How the Truth About Jon Snow's Parents Could Lead Varys to Kill Daenerys in Game of Thrones

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Ask any Game of Thrones fan to share some of the show's most shocking revelations and many would cite finding out that Jon Snow was the rightful heir to the Iron Throne at the top of their list. We can hardly imagine what will happen when Kit Harington's character, who still believes that he is the bastard son of Ned Stark, learns that his parents were Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark and that he is the true heir to the Iron Throne. But what about everyone else in Jon's inner circle?

Fans are dying to know what Daenerys Targaryen will do once she discovers that not only is she not the rightful heir to the throne, but that she's been sleeping with the guy who is ... who just happens to be her nephew? Oddly, a new fan theory has emerged that seems to suggest that might not be Dany's rock-bottom. One Redditor believes that once Lord Varys learns the truth, his allegiance will shift (not for the first time) and he'll end up murdering Daenerys as a result.

The theory comes from Redditor John-on-gliding, who believes that the first part of season 8 will be devoted to the battle against the White Walkers, in which Daenerys—and her dragons—will be a valuable player. However, the second half of the season will likely be about the fight for the Iron Throne, which is when Jon’s true parentage will probably be revealed. That’s where things might get difficult for Dany.

Once the truth is out, the Redditor predicts that Varys will turn on Daenerys and conspire to kill her so that Jon will be able to claim the throne. They point out the season 7 episode “Stormborn,” where the Mother of Dragons references Varys's history of shifting his loyalties. Varys responds that he serves in the best interest of everyone, explaining, “I will dedicate myself to seeing you on the Iron Throne, because I choose you. Because I know the people have no better chance than you.” He also warns, “As long as I have my eyes, I’ll use them.”

Lord Varys is known to be a manipulator, so it wouldn’t be too shocking to see him betray someone in the final season. However, Daenerys dying would not be taken lightly by fans, nor her followers in Westeros (unless, of course, the rumors that she's actually as diabolical as her dad and has just been manipulating us all along turn out to be true).

The truth will be revealed soon enough when Game of Thrones returns for its final season on April 14, 2019.

Isaac Hempstead Wright Explains Bran Stark's Intense Staring in Game of Thrones

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Helen Sloan, HBO

There's always been something off with Brandon Stark's empty stare that we see so often in Game of Thrones. This week, actor Isaac Hempstead Wright explained exactly how he pulls it off.

The 20-year-old went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and shared a few of his experiences from working on the show, including accidentally dropping a spoiler in his math class and the interesting sex ed talk he was forced to have with his mom given his tender age when he began filming the show.

He also talked about his "intense stare"—and his preparation for the role may not be as deep as you think.

"I'm kind of getting good at this sort of intense stare," the star began. "But it's actually aided by the fact that I'm completely blind when I'm on set. I don't have my glasses, and I don't have contact lenses."

"How thick are the glasses?" Kimmel asks him, to which Hempstead Wright replies, "They're not that thick, but I need them to see."

He recalled another time when his vision problems aided his character. In season 7, while filming a scene with Sophie Turner (a.k.a. Sansa Stark), he recalled Turner making a comment along the lines of "Isaac, your stare is like—you're staring into my soul!" to which the actor replied "I can't see you!"

Actors—they're just like us.

Richard Madden Shared a Hilarious Throwback Photo With Game of Thrones Co-Stars Kit Harington and Alfie Allen

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Charley Gallay, Getty Images for Netflix

Richard Madden may not have held the title of King in the North for long on Game of Thrones, but his memories of his time on the series—and the lasting friendships he forged—live on. Madden, who played Robb Stark, was famously killed off in season 3’s penultimate episode, “The Rains of Castamere” (a.k.a. The Red Wedding episode). But he has continued to champion the series, and his former colleagues, in the years since his premature demise. People spotted his latest tribute to his Game of Thrones days: a #TBT Instagram post that serves as a stark (no pun intended) reminder of just how long we’ve all been watching the epic HBO series.

The image features Madden with co-stars Kit Harington and Alfie Allen—each of whom is almost recognizable—after taking a ride on the Wheel of Belfast following their first read-through of Game of Thrones’s pilot episode. Which means that Madden’s caption that the photo is about 10 years old is pretty spot-on; the original pilot episode filmed in Northern Ireland in 2009, which would make all three of the actors about 22 years old at the time.

The show's actors have remained tight even after Madden’s brutal on-screen murder. In June 2018, Madden was a guest at Harington and fellow Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie’s wedding. Just a few months later, the 32-year-old actor—who won a Golden Globe earlier this year for his Netflix series The Bodyguard—was there to support his on-screen little sister Maisie Williams when she made her stage debut in I and You at London’s Hampstead Theatre. Which means that Madden might know more than any of us do in terms of how Game of Thrones will end, and could have been on to something when he predicted that ultimately, "[I]t’s just going to be three dragons flying around and everyone else is dead.” Hey, it could happen!

[h/t People]

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