Today’s biggest Game of Thrones news is that HBO released two new promos, one of which features a glimpse of Jon and Arya’s reunion, the other appears to show a tense moment between Daenerys and Jon — mayhaps when they find out that they are more connected than they knew? And some are speculating that in both clips, Tyrion, Varys and Davos’ astonishment at a dragon flying over their heads might suggest that they are watching Jon riding it:
As for the Jon and Arya reunion obviously, Jon and Arya were going to run into each other again, but still, they haven’t shared a scene together since season one.
As for whether or not their reunion will be a happy one, TV Guide‘s recent piece suggests you shouldn’t get your hopes up. “They have led brutal lives since we last saw them together in the series premiere,” Harington said. “It’s changed them. Are they going to be what we want them to be?”
The Guardian has a great piece discussing how the show changed the cast’s lives. Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran) had a hard time going to college without being mobbed; Clarice Van Houten (Melisandre) got to do a voice on The Simpsons (she also has a baby with Guy Pearce? also, she was asked to audition for Cersei, but turned it down because she is insane I suppose?); John Bradley (Samwell) married an entertainment reporter who he met on an interview about the show; and Iain Glen (Jorah) receives some interesting requests from fans: “I passed this middle-aged American lady and I could feel her body language alter, so I thought: ‘I’ll just keep my head down, keep walking and grab my coffee.’ But on the way back she managed to stand in front of me and said: ‘Excuse me, would you do me a favour? Could you just look me in the eye and say Khaleesi?’ So I did.”
In this interview with the cast, Emilia Clarke reveals that Kit Harington waited to read the final scripts at the read-through:
“You should have seen Kit’s face at the read-through!” laughs Clarke, in a long white fur coat. When the entire cast sat down in Belfast in October 2017 to act out the final six episodes in their entirety over two days, Harington had chosen not to read them in advance, she says. So he found out the fate of his character — and all the others — in public.
“His reactions were insane,” says Clarke. “And even for me, hearing it all come together … Everyone was crying.”
WAIT, DID GEMMA WHELAN JUST REVEAL THAT YARA SURVIVES TO THE FINALE? She read the finale script, but she also claims she only reads the scripts that she is in, so you do the math.
And finally, the Bellagio paid tribute to Game of Thrones with their famous fountain last night:
I can’t decide which was my favorite thing to happen this weekend — this perfect eleven seconds courtesy of Robert Smith at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:
… Or this hilarious chyron from Fox News. This is not a screencap from SNL’s parody of Fox & Friends. I swear.
Either someone at Fox News is a fucking idiot (entirely possible) or there is a mole trying to expose the ignorance and racism that is the feature — not the bug — at Fox News (less possible but more optimistic).
Barry very nearly killed off the best character on the entire damn show before they came to their senses.
The NAACP Image Awards were this weekend, and concluding her week of winning all the prizes, Beyoncé took home the Entertainer of the Year Award. Other winners include black-ish, Power, and Empire — but not Jussie Smollett. He didn’t attend the awards, which might have been for the best, as Chris Rock roasted him after being instructed not to.
In other Jussie Smollett news, Kim Foxx, the Cook County state’s attorney wrote in an op-ed for The Chicago Tribune that her office was unsure they had enough to convict Smollett, and that she welcomes a review of how they handled the case.
Judge Jeanine is back on Fox and screaming for RETRIBUTION!
Greta Van Susteren is in arbitration with MSNBC for not supporting her show enough.
Georgia lawmakers passed the fetal heartbeat abortion bill — Hollywood watches to see if the governor will sign it.
Joe Biden is in the middle of his own handsy controversy. Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman, wrote an essay for The Cut in which she describes Biden behaving inappropriately with her when he campaigned for her in 2014. According to Flores, he smelled her hair and placed a long slow kiss on the top of her head, making her uncomfortable.
Biden responded with a well-received statement: “In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”
Joe Biden’s handsiness has been an open joke for decades now, and we’ve all just sort of blown it off as “Uncle Joe is gonna Uncle Joe!” I don’t think he’s a sexual predator — and he’s certainly not as bad as the monster currently occupying the Oval Office — but he does make some people uncomfortable with his behavior, and so maybe it’s not good enough to tell women to get over it. When people like Mika Brzezinski scream that this is an example of #MeToo going TOO FAR, it leaves me wondering who appointed them the arbiter of what “too far” is. I genuinely like Joe Biden, believe he would have made a good president, and I wish he had been able to run in the last election. But we are in a different cultural moment right now, and I just worry that if he chooses to run for 2020, we will be hearing a lot more stories like Flores’ — and honestly, I would hate to see his legacy end on such a sour note.
Former New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis is being accused of rape and being investigated by the NYPD.
A reporter, Jenny Sushe, is suing a boxer, Kubrat Pulev, who kissed her in the middle of an interview. It was really gross, and a prime example of the bullshit women shouldn’t have to put up with at their Goddamned job.
- Law & Order: SVU has been renewed for a 21st season at NBC. It will become the longest-running live action primetime TV show (but Gunsmoke will still have more episodes).
- The Umbrella Academy has been renewed at Netflix for a second season.
- Berlin Station has been canceled at Epix after three seasons.
- Young Anatomy, a Grey’s Anatomy prequel, is being developed at ABC.
- Thunder Force, a film that will star Melissa McCarthy and Olivia Spencer as superheroes, is close to being bought at Netflix.
- Prentice Penny has signed an overall deal with HBO.
- David James Elliott is going to appear on NCIS: Los Angeles as his JAG character Navy Captain Harmon Rabb Jr. in a multi-episode arc.
- Javon “Wanna” Walton is going to co-star in Utopia on Amazon.
- Leo Howard and Alicia Coppola are joining Why Women Kill on CBS All Access.
- Derek Luke will join God Friended Me on CBS.
- Izzy Diaz is joining the CBS comedy pilot From Riches.
- Gina Tognoni is leaving Young and the Restless and will be replaced by Michelle Stafford who is leaving General Hospital, oh no!
- Brett Rickards is leaving Arrow ahead of the final season.
- Philip Winchester is leaving Law & Order: SVU.
Mark Your Calendar
- Fear the Walking Dead will return on AMC on June 2.
- NOS4A2 will premiere on AMC on June 2.
- Dead to Me will debut on Netflix on May 3 and it looks wonderful:
- Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return on May 10.
- The Silence will premiere on Netflix on April 13.
- Pennyworth will debut on Epix sometime this summer.
- She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will return on Netflix on April 26.
- The Resurgence: DeMarcus Cousins will air on Showtime on April 13.
- Dark Side of the Ring will debut on Viceland on April 10.
- Swamp Thing will debut on DC Universe on May 31.
- 2019 Miss USA will air on Fox on May 2.
- Easy will return for its final season on Netflix on May 10.
- My Dad Wrote a Porno will air on HBO on May 11.
Nipsey Hussle, Grammy-nominated rapper, activist and philanthropist. Also, he bought Girl Scout cookies from my friend’s kid once when she set up a stand outside his record store appearance here in Houston, so I have a soft spot for him.
Maury Laws, Composer-arranger for Rankin-Bass
Tania Mallet, Actress and Bond girl
Shane Rimmer, Actor and writer, voice actor on Thunderbirds
June Harding, Actress
The Twilight Zone: Jordan Peele’s take on the Rod Serling classic is here and it is receiving stellar reviews. I swore I wasn’t going to subscribe to CBS All Access, but am now seriously contemplating it. Dammit. Series premiere. CBS All Access
D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Legends go to 1961 Mexico City in the spring premiere. 7 p.m., The CW
Magnum P.I.: Magnum’s ex shows up looking for his help in the season finale. 8 p.m., CBS
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Tracy Morgan, Maisie Williams, Patrick Mahomes, the Zombies
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Steve Martin, Susan Kelechi Watson, Aaron Comess
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Nathan Lane, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Tan France
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Rachel Bloom, Christopher Meloni, Rita Wilson
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kim Kardashian West, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, the Killers
- The Daily Show: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
- Busy Tonight: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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