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‘Game of Thrones’: Will Jon Snow be Legitimized?

Jon Snow has been declared King in the North, but that doesn’t mean all the Northern houses will accept a so-called bastard’s claim to Winterfell and its surrounding lands.

For Jon Snow to truly rule the North and Winterfell without opposition, he must first be legitimized as a Stark. Unfortunately for Jon, this isn’t an easy feat to accomplish.

Only a king or queen has the power to legitimize a bastard, a notable past example of this being when King Tommen legitimized Ramsay Bolton at Roose Bolton’s request. Stannis Baratheon once offered to legitimize Jon in return for his aid, but because of that stubborn, stubborn Stark honor, Jon declined his offer. Both Tommen and Stannis are now dead, so as it currently stands, only two people in the realms have the power to legitimize Jon: Cersei and Daenerys.

But don’t hold your breath.

Based on the Lannister’s tumultuous and bloody history with the Starks, it is highly unlikely that Mad Queen Cersei will be legitimizing Jon Snow anytime soon. And as for Daenerys, the woman with a million titles believes that the entirety of Westeros is hers by birthright, so she has no reason to legitimize a man that she will surely view as a political rival.

So short of a full blown political revolution, is there any hope that Jon Snow will be legitimized as Jon Stark/Targaryen?

As it turns out, he may already be legitimized.

In A Storm of Swords, the then King in the North, Robb Stark, makes it known to Catelyn Stark that he wants Jon Snow to succeed him as King in the North and Lord of Winterfell should he perish. Although Catelyn was very vocal against this plan, Robb remained adamant in his decision, declaring that he will legitimize Jon Snow and make him a proper Stark.  Robb was killed during the Red Wedding shortly after this conversation, so we don’t know if he went through with this plan and drafted a royal decree.

If he did, then there’s a good chance that a mysterious Stark ally may hold the key to legitimizing Jon Snow: Howland Reed.

As fans of the HBO series and book series will remember, Howland Reed is the Lord of Greywater Watch and a fierce Stark ally. It was Howland Reed who (in the HBO series) saved Ned Stark from Ser Arthur Dayne at the Tower of Joy. Howland kept the events of that day secret, therefore helping to protect Jon Snow from certain death at the hands of Robert Baratheon. If ever there was an ally the Starks could entrust sensitive intel to, it’s Howland Reed.

Howland is also the father of Meera Reed, and now that his daughter and Bran are heading back over the wall, the elusive Greywater Watch is sure to be a key stop before Bran heads to Winterfell to reunite with his remaining siblings.

Oh the copious amounts of information that mysterious man must know!

All will hopefully be revealed when Game of Thrones returns next summer, or when The Winds of Winter is finally released later this year. Let’s hope for the latter.

Do you think Robb Stark successfully legitimized Jon? Let us know in the comments!



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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 9: Top 5 Moments

[Warning: the following article contains Game of Thrones season 6 episode 9 spoilers]

The Battle of the Bastards has come and gone, and we have only one word in reaction:


Game of Thrones has a long history of throwing the most action and suspense into episode 9, and season 6 was no exception.

Check out what we believe are the top 5 moments from the episode!

5. Yara and Dany meet… & get flirty


Goodbye Daario, hello Yara!

The sexual tension between Yara and Daenerys was palpable and oh so delicious in episode 9, but before you guys get a little too excited, a hookup between the two is pretty far fetched.

…Or is it?

Anything goes in the world of Game of Thrones, and it wouldn’t be the first time Daenerys had a little fun with another lady (at least as far as the books are concerned).

We’ll have to wait until next season to see how their relationship – business and personal – progresses, but don’t worry, there’s at least 100 fanfics and fanart pieces out there of  Dany x Yara already to hold us all over until next year.

4. Game of Thrones pulls a Lord of the Rings


Gandalf Sansa reappears in the third act of the Battle of Helms Deep the Bastards with a large army which effectively demolishes the Orc’s Ramsay Bolton’s remaining forces.

The appearance of the Knights of the Vale wasn’t a surprise to a majority of Game of Thrones fans (who else would Sansa have sent that letter to, after all?), but even so, the last minute rescue was immensely satisfying to watch.

3. The monster with questionable pedigree becomes Pedigree


Ramsay Bolton was devoured by his own hounds in what can only be described as an act of poetic justice…. and it was amazing.

Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Iwan Rheon (Ramsay) absolutely shined in this powerful and haunting performance full of memorable lines, including this symbolic bit:

Ramsay: My hounds will never harm me.
Sansa: You haven’t fed them in seven days. You said it yourself.
Ramsay: They’re loyal beasts.
Sansa: They were. Now they’re starving.
After how Ramsay treated Sansa for two seasons, let’s just say that her mischievous smile at the end of this scene is something most Team Stark fans can relate to on a personal level.

2. Dany’s dragons reunite for an epic aerial fire display


Rhaegal and Viserion have finally been freed from their dungeon!

Dany’s two smallest children joined very big brother Drogon for a fun little fire drill exercise in the bay, and at mommy’s command, the three brothers laid complete waste to at least one of the Master’s ships.

A great amount of care and effort was put into the CGI for this scene, and the end result proves it.

Scenes involving the dragons have in the past featured some crude CGI (remember the blatantly obvious green screening when Dany escaped the fighting pits on Drogon’s back towards the end of season 5?), but the CGI implemented in this scene was nearly flawless. Some scenes were a little iffy and cartoony (like when Rhaegal and Viserion burst out of their dungeon), but overall the dragon sequence was excellently done.

Special effects team: you done good.

1.  The Battle of the Bastards


The Battle of the Bastards was the most glorious and incredible battle in the history of Game of Thrones and arguably the history of television.

From beginning to end, the battle featured heart pounding suspense and action that easily left fans clinging to the edge of their seats.

The battle was chaotic, messy, and gory, but excellent editing and filming made the whole bloody ordeal a visual splendor that was easy to follow.

Whether it was the choreography, cinematography, special effects or the acting itself, everything in the battle scene was perfectly done. And as we now know, the whole creation process was a true labor of love for the cast and crew:

Between the dragons, the battle, and all those horses, this episode must have been astronomically expensive.

But hey… it’s not our wallets, right? Thanks HBO!

What was your favorite moment from ‘Battle of the Bastards’? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Game of Thrones’: Is Benjen Stark About to Return?

[Warning: the following article contains Game of Thrones season 6 spoilers]

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego Benjen Stark?

The First Ranger of the Night’s Watch and brother of Ned Stark was last seen way back in season 1 of Game of Thrones. He embarked on a ranging mission north of The Wall and hasn’t been seen since, though he has been mentioned several times since his disappearance.

During the season 5 finale, Olly was able to lure Jon Snow to his death with the promise of information concerning his uncle, and earlier in the current season, Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven witnessed a vision of young Benjen and his siblings playing in Winterfell’s courtyard.

Show runners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have purposely tried to keep Benjen fresh in fan’s minds, and now that Bran and Meera are alone, unarmed, and in desperate need of an ally north of The Wall, it might be time for the elusive character to finally reappear and save the day.

This theory is a bit of a stretch, but it’s not without evidence.

The initial trailer for season 6 includes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene where a man on horseback takes down what appears to be a Wight with a flaming weapon. This mystery man is likely saving Bran and Meera, as the setting of this scene perfectly matches the one shown in the preview for season 6 episode 6, where our young and vulnerable heroes struggle to escape a group of Wights.

Some may argue that this mystery man is Coldhands, a friendly Wight who saves Bran in the novels and brings him to the Three-Eyed Raven, but this is unlikely. Wights are vulnerable to fire, so it makes little sense for one to wield the dangerous element as a weapon.

There is also the possibility that this man is a Wildling, but this too is highly unlikely. All of the Wildlings north of The Wall were either killed and turned into Wights ( remember the battle of Hardhome?) or relocated south of The Wall. And even if there are a few stray Wildlings left, it wouldn’t make sense for this man to be one. Wildlings operate on foot, not on horseback, and this man appears to be dressed in black garb more typical of the brothers of the Night’s Watch than the Wildlings.

And there’s only one member of the Night’s Watch unaccounted for beyond The Wall: Benjen.

It’s possible that Benjen has been lurking in the shadows as part of a covert operation to take down the White Walkers. If this is true, then Benjen likely is the one responsible for burying a large stockade of Dragonglass (one of the only known weapons that can kill White Walkers) north of The Wall for the Night’s Watch to find.

After all, if anyone is well aware of the fact that Winter is coming, it’s a Stark.

The truth will (hopefully) be revealed next Sunday at 9 PM!

Do you think Benjen will return this season? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Game of Thrones’: Is Jon Snow Azor Ahai?

[Warning: this article contains Game of Thrones season 6 spoilers]

Jon Snow’s resurrection has brought new credence to the long-held theory that the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch is Azor Ahai reborn.

For those of you who have forgotten, Azor Ahai is a legendary and messianic figure in Asshai lore. It is said that thousands of years ago he defeated the Great Other (the god of darkness) with his great sword Lightbringer, which ushered in an era of light and peace. He is prophesied to return and save the world from the darkness once more.

There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him. – Melisandre, “A Clash of Kings”

We’ve garnered many clues as to who Azor Ahai may be from Melisandre, who has said that the hero will be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone. She believed Stannis Baratheon to be that hero (and tried her best to make it a reality), yet curiously enough, when she would ask the Lord of Light to show her a vision of Azor Ahai, he nearly always would show her something to do with Jon Snow.

I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R’hllor shows me only snow – Melisandre, “A Dance With Dragons”

If Jon Snow is Azor Ahai, then he needs to be able to meet three qualifications: he must be born amidst smoke and salt, be able to wake dragons out of stone, and he must be able to wield Lightbringer.

Let’s take a look at his newly updated resume and see if he meets any of these qualifications…

1. Must be born amidst smoke and salt

We can’t speak for the elements present during Jon Snow’s birth, but we can speak for those present during his rebirth.

There is no doubt that smoke was present during Jon’s resurrection (Melisandre threw clippings of Jon’s hair into the flames), but what about the salt?

It’s extremely possible that Melisandre had washed Jon’s body with a mixture of salt and water during the resurrection ceremony, which would have served purposes both practical and mystical.

Salt was used in ancient times by the Romans and Egyptians as an anti-inflammatory and antibiotic, something a newly revived Jon Snow desperately needs considering the fact that he’s ridden with stab wounds. And as far as the mystical arts are concerned, salt is commonly used by witches and mystic healers for purification, and many mystics prepare for their ceremonies by taking a salt bath.

If Melisandre did in fact use salt during the resurrection ceremony, then Jon Snow would have been literally reborn amidst smoke and salt.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that all water, fresh or not, contains traces of good ol’ sodium chloride… but this might be getting a little too technical for Game of Thrones.

2. Must be able to wake dragons out of stone

This qualification has Daenerys Targaryen’s name written all over it, but it’s possible that it may also apply to Jon Snow.

It is implied (but not explicitly stated) that Azor Ahai must have the blood of the dragon, so if the R+L=J theory is to be believed, then Jon Snow does in fact have that fiery blood within his veins.

The prophecy states that Azor Ahai will wake dragons out of stone after he is reborn, so if Jon is to fulfill this part of the prophecy, then we haven’t seen it yet.

Previews of season 6 episode 3 appear to show a young Ned Stark at the Tower of Joy (a central landmark in the R+L=J theory), so Jon may learn the true identity of his parents sooner rather than later. If that happens, then the dragon (Jon) may awaken on a spiritual level.

3. Must be able to wield Lightbringer

Jon Snow once had a dream where he fought the Others with a burning red sword, but he does not currently wield Lightbringer.

 Jon was armored in black ice, but his blade burned red in his fist. As the dead men reached the top of the Wall he sent them down to die again. – “A Dance with Dragons”

However, one could make the argument that Longclaw is Lightbringer, as the battle of Hardhome did seem to mirror the Azor Ahai prophecy.

Whilst trying to rescue a bag full of dragon glass from a hut engulfed in flames, Jon Snow was attacked and disarmed by a White Walker. He managed to find a sword to defend himself, but the weapon turned to dust as soon as it met the White Walker’s ice blade. He found and drew Longclaw from the burning hut and, to both of their surprise, the blade did not shatter upon meeting the White Walker’s weapon.

Sam and Jon theorized that the blade held up due to the fact that it’s made with Valyrian steel, a substance as mysterious as it is rare. Legend says that it was forged with dragon’s fire and magic, so it is entirely possible that Lightbringer is made of this steel.

This is assuming, of course, that Lightbringer is a literal sword.

If Lightbringer is a symbolic sword, and Jon Snow is indeed Azor Ahai, then the Night’s Watch may be that sword. It’s not exactly a far stretch: the Night’s Watch and Lightbringer were both forged to protect the realms from the White Walkers.


This is a complicated theory that relies more on speculation than actual facts.

If we ignore the speculation, then Jon definitely fails the Azor Ahai test. He was not born amidst salt and smoke (that we know of), he has not awakened dragons from stone, and he most certainly does not have a sword made of fire.

Daenerys, by contrast, does meet all of these qualifications (if you consider her dragons to be her fiery sword), but that doesn’t necessarily make her Azor Ahai.

Remember, Azor Ahai will be reborn for one purpose, and one purpose only: to defeat the Great Other and vanquish the darkness.

Daenerys is a sweet girl with a warm heart, but like many of the characters on Game of Thrones, her main interests and concerns are politically charged. She is a player in the fight for the Iron Throne, not a player in the fight against the White Walkers.

Jon Snow, on the other hand, is the only main character who is actively fighting against the White Walkers. If we were to proclaim a character to be Azor Ahai based on intent alone, then he’s hands down our hero.

So is Jon Snow Azor Ahai?

Well, it’s impossible to know for sure this early in the story, but let’s just say you wouldn’t be a fool to put your money on the brother in black.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Where are the Characters?

Chances are you might need a little refreshing on the whereabouts of your favorite characters before the Game of Thrones season 6 premiere, and luckily for you, we’ve got you covered!

Sit back, take a deep breath, and check out our long but light recap of what our living characters are up to! Oh, and the characters are listed in alphabetical order, because OCD.

Alliserthorne-s5e7Alliser Thorne

When last we saw the giant dick-bag that is Alliser Thorne, he was carrying out a mutiny against Jon Snow. Thorne and his fellow mutineers stabbed Snow under a sign that read “traitor” and left him there for dead.

Thorne is currently in Castle Black, where he has likely taken over Jon Snow’s role as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.


Arya Stark

Arya, in an act of revenge, defied the Many-Faced God by killing someone who was not hers to kill. Jaqen explained to her that “only death can pay for life” and drank a poison and died. Arya, in her own awkward Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker moment, ripped off Jaqen’s many faces until she saw her own. Arya was blinded upon seeing her own face.

She was last seen in the House of Black and White (headquarters of the Faceless Men) in Braavos.



Yara_Season_6Asha/Yara Greyjoy

Yara (or Asha, which is her name in the novels) was last seen way back in season 4 during her attempt to rescue her brother Theon from the Boltons. Yara and her rescue team were forced to retreat, and Yara, upon seeing her brother’s pitiful state, proclaimed that her brother is dead.

Her current whereabouts are unknown, but she is likely either at Pyke or stationed at sea.

BenjenStarkheadshotpromoBenjen Stark

Remember Benjen?

Benjen is the First Ranger of the Night’s Watch and is younger brother to Ned Stark. He disappeared during a ranging mission north of the Wall and has not been heard from or seen since.

He was last mentioned during the season 5 finale, where the more mutinous Night’s Watch members lured Jon Snow out with his uncle’s name.


Bran_Stark_Season_SixBran Stark

We last saw Bran at the giant weirwood tree on the hill, where the three-eyed raven told the young prince that he will never walk again, but he will fly. That has to be the most depressing and coolest thing ever.

The majority of the cast believes that Bran died at the hands of Theon Greyjoy, who murdered and burned two innocent children in place of Bran and Rickon, who managed to escape his grasp.

Bran’s current whereabouts are unknown.


Brienne_Season_6Brienne of Tarth

Brienne, looking to repay a debt to Caitlyn Stark, was on a mission to find and rescue Sansa. While awaiting a signal from Sansa (who is inside Winterfell), Brienne was informed by Podrick that Stannis’ army is close by.

Brienne has an ax (or, er, sword) to grind with Stannis, so she abandoned her mission and headed to the battlefield, where she found a weary and defeated Stannis. Brienne got Stannis to finally admit his role in Renly’s death, and we last see her (seemingly) executing Stannis.


Game_of_Thrones_Season_6_22Cersei Lannister

Things are really awkward for Queen Regent.

Ser Lancel Lannister admitted to having a sexual relationship with Cersei, which gave the High Sparrow all the ammunition he needed to place her in custody. Cersei was forced to complete a Walk of Atonement (shame! *rings bell* shame!) in the total nude.

Cersei arrived at the Red Keep with her body covered with trash and her feet bleeding, but it’s all okay, because she now has her very own armor-plated Frankenstein to take care of her.

She is currently awaiting trial for treason, incest, and regicide.


Daariostill-s5e1Daario Naharis

Daario is currently in Meereen, where he is searching for bed-mate Daenerys, who escaped a violent Sons of the Harpy attack by jumping on the back on her dragon, Drogon.

He is joined on this search by Sir Jorah.

Things will likely be a little awkward between these two rivals during season 6.


Daenerys-MothersMercyDaenerys Targaryen

Drogon flew his mother to an isolated green hill, but due to injuries he sustained during the fight against the Sons of the Harpy, Drogon was unable to fly back to Meereen to reunite Daenerys with her allies and her boy toy, Daario.

Daenerys ventured off to find food for herself and Drogon, but she was soon surrounded by Dothraki blood riders. Knowing that she is about to be kidnapped, Daenerys left her search party an important breadcrumb by dropping her ring in the grass. Her current location is unknown.


Davos_Seaworth_(S05E01)Davos Seaworth

Davos was sent to Castle Black by Stannis under the guise that he was to “recruit troops”, but really the Onion Knight was sent away so that Stannis could sacrifice his own daughter, Shireen, without interruption. What. A. Jerk.

He is still located at Castle Black, where he is mourning the deaths of Shireen, Stannis, and now likely Jon Snow.


Eddison_Tollet_(S05E08)Eddison Tollett

Edd escaped the ruthless attack by the White Walkers by longboat with Jon Snow and a handful of Wildlings (I guess White Walkers don’t like water?).

He is presumed to be at Castle Black.


Ellaria-S5Ellaria Sand

Ellaria, still heartbroken and angry over the death of her lover, Oberyn, employed her Sand Snakes to kidnap Myrcella.

The plan is foiled by Prince Doran, and the Sand Snakes and Ellaria were arrested. Doran gave Ellaria an ultimatum: swear allegiance to him, or die. She hesitantly swore her allegiance, and she and her Snakes were freed. Ellaria apologized to Jaime for attempting to kidnap his daughter – or, er, niece – and explained that she let her emotions get the best of her. As Mrycella was leaving with Jaime, Ellaria planted a poison kiss on her lips.

We last see Ellaria wiping the poison from her lips on the docks of Dorne.



Gilly was nearly raped at Castle Black, but was rescued by Sam and Ghost.

Ghost did most of the saving (let’s be real), but Gilly rewarded Sam’s courageous effort by giving him a bang session.

She is currently in Oldtown with Sam and Little Sam.


Gregor_Clegane_4x07Gregor Clegane/The Mountain

The Mountain was mortally poisoned by Oberyn during their trial-by-combat fight (which determined Tyrions fate).

Cersei ordered the mad scientist Qyburn to save her henchman, and he complied, turning The Mountain into Frankenstein’s worse nightmare.

The zombified Mountain was last seen protecting Cersei in the Red Keep.


Grey_Worm_ProfileGrey Worm

Grey Worm is still recovering from injuries he obtained during a battle with the Sons of Harpy.

He’s also getting it on with Missandei…. hell yes!

Grey Worm is currently in Meereen, where, in Daenerys’ absense, he is helping Tyrion rule.




Hodor is currently accompanying Bran, who had previously warged into the gentle giant to fend off a group of wights.

Hodor’s response to this intrusion: Hodor!



Jamie_Season_6Jaime Lannister

When last we saw Jaime, he and Mrycella were on their way back to King’s Landing from Dorne.

In a sweet, yet understandably creepy moment, Mrycella confessed to Jaime that she knows that he is her real father. The two embraced, but the adorable father-daughter moment was ruined when Ellaria’s poison kiss finally kicks in, and Myrcella died in her fathers arms.


Jon_Snow_(S05E05)Jon Snow

If you don’t remember what happened to Jon Snow, then you have zero business reading this article.

Moving on…




Jorah-hd-still-S5E8Jorah Mormont

Jorah kidnapped Tyrion and took him on a journey to Meereen. The pair were attacked by men afflicted with greyscale, and after the fight it was revealed that Jorah is now afflicted.

The pair finally reached Meereen, where Jorah attempted to get back in the good graces of Daenerys. In an attempt to prove his loyalty, Jorah entered the fighting arena, where he ultimately ended up saving Daenerys from a Sons of the Harpy assassin.

He protected Daenerys in battle against the Sons of the Harpy, and then watched in wonder as the woman he loves flew off on the back of Drogon.

Jorah is currently searching for Daenerys with Daario.


Margaery-and-Loras-Tyrell-Season-4-house-tyrell-37073757-1800-995 Loras & Margaery Tyrell

Loras had been cuddling up with Olyvar post Renly. Margaery, who is now Tommen’s wife, caught Loras and his lover in the act, and warned her brother to be more discreet in the Red Keep, especially with Cersei currently scorned.

Margaery’s warning ends up being justified, and Loras was arrested for breaking the “laws of god and men”. He and Margaery were put on trial, where they both denied that a relationship with Renly ever took place.

The siblings played off the situation expertly, but suddenly Olyvar was brought to the stand, and he exposed Loras and Margaery’s lies.

Margaery was arrested for perjury, and last we see her, she is still in her cell.


Melisandre sacrificed Shireen to the Lord of Light in order to secure a victory for the rightful and true king, Stannis, who was trying to take Winterfell from the Boltons.

Everything went according to plan… except for the part where Stannis’ army deserted him and Stannis himself was killed by Brienne.

Clearly realizing that she had made a huge mistake, Melisandre stole a horse, deserted Stannis, and headed to Castle Black.


Missandei was saved by Tyrion during the Sons of the Harpy arena attack, and she later repayed the favor by convincing team Daenerys to support Tyrion in Daeny’s absence.

She is currently in Meereen with her new boo, Grey Worm, and is aiding the city’s political process.



Olenna-Tyrell-S4EP01Olenna Tyrell

Olenna accused Lord Baelish of helping Cersei take down Loras, which Petyr, being the snake he is, obviously denied. Olenna threatened to expose Petyr’s role in Joffrey’s death should House Tyrell fall.

She is currently expertly throwing shade somewhere around King’s Landing.




Fuck this kid. I don’t care where he is.





Osha entered a portal and is now in the realm of Harry Potter, where she is married to Remus Lupin. Imagine?

When last we saw Osha, the wildling was bringing Rickon and Shaggydog to the holdfast of Jon Umber, a loyal ally of the Starks.

Littlefinger_S5Petyr Baelish

Littlefinger dropped Sansa off at Winterfell and instantly returned to King’s Landing, where his brothel is now in ruins.

Olenna, angry that her grandchildren had been arrested, met Petyr in his brothel and accused him of telling Cersei about Olyvar, which he denied. She then threatened to expose his role in Joffrey’s death should House Tyrell fall. Littlefinger eased her mind by outing Lancel and Cercei’s relationship, which led to Cercei’s arrest by the High Sparrow.

Petyr is most likely still in King’s Landing, doing shady things per usual.

Podrick-Payne-Profile-HDPodrick Payne

Podrick informed Brienne (who he has been traveling with) that Stannis’ army was approaching. Brienne left Podrick to take care of business and film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Podrick’s current whereabouts are unknown, but it is assumed that he is still traveling with Brienne around Winterfell.


Ramsay_Season_6Ramsay Bolton

Ramsay Bolton, who is perhaps the story’s biggest dick, handily defeated Stannis’ army, and is currently on his way back to Winterfell castle.

He does not yet know that his new wife has fled the castle with his man servant.


Rickon_Stark_Season_3Rickon Stark

When last we saw the youngest Stark, Rickon was traveling with Osha and Shaggydog to the holdfast of Jon Umber, a loyal ally of the Starks.



Roose_Bolton-S05E06Roose Bolton

Roose Bolton, aka Father-of -the-Year, is currently in Winterfell with his son, Ramsay.



Samwell_Tarly_in_MockingbirdSamwell Tarly

Maester Aemon passed away suddenly in the night, and Sam, who had been helping him, has left Castle Black with Gilly and Little Sam for Oldtown, where he will train to become to the Night’s Watch’s next Maester.

He is currently unaware of his best friend’s fate.


Sandor_(The_Children)Sandor Clegane/The Hound

The Hound was defeated by Brienne of Tarth way back in season 4 and was left for dead by Arya Stark, who pulled a Grand Theft Auto by taking his money.

His fate and whereabouts are currently unknown. If his brother The Mountain can come back, then hey, maybe we will finally get #Cleganebowl!

Sansa_Season_Six_SnowSansa Stark

Sansa has escaped the clutches of her terrible husband, Ramsay Bolton, with the help of Theon Greyjoy (aka Reek). The pair epicly jumped from Winterfell’s castle wall and are now on the run from the Boltons.

Sansa’s destination is unknown, but it is likely that she will be searching for her brothers, Rickon and Bran.

High_SparrowThe High Sparrow

The High Sparrow laid down the law in season 5, sending Cersei, Margaery, and Loras to jail for their sins.

He is currently in King’s Landing actively dealing with these cases.


Reek_in_sansas_weddingTheon Greyjoy/Reek

Theon Greyjoy (also known as Reek) FINALLY manned up and helped Sansa Stark escape Winterfell.

His whereabouts of his person, much like his penis, are unknown.

Tommen_Season_6Tommen Baratheon

Margaery told Tommen that his mother was likely responsible for Loras’ arrest (a spot on assumption), which led Tommen to angrily confront his mother and demand his brother-in-law’s release. His plea fell on deaf ears, and Tommen expressed regret to his wife, who he later would helplessly watch get arrested.

He is currently in King’s Landing awaiting his wife’s trial. He does not yet know that his sister has been murdered (poor Tommen).

TormundGS5Tormund Giantsbane

Tormund survived the wildling massacre and traveled to Castle Black with Jon Snow, Edd, and the other survivors.

As far as we know, he is still located somewhere near Castle Black.


Tyrion_Season_6Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion was kidnapped by Ser Jorah and brought to Meereen, which worked out perfectly since he was heading there anyways.

In Meereen, Tyrion was introduced to Daenerys, eventually becoming an advisor of hers.

Tyrion is currently standing in for Daenerys, who has been kidnapped by Dothraki, as the ruler of Meereen.


The Spider is currently in Meereen with Tyrion, probably being sassy as hell.



Who are you most excited to see during the season 6 premiere? Let us know in the comments!

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Reactions: Game of Thrones Season 6: Trailer #2

Last season there was a shocking finale in which we saw the apparent death of Jon Snow? I only have that in the form of a question because my mind will not let me believe that Jon Snow could be dead. But I wouldn’t put it past George R. R. Martin and by proxy, the HBO showrunners to kill off one of the most popular characters in the A Song of Ice and Fire universe. I can tell you though, as a book reading follower of the series, Jon Snow is not dead until we get Winds of Winter, and that may be another 10 years if Martin keeps to his current pace. No doubt about it the series has caught up to the books, and has previously strayed away from the novels storyline. It might continue to stray even farther in the seasons to come. With that in mind, it’s time for this GRRM follower to catch up with the series because he new season of Game of Thrones is set to hit our TV screens on April 24, 2016. Check out the new longer trailer for the season and my reaction! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

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New Evidence Suggests Harington Will Return for Season 6 of ‘Thrones’

Unless you’ve been living under Casterly Rock, you know that Jon Snow was killed off in the Game of Thrones season 5 finale.

…Or was he?

Fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and the HBO series have serious doubts about Snow’s death, and they’ve conjured up some pretty solid fan theories to explain how he could have survived his brutal assassination.

But we may now have some actual, non-conjectured proof that our favorite bastard will return for season 6 after all.

Kit Harington has been recently spotted in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where filming for season 6 of Game of Thrones is currently underway. He was first spotted at the airport in Belfast after disembarking his flight from London, a flight that fellow costar Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H’ghar) also was on (as reported by Watchers on the Wall).

Harington was also sniped by The Daily Mail walking around Belfast a few days after he was spotted at the airport, this time with (former?) co star Ben Crompton (who you’ll know as Dolorous Edd, Snow’s Night’s Watch brother).

He’s covering up in a hoodie, but it’s clear that Harington is still rocking his gorgeous mane, which he was contractually obligated to not cut (Also, can we PLEASE talk about those skinny jeans?).

It could be that Harington is in Belfast simply filming scenes where he plays a dead body preparing for a good ol’ fashioned Night’s Watch burning, but if the fan theories do hold any merit (and we hope they do), Harington could be in Belfast for the long run.

But until George R.R Martin releases The Winds of Winter or Game of Thrones season 6 premieres (which will come first? we don’t know), the theories will remain just that… theories.

Do you think Jon Snow will be revived in season 6? Share your thoughts and theories below!


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Jon Snow… err… Kit Harington Joins Brimstone!

It has been a rough two weeks since the shocking Game of Thrones season finale. Time doesn’t heal all wounds, and many of us Jon Snow fans are still left with a gaping hole inside that only Kit Harington can fill.

(Alright, perhaps I could have worded that better, but you get the point: the people want, no, need more Kit Harington!)

And while he may not be returning to Game of Thrones for season 6 (a “fact” that I refuse to admit), we can still appreciate his acting chops as he takes on other creative endeavors.

Case in point: Brimstone.

Harington will be starring alongside Dakota Fanning and Guy Pearce in the upcoming thriller as Samuel, an outlaw who helps Fanning’s character escape the evil clutches of Pearce!

There will be a mini Game of Thrones cast reunion on the set of Brimstone as well, as Harington’s ugh, I hate this word, former co-star Carice van Houten (Melisandre!!) will also be starring in the flick.

Although he’s sure to be in high demand now, Harington actually wasn’t the first choice for this role. He will be replacing Twilight‘s Robert Pattinson, who left the project due to conflicting interests.

Brimstone is scheduled for a 2016 release.

But just in case you can’t wait that long, you can see more of Jon Snow Kit Harington on July 7th in HBO’s tennis mockumentary 7 Days in Hell, where he stars alongside SNL‘s Andy Samberg.

But either way, we still want to see Jon Snow back. It’s gonna happen.

Will you be checking out either of these films? Let us know in the comments below!

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Game of Thrones Season Finale Top Five Recap: Ep. 50, “Mother’s Mercy”

OMG it’s the season finale! That being the case, there are more than just five crazy moments in tonight’s episode, because there just has to be. I will try my best to order them from least to most outrageous but there were many that were equally outrageous.

First up is one of the most touching moments thus far this season. It starts with Jaime, Myrcella and Trystane getting ready to sail back to King’s Landing. Bronn has a flirtatious moment with Tyene one last time and Ellaria kisses Myrcella goodbye.g2 It seems her allegiance is holding firm as she has turned a new leaf. On the boat Jaime hesitantly tries to talk to Myrcella about love and how you can’t really choose who you fall in love with. He is bumbling through it adorably when Myrcella tells him she knows. She knows and is incredibly happy that he is her father. Awwwwww. Finally some honest love for Jaime and he can reciprocate and embrace being a father at long last. Then Myrcella’s nose bleeds and she collapses in his arms, apparently poisoned. Almost forgot what show I was watching. Back on the beach, we see that Ellaria’s nose also begins to bleed, meaning she put poison on her lips before she kissed Myrcella, poisoning them both. She takes the antidote from her necklace and drinks it. If what Tyene told Bronn about the poison is true, Myrcella is certainly dead.

g7Next up we have Sansa and her terrible plight in Winterfell. While Ramsay is away taking care of Stannis, Sansa decides it is up to her to get the message out that she needs help since Reek betrayed her last time. She cautiously makes her way to the broken tower and climbs it. As she is doing this we see Brienne is still diligently watching for the signal when Podrick informs her he has just seen Stannis’ army marching toward Winterfell. Brienne takes one last long look at the tower before heading off. A split second later the candle light appears in the tower window. Sansa succeeded, but was a little too late. Sansa quickly heads back to the castle avoiding Ramsay’s men and bumps right into Miranda and Reek. Miranda has her bow trained on Sansa and is all too happy to inform her that Ramsay has plans for Sansa’s lady parts after he is done getting a couple of heirs from them. Miranda decides Sansa doesn’t need all her other parts to give Ramsay g8what he wants and can help by removing some of them now. As she draws her bow back, Reek grabs her and tosses her off the wall into a courtyard below where it looks like her head shatters on the ground. Sansa is shocked Reek had it in him to protect her (and so am I, honestly) but there is no time to be grateful as Ramsay has just returned. Reek turns to the other side of the wall, climbs up and helps Sansa up, too. They take each other’s hand (whaaat!) and, with a last “do or die” look between them, jump outside of castle wall into what we hope is a much thicker and softer snow bank.
g9Speaking of Stannis, he is indeed marching on Winterfell. However, this is only after learning all his sellswords abandoned them despite the change in climate and warmer night which Melisandre credits to the sacrifice made to the Red God. Oh, and his wife hung herself because of that sacrifice. And then Melisandre took off on horseback. Basically everyone deserted him, but Stannis decides it is still a good idea to continue and march on Winterfell. As he is preparing for the siege, Ramsay and his men surprise him and overtake his army.  It is a pretty short battle and there doesn’t seem to be many that make it through. Stannis takes out two of the last of Ramsay’s calvary but is wounded in the process. Brienne shows up after hearing of the march from Podrick and informs Stannis of who she is. She was Kingsguard to the late Renly Baratheon and she knows it was a shadow with Stannis’ face that killed Renly. Stannis admits to the accusation and Brienne passes judgement on him. She says all the correct words you’re supposed to say when sentencing a person to death, gives Stannis the chance to have last words, which he declines, and kills him in one fluid motion. Like many GoT deaths, we don’t actually see him die per say, but we can definitely hope for it.

Next up is the trouble in Meereen. Daenerys flew off with Drogon and now they have to go find her. Good news is that Grey Worm is up and walking but he feels like a failure for not having been well enough tog5 fight for Daenerys. Daario makes perfect sense finally when he suggests he and Jorah go look for Daenerys while Grey Worm, Missandei, and Tyrion stay and run Meereen. The city will trust and listen to Grey Worm and Missandei and Tyrion is the only one with experience running a city this size so Jorah and Daario head off. Oh, and hey, there’s Varys! He has his “little birds” everywhere and will be sure to be an asset to Tyrion here in Meereen. On to Daenerys and Drogon who is terribly injured and just wants to lie there on top of a hillside and get better even though Daenerys tries to convince him to take her back to Meereen. Being the stubborn teenage dragon he is, Drogon turns his back to her after she attempts to ride him again and decides to take a nap. Frustrated, Daenerys walks off to see where she might be and if there might be some food around. As she is walking though, she is happened upon by an enormous Dothraki khalasaar! Daenerys quickly drops her ring – which I’m sure will come into play next season – before they close in on her. Looks like she’s back at square one.

g1We now check in with Arya and her quest for vengeance. Meryn Trant is actively pursuing his pedophilic and violent ways and has three young girls standing before him. He canes the first and second, satisfied with their ear and yelps of pain, but when he canes the third she makes no noise. She just stands, with her long hair covering her downturned head and takes it. He canes her again, in front this time, and again she just stands. Trant hits her once more on the head actually breaking the cane and again she makes no noise. Presented with this new challenge he sends the other two sobbing girls off and focuses on the third. Trant being the horrific person he is punches the small girl in the gut, knocking her to her knees and the wind out of her. She then stands and pushes her hair aside and stares him in the eye. The girl then tears off her face and we see Arya standing there before she lunges at Trant. She gouges his eyes out with a short knife then repeatedly stabs him in the gut. She takes him from behind, making sure he knows that she is Arya Stark and he was the first on her list for killing Sylvio Forel, and then slits his throat. (Hooray!!!) Arya returns to the House of Black and White and tries to sneak the face back into the g11Hall of Faces. Jaqen and the waif catch her and Jaqen explains that Trant’s life was not hers to take. Because she took a life that was not hers to take they must now pay a life. The Waif grabs and holds Arya as Jaqen opens a bottle the poison from the fountain outside and approaches her. Arya starts to freak out but cannot get loose and watches as Jaqen pours the poison into his own mouth and falls down dead. Arya is let go of and she is angry and upset that her friend is dead. The waif explains he was not her friend as she turns into Jaqen. The man on the floor’s face has changed also and Arya pulls off face after face before finally ending with her own face on the person lying there lifeless. Jaqen explains that the faces are as good as poison to someone who is not yet no one and Arya then begins to lose her vision. Her eyes turn white and she is now blinded.

g10Okay, gather your emotions and prepare. We next come to Cersei, still looking fabulously terrible in her cell as she is once again prodded to “confess.” Looks like she has reached her breaking point, or she is just being Cersei and trying to find the next manipulative way out of this predicament, and agrees to talk to the High Sparrow about the “Mother’s Mercy.” Cersei confesses to fornication with her cousin but still adamantly denies that her children belong to anyone other than Robert (keep the lie alive?). The High Sparrow agrees to allow her to return to the Red Keep for confessing, but she will still undergo a trial for the accusations about her and her children and she also must atone before being set free. Cersei is taken and sprayed down before her hair is completely shorn off and she is taken outside in rags to stand before the entire city. The High Sparrow announces her confession and that she must atone for her lying and fornication. Cersei is then stripped of her rags and she is forced to walk from the temple to the castle naked while a nun walks behind her yelling “shame” and ringing a bell. Cersei is literally going on a “walk of shame.” Now, Cersei is probably one of the more hated characters ever as she is manipulative and horrifically mean to animals and kids and pretty much anyone that’s not one of her kids. This walk that Cersei must endure seems neverending and includes people throwing excrement and food at her, spitting on her, calling her every terrible name in the book, flashing their breasts and penises to her as she walks barefoot, naked, and bleeding through the city. It is the only time Cersei appears truly vulnerable and she breaks down and begins sobbing as she nears the castle gates. I will leave the discussion of whether she “deserves” this up to you. Once inside the castle it is only Qyburn that wraps her up and is sympathetic to her plight. He has a new addition to the Kingsguard and this “mountain” of a man-thing comes in and scoops Cersei up in it’s arms. Qyburn, now a Game of Thrones Dr. Frankenstein, explains the “man’s” silence by saying he has vowed not to speak until all of Cersei’s enemies are dead. As Cersei is being carried off we see that calculating and vengeful look return to Cersei’s eyes.

Lastly, we come to Jon Snow. He returned with the wildlings last week and now has sent them on to the fieldsg3 to be farmers and everyone except Sam hates him. Sam is worried for his and Gilly’s safety and talks Jon into sending him off to train to be a maester. The most adorable and funny conversation this whole episode happens here when Jon and Sam talk about sex. Sam and Gilly leave with little Sam and Davos finally arrives. Melisandre is not far behind to arrive back at Castle Black after having ditched Stannis. Melisandre makes it clear Stannis’ army did not fare well and Davos asks about Shireen. Melisandre’s face gives him his answer without going into the detail that Melisandre is to blame for Shireen’s death, and she disappears without a word. Later, Jon is in his quarters when Olly comes in with great news: one of the wildlings reports having met Jon’s uncle Benjen and says he is still alive. Woo-hoo! I knew there was a reason they brought up Benjen on the “previously on” at the beginning of the show. Jon heads outside to where the wildling is and when the crowd around the wildling parts to let him through he is face to face with a wooden cross with the word “TRAITOR” written across it. Jon is surrounded by Ser Alliser and his other brothers in the Night’s Watch and they are angry. Ser Alliser leans into Jon, driving a dagger into his stomach and declares, “For the Watch.” The others follow suit, each one delivering a stab into Jon’s stomach and proclaiming, “For the Watch.” Finally, Olly comes up and he and Jon stare intently at each other as Jon’s eyes well up and Olly finally jams his own dagger into Jon. Jon collapses as blood pools around him and the scene cuts to black so you can see your own horrified sobbing visage staring back.

Yet again our hearts are of no concern!!! Yet again we do not actually see the life leave him and I cling to the hope that this is not the end of Jon Snow. Then I remember what show I am watching… Any other show and I’d say Jon is certainly not dead, that Melisandre will bring him back or he jumped into Ghost before dying (all purely speculation and HOPE) but with this show, those conjectures are less likely than the probability that he is actually dead.

Let us know what you think will come about in Season 6 (as this season overtook the pacing and plot lines from the most recent book in the series) and your thoughts on each character’s various fates here at the end of this season.

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NerdyBound: Game of Thrones

I don’t have to convince anyone that Game of Thrones is one of the best shows out there. This season started off slow for me, but I don’t mind that at all. There has been some important character development that I was excited to see. Also, for everyone who caught last week’s episode, how proud are you of our boy Jon Snow?! I can’t wait for tonight’s episode and I can’t wait to see the fashion that’s featured! Game of Thrones has the most beautiful costume designs and every time I watch the show I see such gorgeous clothing, each piece more intricate than the last. One of my missions in life is to commission every piece and dress every day like I’m about to sit on the Iron Throne. Until then, we have the brilliance that is everyday cosplay. This week, I’m featuring my favorite style influences from the show and I decided to do a special “Game of Thrones Fan” NerdyBound since there’s so many awesome retailers out there offering cute fashion themed around Game of Thrones. So, enjoy being a nerd, enjoy the show tonight and dress like the Khaleesi I know you are.





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