A attainable Game of Thrones spoiler, Meera Reed, and Thanos’ butt once more


Welcome to The Week in Fan Theories, your information to what fan theories are taking the web by storm!

With so many fan theories floating across the net, it may be laborious to know which of them to take severely and which of them are wildly off the mark. Some theories are good breakthroughs that reveal an entire new understanding of what a piece of fiction means, or they’re spot-on predictions about what is going on to occur within the subsequent installment. Others are specious bunk, deeply flawed theories that however get aggregated by a number of the much less scrupulous information websites.

Right now, it is form of the calm earlier than the storm, because the Game of Thrones premiere is simply 10 days away, and Avengers: Endgame hits theaters shortly after that. There weren’t any enormous new theories this week, however Redditors made a breakthrough with the brand new Game of Thrones teaser, an previous GoT chestnut made the rounds once more, and a foolish Endgame principle simply will not die, in contrast to Thanos as soon as his bowels explode. Here’s what to notice this week.

REDDIT HAS A GAME OF THRONES THEORY SO GOOD IT’S A STRAIGHT-UP SPOILER

The line between principle and “spoiler” can get kinda blurry generally. Like, take Avengers: Endgame for instance. Set images and leaked materials place the movie’s heroes again on the scene of the Battle of New York from the unique Avengers. So, it is a “theory” that the heroes return in time throughout Endgame, however that is additionally a reasonably large spoiler, because it has primarily been confirmed.

An identical state of affairs occurred with the newest Game of Thrones teaser, so for those who’re attempting to enter the ultimate season unspoiled, perhaps skip this part. On Monday, HBO launched a brand new teaser titled “Together,” and the 40-second clip appeared prefer it should not have been an enormous deal. Most of the footage had already been seen within the first trailer, and the brand new photographs weren’t that revealing.

But, wait, improve!

Redditors on the spoiler-loving Thrones subreddit r/FreeFolk decided {that a} seemingly innocuous shot of Daenerys and Jon standing earlier than a fire truly revealed fairly a giant deal. Redditor Spiral66 regarded on the rock formations behind Daenerys and decided that we had seen this location earlier than — it is Dragonstone.

What does this imply? Well, this is the place the very convincing theorizing is available in. We know that Jon and Dany are headed to Winterfell, and that they are making ready for the large battle in opposition to the Night King’s military that is confirmed to happen within the third episode. Why would Jon and Dany be again at Dragonstone until they… misplaced the battle? They’re alive, presumably having retreated to Dragonstone, however does this imply that Winterfell falls? Who died throughout the battle? Jon and Dany appear fairly glum.

There are nonetheless quite a lot of unknowns, regardless of this discovery, but it surely’s fairly sturdy proof that “Winterfell falls” is an unimpeachable fan principle at this level.

THE SECOND SECRET TARGARYEN IS… [SPINS WHEEL] MEERA REED

Unlike the earlier entry, this Game of Thrones fan principle will not be a spoiler, as a result of it is a fairly previous, fairly suspect principle that popped up once more over the previous week. The principle posits that there’s a second secret Targaryen, as a result of Jon Snow has a secret twin: Meera Reed.

The principle that Jon and Meera are twins is a reasonably previous one, so what’s new with this principle is the deal with Meera’s supposed Targaryen heritage. But, this principle has all the time been doubtful. The major little bit of proof for the idea is that Kit Harington and Meera’s actress, Ellie Kendrick, look related. In the books, Meera will not be described as wanting particularly like Jon Snow, and is famous to be pretty typical-looking for individuals from the Neck area of Westeros.

There’s some circumstantial proof backing this principle up. Meera’s father, Howland Reed, is Ned Stark’s greatest buddy, and the one different survivor of the Tower of Joy incident (he is the dude to stabbed Arthur Dayne at the back of the neck). This principle speculates that Ned raised Jon as his son, and gave Lyanna’s different little one to Howland to lift.

It does not add up although. So a lot of Ned’s character centered round his honor and the promise he made to his sister as she lay dying. If Ned needed to make sure that Lyanna’s kids had been protected and their secret was by no means revealed, why would he simply undertake considered one of them?

Furthermore, the place is there any proof that Lyanna had a second little one? Think in regards to the flashback scenes on the Tower of Joy, the place Ned and a dying Lyanna huddled across the toddler Jon Snow. This principle would have you ever consider that there was a second child, simply off display, that no one ever talked about. It could be a comical retcon if we obtained one other flashback to the second, solely this time the digital camera panned barely to the precise so we may see one other child that was completely there the entire time. It’s all too contrived, to not point out how there isn’t any actual narrative payoff for making Meera, a minor character at greatest, one other Targaryen.

ANTHONY RUSSO CRAPS ON THE “ANT-MAN EXPLODES THANOS’ BUTT” THEORY

It’s comprehensible that followers are nonetheless speaking in regards to the fan principle that Ant-Man will defeat Thanos in Endgame by shrinking, crawling up his butt, after which rising enormous, fatally bursting the Mad Titan’s rectum. Again, there was by no means an opportunity that Disney was truly going to make their flagship film finish the best way this nasty principle predicted, but it surely’s nonetheless enjoyable to consider.

In the curiosity of maintaining y’all up to date on the newest information about Thanos’ anus (Thanus?), this is co-director Anthony Russo, talking to Fandango, saying he and Joe Russo hadn’t thought-about going with the Ant-Man butt-expansion ending.

“I wish we had,” Russo says, after first noting that he hadn’t heard to the idea earlier than Fandango requested him about it. The then launched into a giant non-answer about fan enthusiasm and participation, shifting on from the fanny speak.

Now, is it attainable that Russo is simply mendacity about not contemplating ending the film with an anal rupture as a result of that is precisely how Thanos died in Endgame? No, truthfully, but it surely’s nonetheless fairly enjoyable that everybody at Disney, the House of Mouse, has to speak about this.

JOE RUSSO CALLS OUT REDDIT’S KOOKY FAN THEORIES

At a press occasion in India, in the meantime, Joe Russo debunked a few out-there fan theories by gently calling them loopy. When requested if it meant something that a couple of of the characters within the new posters had been wanting immediately on the digital camera, Russo is tactful in his dismissal.

“You know, look, one thing we love about Marvel fans is that they read something into everything,” Russo mentioned. “They do our job for us, right. No, I wouldn’t put much stock into that theory.”

Then, one other questioner asks if the presence of the quantity “1604” within the trailer is a touch that the multiverse exists (as a result of in a single concern of Avengers from 1963, that quantity represents a parallel universe).

“Uh… Are you on Reddit a lot?” Russo responds, bemused. “Is that where you are getting these? Are you the guy on Reddit that’s writing these theories?”

“I’m not going to confirm or deny any of this,” he continues, earlier than denying it. “No. It’s not implying the multiverse. Sorry.”


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