Let’s talk about ‘Game of Thrones’ because it will be here before you know it (~SQUEE~)

Game of Thrones is 18 days away! That is not many days away!

Odds makers have their guesses on who will be sitting on the Iron Throne at the end of the series. I, for one, don’t think there will be an Iron Throne at the end of the day, but then no one asked me.

This is just an interesting, if flawed, defense of Cersei, who I have always had a great deal of sympathy for. This, for instance, is an excellent point:

Take her husband, Robert Baratheon, who earned the title of king after mounting a rebellion against the Targaryens. He didn’t do it for power or because the Mad King enjoyed burning his subjects to a crisp, but because he coveted a woman that really wasn’t his. Whatever the true relationship between Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen was, Robert Baratheon’s claim on her only existed in his own mind and he was willing to wipe out an entire line, an entire kingdom, in order to retrieve what he thought was his. Once he got the throne, he squandered it, spending most of his time f*cking anything that moved and swimming in alcohol. He beat and raped his wife, a young girl given to him without her consent, openly pined for another, neglected his children, and often humiliated Cersei in front of her family and her court. Yet it is Robert we should feel sympathy for when Cersei orchestrates his death towards the end of season one. Her choice to kill her husband isn’t seen as the desperate act of a mother trying to protect her children – Robert was sure to find out about their true parentage from Ned before he kicked the bucket – or as a means of preventing further abuse by the man she’s chained to but as a cunning and conscienceless grab for control. He is the victim, a poor man past his glory days whose bravery and toughness is suited for the battlefield, not the throne room. He never wanted the power, he was just a witless pawn of those who did. It’s his callous wife who is to blame for his adultery — she was sleeping around too after all — and his ultimate ineptitude.

If you are not an obsessive like some of us, you might wonder what this whole CleganeBowl business is about. Basically, it’s a theory that brothers The Hound and The Mountain will fight each other to the death. This is a good explainer on the background of why the brothers want to kill one another and how it might happen on the show.

The actress who plays Nymeria almost didn’t return to film season 7 because of her obligations on Iron Fist, but then the producers on Game of Thrones were like, “Um, no? Get your ass over here? Now?”

Emilia Clarke teases that some loose ends we might have forgotten about will be tied up this season. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go wrack my brain trying to figure out what the hell she’s alluding to.

In Other TV News

This Bachelor in Paradise story is not going away anytime soon. Now contestants have to get producers’ permission before they can have sex. DeMario will probably appear on the “Men Tell All” special for The Bachelorette, though DeMario is pretty sure there is a “conspiracy” against him.

Three characters are going to be missing from at least the first few episodes of The Walking Dead next season, and they are pretty major.

Here’s the story behind how the wacky Pretty Little Liars finale came together if you’re interested.

Here someone debates with themselves whether or not there even is “good” or “bad” TV anymore before remembering that Fuller House has been ordered for another season while Sense8 was cancelled.

Oh no, poor Donal Logue!

Oh no, poor Johnny Galecki!

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Casting News

R.I.P.

Michael Nyqvist, actor

Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington the Bear

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