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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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Did ‘Hey Arnold!’ Predict Deflategate?

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MOVE IT, FOOTBALL-HEAD!

These are words ingrained into the mind of every child of the 90s. We know them, of course, from beloved Nickelodeon cartoon ‘Hey Arnold,” a popular show about kids growing up in the big city. But beneath its original, thoughtful humor, was ‘Hey Arnold’ pushing forward a secret message?

Is it possible, nearly twenty years in advance, that it predicted…

DEFLATEGATE???

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It sounds crazy, at least until we take a look at the season 1, episode 11b story entitled, “Cool Jerk.” Here, Arnold is thrilled when he befriends a cool, older guy, but his new buddy has some sinister plans for our good-natured hero. In addition to telling a great story, this episode is also a perfect allegory for the New England Patriots’ deliberate tampering of footballs during the 2014 NFL postseason. All the pieces are there.

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1. Arnold is a football!

The entire series goes out of its way to prove that Arnold is basically a football. Aside from his unique head shape, Arnold’s personality encompasses many of the core tenets of football. He is fun-loving, team-oriented, and all-American. Arnold, like a football, is harmless enough on his own, but when in the wrong hands, he is capable of unleashing a world of destruction.
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2. Frankie G. is Tom Brady!

Frankie G. is a one-off character in “Cool Jerk” who bears an eerie resemblance to New England Quarterback Tom Brady. Like Brady, Frankie is popular, stylish, and a born leader, at least on the surface. Once confronted with something they desire, however, both men display a sick urge to do whatever it takes to win. He even tells Arnold, “Sometimes to be cool, you’ve got to bend the rules a little.”

Still not convinced? Get this: neither Frankie nor Brady was selected in the first five round of the NFL draft.

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3. The store is the Superbowl!

Not long after Frankie takes Arnold under his wing, we soon learn Frankie’s true plan: for Arnold to rob an electronics store.  Granted, Frankie is not the first or last person to cheat his way to victory, but his methods for doing so are strangely familiar. You see, the store is only accessible through a distinctive football-shaped window, one which Frankie shoves Arnold through headfirst. In other words, Frankie’s plan for success revolves around unlawfully manipulating the size of a an ovular object.

Remind you of anyone?

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers a question during a news conference Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Indianapolis. The New England Patriots will face the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

4. Gerald is Roger Goodell!

Ultimately, none of the characters face any real consequences for their wrongdoings. In the middle of the would-be robbery, police sirens ring out through the streets. Frankie and his cronies (the Patriots) flee, leaving poor Arnold stuck in the window. However, the noise was nothing but Gerald, Arnold’s best pal, sporting a hand-cranked siren. Gerald forgives Arnold and takes him home, mirroring the weak leadership of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Both really only care about being perceived as the main influence on their beloved football, even while more corrupt forces determine the behavior of that football. Meanwhile, Frankie gets off scot-free, without any kind of jail-time, similar to Tom Brady’s evasion of a mere four-game suspension.

And here’s the freakiest part of all: “Cool Jerk” aired in 1996.

So there we have it–a veritable conspiracy. Who can say why or how this prediction happened? Perhaps Nickelodeon has some connections to the Illuminati. Maybe they were just the only ones who saw it coming. Regardless, you can witness the truth for yourself here.

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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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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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Mr. Monk Gets a New Show

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By Dan Fitzpatrick

The world just has not been right since Adrian Monk left the shimmer of the small screen in 2009. Monk’s departure left a collective void in the hearts of millions, and his absence may even explain the ongoing recession at hand. Planet Earth desperately yearns for the return of everyone’s favorite obsessive, phobia-ridden detective, so why not insert him into an existing television program? Listed below are Monk’s top star vehicle prospects, each of which will be accompanied by a jaunty Randy Newman theme song.

The Walking Dead

A zombified Monk struggles with life in the post-apocalyptic universe, as his unquenchable appetite for human brains clashes with his fear of messy foods. Look for hilarious scenes of Adrian vacuuming up discarded body parts and sorting hordes of walkers according to size and state of decay.

Monday Night Football

Monk slowly overcomes the anxieties of public speaking and shoulder pads in his stint as a sideline commentator. He later turns professional football on its head when his meticulous studies of the official rulebook reveal that the only legal method of downing a player is through two-hand touch. Also, Jon Gruden forms an unlikely friendship with Monk, who later rescues the former coach when he is nearly eaten by a dance-crazed Warren Sapp.

House Hunters

Due to the asymmetry of the three presented houses, Monk refuses to place an offer on any of them, despite #2’s admittedly charming breakfast nook. Upon close inspections of the blueprints however, he discovers a secret connection among the houses—an intricate connection of tunnels used to shuttle a clandestine legion of prostitutes from home to home. Nice try, Suzanne Whang.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

A stellar recommendation from the San Francisco Police Force somehow allows Monk to join the cast of a show that is both a cartoon and out of syndication on most basic cable packages. Mystery, Inc. hires the detective to solve the greatest riddle of all—is Velma actually a lesbian? Yeah, and she would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids and Tony Shalhoub.

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Oh, the things she would do for a Scooby Snack.

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