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Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Has the Opposite Problem to Game of Thrones

Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and HBO’s Game of Thrones are two shows that have something in common: they both overtook the source material and set out bravely on their own. The end of Game of Thrones season 5 marked the point at which showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had reached the end of the books that George R.R. Martin had written so far, and The Handmaid’s Tale reached the conclusion of Margaret Atwood’s book (minus the 200 years later epilogue) at the end of season 1. But while Game of Thrones has been criticized for spending the last few seasons rushing through plot points to get to the finish line, The Handmaid’s Tale has the opposite problem; without a roadmap from Atwood, and with an inherent need to maintain the status quo, the show is treading water.

The season 2 finale, in which June decided to stay behind in Gilead and let Emily leave with baby Holly/Nichole, was controversial but promising. June had recently been reunited with her first daughter, Hannah, who was now several years older and not initially overjoyed to see her mother. During their brief time together, Hannah asked June why she hadn’t tried harder to find her. In light of that exchange, it made sense that June would refuse to let Hannah down a second time by leaving her alone in Gilead.

Related: The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Finale Explained

However, while this finale set up a third season where June would be desperately trying to get Hannah back, much of season 3 has been preoccupied with a rather tedious custody battle as the Waterfords pressure the Canadian government to return baby Nichole. Hannah, meanwhile, has barely been seen, and has now been taken out of reach once again after June’s ill-thought-out attempt to visit her at school. A subplot about June helping to organize the resistance within Gilead – arguably the most interesting new element introduced this season – has also been neglected. It’s little wonder than viewers are feeling frustrated.

The general fan consensus is that Game of Thrones began to decline in quality once it left the books behind. Martin gave Benioff and Weiss key plot beats so that they would know how to end the series, but there wasn’t the same wealth of source material to draw on. Easily the most maligned season of the show was the eighth and final season, which was just six episodes long and wrapped up not only the story of the encroaching army of the dead, but also the Game of Thrones itself – with Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow heading south to fight one last battle against reigning Queen Cersei Lannister.

Speaking to Variety last year, Martin was asked why the show was ending with season 8, and replied that “we could have gone to 11, 12, 13 seasons, but I guess [the showrunners] wanted a life.” The author elaborated, “[Benioff and Weiss] have been saying for like five years that seven seasons was all they would go, and we got them to go to eight, but not any more than that.” Not only did the showrunners insist on wrapping things up within eight seasons, the final two seasons were also shorter, with season 7 having just seven episodes and season 8 a mere six.

This meant that the conflict between the living and the dead (which had been building since the very first scene of the very first episode) was wrapped up in a single episode, the conflict with Cersei Lannister was wrapped up in two episodes, and everything else – from Daenerys Targaryen’s madness to the question of who would sit on the Iron Throne – was dealt with in the season finale. While there was certainly foreshadowing in the series for Daenerys’ eventual fall, many felt that the execution was extremely rushed, with Daenerys going from putting her entire army on the line to protect the people of Westeros to slaughtering women and children en masse in the space of a couple of episodes. The showrunners had a clear map of how the show would end, but effectively took a shortcut to get there.

Related: Game Of Thrones Season 8’s Real Problem Is Everything That Came Before

In the epilogue of Margaret Atwood’s book it’s revealed that Gilead does eventually fall, though June’s fate is left unknown. As mentioned above, everything before the epilogue was covered in season of The Handmaid’s Tale, and showrunner Bruce Miller has said that he’s roughly sketched out ten seasons of the show – a prospect that may be daunting for fans who are already feeling fatigued by the plot. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Miller said that he might consider portraying the fall of Gilead and its version of the Nuremberg Trials in the final seasons, but anything like that is still a long way off:

“My arc is still very much the arc of the novel, which is the arc of this one woman’s experience in Gilead at this time, and her recollections that paint this picture of what it was like and what the experience of this world was like, which really is still the book. People talk about how we’re beyond the book, but we’re not really. The book starts, then jumps 200 years with an academic discussion at the end of it, about what’s happened in those intervening 200 years. It’s maybe handled in an outline, but it’s still there in Margaret’s novel. We’re not going beyond the novel; we’re just covering territory she covered quickly, a bit more slowly.”

On the one hand, The Handmaid’s Tale‘s portrayal of oppression by a cruel and totalitarian government is fairly realistic; June suffering in impotence under threat of death, torture, or being sent to the colonies is easier to believe than her single-handedly leading an army of revolutionaries to topple Gilead. On the other hand, a character suffering under a relentless, inescapable status quo doesn’t necessarily make for good television. The idea of June still being a handmaid beholden to a commander, still separated from her family and still limited to whispered conversations in grocery stores as her main act of rebellion five or six seasons in the future is exhausting to think about. Serial drama tends to rely upon moving the story forward, but already The Handmaid’s Tale is going in circles.

Related: The Handmaid’s Tale: Why June Made the Right Choice

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Serena Waterford’s characterization. A complex and fascinating character in the first couple of seasons, Serena managed to both inspire fierce hate and reluctant sympathy, as audiences came to realize that she was a victim of the world that she had helped create. At the end of the season 2, Serena made the momentous decision to let baby Nichole escape so that she wouldn’t have to grow up in Gilead. However, in season 3 Serena has backtracked after being allowed to visit Nichole, and is now once again Fred’s accomplice as the Waterfords work to undo season 2’s climactic and defining moment.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 hasn’t been completely without merit. There has certainly been some powerful imagery, such as the Washington Monument’s conversion into a cross, the destroyed Lincoln memorial, and the horrifying site of handmaids who have been silenced by having rings put through their mouths. But whereas Game of Thrones season 8 rushed from one earth-shattering change to the next, The Handmaid’s Tale is stuck in the mud.

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2019-07-13 06:07:39

Hannah Shaw-Williams

GAME OF THRONES S08E06 Official Trailer (2019) Season 8 Episode 6 TV Show HD



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2019-05-13 08:49:14

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2019-05-06 08:55:04

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2019-04-29 09:08:06

Why There Are Four Dragons In Game Of Thrones’ New Opening Titles

The new opening credits for Game of Thrones contain various clues for season 8, but what do the four dragons on the golden ring mean? As the series has evolved, so have the opening credits sequence. With only a handful of episodes left, there are still many questions that need answering. The Game of Thrones opening sequence could indicate which mysteries will finally be solved in the final season.

Dragons were first introduced in season 1 when Daenerys Targaryen was given three petrified dragon eggs as a wedding gift. By the end of the season, the dragon eggs miraculously hatched and the species was re-established into the world of Westeros. From then on, the dragons – Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion – became integral pieces to Dany’s story arc. The trio of fire-breathing dragons also gave her an advantage over her various enemies, especially on the battlefield. That stood true until they met the Night King.

Related: Game Of Thrones Theory: The Night King is at King’s Landing, Not Winterfell

Dany’s connection to the majestic reptiles goes much deeper when considering her family history. The Targaryens had the last surviving Valyrian dragons before the species were thought to have gone extinct. Dany’s ancestor, Aegon I Targaryen, used his dragons – Balerion, Vhagar, and Meraxes – to conquer the Seven Kingdoms. The skulls of those dragons are still kept in the Red Keep as the story continues to be passed down to generations. There have been various other dragons kept by members of House Targaryen; it’s the theme of their sigil, after all. But could there be other dragons alive in Game of Thrones?

On one of the gold rings within the credits (1:33 mark in the video below), three small dragons can be seen in front of a much larger dragon. Considering only three dragons have made appearances in the series, the addition of a fourth on the gold ring is very intriguing. More than likely the large dragon represents Daenerys, who is also known as the “Mother of Dragons.” Even though Viserion is currently a member of the Night King’s undead army, all three of Dany’s dragons are imperative to the final season. There could also be other meanings behind the message shown in the credits.

The mystery surrounding “The Prince That Was Promised” will hopefully be solved by season’s end. The prophecy suggests that a character will emerge as a savior with a sword called Lightbringer to fight the impending darkness. In the book series which the show is based, the prince is thought to be the reborn version of the legendary figure, Azor Ahai. The prophecy specifically uses the word “prince,” but in High Valyrian, the word translates to “prince” or “princess.” Many viewers suspect that Jon Snow is the prince described in the prophecy, but it could very well be Dany. The shooting star that can be seen above the dragons on the gold ring even matches with a quote by Melisandre in the books, adding more evidence that Dany is Azor Ahai.

When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.”

If the prophecy doesn’t become a focal point in the final season of Game of Thrones, it’s still possible the image of the fourth dragon has implications for the final episodes. There has been speculation that other dragons could be hiding in Westeros, possibly even in the crypts of Winterfell. In the books, there are rumors that a dragon laid eggs deep in the crypts by the natural hot springs. Seeing as the crypts are an enormous labyrinth of caverns and passageways, who knows what could be hiding in there. If any dragons are in there, now would be the time for them to come out.

Next: Game of Thrones: Where Melisandre Is (& Why She Has To Return)


2019-04-25 10:04:27

Kara Hedash

Game of Thrones: Bryan Cogman’s Spinoff Show Not Happening

Bryan Cogman’s Game of Thrones spinoff series will not happen. According to the writer-producer, HBO has decided not to move forward with the project. During Game of Thrones’ eight-season run, Cogman wrote 11 episodes, including the latest installment titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” 

Cogman attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, and prior to Game of Thrones, he worked as a writers assistant on the short-lived NBC drama My Own Worst Enemy starring Christian Slater – this coming after he appeared on camera as “Mailman” in two episodes of Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia. By 2011, Cogman received his first Game of Thrones writing credit for the season 1 episode “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things.” Cogman later wrote “What Is Dead May Never Die” for Game of Thrones season 2, and he also wrote the season 3 episode “Kissed by Fire.” Since then, Cogman has written numerous Game of Thrones classics, and his series swan song – the aforementioned “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” – has been praised by fans and critics alike for effectively setting up The Battle of Winterfell, which is one of television’s most-anticipated episodes. 

Related: Game of Thrones Prepares For The Battle of Winterfell in Season 8 Photos

Per THR, Cogman won’t be part of any future Game of Thrones-related projects for HBO. During an interview, Cogman discussed his creative approach for “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” and gave a surprising answer when asked about future Game of Thrones projects. He said, “My prequel show is not happening and will not happen… I’m working with Amazon now and helping them out with their shows.”

In September 2017, Cogman was officially attached to a Game of Thrones prequel series, one that’s entirely different than the upcoming spinoff The Long Night. During the THR interview, Cogman notes that he’d previously been developing a show with franchise creator George R.R. Martin, but states that “HBO decided to go a different way.” Incidentally, Cogman is now done with Game of Thrones, at least from a professional aspect, as “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” marks his last writing credit, along with his last producing credit. As a whole, Cogman co-produced 39 Game of Thrones episodes. For Disney+, Cogman wrote the upcoming movie adaptation The Sword in the Stone, which is based on the King Arthur legend.

For HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series The Long Night, Jane Goldman wrote the pilot episode. Previously, she’s written feature films like Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, along with the entire Kingsman franchise. Last October, George R. R. Martin revealed The Long Night as the show’s title, and Josh Whitehouse was cast as the male lead in October. Naomi Watts and Miranda Richardson have also been cast in The Long Night. 

After such a spectacular Game of Thrones episode, the news of Cogman’s departure may be upsetting for many franchise fans. However, when considering the turbulent production history of Game of Thrones’ original pilot episode – which never aired – HBO’s primary goal for The Long Night will be to produce a pilot that will resonate with fans and set up the series as a whole. Moving forward, perhaps HBO will enlist Cogman for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series.

More: Game Of Thrones’ Latest Episode Was The Best In Years

Source: THR


2019-04-25 08:04:10

Q.V. Hough

Game Of Thrones: 25 Strange Things That Happened Before The First Episode

The last Game of Thrones season is right around the corner. In fact, fans have been patiently waiting for its return. They’re eager to see how the show will end. On the other hand, fans are sad to see the show go. Of course, fans watch the show closely and don’t miss a thing. They catch each hint and clue. A lot has gone on in the show. At the same time, a lot happened before the first episode. The show has a rich history that impacts current events.

The show has a loyal and large fan base. Since the start, there have been many questions. Indeed, there have been many strange events. For instance, Jon Snow coming back to life or Bram time traveling. It sometimes feels that things can’t get any stranger. Of course, anything can happen in the show. Nobody is safe. Well, there were many strange events before the show. In fact, those past events help explain a lot.

The history of Westeros and Essos is vast. It includes great wars, peaceful kings, dragons, giants and mad kings. The history is dark and sad at times. It also has some brighter moments of peace and happiness. The show’s myth and history are just as interesting as the show itself. In fact, it’s crucial to the show. It’s time to take a closer look at the Seven Kingdoms, The Free Cities, The Wall, and beyond. Here’s Game Of Thrones: 25 Strange Events That Happened Before The First Episode.

25 The Dawn Age

The Dawn Age goes back roughly 8,000 years. During that time, no humans lived on Westeros. Living there were only the non-human Children of the Forest and Giants. A small number of Giants still exist. The Children of the Forest were small creatures with magic skills. The prayed to the Old Gods and carved their images in the woods. In fact, they built small hidden villages in the trees. There is very little information from the Dawn Age. Soon the First Men arrive and start a war with The Children.

24 The Regin Of Aegon The Unworthy

There have been many kings in the history of the Seven Kingdoms. Some kings had a peaceful reign that brought happiness to the world. Then there’s King Aegon IV or Aegon The Unworthy. He’s the worst Targaryen king in the history of the world. He was king from 172 to 184 AC. In fact, he might be the worst of them all. He was mean, vindictive, and petty. He could have treated his people and family better. His time as king is a low point in history.

23 The Tales Of Dunk And Egg

The Tales of Dunk and Egg is a prequel series that takes place before the show. In fact, it takes place 90 years before the show itself. The tale also exists in the show. It follows the adventures of Ser Duncan The Tall and his Squire Aegon “Egg” Targaryen. Egg later becomes King Aegon V or Aegon the Unlikely. They go on many adventures during a time of great tensions in the Seven Kingdoms. Dunk and Egg meet during a tournament and begin their adventures. Eventually, Aegon becomes King and Dunk becomes the Lord Commander of the Kinghtsguard. Their story ends at the Tragedy of Summerhall.

22 The Great Spring Sickness

The Great Spring Sickness was a plague that swept across Westeros. The sickness wiped out a good portion of the Seven Kingdoms. King’s Landing lost the most amount of life. The only two areas that avoided the sickness were the Vale and Dorne. They were able to keep people and the sickness out. Dunk and Egg go on many adventures during that time. They’re able to avoid the sickness by hiding out in Dorne. Unfortunately, the rest didn’t have that choice. The sickness features in the Dunk and Egg story.

21 Slaves Rebel And Found Braavos

To the east of Westeros is Essos. It now consists of the nine Free Cities but at a time was under Valyrian control. In 500 BC, slaves rebel against their Valyrian master and take over the fleet. They sail to the furthers point and end up in a lagoon. Large mountains and trees hide the area. It’s a series of connected tiny islands. The slaves create the secret city of Braavos. Eventually, they come out of hiding. The city also includes the Iron Bank.

20 Old Ghis’s Burned To Ashes By Dragon Fire And Never Rebuilt

The Ghiscari Empire ruled over Essos some 5,000 years ago. They built many great structures and were firmly in control. The city of Old Ghis was the center of their power. Of course, that all changes when the Valyrian find dragons. They soon defeat the empire and take control of Essos. In fact, they even burn Old Ghis to the ground. They poison the soil and sea to ensure it never raises again. The empire crumbles and the city fades away. It simply becomes a memory.

19 Aegon V Arranges Marriages For His Kids

King Aegon V had his good and bad times. He was good to his people but it didn’t always work out. For instance, he planned a series of arranged marriages for his kids. Of course, it was really about politics. He was trying to secure his power. Well, his kids had other plans. Instead, they all marry for love. In fact, he also married for love so was powerless to stop his kids. Clearly, he was happy for his kids. At the same time, it weakens his rule.

18 Aegon V Lowers Taxes

Turns out that it doesn’t take a big betrayal to start a war. In fact, Westeros is just like any other place. Indeed, dragons and giants aren’t the problems. The real issues are taxes. Aegon V’s reign was a good time for the Seven Kingdoms. However, there was a conflict. At one point, Aegon lowered taxes on the poor and raised taxes for the rich. It only made him more popular with the poor. Of course, the rich didn’t like that. Eventually, it turned several rich nobles against him.

17 The King Of The Wall

During the Age of Heroes, The Lord Commander of The Wall proclaims himself King of The Wall. In addition, he fell in love with a woman from beyond the wall. History implies that it might have been a white walker. He soon earns the title the Night’s King, which is not the same as the Night King. The Night’s King and Queen held strange rituals and sacrifices. Eventually, people began to fear them. The King Beyond The Wall and the Stark King in the North teamed up. They defeat the Night’s King and restore order.

16 The Tale Of The Rat Cook

The tale of the Rat Cook is a myth in the Seven Kingdoms. It’s a story of a king that visits the then main castle of the Wall, the Nightfort. Somehow, the King offended the cook so he decides to get revenge. He bakes the King an alarming pie that really hits home. The gods punish the cook by turning him into a big white rat. To be clear, the gods did not turn him into a rat for baking that disgusting pie. In fact, it was because he was a terrible host. Arya Stark bakes a similar pie in the show.

15 The Dance Of Dragons

The Dance of Dragons is the first full-scale civil war in the history of the Seven Kingdoms. In fact, it’s the first war that has dragons on both sides. It took place from 129 to 131 AC, which is about 170 years before the War of the Five Kings. It was a war between two rival Targaryan factions. Rhaenyra Targaryen was the only heir to the throne but the Kingdoms never had a Queen before. Instead, King Aegon II took control with a coup. Eventually, he let his dragon take care of the would-be Queen.

14 A Stark Won Bear Island In A Wrestling Match

There have been many great wars in the Seven Kingdoms. Not all wars have dragons and giants. The Stark’s have always been a powerful family in the North. At times, they’ve even been the Kings of the North. Of course, they’re also loyal when there’s one ruling King of the Seven Kingdoms. The Starks always end up in interesting situations. During the Age of Heroes, Rodrik Stark beat an iron-born for control of Bear Island in a wrestling match. The Starks then gave Bear Island to House Mormont. There are worse ways to win an island.

13 Nagga The Sea-Dragon

The Iron Islands are like a separate world from the Seven Kingdoms. In fact, they have their own culture and religion. They pray to the drowned god and are the only ones too. Of course, dragons are part of almost every myth and story. As a matter of fact, the Iron Islands have sea dragons. Nagga The Sea-Dragon is the first sea dragon in the Iron Islands history. According to legend, the Grey King beat Nagga and built a great hall out of the bones. Indeed, he uses her fire to warm the hall.

12 Aegon III Dislikes Dragons

The Targaryen’s are famous for using dragons in battle. In fact, dragons are a big part of the culture. At one point, they were the only ones to have dragons. Indeed, they used three dragons to conquer Westeros. Turns out not all of them liked dragons. In fact, King Aegon III disliked dragons. As a young boy, he witnesses a dragon end his mother’s life. Therefore, he disliked and was afraid of dragons. The last remaining dragons didn’t survive his reign. In fact, he gets the blame for dragons becoming extinct. He attempted to hatch the last dragon eggs but failed. He earned the title Aegon The Dragonbane.

11 The Targaryen’s Can’t Conquer Dorne

From 2 BC to 1 AC, the Targaryen’s conquered Westeros and created the Seven Kingdoms. They would rule over the Seven Kingdoms for three centuries. At first, it was just the Six Kingdoms. That’s because they couldn’t conquer Dorne. The area’s hidden behind mountains and giant trees. Therefore, the Dornish were able to win using guerilla tactics. In fact, they were never able to defeat Dorne, even with dragons. In the end, they joined in through marriage. When dragons don’t work, marriage will.

10 Peaceful Shepherds Discover Dragons

In 6,000 BC, The Ghriscal Empire ruled over peaceful shepherds. Of course, that would soon change. Shepherds were busy working when they made a startling discovery. They found dragons lairing in the 14 Fires Volcanoes. Soon the shepherds would use magic to tame the beasts. This was the birth of the Valyrian Freehold. They use the dragons to rise up against the Ghriscal and destroy the empire. They went on to conquer all of Essos. The myth of dragons became very real only to become a myth again.

9 Lann The Clever

Lann The Clever is an infamous trickster during the Age of Heroes. According to legend, he tricked House Casterley out of their castle. To be fair, there are different tales of how he really did it. For example, one story claims he infested the castle with rats or lions. Another story claims he snuck into the castle and caused mayhem. He turned the members of the house against each other through pranks. It’s also possible that he simply marries into the family. He’s also the founder of House Lannister.

8 The Long Night

In 8, 000 BC, The Long Night hit the world. The winter season lasted an entire generation and destroyed all the fields and crops. In fact, most of it was all buried in snow. Of course, that wasn’t the worst of it. The white walkers emerged and attempted to bring a permanent winter. They also put an end to life. This resulted in the War of the Dawn. The Children and the First Men joined to defeat the white walkers. They were able to send them to the north most part of the world.

7 Children Of The Forest Disappear

As noted, there was a time when the Children of the Forest were the only ones living in Westeros. However, they were still a small population. The war with the First Men and later the White Walkers cost The Children a great deal of life. Eventually, they started to disappear and became extinct. In fact, in the show, there is only one in the world. Aside from the wars, there isn’t an explanation to why they disappeared. Initially, they simply went into hiding and become a myth.

6 The Doom Of Valyria

In 200 BC, The Targaryan’s took control of Dragonstone. They were a powerful family in the Valyria Freehold. They move to Dragonstone to run it for the Freehold. Aenar Targaryen moved his family because of a vision he had. He saw a horrible event that would cause a great deal of destruction. His vision ends up right. In 100 BC, The Fourteen Fires Volcanoes erupt destroying Valryia and the Freehold. The Targaryans are the only surviving family of the Valyrian Freehold. In fact, they’re also the only ones with dragons. This leads to the conquest.

5 Aegon The Conqueror Invades Westeros

As noted, from 2 BC to 1 AC, Aegon The Conqueror invades Westeros. He flew in on three dragons with his wives and unified six of the seven kingdoms. They would go on to rule for three centuries. However, Aegon did this instead of helping the Free Cities in Essos. The Valyrian Freehold lost all of its power and the people were in need of help. Aegon put Essos behind him and began a new quest. They defeated the most powerful families and even the Starks fell in line. It’s a bit odd that Aegon wouldn’t help the Free Cities.

4 The Building Of The Wall

The Wall is one of the most famous structures in the Seven Kingdoms. It’s 700 feet tall and stretches 300 miles along the Northern border. The Wall consists of solid ice.  It separates the Kingdom from the wildlings beyond the wall. Of course, the original intent was to keep the White Walkers out. Bran The Builder built The Wall in 8,000 BC after the Long Night. According to legend, he built the wall using magic, giants, and manual labor. This leads to the creation of The Night’s Watch to maintain and protect The Wall. Bran went on to found House Stark and build Winterfell. However, The Wall is his greatest achievement.

3 The Legend Of Azor Ahai

Azor Ahai is a mythical figure in history. According to legend, he led the army to defeat The White Walkers and put an end to The Long Night. He’s one of the greatest heroes to live. With his famous sword Lightbringer he was able to defeat the enemy. As the story goes, Azor Ahai is to be reborn and once again save the world from the White Walkers. It’s also possible that he’s the Prince That Was Promised. As a matter of fact, there’s a good chance this myth will come true.

2 The Children Create White Walkers And Lose Control

As noted, the first true war was between The Childen and The First Men. It was a costly war for both sides but The Children were clearly losing. With no options left they create the first White Walker. The idea was to use the White Walkers to defeat the humans. However, The Children lost control of the White Walkers and they turn against them. The Children and the First Men came together to defeat the White Walkers. They agreed to a pact when they realized they had a common enemy. It wouldn’t be until much later that Bran Stark discovers The Children create The White Walkers.

1 The Reign Of The Mad King

King Aerys II is the final Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne. They had ruled the Seven Kingdoms for three centuries. His reign as king started on a positive note but soon it fell apart. He became so paranoid that it earned him the nickname The Mad King. He began making irrational decisions and trusted nobody even the Hand of the King. Then his son Rhaegar Targaryen apparently stole Lyanna Stark. This set off Robert’s Rebellion. Of course, Rhaegar and Lyanna were in love and secretly marry. At the same time, The Mad King lost complete control. He set in motion a plan to burn King’s Landing to the ground. However, Jamie Lannister stopped him. The Mad King’s only surviving heirs is his daughter Daenerys and grandson, Jon Snow.


2019-04-25 06:04:56

Dave Bath

Game Of Thrones Season 8 Is Being Hurt By Its Bad Romances

Game of Thrones is nearly halfway through its final season, and its emphasis on romance has become somewhat of a problem. While there have been some amazing moments so far – Jon Snow riding a dragon and Brienne being knighted – the first two episodes of Game of Thrones season 8 have contained lots of exposition and not a lot of action.

There have been no major losses, and almost nothing has been seen of the Army of the Dead so far (with the exception of several White Walkers showing up at Winterfell). Instead of great fight scenes and shocking deaths, there has been a lot more comedy than fans are used to… and a lot more romance, as well.

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

Of course, Game of Thrones has never shied away from romance – since the beginning, sex scenes and partnerships have been just as important as battles. Issues of marriage and birth are central to the story, and weddings have made some of the most shocking scenes in the entire series. However, this season, the romance is starting to feel a lot less organic and a lot more problematic.

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Incest is something of an issue with Game of Thrones – and Jon and Daenerys’ relationship is definitely causing some consternation in the fandom. While it’s not the only incestuous pairing, it’s the only one that the viewer is supposed to like; Jaime and Cersei, from the start, were shown as incestuous to show how terrible they were. And now, as Jaime has grown to become a good guy, he’s left his sister (and their creepy family) behind. With Jon and Dany, though, fans have been encouraged to root for the aunt/nephew romance from the start… and while many will argue that this is simply the Targaryen way, or common to royals throughout history, there is no escaping the bad taste it leaves in the audience’s mouth.

This relationship is now in jeopardy, of course, because Jon has revealed his true Targaryen name to Danerys. However, even this potential split is not because Daenerys was shocked to find herself a little too close to her nephew, but because it gives him a stronger claim to the Iron Throne than hers. Rather than seeing him as a lover or a family member, Daenerys’ reaction was all about Jon being a rival – which, even for a Targaryen, is surely not the only thing that would be shocking about this kind of reveal. Throw in a lack of real chemistry between Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington (especially compared to their chemistry with Jason Momoa and Rose Leslie, respectively), and this relationship just isn’t all it should be.

The other relationship that has been a big focus in the first two episodes of the season is a brand new one, between Arya and Gendry. Some fans are thrilled about this (not least because a Stark and a Baratheon finally got together), but others are less pleased about how it has been handled. Arya and Gendry were only reunited in the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere, after a considerable amount of time spent apart. While they may have both grown up considerably in that time, it’s difficult to forget that the last time Gendry saw Arya, she was very much still a little girl – and one posing as a boy, as well.

Related: Why Arya & Gendry Should End Up Together

Taking these two from a fairly casual friendship that arose because they were thrown together, straight to a romance after only a couple of scenes together, feels very forced. This relationship hasn’t been given time to develop, and Arya hasn’t been developed as a character ready for a relationship, either. Since the very first season, her role has always been emphasized as that of a little sister (whether literally or metaphorically), and while she’s certainly old enough for a relationship by the standards of Westeros, it’s jarring to see her take this leap so quickly – even taking into account the way that imminent death might speed things up.

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While Jon/Dany and Arya/Gendry are hardly the first romantic pairings in Game of Thrones, they are the first to feel quite so problematic – and to take Game of Thrones closer to soap opera than fantasy. In the past, relationships have either come out of necessity (plenty of marriages take place for political reasons), or they have seemed to appear organically. There have even been plenty of relationships that have simply been hinted at for multiple episodes, or even seasons, and have been more satisfying for it.

Brienne and Jaime (even Brienne and Tormund) have been slowly building for years, and should this come to fruition, it will be so much better than if the two had got together at the start. Missandei and Grey Worm, and Sam and Gilly, are also couples that grew slowly into being, so that by the time they actually happened, it worked. This is the kind of relationship that Game of Thrones does best – a slow burn to a triumphant romance, and the final season of the show seems to be moving away from that, and onto something more melodramatic than truly satisfying.

Now that the big battles are starting with the Battle of Winterfell, it’s time for Game of Thrones to ditch the romances – or at least, move them to the back burner. Thankfully, this is almost guaranteed to happen, even if it breaks the heart of every viewer along the way.

Jon and Daenerys are almost guaranteed to split following the big Aegon Targaryen reveal, which may well be setting Dany up as the villain for the final episodes. And while it may disappoint some to lose the possibility of Jon and Daenerys sitting atop the Iron Throne together, this schism will (thankfully) mean that there are no more incestuous pairings to watch. Arya and Gendry are also unlikely to get a happy ending – although it’s certainly possible, Game of Thrones is exactly the kind of series that will set up a new happy couple only to tear them apart. Should both survive the Battle of Winterfell, they may actually go the distance, but fans are expecting a bloodbath, so it’s unlikely.

Plenty of the less problematic love stories are also unlikely to make it to the second half of the series, as many fans believe that Jorah Mormont, Sam or Gilly, and Grey Worm are going to be on the chopping block in episode 3. Grey Worm, especially, seems to have sealed his fate by talking about his plans for the future with Missandei – the Game of Thrones version of going into the basement to find out what that strange noise was in a horror movie.

All of which means that should the Battle of Winterfell go the way that fans expect, it looks like the issues that the series is having with romances in the first two episodes are due to be wiped out, and everyone can get back to regular scheduled politics and tragedy. However, Game of Thrones has definitely been doing something different with this season so far, so all we can do is hope.

Next: Game of Thrones: 13 Unanswered Questions After Season 8, Episode 2


2019-04-25 04:04:47

Rose Moore

The 15 Worst Episodes Of Game Of Thrones According To IMDB (And The 10 Best)

Game Of Thrones is a very lucky fantasy drama. Unlike many of its genre brethren, like the more sci-fi LOST or Battlestar Galactica, its episodes don’t polarize its fan-base. The series is almost universally loved by those who watch it around the world, making it a surprisingly popular part of pop culture, despite airing on a premium cable network.

Even the most popular television shows aren’t perfect. For every outstanding episode, there’s going to be one that doesn’t hit with fans. Issue of pacing, or cramming too much story into an hour, or unpopular characters taking center stage, can cause fans to turn on an episode even when it’s a critical success.

Thanks to sites like the Internet Movie Database, fans and critics alike can rate episodes on a scale of one (the worst) to ten (the best.) With tens of thousands giving their feedback for a single episode, the ratings provide a good metric for measuring which of hours of Game Of Thrones are really best – or worst.

On IMDB, the best Game Of Thrones episodes have a 9.9, while the worst have an 8.1. That’s not a huge gap in quality, so an episode of Game Of Thrones called one of “the worst” is a pretty pleasing hour of television. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up The 15 Worst Episodes Of Game Of Thrones According To IMDB (And The 10 Best.)

25 Worst: S3E07 The Bear And The Maiden Fair (8.8)

Not the absolute worst of episodes, the season three episode “The Bear And The Maiden Fair” still ranks among the lowest ten. While it doesn’t appear that anyone truly hated it, the episode doesn’t have the same punch as others in the season.

Set near the end of its season, the episode worked more as a bridge between episodes than as its own story. It followed Jaime deciding to help Brienne, Tyrion dealing with the consequences of his engagement to Sansa, and a whole lot of people trying to make decisions. Ratings among IMDB users stand at 8.8, so it’s still respectable, but not a standout.

24 Best: S4E02 The Lion And The Rose (9.7)

In season four, Margaery Tyrell and Joffrey Baratheon finally married. Their houses were joined in “The Lion And The Rose,” and many fans and critics alike labeled it as one of the best episodes of the series so far.

More than 38,000 IMDB uses rated the episode, averaging a 9.7. The episode wasn’t big on battle scenes or dragons, but instead on political intrigue. Moments that should have been boring remained tense as the audience waited for the other shoe to drop. When the episode culminated in Joffrey’s poisoning, fans couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

23 Worst: S1E02 The Kingsroad (8.8)

Most television shows can struggle to find their footing in their first few hours. While Game of Thrones had a solid first episode, it’s second misses the mark by just a tad. Like many of the episodes that fans find fall short, “The Kingsroad” is a transition episode.

A lot of the episode requires main characters to spend their time on feet (or horse) traveling to a new location. The audience was introduced to a lot of new locales, new characters, and new plot pieces moving into place very quickly. It left little time to catch up, but also didn’t grip the audience like the pilot did.

22 Best: S2E09 Blackwater (9.7)

As season two of Game Of Thrones drew to a close, the battle for King’s Landing came to a head. Stannis Baratheon’s ships came to town and battled the Lannister soldiers under Tyrion’s command. The decision to focus the storyline of the hour solely on King’s Landing proved a very positive one.

Despite so much of the episode happening in the dead of night, and in questionable lighting, “Blackwater” was a hit with many fans because of its thriller sensibilities. The stillness of the water and the confidence of Stannis’ men was dashed by Tyrion’s “wildfire.” Sansa learned what came with invasion from a blunt Cersei. Audiences were captivated.

21 Worst: S7E01 Dragonstone (8.7)

With the debut of season seven, fans knew that Game Of Thrones neared its logical conclusion. As a result, expectations for the premiere, “Dragonstone,” were very high.

While fans loved Daenerys making her homecoming and Arya getting revenge, most criticisms of the episode lie in other directions. Plenty of fans dislike that Sansa and Jon can’t see the same threats coming (which is still a concern a season later.) That, however, wasn’t what landed the episode in the worst slot. Instead, that was the result of a cameo by singer Ed Sheeran. Fans found his cameo distracting instead of adding to the episode, ranking it with an 8.7.

20 Best: S4E10 The Children (9.7)

Season four went out with a bang – or rather, it went out with several. The season finale, “The Children,” marked the end for several characters the audience grew to know over the previous four years.

The many losses proved that even this far into the series, it could still surprise people. Tyrion disposed of both his father and Shae, while Bran and Arya both made decisions about their future. A huge highlight of the episode for many was the match between Brienne and the Hound, which many fans praised as one of the best fight sequences they’d ever seen. The episode remains a fan favorite.

19 Worst: S6E07 The Broken Man (8.7)

Helping to wind down season six of Game Of Thrones, “The Broken Man” was another transition episode in a long line of mixed-reviewed transition episodes. The episode served to put pieces in place for future story-lines, but it didn’t deliver the standout sequences viewers knew the show for.

The bright spot in the episode for most viewers? The introduction of Lyanna Mormont. The young leader quickly became a fan favorite for those who worry about the uneven treatment of women throughout the series.

18 Worst: S5E05 Kill The Boy (8.7)

By and large, critical reception of the season five episode “Kill The Boy” was favorable, which is why it’s a bit surprising that it landed among the 15 worst Game Of Thrones episodes.

Though fans largely enjoy the rise of Daenerys to a capable leader and Jon Snow learning how to secure his own future, it’s likely the Ramsay Bolton of it all that drops the rating among IMDB users. Ramsay is a character the audience loves to hate, largely as a result of his treatment of Sansa Stark, and this episode only scratched the surface of how controlling he would be.

17 Best: S4E06 The Laws Of Gods And Men (9.7)

Season four still ranks highly for a lot of viewers out of all eight seasons. It featured several strong stories, but it also featured performances that could carry entire episodes. It’s one of those performances that sees “The Laws Of Gods And Men” as one of the best episodes of the series.

While the episode features other story-lines, the standout is the trial of Tyrion Lannister for the poisoning of his nephew. Though he maintains his innocence, the audience watched as character after character gave testimony against him until he finally lashed out at everyone. It was a great character driven episode.

16 Worst: S3E02 Dark Wings, Dark Words (8.7)

When a series relies on political machinations as much as it does effects spectacles, slow moving episodes can make some fans antsy. The early season three episode “Dark Wings, Dark Words” is one of them.

This episode doesn’t have those water-cooler moments to get people talking. Slower pacing of the plot also put some people off. There are important events in the episode – like the introduction of a few new characters. Most of the audience didn’t care if Theon Greyjoy was captured or if Margaery Tyrell found out the extent of Joffrey’s cruelty just yet though.

15 Worst: S1E03 Lord Snow (8.7)

Not very many season one episodes make this list. Like the episode before it though, episode three “Lord Snow,” does land among the worst. Of course, it does it with an 8.7 ranking from IMDB users, so at its worst, it’s still better than most dramas fans rank online.

“Lord Snow” primarily focused on Jon Snow’s first interactions with the men at the Wall. His deciding to train those who didn’t have his upbringing is admirable, but hardly the highlight of the episode. In an hour focused largely on backstory and exposition, the highlight was Arya getting to take sword fighting lessons. All of that exposition would eventually pay off, but for viewers first starting the series, it didn’t feel like it.

14 Best: S6E05 The Door (9.7)

If you’re a Game Of Thrones fan who wanted Hodor’s backstory, the season six episode “The Door” gave it to you, and then broke your heart. The emotional punch of the episode made many fans love it, and earned it a 9.7 rating on IMDB.

In addition to Hodor’s heartbreaking backstory, the episode also opened up more of the show’s mythology as we found out more of what Brans’ abilities allowed him to do. The threat of the White Walkers became more prominent, while Sansa, Daenerys, and Tyrion all had to make critical decision affecting their political futures. It provided movement all around.

13 Worst: S5E03 High Sparrow (8.7)

Season five proved to be a very divisive season for fans and critics. Interestingly, while the early episode “High Sparrow” proved a hit with critics (earning a 100% in the Rotten Tomatoes aggregate scores,) fans were a bit more disappointed with it. They ranked it at an 8.7 for IMDB.

The episode served to begin bringing together the stories from seemingly far reaches of the Game Of Thrones universe. Arya began her real training, Sansa plotted revenge, Jon achieved a higher standing in the Night’s Watch, and Margaery started making moves against Cersei. That wasn’t enough to satisfy everyone.

12 Worst: S5E02 The House Of Black And White (8.6)

The episode prior to “High Sparrow,” called “The House Of Black And White,” actually disappointed some fans even more. Its rating dropped to an 8.6.

This episode was all about characters making difficult decisions, but perhaps those decisions weren’t enough for some fans. A standout was actually Sam’s speech getting Jon elected to the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, but perhaps this is one episode where fans wished for more Jon Snow? There were many separate stories going on other than his, and not many of them started weaving together until the end.

11 Best: S7E04 The Spoils Of War (9.8)

With season seven, fans knew that more and more characters who were apart for years would have to interact again. After all, the series was almost over. In the fourth episode, “The Spoils of War,” those reunions, as well as some new interactions, made it one of the best episodes of the series at a 9.8.

The episode sees Jon Snow and Daenerys learn a bit of Westeros history, Arya reunite with two of her siblings, and Jaime face off against a dragon in battle. Fans waited six years to see Arya and Sansa finally in the same room, and they weren’t disappointed. Likewise, seeing Daenerys and Drogon battle Jaime Lannister’s forces was a sequence people kept talking about.

10 Worst: S6E01 The Red Woman (8.6)

While the season six premiere is a relatively solid hour of television when compared to other fantasy-dramas, it is among the worst of the Game Of Thrones fare for a particular reason. Those fans who love the novels find that the storyline for Dorne just didn’t make any sense.

Events in Dorne happened very quickly in this particular storyline, eliminating characters who actually had a large presence in the books. It confused those who used the books as a blueprint of the series. At least the reveal of Melisandre AKA “The Red Woman” being truly ancient gave fans an interesting look into her character.

9 Worst: S5E01 The Wars To Come (8.6)

The season five premiere of Game Of Thrones is another case of a solid episode with a lot of critical love that fans disagreed with. While the episode initially had an aggregate score of 100% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB users landed it at an 8.6 rating.

It’s not entirely clear what the fans disliked about this particular episode, but as a season premiere, “The Wars To Come” did require setting a lot of plot pieces into place. It’s also possible that because so many people loved the season four finale, they were simply hoping for more when the show returned.

8 Best: S6E10 The Winds Of Winter (9.9)

The season six finale marked one of four nearly perfect episodes – at least according to IMDB users. It scored a 9.9 (as did the final three “best” episodes on this list.) “The Winds Of Winter” was like wish fulfillment for so many characters and fans.

Daenerys finally got her alliance and set sail for Westeros, Arya took her revenge on the Frey family, the North declared Jon Snow their king, and Cersei made a major play for the Iron Throne. Because the episode featured so many turning points for so many characters, fans were immediately anticipating season seven.

7 Worst: S2E02 The Night Lands (8.6)

Like many of the worst Game Of Thrones episodes, the season two episode “The Night Lands” features both a lot happening – and nothing happening. The episode was similar to the season one hour “The Kingsroad” in terms of content and pacing.

That similarity meant there were a lot of separate stories going on, and none of them seemed to link together. Daenerys waited for her messengers, Jon Snow learned what the Craster family did with their sons, but more interesting than any of that was the brief moment where Arya opened up to someone. She told Gendry her real identity after learning he knew her father.

6 Worst: S6E08 No One (8.5)

As season six wound down, there were quite a few plot points that needed to be put to bed in order for story to move forward. “No One” was the episode that attempted to do that.

The episode brought an end to Arya’s time with the Faceless Men, saw Brienne and Jaime both fail at their real missions, and had Cersei prepare to “pay” for her crimes. The episode wasn’t one of the flashier hours of the series, and perhaps that’s why people were a bit disappointed with it, ranking it at 8.5. To have so many arcs end anticlimactically was a surprise.

Of course, one of the worst episodes came before one of the best.

5 Best: S6E09 Battle Of The Bastards (9.9)

One pattern fans noticed in the tail end of the seasons is that just before the finale episode, plenty of battles and tragic losses must occur in Game Of Thrones. That’s certainly true in the season six episode “Battle Of The Bastards” as well.

While there was plenty of tragedy to go around as many characters had their final episode, there were also a lot of turning points for characters. Sansa proved herself by bringing Jon Snow reinforcements and getting revenge on Ramsay Bolton. Daenerys got to take out a major threat with the help of her dragons. Yara Greyjoy found herself a new alliance. The episode became a favorite with its cinematic action sequences and its women on top.

4 Worst: S6E06 Blood Of My Blood (8.5)

Despite some stellar episodes in season six, there were quite a few that just missed the mark. The mid-season hour “Blood Of My Blood” was one of them at an 8.5.

While there were some fans who enjoyed getting to see what Sam’s home life was like, the majority weren’t all that interested in him taking Gilly home to meet the parents. The episode also provided a lot of scenes with characters making plans and talking about what they were about to do without actually doing anything. As a result, it provided a bit of a disappointment.

3 Best: S5E08 Hardhome (9.9)

One time it seemed that critics and fans could agree on an excellent hour of television was in season five’s “Hardhome.” The episode earned perfect marks from critics at The AV Club and IGN. IMDB users ranked it nearly as high with a 9.9.

The episode followed a string of hours providing set up, so its action sequences provided some much needed payoff. The Night King and his army of White Walkers taking on the Night Watch and the Wildlings was a sight to behold.

Of course, just two episodes earlier, the show hit its low with the worst episode according to IMDB.

2 Worst: S5E06 Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (8.1)

If there’s any episode of Game Of Thrones that is nearly universally hated, it might be this one. During the middle of season five, the series delivered fans “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” and the vast majority of fans didn’t like what they got, and IMDB users gave it an 8.1 as a result.

The episode itself had a lot of other things going on, but it’s most remembered for the assault of Sansa Stark. Season five began promising big things for all of its female characters, and while it delivered for some, it turned its back on others. In fact, for Sansa’s pivotal scene, the show literally did that – not even giving the audience Sansa’s point of view of her attack, but instead, focusing on those observing her, further disappointing fans.

1 Best: S3E09 The Rains Of Castamere (9.9)

While fans of the books on which the series is based expected the “Red Wedding” to happen at some point in the series, the season three episode still provided them with an emotional punch. Because of that, “The Rains Of Castamere” is a favorite for those familiar with the books, as well as those who’ve never read them.

There were plenty of other plot pieces set in motion for other characters, but the bulk of the praise for the episode lands on Catelyn and Robb Stark attending a wedding that ended in a massacre. The performances of Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden were fantastic and losing both characters (as well as numerous others) in one fell swoop proved anything goes on Game Of Thrones.

Do you agree with these IMDB rankings? Or should there be a whole different set of Game Of Thrones episodes at the top and bottom of the pack? Let us know in the comments.


2019-04-25 04:04:01

Amanda Bruce

Game Of Thrones Dropped Big Clues To Cersei’s Death Prophecy

While Game of Thrones didn’t specifically adapt the valonqar prophecy into the show’s canon, it’s looking more and more likely that’s the way things will play out. A throwaway line from Tyrion in season 8, episode 2 and some depressing military statistics delivered by Jaime feel like the foreshadowing of another round of Lannister kinslaying.

The Game of Thrones season 5 premiere, ” The Wars to Come,” opens with the series’ first (and only, if you don’t count Bran’s visions) flashback. In it, an arrogant, teenage Cersei visits a witch on Lannister lands and demands a fortune. She gets far more than she bargained for when the witch accurately predicts that Cersei will have three children each of whom will die. Something similar happened in A Feast for Crows, Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire, with Cersei remembering the interaction; but, in this case, the witch tells the future queen that not only will she bury her children, she’ll also die by the hands of the valonqar, High Valyrian for “little brother.”

Because Game of Thrones noticeably chose to exclude this portion of the prophecy when adapting the sequence, there’s been a significant amount of speculation regarding whether or not Cersei would, in fact, die at the hands of one of her brothers (strangulation, to be specific). But “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” included some elements that imply they’re still moving in that direction.

When Tyrion and Jaime walk the battlements of Winterfell, Tyrion remarks that “At least Cersei won’t get to murder me. I’m sure I’ll feel some satisfaction denying her that pleasure, while I’m being ripped apart by dead men. Maybe after I’m dead, I’ll march down to King’s Landing and rip her apart.” It’s a jape typical of Tyrion, but given what we know about the valonqar prophecy and Tyrion and Cersei’s mutual distaste for each other, it’s a pretty pointed joke for Cersei’s littlest brother to make. It’s unlikely the conclusion of Game of Thrones includes an undead Tyrion choking his sister to death, but it would be satisfying on several levels if he were instrumental in the death of the sister who’d tried to murder him several times over.

But beyond Tyrion aimlessly musing about it, Cersei’s murder – regardless of who commits it – is starting to look like the only option left when it comes to defeating her. Jaime not only brought news of her treachery to Winterfell but also her acquisition of the Golden Company and its 20,000 troops  (more than enough to defeat the survivors of the Night King’s onslaught). Negotiating with the Mad Queen clearly doesn’t work, and odds are, Euron Greyjoy would be just as intractable. And since it’s unlikely Dany and company will be able to defeat her in battle (the dragons haven’t emerged as the superweapons they were alleged to be), the only solution might be an assassination.

That said, now’s a good time to point out that Jaime Lannister is the younger of the Lannister twins having been born just after Cersei famously emerging from the womb grasping her ankle. Technically “little brother” could also refer to him, and Jaime could certainly be forgiven for wanting his twin dead. But that would prove a pretty dark and tragic end for a character whose redemption arc was so beautifully wrought.

Related: Game of Thrones: 13 Unanswered Questions After Season 8, Episode 2

It’s still far too early to call whether or not Cersei will die at the hands of one of her brothers, and to be honest, there are other characters (Arya, Gendry and Sansa would all fit) who would also make for satisfying ends to Cersei’s reign. But considering what a prominent position the valonqar prophecy occupies in the overall mythos of Game of Thrones, it remains a very tempting subject for speculation and would make for a pretty resonant end to her story.

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2019-04-24 02:04:56

Alexandra August