Game of Thrones Fan Argues Direwolves’ Names Hint at the Starks’ Fates

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Game of Thrones is known for its complex history and character plots, so it's easy for fans to sometimes get lost in all the details. But if you watch closely, it seems that even the tiniest details might be there for a reason—and possibly foreshadow major moments to come. At least that's the argument that one fan is now making when it comes to the names of the Stark kids’ direwolves, and how they might have been hidden spoilers all along.

According to Redditor RidgeRomaSergey, the name of each Stark child's direwolf predicts the character's fate. For instance, Jon Snow’s direwolf is named Ghost, which mirrors Jon's own life-and-death (and life again) journey. Sansa Stark’s pup was named Lady, and now Sansa is literally the Lady of Winterfell. Robb Stark—who was killed by the Freys, who have the color gray in their house sigil—had a direwolf named Grey Wind.

While these fates have come to fruition, the theorist claims that since Arya Stark’s direwolf Nymeria is named after the Princess of the Rhoynar—who is remembered as a warrior queen—Arya will be victorious and possibly win the Iron Throne. Though it’s been proven that Nymeria wasn’t in battle, she was a powerful leader. And as for Bran Stark’s direwolf Summer: this could suggest that the youngest living Stark will be the key to defeating the Night King in the final season, bringing summer back to the North.

The theory is surprisingly convincing, though it could just be coincidental. But considering that Game of Thrones’s visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer has already confirmed that Ghost will return in season 8—and that he'll do “some pretty cool things”—we can’t totally dismiss this idea yet.

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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