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12 Shocking Game of Thrones Facts That Will Change Your World Forever

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Only the most hardcore Thrones fans know these facts. Let us know what surprises you the most in the comments section!

  • Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss want Game of Thrones to have a more realistic, human feel than other fantasy shows, which is why Jon Snow is seen using the toilet at least once per episode.
  • No character in the show has actually ever said the word “dragon.”
  • What a coincidence! We all know fan favorite Tyrion Lannister is a dwarf, but actor Peter Dinklage discovered during the filming of season three that he too has dwarfism. “It really gave me insight into Tyrion’s mind that I didn’t have early on in the show,” admitted Dinklage.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin cameos as a horse every season.
  • Composer Ramin Djawadi wrote the Game of Thrones theme song just thirty minutes before the show premiered, after finding out last-minute that they weren’t allowed to use the Seinfeld bassline.
  • Thrones is not above product placement to balance out its massive budget. This is most evident in House Greyjoy’s changing its motto from “We Do Not Sow” to “Can You Hear Me Now?”
  • To get the proper reaction from actors during The Purple Wedding, producers decided to actually poison actor Jack Gleeson. “At the end of the day, murdering a child was the only way to go,” explained Benioff.
  • The show’s principal filming locations are Northern Ireland, Croatia, and Newark, NJ.
  • The most challenging aspect of shooting the huge battle scenes is convincing the extras to pick up their prop swords, as many fear the weapons will get fused to their hands.
  • Some superfans are giving their kids GoT-inspired names, like “Castle” and “Breasts.”
  • Martin based many elements of Westeros on real historical events and places. For example, The Wall was inspired by an old refrigerator that Martin’s parents used to lock him inside of as a child.
  • “She’ll be taking lots of improv classes, but she won’t be very good,” says Weiss on what’s next for Arya’s training in Season 7.
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I Finally Watched The First Debate, And Boy Am I Excited About This Rand Paul Character!

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Hi all!

As you may have noticed from my publications page, I recently starting writing for political news site The National Memo. Yesterday, I published a fun satire piece called, “I Finally Watched The First Debate, And Boy Am I Excited About This Rand Paul Character,” which mocks a lot of the awful predictions pundits were throwing out earlier this election cycle.

As a bonus, check out the comments section, featuring the valuable insights of several readers who didn’t get the joke!

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Shocking Details from the Original ‘House of Cards’ Script!

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Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock the past few years, you’ve at least heard of House of Cards, if not binged watched it in your own bed. While the Netflix smash hit takes inspiration from the Michael Dobbs novels and BBC miniseries of the same name, it has truly blossomed into a force of its own.

Of course, American showrunner Beau Willimon started out with a radically different idea of what House of Cards would be, though many of these original ideas never made it to screen. Perhaps the most shocking difference is how often the writers had Frank Underwood say the name of the show–56 times in the first season alone!

Check out some snippets of the original House of Cards below:

1. Peter Russo enters the belly of the beast.

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2. Frank takes a moment to relax and enjoy himself.

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3. Frank visits Freddy’s Ribs.

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4. Frank uses his magic to sway Congress.

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Personal Announcement

Dear friends and family,

It is not without much careful thought and consideration that I make this difficult decision. Given the imminent future in which there will be no more Breaking Bad, I cannot foresee myself experiencing any amount of joy from personal accomplishments, true love, or even the birth of a child. This is why I have chosen to cryogenically freeze myself for an indefinite amount of time. Please thaw me out whenever we have the technology to erase certain memories, such as the entire plot of a television show, or simply to make more episodes of Breaking Bad. Better Call Saul probably won’t count. Thank you for understanding.

Forever yours,
Daniel

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Five Mistakes that The Walking Dead Needs to Avoid in Season 4

The trailer for Season 4 is out, and I am pumped.

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The Walking Dead is not the best show on television, but it is my favorite show on television. Its nerve-racking twists and emotional depth make it one of the most entertaining programs on the small screen and invigorate the tired zombie genre. Still, the show has had its flaws, but we all know that the fastest track to improvement is learning from past mistakes. Here are the top five errors that the show really needs to correct:

SPOILER WARNING: The rest of the article contains major spoilers for the first three seasons of The Walking Dead. If you haven’t gotten all the way through the existing episodes, I recommend you stop reading to avoid colossal disappointment.

 

1. Avoid a Static Setting

One of the best things about the first season was its exploration of the post-apocalyptic world. The survivors not only had to struggle with the constant threats of death and infection, but also with the horror of living amongst the ruins of their former lives. It was a constant scramble to stay alive.

In more recent installments, however, the writing staff constrained Rick and Co. to the much-maligned farm in Season 2 and the prison/Woodbury in Season 3. While an interesting, dynamic setting is a necessity for any decent show, trapping an entire season within a limited environment makes for boring television. Let’s hope for a more mobile fourth season.

 

2. Give the Characters Some More Credit

I hate it when people complain about how stupid TV characters always are—they, just like their real-life counterparts—make mistakes and do not always think clearly under pressure. However, the thick-headedness of some characters really detracts from the show. Much of Glenn and Maggie’s inane shouting matches bothered me this past season, but they were hardly the main problem. We’re looking at you, Andrea. Could someone really be so unwilling to hurt anyone in a zombie universe that she would enable a violent sociopath to nearly wipe out two communities? The answer is no, unless she is also sleeping with that sociopath. I hope the writers don’t damage a promising character like this again. At least they were reasonable enough to know that she couldn’t possibly survive the whole ordeal.

 

3. Don’t Try to Focus on Every Character in Each Episode

When a show like this has such a great cast of characters, it’s easy to try to include everyone in each episode. What the writers have to realize is that their show doesn’t have to be like a fourth grader’s birthday party—not everyone has to be in the mix. My favorite episode from last season was “Clear,” in which Rick, Carl, and Michonne were the only three main characters to appear. It gave the show way more time to focus on evolving character relationships and thematic elements, and less time for Beth to sing. Every character has his or her own story, but trying to present them all at once just results in clunky storytelling. Better to take your time than to cram everything into one 45-minute block. The survivors deserve better than that.

 

4. Don’t Fear the Climax

The Walking Dead is great for its misdirection and keeps its captivated viewers unable to guess what will happen next. Unfortunately, this technique sometimes spirals off into the dreaded anticlimax, wasting months of carefully constructed rising action. For example, AMC teased the Woodbury Army coming to face the prison group in an all-out battle for the Season 3 finale. Instead, they ended up fleeing from a simple diversion and being massacred by an enraged Governor. Although this ending certainly surprised audiences, it also disappointed them. The show can’t allow itself to spoil the big moments just to keep us guessing.

 

5. Use the Walkers

For a show about the zombie apocalypse, The Walking Dead doesn’t seem to utilize its eponymous characters very often. I have to give the special effects crew a lot of credit for coming up with fascinating new ways for the undead to appear (Well Walker!) and be killed, but the walkers need to feature more in the actual plotline. Let’s see some more zombie-related casualties and/or transformations, so every walker encounter features into the story, not just giving a quick break for violence sandwiched by two giant halves of dialogue. Flesh-eating monsters should pose more of a threat than just the occasional nuisance. The good news is that the new season is reportedly going to feature smarter zombies, which should certainly make things more interesting. Looks like Darwinism even pertains to zombies.

 

Any other thoughts on what the show needs to do better? Post them in the comment section (but please, absolutely NO comic spoilers.)

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Live Performance of the Week: “Queen Bitch” by David Bowie

With the release of The Next Day earlier this month, the enigmatic David Bowie had to be at the center of this week’s clip. This glam rock gem shakes the stage of The Old Gray Whistle Test, in addition to bringing together the most hair per capita in the history of modern civilization.

P.S. I already checked, you can’t buy boots like that at your local footlocker.

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