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Winter is here and sh*t is real: ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 episode 3 recap

Game of Thrones, you never let us down. This season’s third episode, “The Queen’s Justice” aired last night and all hearts were broken.

The title of the episode was a little ambiguous to start off with. We were not sure which queen it was referring to.

For those who were rooting for Daenerys, you might need to take a seat.

“The Last Targaryen”

Just as we thought, the exchange between Daenerys and Jon was f*cking intense.

In the beginning of the episode, Jon Snow and Ser Davos Seaworth arrive at Dragonstone to speak with The Mother of Dragons. Daenerys was expecting knees to be bent and allegiance to be sworn, but that was not the case.

They are welcomed by Tyrion Lannister and Missandei, fresh out of her romantic encounter with Grey Worm. Tyrion and Jon poke fun at each other and set on their way to meet with Dany.

I think what made this scene even better was Jon’s reaction to seeing the dragons for the first time. As for Jon and Dany, their interaction did not go as smoothly as we thought it would.

From passive aggressive attacks over their ancestor’s history of backstabbing to arguing about which cause to fight for, Jon and Dany were not meeting eye to eye on any subject.

What was even worse was that it seems as though Jon is now Dany’s prisoner for the time being.

His ship was taken and he has no way of going back home. However, Tyrion assures Jon that he is not being held captive; instead, he finds out why Jon is there to begin with. For those that haven’t seen the white walkers, it’s hard to take Jon’s word, but Tyrion trusts in The Bastard of Winterfell and advises Dany to help him.

Dany gives in to Jon’s requests on mining dragonglass and even gives him men to help him do so.

Though Jon does not want to fight in Dany’s war, it doesn’t seem as though he has a choice judging by the teaser for next week’s episode.

The Kiss of Death

Out of all the ways Ellaria Sand could’ve chosen to kill Cersei’s daughter, Myrcella, back in season 5, she chose to use the poison The Long Farewell and sealed Myrcella’s fate with a kiss.

After Euron Greyjoy captured Yara’s fleet, he parades his victory through the streets of King’s Landing. Along with Yara are Ellaria and her daughter, Tyene, chained as prisoners.

We knew what was expected out of Cersei when she finally had her hands on Ellaria. However, we did not expect her to repay the favor by kissing Tyene with lipstick covered in the same poison that killed Myrcella. Talk about poetic justice.

What was even more shocking was Cersei ordering Qyburn, her trusted evil scientist advisor, to make sure that the torches are changed so that Ellaria would not miss the effects of the poison on Tyene. Her death seems imminent at this point.

Though we couldn’t help but feel sorry for Ellaria, at this point, Cersei is at her most ruthless. She will not stop until all her enemies are dead or at least caught up in her wrath.

Cersei took it one step further at the end of the scene when she made love to Jaime, her brother. She is not to be trifled with.

A Successful Siege?

After going through battle strategies, planning the siege, and even Tyrion’s revelation about the sewers and his hidden passage through Casterly Rock, it seemed as though Daenerys’ Unsullied army would easily talk the Lannister family stronghold.

And it so happened to be true, except this victory will only be short-lived. Grey Worm was tasked to take the Unsullied to Casterly Rock and they proved themselves victorious.

However, it seemed as though Cersei was expecting this and was well prepared. With only a few soldiers manning the castle, Grey Worm knew something was wrong. When he looked at the sea, he realized that they were outsmarted.

Euron’s Iron Fleet decimated the Unsullied ships. In the early stages of this battle for the Iron Throne, I think it’s safe to say that Cersei has proven herself a worthy adversary.

Will Grey Worm and the Unsullied make it out alive?

Jorah 2.0

Just as we were losing hope on one of our favorite characters, Samwell Tarly seems to have done the impossible. Jorah Mormont has been cured!

Through all the doubts and discerning remarks that Archmaester Ebrose made to Sam about helping poor Jorah, Sam just said f*ck it and did his best to aid Mormont. After observing the patient, Ebrose states that the infection “no longer appears to be active.”

We can only hope that it means Jorah is good to go, without worrying about dying from greyscale. Now that it’s clear that Jorah is in good condition, he needs to start heading back to Daenerys ASAP! Cause it seems as though she needs all the help she can get.

We only wish that Sam can finally man up and swear at Ebrose for being a dick.

And The Best for Last, Olenna Tyrell

“Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.”

And with that line, Olenna Tyrell, played by Diana Rigg, made her grand exit from Game of Thrones. We have to admire this old lady. She not only chugged the drink she knew was laced with a special poison, she went out in style.

The Lannister army made its way to Highgarden, explaining their absence at Casterly Rock. The army took the castle and in the middle of it all was Jaime, making his way to a helpless Olenna.

As they talk about Cersei and what a monster she has become, Olenna cannot help but bring up the past by mentioning Joffrey and the way that he died.

At this point, I’m sure viewers were still holding on to their last hopes of seeing Olenna come out of this alive. However, her fate was sealed when she drank her cup like a boss.

She reveals that Joffrey’s death was her doing. She does not give the satisfaction to Jaime; instead she embraces her death and has her moment.

There are only four more episodes until the season ends which begs the question: why couldn’t it just have been the standard 10? Damn you, Game of Thrones!

Was this the most lit San Diego Comic-Con of all time? Maybe!

The 48th annual San Diego Comic-Con has come to a close and it is one for the history books. It was held at the San Diego Convention Center from July 20-23rd.

From trailers and teasers to surprise guests, this year’s con was one of the best so far.

Every year, Comic-Con showcases some of the best things to expect from different studios and upcoming projects.

Here are the best things we saw.

DC’s Justice League is here!

After the success of Wonder Woman, the DC Extended Universe needed to capitalize on the hype. In came trailers left and right.

The most talked about trailer was of course Justice League. Fans and skeptics alike were treated to this monstrosity of a trailer. The screenplay comes from Chris Terrio and Zack Snyder will direct this film.

Zack is no stranger to adapting DC comic books to real life. In the past, he has worked on bringing 300, Watchmen, Man of Steel, and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Justice League will have a ridiculously star-studded cast.

It will feature Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons.

All signs point to Steppenwolf as the villain of this film, which means that the arrival of Darkseid will be coming up soon.

Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.

There were unsettling rumors that Warner Bros. Studios was set to “gracefully usher” Ben Affleck from the role of Batman and any future projects.

Thankfully, those rumors were set to rest when Affleck mentioned that he was happy working with director Matt Reeves on a Batman trilogy.

I think it’s safe to say that we are more than ecstatic that this is the case, seeing as how many people approve Affleck’s depiction of the Caped Crusader.

But that’s not all. Fans were also treated to an Aquaman trailer teaser, which has yet to hit the internet.

We can’t wait to see Jason Momoa take on the mantle as this will be the first time Aquaman will hit the big screen.

Warner Bros.

The teaser is said to have shown an armada underwater and when asked which villain Aquaman will be facing, Jason stated that it is Ocean Master, who happens to be Aquaman’s brother in the comics.

We are also expecting a new Suicide Squad film.

The Flash was also not left behind. The DCEU’s Flash movie is set to be titled Flashpoint.

For those unfamiliar to this amazing story arc, it takes place in an alternate universe where the fates of different DC superheroes are changed due to the Flash going back in time to save his mother, creating a rippling butterfly effect.

It is interesting news, especially since we have seen the Flash use the speedforce in order to warn Bruce Wayne in Batman vs Superman.

The Fox hit comic book show Gotham also previewed a trailer for season 4 that will be released this Fall. This season will show the journey of Bruce Wayne, played by David Mazouz, becoming Batman.

With all villains trying to seize control of Gotham, Jim Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie, will have a hard time keeping everyone in check.

It will also feature Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin), Selina Kyle (Catwoman), Edward Nygma (the Riddler), and Jerome who everyone speculates is the Joker.

Marvel everything!

As if we didn’t have enough of Marvel Studios this year with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spiderman: Homecoming, we are spoiled with even more news.

During the two hours that Marvel panel had at Hall H, let’s just say we got enough to keep us satisfied.

Even though Black Panther won’t be hitting movie theaters until February 16, 2018, director Ryan Coogler’s film has a lot of fans anticipating what is called one of the greatest superhero movies of all time, with a “90 percent” Black cast.

The scene that fans were shown had Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, aka Black Panther, chasing Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaw, and an epic montage of fighting occurs.

They also got a glimpse of Michael B. Jordan’s character, Eric Killmonger, into the mix. Black Panther’s cast includes man Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, and Forest Whitaker.

Marvel Studios was just getting started. They also released information about a new upcoming Captain Marvel film that will introduce Skrulls for the first time.

The Skrulls, not to be confused with the Kree that were seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, are a fictional race of extraterrestrials that have the power to shapeshift to whatever they choose. They were present throughout Marvel’s Secret Wars comic book series.

Though that may not be crucial information, the Skrulls were long thought to be property of 20th Century Fox as they are in Fantastic Four. However, they have been also introduced in ABC’s Agents of Shield.

As if that wasn’t enough, we were also given two more trailers: Thor: Ragnarok and a special footage of the long awaited Avengers: Infinity War.

Ragnarok showed so much promise with the inclusion of Hela, portrayed by Cate Blanchett, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, and of course, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk.

In the trailer, we see all types of hell going loose, literally. The story is about the end of Thor’s home world, Asgard and him trying to defeat Hela, the movie’s antagonist. It will also incorporate Plate Hulk’s storyline.

Avengers: Infinity War will be on a whole new level. Though the trailer hasn’t been released online, footage was leaked that showed Thanos in all his glory defeating each Avenger. Let’s hope the trailer is released soon.

Don’t Call It A Comeback

Steven Spielberg also has an upcoming project. He is adapting Ernest Cline’s science-fiction novel Ready Player One.

It features so many pop culture references that you should just see the trailer to figure out what to expect. We cannot wait for this film to hit the big screen.

Netflix, No Chill

Netflix is on a roll this year and it’s about to get even better. The trailer for Stranger Things Season 2 has been released. And it’s one for the books.

It features its original cast plus so much more. It begins with Finn Wolfhard‘s character Mike Wheeler, Noah Schnapp‘s Will Byers, Gaten Matarazzo‘s Dustin Henderson, and Caleb McLaughlin‘s Lucas Sinclair at an arcade playing Dragon’s Lair.

However, Will is distracted by a voice that calls his name. Then, we see him as he is alone in the arcade and finally, we realize that somehow he is still stuck in the Upside Down, the dimension in which he was stuck in for most of the first season.

What makes this trailer memorable is Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in the background, which fits perfectly with this show. And at the end of the trailer, we find Eleven, by herself, stuck in the Upside Down.

The new season will premier on October 27th, right in time for Halloween.

Another Netflix original movie that has a lot of buzz is Bright, which stars Will Smith as a policeman partnered with the very first Orc cop, played by Joel Edgerton.

Yes, you read right, Orc. This movie combines realism with science-fiction and fantasy.

Though we don’t know what the movie will be about, it is centered in L.A. and will be filled with crime as both police officers try to contain peace in a world that is filled with racism against non-humans.

Netflix is also set to release an American version of the much appraised manga and anime series, Death Note. The premise takes place in Seattle where Light Turner, played by Nat Wolff, attends school.

He is sort of the protagonist of the film, based on which way you look at it.

The scene that was shown at Comic-Con has Light talking to the shinigami named Ryuk, voiced by Willem Dafoe and basically being persuaded to write down the name of a man committing a crime outside his house.

When a name goes down in the Death Note, it means that the person will die. We hope that Netflix can do justice with this show, especially since how a lot of Japanese works have been botched when being brought out to the big screen with white actors.

Marvel’s The Defenders is one of the most hyped up shows to be released this summer. If you have been keeping up with all of the Netflix/Marvel shows, then you know what’s going on.

The characters are still the same since the last time we’ve seen them. However, the villain of this show is on a different level. Taking the mantle as the main antagonist is the talented and iconic figure, Sigourney Weaver, as Alexandra. Coming back to the show are actors Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, and Finn Jones.

They play Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. The battle for New York is on and only the strong will survive. From the funny remarks like Jessica Jones’ “nice ears” to Daredevil and Luke Cage telling Daredevil “I’m not hugging you,” this show will not only be serious but will have a unique sense of humor as well.

It will also be nothing but non stop thrills and asskicking. The Defenders is set to release on August 18.

The Walking Dead Season 8

AMC’s The Walking Dead has also released its Season 8 trailer.

After the arrival of Negan and the Saviors, Rick and his followers have had a difficult time surviving the hordes of zombies, especially since they are short on food and supplies.

Negan has made it even more difficult by taking half of whatever they have in exchange for protection. However, the season ended with Rick and the residents of Ezekiel’s Kingdom taking arms against Negan and his soldiers.

This season will show the aftermath of that battle and how it will affect their way of living. The one thing that a lot of people took away from this trailer is a twist in the end in which Rick, portrayed by Andrew Lincoln, wakes up as an old man.

Some theorize that this scene is an indication that Rick has just woken up from the coma he was in during the very first episode of the show. We will just have to wait and see.

HBO’s Westworld and Game of Thrones

Finally, HBO also released a trailer teaser for Westworld and it seems as there is trouble fighting the robots. In the short teaser, we are shown Bernard, portrayed by Jeffrey Wright, looking at what looks like a tiger’s corpse.

Dolores, played by Evan Rachel Wood, is also in the teaser riding on a horse and pointing a shotgun at a few people that are running away. We also get the return of Ed Harris’ character the Man in Black.

As for Game of Thrones, snippets from last Sunday’s episode “Stormborn” and next week’s episode “The Queen’s Justice” were featured in a single trailer.

We can’t wait for Daenerys to meet with Jon Snow for the first time.

All is right in the world of pop culture and comic books. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Winter is here and sh*t is real: ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 episode 2 recap

Last night, Game of Thrones’ second episode of season 7 aired on HBO and it was glorious.

From beginning to end, the tension was present throughout the show.

Let’s begin in Dragonstone. And as always, a huge spoiler alert is in order!

Daenerys Will Take No One’s Sh*t

For those unfamiliar with what “Stormborn” means, it is Daenerys’ personal sobriquet that she uses throughout the show.

However, the meaning behind the name is significant. Towards the end of King Robert’s rebellion and the sacking of King’s Landing during the reign of the “Mad King,” King Aerys II Targaryen, Dany’s mother was sent to Dragonstone Island to find refuge.

She died giving birth to Daenerys during a storm so strong it wrecked the remainder of the Targaryen fleet. Ever since then, that is the name that Dany uses: Stormborn.

At Dragonstone, during similar weather like the day that she was born, Daenerys has a meeting with her advisors and supporters.

She is surrounded by the likes of Tyrion, Varys, and Grey Worm, who are advising her that she has the support of more than half of Westeros. Varys points out that Queen Cersei does not control much of the Seven Kingdoms.

They convince her not to use violence, but instead use the support of Westeros to take down Cersei, since most of Westeros despises her.

Later on, along with Yara, Olenna, and Ellaria, Dany takes in their advice but decides to go against everything they propose, which is sacking the city and turning the city into ashes. Instead, she comes up with an alternative plan.

They are to surround the city on all sides, leaving Cersei and her followers to starve.

The Unsullied will take Casterly Rock, which is the “seat” of the Lannister’s power.

Olenna lends her advice to Dany on being ruthless and not letting anyone get the best of her, not even her advisors.

Varys’ loyalty comes into question by Dany since he used to serve her father and then switched his allegiance to Robert. He was also in charge of murdering Dany under Robert’s rule. Tyrion assures her that Varys is a reliable person to trust.

Varys tells her that his loyalty does not lie with any king or queen, but “with the people.”

As assurance, Dany makes him swear that he will not conspire behind her back if he ever thinks she is failing the people but instead confront her. He agrees to do so.

Here’s to hoping that his loyalty will be more useful under Daenerys than the other kings he has served.

Melisandre also comes into the picture. She warns Dany about the Long Night.

She explains to her the prophecy of the “prince who was promised” and how she has a role to play in the fight against the Army of the Dead.

She wants her to seek out Jon Snow, the King in the North, so that they may help each other. Dany agrees to have a raven sent out to him, telling him to come to Dragonstone and “bend the knee.”

Tensions Still Continue in Winterfell

Jon Snow receives the raven from Tyrion and asks for Sansa’s advice. Sansa is not fully convinced that Tyrion can be trusted.

Ser Davos thinks it’s best to meet with Daenerys, especially since she has her dragons. He recalls Jon mentioning that fire can defeat the army of the dead.

Jon also receives the information that Sam sent to him in the last episode concerning dragonglass, which can slay white walkers, in Dragonstone. He mentions both letters at a hearing, with the other lords of the North. He has made up his mind and accepts Dany’s invitation.

He convinces the lords that they do need all the help they can get, even though most of them are opposed to the idea, especially after all the Mad King, Daenerys’ father, had done.

Sansa makes sure to help him remember what the Mad King did to their grandfather, burning him alive with wildfire.

She completely disagrees with Jon, as do the other lords. They do not trust a Targaryen. However, Jon mentions the time he fought the Army of the Dead and how unprepared they are to go against them. He leaves Winterfell in the hands of Sansa.

After questioning every move Jon makes, will Sansa prove herself worthy of being the leader of Winterfell?

Down in the crypt of Winterfell, Petyr Baelish and Jon have a brief conversation about Ned and the love he had for Cat.

However, Jon is not all too convinced that Littlefinger is in the North entirely out of devotion. Littlefinger reminds him about the battle against the Boltons and how he is responsible for the victory.

Jon loses his grip when Littlefinger mentions his new love for Sansa and physically threatens him that if he lays his hands on Sansa, he will kill Littlefinger himself. Jon finally rides with Ser Davos on their way to Dragonstone.

Before the scene ends, we see Littlefinger keeping his eyes on Sansa. What kind of mischief will he scheme this time?

Time for War

“Do you fight with us or with the foreign savages and eunuchs?”

Back in King’s Landing, Cersei is attempting to rally the bannermen of House Tyrell by playing fear against them.

She cautions them about the danger of having a Targaryen on the throne, helped by the “mindless” Unsullied soldiers and Dothraki “heathens.”

She also recalls the crucifixion of noblemen in Slaver’s Bay. One of the lords present, Lord Randyll Tarly, asks how they propose to fight against dragons.

Jaime Lannister has a private conversation with Lord Tarly about joining their cause. He offers Tarly to be the ranking general for the upcoming war and swear his allegiance to the Queen.

However, Tarly does not seem to be keen on betraying the house he serves, the way Jaime did. Jaime insists that when the war is won, the Queen will even name Tarly the new Warden of the South.

In the crypts, Maester Qyburn shows the skulls of the dragons that once terrorized the capital to Cersei. He recalls Dany’s dragon, Drogon, and how he was injured in the fighting pits in Meeran.

He shows Cersei a weapon that has been restored by blacksmiths. It can launch spears at a powerful speed, which will prove useful against dragons. This will not end well.

Sam and Jorah

We finally see Jorah Mormont and how bad the greyscale has gotten. Archmaester Ebrose states that the disease has spread too far throughout his body.

Ebrose gives him an estimate of about 10-20 years before the infection kills him but he will lose his mind in about 6 months, “maybe sooner.”

However, that does not stop Samwell Tarly from trying to help Jorah. He believes that there is a way to save the knight. He tells the archmaester about the late Stannis Baratheon’s daughter, Shireen, who contracted greyscale as a baby but survived. The archmaester is not interested in Sam’s claims.

He gives Jorah one more day before he ships him off to Valyria to live out his life with the Stonemen.

Sam continues his studies along with Archmaester Ebrose. However, he realizes that as much as he tries to convince the archmaester to help Jorah, it is useless.

Sam remembers that there are two recorded cases by Archmaester Pylos that have cured advanced greyscale but Ebrose turns him down.

In the evening, Sam makes his way to Jorah’s room with supplies. He tells him about the time he served Jorah’s father, the late Jeor Mormont, when he was a Sworn Brother of the Night’s Watch.

Sam refuses to watch the last son of Mormont succumb to the disease. He takes out a book titled Archmaester Pylos on Rare Diseases and begins the painful process of removing Jorah’s greyscale. Hopefully, we will see if the procedure worked in the next episode.

Arya and the Direwolves

While stopping at Inn at the Crossroads, Arya reunites with Hot Pie. She makes a remark about the pie that she made once, one that wasn’t as good as Hot Pie’s.

Hot Pie asks if she met with Lady Brienne and what has happened since the last time they saw each other. Arya refuses to speak on the matter but does let out that she is going to King’s Landing.

Arya has not learned that Winterfell has been retaken by Jon until Hot Pie mentions it to her. She quickly leaves her plans to go to King’s Landing and decides to return to her home.

While resting in the woods, she encounters direwolves that surround her. Their leader seems familiar to Arya.

She thinks it is Nymeria, the direwolf she once had. The last time they were together was all the way back in the first season when the former King Robert ordered his men to kill the direwolf that attacked Joffrey.

Though Arya asks for her to accompany her to the north, Nymeria leaves with the other wolves and Arya becomes skeptical that it was indeed Nymria.

Arya needs to get back to Winterfell asap!

The Kraken Strikes

As usual, the last bit of the show is always the most intense and this last scene was no exception.

As the Greyjoys and Ellaria ride to Sunspear as commanded by Daenerys, they are attacked by Euron and his fleet.

Euron’s time in the sea proves to be effective. With burning projectiles aimed at Yara’s ships, they realize that it might be the end. Two of Ellaria’s daughters are killed fighting Euron.

Finally, Euron goes up against Yara but she is defeated. Euron taunts Theon to attack, even though he has Yara.

Theon begins to show how weak he is and seeing the massacre that just unfolded proves to be too much for him. He has yet to become whole and decides to retreat. Ellaria and her remaining daughter are also captured.

It’s interesting to see how this will affect Daenerys’ plan to defeat Cersei. Her plan was to have foreigners from Sunspear invade King’s Landing.

However, that will obviously not be the case.

The next episode of Game of Thrones will show the aftermath of the fight.

We also get a glimpse into what will be the most memorable scene, Daenerys and Jon Snow meeting for the first time. Let’s pray that they’re on the same page.

‘GoT’ creators new show ‘Confederate’ sounds like worst shit ever

With its massive debut, HBO’s hit TV series Game of Thrones looks to have one of its most successful seasons yet.

Sunday’s episode titled “Dragonstone” snagged about 10 million viewers for the season premier. And those numbers will keep rising as the show progresses.

There are even talks about potential spinoffs that will either be preludes to the show’s timeline or take place after the show has ended.

However, when asked at last year’s Television Critics Association summer press tour about these spinoffs, president of HBO’s programming Casey Bloys stated that there are, “no concrete plans, or anything like that at this point.” However, there is one project set to begin after the final season of GoT.

Recently, HBO greenlit another project by GoT’s executive producers and showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff called Confederate.

It is based on an alternate timeline where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union and slavery was never abolished. The story chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War.

According to HBO’s press release,

“The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone – freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall.”

Unfortunately for those hoping to see White Walkers, that will not be the case, sort of.

Both producers stated,

“We have discussed Confederate for years, originally as a concept for a feature film but our experience on Thrones has convinced us that no one provides a bigger, better storytelling canvas than HBO.

“There won’t be dragons or White Walkers in this series, but we are creating a world, and we couldn’t imagine better partners in world-building than Nichelle and Malcolm, who have impressed us for a long time with their wit, their imagination and their Scrabble-playing skills.”

The Spellmans will be joining in this project as executive producers and writers. Nichelle Tramble Spellman has worked for the shows Justified and The Good Wife while Malcolm Spellman has worked on Empire.

Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield, who have both worked on Game of Thrones, will also join as executive producers.

While this may be an interesting idea for some, it has also sparked a lot of controversy on social media outlets. Most are concerned about how harmful this premise may be, especially with America as most divided as it is right now.

Game of Thrones has seen a lot of controversy itself due to the fact that there is barely any diversity in its cast.

Recently, actor John Boyega, one of the stars in the new Star Wars trilogy, slammed the show for not having enough black actors or actresses in the show. In an interview with GQ, he stated, “There are no black people on Game of Thrones.”

Boyega went on, “you don’t see one black person in Lord of the Rings. I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen!” Though there are several actors of color such as Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Missandei, and Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm, a lot of people agree with his statement.

Underground, a much-praised drama that was cancelled recently by WGN has been also brought into the mix. The show was based on key figures in the Underground Railroad. It had wrapped up its second season earlier this month.

John Legend, executive producer of Underground, stated on his twitter that “Content wins. We’re not reliant on a particular network to make great content.”

To see a show like Underground that had so much potential and was not trying to exploit black history but educate and inspire viewers, it begs the question: who is really in charge here?

Winter is here and sh*t is real: ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 episode 1 recap

It’s back and we still can’t believe it. After a year absence since last season’s finale of HBO’s hit TV show Game of Thrones aired, fans have been desperately waiting for its return.

But now, the wait is over. GoT is back with episode one of season 7, titled “Dragonstone.”

This season we will be treated to seven episodes, which means that the next seven Sundays, social media will be bombarded with nothing but GoT related posts.

But enough about these details. Let’s go over what happened last night. Obviously spoilers are ahead.

A Cold Open Indeed

We begin the episode in the Riverlands. Even though Walder Frey (David Bradley) died in the season 6 finale, he still happens to be alive, which threw a lot of viewers off.

Frey has gathered his entire family in the dining hall. As they are toasting to their victories, he starts to scold them because they forgot to kill a certain Stark member. Everyone at the tables begins to choke on their wine and collapses.

Then, the twist that no one saw coming. Walder Frey removes his face and we find out that it was Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) posing as Walder.

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She tells one of the surviving members to let people know that “the North remembers” and that “winter came for House Frey.”

This scene was certainly chill-inducing.

Ed Sheeran

Later on in the episode, we are treated to a guest cameo by none other than Ed Sheeran.

Maisie Williams is a big fan of Sheeran so it only made sense that he would appear on the show.

He portrays one of the soldiers that is sent to the Twins where Walder used to rule on behalf of the Queen to keep the peace.

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Arya talks to the soldiers and listens to how each one got to where they are. We almost get a sign of sympathy from Arya but when asked why she’s going to King’s Landing, she replies “I’m going to kill the Queen.”

There is an awkward pause but both the soldiers and Arya play it off as a joke.

The Starks in the North

In the beginning, we get a glimpse of the army of the dead. They even have the wildling’s giants.

Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) sees the Whites in one of his visions. He, along with Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) have finally reached the Wall. We wonder how much longer it will take before Bran is reunited with his siblings.

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Back in Winterfell, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), along with Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and most members of the North, are planning on how to defend themselves from the White Walkers and the army of the dead.

Jon thinks that the Wall is the main priority at the moment and that the other castles that are close to it should be properly armed and ready. He tells everyone that Dragonglass is the best weapon to use against the White Walkers and is willing to let children from the age of ten aid in the process of making more weapons.

However, there is a sense of tension between Sansa and Jon. They have different views on loyalty. Two houses that used to pledge loyalty to the Starks switched over to House Bolton and Jon is deciding who should keep their castles.

He believes that it is not the fault of the descendants for their parents’ decisions and tries to reason with Sansa. However, Sansa believes that the members that helped the Starks gain back their home should be rewarded these fortresses.

Jon decides to go along with his plan. He’s afraid that by questioning his decisions, Sansa is undermining his status as King in the North. Could this spell trouble for the Starks?

Another moment of tension occurs when a raven is sent from King’s Landing to Winterfell. Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is asking for Jon to come to King’s Landing and declare his allegiance to the Queen or suffer the consequences.

Sansa believes that he should take this threat seriously, seeing how she’s witnessed all of the cruel things Cersei has done to others, as well as Sansa herself. Sansa states that she has “learned a great deal from her.”

However, Jon believes that his battle is in the North against the Night King. We also get a moment with Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen), aka Littlefinger, asking Sansa if she is happy and safe.

However, the interaction is cut short when Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) comes by. Littlefinger is a character that a lot of fans have come to hate because of his hidden intentions.

Queen Cersei

In King’s Landing, Cersei speaks to Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) about their brother, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and his new position as Hand of the Queen to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke).

She is still furious at Jamie for releasing Tyrion when he was being accused of killing King Joffrey in season 4. There’s a lot of tension between Cersei and Jamie.

Their argument is almost the same as the Starks’: they don’t know if their attention should be focused on their enemies or the cruel Winter that is coming.

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They are worried about their legacy and how they are the last of the Lannisters, especially after the suicide of their son, Tommen, which was never spoken about. Jamie was not there at the time that it happened so he wants to know the details.

Euron Greyjoy makes his way to King’s Landing after being invited by the Queen. He proposes that they join forces, especially since he commands a great fleet of ships. He mentions his nephews and where their loyalties lie.

He wants to fight for Queen Cersei and even proposes marriage in order to solidify their alliance. However, the Queen refuses. Euron promises to get what Cersei wants and leaves with his army.

We are left to wonder if he will get his revenge on his nephews.

Maester in Progress

We finally get an in-depth look at the Citadel, which is where Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West) is learning all he can in order to aid Jon Snow in his quest to defeat the White Walkers.

However, it is not exactly the way that Sam thought it would be. He basically does all the chores and house duties. He also keeps the library organized. But he’s particularly interested in the barred restricted area of the library.

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When Sam brings up the proposal for him to read books from the restricted area to Archmaester Marwyn (Jim Broadbent), the Archmaester declines and gives him a brief history on the times that there has always been danger but nothing catastrophic has happened.

However, times are different and it seems like this time things will not end the same way.

Samwell goes against the Archmaester’s orders and decides to take books from the restricted area. With him is Gilly (Hannah Murray) and they try to discover the secrets behind Dragonglass.

There is a map that shows Dragonstone. It is the place where Aegon Targaryen resided after his conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. Samwell writes to Jon, letting him know about the Dragonglass at Dragonstone. This might be the reason why Jon will eventually meet Daenerys.

We get a brief moment between Samwell and Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen). However, it’s not looking good for Jorah. It seems as though he has decided to stay away from the outside world. Greyscale seems to have taken most of his arm. He also asks if Daenerys has made her way, to which Sam replies no. We can only hope that he finds a cure soon.

The Brotherhood

The Brotherhood without Banners, along with Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), aka The Hound, stop to rest at an empty hut.

They soon realize that the corpses of the original owners are still in the house. The Hound realizes that it is the bodies of two people he has met, and murdered, before.

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While questioning two of the Brotherhood members about the so-called Lord of Light, he is told to look at the flames of a fire. He does so and what he sees shocks him. The Hound sees the army of the dead making its way past the Wall.

At night, he tries to make amends to the deceased family by burying their bodies. It is one of the few times we see The Hound feeling something other than rage and fury.

5 Minutes of Silence

Finally, the last scene shows Daenerys and her legion of followers finally land on Dragonstone.

When she makes it to the shore of her homeland, she touches the soil, as if she is still in disbelief. What’s remarkable about this scene is that no one speaks a word for the last five minutes of the show. Daenerys passes the gates and walks into the hall.

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Before her arrival, it was the now-deceased Stannis Baratheon that occupied the island and castle. She sees his banners still hanging and decides to tear them down.

She takes a hard look at the throne. Finally, she makes her way to the room that Stannis used when planning out his attacks.

Along with her is Tyrion Lannister, who also says nothing. After taking everything in, she looks at the table and asks “Shall we begin?”

And then, the credits roll in. We hope to find out what strategy she has up her sleeve and also when her dragons are going to tear sh*t up.

The next episode will air July 23rd. Until then, let me replay this episode again and again.

New York takes an L on the Supreme x Louis Vuitton collection

When Louis Vuitton unveiled their collaboration with Supreme New York at the LV Fall/Winter 2017 fashion show in Paris, everyone lost their shit.

There were even rumors about Louis Vuitton buying out Supreme New York, which later turned out to be false. Fans of Supreme New York speculated that these two fashion powerhouses would collaborate when they noticed James Jebbia, founder of Supreme, sitting front row at the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2017 show.

Later, a photo on Kim Jones’ Instagram surfaced on the web. Kim Jones is the Men’s Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton. It was a picture of a Louis Vuitton accessory with a Supreme sticker placed on top.


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The image was then deleted but more leaked images appeared with actual clothing that had the LV monogram all over, scattered with the infamous Supreme box logo.

There is a lot of history between these two iconic brands. In 2000, Supreme was set to launch their collection with a few pieces that included skateboard decks and t-shirts that bore a similar print to Louis Vuitton’s monogram.

Louis Vuitton quickly caught on and sent a cease and desist order. Supreme had no choice but to pull these decks from their site.

Finding one of these grails can run you anywhere between six or seven thousand dollars (and that is for the skateboard alone).

Even one of their stickers from this collection can cost up to a cool $200.

To this day, it is one of the most sought after gems to a lot of collectors and fans of Supreme.

In May, Manhattan’s Community Board No. 2 denied the New York City pop up, which was planned to be located on 25 Bond Street. There was a public meeting on May 8th and on May 18th, a full board meeting voted to deny it completely.

A lot of factors came into consideration. Residents of Bond Street did not want chaos to erupt from the launch.

Also, Supreme did not take the necessary plans to execute lines and security. As if that wasn’t enough, CB2 also brought up the various times Supreme used city parks for events without the proper authorization.

As time went by, more pictures surfaced of the Louis x Supreme collab. From famous rappers like Drake to celebrities like David Beckham, the hype was real.

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As if the anticipation wasn’t high enough, more pieces were revealed, like the box logo hoodie with the LV monogram imprinted everywhere. After all the hype was built on the collection, a release date was finally set.

On June 29th, Louis Vuitton’s Instagram finally revealed when and where the collection would be available. They were going to use pop up locations in Sydney, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Paris, London, Miami, and Los Angeles.

Also, Supreme’s website had been updated and included a lookbook that previewed the entire collection. The first locations to release the collection were Sydney, Tokyo, and Beijing.

On June 30th, the locations in Los Angeles, Miami, London, Seoul, Beijing, and Sydney were also revealed.

With all that being said, there was one problem: the city where Supreme was founded was left out of the picture.

There were supposed to be pop ups on July 14 at both of the Supreme locations at 5th Avenue and Soho in New York that would have collection in stock.

Eager buyers started to camp out as early as Monday. However, a sales representative from Louis Vuitton stated that the release had been cancelled, not only in New York but in the U.S. in general. One of the pop up shops that is still set to open is in Singapore.

Even Canada was left out. What’s more interesting is that there are reports stating that VIP members from LV are able to purchase the collection online.

Only time will tell if people will be able to purchase anything. On eBay, there are listings that have the box logo hoodie at around five grand.

So this begs the question: were you one of the lucky ones to cop?

Game of Thrones is almost back, what can we gather from the trailers?

Winter is finally here!

After much anticipation, HBO’s fantasy drama television series ‘Game of Thrones’ finally comes back July 16 after production delays.

Those that tune in know that ‘Thrones’ seasons typically roll out during the month of April.

However, this season will take place during winter in Westeros and producers thought it be best to postpone shooting in order to use the cold and frigid weather to better capture the scenery.

So, one can expect to see nothing but cloudy skies and snow (get it?). This season also differs from past seasons in number of episodes.

Season 7 will only have seven episodes instead of its usual ten but apparently the episodes will run longer.

In the season six finale, a lot of shit went down. The closing scene shows us Queen Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), her new appointed Hand, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), and her legion of followers, along with her military, riding on ships en route to Westeros.

The scene ends with Daenerys’ dragons (yes, there are dragons in this show if you’ve been living under a rock) flying over them.

So far, fans have been treated to only two trailers for the new season but within these trailers, a lot of content has been spoiled. Here is what I consider the top five things that stood out from these teasers. Again, SPOILER ALERT.

Where’s Daenerys?

From what we have seen in the first trailer, Queen Daenerys makes it safely to Dragonstone, her birthplace, which plays a huge significance due to the fact that she hasn’t touched Westeros soil since she was born.

It’s also very close to King’s Landing, which is where Queen Cercei (Lena Headey) resides. We also get a glimpse of Daenerys’ army, the Unsullied, sacking land owned by the Lannisters.

A lot of theorists believe that this land may be Casterly Rock, which means that the Lannisters’ home city has been left undefended or has a small army guarding it. The reason why all of this is so important is because this is what the majority of the season, let alone the entire show, has been leading up to.

Daenerys has pledged to conquer any enemy that stands in her way of the Iron Throne and ruling Westeros. It’s what she was born to do. In her words, she is meant “to rule the seven kingdoms.” This is the first step.

Jon Snow vs. The White Walkers?

In the second trailer, we see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and a few other men, including Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), in a dangerous predicament.

They seem to be north of the Wall, which means that they are in White Walker territory. Just as a quick summary, White Walkers are humanoid ice creatures that possess otherworldly abilities.

They are known as the Others and they have an army made up of zombies. These zombies are meant to withstand frigid temperatures and pose a threat to all those that are living behind the wall.

There are four main Walkers but one is considered to be the ‘Night King.’ If a human dies, the Night King is able to resurrect the body and use it as one of his soldiers. In the same scene, Lord Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) is seen carrying a flaming sword (which is badass tbh). However, what does this mean?

There is a lot of fighting going on between men but the greatest threat that everyone has to worry about is the White Walkers, especially since they are making their way towards Westeros, and are also increasing soldiers for their army.

The reason why Jon Snow and company are in this situation cannot be easily explained but if one were to make an educated guess, it seems as though they are trying to use Lord Beric, who is the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, as a secret weapon. Why? Because he is thought to be the chosen one that will aid in destroying “the Others.”

I haven’t read the books myself but there is a term that is thrown a lot when it comes to this character. For those die hard fans that know their sh*t, he is thought to be the Azor Ahai.

One reason behind this theory is because Azor Ahai possesses a flaming sword, similar to the one Beric is holding. It is believed that he will attempt to defeat the army of the dead.

Daenerys and Cersei battling

In the second trailer, we get a glimpse into what seems to be the great battle that we have been waiting for: Queen Daenerys’ Unsullied vs Queen Cersei’s army. What makes this scene great is that the Unsullied seem to have the upper advantage all due to one crucial factor: dragons.

This scene also shows Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) riding through the carnage. We have seen Jaime go through a lot of character development through the show, especially after his journey with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).

However, as a Lannister, he fights for his house, even though at times, we’ve sympathized with his character. I know I have.

Also, he loves Cersei and will do anything for her, especially since she is now Queen. Then again, they are siblings. So there’s that.

What about Tyrion?

The next thing that should be taken into consideration isn’t actually in the trailers. We only get glimpses of Tyrion Lannister, portrayed by Peter Dinklage, but we don’t get much screen time of him. We know that he is the right hand of Queen Daenerys but the trailers don’t show enough to figure out what exactly he will do.

However, his absence in the trailers only builds more suspense and speculation. I imagine there will be at least one or two more trailers days before the season premiere that will give us a more in depth look into Tyrion and what he will bring to the table.

There have been leaked set photos popping up online where Tyrion and Jon meet with one another. One assumption is that Jon is meeting with Tyrion to ask for help in fighting the White Walkers. Soon, Jon and Daenerys will finally meet one another, which is going to be completely insane.

Will House Stark survive?

The last thing I find interesting is at the end of the second trailer. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) gives a line that doesn’t seem to give the viewers much hope about the future of one of the Stark members.

She says, “When the snows fall, and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.” As soon as the line ends, we get a shot of Jon Snow as he is looking at the horizon, which is surrounded by the army of the dead. We also see that a single horse is running away with someone on top of it.

It looks as though that scene occurs during the fight against the zombies. However, the body seems to be lifeless.

We’re left to wonder if that body might be Jon Snow’s.

Can’t wait for season 7 to begin so we can stop trying to decipher trailers and actually watch what goes down.