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Monday, 21 August 2017

SuperStar Emilia Clarke of ‘Game of Thrones’ Opens Up About That Shocking Death: ‘It’s a Heartbreak’

Talk about a major loss. Game of Thrones delivered a gut-wrenching death during season 7’s penultimate episode on Sunday, August 20. (Spoiler’s ahead! Stop here if you haven’t watched the latest episode yet.

Emilia Clarke on 'Game of Thrones.'

As Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her three dragons came to Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) rescue beyond the Wall, the Night King took down her beloved Viserion with a massive ice spear before the dragon could take out the rest of the wights. To make matters worse, the Night King resurrected the dragon to join his Army of the Dead in the show’s gripping closing scene, when Viserion’s lids snapped open to reveal icy blue eyes.

“It’s a heartbreak,” Clarke, 30, told Entertainment Weekly of the devastating death that made the Mother of Dragons vow vengeance against the undead. “Not only losing it, but having that being given to the other side. … For the first time, you’re starting to see her defenses broken.”
Daenerys' dragons on 'Game of Thrones.' courtesy of HBO

But the actress found some humor in the situation despite the fact that this means the humans’ battle against the Army of the Dead has become that much harder. After all, it was Viserion, the dragon she named after her late ambitious and somewhat delusional brother, Viserys, who is now Team Night King.

“Of course it’s the rotten egg. Of course you’d turn,” she joked to EW.

The Game of Thrones season 7 finale airs on HBO Sunday, August 27, at 9 p.m. ET.













What to Know About Daenerys Targaryen actress Emilia Clarke; GoT superstar That has a role in the new Star Wars movie

EMILIA Clarke exploded onto the scene as the powerful and beautiful Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.



But what else has the English actress starred in, what roles has she got coming up and who has she been romantically linked with? Here's the lowdown...

 Emilia Clarke has starred in Game Of Thrones since 2011

Emilia Clarke has starred in Game Of Thrones since 2011

Who is Emilia Clarke? What's her background?

Emilia Clarke was born in London on 23 October 1986, which makes her 30 years old.
The actress shot to international fame in 2011 thanks to her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones.
Emilia first took an interest in acting after seeing the musical Show Boat when her father was working as a sound engineer for the production.
Emilia currently splits her tmie between London and Los Angeles as she steps further into the Hollywood A-list.
Speaking to Rolling Stone Magazine in June 2017, Emilia confirmed that she lost her father to cancer on 10 July 2016.
Emilia has frequently spoken out against sexism and gender equality in the film industry.

 Emilia Clarke has landed a string of Hollywood roles since her Game Of Thrones debut
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Emilia Clarke has landed a string of Hollywood roles since her Game Of Thrones debut

Who does Emilia Clarke play in Game Of Thrones?

Emilia Clarke has won rave reviews for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones.
At the show's beginning, Daenerys is an exiled princess who is forced to marry a warlord.
After recieving three dragon eggs as a gift, Daenerys becomes the Mother of Dragons after her husband's death.
Game Of Thrones will return for a seventh series in July 2017, where Daenerys will make a bid to reclaim the Iron Throne.

 Emilia Clarke will star in the upcoming Han Solo origins movie
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Emilia Clarke will star in the upcoming Han Solo origins movie

What else has Emilia Clarke starred in?

Prior to landing the role of Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones, Emilia only had a guest appearance on BBC drama Doctors on her CV.
Emilia has since had cameo roles on Futurama and Robot Chicken.
She's found success on the big screen with Hollywood roles in Terminator Genisys (2013) and Me Before You (2016).
Emilia's set to journey to a galaxy far, far away after landing the female lead role in the Han Solo origins movie. Due for release in 2018, it will be the second Star Wars Anthology movie.
Emilia made her Broadway debut as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany's in March 2013.

 Emilia Clarke had previously been romantically linked to Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harington
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Emilia Clarke had previously been romantically linked to Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harington

Who has Emilia Clarke been romantically linked to?

Emilia dated Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane in 2012 and their relationship lasted six months.
The actress, 30, has also been linked to James Franco, Jared Leto and her Breakfast At Tiffany's co-star, Cory Michael Smith.
Emilia spoke out to deny the James Franco rumours, telling The Guardian: "It's hilarious. He is, of course, beautiful.
"But I feel there's only a handful of women who could form an engagement after two meetings, and I'm not one of them."
Emilia was voted the most desirable woman in the world by AskMen readers in 2014.
At the beginning of her career, there was heavy speculation that Emilia was romantically involved with Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow in the fantasy epic.
However Kit has been in a relationship with former Thrones actress Rose Leslie since 2012.

 Emilia Clarke and Cory Michael Smith grew close during their Broadway stint on Breakfast At Tiffany's
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Emilia Clarke and Cory Michael Smith grew close during their Broadway stint on Breakfast At Tiffany's













Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Just Made a Love Connection That Can't Be Denied

Game of Thrones Season 7's penultimate episode "Beyond the Wall" brought untold misery and distress to Dragonstone, graciously cramming in three minutes of romance at the tail end. We're not bitter though.
Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Just Made a Love Connection That Can't Be Denied

Still distraught over Dany's loss, fans could easily have missed Jonerys' tender moment. It was fleeting and subtle, powerful and intimate, and it pretty much solidified their romantic relationship.
Jon Snow and Daenerys Just Made a Love Connection That Can't Be Denied
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As Jon is tucked in bed and recovering from his battle with the White Walkers, Daenerys sits at his side. He awakens, and it's clear he regrets his actions. He immediately apologizes for the death of Dany's dragon, Viserion. If Jon hadn't gone across The Wall with Jorah Mormont, Beric Dondarion, Thor of Myr, and Tormund, Dany wouldn't have had to rescue them and Viserion would still be breathing.
Surprisingly, however, Daenerys is not mad at Jon. She promises it's okay. While she's clearly grieving, she realizes she couldn't have grasped the gravity of the threat if Jon hadn't shown her. She's not interested in revenge, not now. As a matter of fact, it's the softest we've ever seen the Khaleesi, and miracle of miracles, she's finally letting someone in.
Jon Snow and Daenerys Just Made a Love Connection That Can't Be Denied
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Jon can see Dany is upset. He reaches out to her and grabs her hand, gazing intently into her eyes. She pulls away at first, but as they sit, she realizes she wants to be holding his hand as much as he wants to hold hers. She extends her hand back, placing it on his, and the two sit and stare at each other. This much is for sure: It's not the sort of behavior one would expect from platonic friends.
This scene was, at the very least, proof positive that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are being positioned as love interests. For those who just can't get over their relation, how far they'll go is as yet unclear. If they do somehow discover Daenerys is Jon's aunt, it's possible the flame of their love could be snuffed quicker than an ice spear to a dragon.
Game of Thrones Season 7 concludes August 27, 2017 on HBO.













The Targaryen family Lineage– who's the ‘Mad King’ Aerys, is Jon Snow a Targaryen and when did the dynasty rule Westeros?

AS the battle for the Iron Throne looks set to turn into all-out war in the coming episodes, there's plenty of talk of the old Targaryen rulers of Westeros.
If you're finding all the history a bit confusing, all the background is right here. But be warned! Season 7 spoilers are coming...

 Daenerys could put the Targaryens back on the Iron Throne
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Daenerys could put the Targaryens back on the Iron Throne

Who was the 'Mad King' Aerys Targaryen and why was he overthrown?

Aerys Targaryen is the "Mad King" who was overthrown by Robert Baratheon in a civil war that took place around 17 years before the first book or episode of Game of Thrones.
He was the last Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne after three centuries of rule by the family.
His rule was benevolent at first but the Mad King is legendarily cruel. During his reign he became increasingly paranoid and murderous, using wildfire to burn his enemies alive - as there were no dragons in Westeros then.
Although the Mad King's cruelty is now legend, this is not what caused Robert Baratheon to lead a rebellion against him.
In fact the rebellion started because Aerys's son and heir, Prince Rhaegar, "abducted" Ned Stark's sister Lyanna, leading Houses Stark and Baratheon to rebel. They were later joined by other houses and won a decisive victory over House Targaryen.
The decisive moment in the war saw Aerys's own hand Tywin Lannister join the rebellion against him. While Jaime Lannister got his "Kingslayer" nickname when he put his sword through the king he had sworn to protect as a Kingsguard.
Since the Mad King was overthrown there's been very little stability in the seven kingdoms as myriad dynasties vie for power - from the Lannisters, to the Baratheon brothers, to his own descendants.

 Maester Aemon was in the Night's Watch - but was also Daenerys' great uncle
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Maester Aemon was in the Night's Watch - but was also Daenerys' great uncle

Who are the other Targaryens?

Fans will be interested to know that the Targaryen dynasty interbred to keep their bloodline pure and make their powers more potent.
Daenerys's mother Rhaella Targaryen was also her father's sister, while her brother Viserys once commented that had Daenerys been older she would likely have been betrothed to Rhaegar.
The interbreeding also had the unfortunate side-effect of accentuating the madness that ran in the family - as Cersei Lannister pointed out that half of the Targaryens went mad.
After Robert Baratheon usurped the Iron Throne and vowed to destroy House Targaryen there aren't many descendants left.

 Daenerys Targaryen's brother Viserys, who died in season 1 of Game of Thrones
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Daenerys Targaryen's brother Viserys, who died in season 1 of Game of Thrones

King Aerys was killed by Kingslayer Jaime Lannister after being betrayed. His wife Rhaella was murdered as well.
Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, heir to the Mad King who "abducted" Lyanna Stark and started the war, was killed by Robert in battle.
His wife Elia Martell and children Rhaenys and Aegon were killed by The Mountain, Gregor Clegane.
Game of Thrones viewers have met Daenerys and Viserys Targaryen on-screen. They are the Mad King's children, and siblings to dead Prince Rhaegar.
Aemon Targaryen became the Maester to the Night's Watch, and was not involved in the civil war as he was at Castle Black. He was uncle to Aerys and great uncle to Daenerys before dying peacefully at The Wall.
After Viserys was murdered by the Dothraki, Daenerys is the last surviving Targaryen - in theory.

 Jon Snow has now also been revealed as a Targaryen
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Jon Snow has now also been revealed as a Targaryen

Is Jon Snow a Targaryen?

He's already the King in the North, but Jon Snow could end up being the King of Everything if his true heritage gets out.
Ned Stark told everyone that Jon was his illegitimate son, but it turns out he was just trying to protect his nephew, as Robert Baratheon had sworn to wipe out the Targaryen dynasty.
Jon is actually the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, making him Daenerys's nephew and Sansa and Arya's cousin.
And Gilly's night-time reading during season 7 episode 5 revealed that Rhaegar and Lyanna were actually married, making Jon the legitimate heir to the Targaryen dynasty, above Daenerys - though he bent the knee to his aunt in episode 6.
Perhaps more importantly for the immediate future is how this will affect the obvious romance developing between Jon and his aunt, Daenerys.
We've seen weirder incestuous couples - like the Freys, Craster, and the Lannister twins - but not ones we were actually kind-of rooting for.













Alleged driver in Barcelona attack appeared to be wearing explosive belt--Police

Spanish authorities announced that Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspected driver in a deadly vehicle attack in Barcelona that killed 13 people, was shot and killed Monday. He was wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt at the time, police said.

Earlier this morning, police named Abouyaaqoub as the driver of a van that plowed down Barcelona's crowded Las Ramblas promenade Thursday, killing 13 and injuring many more.










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Authorities say Abouyaaqoub escaped the scene on foot, then carjacked a vehicle, killing the driver, authorities said.
He then ran up against a roadblock south of Barcelona and abandoned the car in Sant Just Desvern, a town not far from the city, authorities said.
This is a breaking story. Please check back for updates.













Man Shot and Wounded Judge near Ohio courthouse; but gunman was killed

A judge walking from his car into the county courthouse was shot by a gunman Monday morning but managed to fire back before a probation officer stepped in and ultimately killed the suspect, authorities said.

Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot at around 8 a.m. near the courthouse in Steubenville, just across the Ohio River from West Virginia's northern panhandle, roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Pittsburgh.



Courthouse video shows both the judge and the gunman firing about five times each, said Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla.

"Whoever thought this could happen here?" Abdalla said, adding that investigators are familiar with the suspect and are checking to see if he had any connection with the judge.

Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis tells WTOV-TV that Bruzzese was talking after being wounded. He was flown to a Pittsburgh-area hospital.

Investigators didn't immediately release further information about the judge's condition or on the suspect. Republican Gov. John Kasich said he was told the judge would survive.

The attack had to be intentional because people know about the reserved spots where judges park, said one of Bruzzese's judicial colleagues.

Judge Joseph Corabi said he and the county's two other judges park in reserved spots next to the courthouse in eastern Ohio. Judges then walk a few feet down what's known as "Courthouse Alley" to a side entrance to the building, said Corabi, the Jefferson County juvenile and probate court judge.

"Everybody knows who parks there. That's why it's not an accident what happened. He was clearly an intended target," Corabi said.

Corabi said Bruzzese is known as an avid hunter. He called him fair, hard-working, well-liked and "a tough son of a gun."

"He is very intelligent and he can cut to the chase," Corabi said. "He spots issues and he resolves the issues."

Bruzzese, 65, hears general and domestic relations cases as one of two judges serving in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court.

Bruzzese has served on that court since 1997, according to Ohio Supreme Court records. He was most recently re-elected in 2014 for another six-year term.

Bruzzese had likely arrived early to review his usual Monday morning batch of legal motions, Corabi said.

Local media reported that the suspect's body could be seen lying next to a car at the drive-thru of a neighboring bank. Police said a man who was in the car with him was taken into custody.

The courthouse was closed for the day as local and state authorities helped secure the scene. Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham told WTOV that some courthouse workers witnessed the "tragic situation" and that people would need time to process what had happened.

The state crime lab will help investigate the shooting, said Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine.

The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court called the attack a "cowardly ambush" and urged court personnel — especially judges — to take extra precautions.

The attack "reminds us all of the very real potential for violence against judges," Maureen O'Connor said. "Violence against judges represents an attack on the Rule of Law, the foundation of our country."














7 Careers Where Women Make More Money Than Men

It's a sad fact that women on average earn just 77 cents for every dollar their male peers take home. But in at least these seven career fields, according to recently released government data, women make more money than men.

The U.S. Census Bureau analyzed salary data from 2014 for working men and women in more than 550 career fields, finding just seven in which women out-earn men. In three fields—including industrial truck and tractor operators, computer and office machine repairers, and biological scientists—women were paid as well as their male peers, leaving more than 500 careers in which women earn significantly less than men.





Here, according to the Bureau, are the careers in which women earn more than men:
1. Tour and travel guides: Women earn 114.8 percent of what their male peers make.
2. Musicians, singers, and related workers: Women earn 107.6 percent of what their male peers make.
3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers: Women earn 107.1 percent of what their male peers make.
4. Dietitians and nutritionists: Women earn 105.7 percent of what their male peers make.
5. Residential advisors: Women earn 100.8 percent of what their male peers make.
6. Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products: Women earn 100.6 percent of what their male peers make.
7. Counselors: Women earn 100.5 percent of what their male peers make.
As for those 500-plus careers in which women's pay lags sadly behind, these seven career fields have the furthest to go to reach pay equality, the statistics show:
1. Financial Specialists: Women earn just 53.7 percent of what their male peers make.
2. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians: Women earn just 56 percent of what their male peers make.
3. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents: Women earn just 57 percent of what their male peers make.
4. Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers: Women earn just 57.4 percent of what their male peers make.
5. Photographic process workers and processing machine operators: Women earn just 58.3 percent of what their male peers make.
6. Financial clerks: Women earn just 61.1 percent of what their male peers make.
7. Personal financial advisers: Women earn just 63.1 percent of what their male peers make.













'Game of Thrones' 7E6 Recap: A Popular Fan Theory About Daenerys' Dragons Was Just Confirmed

Quick Q: You’re stranded on a deserted island (more of a small rock than an island) with water all around you. The water is covered in a thin layer of ice that may or may not hold your weight. Oh, you're also trapped on all sides by an army of undead soldiers. Who would you choose to take with you?


If you didn’t answer Jorah, Tormund, Beric, and Jon Snow...well, you’re wrong. The big action on Game of Thrones this week took place north of the wall and it covered air, land, and sea. So, let’s dive into this extra long episode, shall we?

Let’s start with the fact that things were never going to be great for our merry band of misfits adventuring north of the wall in this episode. We open on them trekking and bonding; Gendry has never seen snow, Tormund reveals how Wildlings keep warm up there, and Beric defends selling Gendry to Melisandre. It would be endearing if we weren’t over here waiting to find out what will go wrong during this misguided expedition—but we don’t have to wait long.

The crew is caught in the winds of winter (not George R.R. Martin’s unreleased sixth book, unfortunately). Visibility is about zero, except they spot that a black blob in the distance is a bear, and Gendry is able to see that the bear has the blue eyes of the dead. That is some good eyesight. They don’t have much time to ponder before a group of undead bears descends. It’s not quite the enemy we expected for this crew, and we meet our first casualty: RIP, Thoros. Your ability to resurrect the dead will not be forgotten.






The group moves on and spots their first two-legged White Walkers near the arrowhead-shaped mountain The Hound saw in his vision. It’s a small traveling group. Team human baits them with a fire. Ultimately, Jon’s Valyrian steel sword is able to defeat most of the group of White Walkers by taking out the leader, which is a pretty nifty fact we learned during this struggle.


Jon dispatches Gendry to Eastwatch to send a Raven to Daenerys (he makes it back to the wall in bad shape, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Gendry has had his fill of snow). The rest of the team essentially has no choice but to forge ahead. The men wrangle their undead loot to bring back to Cersei, and a thundery noise from behind lets us know that the terrifyingly large army of mobilized White Walkers is upon them. Their choice becomes clear: death by ice cold water from the frozen lake in front of them or death by violent undead humans behind (and also in front and on the sides). They opt against certain death on the ice lake and make it to the tiny rock island in the middle, surrounded. It seems like they’re SOL until the weight of the walker army cracks the ice and and large numbers begin to plunge through, which gives pause to the hundreds left on shore. The two sides are caught in a sort of standoff/staring contest and our men don’t seem to have a plan. After a chilly night stranded in the middle of the lake, The Hound kills time by throwing a rock at a jaw-less skeleton man, which provokes him to shuffle over to rock island now that the lake is re-frozen over. His emboldened, undead friends follow—and the epic penultimate episode clash really begins.

Down south, things are a little calmer (and warmer). Before the raven from Eastwatch arrives at Dragonstone, Dany talks to Tyrion about how heroes don’t interest her (heroes do stupid things, then they die), nor does the petty one-upsmanship of men who try to win her heart—and she uses Jon’s quest as an example. Tyrion echoes Jon from a few episodes before talking about being a different kind of ruler and taking things slower and less violent to avoid a “brittle” power. He’s thinking about the long term and who can succeed her as a ruler. Dany is done thinking it seems, and she blames Tyrion’s long-term planning for their early losses. She wants to get on the throne and be part of the action, and she’s fed up with Tyrion giving her shoddy counsel and worrying about old Lannister loyalties. She gets Gendry’s raven, and, if anything, Tyrion’s suggestions and talk push her to take to the skies. He pleas for her to stay and do nothing, which she’s not interested in doing again. This time she flies in a super-chic winter coat version of her go-to look, and with all three of her dragons.

Back north, where she’s headed, the plausibility of the small group of men holding off this giant army for as long as they did is weak at best. Still, we’re cheering for the good guys here, so it was nice to see them prevail. There’s minimal carnage on the living side (as in no major characters die after Thoros), and just when the tables start to turn, we get our first real taste of what’s truly a song of ice and fire. Dany comes in and warms things up with some fire breath, taking out a lot of the army in the process. I had been wondering if dragons were all-weather animals. The answer is a resounding yes.

The crew is about to make a great escape with the team on dragonback, but Jon has to play the martyr and fight off every leftover skeleton coming his way. That leaves enough time for the Night King to whip out his premium version of Cersei’s dragon spear crossbow completely undetected. He nails one of the dragons circling overhead right in the chest like an Olympic javelin thrower (I’m unclear as to which one it was). We now know of something that can definitely kill dragons. This death was a hard one to watch, even for the characters on screen, right down to the slow, tortured slide into the water.

The Night King is ready to lock and load again as Jon considers facing him. He takes one for the team by telling Dany to GTFO. He doesn’t reach the Night King, but he DOES get mauled by a couple of undead soldiers and knocked into the freezing water. Things don’t look great for our King in the North, but you heard Beric: There’s a reason the God of Fire brought him back, and it wasn’t to just die by drowning at the hands of two white walkers. Dany and friends manage to miss the next ice spear as they fly away, almost at the expense of Jorah. The army of the dead begins to retreat and Jon somehow emerges from the lake next to his sword, his wet clothes freezing fast. More walkers are headed his way and things don’t look good. That is, until he’s saved in the eleventh hour once again when his Uncle Benjen comes in on horseback swinging his fire ball chain thingy. He sends Jon and the horse back to the wall, but doesn’t join and save himself because there’s “no time” (which was a little confusing, two people could definitely have gotten on that horse). Jon arrives at the wall much like Gendry, alive, but barely. Nothing a little Ikea rug can't fix.

When Jon comes to, Dany is at his bedside and she’s been crying. Jon feels awful about her dead dragon (but she’s crying about YOU Jon, duh), and she explains how they’re her children and the two have ~ a moment ~. Hand holding, staring, and nicknaming is involved. They kept it PG, though the show is fully teasing us now, even if Jon is “too little for her.” I can’t say I’m mad about it, even though I maybe should be because we should not be encouraging aunt/nephew relations.

Anyway, Dany can no longer deny Jon’s warnings about the army of the dead. She saw it with her own eyes and agrees they will team up to fight this shared enemy whether he bends the knee or not. She is out for blood...or whatever is going through the Night King’s veins after his savage takedown of her dragon child. Jon knows the way to Daenerys’s heart and calls her queen. So, they both got what they wanted and gave what they thought they wouldn’t. Cute.





A massive white walker battle isn’t the only drama we saw up north this week. We got some icy scenes in Winterfell, and I’m not just talking about the weather. We first see Arya reflecting on a happy moment from childhood, when she got to practice archery with Bran’s bow “against the rules” while Ned watched on and encouraged her (remember those season one days?). It would be sweet if she didn’t have an ulterior motive. She doesn’t wait long to bring up the letter she found to Sansa and insists on reciting the traitorous piece of parchment back to her. Sansa is visibly upset, but Arya truly doesn’t care and cuts her down pretty badly. She’s Ned’s daughter, and she can’t understand a world where a Stark wouldn’t rather die than write a letter turning on her family. They argue about who had it worse in their long journeys back home and shared suffering isn’t enough to bridge the gap between their differences.


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Sansa retreats to the counsel of Littlefinger, who likely has her where he wants her, which is seeing Arya as a stranger. He reminds her Brienne is here to protect both her and her sister and plants a very dangerous idea by casually mentioning the two Stark women harming each other. With this conversation in mind, Sansa sends Brienne away in her place when she receives a summons by Cersei. She will not face the woman who caused her so much suffering. Instead, she’ll send arguably her only completely loyal ally in her place. Brienne protests—she doesn’t trust Littlefinger. Sansa makes it very clear she doesn’t need looking after. We’ll see about that.

Littlefinger’s words still in her mind, she sneaks into Arya’s room like a true sibling. She goes for her sister’s luggage under the bed and finds F***ING FACES INSIDE. Sansa is, understandably, freaked out. Arya sees her sister snoop and is happy to explain the world of the Many-Faced God and the Game of Faces. Sansa is now officially terrified by what both of her only living (real) siblings have become. Arya teases Sansa about wearing her face and becoming “someone else,” a.k.a. Sansa. She picks up her new fancy Valyrian steel knife but instead of attacking her sister she hands it to her and walks out, leaving Sansa petrified.

We end the episode where we began: north of the wall. The army of the dead have found big ass chains somewhere to recover the dragon from the depths of the frozen lake. Once he’s back on solid ground, our Night King graces the dragon with his magic touch, and we get an echo of this season’s poster images: a single blue eye as it becomes a zombie dragon. This is a game changer and one of the show’s biggest cliffhangers (and a popular fan theory). There’s no known precedent for an undead dragon and what type of fire (or ice) it might breathe. It would seem that in addition to a fatal ice spear, the living dragons now have another looming threat. Let’s cling to the hope that even in death, Dany’s dragon might stay loyal to its mother. I have a feeling we’ll find out whether or not that’s true the hard way.

And some things we can’t forget:
-MVP for this episode go to those badass fire swords. Imagine if every battle on this show had those?!
-The moment between Jorah and Jon about Jon’s sword Longclaw was so nice. Jorah’s father meant so much to Jon way back when, and it’s a nice gesture for Jon to offer the sword that’s been synonymous with him to it’s “rightful owner.” It’s hard to argue with family lineage, but I’m happy to see the sword stay in Jon’s possession. It’s basically an extra limb for him at this point.
-Arya has some girl power moments this episode. Her angry talks with Sansa are heavy with identity themes, and when she’s recounting her archery story, about how the rules said she couldn’t shoot and be a knight, she says, “the rules were wrong.” Later, she returns to this thought in her room with Sansa and says, “The world doesn’t let girls just decide what they’re going to be.” Arya was the right person to say these quotes, but that doesn't meant they don’t apply to both women in the conversations. Sansa followed the rules, and they weren’t right for her either. She definitely didn’t get to choose what happened to her.
-Is Jon so sad about Dany’s dragon because of the dragon friend he made last week that might have stirred up some Targaryen feels? TBD. Beric also mentioned that Jon doesn’t look like Ned. This whole season basically has been 'Will Jon Find Out Who He Really Is Watch 2017'.
-Speaking of Beric, his “death is the enemy” conversation with Jon is a pretty great double meaning for this episode/season/show. So is his “we’ll all be right behind him unless the Lord of Light is kind enough to send us a bit of fire” eulogy to Thoros, which was actually major foreshadowing.
-Am I expected to believe that Jon survived a winter wind storm, a very physical fight with an army of dead men, a fall into a frozen lake, a fast ride on horseback through the frozen north of the wall, almost dying of cold, and his man bun stays in place? Can we get a hair tie recommendation from this guy?













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