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Star Wars 9 Theory: Snoke Was Actually Palpatine All Along

Supreme Leader Snoke was seemingly killed off unceremoniously in the climax of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, leaving a major mystery about who he really was and what his motives were, but with Palpatine confirmed to be back in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, could the two characters have more in common than fans assumed?

Some Star Wars fans were upset when Kylo Ren killed Supreme Leader Snoke before they could get more answers about who he was or where he came from, but now that Palpatine is back, we can forget everything we thought we knew about the sequel trilogy. There’s clearly more at play here than was apparent with Snoke, and the answers could be even more of a twist than fans expected.

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We don’t know much about his role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker yet, but his ominous cackle at the end of the first teaser trailer opens up a world of new possibilities.

  • This Page: Palpatine’s Survival Changes Everything We Know About the Sequel Trilogy
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In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The First Order is presented as an organization that grew out of the ashes of the defeated Empire after it retreated into the Unknown Regions, and their return to the galaxy to destroy the New Republic was a mystery.

Now that Palpatine is back, there’s a complete shift of context. Thanks to Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath book trilogy, which took place shortly after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi we know Palpatine was seeking a dark power in the Unknown Regions and was seeking to find a way to navigate to it. The route was long and treacherous, so it took decades of research and calculations, but he finally found a way, laying out a plan for the Empire to retreat there in the event of his death.

Known as the “Contingency,” Palpatine’s plan was full of revenge, mystical ceremonies, and assassination plots all intended to destroy the New Republic and what was left of the Empire, with only some hand-picked loyal followers selected to retreat into the Unknown Regions to create a new Empire. One of his followers, a Sith cultist named Yupe Tashu, was convinced Palpatine wasn’t actually dead and they’d find him in the Unknown Regions:

“Palpatine lives on. We will find him again out there in the dark. Everything has arranged itself as our Master foretold. All things move toward the grand design. The sacrifices have all been made.”

If this is the case and this was all just part of Palpatine’s plan, that means the First Order itself and likely its mission in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi was also according to his will, whether directly or indirectly. But how does Snoke fit into all of this? Did Palpatine simply allow someone else to lead his reborn Empire, were they working together? Or is there more to their relationship?

Palpatine may have lived beyond his fall into the chasm in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, but it seems likely his body was destroyed, meaning his consciousness would be in search of a new host. This is an idea that was already heavily explored in the now non-canon Expanded Universe, AKA “Legends,” stories. A popular concept created by the comic Dark Empire saw Palpatine survive by transferring his consciousness into the body of a clone, and something similar to that seems like the most logical route for the sequel trilogy to follow.

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Gallius Rax, the man Palpatine brought up since he was a child with the sole purpose of executing his Contingency for him, didn’t believe in the same mystical aspects of Palpatine as Yupe Tashu did, but he still used Tashu’s belief to keep the cultist in line, indicating they planned to go to the Unknown Regions to “find Palpatine and revivify him, bringing his soul back to flesh anew,” suggesting Palpatine would be formless and need new flesh.

Whether this new flesh is custom-grown as a clone, an unwilling sacrifice from someone Palpatine chooses to possess, or something else entirely remains to be seen, but one possibility that clears up a surprising number of dangling questions is that Palpatine chose to inhabit Snoke’s body.

Page 2 of 2: Palpatine-as-Snoke Answers Every Big Snoke Mystery

Snoke’s minimal backstory seems to have some significant connection to the events depicted in the rest of the Skywalker saga, yet he’s not a character we’d ever seen or heard of before. Even the books, comics, and animation, which take a much deeper dive into areas not explored in the movies, don’t reveal who Snoke is or introduce any new characters that could turn out to be Snoke.

Not only does Snoke have a connection to past events, but he also appears to hold a sort of grudge against the Skywalkers and the New Republic. He knows that if Luke Skywalker returns, he will create a new generation of Jedi, and he chooses Ben Solo, the Skywalker heir, to lead his forces, corrupting him and turning him to the dark side.

The only person who cleanly fits this bill is Palpatine. He has a clear bone to pick with the Skywalkers and the New Republic, which grew out of the Rebel Alliance, and is already adept at turning Skywalkers to the dark side. The Aftermath trilogy also describes Leia feeling her baby under some kind of attack from the dark side, and before it was revealed Palpatine was alive, fans naturally assumed it was Snoke, but it really makes more sense if it was Vader’s former dark lord, coming for his apprentice’s grandson.

One of the more curious aspects of Snoke was his disfigurement. He’s a species of alien that hasn’t been featured previously, but his head and face, and possibly even more of his body, bear the marks of great injury, and upon close inspection, it’s hard to understand why he’s even alive. He has what appears to be a major gash, which has caved in his skull, making a canyon down his forehead, chunks of his face missing, particularly at his cheeks, and a similarly mangled neck.

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His injuries appeared significant enough to have killed a normal person, and while he was quite powerful in the Force, he resembles a re-animated corpse more than he does a battle-scarred being. Could Palpatine have possessed his dead body, or maybe even have caused the injuries as he took control?

We can only speculate at this point, since there’s no clear evidence for how or why Palpatine would have assumed control of Snoke’s body, but Palpatine sent his forces into the Unknown Regions, his close followers believed he’d be reborn there, then 30 years later, the Empire re-emerges at as the First Order, led by a powerful dark side Force user who corrupts a young Skywalker, takes him as an apprentice, and desires to destroy Luke Skywalker and the New Republic.

Interestingly, Snoke wore an obsidian ring on his finger, which the Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary revealed had two major Palpatine connections. First, the obsidian came from beneath Vader’s castle on Mustafar, a planet Palpatine had significant investment in. The ring was also engraved with glyphs used by the Four Sages of Dwartii, who Palpatine admired and had statues of in his office when he was Supreme Chancellor.

So, while there’s no clear connection, the circumstantial evidence (and lack of evidence in some cases) more than speaks for itself.

The big question this theory creates, though, is “if Snoke was Palpatine, why did he maintain the identity of Snoke instead of declaring himself Emperor Palpatine reborn?” The declaration would not only strike fear in the hearts of the New Republic, but also attract the support of some of the galaxy’s remaining Imperial loyalists.

The biggest answer to this is Ben Solo. Whether for simple cruel poetry, or because he actually needs the raw power of Ben Solo, Palpatine would have had a lot more trouble turning Ben to the dark side if he didn’t mask his true identity. Ben idolized Darth Vader, and while his grandfather was also evil, we know a younger Anakin Skywalker had ideals that survived his transformation into Vader. Vader wanted to recruit Luke and overthrow the Emperor, which he eventually did. Using the Snoke identity and the pull to Vader, Palpatine would have been able to lure in Ben Solo to his service.

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But Ben was still torn. It wasn’t until the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi that he seemed to truly, fully embrace the darkness. By this time, Palpatine will have moved to a new host and can reveal himself to Kylo Ren, either to gain his true allegiance or to contest him for control of the First Order.

There’s really no conclusive evidence to prove Snoke wasn’t Palpatine, but much of that is due to the lack of information about Snoke in general. The small hints about his history and identity are enough to find similarities to Palpatine, but also too minimal to make a conclusive statement one way or the other. So, while the strongest argument against the theory is that it requires a number of assumptions to fill in the blanks, the fact that the Palpatine is Snoke theory also satisfactorily answers or expands on some of the biggest mysteries surrounding Snoke makes it too compelling to dismiss.

NEXT: Star Wars 9 Theory: Kylo Ren Is Redeemed… Because of Darth Revan


2019-04-25 05:04:41

Stephen M. Colbert

10 Times Star Wars Fans Were Actually The Best

Recently, Star Wars fans have been under attack. And not by the Evil Empire or the First Order; the threat comes from within. For being one of the biggest fandoms, Star Wars has a vocal minority that tends to eclipse the community with its negative rhetoric. These fans have slowly tainted a fanbase that, by and large, has been a welcoming and tolerant majority for decades. Star Wars fans have been responsible for some of the most memorable moments in pop culture outside of the Star Wars Saga itself with their artwork and their imagination, and should be celebrated for their passion and ingenuity.

In the midst of the Star Wars community fending off those that would mar its credibility and its integrity, let’s celebrate all that’s great about being a Star Wars fan. Not only do they help generate content that  continually expands the Star Wars Universe, they come together and help fellow fans in their hour of need, making our little corner of the galaxy a much better place.

10 WHEN THEY GRANTED A FELLOW FAN’S DYING WISH

Star Wars fans will remember Daniel Fleetwood, the superfan who had terminal lung cancer and just wanted to see The Force Awakens before he passed away. The only problem was, it wasn’t out yet in theaters. That didn’t stop fans from mounting a massive social media campaign that included the participation of Mark Hamill (who played Luke Skywalker) and John Boyega (who played Finn).

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Disney and Lucasfilm came through, and Daniel was able to see an uncut version of the film in 2015, much to his delight. The 501st Legion, the premier group of authentic stormtrooper cosplayers also visited Daniel, bearing massive amounts of Star Wars gifts, and making him an honorary member. Daniel became one with the Force two months later.

9 WHEN THEY COLLABORATED ON THE ULTIMATE FAN FILM

Star Wars fans can do some great things when they put their heads together. In 2009, one superfan named Casey Pugh set out to create an entirely new version of A New Hope made by editing together 15 second segments of fan submitted material.

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He launched a crowdsourcing campaign calling for all Star Wars fans to assign themselves a segment and get to work! From stop motion animation, to live action, Star Wars fans from all corners of the globe sent their segment to Pugh, who true to his word, edited them altogether into one fan-made masterpiece; Star Wars: Uncut.

8 THEY MADE SHORT FILMS BETTER THAN THE MOVIES

Though Disney has tried to prevent the distribution of fan made Star Wars films since acquiring the franchise from George Lucas, Lucasfilm gives its blessing to fan made projects and actively encourages their creation.

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From comical entries like Chad Vader about Vader’s non-canonical day shift manager brother running a supermarket, and Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle, to cinema quality dramatic films like Vader: Shards of the Past and Darth Maul: Apprentice, fans consistently make bodies of work as impressive as the Star Wars films. With great actors, props, locations, and effects, they help expand that galaxy far, far away.

7 WHEN A DAD MADE HIS KID BELIEVE EWOKS WERE REAL

To celebrate his love for the Star Wars Saga and Return of the Jedi in particular, a dad edited his family vacation shots to make Ewoks seem real to his children. Anthony Herrera and his family were going to Sequoia National Park, and while it wasn’t the Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park in California where RoTJ was filmed, he told his kids they might see some Ewoks.

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After much looking, the disappointed kiddos went home without a single sighting of Wicket. Not to be deterred, Herrera did some editing of the trip photos to carefully place several secretive Ewoks in the background, to the delight of his children.

6 WHEN THEY BUILT A LIFE-SIZE MILLENNIUM FALCON COCKPIT

There are fans of Star Wars and there are super-fans. One marathons the film series, the other marathons the film series…while researching how to build a screen accurate, life-size replica of the Millenium Falcon. Greg Dietrich, one such super-fan, spent six years building the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon in his garage, and plans to build the rest.

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As part of what has morphed into the Falcon Fan-Project on Facebook, fans from around the world have helped Dietrich realize his dream, scanning film frames, production drawings from the sets, and offering other resources so that one day he’ll have the entire ship complete.

5 WHEN THEY WOULD CAMP OUTSIDE THEATERS

When word got out in the mid ‘90s that George Lucas was making his Star Wars prequels, the excitement was palpable. As it became poised to be one of the biggest events in the last twenty years of pop culture, fans had to strategize how they were going to secure seats at the showings.

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They began pitching tents on the sidewalks of movie houses across the United States, some as early as two weeks prior to the the film’s release. The trend was covered by news outlets, comedians, and most memorably by Triumph the Insult Comic  Dog. Though it may have seemed excessive to some, the visual of hundreds of fans camped outside theaters let the world know how serious the Star Wars fanbase is.

4 WHEN THEY’RE ALSO BIG TIME CELEBRITIES

Star Wars fans come in all shapes and sizes, as diverse as the inhabitants of that galaxy far, far away. Some of them also happen to be celebrities, who are as nerdy and obsessive when it comes to Star Wars as anyone else. Sometimes they take the form of Kristen Wiig, wearing a Darth Vader dress to the 2009 Emmys, or Daniel Radcliffe cosplaying as his favorite character, Boba Fett.

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If they’re really dedicated, they take the form of Topher Grace, who spent dozens of hours editing down The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith into an 85 minute film that makes the prequels palatable. He called it Episode III.5, and it was universally praised.

3 WHEN THEY DO EPIC CHRISTMAS DISPLAYS

When it comes to Star Wars fans and Christmas, the Holiday Spirit is strong with them. From replicating the Battle of Hoth or a Star Destroyer out of gingerbread, to creating amazing lawn displays featuring a life size TIE-fighter and Millennium Falcon, they bring something unique to the holiday season.

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Superfan Colby Powell enlisted friends and family to help him make his Millennium Falcon out of wood and a giant military grade parachute when The Force Awakens came out, and there are entire subreddits devoted to showing off epic yard displays involving life-sized AT-AT walkers made from Christmas lights!

2 WHEN THEY BANDED TOGETHER TO HELP A VETERAN

Air Force veteran Ron Villemaire only had one wish when his colon cancer prognosis was not optimistic – to see Episode VIII: The Last Jedi in theaters before he passed away. His daughter, not thinking he would be well enough to participate in a screening, summoned the Power of the Fans to aid her in her quest.

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Fans jumped into action settling the arrangements. With the help of the local Bedford Fire Department and first responders, he was able to be transported from his hospice care facility to the local theater accompanied by a full Imperial escort, and greeted by dozens of costumed Star Wars fans. The theater even granted him a private showing with just his family.

1 WHEN THEY CAME TOGETHER TO GIVE A MOM A FORCE BOOST

While Star Wars subreddits can sometimes be attributed to aiding the proliferation of everything that’s wrong with the internet, they also provide a platform to showcase everything that’s right. When a Redditor shared that her mom wasn’t feeling confident lately, she asked fellow Star Wars fans to help give her mom a boost of self esteem.

Artists and fans shared multiple images of her mother (with the help of provided photographs for visual reference) as a powerful Jedi. Each artist’s style and interpretation gave joy and happiness to a woman they had never met but felt compelled to help. Because Star Wars fans are just that awesome.

NEXT: Rey’s Mom Should Not Be In Star Wars: Episode 9


2019-04-24 01:04:19

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

Shrek Fan Theory: Does Donkey Actually Come From Pinocchio?

Shrek never gives Eddie Murphy’s Donkey an origin story, but one convincing fan theory might just reveal the fast-talking donkey actually came from Pinocchio. The first movie was adapted from the children’s book Shrek! by William Steig. The movie version greatly expanded on the source material and told the story of the title Orge as he reluctantly embarks on a quest to rescue a princess. Shrek is accompanied on his journey by Donkey, who acts as comic relief and also imparts some wisdom when Shrek needs to hear it.

The combination of Shrek’s witty script and great cast made it a huge success upon release, and the series would spawn numerous sequels, short films, video games and other spinoffs like Puss In Boots. Shrek 5 is said to be in development and while the involvement of the original cast hasn’t been confirmed, they are tentatively expected to return.

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Donkey is a role that was originally earmarked for comedy legend Steve Martin (The Pink Panther) but Eddie Murphy was later cast. The Donkey found in the Shrek! book was a relatively minor character, but his role was increased for the movie. While the origins of other fairytale characters seen in Shrek like the Gingerbread Man or the three blind mice are well-known, Donkey himself doesn’t appear to come from any specific fairytale. That said, a fan theory first put forth by Reddit user YeremyV’s suggests the character actually came from Pinocchio.

Fans of the animated 1940 version of Pinocchio may remember the sequence where the title character heads to Pleasure Island, where wayward boys can drink, smoke and do as they wish without adult supervision. It’s eventually revealed the boys are being turned into donkeys and sold as slave labor. Pinocchio manages to escape this fate, though his friend Lampwick is transformed.

Even now, the Pleasure Island reveal is a deeply creepy scene, and it also reveals some of the transformed boys can still talk. That’s where YeremyV’s theory comes in, which states Shrek’s Donkey is one of these boys grown up. In his introduction scene, Donkey’s owner is an old lady who tries to sell him, though nobody believes a donkey can talk. Pinocchio seems to be the only major fairytale featuring talking donkeys, and in an interesting coincidence, Pinocchio is also seen in the same line-up.

Shrek The Third seems to offer more clues, with Donkey alluding to being bullied and suffering wedgies when he was young – which only really makes sense if he was human at some point. When he and Puss later exchange bodies, Puss also has a hard time controlling his hee-hawing and talking normally, which Donkey suggests he’ll learn to control after practice, which alludes to him having to do the same.

While a lot of fan theories tend to fall apart upon closer examination, Donkey’s origin coming from Pinocchio tends to make sense. One flaw in this theory is that the filmmakers behind Shrek once revealed Donkey was originally intended to be a regular donkey who was cursed, but since the movie itself never reveals this, it isn’t canon. Maybe Shrek 5 or a future movie will clear this up, but this theory makes too much sense to simply dismiss.

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2019-04-22 07:04:12

Padraig Cotter

20 Dark Family Guy Jokes They Actually Got Away With

Family Guy is not afraid to make jokes about any subject, but it is still hard to believe they got away with these 20 jokes. The edgy animated comedy has been a staple of Fox’s programing for the last 20 years and has found a major following over this time. Seth MacFarlane’s series introduced viewers to the Griffin family, and the decades of content has seen Family Guy tell some unbelievable stories centered around Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Stewie, and Brian, as well as their unique friends like Quagmire.

Even though Family Guy is not intended for all audiences with its TV-14 rating, its particular style and sense of humor has made it stand out amidst increasing competition. The series is not afraid to push the limits of what audiences will find funny, but has gone too far in the past with several deleted scenes. While those moments did not make it to air, there have been many instances where Family Guy had scenes or jokes that still did air despite their dark content.

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The latest Screen Rant video takes a look at 20 times that Family Guy went dark, but still got away with it. All of these moments are intended to be done in humorous ways, and that meant the series tackled subjects that most shows would never even think about covering. Some viewers may have found these moments to be funny, but we’re more shocked that they included them to begin with. Check out every example in the video at the top of this post.

Most of these instances involve Family Guy tackling political topics that are hotly debated to this day or just ones that could be viewed as insensitive. The series has made jokes out of JFK’s assassination, abortion, and school shootings, which are not topics that most would attempt to make light of. They didn’t even wait very long to put Bill Cosby in their crosshairs to make jokes about the sexual assault cases against him, and have repeatedly made fun of Michael J. Fox for having Parkinson’s disease.

While there are certainly going to be some who find these types of jokes distasteful, they are exactly the type of jokes that Family Guy has been making from the beginning. The show has never shied away from a topic they think could be used to get a big laugh, and it is this dark sense of humor that many have come to know and love from Family Guy, making it the hit that it is.

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2019-04-18 08:04:52

Cooper Hood

After Review: This Fanfiction-Inspired Love Story is Actually Quite Good

After is an intimate look at the ups and downs of first love that takes some nonsensical narrative turns, but is nevertheless a captivating romance.

Like Fifty Shades of Grey and The Mortal Instruments before it, After started off as fanfiction. Specifically, it was fanfiction about One Direction band member Harry Styles, and it amassed such a massive readership that its author, Anna Todd, received a publishing deal with Simon & Schuster. The story of a young couple falling in love inspired an incredibly devoted fan base among preteen and teen girls, but was also criticized for the abusive nature of the central relationship. For the movie adaptation, After was directed by Jenny Gage (All This Panic) from a script by Susan McMartin (Mom). After is an intimate look at the ups and downs of first love that takes some nonsensical narrative turns, but is nevertheless a captivating romance.

In After, Tessa Young (Josephine Langford) starts her freshman year of college as the perfect daughter, and the perfect dedicated student. However, Tessa’s world changes when she meets the brooding Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin). The core of After is the relationship between Tessa and Hardin, which the movie builds and develops in a compelling manner. First love can be all-consuming, especially when coupled with teenage rebellion, which is the case for Tessa and Hardin in After. Tessa has lived her life as the perfect daughter/student/girlfriend, and she meets Hardin when she’s on her own for the first time, discovering who she really is. In that way, After also operates as a coming-of-age tale as Tessa discovers her own desires and what she wants from a romantic relationship, and her life. The movie balances the coming-of-age story and the romance well enough, though it does skew much more toward the romantic storyline.

The romance between Tessa and Hardin is explored in an incredibly intimate way through Gage’s tendency to use a great deal of closeups on Langford and Fiennes-Tiffin, allowing the viewer to experience the characters’ range of emotions and moments of intimacy along with them. After is, of course, a PG-13 movie, but it still manages to depict its female protagonist exploring her sexuality for the first time in her life in a way that feels honest – even if it’s set within a hyperreal romance story world. Much of that comes down to Gage’s deft directing, but the relationship between Tessa and Hardin is also carried by Langford and Fiennes-Tiffin, who work incredibly well together. Further, the relationship is developed well through McMartin’s script. There are moments when the script really shines, like one particular back and forth between Tessa and Hardin about Pride and Prejudice, but there are other times when the story seems restricted by its need to stick to the source material.

While Tessa and Hardin are the focus of After, everyone else in their orbit is underdeveloped as a result. The script particularly suffers when attempting to justify key story points because After doesn’t properly develop the relationship between Tessa and her mother. The film twists in certain directions to get Tessa and Hardin to where they need to be for the big third act conflict, but never truly justifies how they got to that point. Meanwhile, though After makes the effort to add diversity to the story by genderswapping the romantic interest of Tessa’s roommate, Steph (Khadijha Red Thunder), so that Tristan (Pia Mia) is a female character, the film is so focused on its main couple that it spends very little time developing these supporting characters. Similarly, the other teens in Hardin’s group are largely one-note stock characters that play their roles in moving the plot forward, and do nothing else in the movie. After also tragically wastes the talents of Selma Blair as Tessa’s mother, as well as Peter Gallagher and Jennifer Beals, who play Hardin’s father and stepmother, respectively.

Still, though After may struggle under the weight of adapting a book as lengthy as its source material, Gage’s movie does an excellent job in condensing the story to a palatable hour and 46 minutes. Further, and perhaps most important to those that recognized the abusive nature of Hardin’s behaviors in Todd’s original book, Gage and McMartin’s After evolves the relationship between Tessa and Hardin to be much less abusive in nature. Hardin still makes mistakes, but Tessa – and, by proxy, the movie – holds him accountable for his actions. After also gives Tessa a great deal more agency and independence in a way that rectifies the inherently problematic power dynamic between the two in the book. Gage and McMartin adapt After into a truthful and relatively more healthy story of first love, while not changing too much about the original story so as not to alienate fans of the book.

As a result, After is an entertaining watch for fans of Todd’s original novel, or even those who were interested in the story but concerned about the implications of the relationship between Tessa and Hardin in the book. It’s an honest look at first love and a young woman’s sexual awakening, but one that sticks as close to the source material as possible without adapting too much of its problematic themes. The film isn’t necessarily a must-watch in theaters, but is definitely great counterprogramming to other releases at the moment, offering an engrossing romance tale. After is a truly worthwhile romance for the modern era, and it’s one that will be beloved by girls and young women – which is, ultimately, who the movie is for anyway.

Trailer

After is now playing in U.S. theaters. It is 106 minutes long and rated PG-13 for sexual content and some college partying.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!


2019-04-12 07:04:01

Molly Freeman

Avengers: Endgame’s First Cut Was Actually Shorter Than The Final Cut

According to the Russo brothers, the initial edit of Avengers: Endgame was longer than the final version that will hit theaters later this month. Arguably the most hotly anticipated film of 2019, depending on your feelings toward Star Wars: Episode IX, Endgame is the continuation to last year’s huge Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover event, Infinity War. The conclusion of that movie saw Thanos use his Infinity Gauntlet to destroy half of the universe, killing a selection of much-loved characters in the process. Soundly beaten, the Avengers have been forced to regroup and lick their wounds.

After an agonizing wait, Endgame will follow on from that dramatic ending and while the movie’s marketing campaign has been highly secretive, even by Marvel’s clandestine standards, MCU fans know that the Avengers will be joined by both Ant-Man, fresh from his stint in the Quantum Realm, and Captain Marvel, whose solo movie was released to much acclaim only last month. It has also been confirmed that Endgame will run to a bladder-testing three hours long, as the likes of Thor, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark have another crack at the Mad Titan.

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Endgame directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, have now confirmed in an interview with Collider that the movie’s first edit actually ended up running slightly shorter than the final cut cinema-goers will bear witness to. The brothers state:

“We’ve been working on this movie for well over a year in editorial because we finished it in 2018, and it literally hasn’t moved maybe more than two minutes from its original run time on the director’s cut. It’s just a tough one. There’s just a lot of story in it. We like emotional stakes that require screen time…We have almost everything in this movie that we shot… I think [our first cut] was slightly shorter than this.”

This revelation is particularly interesting as filmmaking tradition dictates that a movie’s first cut will usually be whittled down into a shorter, more concise affair due to factors such as studio interference, screen test feedback or to achieve a more palatable running time. The fact that Endgame was added to, rather than cut down, during the editing process is not only a clear sign of the faith Marvel Studios have in the movie, but also that the Russos wielded plenty of clout when it came to deciding on the final cut. As a sign of how important and telling this process can be, one only has to look at the troubles of Justice League and the widespread calls for a Zack Snyder director’s cut.

However, the Russos’ comments also make it very clear that the task of filming and editing Endgame was a highly streamlined process, with minimal material being left on the cutting room floor. This is perhaps testament to the clear, long-term vision the directors and Marvel had for the movie and also a sign of how much plot there is to cover in the Infinity War follow-up. No doubt many fans will be pleased to hear that the final cut of Avengers: Endgame is the meatiest, most jam-packed version possible.

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Source: Collider


2019-04-10 02:04:36

Craig Elvy

10 Movies That Actually Begin With The Ending

Traditionally we digest stories linearly and in chronological order. What happens first we find out about first, the second thing comes second, and so on. As storytelling becomes more complex and nuanced, however, storytellers mess with traditional formulas and present more challenging structures: unreliable narrators, genre-hopping, and the one we’re checking in on here, time distortion.

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Sometimes a story is just that much more interesting if we’re given a glimpse into the future of our tale. Even moreso, we might not even know that’s what we’re looking at when it happens. That way, when it comes around again we get that ‘Holy Crap’ moment of recognition. That moment that makes us feel both intelligent and stupid all at the same time. There are so many ways to accomplish this feat in film and this is 10 of the best examples of the device. Obviously, there’s spoilers abound so keep that in mind because pretty much all of these are really good flicks. Well, The First Matrix was. Reloaded… not so much.

10 The Prestige

This movie does plenty of time jumping to keep the audience off its trail. Directed by Christopher Nolan is this tale of two warring magicians. Narrated by Michael Caine’s Cutter, he explains the mechanics of magic tricks. While he does this, we see a forest of abandoned top hats. A little girl enjoying a transported bird trick. Hugh Jackman’s Angier stepping into a lightning cage while Christian Bale’s Borden observes in disguise. Angier drops into a water tank and Borden tries to save him.

All of these come back throughout the movie, at varying points towards the end. It is then reframed as a court case seemingly due to Borden failing to save the drowning Angier and Cutter declaring Borden the culprit in his murder. It’s all done at pace so we’re never quite steady on our feet and yet it still grabs us by the throat. An awesome movie even when you learn the trick it’s pulling.

9 Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino’s vaunted 1994 criminal compendium. What makes this entry so interesting is that chronologically the beginning and end of the movie take place right in the middle of the intertwining stories. We see the opening as two diner patrons, Pumpkin and Honey Bunny, discuss robbing the establishment. They go into detail of plans and strategies to make it work. It ends with them standing up and declaring themselves with guns drawn.

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What the rest of the film fleshes out is that on the other side of the diner are two hitmen. Jules and Vincent Vega, dressed in street clothes for reasons we’ve explored through their parts of the movie. All these elements come together as only Quentin can concoct, and the audience is left with jaws on floors. It’s a wild ride, and this bookending technique is central to why it works so well.

8 Total Recall

Here we have a controversial ‘is it actually the end’ moment that opens the film. Arnold Schwarzenneger in a space suit with an undisclosed woman, on a red, rocky planet. Seconds later the ground gives way and he slides down the red dirt cliff. He smashes open his mask on a rock and his face bulges and distorts sickeningly from the presumed lack of atmosphere. Smash-cut to Arnold waking up in his bed with Sharon Stone.

Depending on your view of how the movie resolves, this is possibly a premonition, a simulation, or a dream. Either way, Arnold does end up on Mars (the red planet) in some form or fashion by the end. It’s one of the elements that makes rewatching the movie essential because it only muddies up the waters for what really went down. Whichever way you interpret it, it’s a sure-fire way to grab the world’s attention to have the biggest movie star of the day have his head about to explode within a minute of starting.

7 12 Monkeys

Cleverly, this ‘beginning is the end’ situation is somehow also chronologically correct. How? Good old time travel. Bruce Willis’ wakes up from dreaming about a kid. That kid, presumably him, saw a guy running through a crowd with a gun only to get shot in the back. A woman rushes to his side, the kid watches on, then ‘Future Willis’ wakes up in a cage and we’re off to the races.

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Over the course of this strange Terry Gilliam flick, we find out that Bruce was both the child and the guy getting gunned down. Between those two events, the entire world was overrun by a man-made virus. The version of himself he saw die was attempting to stop that eventuality, but this is one of those movies where time is a perfect loop and nothing can be changed. Bleak, weird, and definitely worth a watch, this one.

6 Forrest Gump

Here we have the good old ‘framing device’ where Forrest Gump sits at a bus stop and tells the entire story of how he came to be there. Heartwarming, improbable, funny, and fulfilling, his journey inspires with the extraordinary lengths he goes to in his remarkable life.

By the time we realize that he’s actually waiting at the bus stop for a reason concerning this whole tale, we’ve watched two hours of prime Tom Hanks goodness. There is still a bit of movie left to go after this point, but the greater chunk has been told. It’s funny how simple the idea is here, but you can’t deny that director Robert Zemeckis nailed it from end to beginning.

5 The Hangover Parts 1 & 2

We’ve all had those foggy, panicky mornings after a big night where you have to make an unfortunate phone call. This is the ultimate version of that. We see Bradley Cooper’s Phil making the dreaded phone call to his friend’s soon-to-be bride, laying out the worst possible scenario. They’ve lost the groom. This setup is brilliant for what it promises as we recap how we got to that state of affairs.

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The universal relation people have to making that giant mistake. The prospect of reliving what must be an insane bachelor party. The consequences of destroying someone’s wedding hanging over the whole deal. Say what you will about the sequels being too similar and then off the rails entirely, this first one is comedy at its heights. Bonus mention to Cooper’s other film that began at the end, Limitless.

4 The Matrix Reloaded

The first Matrix movie is enshrined among the most relevant and excellent of the genre. This second entry, a whole chunk less. What it does have though, is an intense opening scene where Carrie-Anne Moss’ Trinity gets shot by a dreaded Agent after a bike-splosiony, bullet-timey, defenestratey blast of action. Of course, this is followed by Keanu Reeves’ Neo waking up from the bad dream, but it’s more than that.

We find out it was an almost perfect premonition of things to come. This allows him to affect those later actions knowing his love’s life is on the line. At this point, we were still high off of the excellence of the original. We weren’t to know the cliff the series was in the middle of falling off of. Nevertheless, this opening is one of the cooler parts of this less cool sequel. This and the highway chase.

3 Memento

Christopher Nolan didn’t just dabble with time in his later film The Prestige. In this earlier flick, he directly went against the flow and had this movie begin at the end. Memento is the story of Guy Pearce’s ‘Leonard’, a man with an inability to create new memories.

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Therefore every new scenario, he is experiencing without context, and this allows Nolan to take us backward instead of forward. All in all, we see the ending that we backtrack from, all the way to the inciting event that led to it. Segment by segment we backtrack until Leonard’s ‘origin’ is revealed. It’s fascinating and still holds up today.

2 Pain & Gain

Michael Bay tells this hilarious story of gym meatheads caught up in criminal shenanigans. We open with Mark Wahlberg’s Daniel Lugo doing mega-crunches on a billboard when sirens go off and the first word we get is a panicked “F***!” Lugo hightails it and we get a taste of what’s to come. He’s done something to not only have scores of cops swarming on his location, but SWAT teams with guns drawn.

It culminates with him running into and bouncing vertically off of the hood of a cop car at speed. It’s a great ‘how did we get here’ setup for the insane true-life events to follow. Later on, we catch up with this and see that no amount of guessing could have prepared us for the insanity in between.

1 Fight Club

After one of the cooler film credits you’re likely to ever see we get a closeup of Edward Norton with a face literally full of a gun muzzle. Doesn’t get more intense than that. Norton then lays out that he’s in a building set to blow up, a revolution is about to take place, and he’s mostly concerned with whether that gun is sanitary. To top all of that off he muses that “this all began with a girl named Marla Singer.”

Smash cut to Norton burying his face in Meat Loaf’s giant bosom months earlier. You can’t pretend you aren’t fascinated, if from nothing else than bemusement. A dark comedy with a double-twisted message, and one whose original writer actually prefers the film over his own book. Fight Club can be watched a hundred times over and you’ll catch something new most times. Everything takes on new meaning and is doubly awesome for it. Don’t fight yourself, give it a watch.

NEXT: Matthew McConaughey: His 5 Best Movies (And 5 Worst)


2019-03-21 01:03:05

Mik Rona

10 Reasons Hogwarts Was Actually An Extremely Dangerous Place

Ah, Hogwarts — the magical place that every Harry Potter fan dreamt of going. Growing up with the books meant childishly hoping for an owl to arrive with a Hogwarts invitation letter, thinking of the hallways and classes and thinking of how enchanting it must be…

It’s kind of accurate.

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Sure, Hogwarts would probably be enchanting if it existed, but for a school… it also seemed incredibly dangerous. There were a number of things that made it deeply unsafe and yet, year after year, parents sent their children back. We have to ask — what were they thinking?

10 The Forbidden Forest

At the edge of the grounds was the Forbidden Forest. It was said to have harmless creatures such as unicorns, a little more dangerous beings such as centaurs, and basically everything all the way up to werewolves. In 1991, it was even home to Lord Voldemort for a while. Places don’t get much more dangerous than that.

And, to the school’s credit, it was mostly forbidden. Except when Harry, Malfoy, and Hermione were given a detention in the forest and had to go in there when something clearly dangerous was lurking. Which turned out to be Lord Voldemort. Er… good call, professors.

9 The Third Floor Corridor

In the very first book, the Sorcerer’s Stone was kept in Hogwarts. Which makes sense, as Hogwarts was apparently the hardest place to break into and the stone had to be kept safe from Voldemort, but there’s one issue with this: they put a three-headed dog in the corridor to guard it.

Yes, the door was locked. But if a first year student can unlock the door via magic, any student could. Literally any student could have gotten curious, wandered into the corridor, and had their face eaten off by Fluffy.

Some questionable planning there, Dumbledore!

8 The Chamber Of Secrets

Ah, finally. One that wasn’t necessarily the fault of the professors.

The only thing dangerous enough to make them consider closing Hogwarts was the Chamber of Secrets. Tom Riddle left his diary behind when he disappeared and a version of himself re-opened the Chamber, causing a basilisk to roam through the school and murder students. Considering looking it in the eye will paralyze a person and it can very easily kill… Yes, it’s understandable this made them consider closing the school.

Dumbledore also left in the middle of this fiasco because the Ministry told him to, which was not the greatest governmental move.

7 Care Of Magical Creatures

All of the lessons at Hogwarts have an element of danger to them, but none more so than Care of Magical Creatures. Especially when it was taught by Hagrid.

Yes, Hagrid is a gentle giant. Yes, Hagrid means well. But to put him in charge of supervising teenagers around dangerous creatures like Hippogriffs wasn’t just misguided, it was insane. Sure, it was Draco Malfoy’s own fault he got injured for not listening to instructions and being arrogant, but what teenager listens carefully? This class is set up to have accidents and as lovely as Hagrid is, he wasn’t exactly a competent teacher.

6 The Dementors

Another one that wasn’t necessarily the fault of the professors was when the Ministry of Magic stationed Dementors around the castle. In theory, this was necessary to catch Sirius Black.

In reality, they didn’t care whose soul they sucked out: they just seemed to be hungry.

They swarmed way too close to people and should have been removed immediately — in fact, they should never have been instated in the first place. They cause people to become unhinged in Azkaban, so mass murderer on the loose or no mass murderer, having them guard a school was one of the worst decisions the Ministry made in the series.

(And there were a lot of those.)

5 The Triwizard Tournament

In 1994, the Triwizard Tournament came to Hogwarts. It allowed students over the age of seventeen to participate in a series of tasks for the chance of winning one thousand galleons.

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According to J.K. Rowling, this is the equivalent of five thousand British pounds — so less than four thousand US dollars. Is that worth life-threatening danger?

Harry was entered into the tournament at fourteen, and they allowed him to compete. Sure, Harry, you can complete these life-threatening tasks — but no, you can’t visit Hogsmeade without a permission slip from your abusive guardians.

4 The Staircases

A more minor one, but probably pretty dangerous nevertheless — the staircases that randomly change. What if a student was stepping from the floor onto one and twisted their ankle as the staircase violently began to move? What if they were returning from a class where Confundus Charms were being practiced on them and they didn’t have the best balance?

Rowena Ravenclaw, we applaud the creativity, but this was a bad idea.

3 Hermione’s Time Turner

At thirteen, Hermione Granger was given a Time Turner so she could take more classes.

We — what?

Time-bending is clearly a serious thing in the Potterverse, so to give a thirteen year old — no matter how smart — a Time Turner just seemed like a ludicrous decision from the usually sensible Minerva McGonagall. Hermione didn’t need those extra classes; she just wanted the extra credit. And even Harry and Ron started to notice something was up when her timetable had two classes scheduled at once.

2 Draco Malfoy

Draco Malfoy made the castle dangerous for everyone in 1996, when he joined the ranks of the Death Eaters and worked to break them into Hogwarts. He wasn’t necessarily evil and was definitely in way over his head, but he put every single student at risk that night and how the fatalities were not extraordinarily high is a miracle. He let some of the most dangerous, wanted witches and wizards into a school full of students and he was smart enough to successfully do it. He was no doubt a danger to everyone in Hogwarts, even if he later regretted his decisions.

1 Harry Himself

Harry didn’t mean to be an explosion waiting to go off, but he definitely was. With the darkest wizard in the world chasing him, there was no point where he wasn’t in danger or being hunted, and that meant that anywhere he was, anyone around him, was liable to be put in the same fatal danger. Having Harry at the school was necessary for his own protection, but it didn’t mean that Hogwarts wasn’t made exceedingly dangerous for the other students.

NEXT: Harry Potter: 20 Things That Make No Sense About Hogwarts Teachers


2019-03-20 03:03:58

Staci Miller

Game of Thrones: 8 Characters Who Might Actually Be Someone Else

Game of Thrones is certainly a show that loves to include dramatic twists – from the first season when HBO shocked audiences by killing off what appeared to be the main character (Ned Stark), to the reveal that Littlefinger poisoned the Hand of the King Jon Arryn, to Varys’ secret support of Daenerys… the list goes on, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop growing in the final season.

Of course, one of the biggest twists in the series so far has been the reveal that Jon Snow is not actually the bastard son of Ned Stark, but the trueborn son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark – and heir to the Iron Throne. Of course, Jon isn’t the only character in the series who may not be quite who he seems. Including a few mysterious book characters (who have shown up in the series), these are eight characters who might not be quite who they seem… and no. Not all of them are secret Targaryens.

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8 Meera Reed (Secret Targaryen)

Meera Reed is a relatively minor character in the Game of Thrones world – the elder daughter of Howland Reed, sister to Jojen Reed, and whose entire storyline in the show thus far has been to get Bran Stark North of the Wall… and then back to Winterfell again. However, fan theories suggest that there is more to this young woman than meets the eye. It’s possible that Meera Reed is actually a Targaryen – and the twin sister to Jon Snow!

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This theory is based on the idea that Lyanna Stark had twins, and that while Ned Stark took one baby, Howland Reed took the other (as the only other survivor of the Tower of Joy).

7 Qhorin Halfhand (Arthur Dayne)

Unlike some of our secret Targaryens, this fan theory will make no difference to the outcome of Game of Thrones, even if it turns out to be true… because Qhorin Halfhand has been dead for a few seasons. However, this incredibly skilled swordsman and Ranger of the Night’s Watch could well be Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning.

For those fans who haven’t read the books, Arthur Dayne was one of the most skilled swordsmen in Westeros, and one of the Kingsguard Knights who protected the Tower of Joy. In the series, Arthur Dayne is shown to be killed at the battle of the Tower of Joy, but in the books, there’s a possibility that the swordsman escaped… and fled to the Night’s Watch. This theory pulls from lots of smaller details in the books, but the basis for it is that Arthur Dayne would have been able to slaughter Ned, but that he is honorable – and chose the Night’s Watch to serve the realm, where he became a brilliant (ambidextrous) Ranger. It would also mean that his decision to sacrifice himself to help Jon Snow could be based in an awareness of who Jon really is…

6 Bran (Bran the Builder)

Bran Stark actually appears on this list twice, and his first entry is as Bran the Builder – the ancestor who founded House Stark, who built Winterfell, and who (according to Old Nan) may also have been the original Builder of the Wall. This theory posits that Bran Stark, as the Three-Eyed Raven, uses his warg/greenseer ability to time travel (sort of) in order to go back in time and build the wall.

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Several small details back this up, from lines in the original novels such as “Sometimes Nan would talk to him as if he were her Brandon, the baby she had nursed all those years ago, and sometimes she confused him with his uncle Brandon, who was killed by the Mad King before Bran was even born. She had lived so long, Mother had told him once, that all the Brandon Starks had become one person in her head”, or an image in Histories and Lore of Bran the Builder on a stretcher, just like Bran Stark.

5 Cersei And Jaime Lannister (Secret Targaryens)

What if all the major contenders for the Iron Throne, Jon, Daenerys, and Cersei… are all Targaryens, and this is a secret Dance of Dragons Round 2 situation? One theory suggests that Cersei and Jaime, rather than being the children of Joanna and Tywin, are actually the children of Joanna and Mad King Aerys. It’s established that the Mad King had a thing for Joanna (and apparently took ‘unwonted liberties’ during her bedding ceremony) – and some have theorized that at some point, Aerys raped Joanna, leaving her pregnant.

This theory is backed up by the very Targaryen way that Jaime and Cersei act; from their incestuous love to their pale hair (which, admittedly, would be a Lannister feature too), to their determination that borders on madness.

4 Mance Rayder (Rhaegar Targaryen)

Like the Arthur Dayne/Qhorin Halfhand theory, this theory isn’t going to have an impact on the show, even if it turns out to be true… because like Qhorin, Mance Rayder is no longer with us in the world of Westeros. The King Beyond The Wall was said to have been left with the Night’s Watch as a baby, but some fans believe that this is a lie, and Mance was actually Rhaegar Targaryen.

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Rhaegar was supposedly killed at the Battle of the Trident, but this fan believes that whoever was actually killed there was an imposter, allowing Rhaegar to go into hiding with the Nights Watch, and then to leave it and become the King Beyond the Wall. There are certainly some holes in this theory, but it would still be nice to think that Jon Snow managed to meet, and respect, his real father before he died.

3 Bran (The Night King)

The second theory about the potential secret identity of Bran Stark is that he is actually the Night King. Like the theory that he is Bran the Builder (the two theories can even be combined), this theory relies on his powers and ability to time travel. The basis of the theory is that Bran, on seeing how powerful the White Walkers have become, attempts to go back in time and stop them before they reach their current strength.

This is why the Mad King went mad, hearing voices saying to ‘burn them all’… the voice of Bran Stark, using his Three-Eyed Raven powers to whisper to him to burn the White Walkers and the bodies of the dead. However, after several failed attempts, Bran went back to the creation of the first White Walker… and got stuck there. The fear that Bran will spend too long in visions/the past/warging and be lost is one that has come up time and time again, and it finally happens – Bran gets lost warging into the body of the first White Walker, becomes the Night King, and that is what gives him such incredible powers.

2 Sam Tarly (Aegon Targaryen)

Everyone in Westeros is secretly a Targaryen… or that’s how fan theories sometimes feel. This theory claims that Samwell Tarly is actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell. This might seem impossible, given the fact that most of Westeros believe that when the Mountain killed Elia Martell, he also murdered her children – but it’s possible that he actually murdered a random child, and that her real son (Aegon Targaryen) was spirited away by Varys.

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Varys then gave the baby to the Tarlys, intending to raise him to the Iron Throne later in life. However, this plan fell through, he became a Daenerys supporter, and this is the real reason that Sam’s ‘father’ sent him to the Night’s Watch. Not because he was a coward, but because he’s not a Tarly at all.

1 Tyrion Lannister (Secret Targaryen)

Finally, we have a fan-favorite theory; that it is Tyrion, not Jaime/Cersei, who is actually the son of Mad King Aerys and Joanna. This theory is similar to the one that would make the Lannister twins Targaryens, but has a little more to back it up. For one thing, if Tywin was aware that Tyrion was not his son, it would go a long way to explaining why he hated him so much. Yes, his mother died in childbirth and he is a dwarf, but any reasonable man would see that these are not things that Tyrion did intentionally. However, hatred of a bastard son of the man who raped his wife… now that makes more sense.

In the books, Tyrion also has much paler hair than his siblings, and one black eye – which suggests that he has something else (something Targaryen) going on in his blood. His fascination with dragons and abilities with Daenerys’ dragons also point toward him being a Targaryen, as they are traditionally (pretty much) the only House able to become dragonriders. This would make Tyrion the third head of the Dragon… and as a fan favorite, this is an outcome that plenty of viewers still want to see.

NEXT: 8 Tyrion Lannister Quotes Proving He Deserves The Iron Throne


2019-03-20 03:03:44

Rose Moore

SpongeBob Theory: What Are Krabby Patties Actually Made Of?

Fans of Nickelodeon’s beloved animated series SpongeBob Squarepants have developed a deeply troubling theory concerning what Krabby Patties are actually made of. First debuting in 1999, the Stephen Hillenburg created series has become one of Nickelodeon’s most popular shows of all-time. Taking place in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob Squarepants follows the life of enthusiastic sea sponge SpongeBob.

When he isn’t goofing off with Patrick Star or Sandy Cheeks, SpongeBob can typically be found at Krusty Krab, where he flips burgers for a living. However, these are no ordinary sandwiches, as the Krabby Patty is a favorite food of all Bikini Bottom citizens. The restaurant is run by Mr. Krabs, who has become quite wealthy thanks to love of his signature dish. He is insanely protective over what makes the Krabby Patty so special, and this fan theory may explain why.

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Screen Rant’s latest SpongeBob Squarepants related video dives in to the dark truths behind the Krabby Patty. The full theory can be seen in the video featured at the top of this post, but here’s the quick version. According to the theory, a Krabby Patty is actually made up of crab meat, making Mr. Krabs’ business scheme all the more troubling. However, it isn’t just crab meat, as they also hold “imitation crab meat” – which is made of fish. That’s not all though, as the ingredient “King Neptune’s Poseidon Powder” may also indicate they are laced with addictive drugs, as poseidon powder is a code name for cocaine.

If this theory is true, then SpongeBob Squarepants is a much darker show then it wants viewers to believe. Mr. Krabs is making his living off selling food made of his own species. He even appears to confirm as much in an episode when he takes a bite and says, “So that’s what I taste like.” In addition to this, the imitation crab meat also means that ever fish in Bikini Bottom is feasting on their own kind, making them all cannibals. But, going a step further, this theory would also indicate that every single Krusty Krab regular is actually addicted to cocaine.

Of course, this is just a wild theory that will most likely never be confirmed by the show. This would be too dark of a revelation for the show to make, as it would completely change how viewers watch the decades of adventures play out. Instead of being a family-friendly cartoon, SpongeBob Squarepants becomes a story about a businessman who has taken control of the city through unthinkable methods. So, even though the theory does make sense with this evidence, those who believe it shouldn’t expect to see future episodes of the show or new movies confirm this dark explanation.

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2019-03-16 08:03:33

Cooper Hood