Outlander: 10 Facts About Claire & Frank From The Books The Show Leaves Out

Outlander has managed to amass such a faithful fan following mostly due to the beautiful love story of Jamie and Claire. It’s truly an epic romance that literally travels through space and time, breaking all sorts of barriers time and again. And as much as we absolutely love the dynamic between the two main characters, there’s something to be said about Claire’s first love and husband.

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Those who’ve read the books have more than a few reasons to dislike Frank. However, the show made a series of departures from the books, and as such, the man we see on the show is very different from the one we read about. In order to understand why there’s such a divide between those who read the books and those who’ve only watched the show, let’s take a look at 10 things about Frank and Claire the show left out.

10 Frank Is Quite Older Than Claire

Age and time are very much a pivotal part of both the show and the books. After all, the whole series of events we saw developing throughout the years never would have happened if time-traveling wasn’t a thing. Something that’s related to this topic is the age of the characters.

From the series, we do know that Claire is four years older than the love of her life, Jamie Fraser. However, it is only through the books that we find out there’s a considerable age gap between Claire and her first husband. A decade, to be more precise. It doesn’t come as a surprise the show leaves this fact out since it doesn’t add much to the main plot.

9 There’s Not Much Of A Storyline For Frank

During the first couple of seasons of the show, the showrunners and writers made a point to continue to give us Frank’s point of view in the story. This was one of the first steps the show took in order to make the character more likable. If you get someone’s perspective on a story, you automatically understand them better.

In the books, however, Frank pretty much disappears once Claire goes through the stones. We don’t hear anything from him, what he felt, or how he acted once his wife disappeared. Not knowing what Frank was going through was a big step in making sure people didn’t care much about Frank, putting emphasis on Claire and Jamie’s story alone.

8 The Boston Family Had Dogs

Once Claire went through the stones, leaving behind her marriage and the actual love of her life, she found herself in Boston again. She was pregnant with Jamie’s child but married to Frank, and she was forced to learn how to adapt herself to a reality that was no longer her own.

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There’s no denying that, in spite of all his faults, Frank had redeeming qualities. His choice to stay married to Claire, try to make a broken relationship work, and raise a child that wasn’t his is definitely not for everyone. Frank truly loved Brianna like she was his own flesh and blood, and he provided her with a happy childhood. In the books, the family actually had two pets, a couple of dogs called Bozo and Smoky.

7 Frank Never Searched For Claire

Once again, we find ourselves speaking of how much the series changed Frank’s character in order to make him more likable and truly express his feelings towards Claire. While in the show we get to see an extremely worried Frank searching for his wife when she disappears, the books take a different direction.

There’s no mention of him trying to find Claire once she disappears. In fact, we know very little about what his feelings surrounding the whole thing are. By not giving the character an opportunity to show what he’s feeling and what steps he’s taking to deal with it, audiences find it very hard to sympathize with Frank.

6 Frank Had Several Mistresses

Those who’ve watched the show may be lead to believe that Frank, while far from being a saint, made a very brave decision when he stepped forward to remain married to Claire and raise a child that was not his own. Throughout two decades of living with a woman who didn’t love him anymore, he persevered.

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However, he did fall in love and begin an affair with this woman, which is morally questionable but understandable. In the books, it all goes down differently. Frank is depicted as a total womanizer, who takes several mistresses while he is still married to Claire. This is much worse than taking a mistress who he loves and plans to marry, and it angered fans who first met Frank by reading the books.

5 Frank Is A Side Story

In spite of everyone being in love with the idea of Claire and Jamie being in love, the show does a great job of not completely ignoring the fact that Claire was once married to Frank. Not only was she married to him, but she also loved him, and we get to see this love story play out to a considerable extent on the show.

But the books don’t go out of their way to display this relationship. They seriously downplay Frank’s role in Claire’s life, as well as in her heart. Sure, Claire’s true and eternal love is Jamie, and there’s no denying that. But she did have a life before him, and Frank was a big part of it.

4 Claire Talks About Her Life With Frank

It’s understandable that anyone would be jealous if they were to marry someone who was previously married to another person. Jamie loves Claire to death, but he’s still reticent when it comes to hearing about Frank, and he resents Frank for being the man who got to raise his daughter, Brianna.

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In the books, however, Claire has no problem talking to Jamie about her first husband. There’s a scene where she goes into detail about the life she had with him and the things they built together. This is actually the only instance in the book where we get to warm up a little bit to Frank and recognize that he was an important piece of the puzzle.

3 Frank Is Very Racist

It’s already been established that Frank isn’t exactly the most likable person in the books. It’s enough that he doesn’t seem to be bothered to search for Claire once she disappears, and takes a lot of mistresses while the two of them are still married. But the books don’t stop here in their campaign to make Frank a horrible character.

After Claire returns from her life in 18th century Scottland, she enrolls in medical school and becomes fast friends with a black colleague, Joe Abernathy. Frank frowns a lot upon this relationship due to Joe’s race and accuses Claire of cheating with him. Just awful.

2 Frank Made A Fake Gravestone

Frank is an intelligent and cunning person, and throughout the course of the series and the books, he’s had more than a few tricks up his sleeve. Frank never could quite recover from the fact that Claire fell head over heels for another man, and he never got over his hatred and resentment for Jamie.

The shadow of Jamie and Claire’s deep love for each other was always looming over their marriage, which prompted Frank to, in the books, make a fake gravestone for Jamie. He did it probably in the hopes that his wife and daughter would see it and forget about Jamie, which was extremely shady.

1 Once Frank Is Gone, He’s Gone

The show made a very bold move once it decided to bring back Frank after he died. This happened on a Brianna-centered episode that gave audiences a deeper look into the relationship between the two. The episode dives deep into a true father-daughter bond in order to show that Brianna truly has affection and love for the man who raised her.

In the books, Frank isn’t offered this kind of redemption arc. Once he fights with Claire about taking their daughter away and meets his demise on a car crash, he never comes back in any way.

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2019-07-11 03:07:29

Mariana Fernandes

20 Unresolved Mysteries And Plot Holes Shazam Leaves Hanging

No movie is perfect. Even The Godfather has some mistakes in its 3-hour runtime. Still, there is usually so much to enjoy in a film, that it’s easy to overlook the questions it leaves unanswered. After all, You can usually get so invested in a film’s story, that those little lapses in logic really make no difference at all. You might not even think about them until you get home from the theater, open your fridge, and try to find yourself a snack. Only then might you start asking questions, or saying “wait a minute, that didn’t make sense when…” It doesn’t mean the film was bad by any measure. In fact, a lot of films that have been famously praised as being classics are filled with plotholes and lingering questions.

The same can be said of most films in the superhero genre. While they usually attempt to fill in all the blanks and answer for decades worth of complicated comic book lore, they can still fall short in some ways, leaving the audience questioning certain events that take place in the story. Shazam!, for all its good aspects, doesn’t always tell the tidiest story. That’s understandable to a point: after all, it is a movie about a wizard granting a teenager the ability to turn into a grown-up superhero. Still, it’s these questions and plotholes that seemed to bother us the most. Don’t get us wrong: it’s still a really fun movie, and worth watching if you’re a superhero fan. But you might find yourself asking the same questions we did. These are 20 Unresolved Mysteries And Plot Holes Shazam Leaves Hanging.

20 Where do people go during teleportation?

One of the most important parts of the story in Shazam! is how people that the wizard believes are pure of heart are magically transported to the Rock of Eternity. In the film’s opening moments, Thaddeus Sivana is taken there in his family’s car. Later, Billy Batson rides a subway car to the magical lair.

However, this begs the question: what happens to the other people in the car and on the subway when this is happening? They just kind of disappear, leaving just Sivana and Billy to enter the Rock of Eternity. What happened to them? Are they just temporarily wiped from existence or what?

19 What do they observe during teleportation for that matter?

Forget about the fact that these people just seem to disappear. Fine, let’s assume that they are continuing their lives as normal somehow. Then what are they observing during the moments when people are teleported to the Rock of Eternity? Do they just witness a kid completely disappearing?

It’s an odd choice for the film to make to have these questions be so glaring. When Billy is riding the subway, there are clearly other people on the car with him, but they just fade away. When he returns as the adult superhero, it’s like he’s been there the whole time, but if the train kept making regular stops, then what did the rest of the people witness?

18 Who is making all the superhero merchandise?

In the real world, we all know that it is, of course, Warner Bros. who produces the DCEU films. That means that they also make a healthy amount of money from merchandise sales. After all, how many people have you seen walking down the street in Superman, Batman, and even Wonder Woman T-shirts?

However, as we see in the film, Freddy also wears an Aquaman t-shirt. There is a toy store filled with Batman figures. Someone is selling replica batarangs. Who is doing this? What company was able to buy the rights to these superhero logos? Did they even have to buy the rights? Certainly, Superman and Batman didn’t copyright anything, right?

17 How did Freddy buy the Superman bullet?

When Billy, as well as the audience, are first introduced to Freddy Freeman, we get a taste of his peculiar sense of humor. We also get to see how big of a superhero fan Freddy is. He has a replica Batarang, newspapers about every single superhero event, and one item, in particular, that is the pride of his collection: a bullet fired at Superman.

The bullet is in a plastic bag, along with what looks like a certificate of authenticity. However, there is one big question hanging over this item: how did Freddy acquire it in the first place? He would have had to have bought it online, but with whose credit card? Also, with so many bullets fired at Superman, can one really be worth all that much anyway?

16 Why does the wizard settle for Billy?

One of the biggest aspects of Shazam! is the fact that the wizard only wants to grant his power to someone that is worthy of having it. He searches for what seems like decades, maybe even centuries, in order to find the right person on whom to bestow his power. Then he settles for Billy Batson.

Why though? Was it because Billy had just beat up some bullies? Did we forget the fact that he tricked the cops and even stole one of their lunches? It seems like the wizard eventually just said “whatever,” and decided that Billy would have to do. Was there no one before him that was even just a slightly better person?

15 How is Sivana getting funding for his research?

When we catch up with Doctor Sivana as an adult, we see that he has continued trying to find his way back to the Rock of Eternity. This makes sense. After all, if anyone had been brought there as a kid, they would probably spend most of their life trying to find a way back.

However, we see that Sivana is given a lab and what appears to be a large staff of scientists. Who is funding this research? Yes, we find out that his father is the head of a major corporation bearing the family name, but he despises his son! Why would he ever give him any money for anything?

14 No one is going to bother looking into what happened in the board room?

So after Sivana finds his way back to the Rock of Eternity, he finally grants himself the power of the seven deadly sins. What’s the first thing he does with his newfound power? He goes after his emotionally destructive father and brother, of course. The scene where the sins attack and take out every person in the board room is pretty effective (and scary, to boot).

However, it begs the question: is no one going to talk about what happened in there? there are literally no news reports about a man being thrown out a window, and an entire room of people being torn apart and devoured by monsters. Why is no one talking about this? Maybe the appearance of a new superhero was too much for everyone already.

13 Wouldn’t the lightning always burn a hole in the roof?

Billy Batson’s main power (and the one that most people were familiar with before the film), is his ability to turn into a superhero by shouting the word “Shazam!” When he does, a bolt of lightning comes down from the sky and transforms him into the grown-up superhero. How does the lightning work though?

Okay, maybe that’s an unfair question to ask of a superhero film, but when Billy is inside his home, he says “shazam,” and the lightning comes straight the house, leaving a singed hole. Wouldn’t this happen every time Bill is indoors? Like at the school? Or in the mall? Wouldn’t people really start to notice what was going on?

12 Isn’t Billy supposed to have the wisdom of Solomon?

“Shazam” isn’t just a fun, magic word that turns Billy into a superhero. It’s actually an acronym for all of the mythical figures that imbue Billy with his powers: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury. Solomon, the figure that provides the ‘S’ in “Shazam,” is supposed to provide Billy with wisdom.

And yet, we never see that in the film. It’s possible that the filmmakers really wanted the story to reflect the fact that Billy is still just a kid who has been granted immense power, but it’s even mentioned by the wizard when Billy first turns into the hero. So why does he not see to be more intelligent or wiser about how to properly use his powers?

11 And the courage of Achilles?

For that matter, Shazam is also supposed to possess the courage of Achilles. In the comics, this gives Billy the strength to take on any foe, even though he is still just a kid on the inside. It’s part of what makes the character so endearing: he is never afraid to face villains who might be just as strong or even stronger than he is.

Yet, in the film, Billy turns into a total coward when he finally has to face off against Sivana. He runs from him, hides from him, and allows his foster siblings to fall into danger because he just wants to run away from his problems. Again, this was probably done to give the character a chance to develop through the film, but it’s always been a part of his powers, so what gives?

10 What happens to all the stuff Billy and Freddy buy?

Like any teenager who suddenly becomes super powerful, Billy uses his powers to mess around, rather than actually fighting evil or anything like that. He and Freddy spend time testing out his powers, showing off for people, and posting videos to YouTube. At one point, they use Billy’s lightning power to make an ATM start spitting out cash.

Billy and Freddy then use this ill-gotten money to buy a bunch of cool stuff: computers, a big TV, an X-Box… What happens to all of this stuff later in the film? Freddy’s room is filled with electronics, yet later, it is all gone with no explanation whatsoever. Wouldn’t the foster parents have some questions about where it all came from, as well?

9 No one noticed Shazam turning back into Billy at any point?

Unlike someone like Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne who are able to change in a phone booth or a big cave so that no one discovers their secret identity, Billy Batson really puts himself out in the open when he turns into his superhero persona, considering a giant bolt of lightning comes down from the sky and transforms him.

In the film, this aspect of the hero really seems to push reality. After all, one scene sees Billy turning back into himself in the middle of a shopping mall full of people so he can escape from Sivana. No one saw that happen? At all? In a world where everyone has a camera in their pocket, you would think someone might have seen something.

8 Sivana just took a kid from the mall without anyone saying anything?

During that whole shopping mall scene, Billy runs away because he can’t stand to face an enemy that is just as powerful as he is. It’s the first time we really see him afraid, and even in his superhero form, it’s a nice reminder that this is really just a kid facing something that is far bigger than himself.

Of course, this is also the moment when the villain takes a friend of the hero in order to draw him out of hiding. Still, even with all of the superpowered shenanigans going on, no one noticed a kid being taken from the mall against his will? You might think that even in all the chaos, someone might have called the cops or something.

7 How did Freddy know that the Batarang hurt Sivana?

During a key scene when the hero and his foster brothers and sisters learn about Sivana’s weakness, Freddy hurls his replica Batarang at Sivana’s head. Turning to face them, Billy notices that the Batarang has left a wound, revealing that as long as the sins are outside of Sivana’s body, he is vulnerable to attack.

Later in the film, though, it is Freddy that tells everyone that Sivana was hurt by the Batarang. Wait… He didn’t see what happened, Billy did! Why isn’t he the one explaining this to everyone? It’s a small quibble, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense. The character who witnessed it should be the one sharing the information.

6 How did the Shazam family get back to the rock?

At the end of the film, the Shazam family is returning the eye to its rightful place in the Rock of Eternity. It’s a nice little moment that allows the family to revel in their win against evil, and to designate the rock of Eternity their hero’s lair (even though Darla isn’t exactly sure what a lair is in the first place).

Still, you have to ask yourself: how did they get back there in the first place? Every time someone has gone to the Rock of Eternity, it’s through either the magic of the wizard, or through figuring out how to mark a door with the right symbols (in the case of Sivana). How did the heroes get back there this time?

5 Where does the teleportation come from?

This leads to yet another question about movement in the film. After Billy and his foster siblings have made their escape from Sivana and are trying to find their way back home (resulting in some pretty hilarious moments where they open doors to scarier universes), they eventually just teleport back.

Wait… Where did this teleportation power come from all of a sudden? It is never mentioned in the rest of the film, and after they do it that time, it is never once brought up again. It seems like a pretty convenient superpower, and yet Billy only uses it once? Is that how they got back to the rock of Eternity again? If so, why is it never explained?

4 Wouldn’t the police be able to find Billy’s mom?

Billy Batson, even from his earliest comic book incarnations, is an orphan. It’s a huge part of his story, and it’s what makes his transformation into a superhero all the more meaningful. It also matters because in the film, Billy discovers that his birth mother didn’t want him, but it helps him to realize that his foster family is really where he belongs.

However, we see how Billy becomes lost in the first act. He is eventually picked up by the police, and he is able to tell them his first and last name. Yet somehow, the police are never able to find his mom. Even though the film tries to explain this away by revealing she went back to using her maiden name, wouldn’t that still be on record? And couldn’t the police have found her before she had time to legally do that?

3 When did Shazam meet up with Superman?

Throughout Shazam!, we see the connections to the wider DCEU: Freddy’s collection, the merchandise in the toy store, Freddy’s Aquaman t-shirt… So we already know that the film is really taking place in a wider universe, even though it still manages to feel like a standalone project.

Then the film goes and ruins all that goodwill with an unnecessary Superman cameo in its final moments. This also raises a big question: when did Billy have time to meet up with Superman? Even if he did have the time, how did he convince him to take part in having lunch with Freddy?

2 How is Mister Mind going to get Sivana out of jail?

It’s become standard operating procedure in superhero films to include a mid-credits scene that teases out a possible future storyline for any upcoming sequels. In the case of Shazam!, that includes a cameo from classic Shazam villain, Mister Mind, a telepathic and superintelligent caterpillar. Yes, we’re being serious.

Now, even for a caterpillar that is hyperintelligent and has some pretty powerful telepathic abilities, getting someone out of jail might be a bit of a challenge. How is Mister Mind going to get Sivana out of there? Even if he does, how is Sivana going to get his powers back?

1 How did Mister Mind escape in the first place?

There is actually a moment early in the film where we see Mister Mind trapped in a glass dome in the Rock of Eternity. Later, we see that the glass dome has been broken, and Mister Mind is nowhere to be found. This small story that plays out in three acts (kind of) seems to be setting up the next film.

Still, how did Mister Mind manage to get out of there in the first place? It’s possible the dome was damaged in any of the sequences that took place in the rock of Eternity, but we never actually see what happened to unleash this evil caterpillar upon the world. Seems like the film could have given us some more solutions.

2019-04-13 07:04:30

Colin Leggett

10 Things About Jefferson Pierce That Black Lightning Leaves Out

For two seasons now, Black Lightning has received an abundance of praise for adeptly bringing the iconic DC hero to life in live action. With regards to his post-Crisis origins, from which much of Black Lightning seems to be derived, everything from Jefferson Pierce’s Olympic success, passion for education, and commitment to his hometown has been masterfully reflected on screen.


However, there are a few notable details about the beloved character that either never receive mention on The CW series, or are altered from comic book canon. In the following list, 10 of these details will be acknowledged and examined.


For the Black Lightning TV series, the city of Freeland was crafted from the ground up; there’s no precedent for it in the comics. Jefferson Pierce’s post-Crisis origins, however, place his childhood home in a ghetto of Metropolis, Suicide Slum. There likely exists a multitude of reasons as to why Metropolis could not appear in this series.

Still, it’s quite unfortunate. That a substantial section of The City of Tomorrow is enveloped in destitution would have made for a fascinating backdrop to Black Lightning’s premise. Honestly, though, Freeland has proven compelling enough of a setting on its own.


On the television show, it is Jefferson’s father, Alvin Pierce, who raises Jeff and ultimately loses his life to street crime. In post-Crisis continuity, however, Jefferson’s widowed mother rests at the forefront of his upbringing. As a single mother, she often struggles to make ends meet.

Luckily, a tailor named Peter Gambi, who does feature on The CW series, lends a helping hand. Similar to his role on screen, Gambi becomes a positive male role model early in Jeff’s life. Curiously, it appears as though Black Lightning has yet to address what role, if any, the Pierce matriarch plays in the protagonist’s upbringing.


In both comics and television canon for Black Lightning, Jeff’s father, Alvin Pierce, dies under mysterious circumstances. Essentially, both versions of Alvin’s murder are centered around street crime. However, while the television series portrays Tobias Whale as Alvin’s killer, post-Crisis continuity places an unlikely character in the role of cold-blooded murderer, Peter Gambi.

Prior to meeting Jeff and his mother, Gambi worked as a gun for hire; Alvin Pierce just happened to be one of his unlucky targets. Therefore, Gambi’s becoming a father figure for Jeff helps in his desire to atone for past sins.


After spending years away from home, post-Crisis Jefferson Pierce returns to work at his alma mater, Garfield High. During his tenure as a teacher, Jeff kicks local gang members off of school property. As payback, the gang murders and abandons the body of a student, Earl Clifford, in the school gym.


This event leads to Jeff’s becoming Black Lightning. A character named Earl in the TV series is killed under similar circumstances. Yet, according to Jeff, Black Lightning was already active at this time. It’s a small detail, sure, but raises questions as to what event specifically inspired the TV character to take up vigilantism.


In the aforementioned comics continuity, Jefferson Pierce doesn’t adopt the role of Black Lightning until after he and his wife, Lynn Stewart, divorce. Eventually, she learns the truth about his being a vigilante. The TV series, however, presents a version wherein his commitment to Black Lightning ruins their marriage.

This begs the question of when exactly Lynn learned the truth in The CW show. Though the series has shown flashbacks in the past, it has, curiously, yet to deeply explore Jeff’s origins as Black Lightning. Perhaps this is something that will see the light of day in future seasons of the series.


As far as the show is concerned, Anissa Pierce, Jeff’s eldest daughter, does not get meta-human abilities until adulthood. Yet, the comics see her powers manifest before she arrives at her teen years. Despite learning of her abilities at a young age, the comic version of Anissa waits until she finishes college to kickstart her crimefighting career.

Shortly after doing so, she joins the Outsiders. Whether or not her involvement with the crimefighting team, or even the Outsiders’ existence, will be explored on Black Lightning remains to be seen. Regardless, these small differences between the comics and television series are still worthy of note.


By the end of Black Lightning’s sophomore season, it does not appear as though Jeff knows any superheroes apart from those in his immediate family. In the comics, of course, this couldn’t be further from the truth. During post-Crisis continuity, Jefferson befriends members of the Justice League. Moreover, he eventually joins the League and later the Outsiders.

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On the show, it seems much of his heroics take place exclusively in his hometown of Freeland, meaning he likely never ventures far enough out to run into other costumed vigilantes. It’ll be interesting to see if the show’s status quo on this front ever changes.


In the comics, Jefferson Pierce is not an only child. Rather, he has a sister, Constance Pierce. To be fair, Constance is a lesser known character, debuting just years ahead of the Flashpoint event that shook up the DC Universe in 2011. In fact, her first appearance occurs in 2009’s Black Lightning: Year One.

Thus far, The CW series has suggested that Jeff has no siblings. Of course, there exists enough wiggle room in the character’s TV backstory to allow for changes in this regard. Since so little is known about his mother’s side of the family in Black Lightning, the possibilities seem limitless.


Barring his participating and winning in the Olympics, Jeff’s post-high school days in Black Lightning remains somewhat of an enigma. Admittedly, this isn’t too surprising, given how late in his life and career the series takes place. Still, it serves as an interesting missing piece to the puzzle that is much of Jeff’s backstory.

Jeff, in the New Earth continuity, goes to college outside of Metropolis on scholarships, graduates, and remains away from his hometown for quite a few years. If Jefferson Pierce in The CW series experiences a similar arc, such details have yet to be made clear.


One staple of Black Lightning’s identity that remained constant throughout much of his comic history is his afro wig. While an episode of the show’s second season briefly displays a look at its version of Black Lightning’s original garb, which harkens back to his 1970s attire, there’s no mention of his ever donning the famous wig.

This does not mean it never happened, of course. So, perhaps this piece of Jefferson’s disguise still has the potential to somehow be represented in live action. If not, the previously mentioned glimpse at his classic suit will have to do for fans of Black Lightning’s old school adventures.

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2019-04-09 03:04:48

Brianna Reeves

10 Facts About The Lannisters GoT Leaves Out

From the very beginning of the series, the Lannisters have been one of the most powerful and intimidating houses in Game of Thrones. Even though Robert Baratheon sat the Iron Throne in Season 1, it was clear which family held the power. From there, they have rose higher in power, had some massive set-backs and some pretty extreme family issues to deal with.

Despite their prominence in the series, the show has only scratched the surface with the Lannisters. The book offers a lot more interesting insight into the prominent Lannisters, as well as some significant changes with how they are depicted on the show. Check out some fun facts about the Lannisters that Game of Thrones leaves out.

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10 Casterly Rock

Casterly Rock had been talked about as the Lannister’s home since early in the show. Though never seen, it was described as if it was a more impressive seat of power than even King’s Landing. We finally got to see “The Rock” last season when the Unsullied attacked and it was a bit underwhelming.

In the books, Casterly Rock is an awe-inspiring sight. The castle is carved into a massive stone hill in the shape of a lion. It is also extraordinarily tall, measuring three times higher than the Wall. What else would you expect from one of Westeros’ wealthiest families?

9 Tywin’s Happy Marriage

Though his children can be cunning and fearsome, Tywin Lannister is without a doubt the head of the household. It is a position he rules in with an iron fist, controlling his entire legacy with little regard for how it affects the rest of the family. But though he might be cold to his children, it is said that Tywin was head-over-heels in love with his wife.

The mother of the Cersei, Jamie, and Tyrion is mentioned in the show, but we never got the sense that Tywin adored her and she was likely the only person who could tell him what to do. It’s hard to imagine stern, ruthless Tywin in such a way.

8 Tyrion Lannister’s Appearance

A large part of Tyrion Lannister’s personality is defined by how society treats him as a freak. He is constantly referred to as an ugly little monster which shaped him into something of a loner. The show’s problem is that Peter Dinklage is a pretty good-looking guy.

In the books, Tyrion is a much more disfigured character. He has a large, jutting forehead and mismatched eyes. His appearance is made worse after he is injured in the Battle of Blackwater. Unlike the simple scar in the show, Tyrion loses his nose in the books leaving him a ghastly sight.

7 Tyrion’s Acrobatics

One of the strangest aspects of Tyrion’s character in the books is that he is a surprisingly skilled acrobat when he is first introduced. When the Lannisters and Baratheons come to Winterfell, Tyrion is introduced by leaping from the castle gates, flipping in the air and landing on his feet.

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It’s a pretty bizarre scene that George R.R. Martin has actually admitted he wishes he could change. Not only is the feat a little hard to swallow, but no mention is ever made about such abilities ever again. This was one the show wisely left out.

6 Myrcella In Dorne

The storyline in Dorne is largely seen as the low point for the show. The setting and characters had potential, but were let down by poor writing. The book fares much better in Dorne with a somewhat similar but much more interesting conspiracy afoot.

Like in the show, the daughters of Oberyn Martell want vengeance on the Lannisters and target Myrcella Lannister to achieve this. However, instead of just assassinating Myrcella, the Sand Snakes plan to marry her to Trystane Martell and take the Iron Throne from the Lannisters. This plan goes awry leading to some genuinely exciting scenes that were absent in the show’s Dorne adventure.

5 Trading Places

Needless to say, Jamie and Cersei Lannister have a close relationship. The twin Lannisters have barely been able to hide their incestuous relationship over the years, now reaching a point in the show where Cersei is completely open with it.

Their unhealthy attachment started from a young age where they were inseparable, looking so similar that people had difficulty telling them apart. This inspired them to play tricks where they would switch clothes and pretend to be each other. While they were obviously silly kid games, it does hint at Cersei’s long desire to be taken seriously in this world run by men.

4 Cersei And Rhaegar

Even though Cersei has continuously risked everything to be with her brother Jamie, she has had eyes for other men in the past. In the show, Cersei admits she once loved Robert Baratheon and was happy to marry him. We all know how that turned out.

Another marriage that Cersei was even more keen about was the potential betrothal to Rhaegar Targaryen. Tywin had hoped to marry his daughter to the Mad King’s son and Cersei was not objecting. When the Mad King broke off the marriage, Cersei had to settle back with her brother.

3 Tywin Cleaning House

The show has made it quite clear how Tywin feels about Tyrion’s penchant for whores. It is a subject that comes up between them constantly right up until Tywin’s death at the hands of his son.

As it turns out, Tywin’s aversion to mistresses goes back a long way. Tywin’s father was by all accounts an ineffective ruler. Once his father died and Tywin took power, he immediately began to regain the respect House Lannister had lost. His first order of business was to deal with his father’s mistress. He had the woman stripped naked and marched out of Lannisport for all to see. The horrible mistreatment eerily mirrors Cersei’s own “Walk of Shame”.

2 Tyrion’s Wife

Though he is immediately presented as a cold individual, we get out first sense of how truly evil Tywin Lannister with the story of Tyrion’s short-lived marriage. Tywin revealing the girl was a whore and the subsequent cruelty he shows her and his son as a lesson is beyond vile.

RELATED: 8 Times Tyrion Was The Most Dangerous Lannister On Game Of Thrones

However, there is one aspect of the story left out of the show that changes everything. When Jamie helps Tyrion escape King’s Landing, he reveals the truth that the woman, Tysha, was not a whore and married Tyrion because she was in love with him. This makes the act all the more awful.

1 The Valonqar

At the beginning of Season 5, we get a rare flashback to Cersei Lannister when she was a child. We see her visit a fortune teller of sorts. Everything the woman tells her, including the deaths of her children, has come true. However, the show leaves out the most significant and intriguing aspects of the prophecy. The woman says Cersei will eventually be killed by “the valonqar”, which is High Valyrian for “little brother”. This has led to endless theories about who the “valonqar” could be. Considering the scene is otherwise kept intact for the show, it’s a shame this prophecy wasn’t included.

NEXT: Who Is The Valonqar Who Kills Cersei Lannister?

2019-03-29 01:03:13

Colin McCormick

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo: 10 Essential Tips From Her Book The Show Leaves Out

The second it was released, Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo became a smash hit with the internet. Whether people were debating her thoughts on books or trying her folding techniques at home, American households were abuzz her style. As a professional organizer, Marie Kondo classifies her tactics as the KonMari method, the way she keeps her own home tidy. She first shared its entirety in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

While the show displays a lot of her best ideas, there are more hot tips from the KonMari method left in the books.


According to Marie Kondo, seeing a bunch of brand named products around the house only cloud the mind. Therefore, she highly recommends decanting soaps and similar products into aesthetically pleasing containers. This way, the soaps match the room’s style and don’t break up the flow by being covered in brand names. While it can seem like it’d be expensive of a lot of work, it definitely isn’t either. Soaps take a lot of time to run out and buying a huge container of soap from a store can be cheaper than individual bottles. Overall, the method improves a room and household holistically.


Though Marie Kondo alludes to this when she helps out older parents on the show, she doesn’t explicitly talk about this topic. In her book, she says that shuffling overflow to a parent or sibling or even child isn’t solving the problem. At best, it hides it and burdens someone else with the distracting clutter.

Moreover, this also just continues a cycle of stressed minds and homes.

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The mess in one’s house should be dealt with on site and by yourself. Shoving items on family only increases the chances that they’ll come back to you and your house will be a mess all over again.


When going through a big clean-up, it’s tempting to enlist friends or family to help. However, Marie Kondo recommends keeping it to the people in the household. After all, the residents are the ones who know where things normally goes and how the home flows. Close ones who don’t understand the space may only get in the way, cause friction on item decisions, or put important things where the home-owners never would look.

While support is useful, causing rifts in close relationships with little benefit isn’t worth it. Just keep tidying in the home. Friends and outside family can see it once it’s all spruced up.


While this is one of Marie Kondo’s most risky tips, it’s useful for people who tend to impulse buy. In the show, families are normally already a mess before she gets there. However, in a preventative tip, Kondo recommends taking tags and packaging off things the second they get home. The reasoning is not to trap you with hordes of clothes, but to make frequent shoppers think twice before grabbing items because they can return them.

Return items are common cluttering objects in closets, never worn, never used, and cared so little about that they weren’t even returned. Always taking tags off makes people think seriously about if they want an item and make more deliberate decisions while shopping.


For any fan of the show, one of the key aspects to tidying up is boxes and storage. Whether it’s old shoe boxes or drawer organizers, Marie Kondo uses these tools to keep their space organized. However, despite the large amount of boxes used, there is such a thing as too much storage. Just because everything neatly has a place in a divider or box doesn’t mean they aren’t still cluttering up the space.

In theory, someone could have their whole house filled with storage that only makes their house flow worse. There’s a reason that purging items is also a vital part of her cleaning methods.


Considering this is so much of a solo activity, it’s not featured on Marie Kondo’s show. However, in her book, she recommends emptying your purse daily. While that can seem like a chore, it helps ensure that your purse doesn’t become cluttered with useless receipts, tissues, or too many “just in case” items. Too often, people stand at counters lost in their own purses.

RELATED: 10 Reality Shows As Joyful As Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

If a purse is your own small, personal space ti deserves to flow as freely as your mind. By cleaning it out often, you’ll avoid turning it into a confusing mess. Daily life deserves to be as tidy as a cleanly home.


In her book, Marie Kondo discusses how people sometimes keep things just because they’re gifts. Out of obligation and care for others, people can keep things that they themselves never really wanted. For example, just because your mother got you an Easter stuffed animal doesn’t mean you need to keep it.

Encouraging people to only keep things that spark joy, not guilt, even unnecessary gifts get purged. After all, only the most beloved or functional items should stay, whether they are gifts or not. Otherwise, a person is just bloating their house with feelings of obligation and dissatisfaction.


While this was mentioned on the show with some book hoarders, the extent of Marie Kondo’s book feelings weren’t expressed. Overall, she sees their value but only keeps a rare few in her own home. This made a lot of online book lovers unhappy, thinking books to sacred to be discarded.

Whether you adore books or just keep them around, Kondo just wants people to keep books because they love them, not as a status symbol. Homes can become cluttered enough with items the residents don’t need, and even books can fall in that category.

RELATED: 10 Things Most Fans Get Wrong About The KonMari Method

However, if getting rid of books sounds awful, just ignore this tip. Marie Kondo never has to know.


Sometimes, when it’s time for people to re-organize, they start buying a bunch of organizational tools. However, oftentimes, people have a bunch right under their nose. While new, pretty boxes are more aesthetically pleasing, Marie Kondo encourages in her book to use storage you already have. For example, people who save shoe boxes now have lovely storage containers for drawers or under sinks. Or those boxes of donations you’ve now gotten rid of can be used to organize and store things you do need.

Though tidying can seem rigid, she encourages people to be creative in minimizing everything, even storage units.


As one of her staple ideas, Marie Kondo does touch on the idea of this concept in her show. She does make families sort through their stuff very thoroughly and decide if they “spark joy” or not.

However, this is a very specific part about keeping focus on the task. Though “sparking joy” is wildly important, it’s also vital to tidying to not waste time reminiscing over an item. For example, try not to moon over old picture books instead of continue on. Otherwise, the tidying task will only take way too long, become way too daunting, and even may get abandoned because of the assumed vastness of the project. In actuality, a lot is doable in a day, it’s just a person has to put aside nostalgia and keep working until sorting is through.

NEXT: 10 Shows To Watch If You Love Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

2019-03-23 01:03:53

Stephanie Marceau

Captain Marvel: 10 Things About The Kree-Skrull War The Movie Leaves Out

Captain Marvel has proven to be yet another major hit for the MCU. The film helped to further expand the vast universe of these films while introducing a new hero in the form of Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel.

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The film also adapts a highly influential storyline from Marvel Comics, the Kree-Skrull War. The conflict between these two alien species was most famously seen in a nine-issue run in the early 70s which was a precursor to the big crossover event comics that became so popular. While the movie brings in a lot of elements from that comic, there are also a lot of changes. Here’s how Captain Marvel’s Kree-Skrull War compares to the comic books.

10 Background

Though based in the comics, Captain Marvel cleverly twists elements of the story to surprise fans. The history behind the Kree-Skrull War is kept purposely vague for most of the film to allow for the third-act twist.

In the comics, the tensions between these two has a long and complicated history. The Skrull were initially the far superior race and even performed observational experiments on the primitive Kree. Eventually, the Kree overthrew the Skrull, turning them into a more war-minded society. And the conflict raged on ever since.

9 The Skrull

The Skrull have long been depicted as villains in the comics. Though they’ve had peaceful periods in their history and not all members of their race are evil, the Kree-Skrull War storyline shows them as deceptive killers.

RELATED: Kevin Feige Sees Great Potential for The Skrulls in The MCU’s Future

In an inspired twist, the film made the Skrull victims of the oppressive Kree Empire. Not willing to live under the Kree rule, the Skrull are refugees seeking a new home. It was a fun reversal for the characters and gave the story some nice depth.

8 Ronan

Ronan the Accuser made his debut in the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy as a Kree extremist and exile. He returns in Captain Marvel, seen as a younger, slightly more level-headed Kree military leader. Though a fun inclusion, his part in the film is not impactful.

RELATED: Captain Marvel: 20 Things Fans Never Knew About The Kree

Given how prominently Ronan is featured in the comic book storyline, his short appearance was surprising. In the comics, Ronan overthrows the Supreme Intelligence to rule the Kree Empire himself. He launches an attack on Earth which puts the events in motion.

7 Mar-Vell

Even though the Kree-Skrull storyline is jam-packed with heroes, Captain Marvel does actually play a significant role. However, the Captain Marvel in question is actually the original, Mar-Vell.

Mar-Vell is seen in the film as well, played by Annette Benning. Similar to the comics, Mar-Vell is seen as a traitor to the Kree Empire and targeted. The differences in the comics include the fact that Mar-Vell is a male Kree. Also, while he is at odds with his fellow Kree, he certainly doesn’t get along with the Skrull either.

6 The Avengers

While the Kree-Skrull War of the film is small enough to be boiled down to a solo film, the threat is on a much larger scale in the comics. So large in fact that it requires Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to resolve it.

RELATED: Every MCU Connection In Captain Marvel

Mar-Vell seeks help from The Avengers when arriving on Earth. The line-up of the super-team at this point includes Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, The Vision and, for some reason, Rick Jones. In a connection to the film version of the team, this is actually the storyline that first introduces the romance between Scarlet Witch and Vision.

5 Fantastic Four

Believe it or not, but the conflict of the Kree-Skrull War even proves too much for The Avengers to handle on their own and the Fantastic Four are brought in to help as well. Though there appearance is somewhat small, their inclusion makes sense given their comic book history.

Both the Kree and the Skrull were introduced within the pages of the Fantastic Four comics. Throughout the years, they have tangled with them on several occasions. It makes us wonder, if the MCU had the rights to the Fantastic Four at the time, would they have made an appearance in Captain Marvel?

4 Inhumans

Yet another group of superpowered beings get involved in the Kree-Skrull War. The Inhumans have strong links to the Kree as their powers are the result of the Kree experimenting on primitive humans.

In the comic storyline, the Inhumans provide a very small subplot in which villain Maximus overthrows Black Bolt as leader of the Inhumans after making a deal with the Kree. The Avengers quickly help defeat Maximus and restore Black Bolt.

Given the poor reception of the Inhumans television show, it’s doubtful we’ll see them in an MCU movie for quite a while.

3 Skrull Homeworld

Captain Marvel gives us our first glimpse of the Kree homeworld of Hala. The advanced society helps us dive deeper into the world of the Kree Empire. However, the Skrull are presented as a more scattered group with no home to speak of. While the refugee aspect of the Skrull is compelling, the comics does take us to their homeworld.

A Super Skrull abducts Mar-Vell, along with some of The Avengers, and takes them back to the Skrull planet. It is there we meet high-ranking members of the Skrull Empire, such as Emperor Dorrek.

2 Carol Danvers

Though not the first hero to take up the mantle, Carol Danvers is the most popular version of Captain Marvel and the perfect choice for the film version. Brie Larson does a wonderful job bringing the character to life and adding another memorable hero to the MCU roster.

RELATED: 20 Worst Things Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) Has Ever Done

Even though Mar-Vell is the Captain Marvel of the Kree-Skrull War comics, Carol Danvers does still make an appearance. Given her history with Mar-Vell, Carol is called upon to assist The Avengers when he comes to Earth. But in a twist, it’s later revealed Carol is a Super Skrull in disguise.

1 Anti-Alien Sub-Plot

As jam-packed as the Kree-Skrull War story is, the comic somehow finds time to add in another strange subplot. Once it’s revealed the Kree and the Skrull have come to Earth, a U.S senator announces the “Alien Activities Commission” – an allegory of Senator McCarthy’s House “Un-American Activities Committee”.

The debate over which aliens can be trusted is an interesting one but seems a little crammed into this story. The whole thing is resolved by the end as the senator is revealed to be a Skrull himself. Definitely something that wasn’t needed for the movie.

NEXT: 10 Cancelled Marvel Movies We Wish Got Made

2019-03-13 01:03:24

Colin McCormick

Wonder Woman Does The Unthinkable To Save DC’s Magic

Warning: SPOILERS For Wonder Woman #56

The latest chapter of The Witching Hour crossover has seen Wonder Woman and her allies in Justice League Dark joining forces with her most powerful enemy – the sorceress Circe. Given Circe’s long-standing grudge against the Amazons and Diana, it would take extraordinary circumstances for her to put aside her legendary spite for a common goal.  Of course with magic itself dying in DC’s Universe, describing the current circumstances as “extraordinary” is putting things lightly.

Based on the character from Greek mythology, the DC Comics version of Circe first appeared in Wonder Woman #37 in 1949. The precise reasons for Circe’s hatred of The Amazons and Wonder Woman have changed several times over the years, but the most common reasons are that The Amazons were responsible for imprisoning Circe for her crimes against humanity and that a prophecy predicted that Circe’s doom would be brought about by the Amazon princess. Though she first appeared during the Golden Age of Comics, it was not until George Perez’s revamp of Wonder Woman in 1987 that Circe was redeveloped into a major player in Princess Diana’s Rogues’ Gallery. It is a position of dishonor she has held ever since.

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The first chapter of The Witching Hour revealed that Wonder Woman was a conduit for hereto unknown magic powers – the result of her having been branded as a child by followers of Hectate, the Ancient Greek goddess of Magic. With Zatanna having discovered the meaning of the magical brand, Justice League Dark was able to start seeking answers as to what was happening to Wonder Woman and why.

This led them to Aeaea – the island home of Circe, according to The Odyssey. It was hoped that Circe, who drew her powers from a connection to Hectate, might know something of what was going on and be willing to bargain for that knowledge.

Though she was hostile at first, Circe was mollified the moment she saw what she called “the witchmark” on Diana’s forehead. Circe went on to explain the history of Hectate and how she was truly a power far older than the Olympian gods. The first wizards tried to tap Hectate’s power for their own uses unsuccessfully, caging a far more evil source of power that would come to slowly infect the world, and Hectate herself, with darkness.

This led Hectate to take the majority of her power and split it among five mortal vessels, The Witchmarked, who would hold Hectate’s pure and unsullied essence until a time when the magic of the rising darkness had begun to fade. Then Hectate would reclaim her power to defeat it, once and for all. As each of The Witchmarked died, the followers of Hectate would find another woman to hold Hectate’s power, passing her energy down from generation to generation.

The problem, Circe reveals, is that the passing years have corrupted Hectate’s mind and she is now a being born of spite and hatred rather than love and light and it was that desire for revenge that made Circe into a perfect avatar for Hectate’s power. The practical upshot is that while Hectate may be capable of fighting the rising darkness, she will forever destroy magic as it is known on Earth, with no magical power but her’s existing. This leaves Justice League Dark with few good options, as Wonder Woman seems doomed to die no matter what and the best option involves all magic being under the control of a single vengeful goddess. Of course all this assumes that Circe is telling the truth and this isn’t part of her own plan for revenge on Diana.

Wonder Woman #56 is now available from DC Comics.

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2018-10-11 01:10:54 – Matt Morrison

Assassin’s Creed: 20 Things Only Experts Know How To Do In Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – the latest installment in Ubisoft’s wildly popular video game franchise – has finally landed on shelves. Set in Ancient Greece, Odyssey gives players the opportunity to assume the role of a mercenary from either Athens or Sparta, and to take part in a mythology-infused recreation of the Peloponnesian War.

The game features an even greater emphasis on the RPG elements first introduced in its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and boasts multiple endings that are triggered by the player’s actions. Odyssey also sees the return of the controversial Hitbox combat engine which debuted in Origins – albeit in a significantly enhanced form. Thanks to these and other challenging core mechanics – not to mention the daunting size of the game’s virtual environment – Odyssey should prove suitably tough for more casual gamers. But for seasoned veterans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise? Not so much.

Indeed, gamers who have followed the series since the very first entry way back in 2007 aren’t likely to struggle. On the contrary, we expect them to flourish, putting to good use the skills and knowledge they’ve gleaned from the past 11 games in the series – not to mention the six spin-off entries – to finish the main quest in record time.  This will leave them free to start focusing on tracking down Odyssey’s hidden Easter eggs, secret areas, and other bonus content clueless rookies don’t have a chance of tracking down unaided.

Here’s a list of 20 Things Only Experts Know How To Do In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

20 Find The Legend Of Zelda Easter Egg

Of all the many classic video game franchises, few are as unanimously beloved by both gamers and developers alike as The Legend of Zelda series. The team at Ubisoft clearly rank amongst this iconic Nintendo series’ admirers – as the easter egg they tucked away in Odyssey proves.

In a tip of the hat to the most recent Zelda instalment, Breath of the Wild, a Korok – a small humanoid figure made out of clay, flower petals and twigs – can be found on the Pandora’s Cove coastline. Although this hidden tribute is now the most well-known Easter egg in the game, experts had no trouble tracking it down on their own within mere days of Odyssey’s release!

19 Achieve The Secret Ending

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey marks a dramatic change in direction for the franchise – from purely action/adventure outings to something closer to an action/RPG hybrid. This is reflected in how important the player’s actions are to the game’s overall narrative, and in particular, how that narrative reaches its climax.

Indeed, what the player decides to do – or just as importantly, say – will determine how events unfold next, and ultimately determine which of the game’s multiple endings they achieve.

Most players should be able to reach at least one ending.

If you complete every side quest and make all of the right decisions to unlock the secret, ultra ending, ensuring the best possible finale for your mercenary.

18 Visit Atlantis

As soon as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Ancient Greece setting was announced, fans immediately began speculating over whether the fabled lost city of Atlantis would be part of its virtual environment. The good news is that Ubisoft hasn’t missed a trick, and Atlantis does indeed count among the many sunken locations scattered across the game’s humongous map. The bad news? It’s highly likely that only experts will be capable of uncovering the most eagerly anticipated (not to mention coolest) secret area in Odyssey.

The steps involved are extremely taxing, requiring players to traverse treacherous terrain, solve fiendish riddles posed by the Sphinx and dispatch a bevy of mythological horrors like Medusa, the Cyclops and the Minotaur!

17 Recruit Legendary NPCs Early

Over the course of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, players can enlist NPCs to serve as crew members aboard their ship, the Adrestia. Recruiting a high calibre crew is a great way to upgrade the Adrestia – so the trick is to bring legendary NPCs into the fold. Casual gamers will wait until they unlock these characters by completing quests, however experts are aware of a hidden mechanic that speeds up the whole process.

There’s a less publicized gameplay mechanic which enables you to recruit legendary NPCs by defeating them in combat using non-lethal takedowns.

Better yet, once your ship’s roster is made up entirely of legendary NPCs, you unlock the “Argonauts” trophy, too!

16 Regain The Cyclops Eye

One of the most frustrating moments in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey arrives early on, when you’re forced to give up the Cyclops’ Eye during Sequence 1. It’s not exactly the most classy of disposals, either: to put it bluntly, you squeeze it up the rear end of a poor, unsuspecting goat. If you’re scratching your head over this last revelation, then just trust us: it makes sense at the time!

Rookies will write off the Eye as a lost cause, but experts up to speed on the game’s secrets won’t give up so quickly. By engaging in an exhaustive goat-hunting expedition in Kephallonia, they’ll recover this valuable artifact, earning the dubious “Stink Eye” achievement, as well.

15 Change Their Ship’s Figurehead

Long-time fans of the series will recall that in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, you could easily customize your ship’s decorative figurehead as part of the normal upgrade process. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that carries over to Odyssey – and only expert players are likely to work out the secret method of doing this.

For starters, you need to defeat a boss – not exactly a walk in the park itself, by the way – and then behead them.

Once this has been take care of, if you scroll through the inventory of ship upgrade options, you’ll see your new souvenir listed. Select it, and voila! The Adrestia will have itself a brand new (and rather creepy) figurehead!

14 Track Down All Of The Cultist Clues

The underlying mythology of the Assassin’s Creed franchise incorporates several shadowy organisations – and Odyssey is no exception. The latest entry in the series introduces the nefarious Cult of Kosmos, and players aiming to get the most out of game’s story need to track down and eliminate key members of the group. In order to do so, they’ll have to swap their mercenary’s helmet for their detective’s cap, as the cultists’ whereabouts are only revealed by clues sprinkled through Odyssey’s sprawling Ancient Greece setting.

Some of these hints can be uncovered with little effort, whereas others will prove elusive to all but the most seasoned of gamers!

On the plus side, all of this running around pays off, as only players who chase down every single cultist will get to experience the game’s whole story.

13 Unlock Evie Frye

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – the ninth video game in the main series – is headlined by twins Jacob and Evie Frye. Of the two siblings, Evie is arguably the more memorable – which is probably why she’s an unlockable character in Odyssey. Now, before you get too excited, bear in mind that Evie is a legendary NPC, so you won’t get to play as her directly.

Still, it’s incredibly cool to recruit her as a crew member on your ship, provided you’re an Ubisoft Club member with enough XP to afford her. See, unlocking Evie requires players to part with 7,500 XP in exchange for the “Master Assassin” badge, which only long-time fans of the franchise will have amassed!

12 Access Battle Royale Mode

Battle royale games like Fortnite and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds are currently the hottest thing on the block. Making the most of modern online multiplayer capabilities, games in this genre pit a pack of players against each other in thrilling, last-man-standing contests.

Obviously, this stands in stark contrast to the single-player, open world experience offered by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – until experts stumble across the “Call to Arms” sidequest. Found by scouring the island of Melos, this mission – which requires skilled players to wipe out 99 consecutive enemies – represents a thinly-veiled attempt by Ubisoft to acknowledge (or should that be “cash in on”?) the popularity of the battle royale genre!

11 Find The Black Panther Easter Egg

Black Panther is currently the second highest grossing film of 2018, and with that success comes a considerable fanbase, too. At least some of the developers at Ubisoft fall within that category, if the Black Panther Easter egg included in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is anything to go by. As experts will have no doubt already discovered, the game contains a fairly faithful recreation of Black Panther’s two most notable scenes: the duels that occur at the base of a waterfall.

This is staged at the Gortyn Waterfall, where players can first spectate on the melee using Eagle Vision.

That’s not all, though: it’s also possible to clamber up the cliff where the fight is going down, and actually confront the pair of brawlers yourself!

10 Discover Sam Fisher’s Goggles

So far we’ve focused solely on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Ancient Greece setting – which disregards the fact that certain sections of the game are set in a present day safe house. Anyone unfamiliar with the franchise’s convoluted (some would say downright insane) science fiction elements, just trust us when we say that this does make sense.

Regardless of whether or not you buy into this more far-fetched aspect of the Assassin’s Creed mythology, there are multiple Easter eggs to dig up during these segments. Not all of these relate to the franchise either – just ask the experts who’ve unearthed the iconic, three-lensed night vision goggles worn by Sam Fisher, the protagonist of Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell games!

9 Stumble Across The Sword In The Stone

The team at Ubisoft has done a remarkable job of recreating an utterly convincing (albeit wildly fantastical) rendition of Ancient Greece in Odyssey. This awesome attention to detail is reflected in almost every aspect of the virtual environment, particularly the character and weapon design. We say “almost”, because at least one item experts will undoubtedly come across whilst roaming the game map definitely does not fit the time period depicted: the Sword in the Stone from Arthurian legend. Fortunately, this gag is an intentional mistake on the developer’s part.

Unfortunately, you can’t remove this legendary blade from its Lakonia resting place.

That’s a real shame: historical accuracy be damned – there’s always a place for Excalibur in our armory!

8 Locate The Rabbid Figure

Another easter egg squirrelled away in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s modern era safe house setting, the Rabbid figure is hard to spot if players blitz through these sequences. However, experts tend to favor a more methodical approach – even when confronted by the franchise’s moments of less than engaging gameplay.

These long-time campaigners will cast their eyes over every inch of the safe house, which means snooping around each room, no matter how empty it appears to be. This will eventually lead them to the shelves of a particularly untidy room. Here, they’ll spy the Rabbid toy – a cute shout-out to Ubisoft’s all-ages Rayman franchise, accompanied by a line of dialogue (“Bwaah?”) associated with these bunny-like characters.

7 Acquire The Epic Unicorn Skin

It doesn’t matter what mythology we’re talking about: unicorns are invariably treated as an incredibly rare species. Certainly, this carries over to the world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, where players can indeed transform their horse into one of these awe-inspiring creatures – provided they can get their hands on a unicorn pelt.

They sport an eye-watering 6,400 Drachmae price tag!

Rookies who are feeling flush will plump for either the Black Unicorn or undeniably amazing (though sadly, non-flying) Pegasus skins, purchased with real-world cash from the Ubisoft Store. On the other hand, genuine experts prefer to earn their keep, and will trawl merchant stalls for the appropriately named, randomly-spawing Epic Unicorn skin, which leaves rainbow hoof prints.

6 Home Town Pride

The developers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey hail from Ubisoft’s Montreal headquarters, based in Quebec. Like the citizens of any city or town, these guys and gals are proud of the place they call home – so much so that they managed to sneak a Quebec-related easter egg into the game!

It’s something that will almost certainly go unnoticed by less observant gamers, but experienced players – the type of people who scan the entire game environment for secret material – will discover a travel magazine whilst rifling through the safe house. The destination this mag is promoting? Why, Quebec, of course! True, it’s not exactly the most exciting bonus content in Odyssey, but it’s a nice touch all the same.

5 Put The Arena Spikes To Good Use

A key trait which separates veteran Assassin’s Creed players from newcomers is the willingness of the former to experiment with their surroundings. Take the spikes that dotted around the Arena in Odyssey.

Rookies will probably dismiss these as mere set dressing and completely ignore them once the fighting breaks out.

Don’t expect experts to make the same mistake, though. Already clued up on just how interactive the game worlds in the franchise can be, these gamers will immediately identify the potential for the spikes to deal damage to their opponents. The next thing you know, the edges of the Arena will begin to resemble a shish kebab vendor who trades in skewered would-be gladiatorial champions!

4 Reminisce About The Frye Twins

It turns out Assassin’s Creed Syndicate isn’t the only instalment in the franchise to take place in London – Odyssey does, too. True, the vast majority of the game is set in Ancient Greece, but its modern era sections unfold in London, something that won’t come as a shock to more attentive players.

After all, just by gazing out of the safe house windows, you can take in a decent view of London’s famous skyline, with what tourists would recognize as Big Beg especially prominent. What’s more, if you allow yourself a moment to properly contemplate the sight before your eyes, you’ll even trigger a line of dialogue that references Jacob and Evie Frye, the lead characters in Syndicate!

3 Discover All Of The Underwater Locations

As you might expect from a virtual environment that recreates the entire Aegean Sea, Atlantis isn’t the only submerged area on the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey map.

The ocean floor of Ubisoft’s vision of Ancient Greece is littered with dozens of hidden locations brimming with valuable treasure.

Anyone prepared to embrace their inner Jacques Cousteau will be in for a real treat. That said, given the sheer amount of exploration required to pinpoint all of these sunken locations – fun fact: at 130km², Odyssey’s map is 62% bigger than the already massive world of Origins – we’d wager only experts will visit all of them.

2 Get All Of The Other Endings As Well

Sure, everybody wants to get the best possible Assassin’s Creed Odyssey ending – you know: the super secret, totally awesome one we mentioned earlier. Even so, part of being an expert is also having a completist streak, which is why we think they’ll figure out how to achieve Odyssey’s eight other possible endings, as well.

This might not sound like much, but it’s actually quite a feat, for two main reasons. First of all, this game is absurdly long – the main quest alone clocks in at 40 hours of gameplay – so repeating it again and again is no picnic. Secondly, they’ll need to ensure they get every single word and deed right, in order to arrive at their desired conclusion!

1 Climb Up The Naked Statue

Full disclosure: this entry is unashamedly juvenile in nature, given it revolves around players scaling up a male statue and dangling from part of its anatomy (three guesses which part). Regardless, we’re positive that even the most mature expert will decide to do just that, when they pass by this landmark early on in Odyssey – honestly, it’s just too hard to resist.

You’ll be rewarded for your childish antics if you do.

Performing this act initiates a wry line of dialogue from the player’s mercenary, which just goes to show that Ubisoft definitely predicted this becoming a thing. Although to be honest, they hardly needed the talents of one of Ancient Greece’s oracles to foresee it!

Did we miss out any other things that only experts know how to do in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-09 06:10:21 – Leon Miller

20 Storylines Shameless Wants Everyone To Forget

With the announcement that Emmy Rossum and Cameron Monaghan will leave the series following the ninth season of Shameless, the Gallagher household is prepping for a major shake-up on the casting front. The creator of the Showtime series John Wells has remained open about a future Fiona return, though he has also stated that there are many more dysfunctional tales left to be told for the Gallagher clan.

For eight seasons, Shameless has remained consistent in the deplorable decision-making skills of its characters, though the series’ depiction of a low-income family living below the poverty line has always been at the forefront. As the strong matriarch who single-handedly raised her siblings while her father wasn’t around, Fiona’s absence is sure to shift more focus towards the show’s younger stars as writers hope fans will soon forget her. Ian’s storyline in season 9 drove much of the action, so Monaghan’s exit will surely leave a whole as well.

Whether they’re dealing with the changing gentrification of their community or watching as another beloved character takes their leave, the Gallaghers have proven time and again that they can adapt better than anyone. From the show’s debut back in 2011 until now, the stars of the series have been forced to mature, sometimes faster than they wanted to. Along the way, there have been many entertaining or even head-scratching subplots which have since been left behind. Although the changes are nothing new to the Gallaghers, they have left many questions up in the air for fans.

Join us as we take a look back at 20 Storylines Shameless Wants Everyone to Forget.

20 Frank and Bianca

After Sammi shoots Frank in the arm to teach him a valuable lesson about courtesy, she forces him to visit the hospital to have his wound checked. During his stay, he begins bonding with his distraught doctor Bianca, whose diagnosis of stage three pancreatic cancer has left her with a new lease on life. Attempting to persuade her to live life to the fullest, Frank offers to teach her how to live carelessly, which includes a copious amount of substance abuse.

Although Frank’s time with Bianca was intended as a heart-wrenching moment which left him reeling the following season, it was never clear why the successful, young doctor would choose to spend her remaining days with him. With her money, she could seemingly spend her days anywhere. There’s little reason to believe Frank would appear as an enticing option.

19 Lip’s Sports Gambling Internship

With an exceptionally high IQ, Lip isn’t the standard member of the Gallagher household, though his self-sabotaging personality has prevented him from achieving a legitimate career. Accepted into the University of Chicago, he threw away his future after an assault on a campus guard led to his expulsion. Following a stint in rehab, Lip secured an internship with a tech start-up, thanks to his friend, Professor Youens.  Soon, however, he discovered the truth behind the company. His co-workers were using proxy servers to hide illegal sports gambling activities.

Although the crooked start-up appeared as a perfect match, nothing would come of it.

He temporarily used a wire fraud scheme to steal cash from the company, but in due time, the start-up went under and Lip was left without a career goal once again.

18 Kevin Discovers His Kentucky Heritage

Season eight concluded with a strange hodgepodge of storylines for Kevin, which included a search for self-identity as he tracked down his biological parents and found himself in Kentucky. Once he arrived, he was introduced to Aunt Ronnie and the rest of the family, immediately settling in and recalling his past as Little Barty. Unfortunately, V immediately sensed something wrong about the group, apart from their offhanded racist remarks.

As a small child, the low-income family struggled to properly raise Kev, resorting to abandoning him at a roadside gas station. He eventually learned to accept his heritage, although he seemed to quickly forget all about it soon after. Kev would have other moments of a self-identity crisis in season eight, including exploring his possible attraction to men, but his Kentucky lineage would ultimately become an afterthought.

17 Fiona Marries Gus, Then Immediately Cheats on Him

Speaking of his character on Shameless, star Steve Kazee said Fiona’s former husband Gus Pfender “got a really raw deal” over the way his storyline ended. After meeting the eldest Gallagher sibling, the two went from strangers to married seemingly overnight.

When Jimmy’s return visit catches Fiona off guard, she’s faced with an ultimatum.

Either run away with Jimmy or stay with Gus, whom she’s known for a few days. Her reaction is to throw away her newfound relationship for the temptation of her ex-boyfriend. She cheats on Gus then immediately regrets it, but by then it’s too late. Her marriage to Gus is over and any remnants of it are completely forgotten by the writing staff.

16 Debbie Steals a Baby

Before Debbie was doing crazy things like stealing expensive baby strollers to support Frances or having Liam amputate her toes to avoid undergoing a pricey surgery on her crushed foot, she was just a lonely girl looking for a playmate.

In the episode “Casey Casden”, Debbie grows tired of playing with a sack of potatoes decorated to look like a baby.

Rather than asking for a new doll, she takes matters into her own hands when she lures a three year old boy back to the Gallagher residence. The Gallaghers then spend the episode concocting a plan to call in false sightings of the child with the cops finally finding him with Debbie, who acts like she found him wandering around Chicago. Needless to say, it was a crazy storyline that the show’s producers haven’t attempted since.

15 Anything Involving Sammi or Chuckie

Frank’s estranged daughter Sammi is first introduced in season four after Frank discovers his liver in failing. Posing as a Good Samaritan, he begins dating her to grow closer before dropping the devastating bombshell. Oddly enough, however, she’s not disgusted at all by the news and even embraces her new father figure, despite his countless shortcomings.

By season five, Sammi has acquainted herself enough with the Gallaghers to move into the household, though she was never invited. When her son Chuckie is later arrested and sent to juvenile detention for possession, she blames Carl, later ratting him out to the authorities. As a result, a dispute breaks out which ends with Mickey locking her inside a shipping container and Sammi later shooting at him, presumably leading to her arrest and the end of her story.

14 Fiona Cheats on Mike with His Brother

With her recent investments in Patsy’s Pies as well as a laundromat and an apartment complex, Fiona’s newfound entrepreneurial spirit has only recent become a central part of her storyline. Prior to becoming a property owner, she was a down on her luck South Side girl who constantly found herself in failing relationships.

In season four, Fiona’s downward spiral of relationships hit another low.

She was in desperate need of a rebound following Jimmy’s disappearance. After securing a job at Worldwide Cup, she began having a fling with her boss Mike. When Mike’s brother Robbie comes into the picture after his release from rehab, Fiona’s attraction to danger takes ahold. Putting her career in jeopardy, she has an unwise affair which culminates in her arrest at the end of the season.

13 Frank Uses Liam as Collateral

Scouring Chicago for enough money to support his many dirty habits, Frank has attracted the attentions of enough bad guys that it’s a miracle that he’s manage to run around carelessly for so long. In the season two premiere, he again backed himself into a corner when he drunkenly bet a bar patron at the Alibi Room that he couldn’t remain conscious after two taser blasts. After the customer manages to remain on two feet, Frank’s $10,000 gamble comes at the expense of the Gallagher household.

Unable to come up with the dough, the patron threatens Frank with a blowtorch, to which he responds by offering up Liam as collateral. Luckily, the Gallagher clan rallies together to get him back. Frank would later develop a bonding relationship with his youngest son, completely erasing all memory of the incident.

12 Kevin and Veronica’s Foster Child

With twins Amy and Jemma, Kevin and Veronica finally settled down to have children of their own after V became pregnant in season four. Prior to having their own kids, the couple were experimenting with parenthood in the form of a money scheme which saw them taking in a foster child in order to collect money from the government.

In season one, Kev and V welcome Ethel, a teen saved from a polygamist colony where she was married to an elderly man named Clyde.

They also took in Ethel’s son Jonah, who was born as a result of the marriage. Over the course of her stay, she struggles to grow accustomed to the modern world, but eventually settles in, until she runs away with her boyfriend Malik in season two, disappearing forever.

11 Anything Involving Sheila

Remember Sheila? The agoraphobic housewife with a proclivity for cooking was a former love interest of Frank’s, who welcomed him into her home to take advantage of her disability checks. For five seasons, she played the picture-perfect example of a housewife, though her repressed emotions would occasionally rear their ugly head.

Throughout the series, Joan Cusack would receive considerable acclaim for her turn as the wacky, subservient Sheila, earning an Emmy nomination for each season she appeared in. Although she would never receive more than a guest credit, her most memorable storylines would include dealing with her troubled daughter Karen, having an affair with Karen’s boyfriend Jody, and marrying Frank. Her storyline came to a rather abrupt end after her house exploded in season five, resulting in her driving off in an RV, never to be seen again.

10 Frank Hires a Hitman

Always the deadbeat father, Frank experienced a slight morality check when he wasn’t invited toFiona’s wedding to Sean in season six. As a way to make up for all his shortcomings, he offered to pay for all of Fiona’s wedding expenses. Everything came to a head, however, when Sean began sleeping over at the Gallagher residence, resulting in a brutal confrontation between Fiona’s fiance and the lousy patriarch of the household. After days of Frank wearing Sean’s underwear and drinking his milk, Sean’s frustration boiled over, resulting in a fight between the two.

Frank is seen on a train attempting to pay a random guy to dispose of Sean permanently.

Although nothing would come of the exchange, the attempted assassination was out of the ordinary, even for the lowly Frank.

9 Debbie Purposely Gets Pregnant

The third youngest Gallagher, Debbie began the series as the well-intention, younger sister who still held high hopes for Frank and cared for her family, though she often found it difficult to socialize in school. In due time, she transformed from the innocent girl wise beyond her years to one of the most troublesome characters on the show, using her hardened attitude to deceive her way to whatever she desired.

In season five, Debbie’s manipulative personality crossed a line when she became enamored with Derek, a boy who taught her how to box. Wanting a perfect life with her newfound boyfriend, she purposely lies to him about being on birth control in order to become pregnant and force him into a marriage. Unfortunately, her plans fall through when Derek leaves to live with his grandmother, leaving Debs a single mother.

8 Frank Tells Carl He Has Cancer

As the delinquent troublemaker whose interests include weapons, explosives, and various money-making schemes, Carl has proven to be the most like his dear deadbeat father Frank. As a faithful member of the Gallagher family, he’s the unfortunate product of a dysfunctional upbringing, but none of his regrettable actions were deserving of the scare Frank gave him in season five.

After seeing a cancer patient receive an autographed Bulls basketball on television, Frank decides to extort the Make-A-Wish Foundation by giving them a sob story.

Shaving Carl’s head, he convinces him that he has cancer and tries to get him an autographed basketball of his own, that he can later sell for a profit. Instead, Carl is offered a free summer away at a camp for cancer patients, ruining Frank’s plans and giving Carl his own mini vacation.

7 Carl Marries Kassidi

As a way of coming up with enough cash for military school in season eight, Carl sets up his own rehabilitation center in the basement of the Gallagher home, hosting neighborhood addicts for days of withdrawal. It’s here where he first encounters Kassidi, a seemingly sociopathic teen who concocts a plan to extort money from her rich father to pay Carl’s expenses.

Soon after sparking a relationship, Kassidi’s wildly chaotic personality begins threatening Carl’s career goals. As she wanders about Chicago’s South Side doing things like Snapchatting drive-by shooting victims, Carl becomes more wary of her actions, which makes it all the more confusing that he marries her at the end of the season. The season nine premiere seems to have ended her story, however, as the character’s recent disappearance suggests that she may now be deceased.

6 Mandy Hurts Karen

As the manipulative former girlfriend of Lip, Karen was the incessantly rude daughter of the agoraphobic Sheila, who would go to extreme lengths to get her way. After she stops seeing Lip due to her marriage to Jody as well as the birth of her down syndrome son Hymie, Karen decides to start things back up with her former lover, only for Lip rejects her for Mandy.

After brazenly attempting to meddle with Lip and Mandy’s relationship, Karen receives a rude awakening when she receives a text from Lip, which is later revealed to be Mandy using Lip’s phone. Showing up to a park to meet, Karen is struck by an SUV driven by Mandy, leaving her permanently brain damaged, effectively ending her story on the series.

5 Frank Has a Twin Brother

With so many siblings running around and Frank constantly inviting himself in with his various trouble-making shenanigans, it’s impossible for the Gallaghers to keep track of everyone’s comings and goings. That’s why the existence of more Gallaghers seems completely absurd, but as the early seasons have shown, there are more family members out there.

Of all the odd Gallagher members forgotten from the early seasons, none were crazier than Jerry, Frank’s twin brother.

Ian and Lip visit Jery after their grandmother Peggy claims he owes the family $5,000. Looking just like Frank, he threatens to shoot his nephews shortly after realizing they’re after money. Since his appearance, little mention has been made of Frank’s twin or of Frank’s other siblings Clayton and Wyatt.

4 Jimmy’s Return

First appearing as Fiona’s love interest in season one, Jimmy introduced himself to the Gallagher household as Steve, a hotshot businessman who comes from money. Soon afterward, his real personality begins to shine through as Fiona discovers that he makes his money through various illegal activities. In due time, he gets engaged to the daughter of a crime lord, which leads to his supposed demise in the season three finale.

Jimmy returns at the end of season four, becoming a recurring cast member for a brief time.

In an attempt to flatter Fiona, he tries to persuade her to leave her husband Gus for him. Although his return answered questions about his fate, it still left his future up in the air, leaving many to believe his story should have ended with the season three cliffhanger.

3 Frank Lies to Butterface About Her Heart Transplant

Of all the lowdown plans Frank has concocted, perhaps nothing is more despicable than the time he began hanging out with Dottie, a former good-time girl with a heart condition. Nicknamed Butterface for her less than stellar looks, Frank discovers that Dottie is in serious need of a heart transplant, rewarding him the opportunity to weasel his way into her good graces and work his way into her will before she passes away.

Although Frank’s decision proves to be flawed, he fully commits to the scheme. While Dottie is in the shower, she gets a phone call telling her a new heart has arrived which could save her life, only Frank decides to tell the hospital that Dottie has already passed away. Later, Dottie loses her life during an intimate moment with Frank, making his actions even more awful.

2 Kev has a Baby with Veronica’s Mother

As the Gallaghers’ longtime friends, Kevin and Veronica are often the supporting comic relief of the series, though they have also proven to be the strongest lasting couple. In season three, after repeatedly failing to have a baby, V enlists her bubbly mother Carol to act as a surrogate. When Carol also fails to become pregnant, Veronica to suggests her mom and Kevin actually get intimate with each other to possibly improve their results.

In due time, Carol warms up to the idea, becoming pregnant with Kevin’s child. By happenstance, Veronica soon discovers that she too is pregnant, with twins. Nine months later, the couple are the proud parents to three newborns, only Carol decides to single-handedly raise her child on her own. After a few brief appearances, Kevin and Carol’s child is forgotten and never shown again.

1 Everything Positive About Ian and Mickey’s Relationship

As a violent street thug, Mickey Milkovich is the antithesis of the gay stereotype. Ian, whose storied history with Mickey makes up a large portion of his story in the early seasons, is the more sensitive of the couple, but his rebellious nature and struggles with bipolar disorder make him an equally multi-dimensional character.

As one of the best-written gay relationships on television in recent memory, Ian and Mickey’s story was at times chaotic. 

After his imprisonment at the end of season five, Mikey escaped from prison and fled to Mexico, tearfully leaving Ian behind. Since then, the positives of their relationship have been largely dismissed and Mickey’s absence has left a void on the show which has yet to be filled.

What other storylines does Shameless want to bury? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-09 03:10:17 – Turner Minton

Grey’s Anatomy: 20 Things That Make No Sense About Meredith

Grey’s Anatomy is the longest running scripted primetime ABC television show of all time. Ellen Pompeo is the highest-paid actress on television, banking twenty million dollars each season. Grey’s is poised to surpass ER as the longest primetime medical drama, as it waits for its sixteenth season renewal, and it has received thirty-eight Emmy Award nominations during the nearly two decades it has been on the air.

Meredith Grey has gone from a damaged intern having an affair with a resident and caring for her ailing mother to a widow with three children who runs the general surgery department at Seattle Grace. More characters have passed away on Grey’s Anatomy than most shows introduced during their entire runs, and the show is nearly unrecognizable now when compared to its first season because of its revolving cast of characters.

With twenty-nine principal cast members during its fifteen seasons, the writers of Grey’s Anatomy have so much history to contend with that maintaining continuity is an uphill battle that they often lose. As such, there are some details about our favorite dark and twisty surgeon at Seattle Grace that don’t make much sense at all. The confusion goes deeper than the debate on her hair color or who the next romantic lead of the show will be. Everything from her age to her internal motivations have been altered, forgotten and recreated during the show’s epically long run, and viewers are struggling to keep up.

Here are the 20 Things That Make No Sense About Meredith In Grey’s Anatomy.

20 Her Half-Sisters

When a show has been on the air for nearly two decades, it’s understandable that a few plotlines may get recycled. After all, who’s really going to notice if four of the show’s leads are revealed to have massive tumors in a principal cast of over twenty-five characters?

However, it’s hard to believe that Meredith Grey would have two half-sisters who she knew nothing about and that both of those women would come work as surgeons at her specific hospital in Seattle.

This is not even mentioning Lexie Grey’s questionable medical timeline – she started her medical internship program when most students are finishing their undergraduate studies – or Meredith conveniently forgetting her mother’s pregnancy before Maggie Pierce was born in the ’80s.

19 She Doesn’t Contact Derek’s Sisters When He’s About To Pass

Derek Shepard’s sisters were extremely important to him – so much so, that during the second episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Shepard explicitly states that if he were ever to be in a coma, he’d want all four of his sisters with him.

Meredith forgets this not-so-tiny detail when actually faced with a comatose Derek Shepard and takes him off of life support without giving his sisters a chance to say goodbye, including Amelia Shepard, who is her coworker and is easily reachable by phone. Meredith ignoring a key aspect of her husband’s personality, his love for his sisters, is more than an example of Meredith’s selfishness. It’s a lack of continuity and a disappointing, out of character oversight.

18 Getting Together With George

George O’Malley’s unrequited love for Meredith was well-chronicled during the show’s first season, enforcing the characters’ friendship, as O’Malley’s feelings for Meredith led him to provide emotional support when Derek Shepard chose to stay with his wife. Meredith never saw O’Malley as anything more than a friend, even after her break-up with Shepard.

Meredith getting together with O’Malley came from a desire to be wanted and treated well after Shepard had broken her trust, and O’Malley was clearly in denial about Meredith’s lack of interest. Still, it’s hard to believe that O’Malley would take advantage of Meredith in her vulnerable state or that Meredith would choose O’Malley as a physical rebound rather than an emotional one.

17 She Failed Her Intern Exam… And Still Became A Resident

The year 2007 was a rough one for Meredith Grey. Her stepmother passed away from a case of the hiccups, her father blamed her for the loss of his wife, her mom passed away, and she literally passed, and understandably, she cracked under pressure. Meredith didn’t answer a single question on her intern exam.

The logical next step here would have been to see Meredith repeat her intern year like George O’Malley does after failing that same exam.

Meredith would have been able to explore new dynamics with her peers while sorting through her many issues, and the show wouldn’t have to suffer through too drastic of a change. Instead, through some nepotism and a large suspension of disbelief, Meredith is allowed a do-over and breezes through to her residency, while poor O’Malley is given the short end of the stick yet again.

16 Her Inconsistent Pregnancies

After miscarrying her first child due to apparent stress from the Seattle Grace active shooter situation in season six, Meredith is told that the real reason for the loss of her child was actually a “hostile uterus.” Medically, in the real world, this means that it is difficult for a woman to become pregnant due to a variety of factors, including hormonal imbalances. It is treatable through synthetic estrogen or certain bypass techniques and does not necessarily cause miscarriages.

Meredith is able to conceive multiple times during the show, and she even manages to have a fairly normal pregnancy and gives birth to a healthy baby girl. A medical drama probably could have come up with a more realistic plotline for Meredith after writers’ decided that they wanted to complicate her family planning.

15 She Modeled Her Life After Ellis

After hating her mother, Ellis Grey, for most of her life, Meredith follows in her footsteps, as she becomes a mother while still chasing her medical aspirations. Meredith places the blame for her issues on her mother’s workaholic tendencies while raising her daughter, then still chooses to start her family just as her medical career is gaining momentum.

She falls in love with a married man, has his children, raises them alone, and wins a Harper Avery Award, just like her mother. Her professional life causes a rift in her relationship, like Ellis’ Harper Avery nomination leading to the termination of her relationship with Richard Weber. Instead of learning from her mother’s mistakes, Meredith has done something that she swore she’d never do: she has become Ellis.

14 Her First Marriage Wasn’t Legal

In a touching display of friendship, Derek Shepherd and Meredith Grey gave their perfect wedding to their dear friends Alex Karev and Izzie Stevens so that the couple could be married before Stevens possibly succumbed to her advanced brain cancer.

Shepherd and Meredith then have their own, private marriage ceremony in the comfort of their own home, where they write their vows on Post-It notes and promise their lives to each other.

This was all romantic and dramatic, but why on Earth would they not bother going down to City Hall and legalizing the marriage at any point before they tried to adopt their daughter? They most likely already had a marriage license, and the tax benefits alone would have been incentive enough to go through with the final step of their marriage – actually getting married.

13 She Tried To Hold Derek Back

It isn’t easy having a family with two working parents. Nannies help, and Seattle Grace has shown its daycare center on Grey’s multiple times, but Meredith’s frustration with being a mother first and a surgeon second rang true as it was depicted onscreen. Asking Derek Shepherd to take a year off from his practice to give Meredith the opportunity to work was brave and fair, considering the time that she had taken off up until that point.

However, expecting Shepherd to turn down the opportunity of a lifetime at the White House was out of character and unreasonable. Shepherd staying at Seattle Grace meant accepting a demotion, while Meredith could have kept her seniority in DC. Staying behind without Shepherd ran contrary to Meredith’s character development, especially since she expected Shepherd to make himself smaller rather than thriving with him.

12 She Ran Away To San Diego

A large factor in Meredith’s reluctance to move to Washington D.C. came from a fear of airplanes that developed after the plane crash that ended the lives of multiple doctors at the end of season eight. This makes sense, considering the circumstances. What doesn’t make sense, however, is how Meredith fled from Seattle to San Diego following her husband’s loss, telling no one of her location or her miracle pregnancy.

Her decision to choose Seattle over her husband indirectly lead to his passing, but once he’s gone, she immediately leaves. Her love for him wasn’t enough to keep her with him, but his loss was enough for her to ignore all of the reasons she had fought to stay. It’s confusing, upsetting, and utterly heartbreaking.

11 She Stayed At Seattle Grace

During season eight’s plane crash, Cristina Yang keeps asking why all of the doctors at Seattle Grace lose their lives. It was a tongue-in-cheek joke anticipating a question that all Grey’s viewers have at least once during the series. There are shootings, bombs, car crashes, drownings, a flood, a power outage, a bus explosion, and an earthquake during the twenty years that Meredith has worked at Seattle Grace.

At least fourteen doctors and family members have passed away under unusual circumstances at the hospital, filling it with horrible, PTSD-inducing memories.

Somehow, Meredith still works there. After losing parents, a sibling, a husband, best friends, and coworkers, she never thought to just go across town to the other, better-ranked hospital and leave a hospital that is so unlucky it might be on top of the Hellmouth.

10 She Still Has Her Medical License

In order to help Richard Webber’s wife Adele, Meredith enrolls her into her clinical trial for patients experiencing rapidly progressing Alzheimer’s. She tampers with the trial to give Adele the experimental drug rather than the placebo, even after Derek Shepherd’s warnings that doing so would ruin both of their careers.

Of course, because this is Meredith Grey, once her wrongdoing was exposed, no one suffered any long-term consequences. Richard takes the fall for Meredith to protect her job, but neither one loses their medical license. Richard eventually becomes the head of the residency program, while Meredith is the head of general surgery. Shepard had no real backlash for being involved. Everyone was just fine and still eligible to perform surgeries in a respected hospital, somehow.

9 She Considered Herself The Other Woman

After learning that Derek Shepherd was a married man, Meredith halted her physical relationship with him, only being intimate with him one time after learning of his marital status. She legitimately felt guilt for unknowingly dating someone’s husband and didn’t actively try to home-wreck Addison Montgomery’s marriage.

Despite the fact that many of her actions during this complicated time were respectful of Montgomery and her marriage, she still bonded with Mark Sloan when they realized that they both considered themselves homewreckers. Meredith’s characterization centers around her “dark and twisty” tendencies, so her pessimistic framing of the situation would make sense in her own mind, but there’s logically little to support her enduring belief that her relationship with Shepard began with any wrongdoing on her part.

8 She Is Still Alive

Meredith’s self-destructive and occasionally life-threatening tendencies put her in many dangerous situations. She has nearly escaped passing away so many times that its statistically improbable that she would still be alive. Setting aside the fact that she briefly drowned while helping at a ferry boat crash site, Meredith’s life makes no sense because anyone else who’d had this many close calls would not longer be with us.

Meredith held a bomb inside of a patient’s body and barely handed it off before it exploded in the hands of the bomb technician.

She also had prolonged exposure to toxic blood, she drowned for a long time, she asked an active gunman to shoot her, and her plane crashed. Yet here she is, waiting for the next ridiculous trauma that life throws at her.

7 She Barely Talks To Cristina

Cristina Yang was Meredith’s person. More than a best friend, a husband, or a family member, Yang was the one person who Meredith always relied on and trusted. Since Yang left Seattle Grace for Switzerland, all we’ve really heard from her was that Meredith didn’t tell her where she had run away to after Derek Shepherd’s car crash.

There was no confirmation that Yang came to Shepherd’s funeral, as she didn’t stay with Meredith after his passing or visit her newborn child and nary a text has been sent between the two onscreen. Long-distance friendships are hard, but with modern technology like Skype, FaceTime and texting, completely dropping off of the face of the Earth is a cause for confusion.

6 She Gives Thatcher Part Of Her Liver

The last viewers had seen of Thatcher Grey, he had drunkenly, publicly blamed Meredith for his wife’s passing and uninvited her from the funeral. This comes after he abandoned her and started a shiny new family that allowed him to forget about the daughter he left behind.

Even if Thatcher treating Meredith horribly wasn’t enough to dissuade her from saving his life, a complicated position to navigate, Thatcher had multiple daughters and presumably many other family members. Even if Lexie and her sister weren’t matches, how was there no other family member able to donate their liver other than his estranged daughter? There’s no reason it should have been Meredith except as an opportunity to inflict more unnecessary pain on our protagonist.

5 She Had A Busy Two Years

Everything that happened over the first five seasons of Grey’s Anatomy occurred during a two year period. Because the intern year occurs during seasons one through three and Meredith’s first year of residency is seasons four and five, there are many plotlines that happen in a short timeframe.

Plotlines such as George’s marriage and divorce with Callie, Denny Duquette’s storyline with Izzie Stevens, and Christina’s doomed engagement to Preston Burke all happen over the course of less than twelve months.

Meredith and her friends have known each other for only two years by season six, and so much crazy drama has occur in the midst of eighty hour work weeks and eight hour surgeries that it’s almost like they could fill half a decade’s worth of life experience.

4 She’s Always Drinking

Meredith drinks a lot of tequila for a doctor. While she’s shown abstaining from drinking while on-call, Meredith spends most of her down time getting drunk at Joe’s Bar or at home, and even had to be hooked up to an IV during a massive accident to sober herself up for work.

The state of near-constant hangover that she must be functioning in would make her workdays impossible, and the likelihood that she’s be called in during her downtime to work during a disaster situation at Seattle Grace, the grand mecca of disaster, is fairly high in the world of Grey’s Anatomy. How she manages to drink so often without a sponsorship from Pedialyte or AA is a mystery to us all.

3 Her Age

In the script for Grey’s pilot, Meredith is supposed to be thirty-two years old. After taking time off to travel through Europe with Sadie and to care for her ailing mother, it’s understandable that Meredith would be older than the average medical intern. It’s clear that the Grey’s writing team put some thought into Meredith’s backstory in the early years of the show and realized that between taking the MCAT and helping Ellis, there’s no way that Meredith could have started her internship at the median age of twenty-seven.

Meredith’s birth year is confirmed as 1978 multiple times during the course of season eleven, retconning her initial age to be twenty-eight. The writers probably weren’t too concerned about continuity ten years after the fact, but Meredith’s original age made much more sense than her current one.

2 Her Disappearing Children

After a hullaballoo regarding who should watch the children and how to be an active parent and a surgeon, Meredith’s children have completely disappeared from the show after Derek Shepherd’s passing. The children are occasionally referenced, but haven’t been shown in the hospital daycare, her home, or her carpool.

Her children have become an afterthought, despite the fact that they were the main source of conflict between Shepard and herself before he passed away.

Some of these children should be starting school, while others are still in infancy, but having Meredith completely forget that she chose to give birth and adopt multiple children erases multiple seasons of character development geared towards family and motherhood.

1 She Has Gone Through An Improbable Amount Of Trauma

As mentioned multiple times, nothing seems to go right for long in the life of Meredith Grey. Meredith’s mother passes away while Meredith was unconscious, she lost her husband, her boyfriend had a wife, she nearly passed away multiple times, she couldn’t have children, and everyone she knows left or passed away.

Every aspect of her life, from family to spouses to friends, ends with a major trauma and loss. She’s still continuing on with her life and career, while most people would be deep in therapy and rarely leaving their homes if faced with the same amount of sorrow. Meredith is a strong woman, but what she has been through could drive even the most optimistic individual to depression.

Are there any other aspects of Meredith’s character that make no sense in Grey’s Anatomy? Sound off in the comments!

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2018-10-09 01:10:23 – Kristy Pirone