plus, since Cersei has mistakenly already paid back the Lannister debts in full, the Iron Bank has no more use for her—especially if she’s going to burn down all of King’s Landing to keep her crown.


The only problem? Another would-be king has tried to sway the Iron Bank to his side before, as the Redditor points out:

Davos and Stannis weren’t successful with the Iron Bank the last time around, but this situation seems different enough and with an enormous plus side, that it should have prompted Davos to have at least thought of and suggested the idea of recruiting them to the North’s cause!

That’s true. Davos and Stannis couldn’t get the bank on their side. But Jon Snow has a far more lucrative business opportunity for the bankers. Humans will make more money alive than dead! And money right now would be a huge help for Jon. He needs to manufacture a bunch of dragonglass weapons, and the only way to do that is with some expensive industry. He also needs to ensure the support of the Northern and Southern lords, and that’s a whole lot easier with the bank on his side. Maybe this will come into play as part of the super Game of Thrones theory. Sure, a bank swooping in to save the day isn’t necessarily an exciting twist, but George R.R. Martin has gone through incredible lengths to create a functioning fantasy world, which includes its own important economy. Our guess? We haven’t seen the last of the Iron Bank.



New ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode Leaks

For the second time in two weeks, the network has seen an upcoming episode of Game of Thronesleak ahead of its scheduled premiere. A HBO Europe spokesperson acknowledged the leak, which was described as “brief.”

“We have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms,” the spokesperson said. “The error appears to have originated with a third-party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized. This is not connected to the recent cyber incident at HBO in the U.S.”

A Reddit forum dedicated to Game of Thrones, however, was discussing the quality of the episode titled “Death Is the Enemy” that has hit torrent sites (it was described as high quality and only missing the closing credits). The episode appears to have spread quickly on the Internet early Wednesday.

On Aug. 3, the fourth episode of Game of Thrones‘ Season 7 leaked online and made its way onto torrent sites nearly three days ahead of its scheduled bow. That breach was attributed to theft at Star India, which distributes the series in that country. Four arrests have been made in that case, which police say was carried out by current and former employees of Prime Focus Technologies, the company contracted by Star India to manage the data.

The two cases come at a time when HBO has been dealing with anonymous hackers who claim to have taken 1.5 terabytes of data and plan to release it slowly if their ransom demands are not met. So far, the hackers have released a mix of video content, including episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s highly anticipated upcoming season, as well as Game of Thrones script summaries and one executive’s emails that spanned a 30-day period.

The Aug. 3 leak as well as the hacker disruptions have had no effect on Game of Thrones ratings. The Aug. 6 episode, titled “Spoils of War,” posted record-breaking numbers for HBO’s crown jewel series. Those numbers were topped by the Aug. 13 episode Eastwatch.



Another Game of Thrones episode has leaked online

An unaired episode of Game of Thrones has appeared on the internet this morning. Episode six, due to be aired on Sunday, appeared first on file sharing sites and a Reddit post. Some Reddit users claim the episode was accidentally aired by HBO Nordic in Spain for an hour before it was removed. The episode six appearance follows a similar leak of episode four around two weeks ago.

The previous leak was related to a distribution partner in India, and it’s likely this is a similar scenario if the Reddit claims are accurate. HBO was subject to a security breach earlier this week, allowing hackers to reportedly obtain 1.5 terabytes of stolen data from the company’s US servers. This latest leak doesn’t appear to be related to the security issues. Hackers have so far only published published script outlines on the web, rather than full episodes.

HBO has struggled multiple times with Game of Thrones leaks in the past. The first four episodes of season 5 leaked online, thanks to advance screeners that are sent out to members of the press. A HBO subsidiary also released a season 6 episode a day early. HBO decided to scrap screeners for season 7, but that hasn’t prevented two major leaks this season.

The Verge has reached out to HBO for comment, and we’ll update you accordingly.



Game of Thrones: is Varys about to betray Daenerys?

Castrated “root and stem” as a young boy by a heartless magician and left on the streets to die, he clung on to his life by begging, stealing and selling “what parts of my body still remained”, before transforming himself into one of the most influential figures in the Seven Kingdoms. Varys, the so-called Spider and Master of Whisperers to multiple monarchs, is one of Game of Thrones’s most compelling creations, and one of few truly low-born characters to establish himself as a main player in the HBO series.

In earlier seasons, it was often difficult to tell what the endgame of the bald eunuch, played to slippery perfection by the Northern Irish actor Conleth Hill, would turn out to be. Like Aidan Gillen’s Littlefinger, who boasts a similarly sharp set of scheming skills, he clearly had a Long Term Agenda. Unlike Littlefinger, however, who craves power for himself, Varys has repeatedly claimed that he is working only for the good of the realm, and for the ordinary, innocent people who live in it. He will lie, and betray his “betters” – but it’s all to make sure that the right person sits on the Iron Throne. Littlefinger might crave chaos (he thinks it’s just like a ladder, did you know?) but Varys, ultimately, wants stability.


It just needs to be the right kind of Varys-approved stability.

Challenged by Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), who questioned his flickering allegiances earlier this season, the eunuch launched a passionate defence of himself.

“When I was a child I lived in alleys, gutters, abandoned houses. You wish to know where my loyalties lie? Not with any King or Queen, but with the people,” he told her. “The people who suffer under despots and prosper under just rule. The people whose hearts you aim to win! If you demand blind allegiance, I respect your wishes. Grey Worm can behead me, or your dragons can devour me.”

In this respect, Varys is one of the most forward-thinking characters in the Game of Thrones world. Yes, others have challenged the show’s rulers in the past (Robert’s Rebellion, which took place long before the events of the series, was prompted by the actions of a tyrant) but only Varys is enlightened enough to regard unquestioning loyalty as a flaw in itself, rather than something to be overcome in extreme situations.

Of late, he certainly seems to be wavering in his feelings towards Daenerys, understandably perturbed by her penchant for Drogon-assisted punishment (aka burning people alive). Because of this, many have speculated that he could abandon her after all, possibly even aligning himself with the annoyingly noble Jon Snow, whose claim to the throne, it was subtly revealed in Eastwatch, could well be the strongest of all.


Of course, Daenerys’s decision to support Jon in the battle against the army of the dead, coupled with the fact that the two leaders appear to be growing closer (some are convinced they’ll be hooking up by the end of the season), could mean that Varys won’t have to choose between them after all.



‘Game Of Thrones’ Just Changed Everything You Know About Jon Snow

Episode 5 of “Game of Thrones” Season 7, “Eastwatch,” featured some moments fans have been waiting for, and other surprises No One saw coming (yeah, we’re talking about Arya).


Jon Snow (Kit Harington) touched a dragon; Gendry (Joe Dempsie) finally returned; Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) reunited with Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to talk about joining the fight against the White Walkers; Cersei (Lena Headey) revealed she’s pregnant; Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) fooled Arya (Maisie Williams) by planting a mysterious scroll written by Sansa (Sophie Turner) in his chambers; and Dany (Emilia Clarke) took a slightly evil turn, burning Randyll (James Faulkner) and Dickon Tarly (Tom Hopper) for not bending the knee. (But it is a war after all, what is she supposed to do?)

And with all that going on, the show quietly seemed to confirm the missing piece to the Jon Snow puzzle.


Remember those documents that Archmaester Ebrose (Jim Broadbent) gave Sam (John Bradley) to preserve earlier in Season 7?


Well, while Sam is working on them, Gilly (Hannah Murray) comes across a passage from a High Septon Maynard saying someone named “Prince Ragger,” aka Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, had his marriage annulled and was remarried in a secret ceremony in Dorne.

This is finally some proof that Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi), the parents of Jon Snow, were married, making Jon a legitimate Targaryen heir.



Like the former mystery of Jon Snow’s real parents, the legitimacy of Jon is something that’s been theorized about for years. The fact that Rhaegar left some of his Kingsguard to protect Lyanna in the Tower of Joy raised fans’ suspicions, but proof has been lacking.

Up until now, we’ve been expected to believe Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna, who was already betrothed to Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), and this led to the events that started Robert’s Rebellion and removed the Targaryens from the Iron Throne, thus setting up everything that’s happened on “Game of Thrones.”


With the reveal that Rhaegar had his marriage annulled, likely his marriage to wife Elia Martell, it seems more likely that the prince and Lyanna actually ran away together, got married and welcomed baby Jon Snow.


In George R.R. Martin’s novel A Clash of Kings, Dany seemingly sees Rhaegar talking about this in one of her visions in the House of the Undying (these events were changed in the on-screen version):

The man had her brother’s hair, but he was taller, and his eyes were a dark indigo rather than lilac. “Aegon,” he said to a woman nursing a newborn babe in a great wooden bed. “What better name for a king?”

“Will you make a song for him?” the woman asked.

“He has a song,” the man replied. “He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.” He looked up when he said it and his eyes met Dany’s, and it seemed as if he saw her standing there beyond the door. “There must be one more,” he said, though whether he was speaking to her or the woman in the bed she could not say. “The dragon has three heads.”

There is a lot of speculation about this prophecy and what it actually means, but many believe it’s because of this that Rhaegar wanted a third child. (The third head of the dragon.)


We know Lyanna was that third baby’s mama. Now, we can assume Rhaegar was her husband, too.

More evidence: after Gilly reads the passage about the annulment, an annoyed Sam complains that while he’s preserving Maynard’s documents, the secret to defeating the Night King could be sitting on some shelf somewhere.


Uh, hello, Sam. This could be a nod that Jon Snow is the secret.


Also, he likely isn’t actually named Jon Snow, since that’s a bastard name. A theory last year predicted Snow’s real name would be Jaehaerys, but it could also be something like Aegon, since that’s the name used in the vision Dany has about Rhaegar.


All praise Jon Snow, King in the North, possibly rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms and the secret to defeating the White Walkers.


In last nights episode of Game of Thrones, Arya Stark tailed Littlefinger and found a letter he was hiding in his chambers with a Baratheon seal and a signature by Sansa Stark.


We weren’t given a good look at it, but enough words could be seen to identify it as the letter Sansa was forced into sending to her brother Robb back in season 1.


Update: Internet sleuths have worked out exactly how the letter reads: “Robb, I write to you with a heavy heart. Our good king Robert is dead, killed from wounds he took in a boar hunt. Father has been charged with treason. He conspired with Robert’s brothers against my beloved Joffrey and tried to steal his throne.


“The Lannisters are treating me very well and provide me with every comfort. I beg you: come to King’s Landing, swear fealty to King Joffrey and prevent any strife between the great houses of Lannister and Stark.”


If you recall, Cersei said that she would believe Sansa’s is loyalty on the condition that Sansa write to Robb asking him to bend the knee and swear fealty to Joffrey. 

So why would this be of use to Littlefinger?

I need to think on this a little more, but presumably Littlefinger had spotted tension between Arya and Sansa and was hoping to lead Arya to further evidence of her sister being out for herself.

Yes, Sansa initially stood by the evil Joffrey just so she could become queen, but also it was pretty clear that she signed her name under duress, so I’m not sure how useful it can really be in Littlefinger’s ongoing manipulations.

Earlier in Season 7, in the third episode, “The Queen’s Justice,” current Winterfell maester, Maester Wolkan, casually mentioned that his predecessor Maester Luwin “kept a copy of every raven’s scroll” sent to Winterfell, which explains how Littlefinger got his hands on the letter.

When Littlefinger received the note he said, “Lady Stark thanks you for your service,” presumably aware that Arya was eavesdropping. He deliberately made it sound like Sansa wanted the letter hidden away.

The contents of the letter would cause Arya more concern about Sansa’s loyalties. She wasn’t aware that Sansa wrote it under duress and will now be questioning whether Sansa has been allied with the Lannisters this entire time.

This may not be a happy homecoming after all.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.



The biggest reveal on tonight’s Game of Thrones was designed to make the audience scream at the screen

Game of Thrones season 7, episode 5, had a massive reveal for fans, but it wasn’t brought to you by dragons, or by Cersei’s insane battle tactics. Instead, it comes when Samwell Tarly is sitting frustrated in his library, and his partner Gilly starts practicing her reading on a book of records by the High Septon Maynard. “What’s an annulment?” she asks Sam. Her line of questioning starts out innocently enough, and then she mentions a Prince “Ragger” who had a secret ceremony in Dorne, where he set aside his lawful wife and married someone else. Sam interrupts Gilly to go off on another frustrated-about-work rant before the audience can learn any more. Poor Gilly, everyone who has friends who love their work-rants can relate to you trying to get a word in edgewise.

“Prince Ragger” is likely Jon Snow’s secret true father, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, and it can be assumed that he secretly married Jon’s mother, Lyanna Stark. R+L=J is confirmed yet again, but now, it looks like Jon may have been conceived under legally binding marital oaths. This would make Jon Snow the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, and probably the prince who was promised in the prophecy Melisandre believes in. It gives him a better claim to the throne than Daenerys Targaryen, who is Rhaegar’s younger sister, and also, weirdly, Jon’s aunt. Any legitimate child of Rhaegar, who was the crown prince and heir after the Mad King, would have a better claim than Daenerys.

This also explains why during Robert’s Rebellion, Rhaegar’s Kingsguard was stationed outside the Tower of Joy, guarding Lyanna, who was pregnant with Jon. As his legal wife, she might have been higher on the Kingsguard priority list, though it also might simply be true that he loved her more than his first wife and the two children he had with her. Both of those children, Rhaenys and Aegon, were killed by Gregor “the Mountain” Clegane during Robert’s Rebellion, so while they might have had legitimate claims to the throne even after the annulment (presuming it wasn’t on the basis of non-consummation or unfaithfulness), they’re no longer an issue.


This episode hinted at these connections in another scene as well. Jon bravely touches Daenerys’ snarling dragon Drogon, making him the only other person besides Daenerys and Tyrion to successfully do so on camera. Even Dany looks on in awe and trepidation at Jon’s courage. If she were ever to sic her dragons on Jon, perhaps he could withstand the heat and gain the title of the Unburnt as well. But there’s no telling for sure — Targaryens certainly aren’t all fireproof and heat-proof, given how Daenerys’ brother died. For the moment, it’s just worth knowing that Jon’s claim on the throne just become one step more legitimate — and that the information was revealed in an offhanded, low-key way, such that no one actually in the scene understood its significance or is planning on doing anything about it. It’s yet another reveal aimed strictly at the fans watching the series and tracking people’s claims on the Iron Throne — and probably screaming in frustration as the characters miss the clues the viewers are obsessing over.



The next ‘Game of Thrones’ episode will feature a Jon Snow moment fans are dying to see

The seventh season of “Game of Thrones” has been packed with reunions and meetings between characters, and we’re about to get another highly anticipated encounter — Jon Snow and Drogon.

Jon was surprised by Drogon flying overhead when he first arrived on Dragonstone, but so far we haven’t seen Jon get an actual face-to-face encounter with one of Daenerys’ dragons. All that is about to change with the upcoming episode Sunday.

In the preview for “Eastwatch” released by HBO, we see Daenerys atop Drogon and Jon Snow standing in front of them:

Daenerys Drogon JOn SNowDrogon roars in Jon’s face, but is Daenerys really trying to intimidate him? HBO

Drogon is looking ferocious as usual. Jon was literally floored the first time he saw Drogon, but this time he appears to be standing his ground.

Jon Snow S7E5 preview Game of ThronesJon looks slightly concerned, but he doesn’t seem to be flinching. HBO

This is a huge moment for many “Game of Thrones” fans. More than anything, Jon interacting with Drogon will be thrilling for viewers at home who know the truth of his parentage. Jon’s real father is Rhaegar Targaryen (the now-deceased older brother of Daenerys). 

Since Targaryens are known to have a type of “connection” with dragons, seeing the half-Targaryen Jon Snow get some personal time with Drogon could be really special. 

Some people even wonder if Jon will ride one of Daenerys’ dragons before the end of the series. One of her dragons, Rhaegal, is named after Jon’s father. 

Anytime a character meets a dragon for the first time, you know it’s going to be great. Tyrion’s scene with the dragons was one of the most surprisingly touching scenes of the sixth season. 

Tyrion Lannister and Dragon Game of ThronesTyrion’s meeting with Rhaegal and Viserion was incredible. HBO

This is also bound to be another Jon and Daenerys scene with a lot of emotional charge. Their cave scene on “Spoils of War” was full of subtle sexual tension, and we can expect that electricity to ramp up more as the series continues.

Jon advised Daenerys against using her dragons to burn “cities and castles,” and she decided to ride Drogon to meet the Lannister army in the fields outside King’s Landing instead. His reaction to this choice will be interesting to see, given how he’d rather she rode Drogon north to help him fight the White Walkers.



Daenerys’ Dragon Will Meet an Icy Fate, According to This Tragic Fan Theory

White Walkers are a great threat to Westeros for many reasons, but one of the Night King’s scariest abilities is the power to reanimate the dead — any dead. It’s this ability that’s birthed one awful new fan theory, and unfortunately, it’s plausible.

According to YouTuber The Book of White Walkers, one of Daenerys’ dragons will die and be brought back to life by the Night King before Season 7’s end. As the theory goes, the episodes will culminate in an epic battle wherein Daenerys, Jon Snow, and others go up against the Walkers. During this battle, one of the Khaleesi’s dragons will be murdered — possibly by the Night King’s ice spear — collapsing to its death, only to be revived by said king and becoming an “Ice Dragon.” Some proponents of this theory believe Viserion will be this dragon, and that he’ll go on to shatter The Wall.

Interestingly, The Book of White Walkers has already been correct in that Thrones‘ beloved giants would be reanimated by the King. They also allege that Stannis Baratheon, who viewers assumed was dead after a brutal run-in with Brienne of Tarth in Season 6, will make a comeback… in one form or another.

In the ’80s, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin set the precedent for the Ice Dragon when he published a children’s book about them, aptly entitled The Ice Dragon. The book tells the story of a child who partners with an Ice Dragon to battle several Fire Dragons. Together, the two win the fight, the Ice Dragon ultimately melting away. Martin has since claimed the two universes are not the same, but it’s hard not to draw some sort of comparison when the same mythological creature is in both fictional works.

Daenerys' Dragon Will Meet an Icy Fate, According to This Tragic Fan Theory

While The Book of White Walkers takes the Ice Dragon theory in a dark direction, there are contradictory theories claiming the creatures will actually assist Jon Snow in defeating the Walkers.

Dragons are arguably the most beloved creatures in the GoT universe, so if one goes bad, there’s sure to be a coup amongst fans. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO August 13, 2017.



Game of Thrones: Arya Stark Looks So Much Like Ned Now It’s Insane

During the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, “The Spoils of War,” a long-awaited reunionbetween separated sisters Arya and Sansa Stark finally happens. They hug and catch up in Winterfell’s crypt, standing in front of the tomb of their late father, Ned Stark. Although Arya remarks that the stone statue looks nothing like him, it’s hard not to notice in that scene in particular who does look like Ned: Arya herself.

Over the course of seven seasons, the deadly assassin has undergone a major transformation. She starts off Game of Thrones as a scrappy young girl who just wants to learn how to sword fight rather than becoming a lady of a castle and marrying some lord. Arya clearly has a special bond with her dad from the get-go, and seeing him brutally and tragically beheaded in King’s Landing is what kicks off her mission to get revenge on everyone who harmed her family.


With each new season of the series, Arya has subtly transformed into her father as she matures and becomes savvier about the world around her. From their half-up, pulled-back hairstyles to their layered cloaks, the resemblance between the characters is uncanny (they even wear a similar leather X detail over their chests).

This isn’t the first time one of the Stark children has physically taken after Ned, either. In season six, Jon Snow ditches his typical Castle Black attire for a brown leather coat of plates. The vest is the same one that Ned wears in previous episodes and is traditional attire for House Stark (Robb also dons similar armor in earlier seasons). Not only that, but Jon’s habit of tying his hair into man bun earns him some Ned comparisons every now and then, as does his personality overall since both are brooding, fantastic leaders.

Despite the fact Ned has been dead and gone since season one, it’s touching to see his legacy still living on in his children in different ways. With the Starks back in control of the North, it will be exciting to see how Jon, Sansa, Arya, and Bran choose to rule.



Game Of Thrones: Who Is Arya Going To Kill With Littlefinger’s Dagger?

A girl received a dagger on this week’s episode of Game of Thrones.

Arya Stark’s long-awaited return to Winterfell didn’t disappoint. The youngest and deadliest Stark daughter, Arya (Maisie Williams), reunited with her surviving siblings Brandon (Issac Hemstead-Wright) and Sansa (Sophie Turner). Things have definitely changed since the Stark children last saw each other all the way back in season one. Today, Sansa is Lady Stark in charge of Winterfell in the absence of their brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington), the King in the North. Bran no longer considers himself Brandon Stark; he’s the Three Eyed Raven now. Bran also has no need for weapons, such as Valyrian steel daggers with dragonbone hilts.


The dagger Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) gave Bran in “The Spoils of War,” which Bran in turn gave to Arya, might be the most important weapon in the history of the show, in terms on its impact on the events that have transpired since season one. Littlefinger is the only man to claim ownership of the dagger, but as he told Bran, where the dagger came from and who it really belongs to is the question that essentially launched the War of the Five Kings. Given to a cutthroat assassin and meant to be used to kill Bran, the dagger passed to Bran’s mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), to his father Ned (Sean Bean), and back to Littlefinger when he betrayed Ned to the Lannisters. The dagger’s whereabouts were unknown until season 7, and now it belongs to Arya.


In Arya’s hands, the dagger could have its final and most significant impact still to come. Herself now an assassin trained by the Faceless Ones of Braavos, Arya may be back in Winterfell, but she still harbors a list of enemies she plans to kill. Ayra told Sansa that most of the people on her list are dead, but that’s not exactly true.


The people on Arya’s list still breathing are Cersei, The Mountain (Gregor Clegane), The Hound (Sandor Clegane), Melisandre, Thoros of Myr, Beric Dondarrion, and Ser Illyn Payne. Payne was Joffrey’s royal executioner who beheaded Ned Stark with his own greatsword, Ice. Melisandre makes the list for taking Genry away, and Thoros and Beric from the Brotherhood Without Banners earned Arya’s enmity for selling Gendry to her. The Mountain made the list for the torture she saw him perpetrate at Harrenhaal, and she has never forgiven the Hound for killing Micah, the butcher’s boy, back in season one.

Cersei is now the name at the top of Arya’s list, but Arya surrendered her chance to become a Queenslayer when she decided to turn back from her course towards King’s Landing and return to Winterfell to reunite with her family. As Cersei is unlikely to venture to the North any time soon, especially with her war with Daenerys Targaryen still raging, the Queen is safe from Arya – for now.

However, counting Cersei out as an achievable target for the time being, there are now two very intriguing new potential victims in the North a girl can add to her body count thanks to her new Valyrian steel dagger.



‘Game Of Thrones’ Fans Think They Spotted A Long-Dead Character In The Latest Episode

Before the seventh season of Game of Thrones premiered, author George R.R. Martin was asked about his least favorite book-to-show changes. “I think one of the biggest ones would probably be when they made the decision not to bring Catelyn Stark back as Lady Stoneheart,” he said. “That was probably the first major diversion of the show from the books and, you know, I argued against that, and [David Benioff and Dan Weiss] made that decision.”

The delayed arrival of Lady Stoneheart (think: Zombie Catelyn Stark) has become an in-joke among Game of Thrones viewers, but it’s extremely unlikely she’ll appear on the show. There was a point last season where it might have made sense, but no dice (instead, we got Lem Lemoncloak giving a familiar speech). That hasn’t stopped some fans from searching for Catelyn, though.


If you watch the sparring scene in [season seven episode four, “The Spoils of War”] between Arya and Brienne, when Arya asks, “Didn’t you vow to serve both my MOTHER’s daughters?” – at the word MOTHER you can see a woman in a long green dress w/ long auburn wavy hair with her head down walking past the background gate, resembling Cat. If it’s unintentional, it’s awesome. If not, more awesome. Catelyn cheking on Brienne keeping her vows.

Is that Catelyn Stark? I mean, I guess it could be, but I’m going to say: no. If you look hard enough at this scene, you can find a CleganeBowl clue, though.


‘Game Of Thrones’ Fans Think They Spotted A Long-Dead Character In The Latest Episode

Game of Thrones: Littlefinger’s Terrified Reaction to Bran, Explained

For seven seasons, he’s been rarely unruffled and always the smooth operator. But now, we’re finally starting to see some cracks in the long con game of Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. Sansa’s persistent (and not very gentle) rebuffs all season have done nothing to stop the scheming player from lurking, smirking, and waiting to make his move. Unfortunately for Littlefinger’s strategy, there are also two new Stark players on the board—each of whom have reason and opportunity to take him out of the game once and for all. Littlefinger’s conversation with Bran was unsettling, but it might actually be Arya who has better reason to destroy him.

If you’re not a Littlefinger obsessive (or haven’t listened to the “Chaos Is A Ladder” theme on the Season 3 soundtrack), it’s possible that Bran Stark’s coded message to Baelish flew right over your head. So let’s quickly break it down. This line, “chaos is a ladder,” is a reference to a private conversation Littlefinger had with Varys back in Season 3. It basically sums up Baelish’s entire life philosophy: sew the seeds of mischief, violence, and misunderstanding, then use the confusion to climb up the social/power ladder.

But Bran getting a bead on Baelish’s mercenary ways isn’t the most dangerous thing to Littlefinger. Sansa knows exactly what kind of grasping opportunist he is, so this knowledge won’t come as a shock to her. Besides, Bran very clearly doesn’t always understand the fuller meaning of the things he sees or says. But Littlefinger’s reaction (played beautifully by Aidan Gillen) likely involved a few quick calculations as to what else Bran might know.

In that same “chaos is a ladder” conversation, Baelish also admitted a few damning things to Varys. Specifically, he ghoulishly admitted—even gloated—to giving the prostitute Ros over to Joffrey. We all know how that turned out. He also implied that he wouldn’t be stuck with Lyssa Arryn for long. Then again, Sansa knows Littlefinger killed her aunt.


Crucially, however, Sansa thinks Littlefinger killed her aunt for her. Which he kind of did. But in that “chaos” speech—when Littlefinger was essentially monologuing like a Bond villain—he also admitted to Varys that he had ruined the Spider’s rather benevolent plans to marry Sansa to Loras Tyrell and protect her from all the things that came next. (Face it: a sham marriage to a nice, rich, gay man like Loras would have been a lemon cake compared to what Sansa had to later endure.) In other words, Littlefinger tips his hand here that his crush on Catelyn’s little dopplegänger Sansa doesn’t mean he always has her best interests at heart.

Still, Bran doesn’t necessarily know what he’s saying here. (It’s fascinating that Baelish insists on calling him “Brandon,” which was the name of Ned’s brother and the man who nearly killed Littlefinger for the love of Catelyn Stark.) But Arya may pose an even deadlier threat. She’s clearly unhappy to have Littlefinger in Winterfell, a fact she doesn’t even attempt to disguise.

Remember: the last time Arya Stark saw Littlefinger wasn’t at King’s Landing. It was at Harrenhal in Season 2. While acting as cupbearer for Lord Tywin, Arya witnessed an exchange between the Lannister and Lord Baelish. First of all, Littlefinger tried to dress up his “chaos is a ladder” philosophy in a shiny new dress for Tywin, telling him “a moment of chaos affords opportunities.” Tywin, bless him, immediately smacked this down: “You say that as if you’re the first man alive to think it,” he sneers at Littlefinger. “Yes, crisis is an opportunity. What other brilliant insights have you brought me today?”


More pertinently, Arya overheard Tywin and Littlefinger plotting the downfall of her brother Robb Stark (and Stannis Baratheon). And Littlefinger knows Arya overheard him. According to Aidan Gillen, Baelish recognized the disguised Arya in that scene and decided, strategically, not to say anything to blow her cover.



‘Game of Thrones’: An Overview of Arya Stark’s New Weapon

Entering season seven, virtually every Game of Thrones fan expected to see Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) return home to Winterfell. It was only a matter of when she would arrive back in the North, not if, no matter how hard the premiere episode worked to convince you otherwise.

What wasn’t expected was the return of another instrumental player not seen in Winterfell since the first season: the Valyrian dagger that almost killed Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) shortly after he was pushed from high above by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

For those who don’t remember the weapon, a brief history: Bran was nearly assassinated with this dagger while he was bed-ridden and comatose following his “accident.” The would-be killer brandished the blade in Bran’s bedroom, and would have pulled off the crime — not to mention the added homicide of Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) — if not for Summer ripping the man’s throat out just in time to save the day. Much was made about the fact that the weapon was made from Valyrian steel, a material we know is all-too-precious in the world of Game of Thrones, and clearly came to the deceased criminal from someone with resources. During a trip to King’s Landing, Catelyn learned the weapon originally belonged to Littlefinger (Aiden Gillan), but he lost it in a bet against Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), seemingly implicating the Imp in the assassination plot. Shortly thereafter, Catelyn found Tyrion by chance on the Kingsroad, made a citizen’s arrest, and ignited the violent events that have reverberated throughout Thrones ever since.

“That very dagger is what started the War for the Five Kings,” Littlefinger tells Bran in “The Spoils of War,” as he hands the weapon over to the young lord. “In a way, that dagger made you who you are today.”

Very quickly, Bran makes it clear that he doesn’t care too much about the dagger. His powers extend further than the reach of a single blade. But it’s a very useful instrument in the hands of Arya Stark, now that she’s returned to the North just in time for the White Walkers’ arrival. The young wolf’s future has been somewhat unclear since she returned to the Seven Kingdoms. Would she resume her quest for vengeance against the people remaining on her list? Would she instead rededicate herself to House Stark, as her final words at the House of Black and White indicated? For now, we know where she stands, and for now, she has one of the few weapons that can actually do damage against the Night King and his minions: Valyrian steel, one of the few White Walker weaknesses alongside dragonglass and, one hopes, dragon fire.

In short: Arya has a Valyrian weapon, which means Arya is going to kill at least one White Walker before all is said and done. It is known, and it is groovy.

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But will Arya’s new weapon find some other victims before or in addition to the Army of the Dead? We have already speculated that Arya might kill Melisandre (Carice van Houten) some day, given the Red Woman’s prophecy in season three that the two of them would meet again some day, combined with her recent assertion that she’s destined to die in Westeros, but is currently heading to Volantis for the time being. Perhaps it would be a crueler irony for Melisandre to experience some sort of fiery death, but the idea of her dying at the edge of a blade forged from Valyrian steel, long associated with fire and dragon magic, packs an ironic punch as well.

Another likely candidate on the board: Littlefinger. It was his dagger originally, by his own assertion, and there are some who speculate he was the one who sent the assassin to kill Bran in the first place. In the books, Tyrion comes to believe that Joffrey (Jack Gleason) was the one who put out the hit on Bran, having had access to the weapon. The show never made much out of this, however, and given that the show often streamlines events from the books — and given that we’re in the homestretch of the series, where time is even more precious than dragonglass — it’s not a stretch to imagine a future scene in which Littlefinger is implicated for the crime, especially in light of all the other atrocities he’s committed in the past. 

Then again, if the show decides to veer in the direction of the books, perhaps it will come to light that Joffrey was indeed responsible for the attempt on Bran Stark’s life — or, in another twist of fate, his mother Cersei (Lena Headey) could be the one who put those violent wheels in motion, finishing the job where her brother failed. In both scenarios, one can imagine Arya returning to King’s Landing after all, and attempting to settle the score with the same weapon that started this entire war. One way or another, then, the Valyrian dagger would return to House Lannister, arguably exactly where it belongs.



Two Game of Thrones Theories Point Toward an Important Meeting for Jon Snow

Although Jon Snow has been spending plenty of time getting to know their mother, he’s yet to come face to face with one of Daenerys’ dragons. But judging by the promo for next week’s episode, that’s all about to change.


Despite the fact that Drogon was wounded while laying waste to the Lannister forces, it looks as though he’s still going to be able to fly Dany back to Dragonstone in time to catch Jon before he heads north. Some fans believe this meeting will be the first step on the road to Jon discovering his true parentage — i.e., that he is not the illegitimate son of Ned Stark but rather the child of Ned’s sister Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen.

“I feel like that will be the first big moment where Dany realises something is up with Jon,” wrote Reddit user LtRavs. “Drogon perhaps acting submissive or something like that to indicate he’s special in some way.”

Not to mention this detail from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series — the books on which Thrones is based — that seems to support the theory that dragons will always know a Targaryen. After Quaithe — the shadowbinder from Asshai who made a brief appearance in season two — shares a prophecy for Daenerys in A Dance With Dragons, she leaves with some memorable parting words. “Remember who you are, Daenerys,” she says. “The dragons know. Do you?”


If Drogon does seem to recognize Jon as a Targaryen, it would also lend credence to the theory that Jon is one of the prophesied figures known as the three heads of the dragon: one of three people who will eventually ride Dany’s three dragons. (Thanks to Tyrion’s friendly introduction to Rhaegal and Viserion last season, some think he will complete the trio.)

And what better time to realize you have the ability to ride a dragon than when you’re racing to beat an army of the undead to a castle thousands of miles away?

“Eastwatch,” the fifth episode of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season, airs Aug. 13 at 9 p.m. on HBO.



Will Jon Snow Ride A Dragon In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7? His Dragonstone Greeting Hinted At His True Heritage

Season 7 of Game of Thrones has been all about payoff. After tiptoeing around Jon Snow’s parentage for six seasons, the revelation that he is half-Targaryen is making viewers look at Jon Snow in a different way. If he had landed on Dragonstone as a Stark, fans likely would’ve reacted to the wonder and confusion that Jon Snow felt seeing dragons for the first time. Because of his lineage, however, the only way to react to that scene is to ask, “When is Jon Snow going to ride a dragon on Game of Thrones?”

When Jon Snow went to meet with Daenerys Targaryen, he was aware that she had dragons. Despite that, Jon was still in awe of the flying beasts when he landed on Dragonstone. This is mostly due to the fact that dragons are giant flying lizards and there is no way that you wouldn’t freak out upon seeing them. Tyrion Lannister even admitted that you “never really get used to them.” While Jon may feel foreign to the them, fans know that being a Targaryen gives him a special relationship to the dragons that could prove incredibly useful in the coming war against the dead. Jon Snow is one of the few living people in Westeros who could gain the trust of a dragon, saddle up, and fly into battle.

Dany believes herself to be the last Targaryen, and thus the only person in Westeros, Essos, or the known world capable of raising, training, and commanding dragons. What Dany doesn’t know is that Jon Snow’s blood may open himself up to the same skills. When discussing a retaliation against Cersei and Euron Greyjoy for destroying a great deal of her naval fleet, Dany suggests riding in on Drogon and raining dragonfire upon them. Her counsel suggests that she not, as one arrow to her heart could put a stop to everything they’ve worked for. But what if Daenerys didn’t have to ride the dragons? What if Jon Snow could?

While Jon Snow probably wouldn’t look nearly as cool as Dany while riding dragons into battle, putting Jon Snow on the back of a dragon could solve a major problem for Dany’s counsel. This could allow Jon to lead the dragons to battle while Dany and her army are focused on defending Dragonstone or attacking a Lannister army somewhere else in the world. Of course, the largest obstacles here are convincing Daenerys to separate from her dragons, and the fact that no one other than Bran knows that Jon Snow is a Targaryen.

It seems that even though there are road blocks standing between Jon Snow and Dany’s dragons, the dragons themselves seem to want Jon Snow to climb upon them. When Jon landed at Dragonstone, they seemed to be especially playful and constantly trying to get his attention. Perhaps if she was able to listen to her dragons, Dany would learn that Jon Snow is truly her nephew and that renting him a dragon could have some major benefits for everyone involved. Until then, fans will just have to settle for Jon Snow sailing back to Winterfell instead of rolling up on a dragon like he clearly deserves to.



HBO hackers leak Game of Thrones stars’ phone numbers and addresses

A recent security breach at HBO has led to the personal phone numbers and email addresses of some Game of Thrones actors leaking online. Hackers broke into HBO’s systems and reportedly stole 1.5 terabytes of data, including scripts for upcoming Game of Thrones episodes and two unreleased episodes of Ballers and Room 104The Guardianreports that hackers have released 3.4GB of data, and that they’re demanding that HBO pay an undisclosed ransom to prevent further leaks.

Contained within the leaked data are draft scripts from five Game of Thrones episodes, and technical documents detailing HBO’s internal network and administrator passwords. The Verge understands that one document includes a list of personal phone numbers, home addresses, and email addresses for all of the season 7 Game of Thrones actors, including Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and Emilia Clarke. A month’s worth of emails from HBO’s vice president for film programming, Leslie Cohen, is also part of the latest leak alongside a large number of confidential documents.

HBO says it is reviewing what data has leaked as part of an ongoing forensic investigation. In a statement to Wired, HBO spokeperson Jeff Cusson says “the review to date has not given us a reason to believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised.” If HBO’s email systems haven’t been fully accessed then it will spare the company an embarrassing repeat of what happened to Sony Pictures. Hackers broke into Sony Pictures back in 2014, and the leaked emails did the most reputational damage to the company.


It seems unlikely that the HBO hackers have obtained copies of actual Game of Thronesepisodes. While there have been threats of more leaks, only scripts for the TV series have surfaced online so far. In a separate incident, a Game of Thrones episode leaked last weekbefore its public TV airing. The leak wasn’t part of the HBO hack, and distribution partner Star India accidentally published it online. Either way, it’s clear HBO’s security nightmare is far from over.



Game of Thrones Hid a Surprising Detail About the Children of the Forest in That Cave Scene

The fourth episode of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season saw Jon Snow take Daenerys Targaryen into the caves of Dragonstone to show her the dragonglass under the island. But the King in the North also had an ulterior motive — convincing her that the White Walkers are the real threat to Westeros.


After passing through the caves, Jon brought Dany to a section filled with paintings that seemed to depict the War for the Dawn — a legendary conflict in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series in which the Children of the Forest and the First Men joined forces to defeat the White Walkers.

“The Children of the Forest made these,” Jon told her. “A very long time ago…They were here together, the Children and the First Men…They fought together against their common enemy. Despite their differences, despite their suspicions, together. We need to do the same if we’re going to survive. Because the enemy is real, it’s always been real.”

Thanks to Bran’s greenseeing abilities, we already knew that the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers — from men — to defend themselves against the invading First Men. However, this scene seemed to confirm that the former enemies eventually teamed up against the Others during a dark and terrible period known as the Long Night.


“Thousands of years ago, there came a night that lasted a generation,” Old Nan told Bran in the third episode of season one. “Kings froze to death in their castles, same as the shepherds in their huts; and women smothered their babies rather than see them starve, and wept, and felt the tears freeze on their cheeks… In that darkness the White Walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hounds.”

The paintings also featured symbols reminiscent of the spiral pattern that has been cropping up in the show since the series’ premiere, which may indicate that the conflict between the living and the dead is destined to come full circle.



What Dany’s Brilliant Attack on the Lannisters Means For Game of Thrones

And just like that, Daenerys is back in the game. The fourth episode of Game of Thrones season seven sees the Dragon Queen take matters of strategy into her own hands after Tyrion’s “clever plans” fail. After three episodes of hanging out in Dragonstone as her allies fall all around her, Daenerys takes Drogon and the Dothraki to attack the Lannister army as they are preparing to deliver their sudden influx of gold, courtesy of the siege on Highgarden, to the Iron Bank.

The move is a wise one for Daenerys to make because instead of raining fire down on King’s Landing and the capital’s citizens, she targets only the army. In this way, it can be seen as a clean battle with little to no civilian casualties, which is more than Cersei can claim since her first act as Queen is to blow up the Great Sept of Baelor and the surrounding area. Daenerys’s attack on the Lannister army will have lasting ramifications for everyone involved. Let’s take a look at what this fiery battle will mean for all of Game of Thrones‘s major players.

Daenerys Has Shown Her Strength

Up until this point, Cersei and her army have had the upper hand. When Euron attacks Daenerys’s fleet, Cersei essentially starts the war between herself and the Dragon Queen. Since then, Daenerys has lost all of her major allies in Westeros as the Sand Snakes, the Greyjoy siblings, and the Tyrells all fall to the Lannisters. The Mother of Dragons needs a win, and she gets one by attacking the Lannisters when their guard is down.


By taking the army unaware, she shows both a mastery of strategy and the brute force of her Dothraki army. The people of Westeros have never had to fight anyone like the Dothraki before, and they certainly haven’t dealt with dragons firsthand. Daenerys is truly the queen who can make impossible things happen, and by laying waste to the Lannister army so soon after their victory at Highgarden, she proves she’s a true threat to the throne and sets up a scenario where she could be seen as a viable option to lead the Seven Kingdoms in the eyes of the people.

Yes, Cersei Can Still Pay Her Debts

Though it wasn’t initially clear, the gold from Highgarden was sent ahead of time, so it’s safe. The dragon only torched the food and supplies. Daenerys doesn’t need gold to win this war, but the Lannister queen does. She’s in debt to the Iron Bank, and if she couldn’t pay back the money her father borrowed, she wouldn’t be able to secure funds to build up her fleet or add more men to her army.

The Dragon Killer Is Destroyed

That fancy giant crossbow Cersei had built to kill Daenerys’s dragons is officially gone. Sure, she can have someone rebuild it, but it isn’t as effective as she had hoped it would be. The arrow does pierce Drogon’s hide, but it doesn’t kill him. More importantly, Daenerys will now know to expect to see the weapon on the battlefield and plan accordingly next time. Cersei has just lost the element of surprise.

Jaime May Be a Hostage

Jaime’s fate is uncertain at this point, but Tyrion sees Bronn knock his brother into the lake before Drogon’s blast of fire can kill him. The Kingslayer may be taken hostage as a result. As Cersei’s lover and brother and leader of her Queen’s Guard, he could be a valuable bargaining chip for Daenerys.

Tyrion’s Loyalties Could Become Conflicted

While he loathes his sister, Tyrion genuinely loves his brother. He also owes him his life. If Jaime survives falling into the water in full armor and is taken hostage by the Dragon Queen, Tyrion’s loyalty to Daenerys could be tested. The temptation to set his brother free will be high. After all, a Lannister always pays his debts, and Jaime has a favor to call in.

Daenerys Can Finally Speak to the People of Westeros

So far, Cersei is using fear to gain allies against Daenerys. Had the Khaleesi gone full scorched-earth on King’s Landing, then the war would be over, but she would be forced to rule with fear. That’s not Daenerys’s style. By attacking the Lannister army in a secluded area, she ensures that most of the people who witness the bloody battle are soldiers and not civilians. In the preview for next week, she seems to be giving those who live a chance to join her. If she also makes sure the people in the southern area keep the grain and food supplies that the Lannisters were taking from them, then she will be seen as benevolent.

If she can sway members of the Lannister army over to her side and show the common people that she is a just leader, then she can begin to make inroads with the people of Westeros — and that will be the true key to winning this war.



‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 4 — ‘The Spoils of War

Latest Game of Thrones episode leaks online before TV broadcast

An unreleased episode of Game of Thrones has been published online ahead of its TV debut on Sunday. Episode 4 of season 7 has now leaked online in a low-quality format — thanks to Google Drive postings in a Reddit thread. The Verge can confirm this episode is genuine, and the copy includes a “for internal viewing only” watermark attached.

HBO was subject to a security breach earlier this week, allowing hackers to reportedly obtain 1.5 terabytes of stolen data from the company’s US servers. Sources familiar with HBO’s security leak tell The Verge that this was not related to this episode leak. This latest episode has leaked from a distribution partner and not as a direct result of the recent HBO security breach. Hackers have so far only published published script outlines on the web, rather than full episodes.

HBO has had to battle with Game of Thrones leaks a number of times in the past. The first four episodes of season 5 leaked online, thanks to advance screeners that are sent out to members of the press. A HBO subsidiary also released a season 6 episode a day early. HBO decided to scrap screeners for season 7, but that hasn’t stopped an episode leaking from a distribution partner. The Verge has reached out to HBO for comment, and we’ll update you accordingly.



This is what Jorah wrote in his letter to Khaleesi, and it will break your heart

At the beginning of the season, we catch up with Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), who is living in an infirmary at the Citadel in hopes of his Greyscale being cured— which, by the way, has gotten much worse since we last saw him.

But Archmaester Marwyn (Jim Broadbent) breaks the bad news that Jorah can’t be cured, making his death by the disease seem inevitable. So Jorah begins to write a letter to Khaleesi, which we can kinda see.

Thankfully, the letter is on HBO’s Making of Game of Thrones, so you can read it in full:

And being a goodbye letter, you bet it’s heartbreaking.

HBO Making of Game of Thrones

In case you can’t decipher the writing, here’s what he says:

Khaleesi,I came to the Citadel in the last hope that the maesters could treat me, as you ordered. Even with all their arts, I am beyond any cure but the grave. I have had a longer life than I deserved, and I only wish I could’ve lived to see the world you’re going to build, standing by your side. I have loved you since the moment I met you. 

Yep, now we’re crying.

But luckily, the letter might never need to be sent. As we saw in “Stormborn,” Sam (John Bradley) was determined to cure Jorah, even if it meant trying a risky (and stomach-turing) treatment.


Fingers crossed that the treatment worked, and that we get to see Jorah live long enough to reunite with his Khaleesi. We’ll be watching closely for clues when Game of Thrones airs Season 7, Episode 3 on Sunday.

The ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 premiere was pirated a staggering 90 million times

The first episode of “Game of Thrones” season 7 was a massive success, and has been watched through official channels more than 16 million times since its debut last Sunday — the most for a premiere in HBO’s history.

But that figure pales in comparison to the number of times it has been pirated.

According to piracy analysis company MUSO, the 71st episode of the fantasy epic TV series been illegally viewed over 90 million times across the globe.

It’s a staggering figure — nearly six times as many as the official view count — and includes illegal streaming, torrenting, and direct downloads.

“Game of Thrones,” based on the “A Song Of Ice And Fire” books by George R. R. Martin, is a sprawling epic, dealing with court intrigue, fantasy wars, and dragons. It is always pirated heavily, regularly appearing at the top of “most-pirated” lists measuring illegal downloads in any given year.


The episode in question, “Dragonstone” — spoiler alert! — deals with exiled Queen Daenerys Targaryen making her return to her ancestral home, the island of Dragonstone, as the North debates the way forward after the defeat of Ramsay Bolton, and in King’s Landing Cersei Lannister, newly crowned, forms an alliance with Euron Greyjoy. And if none of that makes sense, don’t worry — “Game of Thrones” is famously complex, spanning multiple (fictional) continents and featuring dozens of characters.

“Game of Thrones” season 7 episode 1 was streamed 77.9 million times, torrented on public trackers 8.3 million times, directly downloaded 4.9 million times, and torrented from private trackers 500,000 times, Muso says.

Most illegal views came from the United States (15.1 million), followed by the UK (6.2 million), Germany (4.9 million), India (4.3 million), with Indonesia (4.3 million) rounding out the top five.

In an emailed statement, MUSO cofounder Andy Chatterley said: “There is no denying that these figures are huge, so they’re likely to raise more than a few eyebrows in the mainstream industry, but it’s in line with the sort of scale we see across piracy sites and should be looked at objectively. What we’re seeing here isn’t just P2P torrent downloads but unauthorized streams and every type of piracy around the premiere. This is the total audience picture, which is usually unreported.

“Audience figures have always been a critical measure for studios and TV execs to assess the health of shows. The fact that there’s been over 90 million streams and downloads of the Game of Thrones season seven premiere outside of the official channels in the first three days since airing, not only shows just how popular this show is, but the massive opportunity to engage people and bring them back to legitimate mediums.”

HBO isn’t standing by and doing nothing, however. Piracy news site TorrentFreak reports that ISPs who have customers that are torrentingthe season seven premiere are being sent warnings, telling them to change their ways.



This strange scene from the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere may have confirmed a theory about the White Walkers

In our weekly roundup of small details you may have missed, we noted the mysterious vision Bran had of the Night King and his army. The scene showed a bleak cloud making its way across the land. And in the center of the storm was the Night King, White Walkers, and thousands of wights.

While it’s hard to tell exactly where the storm was, one detail seemed confirmed: The Night King was causing the storm.

In the books, Sam Tarly and other characters try to determine the answer to an important question: Do the White Walkers (or Others) appear when it’s cold, or does it get cold when they appear?

Here’s how Sam worded it in George R.R. Martin’s books: “The Others come when it is cold, most of the tales agree. Or else it gets cold when they come. Sometimes they appear during snowstorms and melt away when the skies clear. They hide from the light of the sun and emerge by night … or else night falls when they emerge.”

Night King Storm Game of Thrones season seven premiereThe storm in the season seven premiere. HBO

Also in the books, Craster’s wives (the group of Wildlings who live in a cabin beyond the wall) refer to this phenomenon as the “white cold.”

Now, however, the show seems to have confirmed that the White Walkers are bringing cold with them, not just conveniently showing up when it happens to get cold outside.

We saw hints of this on the “Hardhome” episode from season five as well. When a White Walker entered a burning hut, he walked right through the flames. The fire seemed to cool to his presence, almost as if he were a walking fire extinguisher.

white walker game of thronesA White Walker in season five. Courtesy HBO

A similar effect happened in the season six episode “Home,” when the Night King attacked Bran, Meera, Hodor, and the Three-Eyed Raven. The Night King and his ice cronies walked right through the line of fire that was holding back the wights.

But most of all, Jon Snow already said it best in the season six finale: “The true enemy won’t wait out the storm. He brings the storm.”

Read more about the small details you might have missed.

“Game of Thrones” season seven continues Sunday at 9 p.m. with “Stormborn.”



The ‘Game of Thrones’ next episode’s preview teased a beloved character

Sunday’s premiere episode of “Game of Thrones” season seven started with a vicious, victorious scene for Arya Stark that left fans cheering. But it was the preview of what’s to come for Arya on next week’s episode that really sent fans into a tizzy.

In the preview for season seven, episode two, Arya appears to be confronted by a wolf that many fans are hoping is her former direwolf, Nymeria. And they lost their minds:

Fans haven’t seen Arya with her direwolf since season one when Arya forced Nymeria to run away because she feared for her direwolf’s life after she attacked Prince Joffrey. It was a heartbreaking scene that didn’t bode well for the Starks or Arya on their way to King’s Landing.

Arya Stark and Nymeria direwolf Game of Thrones season oneHBO

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Though that’s the last we saw of the direwolf on the show (so far), in the books, it appears as though Arya has “wolf dreams” where she is able to warg into Nymeria’s body, just like what her brother Bran could do with his direwolf Summer. It’s implied from those dreams, as well as in tales across Westeros, that a ravenous wolf pack is terrorizing the Riverlands, helmed by a great huge she-wolf — we assume this to be Nymeria.

Nymeria direwolf Game of Thrones season oneHBO

Obviously, fans are hoping Nymeria on next week’s episode will also have a badass wolf pack. And they have reason to be excited. Time Magazine hinted at the presence of multiple wolves on the “Game of Thrones” season seven set.

“During my visit, wolves described in the script as ‘skinny and mangy’ showed up to the shoot looking fluffy and lustrous,” Time reporter Daniel D’Addario wrote in a feature.


Seeing Nymeria would mean a lot to direwolf fans. The only other living direwolf on the show is Ghost — Jon Snow’s albino companion — after Bran’s direwolf, Summer, was killed by wights at the end of season six.



‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 is going to have some ‘breathtaking’ surprises

Theories abound about Game of Thrones Season 7, which premieres in less than two weeks. Fans are going crazy trying to figure out where their favorite characters are heading to, but the actors and execs involved in one of the most popular TV shows right now have not revealed any plot details so far — just as expected. But one person working on a critical element of the show said that “no one’s figured it out yet.”

Paula Fairfield is in charge of creating sound for the “weird shit” in the shows, including the dragons, the White Walkers, and anything else that needs sound effects. In other words, she’s more than familiar with what happens in the current season, as she plays a significant role in the creation of each episode.


Talking at the Con of Thrones last week, she said that season 7 is ‘breathtaking,” without giving any major details away. She did, however, tease that the incredible battle of Hardhome, which was one of her most work-intensive episodes to date will “look like child’s play this season, many times over — there’s a lot of fun stuff this season.”

We already expect plenty of battles in season 7, including clashes with the biggest threat of all, the White Walkers. But the sound effect specialist didn’t tell us what’s coming next. The most exciting thing she revealed on stage is the fact that nobody figured out what happens in the show, which is definitely exciting.


As for season 8, Fairfield is already working on it, Mashable explains, even if she doesn’t know what’s going to happen next.

“There are some amazing things coming, and I am planning them,” she said. “There’s some stuff that will be embarked on this season that will become majorly in play next season. I have no idea what’s going to happen next season — I only know this season — so I’m starting to build a library of things that I think I’ll be using next season. I cannot tell you what it is, but when you see, you’ll know exactly what I mean.”

Game of Thrones season 7 premieres on July 16th in the US.


‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 is going to have some ‘breathtaking’ surprises

Everything we know about ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7

Like Daenerys Targaryen’s plan to cross the Narrow Sea and conquer Westeros, Game of Thrones is now in uncharted waters.

With a shorter episode count for season 7 (and an undetermined amount for season 8), Game of Thrones has started to gear toward wrap-up mode. While season 6 had a few lingering threads left to tackle from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, season 7 is a complete mystery. We don’t have a major cliffhanger to debate like we did after Jon Snow’s death at the end of season 5. It was a series of setups moving the major players into place for what happens next. Jon is the King in the North, Cersei Lannister is on the Iron Throne, and Daenerys sailing across the Narrow Sea.

So what is next? HBO and Game of Thrones are notoriously tight-lipped during the off-season, so we probably won’t get too many announcements until closer to the season premiere this summer. They’ve only made one casting announcement so far, and they’ve released about three seconds of footage. But as fans have seen in previous years, there’s still plenty to pick apart and analyze from small nuggets slipping out from the Game of Thrones set. On those, we can begin to piece together what to expect for the season ahead.


Game of Thrones season 7 release date

After premiering in the spring for six seasons, Game of Thrones will debut a little later than usual to take advantage of the weather. An exact release date hasn’t been announced yet, but it will tentatively premiere in summer 2017.

Game of Thrones season 7 trailer 

HBO has yet to release a full trailer, but it debuted a few seconds of footage featuring Jon, Sansa, and Arya in its annual showcase of shows, films, and documentaries.

Reddit spoilers

A post appeared on Reddit in November that claimed to reveal every plot point in Game of Thrones’ seventh season. The person who posted it soon deleted the post and their Reddit account entirely, but it spread online and entertainment sites soon picked it up.

A similar leak occurred before season 6 that later turned out to be inaccurate, so some fans started doubting the contents of this leak, and guessed it might be a combination of information that emerged set reports and wish fulfillment. For now, we can take these leaks with a grain of salt. 

  • Samwell Tarly and Gilly discover proof that Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark married in secret (after he annulled his first marriage), and Jon’s true name is “Aegon.”
  • Sansa and Arya will reunite, but not without some tricks from Littlefinger, who tries to pin the estranged sisters against each other.
  • One of Daenerys’ dragons will die and will be resurrected by the Night King.

Confirmed locations and directors 

While most of Game of Thrones is being kept under wraps, the show shared a handy guide in December 2016 for fans looking for officially released information about what they need to know. It shared some of the countries—and in Spain’s case, cities—that will stand in for Westeros and Essos.


Also included are the official list of directors. Some fans have been able to discern who’s directing what from on-set sightings, but Game of Thrones has yet to commit which directors are taking on which episodes.

  • Alan Taylor
  • Mark Mylod
  • Jeremy Podeswa
  • Mat Shakman

Confirmed appearances

Jim Broadbent was cast in August 2016 for what is being called a “significant” role. We haven’t learned much since then, but speculation is rampant about which character Broadbent might play. Will we finally meet Howland Reed after all this time, or will he show up as someone new? Both Archmaester Marwyn or Archmaester Walgrave have been thrown out as possibilities likely to show up alongside Samwell Tarly at the Citadel in Oldtown. 


UFC star Conor McGregor is also set to join the cast, but it sounds like it’ll be a special cameo similar to how Game of Thrones has featured musicians in minor roles in past seasons; one musician claimed to have made an important appearance on the show (potential spoiler), but it seems unlikely. Freddie Stroma, who showed up as Sam’s younger brother Dickon last season, is being recast due to scheduling. And according to David Bradley’s official résumé, he’ll be back for season 7 despite Walder Frey meeting a gruesome death at the end of season 6. (For the record, he is definitely dead.) Question is, will he be a corpse, appear in a flashback, or be part of Arya Stark‘s rotating collection of faces?

Prediction: Gendry returns

In later seasons of Game of Thrones, we’ve seen many characters like the Hound and Benjen Stark make their triumphant return to Westeros after being out of the spotlight or missing for years. With few characters still waiting in the wings, Game of Thrones is finally letting us know the answer to one of the show’s lingering: Where the hell is Gendry?

Spoiler: Jon Snow meets Daenerys Targaryen

After six seasons of dancing around each other, two dragons will finally meet.

First reported back in October, both Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke were spotted filming together along with many of their allies helping out or watching from afar. We don’t hear what they say—and we don’t even know if this is the exact moment they meet or if that occurs in a different scene—but finally, Jon and Dany are together!

We also don’t know the motivation behind such a meeting, which appeared to take place in Dragonstone. Has Jon sought Dany out because he learned of the dragonglass located on Dragonstone that’s vital to killing White Walkers? Or has Dany reached out to the lords of Westeros in hopes that some of them may join her cause? And can Jon convince her of the bigger threats looming north of the Wall? Luckily Tyrion, who Jon last saw in season 1, might be able to ease any tensions that arise.

At the end of season 6, Jon doesn’t know the truth about his parents, and Dany has no reason to think that Jon might be her only other living relative. (So far, the show hasn’t introduced the idea that Rhaegar Targaryen’s second child with Elia Martell, Aegon, may not have died at the hands of the Mountain.) Would the show have Jon and Dany get together in an accidental case of incest