Game of Thrones: Did You Spot The It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Cameo?

There was a surprising cameo in the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney appeared in a scene. After a 20-month hiatus, the HBO series returned for what will be the final six chapters intended to close out the epic fantasy drama. The premiere was packed with significant moments, many of which have been anticipated for years.

The episode, titled “Winterfell,” featured the arrival of Daenerys and her armies to Winterfell and the long-awaited reunion between Jon Snow and his siblings. Back in the South, Euron Greyjoy returned to King’s Landing with the Golden Company, just as promised. While Euron tried to charm his way into Cersei’s private chambers, Theon went on a rescue mission to save Yara, sneaking aboard Euron’s ship, the Silence, and successfully retrieve his sister. Before freeing Yara, Theon killed a few unsuspecting men left on the ship. The first kill was a very familiar face to It’s Always Sunny fans.

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The man that was killed on the deck of the Silence was Rob McElhenney, as confirmed by the actor’s Instagram. McElhenney’s character took a quick arrow in the back of the head through the left eye. The blink and you’ll miss it cameo caught many fans off guard, and some missed the appearance altogether.

The creator and star of It’s Always Sunny is reportedly friends with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The showrunners even wrote an episode of It’s Always Sunny in 2013. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a “The Gang Goes to Westeros” situation featuring the entire cast but there was also another surprise cameo in the rescue sequence. Silicon Valley actor Martin Starr was also one of Euron’s men killed aboard the ship.

McElhenney and Starr joined Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, Coldplay’s Will Champion, Sigur Rós, and Ed Sheeran as celebrities who have cameo appearances on the hit HBO series. In fact, one of the Game of Thrones‘ premiere’s callbacks was to the latter: one of Bronn’s female companions brought up a “ginger” named Eddie who got caught up in the attack by Daenerys’ army, revealing Eddie’s fate along with his now missing eyelids.

With only five episodes left, it will be interesting to see if the showrunners have any more surprising cameos planned. It’s no question why celebrities would want to jump at the chance of appearing in a series as popular as Game of Thrones. Even though the celebs tend to meet a very dark fate, it would be something to brag about. With Game of Thrones nearing the end of its run, keep those eyes peeled for any more familiar faces.

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Game of Thrones season 8 airs Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO.

2019-04-16 06:04:01

Kara Hedash

10 TV Couples That Are Always Romanticized (Even Though They’re Terrible)

In some cases, a couple, a ‘ship, an intriguing bond – can be the best part of a TV series. These small-screen romances can be iconic, disgustingly adorable, and can even provide the audience with goals for their own personal relationships.

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But with all those captivating romances, there are also the ones that are loved and praised when they really shouldn’t be. Those couples everyone loves, while their relationships aren’t actually as healthy or empowering as their fanbases make it seem. Let’s review some of TV’s worst couples that are somehow always romanticized.


Though they are regarded by many as one of the most iconic couples of 90s TV, the popularity and hype that surrounded this relationship far inflated its actual significance. No relationship is perfect, but Ross and Rachel’s was fraught with so many holes and problematic moments that it should not be considered anything but harmful and toxic.

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The on-again-off-again nature of their relationship was one of the most memorable recurring storylines on Friends, but while the drama and hilarious moments that stemmed from this deserve appreciation, Ross and Rachel’s relationship itself does not.


Undeniably, Meredith and Derek were one of the most notable aspects of Grey’s Anatomy. Their relationship was and still is one of the most well-known and revered on TV, but when put under the microscope, is “MerDer” really the dream romance it was cracked up to be?

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Though iconic, this romance really shouldn’t be anyone’s relationship goals. Before Derek’s eventual death in season 11, he and Meredith’s relationship was full of drama. They fought countless times over countless things. One of the most notable instances of this was Derek choosing Addison over Meredith and then berating Meredith when she attempted to move on. Let’s also not forget the fact that Derek clearly valued his own career over Meredith’s and almost made her uproot her life and move to Washington for him. When examined, McDreamy is a whole lot less dreamy than he appears, as is his relationship with Meredith.


Back when American Horror Story aired its first season, “Murder House”, teens and adults alike swooned over Violet and Tate. Maybe on the surface, this relationship is swoon-worthy, drenched in angsty prose and sentiments that vibe with someone going through an existential crisis. But in reality, a relationship like Violet and Tate’s is very damaging.

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These two certainly brought out the worst in each other. Because they were both suicidal and depressed, AHS made it seem like they were the only ones who understood each other. This is a very bad message to send, especially since this relationship appealed so much to the young adult demographic. Violet and Tate should be buried in AHS history, and their relationship should never have been romanticized.


Stranger Things is definitely one of the most captivating and popular shows of the decade, and the Duffer Brothers do an amazing job of writing and developing it. But that doesn’t change the fact that Mike Wheeler and Eleven are young kids. The fact that they are one of the show’s central couples is just wrong.

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In season 1, this relationship was cute and quite innocent. It was in season 2 that things started to get a tad inappropriate, especially when Eleven was shown to be jealous when she thought that Mike and Max were getting too close. This isn’t exactly a great influence on the younger viewers, and it would be nice if Stranger Things would keep the Mike-Eleven kissing scenes to a minimum.


Over the years, Grey’s quality has significantly decreased. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the show is constantly destroying fan-favorite relationships, such as Jackson and April’s. These two were one of the rare examples of Grey’s Anatomy beautifully portraying a friends-to-lovers bond.

Jackson and April’s relationship was loved by the majority of the fanbase, so after a very messy divorce, and after they had a daughter together, it’s understandable that introducing a new romance wouldn’t exactly be a great idea. But of course, Grey’s did that anyway and thus came Jackson and Maggie. A relationship as contrived as that one did not deserve any of the praise it received.


Weak and lazy writing plays a big role in The Walking Dead. This especially is leaks through in the show’s couples. Though Rick and Michonne were quite anticipated by the fanbase, Walking Dead writers completely dropped the ball when turning this relationship into a romantic one.

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From the beginning of their romance in the tenth episode of season 6, there was a heavy-handed quality to the way TWD writers portrayed these two. The relationship could have been something absolutely beautiful, given Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira’s talents, but in The Walking Dead‘s hands, it fell short several times.


Thirteen Reasons Why is infamous for its controversial depiction of mental health and teen suicide. One of the many problems with this Netflix series is its tendency to glamorize the struggles one faces when they are afflicted with bullying, high school drama, and as a result, severe depression.

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A major plot of the series is the relationship between Hannah Baker and Clay Jensen. Despite there being many questionable aspects to this bond, they are constantly romanticized. This is another example, similar to the aforementioned Violet and Tate, of a bad influence on a young, impressionable audience. Clay and Hannah were bad for each other, and nothing about that relationship should be considered special.


The countless complex and interesting plots and subplots in LOST. A big part of the series’ intrigue was the mysteries that still remain unresolved to this day. Though it was a very smart show, LOST had its series of decisions that weren’t exactly brilliant.

One of the most annoying arcs on LOST was the recurring love triangle between Jack, Kate, and Sawyer. The show’s constant flip-flopping between pairing Kate with Sawyer, then with Jack, became very tiresome very quickly. In the end of the series, Jack and Kate ultimately ended up together – in what audiences are supposed to assume is the afterlife. But this was after seasons and seasons of jaded drama, so the payoff was not all that great.


Grimm was NBC’s quirky, lighthearted comedy/horror gem. It had a small main cast of strong, likable characters, and for a long time, the writing was consistent.

After building Adalind Schade as the antagonist for nearly the entire series, Grimm took a hard left and killed Juliette (well kind of). Nick and Juliette were shown to be a beautiful couple throughout the series, so Juliette’s death (and later “rebirth”) certainly came as a shock. But what was even more shocking, was the fact that shortly after this happened, Grimm writers decided Nick should have a romance with his long-time enemy, Adalind. Sure, the enemies to lovers trope is popular, but in this case, the whole storyline never even made sense. Grimm had a good thing going with Nick and Juliette, and they shouldn’t have squandered it.


Even though The Office concluded its nine-season run back in 2013, the show’s power couple, Jim and Pam, are still loved to this day.

This relationship was definitely one of the best parts of The Office, but when you think about it, are they really relationship goals? While their love story was mostly beautiful, there were some aspects that raised red flags. In the final season, Jim and Pam’s marriage hits rough waters and they endured some pretty upsetting fights. The problems with this relationship make it a little less captivating than its often made out to be.

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2019-04-15 09:04:09

Savannah Di Leo

It Was Always The Plan To Bring Back Palpatine In Star Wars 9

Bringing back Palpatine in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has always been the plan. Senator Palpatine, a.k.a. Darth Sidious first appeared in Star War: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, where he was seemingly killed by Darth Vader, but Ian McDiarmid also returned for George Lucas’ prequel trilogy.

The current Star Wars Celebration in Chicago is only in its third day, but there have already been a ton of reveals for Episode IX. Yesterday’s panel was specifically a huge deal since the title of the movie was revealed, as well as the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. There was also a handful of new images of The Rise of Skywalker‘s cast members, including a first look at the return of Lando Calrissian. One of the biggest reveals in the teaser trailer however was that Emperor Palpatine would be returning, but it seems like that has apparently been the plan for a while.

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When being interviewed by Kevin Polowy, via Yahoo!, Kathleen Kennedy briefly talked about Episode IX‘s title, while also speaking about the shocking revelation that Palpatine is returning for Star Wars 9. When asked if the character’s return had been planned since the beginning of the sequel trilogy, Kennedy explained, “This has been in the blueprint for a long time, yeah. We had not landed on exactly how we might do that, but yes, it was always [to be in Episode IX]“.

McDiarmid has had a long and successful acting career, but he’s most known for his role as the Sith Lord. Likewise, Palpatine has become one of the most well-known villains in the Star Wars universe. Throughout the sequel trilogy’s development, there have been a number of rumors that Palpatine might return. Some people even thought that Snoke might be a reincarnation of Palpatine himself, but that will more than likely prove to not be the case for The Rise of Skywalker. Some people even thought that Matt Smith might be playing a young Palpatine, but now Smith has denied being involved with the film. Even with confirmation that Palpatine will return via J.J. Abrams himself, the details surrounding the character’s return are still unknown.

As previously mentioned, Palpatine was long thought to be dead, ever since Darth Vader killed him in Return of the Jedi. It’s possible that Palpatine could be returning as a Force ghost, especially since Sith ghosts almost made an appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With that in mind, it’s also possible that he could turn out to be alive, since fans have seen characters like Darth Maul survive seemingly fatal wounds. Now that fans know that the idea of bringing Palpatine back for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been the plan for a while, fans will no doubt be scouring the previous Star Wars films for clues.

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Source: Yahoo!

2019-04-13 07:04:01

Christopher Fiduccia

Star Wars 9 Theory: Palpatine Never Existed, It Was Always Darth Plagueis

Sheeve Palpatine, AKA Darth Sidious is back as the main villain of Star Wars after a shocking reveal at the end of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Darth Plagueis may hold the key to why he’s still alive. As the ninth and final episode of a three trilogy arc, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sets to bring a definitive conclusion to the Skywalker saga, so it only makes sense for Palpatine, the Skywalkers’ chief nemesis, to be the ultimate evil they need to defeat.

The only problem is the last time audiences saw Palpatine, he was falling down the reactor shaft of the second Death Star, where he burst into blue electric energy. However, as he eluded to Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, he learned mastery over life and death from Darth Plagueis before killing him.

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This story is relayed to Anakin in the now oft-memed Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise. But something never quite lined up about that story, especially coming from the mouth of Sheev Palpatine. If Plagueis had power over life and death, wouldn’t it make more sense for him to live on? Maybe that’s exactly what happened and he took his apprentice Palpatine’s identity. Not only does this explain why Palpatine is back in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but also his obsession with the Skywalkers and the Sith Rule of Two.

  • This Page: What We ACTUALLY Know About Plagueis
  • Page 2 of 2: Everything Palatine Told Anakin Was a Half-Truth

Darth Plagueis was a big part of Expanded Universe canon before it was designated as “Legends” after Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars and cleaned up canon. The novel Darth Plagueis gave a much more detailed backstory to the Dark Lord of the Sith and Palpatine, threading him into the events of the Star Wars saga as we knew them.

While Plagueis has been referenced a few times in newer canon, he’s received much less development, and we might finally know why. If Palpatine is actually a resurrected Plagueis, then it’s all part of a twist Lucasfilm has been preserving since before The Force Awakens.

Coincidentally, most of the information we know about Plagueis comes from the mouth of Palpatine, meaning it’s all suspect due to the dishonest narrator.

“Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?… I thought not. It’s not a story the Jedi would tell you. It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life… He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying. The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural. He became so powerful… the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. It’s ironic he could save others from death, but not himself.”

The implication here is that Palpatine, Darth Sidious, was Plagueis’ apprentice, learned how to defeat death and create life from his master, then killed him in his sleep. This means Palpatine would now know how to do what Plagueis did and was using it to tempt Anakin to seek out that power, with plans to reveal himself to Anakin as a Sith Lord later.

The only other references in canon are in the novel Tarkin, where the same lore we already know is restated, but we also learn that Palpatine inherited Plagueis’ protocol droid. In the Expanded Universe, Plagueis was part of a species known as the Muun, but modern canon has avoided confirming his species. The most we know about his origins is revealed in the comics by Ferren Barr, a Jedi who survived Order 66 who discovers some information on Plaguis’ existence when seeking answers to how the Jedi fell. Interesting enough, that information is located alongside other files for Padme Amidala and Jar Jar Binks, both natives of Naboo like Palpatine.

Clearly, Plagueis is a major part of Star Wars canon, despite the vague information about him. There’s a reason fans are obsessed with the scene and why it’s widely regarded as one of the best scenes in the prequels. As it turns out, it’s probably the most important scene in the whole franchise.

Page 2 of 2: Everything Palatine Told Anakin Was a Half-Truth

One of the most fascinating parts about the prequel trilogy and Anakin’s fall to the dark side is that, while the Jedi are supposed to be his friends, they consistently lie or conceal the truth from him. At the same time, his friend Chancellor Sheev Palpatine always tells the truth – or at least most of the truth – right up to the point where he trusts Anakin with his true identity as Darth Sidious.

The apparent honesty and use of half-truths is especially interesting to pick apart as we look back at Palpatine’s story about Darth Plagueis the Wise. First, it’s important to remember why Palpatine tells Anakin the story at all. He knows Anakin is devastated over the loss of his mother and fears the loss of Padme. The story is meant to pique Anakin’s curiosity over the power of the dark side and prime him for the eventual reveal that, as a Sith Lord, Palpatine can help Anakin achieve that same power so he can save Padme.

But is the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise the whole truth, or one of Palpatine’s half-truths? Looking at the story as, told, it doesn’t all quite line-up. How could Plagueis be so powerful that he can stop people from dying, yet foolish enough to let his apprentice kill him in his sleep – especially when he knows killing your master is the path of ascension used by all Sith apprentices?

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Taking a step back to look at dark side powers and how they could be used to master immortality, the most logical explanation is that it involves a form of possession or transference of consciousness into a new host body. The Sith had a similar power in the Expanded Universe known as “essence transfer,” and Palpatine even used it to live-on in the body of a number of clones in some post-Return of the Jedi stories.

Becoming a Force ghost is an inherently selfless act, so it’s not something the Sith can achieve, but it does seem like dominating a new host body is a way Plagueis could prevent his spirit and consciousness from dying out, living forever by hopping from body to body.

So, if The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise is a half-truth maybe the apprentice did kill the master, but it was Plagueis taking over the body of the apprentice to kill his own aging self, assuming the identity of Palpatine before the events of Stars Wars: The Phantom Menace. And the whole thing could be possible because of a rigid adherence to the Rule of Two.

One of the most fascinating aspects about Palpatine is just how complex and long-term his plan for galactic domination was. He was the ultimate chess master, but some of the essential moves to make his plan work must have been executed long before he entered the scene. Chief among these things is the decision to relocate the main Jedi Temple to Coruscant, where it was built on-top of the site of an old Sith Shrine, whose powers ultimately ended up helping Sidious cloud the minds of the Jedi so they couldn’t sense his growing power on the same planet.

The Sith are selfish and only seek to preserve their own power, so its hard to believe the plan was established by a long-dead Sith and executed by his successors, who have no loyalty to his dreams. The only way this plan makes sense is if it was being executed by its own architect, and the Rule of Two would play a fundamental role in seeing that play out.

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As Star Wars lore would have it, the Rule of Two was established by Darth Bane after infighting nearly decimated the Sith Order. The Rule of Two ensured that this kind of self-destruction wouldn’t happen again by maintaining that there should only ever be two Sith in the galaxy – a master and an apprentice. No more, no less.

The Rule of Two seems like a reliable system, until you consider Plaguis’s power over life-and-death could have enabled him to manipulate the Rule of Two to ensure his own survival without any real Sith competition. Instead of training an apprentice who would eventually kill him, he instead could have trained apprentices who he would eventually possess, killing his old body and continuing to live in the body and identity of his former apprentice. It’s basically Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige but a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Looking at the Rule of Two and Plagueis in this new context, Palpatine’s (or, Plagueis’) plans in the prequels makes a lot more sense. He was constantly seeking newer and more powerful apprentices and even seeking out Force-sensitive younglings for his inquisitor program. While it would seem to make sense for him to try to wipe out all other Force users, that’s not what he did. He actually continually sought out more and more powerful Force users and tried to bring them under his wing.

He may have finally found his next host in the body of Anakin Skywalker – the Chosen One, but thanks to Obi-Wan Kenobi and a little help from the high ground, that body was summarily ruined. Fortunately, it turned out Anakin Skywalker had a son, so it only makes sense that Palpatine would try to have Luke Skywalker replace his father at Palpatine’s side, especially as the Plagueis’ Palatine body seemed to be beyond aging at that point and he surely needed a new host. He may have even wanted to replace Vader with Ezra Bridger before he knew Luke existed.

Anakin and Luke thought they defeated the Sith Lord, but as we now know from the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Palpatine is alive and well, and with a new super powerful descendant of Anakin Skywalker set loose on the galaxy, he may have found his next host to live on and once again bring Sith Rule upon the galaxy.

NEXT: Theory: Snoke IS Darth Plagueis (And Star Wars 9’s Real Villain)

2019-04-13 03:04:23

Stephen M. Colbert

DC Confirms The New 52 Was Always Doomed to Fail

When DC Comics decided to reboot their entire universe of Justice League heroes and villains in the launch of The New 52, fans were divided. Now that the true force behind the DC Rebirth has been revealed, it’s official: even the heroes themselves now realize The New 52 was always doomed to fail.

On the one hand, this is sure to be a time of validation, vindication, and relief for the fans who always felt the New 52 reboot was a bad idea – it’s not every day that a comic publisher confirms that a reboot was a bad, flawed, and dangerous idea they’ve been lucky to survive to this point. But that’s exactly what has taken place in Doomsday Clock #9, as the Watchmen mastermind behind the younger, fresher, and ‘hip’ heroes of the New 52 has realized his fatal mistakes.

Seeing the DC canon officially accept that the New 52 is doomed might be fun for some… but what happens when it finally dies? To explain that, DC fans are going to need a bit of an explanation. Time to take notes.

  • This Page: The New 52 Was Dr. Manhattan’s Mistake
  • Page 2: Yes, The New 52 Universe is Going to Die

The acceptance of defeat isn’t pretty, so we’ll instead focus on the positives. If DC’s New 52 was a bad idea, or at the very least a flawed one after the fact, that was thrown into sharpest relief by the success and acclaim, both creatively and commercially, of the recent DC Rebirth. An editorial directive spearheaded by Geoff Johns himself, the Rebirth gathered the industry’s top writers and artists to return DC’s heroes to their core. In short, to throw the New 52 constraints out the window, and tell the single best story they could with their assigned character. And the results were gangbusters.

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If Geoff Johns’ opinion on the New 52 was assumed before, it was spoken of freely after Rebirth struck. Returning the DC characters to their roots was a conscious response to what he perceived as a universe that had lost its way. By making the DC Universe younger, and less connected to its history, the heroes, teams, and even villains had been diminished. For most, such an admission of defeat would be damaging. But for Geoff Johns, it was an opportunity to tell a much larger story.

As DC Universe: Rebirth revealed, the return of Wally West triggered a wave of realization that all was not right. That the DC Universe was weaker than it should be… and that it was no accident, but the result of reality being warped by a Watchmen icon.

At the time, many fans and critics alike applauded Geoff Johns’ pivot, turning the publisher’s biggest mistake in the modern era into the prelude to a massive, headline grabbing story: bringing the Watchmen characters into official DC canon. And even more, suggesting that Doctor Manhattan’s exit to “create some life” at the end of Alan Moore’s graphic novel led him straight to DC’s reality. The incredible mystery was promised to be explained in the special miniseries Doomsday Clock – and at long last, it finally has been.

The mystery has been teased already, with Doctor Manhattan killing the Reverse-Flash, and the Justice League tracking Doctor Manhattan to the moon. But in Doomsday Clock #9, the story is finally told from Manhattan’s point of view, revealing that the New 52 Was his brainchild… and his greatest failure. Needless to say, major SPOILERS incoming…

Page 2 of 2: Why The New 52 Universe is Doomed To Die

The Doomsday Clock series has still not clarified exactly what Dr. Manhattan was thinking when he decided to remake the reality of the DC Universe – no surprise to Watchmen fans, since his unwillingness to explain himself or his thought process became a major character element. However, the Doomsday Clock series HAS revealed the actions he took to make it happen, and how the repercussions have spun wildly out of even Manhattan’s control. And it all started with the death of one Golden Age superhero.

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Prior to Rebirth and Doomsday Clock, it was assumed that The Flash’s attempt to restore the timeline after Flashpoint is what created the New 52. But in reality, it was Dr. Manhattan’s murder of Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern. Fans can spin their own theories as to Manhattan’s thinking (having seen his own world tear itself apart over superheroes, perhaps he thought to remove them from the equation). Needless to say, his actions have resulted in eventualities he can now no longer see. No Green Lantern, no Justice Society. No Society, no League. No League, no Legion a millennium into the future. And in that future without superheroes, Manhattan can no longer see… well, anything.

Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank had previously hinted at Dr. Manhattan’s failing visions of the future, teasing the last image he actually does see: Earth’s greatest hero, it’s greatest symbol of hope… having lost all hope, embracing rage, and attacking Manhattan with a yellow-sun powered punch thrown with more anger and hate than any before. Or, apparently, any thrown after. Because after Manhattan’s vision of Superman’s punch set just one week from now in the DC Comics timeline, he’s unable to see anything at all.

Prior to Doomsday Clock #9, Manhattan had chalked that up to one of two possibilities: either Superman succeeds in defeating him, and kills him in a way that prevents him from reconstituting himself. The other alternative? That Manhattan has so gravely miscalculated, he accidentally ends up destroying everything, leaving nothing in the future for him to witness at all. His death might be the simplest explanation, a new clue offered in this issue suggests Manhattan’s efforts to save the DC Universe by creating the New 52 are actually what doomed it from the start.

A short sequence of panels (visible above) show Manhattan holding the ring of Ferro Lad in his palm, after the member of the Legion of Super Heroes sacrifices himself to save the sun one thousand years into the future (propelling the ring backwards in time). Readers are shown Manhattan’s moment of realization, after he prevents Alan Scott from becoming Green Lantern… and the ring disappears.

It would be bad enough to realize that the Legion of Super Heroes never exists in this timeline – a thought their fans have been stewing over ever since the New 52 erased them – but it gets worse. Upon investigation, it was then that Manhattan realized no world was even left for Ferro Lad TO save. Not a millennium into the future. Not a century. Not a decade. The New 52 he made is destined to fail because it isn’t strong enough.

Which means fans have no choice left but to wait and see how Johns’ Doomsday Clock sets things right. Only then can DC’s new age survive despite Manhattan’s failure, and leave the New 52 behind for good.

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2019-03-17 02:03:18

Andrew Dyce

It’s Always Sunny: 10 Best Charlie Kelly Quotes

There’s no single character in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia who could stake a claim for the funniest on the show. That’s the beauty of it – every single character in the cast is hilarious; there’s no dead weight. Dennis’ sinister psychopathy, Mac’s combination of homosexuality and devout Catholicism, Dee’s disregard for anyone but herself, Frank’s all-out depravity, and Charlie’s childlike innocence masking a serious dark side all make them hysterically funny characters. But it’s arguably the latter whose characterization makes him the most lovable.

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So, for fans of It’s Always Sunny, here are the 10 Best Charlie Kelly Quotes, ya jabronis!

10 On Pirates Who Live In Break Rooms

“Look at that door, dude. See that door right there? The one marked ‘pirate’? Do you think a pirate lives in there?”

Charlie’s illiteracy is the subject of a lot of jokes in It’s Always Sunny, because he’s in complete denial about the fact that he can’t read or write. He insists, “I can read and write, I just don’t like to read and write.” But there’s a lot of evidence to the contrary – the lyrics he writes are illegible and nonsensical and only make sense to him, and he turns on the “Closed” sign at the front of the bar because he thinks it says “Coors.”

9 On Unemployment

“Just get a job? Why don’t I strap on my job helmet and squeeze down into a job cannon and fire off into Jobland, where jobs grow on jobbies!”

It’s Always Sunny isn’t satire in the way that something like Veep or Arrested Development would be considered satire, but it does have a satirical take – in its own specific brand of humor – on most topics. This rant by Charlie is a satirical take on the state of the economy and unemployment rates. In Jobland, jobs don’t even grow on trees. They grow on something called “jobbies,” which is a different kind of plant that specifically grows jobs for unemployed people to just pick off.

8 On Going To A Spa

“What is this word, ‘spa’? I feel like you’re starting to say a word and you’re not finishing it. Are you trying to say ‘spaghetti’? Are you taking me for a spaghetti day?”

In the episode “Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats,” the Gang decide to give Charlie the best day of his life. While Dennis, Mac, and Frank make all the arrangements, they send Dee to take him for a spa day to get him out of the way. She ends up taking him to the movies, because he doesn’t know what a spa is, and by then, he’s gotten himself in the mood for spaghetti.

7 On The High School Experience

“I’ll get high. I’ll get sad. People can laugh at me. I hate high school, man!”

In the two-parter “The High School Reunion” that rounds out the seventh season (the one where Mac got fat), the Gang all regress into their teenage selves as they attend their high school reunion. A vicious wedgie puts Dee back in her back brace, Mac and Charlie are the target of all the jocks’ bullying, and Dennis surveys the room, looking down on all his “minions.”

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In this line, spoken by Charlie in the men’s bathroom as he searches for toxic chemicals to huff, sadly and frankly describes the high school experience perfectly.

6 On Directing Theater

“I am going to smack everyone into tiny little pieces.”

In the season 4 finale “The Nightman Cometh,” Charlie writes a musical and puts it on, starring the Gang, in an attempt to woo the Waitress with its muddled message about his growth as a man. As he struggles to keep his cast on the script without ripping their costumes or singing their own songs, he gets angrier and angrier. He starts threatening to smack people who wrong him, saying he’ll take their whole face off with his slaps. He’s not a fantastic director of theater, due to his impatience with actors – although, for an illiterate guy, he’s not a bad playwright.

5 On Religion

“You’re telling me that you believe that Christ comes back to life every Sunday in the form of a bowl of crackers and you proceed to just eat the man?”

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After previously singing, “The Good Lord is going down on me,” when the Gang decided to exploit the image of the Virgin Mary that miraculously appeared in the damp on the walls of the back office, Charlie backtracked his faith in “Charlie’s Mom Has Cancer.” He’s happy to exploit the followers of Christianity, but the second he finds himself in one of their services, he points out everything he finds weird about it.

4 On America

“I’m gonna rise up, gonna kick a little ass. Gonna kick some ass in the USA. Gonna climb a mountain, gonna sew a flag, gonna fly on an eagle. I’m gonna kick some butt, gonna drive a big truck. I’m gonna rule this world. I’m gonna kick some ass. I’m gonna rise up, gonna kick a little ass. Rock, flag, and eagle!”

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When he decides to “go all America on everybody’s ass,” Charlie erupts with patriotic language taken from truck commercials. What makes this weirdly Springsteen-y musical patriotic rant so great is the fact that Charlie Day improvised the whole thing. He forgot the original line during one take and just came out with this.

3 On Eating Stickers

“I eat stickers all the time, dude!”

In the season 5 episode “The Gang Hits the Road,” the Gang sets out to drive to the Grand Canyon and don’t actually end up leaving Philly. Their first stop is at the Italian Market to “” for some good deals.

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Mac is determined to get Charlie a pear after finding out he’s never eaten one, only to be “burned” on a 45-cent pear that isn’t ripe. But before Mac can get his money back, Charlie has eaten the whole thing – stickers and all. Apparently, it’s something he’s made a habit of.

2 On Meeting Santa

“Did you f**k my mom, Santa Claus? Did you f**k my mom? Did you f**k her? DID YOU F**K MY F**KING MOM? DID YOU F**K MY MOM, SANTA?”

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In “A Very Sunny Christmas,” Mac and Charlie discover their childhood Christmas traditions were actually super dark and sad. Mac spent every Christmas breaking into people’s homes and stealing presents from them, while Charlie got all his Christmas presents from men dressed as Santa and his elves who went upstairs to sleep with his mom. So, when he meets a mall Santa, he flips out, bites Santa’s neck, and beats the snot out of him in front of dozens of screaming, traumatized children.

1 On Fight Milk

“I drink it every morning, so I can fight like a crow!”

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The Fight Milk commercial is one of the many things the Gang have recorded onto the one tape they own. It’s their attempt at an alcoholic protein drink. In the season 12 episode “Wolf Cola: A Public Relations Nightmare,” Mac and Charlie find out that Fight Milk has actually taken off on the UFC scene and all the fighters are drinking it. As it turns out, they’re not drinking it so they can fight like a crow – they’re drinking it because it gives them such violent bouts of vomiting and diarrhea that they’re able to drop body weight in time for the championship weigh-in.

2019-03-09 03:03:02

Ben Sherlock

The 10 Best Episodes Of Always Sunny In Philadelphia Of All Time

After many years, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is finally beginning to be recognized for the brilliant show that it is. From its humble beginnings as a low-budget comedy trying to find its audience, the show is now considered one of the great modern television comedies.

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It’s Always Sunny has managed to stay consistently hilarious over the course of thirteen season creating countless hilarious episodes. As good as the entire run has been, there are those handful of episodes that rise above the rest as proof of how good this show can be. Here are the very best episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

10 The Gang Goes To A Water Park

The Paddy’s Pub gang are so outrageous and generally terrible people, that putting them in just about any situation is going to be entertaining. This episode is a perfect example of that as a simple trip to the water park turns into one hilarious mishap after another.

Being surrounded by people in a family-friendly environment is a recipe for disaster with this group and the episode takes full advantage of the setting. From Mac and Dee getting stuck in the waterslide, to Frank going to extremes to cut the line, it’s a perfect adventure for the gang.

9 The Gang Hits The Road

Though we’ve seen the gang travel more in the later seasons, this episode was their first attempt to actually leave their beloved Philadelphia. It goes about as well as you would expect.

The episode is a perfect highlight of how the gang can’t help but get in their own way. They become so preoccupied with creating the perfect road trip that they prevent themselves from actually leaving town. The episode has some laugh-out-loud moments, such as the constant attempts to ditch Dee. And it all ends with a hilarious anti-climax.

8 Hero Or Hate Crime

The show has always pushed the envelope and, so far, has done so without going too far. To have a full episode surrounding the use of a homophobic slur was risky, but it managed to be both thoughtful and hilarious.

The show can achieve so much by just having these characters argue with each other. That’s pretty much all that this episode is about, as they try to determine to ownership of a lottery card. The episode is also noteworthy for concluding the long-running question of Mac’s sexuality, which continues to be an important part of the show going forward.

7 Mac & Dennis Move To The Suburbs

These characters are, thankfully, not normal people and they are not able to live like normal people. Whenever confronted with how the rest of society works, these characters usually begin to fall apart. This episode features maybe the most revealing proof of how messed up these people are.

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Taking on a bet from Frank, Mac and Dennis move out to the suburbs to start a new life. Quite quickly, the change in environment begins to get to them and they both lose their minds in very dark ways. Who knew a nervous breakdown could be so fun?

6 The Gang Dines Out

The Paddy’s Pub gang is one of the most unique groups on television. Like most sitcom friends, they seem to spend all their time together and do everything together. However, unlike other groups, they also seem to have a lot of animosity for each other.

This episode finds the gang split in teams as they try to enjoy a special meal while at the same restaurant. What follows is a lot of tension, resentment, and mistreatment of waiters. It’s further proof that these people probably only hang out with each other because no one else will.

5 The Gang Buys a Boat

One of the smartest moves the show ever made was bringing in Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds. Not only is DeVito a welcome addition to the cast who seems game for anything, but Frank’s enormous wealth allows the gang can do anything that pops into their minds.

This episode is another one of the simple premises out of which the show squeezes every potential for comedy. While Charlie’s ocean garbage collection and Dee’s new dance moves are hilarious, the episode’s highlight is Dennis’ very disturbing description of “the implication,” further cementing him as a true psychopath.

4 The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis

Part of what makes this show special is how it actively tries to be different from other shows. The brains behind It’s Always Sunny are very aware what other comedy shows are doing and always try to pervert those old tropes.

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This episode explores the standard personalities that make up a regular pop culture group – the brains, the looks, the muscle, etc. The problem is none of these people really have any of these could qualities and thus they can’t accomplish anything. Extra points though for introducing Charlie as the “wild card.”

3 Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack

Some of the greatest episodes of the show present a typical, relatable issue and then show how badly the gang can screw it up in their own ways. In this episode, the gang seek a healthier lifestyle and, obviously, fail.

Dennis and Dee try to achieve perfection in the easiest way possible. Frank is put in a mental institute, in an homage to DeVito’s role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. But the highlight is Mac and Charlie seeking health insurance by getting a mailroom job. This leads to the meme-worthy moment where Charlie tries to unwrap a vast conspiracy that is all in his simple mind.

2 Charlie Work

Charlie Kelly is one of television’s strangest characters. He is an anger-prone, illiterate adult who should be dead from all the glue-huffing and paint-drinking. And yet, this episode shows that there might be a little more going on inside Charlie’s mind.

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As they prepare for a visit from the health inspector, Charlie tries desperately to get the pub and the gang ready. Shot like a single take, the episode is filled with energy and fun as Charlie does what he does best. And the slow-burn gag with the barstool is just icing on the cake.

1 The Nightman Cometh

It’s Always Sunny is one of those great shows that reward loyal viewership. For the Season 4 finale, the show took a small but memorable gag from Season 3 and created a musical episode around it, and it was wonderful.

In an attempt to finally woo his crush, Charlie puts on this elaborate, nonsensical and accidentally obscene stage production. The episode is funny enough just watching the gang try to wrap their heads around the absurdity of Charlie’s musical. Add to that the fact that the songs are actually pretty entertaining. It further proved that this show could do anything.

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2019-03-08 05:03:52

Colin McCormick

Black Ops 4 Beginners Guide: How to Play (& Win) in Zombies Mode

The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 brings with it a variety of different gameplay options for players. Although plenty of eyes seem to be on the title’s battle royale mode, Blackout, the traditional multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch are still available. Also returning is the franchise’s Zombies game mode, this time with more options than ever before.

Indeed, Zombies is something of a different beast this time around. The mode comes complete with three maps, with two of them on the expansive side to boot. As such, new players might find it a little bit daunting, particularly given the intricacies of the game mode in comparison to some of the more simplistic elements of Call of Duty.

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Thankfully, new players can get a head start thanks to this guide. Read on to learn how to play Zombies mode, as well as some good strategies to help get that first win in what can be a tense and difficult part of Call of Duty.

What’s New In Zombies Mode?

This time around, Zombies is huge, with three different scenarios to choose from. Two of these revolve around Scarlett Rhodes and her band of misfits, with Voyage of Despair taking place aboard an RMS Titanic that had to handle a zombie threat alongside hitting an iceberg, while IX takes the team back in time to face gladiatorial combat in a Roman coliseum. Alongside this, there’s also the option to play Blood of the Dead, with the return of Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai.

Within that, the core gameplay loop remains the same. Survive waves of the zombie horde, unlocking areas of the map as and when the points are available, as the fight gets progressively tougher and tougher. This time around, though, it’s fair to say that the levels feel a little more maze-like and expansive, so make sure to be aware of the surroundings at all times to stop from getting stuck in a bottleneck.

Prioritize Your Points

As always, using points effectively is extremely important in Zombies. First and foremost, opening up areas of the map is a given, but more pressing is how the player uses their points towards perks and weapons. Although in early waves things like shotguns and pistols are all well and good, it’s important to aim to get weapons that have a faster fire rate and (most importantly) a faster reload rate as the game progresses. As such, look to weapons like the Spitfire or GKS to be most effective.

It’s also very important to improve the power of weapons as the game goes on. The most obvious way to do this is to keep returning to the Pack-a-Punch Machines once available, which give a 25% boost with each use. This does come at a considerable cost of 2,500 points per use, but it’s an undeniable way to get that firepower up.

Keep Moving

Staying static for too long in Zombies this time around is a recipe for disaster, as there is always the very real threat of being overrun by the horde. Whereas previous games could work with players cementing a position with a strong defensive line, at least for early portions of the game it’s recommended to keep moving. Not only does it avoid the issue of getting stuck in one place, but it also will keep players refreshed when it comes to where the different unlock options are in the map.

Keeping space from zombies is important for reasons other than this, too. Should one member of the team fall, they’ll have to be revived, and with a slightly longer revive time in Black Ops 4 it’s more vital than ever to have enough room to revive a teammate without having chunks taken out by an unseen zombie. This is particularly true when it comes to those special zombies that attack, so always keep an eye out.

Use Your Perks

In Black Ops 4‘s Zombies mode, players are able to use class customization for the first time. This isn’t just there for show, either, as a good grasp of what perks are available and how to use them can make the difference between success and failure. What’s more, the perks that can be chosen can actually work well for a variety of different play styles.

Those who want both power and speed could choose the likes of Deadshot Dealer, which automatically targets the zombie’s head when aiming down the sights, as well as Stamin-Up for a permanent boost to movement speed. Meanwhile, the frost explosion created by Winter’s Wail and the increased ammunition of Bandolier Bandit work well for those whose last stand may come from a more secure position. In essence, it comes down to how an individual best plays the game, and it’s good to have a variety of perks in the team to make the most of these options.

Work Together

As always, teamwork is the key to having an easier run of things in Zombies. Although it’s possible to play the game solo, this is always a challenge, and to help with this there are now bots to play with. Even so, it’s best to play with other human players, and as such taking on the game as a team of four is recommended.

It’s not just a matter of getting other human beings involved in the zombie slaughter, however. Working together cooperatively is key; don’t stray too far from one another, watch out for any fallen that need reviving, and potentially coordinate the perks used to make sure that everyone has bases covered for any eventuality. That way, the team should be set for what the game throws at them.

With these tips in mind, players should now have a solid framework to build on to get through the game’s Zombies mode. Whether taking a trip back in time to arena combat or trying to fight off zombified versions of Jack and Rose, Zombies is always a challenge for players, but with this guidance in mind players should be able to have a fighting chance of beating the supernatural threat.

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2018-10-14 02:10:08 – Rob Gordon

Does Bad Times At The El Royale Have A Post-Credits Scene?

Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale sees the writer-director try his hand at a ’60s-set noir thriller, but does it have a post-credits scene setting up a sequel or clearing up the ending? Goddard made a name for himself in Hollywood as a writer, working on TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alias. He made his directorial debut on 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods, a film he co-wrote with Joss Whedon. The movie became a hit with critics and well-remembered by horror fans for its handling of tropes typical to the genre. Now, Goddard returns to film directing with this year’s Bad Times at the El Royale.

The movie follows seven strangers over the course of one night in the ’60s at a motel called the El Royale, which sits on the border between California and Nevada. The star-studded cast includes Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny and Lewis Pullman as guests of the motel and the concierge working at the establishment. As the movie progresses, viewers follow the various characters throughout the night and gain insight into the backstories before arriving at the El Royale.

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Now that the movie is in theaters, fans of Goddard – and/or those intrigued by the Bad Times at the El Royale trailers – have a chance to check it out, but they may be wondering if there’s an extra scene after the credits. Unfortunately, Bad Times at the El Royale does not have a post-credits scene, which means the movie wraps up entirely before the credits start to roll. While it’s always worth it to watch the credits of a film and get an idea of who was involved in making it, Bad Times at the El Royale doesn’t feature any extra teaser or scene at the very end.

Those who have seen Bad Times at the El Royale know the movie doesn’t quite leave room for a sequel, though there are undoubtedly ways one could be done. Still, it makes sense that the film doesn’t feature a post-credits scene setting up a follow-up. It’s relatively clear that there won’t be a sequel to the movie – just like there won’t be a sequel to Cabin in the Woods – but not all post-credits scenes are explicitly sequel teasers. Some are simply an additional scene that offer added context or insight into the main movie.

For instance, a Bad Times at the El Royale post-credits scene could have cleared up the mystery of who was on the film reel that’s discussed throughout the movie. Instead, viewers are left to ponder who might be the man on that reel (which was, no doubt, Goddard’s intention). So, while there may have been a way for Bad Times at the El Royale to incorporate a post-credits scene, it also doesn’t necessarily need one. At the end of the day, whether or not a movie includes a post-credits scene is up to the director and Goddard chose not to include one for Bad Times at the El Royale.

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2018-10-11 04:10:56 – Molly Freeman

Harry Potter: 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy

Draco Malfoy is one of the most memorable secondary characters in the Harry Potter movies and books. It may be due to his irredeemable and despicable behaviour,as everyone loves a good villain. It could also be the appeal of actor Tom Felton in the movies, and all the subsequent fan fiction they have produced.

However, not a lot is revealed about him in the books, and less even less is shown on screen, leaving him a mystery. We do know that his family has an unhealthy obsession with their pure blood heritage and an unflinching loyalty to Voldemort. One thing that we also know is that during his sixth year, Draco became even more villainous. He was given the task of assassinating Dumbledore and allowing the Death Eaters access to his present school, Hogwarts.

Some aspects that remained more hidden, though, including the origins of his name, which has links to the Hogwarts motto. His talents in transfiguration, charms, potions, and Occlumency are also never fully explored or known by the average person.

More surprisingly than all of this is the fact that despite being mortal enemies, Draco and Harry only duel twice – and one of them was in the presence of teachers, so it barely counts. Including these examples and every other duel that Draco is involved in, we have discovered that he never wins a single fight. This might be J. K. Rowling highlighting his cowardice and lack of morals that weaken his character ultimately. However, it might also have to do with his particular skillset.

With that said, here are the 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy In Harry Potter.

20 He is a gifted Occlumens

While Harry Potter is undoubtedly a gifted wizard, one of the things he was never able to master was Occlumency. This is the act of closing your mind to anyone who attempts to read it.

Draco managed to surpass his rival by mastering the art of this notoriously tricky skill.

While it may seem peculiar that Draco can keep other wizards out his head while Harry cannot, this is in keeping with his character. J. K. Rowling confirmed that Draco managed to become a gifted Occlumens due to his ability to suppress his emotions. The fact that Draco can excel in this area is only due to his repressed emotional issues that may stem from his dysfunctional family.

19 His name says a lot about his personality

J. K. Rowling puts a lot of thought into her character’s names and the names of locations – and the seemingly bland name of “Draco Malfoy” is no exception upon closer examination if we take a look at its origin on Pottermore.

The name Draco can either be linked to the Latin for “dragon” or the constellation. The word “Draco” is even in Hogwart’s motto: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, “which translates as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Draco’s last name, Malfoy, could have its roots in French, with “mal foi” translating as “unfaithful.” Rowling could have perhaps been a bit more subtle when thinking of names for her villains, however, as “unfaithful dragon” doesn’t leave a lot of space for redemption.

18 He temporarily had control of the Elder Wand

During his sixth year, Draco was given the task of destroying Dumbledore and giving the Death Eaters access into Hogwarts. While he succeeded with the latter, Draco was unable to take the life of the Hogwarts headmaster.However, when confronting Dumbledore, he disarmed the professor, which was a significant action even if Draco did not realize it at the time.

 By disarming Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly had control of the most powerful wand in existence – the Elder Wand.

This was only temporary, though, as Harry later confronts Draco in his house in the Deathly Hallows and disarms him. This meant that control of the Elder Wand was passed down to Harry, who still technically can wield it today. For one brief moment, however, Draco could have been the most powerful wizard in the world.

17 He learnt the Unforgivable Curses

Draco’s sixth year at Hogwarts was a pivotal and important year for the sole Malfoy child. As well as being given the task of overthrowing his school, he was taught the Unforgiveable Curses by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Lestrange, being Draco’s aunt, most likely taught him these forbidden spells to prepare him for his role. We know for certain that Draco can perform Crucio (the torturing spell) and Imperio (the controlling spell). However, it is unclear whether Draco ever learnt the ultimate Unforgiveable Curse: Avada Kedavra, which would destroy the receiver. Though Draco seemed like an antagonist during his first year at Hogwarts, few fans expected him to become such a villain later in the story. However, it could be argued that this was due to the pressures of his family.

16 He is supposedly one of the only Death Eaters who can love

Death Eaters are more ingrained to respond with acts of hate than love. This is hardly surprising, though, considering the amount of carnage and havoc that they have created. However, what is surprising is that even though Draco is a Death Eater, he is supposedly capable of feeling genuine love.

This love manifests itself towards both his parents and his future wife, Astoria Greengrass. This is at odds with the other Death Eaters, whose hate trumps their love. Be it Bellatrix Lestrange or Lucius Malfoy, these individuals are consumed by their service to the Dark Lord. While it could be argued that they love Voldemort, this is closer to worship than a romantic or platonic love.

15 He’s proud of his pure blood family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be incredible, but when it comes to metaphors, it is not very subtle. The fact that some wizarding families, such as the Malfoys, favor those with pure blood is meant to echo the real world prejudices that some hold. Draco’s parents instilled the belief that he is superior to half blood and muggles on him at a young age. This explains his resentment towards Hermione, whom he calls “Mudblud” incessantly.

This hatred for anyone who is not pure blood is a trait that many of the old wizarding families share.

The notable exceptions are Nymphodora Tonks and Sirius Black, who were cast out of the family for their beliefs that muggles and wizards are equal. Draco may not be as hostile towards muggles and muggle-born wizards by the end of the Deathly Hallows, but it is still a prejudice that he cannot escape.

14 He has used a Time Turner

J. K. Rowling may live to regret introducing Time Turners into the Wizarding World. The amount of problems that this device, which was used by Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, could solve is countless. It could be used to stop Voldemort from ever existing or it could be used to bring back beloved characters. However, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it is used by Hermione to ensure that she can go to all her classes and to save Buckbeak.

Having not learnt the amount of plot holes attached to such a device, Rowling revealed the existence of a secret Time Turner belonging to the Malfoys. Without revealing too many details of The Cursed Child, Malfoy uses it successfully, which makes him – alongside Hermione, Harry, Albus, and Scorpius  – one of the few known people to have used a Time Turner.

13 He has a Dark Mark

Some fans believe that it was inevitable for Draco to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Death Eater. He did this sometime between the events of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. We know this since we can clearly see a Dark Mark on his arm during the events before Dumbledore’s assassination. While Dumbledore looked unsurprised to see Draco pointing a wand at him, he did seem surprised by the fact that Draco now had a Dark Mark.

It is not possible to get rid of a Dark Mark, so despite the fact that Draco’s character has since been redeemed, he is not able to reverse the procedure. Draco will forever have the mark of He Who Must Not Be Named on his arm.

12 He was an extremely intelligent student

Although the movies show Draco to be just an arrogant bully, in the books, we see another aspect of Draco – we soon discover that he is an intelligent student, too. While Harry was always picked on in Potions due to Snape’s hatred for him, Draco was always the teacher’s pet.

Whether he was actually better than Harry is debatable, though, as Snape never gave the Gryffindor student a fair chance. However, one subject where Malfoy definitely excelled was in Charms, in which he was described as equally intelligent as Hermione.During his sixth year, he managed to cast the extremely difficult Protean charm. The only other person in the class who could cast it was Hermione.

11 He was supposed to get along with Harry

Draco and Harry were supposed to get along. According to Pottermore, Draco’s birthday is June 5, which makes him a Gemini. Meanwhile, Harry’s birthday is July 31, which makes him a Leo.

These two star signs are meant to get along with one another and are even able to become close friends.

During their first meeting, there was definitely potential for them to become friends, as Malfoy extends a hand of friendship to Harry. However, Harry sensed Draco’s arrogance and hostility and rejected him. Despite this, the fact that their star signs match up so well may have been a coincidence on behalf of J. K. Rowling. Or perhaps it could have been a hint that had Harry Potter shaken Draco’s hand, they could have formed an evil alliance.

10 He really wished he was the heir of Slytherin

While it may be obvious that the heir of Slytherin could only be Voldemort in hindsight, there was a lot of speculation over who it could be. During the events of Chamber of Secrets, many students thought that Harry was the heir due to his Parseltongue abilities.

Harry himself believed that Draco was the heir and took Polyjuice Potion in order to investigate. However, Draco admitted he was not the heir of Slytherin despite his family’s allegiance to Slytherin and their prejudiced view against Muggles. Although Draco didn’t know who the heir was, he served as nothing more than a pawn of the real heir: Tom Marvolo Riddle. This was still an honor for his family, though.

9 During Half-Blood Prince, he is described as unhealthily pale

Though one of Draco’s defining features is his pale skin, in Half-Blood Prince, he is described as being paler than ever. This is due to the fact that he was assigned by Voldemort to take down Dumbledore and help the Death Eaters infiltrate Hogwarts, which can put a lot of stress on a person.

Since he is the only one able to complete the tasks, he begins to physically show the signs of stress. It is notable to other students, particularly Harry, who notices his rapid deterioration over the course of sixth year. Before Half-Blood Prince was filmed, Tom Felton was told that he wasn’t allowed to come back tanned from holiday. His paleness may also draw some parallel’s to Voldemort’s own appearance, as some fans have spectated that Draco becomes more gaunt by committing evil deeds.

8 He wanted to use alchemy to become a better man

Alchemy is an ancient practice. Because of this, it is shielded in mystery. However, it principally involves turning lead into gold. For some reason, Draco became heavily invested in Alchemy after he left Hogwarts.

Post-Deathly Hallows, Draco settled down with his wife and child and began to study Alchemy. Being the heir of his family fortune and the Malfoy Manor, he did not have to worry about getting a job after school. However, Draco also spent time caring for his wife, Astoria, who was ill due to a curse that was put on her ancestors. While at home, Draco soon became fascinated by alchemical manuscripts. According to Pottermore, Draco’s obsession with Alchemy was pure – he wished to use it to become a better man.

7 He is never seen winning a duel

Despite Draco and Harry being sworn enemies during their time in Hogwarts, they only face off against each other twice. Their first duel happens during their second year in front of other second year students. However, Snape and Lockhart intervene after a snake is conjured by Malfoy. When Draco and Harry next duel, it nearly results in the demise of Malfoy during Half-Blood Prince.

During the events of Order of the Phoenix, Ginny and Draco also duel, which results in Draco losing his wand.

The final duel we see Draco participate in is during Deathly Hallows, when Hermione gets the better of him. At least during his youth, it was clear that Draco’s arrogance was just used as a shield.

6 He was a Prefect

A Hogwarts prefect is meant to inspire the younger students and act as a role model to them. By definition, Harry Potter would be the ideal Prefect for Gryffindor students, or any house for that matter. However, throughout his six years at Hogwarts, he is never given the coveted Prefect badge. While students like Percy Weasley may be obvious choices to become prefects, characters like Draco Malfoy aren’t typically expected to obtain the badge.

Draco is not a character that you typically associate with good morals, leadership, or as a role model. Regardless, Draco does become a prefect. Perhaps this was done by J. K. Rowling to show us that Draco did make for a decent leader, despite his lack of morals. In fact, some fans speculate that by giving Draco the badge, Rowling was not giving up on him.

5 He has ice grey eyes in the books, but Tom Felton has blue eyes in the movies

In the books, Draco is described as having platinum blonde hair and ice grey eyes. There are many parallels between Voldemort and his army and the Axis leaders and their army in WWII, so it makes sense that Draco would look like this.  However, in real life, the actor who brought Draco Malfoy to life on the big screen, Tom Felton, looks nothing like this. Felton has brown hair and blue eyes. Because of this, he had to dye his hair blonde for the movies.

Similarly, Daniel Radcliffe did not have Harry Potter’s green eyes. However, he found the contact lenses too painful to wear so the movies were filmed without them. Though not many fans may remember Draco’s eye color from the books, Harry’s eyes are constantly referred to in both the books and movies, which makes it even more noticeable.

4 He was unable to produce a Patronus

Though anyone can find out what their Patronus is on Pottermore, it is not as simple in the Wizarding World. Some wizards and witches are actually unable to produce a Patronus. While we know that Harry’s Patronus is a stag, many fans don’t know what Draco’s is. However, it has since been revealed that Draco is unable to conjure one.

This is apparently a common trait among Death Eaters, as many fans believe that they don’t have enough light and goodness to summon one.

While it has been established that Draco is capable of feeling love, this may not enough to produce the special charm. J. K. Rowling has also mentioned that Death Eaters are unable to produce a Patronus because Voldemort controls Dementors anyway.

3 He is a master of Transfiguration

Transfiguration is known to be a difficult class to pass at Hogwarts. After all, we see how hard it is for Ron to transform Scabbers into a grail in the movies. However, Draco is an accomplished hand at this craft. We see signs of this during his second year duel against Harry.

When they face each other in the Great Hall, Draco manages to summon a snake that slithers menacingly towards Harry. If it had not been for Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, he might have been attacked by the snake. In his later years, Draco even manages to transform Harry into a doppëlganger of Voldemort, which is an extremely complex charm. While the movies do not emphasize Draco’s intelligence, it remains clear in the books that he should not be underestimated.

2 His love life is fairly ambiguous

Draco’s love life is left relatively ambiguous in both the Harry Potter movies and the books. The only girl we see Draco talk to in the books and movies is Pansy Parkinson, who is described as the closest Draco comes to a girlfriend in the books. However, it is never actually confirmed that Pansy is his girlfriend in the series. At one point, the books describe a scene where Pansy is resting her head on Draco’s lap, but this is the closest we ever see them get.

While Draco eventually marries Astoria, little is known about how they met or even when they married. However, we do know that his parents disapproved of Astoria and that she was kind, and taught their son Scorpius to respect others (including muggles).

1 He is the only person Voldemort is known to have hugged

One of the most sinister Voldemort moments happens when he tries to honor one of his followers. This moment occurs during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort demands loyalty from the students of Hogwarts.

In a gesture of goodwill, Voldemort slowly and awkwardly brings Draco into an embrace in front of his followers. Understandably, Draco looks absolutely terrified, since the Dark Lord has never shown affection of any kind before. This is the only known instance of a Death Eater – or anyone for that matter – receiving a hug from Voldemort.

Are there any other interesting facts about Draco Malfoy’s body in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 04:10:43 – Dan Struthers