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Nymeria and Drogon

5 “Game of Thrones” Animals Who Might Not Survive the Season

For “Game of Thrones” fans, it’s easy to get caught up guessing who the next person is on the chopping block. But don’t forget that our favorite animals are far from safe in Westeros.


We’ve listed five of these vulnerable varmints in increasing likelihood of their demise. These are our predictions!


5. Ser Pounce


There he goes pouncing again. / via GIPHY


Though the reign of King Tommen Baratheon was brief, he will always be remembered…for his cat. Ser Pounce hasn’t popped his furry head up since season 4, but you never know who you might bump into in the alleys of King’s Landing.


Fear not, though. We’re fairly sure Ser Pounce will survive this season. In fact, not only will he survive, he will thrive based on this exclusive footage HBO has sent us…




4. Stranger


The Hound and Arya on Stranger's back.

via Game of Thrones Wiki


Stranger, Sandor Clegane’s warhorse, like Ser Pounce, was last seen in season 4. For that reason, he’s probably safe. Though, there is some concern over whether or not he can carry the Hound on his back anymore. If Stranger dies, it may be of a broken back.


3. Ghost


Ghost protecting Jon Snow's corpse.

via PopSugar


Ghost has been a loyal pup to Jon Snow through and through. Seriously, he stuck by his side even when Jon was dead (a la “Hachi“). There’s no reason not to love Ghost.


Jon Snow looking at Ghost as a puppy

Jon Snow doing his best not to melt. / via Game of Thrones Wiki


And that’s why we shouldn’t let our guard down. Ghost is ripe for the picking, and if Jon Snow is heading to meet a few dragons then…just saying. Enormous reptiles plus smaller mammals reminds me of that kid from elementary school who showed me what he fed his pet snake. It was a mouse.


2. Drogon


Gentle Drogon

Drogon, the Gentle Dragon / via Daily Express


No parent can pick their favorite child, especially when their children are dragons.


Marie from Everybody Loves Raymond looking matronly

“You’re all my favorite…pls don’t kill me.” / via Fanpop


But, let’s be honest, Drogon is the mother of dragons’s favorite. Not every son will fly into a gladiatorial arena, and get stabbed by spears to save his mother. But Drogon did. Dany rides Drogon just about everywhere, and, with talk of a siege on King’s Landing, he’ll be in the center of Cersei’s crosshairs…


…really really big crosshairs.


1. Nymeria


Nymeria hugging Arya

via Game of Thrones Wiki


Here we are. Number one. And with it…sigh, do we have to do this? Would you rather talk about the weather?


Weather map

via Magiera’s Mathematicians


All right, enough postponing. We’re getting bad vibes for Nymeria, Arya Stark’s direwolf. Last seen biting Joffrey’s arm in season 1, Nymeria made her valiant return this season by throwing a little welcome back party for Arya.


"Welcome back, Arya! This is Gerry, Melissa, Ryan...Ryan just ate a person."

Aw, so friendly. / via National Post


But the question of “Why now?” is left ambiguous. It’s a sweet moment, but there may be more to come from Arya’s old pal. It’s not hard to imagine Arya finding herself on the wrong side of a sword after all the assassinating she’s been doing. And who better to protect her than her old tried-and-true protector, Nymeria? None better.


Let us know what you think. And remember to give your pet a hug. Yes, even you elementary schooler with a pet snake. Even you.


Feature images courtesy of The Ringer and Game of Thrones Wiki

Picture of Dragonstone, highlighting the beach in the front and a few of the dragons flying to the keep.

5 Fictional Places We Wish Were Real

It’s only the middle of the week and you are waiting to go to the beach or counting down the days until vacation. For some, maybe you’re just waiting for the weather to not be so humid.


But some of our favorite books provide even better summer escape destinations. If only these were real…


1. The Capitol from “The Hunger Games”

Image of The Capitol, which shows a sleek city in daylight, highlighting a modern bridge.

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Yes, absolutely, it’s a symbol of oppression and tyranny, but it also seems like a technological paradise. The Capitol lifestyle is needlessly excessive, but some of the excesses are pleasant. For instance, imagine finishing an entrée at a restaurant only to realize your date’s meal tastes better. The Capitol’s got you covered: just drink their special concoction, and you have room for a second dinner. Second dinner! Imagine that.


2. Rivendell from “The Lord of the Rings”

Image of Rivendell, which is a nice city perched in a valley, surrounded by waterfalls.

Image courtesy of Vanderstelt Studio


Whether in the movies or the books, Rivendell is the perfect postcard destination. Relax in a small city perched in a deep valley, listen to water rushing down from dizzying heights or walk along the gorgeous bridges connecting the various buildings. Some serious business may be being discussed by the Council of Elrond, but numerous great writers have also found this location to be a killer spot to write. Bilbo Baggins is just one!


3. Octavia from “Invisible Cities”

Illustration of Octavia, which is a bunch of buildings suspended over a mountain.

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Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities” contains dozens of descriptions of fascinating locales. Per Marco Polo’s description, Octavia sounds especially mind-bending. It’s a city suspended over an abyss, described to be like a spider-web. Sure, it’ll fall at any moment, but a short weekend getaway might be exciting. Imagine coming out of work and looking down at nothingness. Breathtaking!


4. The Ministry of Magic from “Harry Potter”

Picture of the Ministry of Magic, which features a big statue of a gryffin in the center of a complex.

Image courtesy of Pottermore


Getting caught in rush hour is frankly soul crushing. Whether it’s a messed up train schedule or bumper-to-bumper traffic, the commute can often be the most harrowing part of the work day.


Nevertheless, magic may prove to be the answer to all these problems. Just hop into a fireplace (unlit preferably), use some Floo Powder, and, poof, you’re home from work. Imagine having offices in The Ministry of Magic! The idea of avoiding the evening rush is the most magical gift J.K. Rowling has bestowed.


5. Dragonstone from “Game of Thrones”

Picture of Dragonstone from Game of Thrones, which is a stark looking fortress overlooking an ocean.

Image courtesy of Game of Thrones Wiki


The massive walkway can be tiresome, but stumbling upon a vacant fortress would be a nice change of pace. Between the gorgeous dragon engravings and beachfront view, Dragonstone makes a splendid gothic getaway. It’s an especially welcome change if you’ve just come from Meereen and are staging a coup for the Seven Kingdoms. We can all relate to that.


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