The 10 Funniest Saturday Night Live Original Characters Ever, Ranked

NBC’s sketch variety series Saturday Night Live has been going strong for over 40 years now. Several generations of comedy legends have started out as SNL cast members – John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mike Myers, and many, many more – and it’s seen as a breeding ground for comic talent.

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During their tenures, each truly great cast member will play at least one or two really memorable characters in a series of recurring sketches. So, here are The 10 Funniest Saturday Night Live Original Characters Ever, Ranked.

10 Blizzard Man

Andy Samberg’s character Blizzard Man is a hilarious satire of white rappers. He looks just like Vanilla Ice and his lyrics are even worse. Over the years, he was shown making terrible lyric suggestions to such legendary rappers as Ludacris, P. Diddy, 2 Chainz, T-Pain, and Common, and they always ended up collaborating with him, despite his awful ideas.

Samberg has always said that the key to spoofing rap is respecting it, and that’s on clear display here. The fact that the SNL writers got Robert De Niro to dress up in drag and play Blizzard Man’s mother was just the icing on the cake.

9 MacGruber

The best SNL characters seem to be based on obscure satirical targets. If something weird and specific forms the basis of a comedy character, then the character itself will turn out weird and specific, and that is what a comedy character needs to be. This was the case with MacGruber, Will Forte’s delightfully absurd skewering of MacGyver.

Just like MacGyver, MacGruber is constantly expected to deactivate ticking bombs with creative methods. However, unlike MacGyver, MacGruber always fails to successfully deactivate the bomb and it detonates, yet it never kills him. This is consistent with the kind of ‘80s action show that the sketches parodied, which would often bend the laws of physics.

8 Gene Frenkle

Despite appearing in just one sketch, Gene Frenkle became a Saturday Night Live legend, because that one sketch was one of the most memorable SNL sketches – and it might even be the best of all time. The whole sketch was built around a really obscure idea: there’s a cowbell in Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.”

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There’s a whole fake episode of VH1’s Behind the Music built around Christopher Walken’s Bruce Dickinson requesting that the cowbell be used more and more. It ends with a tribute and obituary to the “late” Gene Frenkle that was reportedly so convincing that people offered condolences to Blue Oyster Cult for their loss.

7 Stefon

Like Kate McKinnon in today’s cast, Bill Hader was the guy who stole every sketch and could play a wide range of characters. But the character that made him a star was Stefon, the New York City expert on Weekend Update who recommended weird nightclubs and had strange tastes.

Stefon was created by Hader and standup comic John Mulaney, who used to write for SNL back in the day. Everything about the character is hysterically absurd, from his father being David Bowie to his dog being called Bark Ruffalo. According to Hader, thanks to Stefon, Tom Cruise recognized him at the first table read for Tropic Thunder.

6 David S. Pumpkins

Tom Hanks’ David S. Pumpkins character started off as so weird and out-of-the-blue that it was hard to determine whether or not he was funny. But he was at least very interesting and curious, so he kept coming back. He was even given his own animated Halloween special. Comedy fans slowly caught on that this was, in fact, a hilarious character.

Writer Streeter Seidell, who co-created the character, has suggested the fact that David S. Pumpkins has no political affiliation while his first sketch aired in October 2016, right before the Presidential election, helped to fuel his popularity. This “Santa Claus for Halloween” was so weird and so harmlessly fun that he brought a divided America together very briefly.

5 The Blues Brothers

Being a variety show, each episode of Saturday Night Live features both comedic sketches and musical performances. The great thing about the Blues Brothers is that they can do both. They’re hilarious when they’re just talking to each other and they’re hilarious when they’re performing their music – but the music itself is great, too.

The characters were born out of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s shared love of the blues, so they play the musical segments with a respect for the traditions of the genre and an impeccable authenticity. Jake and Elwood Blues are easily two of SNL’s most legendary characters.

4 The Church Lady

We all know the kind of church-going Christian woman who thinks she’s better than everyone else because she goes to church, and Dana Carvey captured their smug attitude perfectly in the character of Enid Strict, better known simply as “the Church Lady.”

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Catchphrases don’t always work well for comedy, but in certain cases, the repetition works brilliantly as the lines become funnier each time. This is the case with the Church Lady, whose catchphrases “Well, isn’t that special?!” and “How convenient!” and “Could it be…Satan?” It worked, thanks to Carvey’s delivery of each of the lines, which stopped them from ever getting old.

3 Debbie Downer

Played by the great Rachel Dratch, who also created her, Debbie Downer was a personification of the idiom of the same name, which refers to someone who brings down an otherwise positive conversation with something mind-numbingly negative. That’s what the character always did.

She’d mention something really sad – usually the rate of feline AIDS, the number one killer of domestic cats – and then the camera would close in on Dratch’s awkward facial expression with a hilarious “wah-wah” sound effect. It’s no wonder that the other actors in the Debbie Downer sketches would often break. The first one was included on TV Land’s list of the Top 100 Most Unexpected Moments in TV History.

2 Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar

Okay, so this is technically two characters, but you can’t have one without the other. They work well on their own, as shown by their individual subplots in the wildly popular movies that were based on their sketches, but they work spectacularly as a duo.

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey have terrific chemistry, and they captured the airy spirit of both slackers and metalheads perfectly. At first, Myers got some push-back when he pitched the characters to the other writers, because the comedic target was thought to be too obscure, but they ended up becoming a pair of SNL greats.

1 Matt Foley

Matt Foley, the thrice-divorced motivational speaker who lives “in a van down by the river,” was the character that made Chris Farley a star. He was created by Bob Odenkirk and there’s a timeless quality to the absurdism of his dialogue. Ask any Farley-era SNL cast member who the funniest person on the cast was and they’re guaranteed to say it was him.

The Matt Foley sketches were among Farley’s most hilarious and most popular on the show. The character was so funny that David Spade could never keep a straight face. Unfortunately, he’s one of the comedy greats who have been taken from us at a tragically young age.

NEXT: SNL: Michael Keaton’s Julian Assange Meets Kate McKinnon’s Lori Loughlin

2019-04-25 07:04:47

Ben Sherlock

GIVEAWAY: Win A Signed M. Night Shyamalan Glass Prize Bundle!

Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) completed his  mind-bending trilogy that began nearly twenty years ago with Glass, a comic book thriller that’s now available on Digital and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand.

And to celebrate the home video release of Glass and its bonus special features – a movie that combines the characters from Unbreakable and Split to round out its story – we’ve teamed up with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to give away an exclusive bundle that includes all three movies and more!

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About Glass

GLASS is a grounded-in-reality, comic-book thriller where the heroes and villains are people first. The thrilling culmination to the trilogy that started with Unbreakable and Split, stars James McAvoy (Split, Atonement), Samuel L. Jackson (Hitman’s Bodyguard, Avengers Franchise), Bruce Willis (Unbreakable, Die Hard), Sarah Paulson (Ocean’s Eight, “American Horror Story”) and Anya-Taylor Joy (Split, The Witch). Go inside the mind of master of suspense M. Night Shyamalan to uncover the connections and references that bring the three films together in one universe. Experience more than sixty minutes of never-before-seen features elaborating on his process and artistic vision including an in-depth look at the making of the film, deep insights on the characters, a never-before-seen alternate opening, and deleted scenes.

GLASS features “Shyamalan’s eccentric, intimately scaled superhero universe” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times), while offering a closer look at the world of the Elijah Price, also known as Mr. Glass (Jackson), David Dunn (Willis), and Kevin Wendell Crumb (McAvoy) as they experience a series of escalating encounters as they escape from an asylum and embark on a thrilling battle of good versus evil. Producers M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum (Get Out, Halloween), Marc Bienstock (Before I Fall), Ashwin Rajan (Devil, The Visit) and executive producer Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity series) reunite with GLASS for “one of the most original comic book movies in recent years” (Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment).

About Glass’ Bonus Features on Home Video


  • The Collection of Main Characters – A look at all the main players and how they fit in the universe created by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.
    • David Dunn
    • Elijah Price
    • Kevin Wendell Crumb
    • The Rest of the Family


    • Alternate Opening – Introduction by director M. Night Shyamalan available
    • Deleted Scenes – Introductions by director M. Night Shyamalan available
      • David Alone at Bar
      • Patricia Talks to Cheerleaders
      • David Encounters Pierce
      • Casey in Art Class
      • Dr. Staple Explains Machine
      • Mrs. Price in Waiting Room
      • Mrs. Price Talks to Elijah
      • Dr. Staple Drinks Tea
      • Pierce Checks Elijah’s Room
      • Mrs. Price Tells Elijah About Surgery
      • David Submits to Dr. Staple
      • Patients Worship The Beast

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      2019-04-23 01:04:07

      Rob Keyes

Game Of Thrones Reveals the Night King’s Plan… So Where Is He?

The army of the dead has arrived at Winterfell and Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 has revealed the Night King’s plan to kill Brandon Stark – but where is the Night King? The episode ended with the chilling sight of the White Walkers gathering at the front of a devastatingly enormous army of wights, but the original White Walker and the leader of the army was conspicuous in his absence.

As Jon Snow laid out grimly, the living do not have the sheer numbers required to defeat the White Walkers’ army, and face a hopeless battle even with Daenerys’ dragons on their side. However, it’s believed that since the Night King made the wights and controls them, killing him will stop them in their tracks, as they’re basically just drones to his queen bee. The challenge is one of drawing the Night King out in the first place, so Bran suggested that he be used as bait, waiting in Winterfell’s godswood.

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The leader of the undead army is an enigmatic villain whose motivations aren’t always entirely clear, but this episode laid them out in as much detail as we need. The Night King plans to bring about an eternal night, wiping out mankind altogether, and in order to accomplish that he needs to kill Bran – the Three-Eyed Raven. As Sam points out, true death is only achieved when people are completely forgotten by the living, and the Three-Eyed Raven has access to all of human history, making him a crucial target for the Night King. But if the Night King’s plan is to kill Bran during the Battle of Winterfell… where is he?

The Night King cuts a particularly conspicuous figure now that his mount is none other than the resurrected Viserion, an enormous ice dragon powerful enough to take down the Wall. But while the end of the episode showed a lineup of White Walkers on undead horses, none of them was the distinctive Night King, who has spikes on his head forming a crown. There’s also no sign yet of Viserion. In a show where the leaders of armies commonly ride in the vanguard (except for Joffrey, who preferred to run back to his room and hide during the Battle of the Blackwater), it’s unusual for an army’s leader to be nowhere in sight as the start of a battle nears.

One obvious explanation for this is that the Night King is deliberately hanging back, knowing that he’s the queen bee and that his death would be the undoing of the entire wight army. It may take effort on Bran’s part to draw the ancient creature out and bring him to the heart of Winterfell so that he can be killed. If that’s the case, then the Night King could be lurking at the rear of the army that we see at the end of the episode.

There is another, more ominous possibility, however: that the Night King isn’t at Winterfell at all. Some fans have speculated that he might plan to use the Battle of Winterfell as a diversion while he launches an attack elsewhere in Westeros, since the Night King now has a dragon and can fly anywhere relatively quickly. He may even have gone ahead to attack King’s Landing while its defenses are down. That would certainly give Queen Cersei a bit of a shock.

More: Game of Thrones Theory: Daenerys Is The Final Villain Of Season 8

2019-04-21 07:04:48

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Bran Actor Denies Game of Thrones’ Night King Theory

Game of Thrones actor Isaac Hempstead Wright denied the popular fan theory that his character Bran Stark is really the Night King. Of all the characters on Game of Thrones, none has had a more intriguing arc than Bran Stark, and none is in a more mysterious position as the show heads into its final run of episodes.

Bran was just a boy when the series began, but his life soon took a tragic turn when he was pushed out a window at Winterfell by Jaime Lannister. Having survived that trauma, a paralyzed Bran found himself haunted by dreams of a three-eyed raven, dreams that would point to his own destiny after barely escaping Theon Greyjoy’s takeover of Winterfell. Bran would seek that destiny beyond the Wall, with new friends Jojen and Meera Reed in tow, in a mysterious storyline that found Bran ultimately becoming The Three Eyed Raven himself. Bran then returned to Winterfell much changed from when we first met him, and now fans are dying to find out the role he will play as Game of Thrones heads into its endgame.

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One popular fan theory holds that Bran Stark, thanks to the warging power he acquired, actually became the Night King when he traveled back in time to stop The White Walkers, now existing both as himself and the Night King. The theory came up when Wright visited Jimmy Kimmel Live, seemingly denying the theory’s validity. Under questioning about potential season 8 spoilers and whether the enigmatic Bran is still a good guy, Wright replied, “I think he’s the Three-Eyed Raven, who is definitely on the side of the living.” Kimmel later brought up the “Bran as Night King” theory and Wright answered, “Yeah, I’ve heard this. I can neither confirm or deny. But of course, Wright previously declared that Bran is on the side of the living, so Kimmel took that as a denial that he is in fact The Night King. Realizing his potential mistake, Wright tried to wriggle out of it by saying, “Who says the Night King’s dead?” before jokingly saying, “I don’t know! Help me HBO!” See the whole interview below:

Though Kimmel is clearly joking around with Wright, there’s no doubt that things get a little tense during the exchange, as Wright begins to realize he’s been trapped into revealing more than he should have. So, should fans take the interview as evidence that The Night King theory is debunked? Or is there more to be gleaned from Wright’s remark about The Night King not being dead? Indeed, another part of the “Bran as Night King” theory holds that when all is said and done, the series’ supposed bad guy will be revealed as the secret hero who finally brings peace to Westeros. If The Night King truly is the actual hero of the story, and the one who puts an end to all the strife in the Seven Kingdoms, he could be said to be on the side of the living.

When it comes to Game of Thrones fan theories, Bran as the Night King seems to be a bit of a stretch, and it becomes even more of a head-scratcher when factoring in the idea that the clearly brutal and inhuman Night King is secretly the good guy of the story who is destined to bring peace to Westeros. Then again, Daenerys is currently being set up as the true villain of the story, so maybe it’s not such a huge reach to think The Night King, who is actually Bran Stark, might turn out to be the savior of the living.

More: Game Of Thrones Season 8 Premiere: 5 Things That Satisfied Fans And 5 Things That Bothered Them

Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live

2019-04-19 04:04:51

Dan Zinski

Bad Glass Reviews Made M. Night Shyamalan Cry

The poor reviews of Glass made director M. Night Shyamalan cry. Glass, which starred Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Bruce Willis, was the third and final film of the Unbreakable trilogy. The 2000 film was followed up with a surprise sequel in 2017 called Split, which starred McAvoy as a man with 23 distinct personalities. Glass was the cumulation of these stories, tying together the stories of Elijah Price, Kevin Wendell Crumb, and David Dunn.

Glass may be Shyamalan’s most recent film, but he has been involved with filmmaking since the early ’90s. He first recieved critical praise for The Sixth Sense in 1999, before going on to make movies like Unbreakable, Signs, and The Village. Shyamalan’s praise didn’t last forever though, especially after he directed The Last Airbender and After Earth, both of which were critical and financial flops. The found-footage horror movie The Visit and Split seemed to help Shyamalan’s reputation for a while, but then Glass recieved some truly brutal reviews.

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During a lecture at NYU’s Stern School of Business (via Indiewire), Shyamalan spoke about when he first heard that Glass was getting negative reviews:

“I was in London when I heard the U.S. reviews for ‘Glass’ were poor. I was in a makeup chair for a TV show, and I cried. We’d just come back from the London screenings, which were through the roof. We had only great screenings of the movie around the world. So essentially I wasn’t prepared. I had this false sense of being a part of the group in a safe way. But boy, did I feel distraught that day.”

Even though reviews for Glass were mainly negative, Glass wasn’t exactly a commercial disappointment. The film more than turned a profit off of its $20 million budget. That being said, the haul for Glass didn’t even come close to Split, which ended its worldwide box office run at $278,454,538. Movie studios can survive films flopping at the box office, but Shyamalan needed Glass to do well financially since he personally funded Glass himself.

Like any film, the cast and crew of Glass no doubt put a lot of effort and energy into the Unbreakable trilogy’s finale. While Shyamalan was likely relieved when Glass turned out to be a box office success, it makes sense why he would be disappointed about the film’s reviews. After all, not very many directors would be happy about their film getting poor reviews, especially if it was an original story like Glass was for Shyamalan. Even though most people ended up not being too fond of Glassthat doesn’t seem to be stopping the director, who is currently hard at work on the Apple series Servant and is also developing a new movie called Labor of Love. Needless to say, Hollywood hasn’t seen the last of Shyamalan.

More: Glass Needs A Sequel: What’s Next For The Unbreakable Universe?

Source: Indiewire

2019-04-18 04:04:34

Christopher Fiduccia

Glass Honest Trailer: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Welp, That Happened’

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass has gotten an official Honest Trailer. The film opened in theaters earlier this year and served as a finale to Shyamalan’s so-called Eastrail 177 trilogy, which started with Unbreakable in 2000. A modest hit upon its release, the latter is now regarded as a clever predecessor to the late 2000s and aughts’ comic book superhero movie renaissance. Eventually, and unexpectedly, Shyamalan returned to the Unbreakable universe in 2017’s Split – a film that was marketed as a standalone thriller, before its final scene revealed the truth.

However, where Split was a critical and commercial success, Glass earned mixed to negative reviews and disappointed financially compared to Split (though it still turned a hefty profit). Among other things, audiences and critics were left grumbling about the movie’s third acts twists (some of which were deemed predictable, others of which were arguably just nonsensical), and its generally muddled attempts to pay-off the narrative threads left dangling by Unbreakable and Split alike. Suffice it to say, it’s a prime candidate for Screen Junkies‘ famous Honest Trailers treatment.

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SJ released its Glass Honest Trailer online today, in order to coordinate with the film’s arrival on Blu-ray. You can watch the video in the space below.

Naturally, the Honest Trailer hits on most of the common complaints about Glass. For starters, the video takes Bruce Willis to task for his mopey turn as an older David Dunn from Unbreakable, while simultaneously poking fun at James McAvoy for going even more over the top with his portrayal of Kevin Wendell Crumb’s various personalities than he did in Split. As for Samuel L. Jackson: he’s back as Elijah Price, but (as the Honest Trailer points out) it’s hard to appreciate the actor’s performance when Elijah’s stuck pretending to be comatose for nearly half the film. Beyond that, the trailer recognizes that Shyamalan was trying to make a deconstructive and broody superhero movie here, but argues that he mostly ended up delivering one that’s visually static and far less intelligent that it fancies itself to be.

That being said, the trailer also takes a moment to commend Shyamalan for making “an original, self-financed project from a true auteur” here, in an era of moviemaking that’s all about franchises, reboots, and IP adaptations (be they superhero-related or not). It’s a perfectly fair point and one that several critics even included in their own reviews of Glass, back when the movie hit theaters. He might not always stick the landing (well, okay, he frequently doesn’t), but nobody makes films quite like Shyamalan, and it’s hard to not respect the guy for seeing his artistic visions through to the end, even when he has to finance them himself.

NEXT: Glass is Shyamalan’s Star Wars Prequels (And That’s Not a Bad Thing)

Source: Screen Junkies

2019-04-16 03:04:59

Sandy Schaefer

Game of Thrones: 10 Facts About The Night King That The Show Has Left Out

In HBO’s Game of Thrones, the Night King is a formidable opponent, a villain who poses a much larger threat to Westeros than any we’ve ever witnessed before. He’s so fearsome with his undead army that everyone squabbling over the Iron Throne finds themselves actually working together in order to combat the literal Zombie Apocalypse in their backyard.

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As with everything Game Of Thrones, there are lots of different facts and scenes that HBO has either cut or altered regarding the Night King and his kind. Fans of George R.R. Martin’s books already know these tidbits that make him even more interesting.

10 He’s Much Older

The Night’s King in the Song of Ice and Fire books becomes a legend around the time Wall is built, but the character known as the Night King in the TV series is much older than his literary counterpart. In the show, he was created during the time of the First Men, and he looks like some sort of ancient Arctic zombie who may very well have a claim to the Iron Throne, given how he looks like he’s older than pretty much everyone on the entire show.

Characters are often changed from the book to the show, usually for aesthetic purposes. For example, Tyrion is much more handsome in the show than the book’s Imp who is missing his nose.

9 He Was On The Watch

On the Game of Thrones TV show, the Night King doesn’t seem to have earthly ties to The Night’s Watch, at least yet. In the Song of Ice and Fire series, Martin makes it clear that the creature was once the 13th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, which is a very interesting detail that, like so many others dropped over the years, could lead to a bigger connection.

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Tracing bloodlines and positions in the Game of Thrones series often takes fans down rabbit holes into what are ultimately meaningful plots. The fact that Jon Snow is the nephew of Daenerys Targaryen, for example, had been hinted at multiple times before it was confirmed. The Night King’s past position could relate to some fan theories about his plans for Jon Snow.

8 He’s Not Tied To The Children Of The Forest

In a trademark dramatic twist, HBO gave the Night King a much more important origin story than the one he’s got in Martin’s novels. There’s a fantastic scene where Bran experiences a vision of one of the First Men receiving a shard of dragonglass to the heart courtesy of the Children of the Forest, which led to the creation of a White Walker to protect them in their war.

However, in the books, there’s no mention of this origin. During the Age of Heroes, there was actually already a peace treaty in existence between the Children of the Forest and the First Men, so there’s nothing to tie his creation to the Children.

7 His White Walkership Is An STD

Wait, you didn’t know that the Night King fell for a walker lady, slept with her and contracted his condition as a result? That’s because that’s not how it goes down on the show. While on the Night’s Watch, he went beyond the wall and spotted a mysterious woman who was “white as the moon and eyes like blue stars, her skin was cold as ice.”

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Before you criticize the 13th Lord Commander, remember that’s pretty much the same description as the vampire Bella Swan fell for. At any rate, sleeping with this woman made him the Night’s King, and the two ruled together.

6 He Didn’t Rule The White Walkers, Though

Nope, the Night’s King didn’t rule over the White Walkers as he terrifyingly does in the TV series. Instead, he led the Night’s Watch, which makes much more sense in the book. He also didn’t recruit humans to become members of the White Walker force, although he still did some pretty terrible things on behalf of the zombie creatures. HBO pretty much had to leave all of that out if they were going to change his whole story, and in the books the White Walkers don’t even have a leader.

The youngest Bran Stark and Joramun did find out that he made some brutal human sacrifices to the Walkers with his queen, but we don’t know why, or if those humans included members of his own Night’s Watch.

5 His Apostrophe

HBO omits the apostrophe and the ‘s’ following the Night King’s name, which changes his moniker from the novel’s “Night’s King.” This doesn’t sound like a huge change, but many fans argue that it changes his entire character, especially since the reason why he was the “Night’s King” was because he was also leading the Night’s Watch at the same time, another omission from the show.

RELATED: Game of Thrones: The Night King’s Identity & Backstory Explained

If show-fans knew that he was supposed to be leading the Night’s Watch when he fell for a woman who was probably a White Walker, it might change some things. Also, given how many members of the Night’s Watch have totally disregarded the rules over the years, it makes Jon’s experience look rather severe. Then again, today’s rules likely exist because of those who broke them in the past. It would also give the Night King more insight into the Night’s Watch.

4 He’s Actually A Totally Separate Character (Maybe)

Some fans say that the Night’s King and the Night King are two completely separate entities since there are so many differences between them. According to these fans, the Night King is a completely fabricated character designed by HBO to create yet another contender for the Iron Throne, someone to organize the threat of the White Walkers and make them a much more formidable foe than they are already.

What’s more probable is that the company simply modified the Night’s King into their Night King, as they’ve altered every single character at some point or another. Creative liberties are widely employed in the adaptation, but if you’re a purist you could insist that the Night’s King is omitted from the show, as many fans have argued.

3 He’s Probably A Stark

In the novels, it’s insinuated that the Night’s King is a Stark, and many fans have speculated over the years that he’s not just any Stark but Brandon the Builder himself. Given that his House and name have become a forgotten part of his legend as forbidden information among the Seven Kingdoms, we may never truly know who he is, but Martin likes to plant seeds like this to sprout into gasp-worthy moments in later books.

RELATED: Game of Thrones: 25 Craziest Theories About The Night King And The White Walkers

That’s why the theory that the Night King isn’t only trying to save Westeros but may actually help Jon Snow, who might be his relative, in the end, makes so much sense to fans.

2 He’s Not Even There

Author George R.R. Martin told fans that in the books, the Night King isn’t in the battle for Westeros at all, which makes the last few episodes, the loss of Viserion and the upcoming season quite different. The Night King is merely a legend who is long gone during the tale we’re reading, so there’s no way any of our present-day protagonists could have even met, let alone seen, the character.

Martin says, “In the books, he is a legendary figure, akin to Lann the Clever and Brandon the Builder, and no more likely to have survived to the present day than they have.” Martin’s books are behind the TV series at the moment, but he’s alerted the team how the books will end and presumably this will all still fit in the narrative minus the Night King as we know him.

1 He’s Already Been Offed

Given that he’s not even around anymore in the books, it stands to reason that the Night’s King, as he’s known in the novels, had a legendary ending that Nan would tell tales about in modern day Westeros.

Along with his queen, the Night King terrorized Westeros to the point where the people had to unite and take them down, which is why the legends tell of Joramun (the King-Beyond-the-Wall) and Brandon the Breaker (the King of the North), along with their army of Northmen and Wildings, taking out the pair. This also freed the Night’s Watch from the control of the Night’s King and his queen.

NEXT: Game Of Thrones: 15 ‘Known Legends’ That Change Everything

2019-04-12 09:04:47

Sara Schmidt

Game of Thrones: 25 Craziest Theories About The Night King And The White Walkers

Game of Thrones is just one of those shows that fans love to talk and theorize about. Whether it’s about their favorite characters or characters they love to hate. One group of characters that fits firmly in the “love to hate” category is the Night King and his army of White Walkers. Fans have many theories about the Night King and his White Walkers, some of which make sense and some of which… don’t. Now we’re not saying that these crazy theories can’t happen on the show. Far from it. If anyone had told us about how Hodor got his name, we would have dismissed it as a crazy fan theory. So perhaps some of these theories have merit.

All of them, though, are quite interesting and some are somewhat fantastical as befits a fantasy show like Game of Thrones. In a world where dragons and ice zombies live— and now an ice zombie dragon— anything can happen. Speaking of ice zombies, that’s exactly what the Night King and his White Walkers are. And fans love to theorize about these fantastical villains.

Whether they’re questioning if the Night King and the White Walkers are villains in the first place, or theorizing that all those who had been burned will return to fight the White Walkers, fans love theorizing about these icy antagonists. Some believe that the White Walkers’ ultimate goal is to preserve life, while others believe that the Night King is a Stark, come to reclaim his title of King in the North. Whatever the theory, one thing is clear. Fans love talking about the Night King and his army of White Walkers.

Welcome to: 25 Craziest Fan Theories About The Night King And The White Walkers. 

25 The Night King And The White Walkers Are Not The Villains They Appear To Be

According to a fan on Reddit,  the Night King and the White Walkers are not the villains of the story. This fan believes that since George R.R. Martin likes writing morally grey characters, that applies to the Night King and the White Walkers as well. They’re not pure evil, we just haven’t seen their perspective on things very much. Of course, this makes a bit of sense. Yet the theory itself does not fully explain how the White Walkers are not villains and what their perspective truly is. Perhaps it will play out on the show. You never know what will happen in Game of Thrones, after all. Yet we wouldn’t bet on it.

24 The Night King Is Rhaegar Targaryen

Yes, you read that correctly. According to a fan theorist, The Night King is Rhaegar Targaryen. No offense is meant to said fan theorist, but this theory is not very likely to play out on the show. While it would be a plot twist, and Game of Thrones is known for those, it wouldn’t make much sense. Especially since the Children of the Forest created the Night King long before Rhaegar was even born. Though you never know what will happen in the world of Westeros, we hope that this theory does not happen on the show. Not only would it be heartbreaking, but it would also be very confusing. So let’s hope the writers don’t go that route.

23 The Night King Is Azor Ahai

Azor Ahai? The Night King? Really? Ok, we have to admit, this theory is an interesting one. According to the fan theorist, Azor Ahai is meant to defeat the darkness, and from the Night King’s perspective, people are the darkness. It’s possible, we suppose. Game of Thrones is known for its heartbreaking plot twists. Yet this theory doesn’t fully make sense. If the Night King is Azor Ahai, who is he meant to defeat? All of the people in Westeros? Or just the purely evil ones? Surely one of the points of Game of Thrones is that all people are capable of both good deeds and evil ones. Is the Night King like Santa Claus? Does he have a list of people who have been too naughty? Yeah, we don’t think so.

22 The Night King Is One Of The Seven Gods From Westeros’ Faith Of The Seven

Yes, a god. The Stranger, to be specific. The Seven are made up of the Father, the Mother, the Maiden, the Crone, the Warrior, the Smith, and the Stranger. The Night King being The Stranger is easy enough to believe. The Stranger does represent meeting your demise, after all. Yet if that is true, where are the rest of the Seven? Are they OK with the Night King— or The Stranger if this theory is true— messing with those they’re meant to protect? Besides, if the Night King is the Stranger, then why does he seem to have such a grudge against humanity? And how could this theory be true and also the story we’re told in the show, that the Children of the Forest created the Night King to help them fight the First Men? It just doesn’t make sense.

21 Getting Rid Of The Night King Will Also Eliminate The Starks

According to this fan theorist, the remaining Starks, including Jon Snow, should watch out. Because defeating the Night King will come with a price. The remaining Starks— Jon, Sansa, Arya, and Bran— will be eliminated once the Night King is gone. The reason for this, according to the fan theorist, is that the Night King was once a Stark and therefore getting rid of him will not only get rid of the White Walkers, but the remaining Starks as well. Now this would be a heartbreaking plot twist. And Game of Thrones is known for those. Yet we still don’t think this theory will play out on the show.

20 All Those Who Have Been Burned Will Return To Fight The White Walkers

And how will they return, you may ask? According to this fan theorist, they will be resurrected by the Lord of Light. The god that Melisandre prays to. While this would be an awesome twist, we don’t think it will happen. It seems to us that for the Lord of Light to bring someone back takes a lot of effort. On the part of the people working for the Lord of Light, and probably the Lord of Light himself. Why spend that effort on a bunch of random people who may or may not be helpful in the battle against the White Walkers?

19 The Starks Are Descended From White Walkers

We’ve spoken about this theory before. Though anything could happen in the world of Game of Thrones, this theory is not looking very likely. Especially since it is based on facts from the books and not the show. Though it is always possible that the show writers could pull off this twist, it doesn’t seem likely to us. Basically, the theory states that in the past, a Stark, called the Night’s King, (confusing, we know) married and had children with a White Walker woman. First of all, are there even female White Walkers? We don’t remember seeing any in the show. Of course, they could still exist somewhere in the world of Westeros. Second of all, bringing this up in the show would involve going into the history of House Stark which doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. Although, you never know.

18 The White Walkers Came Back Specifically To Stop Daenerys

No offense to this fan theorist, but we don’t think so. Sure, the books are called A Song of Ice and Fire. And George R.R. Martin has apparently said that the White Walkers are misunderstood. However, we think there is a flaw in the logic of the fan theorist. The White Walkers started coming back and attacking people long before Daenerys even set foot in Westeros. So how could the White Walkers be after her? It just wouldn’t make sense.  No doubt they won’t be fond of the Mother of Dragons, especially since she still has two dragons and a powerful army to fight against them with. But we don’t think they have a personal vendetta against her.

17 The White Walkers Are Trying To Communicate Something

Surely there has to be another way. If they are trying to communicate something, why not do it in a way that makes more sense, instead of leaving cryptic symbols around? Of course, it’s possible that this fan theorist is right. Anything’s possible in Game of Thrones. Yet we don’t think it’s likely. If the writers did want to go this route, they’d have to have the White Walkers create similar symbols in season eight and have the main characters figure out what they mean somehow. And we don’t know if there is enough time for all of that to happen.

16 …Something To Do With The Night King’s Origins

This is a possibility, we admit. Yet why would the Night King want everyone to know about his origins? Wouldn’t that just make destroying him easier? And we don’t think that’s what the Night King wants. He most likely wants to destroy everyone else, not get destroyed himself. Though it would be nice if our main characters could defeat him easily, this is Game of Thrones. Nothing ever comes easily in the world of Westeros. Our main characters are going to have to work hard to defeat the Night King and his army of White Walkers. And the fans wouldn’t have it any other way. Though the less main characters pass away, the better.

15 The White Walkers’ Ultimate Goal Is To Preserve Life

Really? Another “the White Walkers are really the good guys” theory? Listen, we like morally grey characters as much as the next Game of Thrones fans do. Yet this theory doesn’t seem plausible  to us. No offense is meant to the fan theorist, of course. Anything can happen in the world of Westeros, after all. So who knows? This theory could happen on the show. Though we wouldn’t bet on it. If this theory was true, the White Walkers most likely wouldn’t leave behind people’s bodies wherever they go. They would instead transform every other person into a White Walker, so that they too could live in the paradise that the White Walkers live in, according to the fan theorist. Since that’s not the case, we’re going to disagree with this theory. Though you never know. This would be just the type of twist Game of Thrones could pull off.

14 The White Walkers Are Specifically After Jon Snow

This theory is more based on the books than the show, though it could play out in both the books and the show. Game of Thrones is known for its plot twists after all. Yet this one seems unlikely to us. The White Walkers have battled Jon Snow many times. They have never seemed to be specifically after him. Nor have they tried to harm him with any more dedication than they’d harm anyone else. If Jon Snow really is the Night King’s target, it certainly doesn’t look like it to us.

13 Because They Know That He Is The Prince That Was Promised

According to the same fan theorist from the last section, Jon Snow is the Prince That Was Promised. Now, that’s a possibility. Yet the White Walkers knowing about it doesn’t seem as likely to us. According to the fan theorist, they know about the Prince That Was Promised prophecy because they were created by the Children of the Forest and have been around for thousands of years. Alright, that’s all true. Yet how would they know for sure? This theory states that the White Walkers are intelligent. And they can be, in both the show and the books. Yet are they intelligent enough to know how to interpret an ancient prophecy? And if this theory is true, why have the White Walkers failed to eliminate Jon so many times? You’d think that if they were after him, they’d try harder to actually eliminate him.

12 The White Walkers Are All Starks

We’d believe that some of the White Walkers were Starks, that the Night King or the first White Walker is a Stark, but all of them seems a bit far fetched. Of course, you never know. Game of Thrones could surprise us and make this theory come true. The show is known for its heartbreaking and surprising plot twists. This would definitely fit into both of those categories. However, we believe that this theory will not play out on the show. You may wonder why. Well, it just wouldn’t be realistic. That may seem like a silly complaint in a world where there are dragons and ice zombies, but the world of Westeros does have some kind of logic that makes sense within it.

11 The White Walkers Can Sense The Presence Of Dragons

Though both are magical, they’re different kinds of magic. The white walkers were created by the Children of the Forest while the dragons were created by who knows what magic. If both had similar origins, it would make sense, but they don’t. However, you never know on Game of Thrones. Maybe this theorist is correct, and the white walkers can sense the presence of dragons. If that’s the case, though, wouldn’t they have sensed the dragons the moment they arrived in Westeros? And if they really wanted a dragon, wouldn’t they have set out to get one right from the start instead of waiting for one to fall into their laps?

10 …Meaning They Were Waiting For Daenerys To Come To Get One Of Her Dragons

Again, why did they wait? Either the White Walkers are very patient or very stupid. And we don’t think they’re either one. Though you never know on Game of Thrones. This theory could be correct. It’s possible. Still, we wouldn’t bet on it. For the White Walkers to set out to capture a dragon, they would have had to know that Daenerys was coming. And how could they have known? Daenerys herself didn’t know until she left to go help those beyond the Wall. So how could the White Walkers have known? They couldn’t have.

9 Jon Snow Will Become The New Night King

According to one fan theorist, the Night King cannot be eliminated, only replaced. This is how the theory goes: to defeat the Night King, you must remove the dragonglass that was used to create him in the first place. After that, the Night King would be no more but none of the White Walkers he had transformed would be eliminated. Instead, they would no longer be under the control of the Night King. In order to keep them under control, someone would have to sacrifice himself— in this case, Jon Snow— to become the new Night King. The new Night King, Jon, would stay in the North to avoid harming anyone else.

8 Jaime Lannister Caused The Return Of The White Walkers By Eliminating Aerys Targaryen.

This theory seems a bit far fetched to us. Why would getting rid of Aerys Targaryen cause the White Walkers to come back? And why would they have waited so many years to fully return? Jaime got rid of Aerys kind of a long time ago. Yet the White Walkers were not seen until the events of Game of Thrones. So something else must have triggered their return. But what? We aren’t sure, yet we hope that we find out in season eight. Though the White Walkers should remain somewhat mysterious, it would be interesting to know what caused them to return.

7 …Who Was Trying To Sacrifice The Entire Population Of King’s Landing To The Great Other

According to the same fan theorist from the last section, Daenerys’ House of the Undying visions are meant to show us what the Red Keep would look like if her father, the Mad King Aerys, had succeeded in burning King’s Landing. The fan theorist states that Aerys was trying to sacrifice the entire population of King’s Landing to the Great Other, also known as the Night King, leader of the White Walkers. Of course, Jaime Lannister interrupted this by eliminating Aerys. We hate to disagree with the fan theorist, but we’re going to have to. First of all, it isn’t likely that the Mad King would be intelligent enough to think of a plan like this. Though the wanting to sacrifice the population of King’s Landing part is in character for him, Aerys probably would not spend his time sacrificing to any gods. Great Other or not.

6 …Which Means That The Goal Of The White Walkers Is To Destroy King’s Landing

No one knows exactly what the White Walkers want. But this theory seems a bit out there to us. Anything is possible on Game of Thrones, though. So this might happen. But we wouldn’t bet on it. Here’s why. If the White Walkers wanted to destroy King’s Landing, why aren’t they doing that now? They have large numbers, a White Walker Dragon, everything they could possibly need to take King’s Landing if they wanted it. Yet they’re not heading to King’s Landing yet. If their ultimate goal was to finish what Aerys started and destroy King’s Landing, they could do it easily. Yet that doesn’t seem to us to be their goal.

5 The Night King And His Army Of White Walkers Will Head Straight to King’s Landing

Cersei should watch out and leave King’s Landing according to this fan theorist.  Most of the main characters are currently in Winterfell. According to the fan theorist, that is not where the Night King and the majority of the White Walkers will go. Instead, they will go to King’s Landing. They will bring their White Walker Dragon with them and therefore those at Winterfell will not have to deal with it. This theory seems unlikely to us. Of course, you never know. Anything could happen in the world of Game of Thrones. But we wouldn’t bet on it. Mostly because it would be a waste of time to have most of the main characters in Winterfell and then have the White Walkers attack King’s Landing. Though it would be a plot twist, and Game of Thrones is known for those, so who knows?

4 …To Create A Larger Army Of White Walkers

According to the fan theorist from the previous section, the Night King wants a larger army. While this is somewhat understandable, it isn’t likely in our opinion. The Night King already has a large army. He’s spent years and years building it up. So why would his ultimate goal be to get a larger army? It doesn’t make sense. At least in our opinion. No, his and the White Walkers’ ultimate goal has to be something else. Something big and something that would cause a bittersweet ending for the story.

3 The White Walkers’ Goal Is To Stop Their Version Of The Azor Ahai Prophecy From Coming True

Now this theory is a possibility, we admit. Especially since half the things that have happened on the show would have seemed like crazy fan theories before they happened. Yet we don’t think so. Let’s explain why. Though some of the White Walkers, especially the Night King, have shown intelligence, they just don’t seem like the type of beings to put much store in prophecies. Why would they care about an ancient prophecy anyway? And how would they even be sure that the prophecy was true? They couldn’t be sure. And the Night King and the White Walkers don’t seem like the type of beings to go to all this trouble for something that may or may not happen.

2 …Because In Their Version, Azor Ahai Is The Villain

Again, this theory, a continuation of the theory from the last section, is a possibility. Though we wouldn’t bet on it happening. Mostly because the White Walkers don’t seem like the type of beings to see things in terms of heroes and villains. They seem more like a force of nature than anything else. So even if they did believe in their own version of the Azor Ahai prophecy, would they really go to all this trouble to destroy Azor Ahai? They might if they felt they had to, but there are so many questions that this theory brings up. How would they recognize Azor Ahai? How could they be sure to eliminate Azor Ahai and therefore secure their safety?

1 The Night King Is A Stark, Coming To Claim His Title As King In The North

The Night King being a Stark, we can believe. But according to this fan, there’s more to it. The reason that the Starks say “There must always be a Stark in Winterfell” is because The Night King can just come along and claim it if there isn’t anyone else of Stark blood there. Except there’s a couple of flaws in this fan’s logic, at least in our opinion. Winterfell was empty for years. Why didn’t the Night King claim it then? Also, the Starks are back in Winterfell. So wouldn’t that mean that the Night King couldn’t claim it anymore? There are so many questions. Of course, you never know. Anything can happen in Game of Thrones. So this theory might come to pass on the show. Yet we wouldn’t bet on it.

Do you know any other crazy fan theories about the Night King and the White Walkers from Game of Thrones? Let us know in the comments!

2019-04-08 10:04:15

Ann Darcy

How M. Night Shyamalan Revolutionized The Twist Ending

Twist endings have been around for decades in movies, but it has been M. Night Shyamalan who has made a career out of such surprises. The director burst onto the scene in 1999 with The Sixth Sense, a thriller starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. It was here that he introduced the first twist of his career and one of the most iconic ones in all of cinema, as it is revealed that Willis’ character has been dead since the opening scene.

In the two decades since “I see dead people” became one of the most recognizable movie quotes, Shyamalan has only become more fascinated with the twist ending. The years of his films surprising audiences has now built in an expectation that Shyamalan will pull the rug out from under audiences at some point in his films. The results of these twists may vary, but how exactly did he revolutionize twist?

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In the latest edition of Screen Rant Docs, we take a look at Shyamalan’s career so far and examine how his concentration on twists impacted it, both positively and negatively. After The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan would go on to infuse UnbreakableSigns, and The Village with twist endings. While Unbreakable was able to use it to great effect, audiences were split on what he decided to do for the other two films. As the reception to his films continued to spiral, the disinterest and dissatisfaction with The Happening sent his career on a new trajectory.

With his twist endings no longer landing with audiences, Shyamalan moved away from his original ideas and instead was hired to adapt Avatar: The Last Airbender on the big screen. The film quickly found itself in the midst of controversy due to white-washing several major characters. The movie was a critical and financial disaster, which then saw Shyamalan team up with Will Smith for an epic sci-fi film After Earth. Unfortunately, even this film was not received positively.

After being burned by the studio system, Shyamalan has recently found success going back to small budgets. His horror-thriller The Visit brought him back into favor with critics and audiences, but then it was Split in 2017 that truly announced he had returned. The movie was thrilling and featured a great performance by James McAvoy and audiences left the film stunned when it was revealed that it was part of the Unbreakable universe. Shyamalan closed out this trilogy earlier this year with Glass, which split critics but made nearly $250 million at the box office (on a $20M budget). There has yet to be any announcements on what Shyamalan’s next project will be, but hopefully he can continue to deliver exciting and surprising films in the future.

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2019-04-06 08:04:15

Cooper Hood

Adam Sandler Will Return to Host Saturday Night Live in May

Actor and producer Adam Sandler will host Saturday Night Live in May. From 1991 to 1995, he was a cast member on the iconic sketch comedy series. Sandler’s return marks his first time hosting Saturday Night Live. 

On Saturday Night Live, Sandler was known for portraying buffoonish characters, and often displayed his musical talent during the Weekend Update segment. Upon reportedly being fired from the show, along with popular castmate Chris Farley, Sandler embarked on a feature film career, and starred in popular mid-’90s comedies like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. By the late ‘90s, Sandler transformed into a bankable Hollywood A-lister, thanks to the success of mainstream comedies like The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, and The Waterboy. For the past 20 years, Sandler has produced films through his company Happy Madison Productions. In 2014, Netflix announced a deal with Sandler’s production company, which has resulted in numerous films since, with the latest being the upcoming Murder Mystery starring Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, and Luke Evans. 

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Per Deadline, Sandler will host Saturday Night Live on May 4, with Shawn Mendes set to perform as the musical guest. In the late ‘80s, Sandler formed a friendship with former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor Dennis Miller, who introduced him to the series’ creator, Lorne Michaels. Sandler joined Saturday Night Live as a writer in 1990, and then became an official cast member in 1991. His first credited on-screen appearance is the 10th episode of Saturday Night Live season 16, which was headlined by Joe Mantegna and Vanilla Ice. Sandler last appeared in a Saturday Night Live episode on May 6, 1995. On Instagram, Saturday Night Live teased Sandler’s upcoming hosting gig.

While Sandler’s Netflix films have mostly received less than positive reviews, they’re popular among Netflix subscribers. In April 2017, the streaming service reported that users spent “half a billion hours” watching Sandler films since the December 2015 release of The Ridiculous 6. Currently, The Ridiculous 6 has a zero percent Rotten Tomatoes score, and it was followed by Sandy Wexler, which fared slightly better at 27 percent. For Naum Baumbach’s 2017 Netflix film The Meyerowitz Stories, Sandler surprised fans and critics by taking a more subdued approach with a throwback performance that’s similar to his starring role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2002 film Punch-Drunk Love. Last year, Sandler released a Netflix stand-up special titled Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh, which was well received by fans and critics alike. 

For nearly a quarter century, Sandler fans have been anticipating his return to Saturday Night Live. Now, it’s official, and he’ll be able to deliver his brand of low-brow comedy to a new generation of viewers, and will hopefully offer something fresh as well. Given Saturday Night Live’s inclination toward political matters, Sandler may temporarily shift the comedic focus, or perhaps offer his own spin on the latest big news headline.

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Source: Deadline

2019-04-05 10:04:46

Q.V. Hough