The ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 finale almost involved ‘ISIS werewolves’

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TV scripts often go through many drastic changes as they evolve in a writers room. 

But there’s something uniquely hilarious about watching this happen to Rick and Morty, as co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland deliberate — with all the seriousness and anxiety in the world — over how best to use the “ISIS werewolves.”

What the fuck are ISIS werewolves, you ask? We don’t know and never will, because the concept didn’t make it into the final form of ‘The Rickchurian Mortydate.’ 

But boy, that phrase really gets the imagination going.

The recently released Adult Swim video shows a rare, candid glimpse at just how much hard work goes into crafting a show like Rick and Morty. Comedy is serious business. And the early plot to the Season 3 finale titled sounds almost unrecognizable. You can also see use of Harmon’s famed Story Embryo format, which applies the “hero’s journey” act structure to TV writing. Read more…

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Season two of The Handmaid’s Tale has been a tough hang.

From the threat of a mass hanging at Fenway Park in the premiere, to the violent rape of our heroine in the 10th episode, to, most recently, the public drowning of 15-year-old Eden and her forbidden lover, the show’s dystopian landscape was often too brutal to bear.

We were granted a glimmer of hope of when Elisabeth Moss’ June (can we please stop calling her Offred now?) heard Oprah Winfrey’s comforting voice coming through her car radio from “somewhere in the Great White North.” Of course, moments later that hope was dashed when June ultimately failed to bust through the garage door and escape.

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‘Drag Race’ Finale: A Queen Is Crowned After One Finalist’s Epic Fail

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the finale episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10. Proceed with caution.

After a season of Vanjie chants and Vixen rants, the historic 10th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race has officially come to an end. And in an edge-of-your-seat finale, RuPaul crowned New York queen Aquaria as America’s Next Drag Superstar.

The final episode used the same format that Ru originated in Season 9, which found the final four contestants lip-syncing against each other in one final showdown for the crown.

Asia, Aquaria, Eureka, and Kameron came out in new costumes to spin the wheel to decide who would perform first, and one thing was suddenly certain — these queens had some reveals planned. (Aquaria was literally in a giant silver bag with no arms showing, so no extra points for surprising us.)

The first queens to face off were Kameron Michaels and Asia O’Hara, performing to Janet Jackson’s “Nasty.” While Kameron’s reveal involved taking off her robe to show off a skimpy bodysuit, Asia put in a little more creativity. The queen had butterflies hidden in her outfit, unleashing them throughout the song. Unfortunately, it went terribly, terribly wrong.

Every time she took off a piece of her outfit to set the butterflies free, they didn’t fly away. Instead, they simply fell to the ground. And the audience noticed. A shot of Monique Heart staring at the stage in horror said it all.

At that moment, Asia’s dreams of becoming the winner of Season 10 crashed to the ground harder than those butterflies. And that meant Kameron Michaels continued to be the surprise lip-sync assassin of the season, as she moved to the finale.

Next, we had Aquaria and Eureka lip syncing to Janet Jackson’s “If.” Aquaria’s reveal came immediately, when she took off her silver pouch and revealed a bodysuit made of spikes. Not sure what the point of the reveal was since it happened so instantly, was so obviously going to happen, and nothing exciting appeared. But, okay!

Meanwhile, Eureka took off her wig and had two different costumes underneath her original outfit. It was all fun, but the sad thing is, none of the reveals or performances came close to the shock and awe of  Sasha Velour‘s rose petal reveal from last season, except for Asia’s butterfly concept. Except it didn’t work.

As for their performance, Aquaria and Eureka both equally turned the party, so it was completely unclear who the winner would be. But Ru clearly agreed, announcing, “Shantay, you both stay!” They both deserved it, but this must have made things sting even more for Asia.

Before the final lip sync, Ru announced that it was time to reveal the winner of Miss Congeniality. But because of some hacker interference in the fan voting process, she decided to have the other queens of Season 10 vote instead. I was just telling everyone who would listen that this is the way it should be done because it’s the only way to avoid a “fan favorite” winner, and only the queens really know who was the most congenial behind the scenes.

Luckily, Ru listened to my thoughts and announced that the queens voted for Monét X Change to be crowned Miss Congeniality. This was no surprise to me, as every queen I asked on the red carpet said Monét deserved the title. Congrats, Sponge Queen!

But the good cheer quickly dissipated and things got serious as it became time for the final three-way lip sync, set to the sounds of Jessie J’s “Bang, Bang.”

Aquaria instantly set off sparklers as the song began (she clearly has a hard time building up to a surprise), and the rest was a chaotic scene of splits and death drops. But it was clear that all the girls brought everything they had.

But only one could walk away with the crown. And so, RuPaul announced that Aquaria was the official winner of Season 10. Which means Eureka and Kameron were runners-up, and Asia was left behind in fourth place.

With All Stars 3 leading right into Season 10 earlier this year, we’ve spent a lot of time together over the last few months discussing our Drag Race obsession. But all good things must come to an end. Don’t worry, though, we’ll be here next year when Season 11 debuts (hopefully with Miss Vanjie as a contestant). But for now, are you happy with the results of tonight’s finale? Sound off on Twitter and let us know!

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 10 Finale: FANDOM Staff Predict the Winner

The time has come … to crown a winner for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10.

Four queens remain: Kameron Michaels, the bodybuilder Barbie doll; Eureka O’Hara, the comeback contestant; Aquaria, the fierce young fashionista; and Asia O’Hara, the pageant pro.

Four FANDOM editorial staffers (and self-proclaimed Drag Race superfans) offer up their predictions ahead of Thursday’s Season 10 finale. We predict who we think will win and who we think should win!

Adam Salandra, Entertainment Editor


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Eureka O'Hara

Who I want to win: Eureka

Critics of Eureka complain that she’s too loud and in your face, but that’s exactly why the Elephant Queen gets my vote for the winner of Season 10. I want to crown a contestant who can be an ambassador for the Drag Race brand, and Eureka is smart and articulate enough to handle the task. I was a big fan when she first appeared on Season 9, but it’s when I saw her at DragCon in 2017 that I fully realized the power of her charisma. Eureka was in a panel called Drag in the Time of Trump with Alaska and Bob the Drag Queen, two previous Drag Race winners who truly know how to command a stage. But Eureka didn’t fade into the background, nor did she stream roll the conversation. Instead, she spoke at the right times, infusing her talking points with the perfect blend of intelligence and humor. This was further confirmed for me after having the opportunity to interview the final four Season 10 queens at the finale red carpet. While each contestant was interesting to talk to, it was Eureka who brought the most life to the room. Her personality is fun, she brings awareness to body positivity, she can act, dance, perform, and turn out “proportionized” looks. And that’s why I support the #DoubleChinForTheWin.

Who Will Win: Aquaria

Aquaria has had a steady upward rise throughout Season 10, showcasing more and more talents as each episode progressed. She’s the queen with the most main-challenge wins heading into the finale, including her surprising Snatch Game win for her portrayal of Melania Trump. Who knew she’d be the surprise comedy queen of the season? Aquaria entered the workroom as a look queen and we all knew that was where her talents were strongest. RuPaul even declared that Aquaria is in the top five of all the fashion queens throughout the 10-year history of the show. But at the start of the season, her personality seemed lifeless and she struggled to speak coherently. She proved several times as the season progressed, however, that she knows how to make us laugh, and by the time the last episode came around, she was eloquently speaking to RuPaul and the other queens. She added growth on top of the talents she already brought into the competition on day one, so as long as she slays her final lip sync, the crown is hers to lose.

Bert Hall, Director Support & Engagement


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Aquaria

Who I want to win: Aquaria

Aquaria. Aquaria. Aquaria. This queen hugged the curves, took hairpin turns, and drove her ass all the way to the top. At the beginning of the season, my eyes were firmly fixed on Miz Cracker, with hardly a glance at her tween doppelganger. Aquaria seemed like she might just be an entitled, arrogant millennial. How wrong I was! By season’s end, she was serving us magnetic, cocksure 20-something. It’s exactly that kind of heavy lifting that Aquaria makes look so darn effortless. As if that weren’t enough, Aquaria won the most challenges this season and never landed in the bottom two. That, dear friends, is the pedigree of a worthy champion (see Sasha Velour) who took the game and worked it until the handle fell off, hunty. Brava.

Who Will Win: Aquaria

Without a doubt, Kameron Michaels will be heading back to Music City empty-handed. She sure was nice enough but, outside of delivering electrifying lip sync performances that crushed the dreams of three fellow competitors, Kameron failed to make much of an impact over the course of the season. Asia O’Hara is consistent with her runway looks and possesses a sparkling white, marshmallow-y smile that complements her lived-in pageant persona. The other queens seemed to truly value her counsel, but her assertion that Miz Cracker wasn’t a star left a bitter, acrid taste in my mouth. Her epic fails in Snatch Game and the old-age drag challenge don’t do her any favors, either. Eureka also delivered consistent runway looks that either met or exceeded the challenge requirements. Her bubbly personality and caring nature endeared her to many, and she wore not only the mantle of redemption; she also was the first serious big/plus-size queen championship contender. She strategically deployed both to garner favor at just the right moments. When adding all the aforementioned analyses to our Aquaria analysis, it seems as though it comes down to one question: Will RuPaul crown a seasoned, time-tested pageant queen? An everywoman, zaftig comedy queen? Or a lean, hungry queen with a razor-sharp eye for fashion? My money’s on Aquaria this season (c’mon, RuPaul even likened her to good ol’ Madge herself), not just for the reasons outlined above, but simply because this fierce millennial can’t even conceive of a world in which she isn’t the Champion of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Ten. And that’s what makes her a winner, baby.

Drew Dietsch, Entertainment Editor


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Kameron Michaels

Who I want to win: Kameron Michaels

Say what?!? Yes, the silent but deadly queen has somehow managed to keep herself in the running all the way up to the end. And her performance and look in the penultimate competition was truly stunning. I love an underdog and Kameron Michaels could very well be Drag Race’s most surprising underdog of all time. Plus, if Kameron won, the fans would go absolutely nuts and I live for such drama. Some Drag Race fans just want to watch the world burn.

Who will win: Aquaria

It would be shocking to see anyone but Aquaria take the crown this season. She has consistently delivered stunning looks on the runway — RuPaul even said her evil twin outfit was one of the top five runway looks in the history of the show — and she can claim the most wins for the Season 10 maxi-challenges. Her ability to surprise the judges and the audience puts her in the prime spot for superstardom. As long as she doesn’t end up being a total bomb at her lip sync showdowns, this is her crown to lose.

Lawrence Yee, Editor in Chief


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Eureka O'Hara

Who I want to win: Eureka O’Hara

All signs point to an Aquaria-Eureka top two. It really comes to perfection versus perseverance. Aquaria has served creative looks week after week and has a polish that belies her age. But at 21, has she had the same experience and life struggles as Eureka — enough to be relatable to fans of all ages?

After watching her over 1.5 seasons and attending her panels at DragCon, Eureka has studied the performance and political side of drag. And for that, she gets my vote over Aquaria.

Who will win: Eureka O’Hara

Aquaria is formidable competition, but I think Eureka will snatch the crown in the end. RuPaul has yet to crown a “big girl” winner and Eureka has the whole “rudemption” arc, having been forced to leave last season due to injury.

Eureka has overcome confidence and body image issues; personal growth that RuPaul looks for in her champions. Aquaria has confidence in spades. She’s a stunning look queen, and I’m just not sure Ru will crown two in a row (following Sasha Velour).

Who do you think will win? Miss Vanjie?

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About those crazy ‘Westworld’ finale twists

HBO’s brainy robot Western “Westworld” is a confusing show, and the Season 2 finale throws some mind-blowing curveballs. Here’s the breakdown of the most essential twists. Spoilers below for the Season 2 finale. After Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) is killed, she’s able to put her consciousness in Charlotte (Tessa Thompson). So going forward into Season…
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Everyone Who Survived the ‘Westworld’ Season 2 Finale

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Westworld episode “The Passenger.” Proceed with caution.

Just when you think you have a grasp of the timeline and story in Westworld, the series puts out an episode like “The Passenger.” The 90 minute Season 2 finale delivered some of the show’s craziest twists to date. It wrapped up ‘The Door’ storyline and in doing so introduced a whole new batch of questions including — once more — who is and isn’t a host. In a season with an already high body count, the biggest question is who made it out of the finale alive. So let’s take a look at everyone who survived the Westworld Season 2 finale.

Dolores


Dolores in the Westworld season 2 finale

Season 2 saw Dolores go from farmer’s daughter to the leader of the robot rebellion. Her goal wasn’t just for the hosts to live inside the park without humans, she wants to take over the real world. (Because what’s real to Dolores is “That which is irreplaceable.”) Bernard didn’t like this plan and shot Dolores to stop her. However, Bernard also took Dolores’ pearl and put it inside another body that he had created — one that looks like Delos executive Charlotte Hale. This allowed Dolores to escape the park and safely end up on the mainland. The world better watch out!

Status: Alive

Bernard


Westworld Bernard

Alongside Dolores, Bernard is the key architect to the season finale. It is he who decided that the hosts were worthy of living and should be spared. This is why he eventually brought Dolores back to life after killing her. She is their only hope for a future. Bernard ended the season alongside Dolores at Arnold‘s house in the real world. Despite saving her life, Bernard still doesn’t trust Dolores and promises to prevent her from ending the human race.

Status: Alive

Maeve


Westworld Shogun World Maeve

Maeve’s storyline this season had her searching for her daughter Anna. They were reunited briefly in “Phase Space“, before being torn apart once more. In the finale Maeve and Anna came face to face again, this time with Anna seemingly remembering her mother. Maeve sacrificed herself for her daughter, holding off the fighting hosts who had been controlled by Clementine before being gunned down by QA. However, her death was not in vain. Anna (and her other mother) escaped to the paradise of Eden.

Status: Dead*

While Maeve is dead for now, we did see Dolores leaving the island (as Charlotte) with a bag of host brain pearls. We don’t know exactly whose they are, but one of them could potentially be Maeve. Fingers crossed.

Teddy



In the penultimate episode, “Vanishing Point “, Teddy committed suicide, destroyed because of what Dolores had made him become. However, in this episode we saw that Dolores removed the pearl inside his head and uploaded him to Eden. Despite the terrible things she had done to him, at least he can now rest in peace. Farewell, Theodore.

Status: Eden

Akecheta


Westworld Ghost Nation Akecheta

Akecheta did what he promised: he brought his people to Glory and protected Maeve’s daughter in the process. After escorting Anna and her other mother through The Door, Akecheta was able to enter Eden himself. There, in the most touching scene of the episode, he is reunited with his lost love Kohana.

Status: Eden

Clementine


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Clementine had a rough season. She was reprogramed with the same abilities as Maeve and was able to control the other hosts to do her bidding. Charlotte used this power to control Clementine to make the hosts attack each other. Clementine prevented  a large number of hosts from getting through the Door into Eden before she was gunned down by Armistice.

Status: Dead

Hector, Armistice, & Hanaryo


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Hector, Armistice, and Hanaryo became faithful allies to Maeve in the search to find her daughter and the battle of the hosts vs. the humans. They fought by her side until the very end, taking down the hosts controlled by Clementine. However, all three were eventually overpowered by the angry hosts and died from their injuries.

Status: Dead

Elsie Hughes


Westworld Elsie Hughes

After being knocked out and stranded in a cave by Bernard, things were finally looking up for Elsie. The two were working together to get to the Valley Beyond — until Bernard abandoned her once more. Elsie finally returned to the Mesa and the other humans, only to be killed by Charlotte Hale. Hale had a plan for Westworld, one she knew Elsie would not go along with because of her good nature. Rather than letting the tech stop her, Hale ruthlessly shot Elsie while Bernard watched helplessly.

Status: Dead

Charlotte Hale



As the executive director of the Delos board, Charlotte is a key figure in Westworld. It was her plan to mine the data from the guests in the park which made her stop at nothing to get the information off the island. Bernard knew she was the key to saving the hosts because of her position of power. He built a host body that resembled Charlotte and puts Dolores’ pearl inside of he, giving her new life. Dolores then shot and killed the real Charlotte so no one knows she is a copy. Trippy, right?

Status: Dead

Lee Sizemore



Lee has been changed by his time spent in the park with Maeve. He now feels empathy for the hosts and knows what they are capable of. In order to protect Maeve and the rest of her friends, Lee sacrificed himself, distracting the QA team sent to take the hosts down. His ending is a true hero’s death as he recited the lines he wrote for hosts like Hector. He went out in a true blaze of glory.

Status: Dead

Ashley Stubbs


Westworld Stubbs Season 2 Luke Hemsworth

Stubbs isn’t just alive — he’s also secretly a host disguised as the head of park security in Westworld. His main drive is to protect the other hosts, something he continued to do by letting Dolores (as Charlotte) escape the park. He was last seen on the beach facilitating clean up and basically letting Dolores know she’s no longer his problem.

Status: Alive

Felix & Sylvester


Westworld Felix

Techs Felix and Sylvester survived the season after being dragged through numerous parks by Maeve. At this point they’ve stayed with her out of a combination of fear and loyalty. The pair were last seen on the beach also helping clean up the dead hosts. They were tasked with looking for any hosts that might be able to be salvaged — and both looked towards Maeve’s body lying in the sand.

Status: Alive

William


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Somehow, despite multiple injuries, the Man in Black has survived the season and beyond. William’s hand was severely injured when his gun backfired from Dolores’ damaged bullet. The evacuation team found William and brought him to the beach where he was “critical”, but still alive. The post credit scene for the episode showed William in what appeared to be the future, in a destroyed version of the Forge. Whether he’s a human or a host — or something more — is yet to be seen, although he appears to be a host.

Status: Alive

With a such large body count, the cast of Westworld is bound to look different in Season 3. Many of the key humans are dead or disguised as someone else. Will the show introduce new characters? Are there still some hosts hidden among those we believe are human? With this show anything is possible.

Were you surprised to see so many people die during this episode? Were you surprised to see everyone who survived the Westworld Season 2 finale? Let us know your thoughts and reactions on social @getFANDOM.

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‘Krypton’: The Phantom Zone Requires a Shocking Sacrifice in Season Finale

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Krypton episode “The Phantom Zone.” Proceed with caution.

Krypton‘s first season wrapped this week in an episode that showed the full force of Brainiac as he invaded Kandor City. The episode also united the Zod and El families, something not often seen on screen or in the comics. The episode was also a very emotional one, as Val-El was freed from the Phantom Zone, Nyssa learned a shocking truth about herself, and a terrible price was paid. Let’s jump into the episode’s most notable moments.

Val-El is Restored


Krypton Season Finale

After spending years trapped inside the Phantom Zone, Seg‘s grandfather, Val-El, was rescued and returned by Dru-Zod. Seg and Val shared an emotional reunion, especially since the last time Seg saw Val, Val was being executed. Zod was willing to find Val because he believed that Val held vital information to Brainiac’s defeat. Val returned with a dark prophecy, however, that no matter how many futures he saw ahead, Brainiac was never defeated.

Neither Seg nor Lyta could accept that truth: Seg wanted to save lives and Lyta wanted to fight Brainiac. It’s no wonder Clark Kent will have such a passion in him, in the future, to both save lives and stop anyone who would take them. Together, Lyta and Nyssa found a way to sneak into Kandor, while Seg, Val, and Zod decided whether it was the right choice to use Doomsday.

The Clone Conspiracy


Krypton Season Finale Nyssa

Back in Kandor, Lyta assembled what was left of the Military guard and sent them to attack Brainiac. Nyssa went her own way, to get her and Seg’s unborn child from the Genesis Chamber. Once inside the chamber, she was approached by the creator of Black Zero, Jax-Ur. Jax accused Nyssa of helping her father build the city of injustice that Kandor had become.

Jax then showed Nyssa a shocking secret that was lurking within the Genesis Chamber. It didn’t just hold babies, it held clones. Jax then told Nyssa that she was a clone, her own clone, after the first version of herself died in a crash with her mother. The clones were created to help wealthy Kryptonians live forever. You can read more about the cloning practices on Krypton in the pages of the DC Comic book, World of Krypton Vol. 2.

Defeating Brainiac


Krypton Season Finale Brainiac

After Brainiac assimilated himself into the Voice of Rao, he then disabled the shields that were protecting Kandor City. His massive ship descended upon the city, bringing with it the sheer force of the weather storm outside. Brainiac told Kandor’s citizens that his rule was their eternal life and that they should rejoice to become part of him.

Zod then proposed one way to save Kandor City: to offer Val and his well-spring of future knowledge to Brainiac. Seg refused, which prompted Zod to ask Seg the same question that has been asked in a lot of superhero films of late: would you sacrifice one life to save millions? Vision asked this question of himself in Avengers: Infinity War and Coulson asked it of himself in Agents of SHIELD.



The episode concluded with a final showdown in the Fortress of Solitude. As Brainiac came to absorb the mind of Val-El, Seg tricked him into the Phantom Zone vortex. While Brainiac was pulled in, so was Seg. In a stunning scene, the further Seg was pulled into the Zone, Superman’s cape began to reform. Seg was then completely sucked in and left his grandfather and his son with his final words: start believing in a better tomorrow again.

The terror wasn’t over, however, as Superman’s cape then transformed from a red cape bearing the House of El sigil, to a black cape bearing the House of Zod sigil. OH MY GOD. Dru-Zod then stepped into his place as General, commanding all other Kryptonian leaders to “KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!”

If that doesn’t set up a brilliant new challenge for Season 2, then I don’t know what does.

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Did ‘13 Reasons Why’ Season 2 Finale Go Too Far?

Warning: This story contains spoilers from the second season of 13 Reasons Why.

In the first season of 13 Reasons Why, nothing was held back. In the finale, Hannah’s (Katherine Langford) suicide scene was very graphic, causing a great deal of outrage from fans and parents who felt that it wasn’t necessary to show. On Friday, May 18, the second season was released on Netflix and fans are saying the same thing – this time about an assault scene.

After going away to receive help for his anger, Tyler (Devin Druid) returned to school with a new outlook. However, Monty (Timothy Granaderos) wasn’t over everything Tyler had done – basically, doing everything he could to get Bryce (Justin Prentice) to pay for assaulting women. Bryce told Monty to get over it, but he wouldn’t listen. Instead, he and his friends jumped Tyler in the bathroom, slamming his head against the mirror and the sink and pushing his face into the toilet multiple times. Monty then sexually assaulted him using a wooden broomstick, leaving Tyler bleeding out.

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To say the scene was graphic would be an understatement. But was it necessary? After binging, some fans took to Twitter to share their feelings, claiming it was more about “shock value” than anything else.

“There was absolutely no need for that scene with Tyler in the last episode. Why did that need to be written in. 13 Reasons Why is problematic and that’s that,” one viewer wrote.

Another added, “AFTER THAT BRUTAL SCENE WITH THE MOP AND TYLER, THIS SHOW NEEDS TO BE CANCELLED. Obviously the people behind this show only gives a f—k about shock value and not about rape or suicide.”

Others felt it was important. “I agree that the Tyler’s moment in episode 13 was hard to watch.. but what happened is true and some people go through that s—t, so if you think that was too much to watch, take a second and think what others have felt and no one talks about it,” one fan wrote.

Another added: “All of y’all are pissed because Tyler got sodimized in with a broom #13ReasonsWhy2 .. but this happened at my former school to a kid I know. Multiple football players raped a 15-year-old boy with a broomstick. I heard about it I almost threw up. #13ReasonsWhy needed to show this.”

Selena Gomez, who is a producer on the show, spoke out following the first season of the show, responding to the fans who thought the suicide scene was too intense. “We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, [the backlash is] going to come no matter what,” she told the Associated Press last year. “It’s not an easy subject to talk about, but I’m very fortunate with how it’s doing.” None of the writers have spoken out about the season 2 finale.

In the beginning of season 2, the cast members take turn reading a warning message. “13 Reasons Why is a fictional series that tackles tough, real-world issues, taking a look at sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide, and more,” the warning says. “By shedding a light on these difficult topics, we hope our show can help viewers start a conversation. But if you are struggling with these issues yourself, this series may not be right for you or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult. And if you ever feel you need someone to talk with, reach out to a parent, a friend, a school counselor, or an adult you trust, call a local helpline, or go to 13ReasonsWhy.info. Because the minute you start talking about it, it gets easier.”

Specific episodes, including the finale, had an additional warning before the opening credits about sexual assault and drug use.

13 Reasons Why season 2 is currently streaming on Netflix.

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Most Shocking Moments From the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Finale

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Grey’s Anatomy episode “All of Me.” Proceed with caution.

Grey’s Anatomy season finales are always emotional roller coasters. Whether the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial are dealing with plane crashes, active shooters, or the death of a beloved patient (RIP Denny) there is always some big twist that leaves fans clamoring for the next season. This year’s finale was no different, but it also had added importance because it marked the final episode of Dr. April Kepner and Dr. Arizona Robbins.

The finale also (finally) featured the wedding of Alex and Jo. But this is Grey’s Anatomy and a wedding can never go off without a hitch. The couple almost missing their own wedding wasn’t even the craziest part of the episode. Here we take a look at the most shocking moments from “All of Me”.

April’s New Mission


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After surviving her near death experience in last week’s episode, fans were wondering just how April would leave the show. It comes as shock that April has merely chosen to leave her job as a trauma surgeon. Instead of saving lives in a hospital, she is now providing medical care for the homeless. It’s the perfect sendoff for her character. April has been defined by her faith and desire to do good in the world. While it would have been incredibly emotional to see her die, it’s a wonderful surprise that Grey’s has allowed April to survive and go out with such an amazing legacy. It was also great getting to see her jump into action and save a life in the field (with a pinwheel!) one last time.

Miranda Decides to De-Stress


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After her heart attack this season, Bailey has had a new outlook on life. Despite Webber‘s praise of her as a leader, she decides it’s time to take a break from her duties as Chief and focus on her research and surgeries. She is finally taking some much needed time for herself and putting her own health first. However, her decision to hire Teddy to take over for her in the interim is sure to ruffle some feathers.

Double Wedding


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April planned the perfect wedding for Jo and Alex, but thanks to an emergency surgery, the couple getting trapped in a barn, and a mix up in directions to the location, plans had to be changed. However, all her work was not in vain. Despite being left at the alter by April once before, Matthew decides he wants to try again. The couple got married right then and there, which gave April her happy ending and a new shot at love.

At the same time Jo and Alex have their own perfect wedding. The couple was married in a ceremony performed by Meredith on the all important ferry. It was an emotional moment, further cementing Meredith’s bond with Alex that has extended to now include Jo. Cue the tears.

A Happy Ending For #Calzona?


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April might not be the the only one getting her happy ending. Arizona may have to leave her friends and the career she loves to move to New York, but she may have someone waiting for her once she arrives. Callie is single now and the two have been trading texts that make Arizona smile. Callie seems to share this feeling, sending a message saying she can’t wait to see Arizona. Despite all the hardships and heartbreak the couple has been through, this hint that there could be happiness again is a nice way to celebrate the groundbreaking couple and leave fans with hope for their future.

Teddy is Pregnant?!?


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Of course just when Amelia and Owen were settling into their life as a little family and Amelia was getting ready to confess her feelings for him, Teddy returns. And it looks like she may have some BIG news to share. It appears as though Teddy is pregnant. Why else would she come back to Seattle if not to tell Owen about their baby? Owen has always wanted to be a father and is the king of doing the right thing so this is sure to change things drastically. Poor Amelia.

There is already plenty of drama to look forward to when Grey’s Anatomy returns for its 15th (!) season this Fall.

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‘Chicago Fire’ Boss Talks Finale Twist: Is That the End of Dawsey?

Warning: this story contains spoilers from Chicago Fire’s Thursday, May 10, episode!

When one couple’s great, the other’s cracking. That was the case on Chicago Fire’s season 6 finale. While Stella (Miranda Mae Rayo) and Severide (Taylor Kinney) finally got a happy ending – he deserved one – Dawsey was not so lucky. After learning that having a baby would be a huge risk, Dawson (Monica Raymund) told her husband Casey (Jesse Spencer) that she wanted to try anyway. He refused, suggesting adoption instead. She then refused because of their history with Louie. So, in an impulsive move, she made a huge change, telling Chief Hatcher that she’d like to join the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Starting with the positive, cocreator Derek Haas admitted to Us Weekly that Severide had been through enough and while having Renee (Sarah Shahi) was a nice twist, he wanted Kidd and Severide to be together at the end of the season. “When we look at our board for the season, we look at what’s going to be our shocker, our upswing and heartbreak. It was definitely Severide’s turn after the last few seasons of having really tough romance-enders and best friend! We’ve been building them all season,” he said. “I do think Severide has a nature-nurture problem that comes with the territory when he’s dealing with relationships. But Kidd is special… I really like them together.”

And while Stellaride got the upswing it looks like Dawsey got the heartbreak. But will Dawson really go to Puerto Rico and will Casey follow her?

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Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey and Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson on ‘Chicago Fire.’ Elizabeth Morris/NBC

“I would love to be able to go to Puerto Rice and shoot for a week. Get Casey there, have Dawson there, but I can’t make any promises. I have no idea,” Haas noted. “I can see that episode in my head but I don’t know if we’re going to be able to do it.”

However, the conversation of children isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. “This issue is as big as you can have as an obstacle in a relationship. Since the very first episode, Casey has talked about wanting to be a father. She gets emotionally raw about the way that that could happen. It’s not thought out. It’s impulsive. It’s not even rational or how you should be thinking about these things but that’s what life does,” he added.

Chicago Fire has been renewed for a seventh season at NBC.

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‘Catfish’ Finale Recap: Woman Falsely Confesses To Being a Catfish

Ending with a bang! The Wednesday, March 7, season finale of Catfish turned one of the most perplexing and twists yet into what was, quite possibly, the happiest ending in the show’s history.

When Catfish producers first heard from Savenia from Rochester, it was in the form of an email. The then 17-year-old had reached out to the show about a guy she’d been dating online for five years, Dylan. In a cryptic email message she confessed, “I’m not the person he thinks I am. I guess this makes me a Catfish.” Unbeknownst to Savenia, her online beau of five years also reached out to the show some months later asking for help identifying Savenia.

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Dylan on ‘Catfish’

Host Nev Schulman immediately decided to fly Dylan out to Los Angeles. After meeting the 18-year-old aspiring wedding cake designer, Nev and co-host Max Josephs were convinced he was the victim of a Catfishing scheme. Considering his girlfriend Savenia refused to video chat, would never meet up in person and had a slew of overly staged modeling shots on her Facebook profile, all signs pointed to her being a bonafide Catfish.

When Savenia agreed to meet Dylan in L.A., she admitted over the phone, “I’m not really who I say I am.” Obviously the last thing anyone expected was for Savenia to show up looking exactly like her photos, but that’s precisely what happened. The tall, attractive young woman excitedly bounded out of a producer’s car and into Dylan’s arms, hugging him emotionally. So, why did she claim to be a Catfish?

Savenia revealed that she assumed she was a Catfish because she “posted a lot of photos of me looking really good, like photoshopped.” She added, “I feel like I was Catfishing him. My boobs were photoshopped. My butt was photoshopped.” Max flatly called her out explaining that in today’s world, it is assumed that everyone posts edited photos. Nev agreed, saying, “You don’t look that different.”

Aside from her misinterpretation of the true meaning of being a Catfish, Nev and Max were thrilled for this love story to reach a happy ending. Nev exclaimed, “I’m overjoyed. This very rarely happens for us.” Three months later, the duo had plans to move in together and appeared madly in love.

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‘The Walking Dead’: One Fan Theory Bites the Dust in the Mid-Season Finale

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from Season 8, Episode 8 of The Walking Dead, entitled “How It’s Gotta Be.” Proceed with caution.

The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead Season 8 ended with a shocking twist. We all anticipated a major death to leave us all feeling mightily downbeat ahead of the holiday season — and while we wait for Season 8 to start up again in February. But what actually transpired knocked us for six.

If you’re still reading, we’re assuming you’ve either seen the episode or you don’t care about spoilers. So we’ll go ahead now and say it – Carl revealed he’d been bitten. The internet is generally pretty upset about this turn of events, and many have already said adios, even though he’s not gone just yet. But what some are mourning even more than his loss is the sad demise of a popular fan theory. Namely, the ‘Old Man Carl’ theory, which, in one fell swoop, has just been debunked. Or so it may seem.

The theory revolves around the notion that the events of The Walking Dead are actually Carl’s recollections of what happened through the zombie apocalypse, and that the end of the show will reveal Carl as an old man recounting his tales retrospectively. If Carl has been bitten by a walker, his life is about to end – which puts the ‘Old Man Carl’ theory well and truly to bed. RIP ‘Old Man Carl’ theory.

But will events play out like we expect? Let’s look at the evidence.

The Case For

When people get bitten by walkers in The Walking Dead, they transform into the undead themselves. No exceptions. Unless, like Hershel, they get bitten on a limb that’s amputated immediately. Or they get shot or stabbed in the head before they turn. Carl’s bite is on his torso and can’t be amputated. Plus, he’s surely been concealing the bite for too long for any attempt to cut it out to save him.

And as showrunner Scott M. Gimple told The Walking Dead aftershow, Talking Dead: “It will play out as bites play out on the show.”

He followed up with: “It’s very important to Carl’s story and the entire story — what happens in the next episode – so I’m just focused on the fact that right now Carl’s alive and he has some business to attend to. That is a one-way ticket, but I’d like to think that the things we see in the next episode are so important to his life and the other characters’ lives.”

Let’s also draw attention to a deleted Facebook post Chandler Riggs’s father reportedly wrote which stated that Riggs had been fired from the role of Carl in the show… and also an interview Chandler Riggs gave to the Hollywood Reporter in which he says Carl is “going to die.”

The Case Against


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Is this or isn’t this the moment that Carl got bitten?

It seems remiss to pay heed to an emotional Facebook post by a third party, that’s since been deleted. And there’s always the possibility that it’s part of a fake-out. And let’s also imagine that Riggs’s interview is part of that fake-out. A tall order, maybe. A lot of fans would be very angry.

But let’s look again at Gimple’s quote. He’s been pretty non-committal about what exactly happens. He doesn’t refer to a “walker” bite specifically, just “bites”. And when he says “one-way ticket” that doesn’t necessarily mean death as a direct result of a walker bite.

When Gimple talks about what happens in the next episode being very important to the entire story, could he actually be referring to the introduction of the Whisperers?

The Whisperers is a group from the comics about whom there’s been incessant chatter with regard to their arrival in the show. They wear the skins of the dead and also adopt their behaviour. This allows them to move among the walkers, undetected.

It’s possible that Carl was bitten by a Whisperer, and not a walker which would mean his destiny – at this juncture anyway – isn’t necessarily undead. If you look at the wound, this would seem to support this. It’s a perfect imprint of teeth clamped down on flesh – there’s no attempt to tear flesh away, which is the instinct of zombies in the show. They’re compelled to eat flesh; it’s their sole driving force. We’ve seen the results of a zombie attack enough times to know that they’re usually more savage than this. That doesn’t mean to say he won’t die, of course, but maybe it plays out in some other way.

But what do you think? Is the ‘Old Man Carl’ theory truly dead and buried? Is there a chance we’ve just seen the start of the Whisperers storyline? Let us know via our social channels @getfandom

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Val Chmerkovskiy & Girlfriend Jenna Johnson Sneak Sweet Kisses Mid-Performance on DWTS Finale

Val Chmerkovskiy and girlfriend Jenna Johnson showed off their romantic dance moves — and a little PDA!

The Dancing with the Stars pro, 31, and dance troupe member, 23, put their love on display during a sultry accompaniment to country star Kelsea Ballerini‘s special performance of her hit single “Legends” on Tuesday’s season 25 finale.

Chmerkovskiy, who was paired with ESPN personality Victoria Arlen for the competition show, and Johnson snuck in two kisses: once mid-way through and the other by ending their choreographed routine which was a far more passionate smooch.

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Love was certainly in the air as Ballerini previously explained to PEOPLE that “Legends” is a song she co-wrote about a “crazy, tragic, epic” romance.

Chmerkovskiy and Johnson have been dating off and on for the past two years, but their romance seems to have taken a more serious turn in recent months.

And fans couldn’t help but notice Chmerkovskiy and Johnson’s real-life romance shine through their performance:

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In September, Chmerkovskiy gushed about his girlfriend’s “incredible talent” on the ballroom floor. “I’m a huge fan. I think she’s the best girl here, so I’m excited to see her here,” he said. “Jenna is a huge asset to the show.”

And one month before, in August, the younger brother of DWTS pro Maks Chmerkovskiy revealed that he was “in love” with Johnson, and possibly ready to take their relationship status to the next level.

“Is that what it’s called, the wedding bug?” he told The Insider following Maks’ nuptials to wife Peta Murgatroyd in July. “Or have I gained a different perspective on, you know, what love is and what happiness is? You know, I’m in a great place and I’m in love, and I’m very grateful for that.”


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13 people who have decided incest is fine after the “Game of Thrones” season finale

13 people who have decided incest is fine after the “Game of Thrones” season finale


13 people who have decided incest is fine after the “Game of Thrones” season finale

We can all agree that incest is wrong, right? Well…it appears that Game of Thrones fans are the exception. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you know exactly what incestual pairing we’re referring to. And if you haven’t watched the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, what are you waiting for?! Get watching, then come back here for all the family #DRAMA, because spoilers definitely lie ahead.

Moving along, a Dany-Jon romance has been brewing for some time now. Not long after their first meeting, a *heat* started to develop between them. Then, the showrunners confirmed that the pair we’re falling for one another. And tonight, the lovebirds got it on.

And while that moment was FIRE, it was also ICE WEIRD.

That’s because their hook-up was part of a montage that showed Bran (aka the Three-Eyed Raven) telling Sam all about Jon’s papa and mama. He told him that Jon is not Ned Stark’s bastard, but rather, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark — making him the true heir to the Iron Throne.

Upon hearing this, Sam told Bran about the annulment of Rhaegar and Elia Martell’s marriage, and that Rhaegar and Lyanna got married in a secret ceremony — and we got a flashback to that via Bran. Finally, FINALLY, the show itself confirmed more details about Jon’s parentage (we saw Lyanna with Baby Jon last season), and cleared up those annulment/marriage rumors.

Knowing all this, you’d think that Dany and Jon’s sex scene would be, um, uncomfortable to watch.

And for some Twitter users, it was. Because, Dany is Jon’s aunt after all. (But, the two don’t know that…yet.)

Others, meanwhile, just acknowledged that it happened at all.

But, it appears, an even greater number thought the Dany-Jon sex scene was HOT. AS. HELL.

And the same goes for their relationship at large.

So, here are just 13 examples of Twitter users who decided, incest? Yeah, that’s totally fine — at least, in this case.

So, much of Twitter can agree that Dany and Jon together is totally acceptable (and encouraged!), despite the fact that they’re related.

The question now is how will Dany and Jon react to the news? We’ll surely find out when Game of Thrones returns with its eighth and final season.



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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale Predictions: Jon Snow and Dany Make Love, the Wall Will Fall, and More

It’s all led to this. Sunday night’s Game of Thrones finale will bring a who’s-who of Westeros royalty together for the first time: Daenerys Targaryen, joined by Jon Snow, Tyrion, Davos, and The Hound, will converge in the Dragonpit for her first-ever meeting with Team Cersei. There are a hundred dangling questions this episode might answer: Is Cersei really pregnant? Will The Hound and The Mountain finally duel to the death? Where are Sam and Gilly headed? What the hell is up with Arya? And, hey, remember the Greyjoys? They were important once, right?

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POLL: Who Will Die in the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale?

Season 7 of Game of Thrones has seen no end of character deaths. A ton of Freys. Obara and Nymeria Sand. Olenna Tyrell. Randyll and Dickon Tarly. Thoros. Benjen Stark. Even Viserion bit the dust! With one episode left, we reckon there is room for another character to die before the final credits roll. Taking out the main characters – Cersei, Daenerys, Jon, Jamie, and Tyrion – we listed the eight most likely candidates who might not make it to Season 8. Check out our list, see if you agree, and then vote in the poll!

Littlefinger


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Will Littlefinger finally be outmanoeuvred?

From Master of Coin to Lord Protector of the Vale, Littlefinger has schemed his way throughout all seven season of Game of Thrones. Now, in the frozen wastes of the North, Littlefinger plays his games with the Starks of Winterfell. He attempts to set Sansa and Arya against each other in hopes of gaining more power. But has he underestimated Sansa’s deviousness, and Arya’s cunning?

Beric Dondarrion


Last surviving member of the flaming sword club.

The last surviving member of the Brotherhood Without Banners, Beric Dondarrion has already died a half dozen times. Each time he was resurrected by the Red Priest, Thoros of Myr, and now serves the Lord of Light with his flaming sword. But with Thoros’ death beyond the Wall, will Beric Dondarrion finally succumb to a final and true death?

Grey Worm


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Game of Thrones doesn’t do happy endings.

The bravest and fiercest of Daenerys’ Unsullied, Grey Worm led the assault on Casterly Rock. It was not his fault that the entire thing turned out to be a trap. He has been at the forefront of most of Daenerys military campaigns and come through them relatively unscathed. With armies now massing for war, will Grey Worm’s luck finally run out? He’s started to find happiness with Missandei, but will it be short-lived? One thing is certain: soldiers die in war.

Bronn


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Bronn should have bought it twice during the Battle of Blackwater Rush.

Sellsword, badass, and master of the deadpan snark, Bronn has come a long way since allying himself with Tyrion way back in the first season. As a fierce fighter, he’s constantly in the thick of battle where his skills, cunning, and ruthlessness helps him to survive. Bronn’s already had a few close brushes with death: nearly poisoned at the hands of the Sand Snakes, and almost roasted by Drogon. Will Bronn’s luck finally run out?

Sansa Stark


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Sansa’s finally taking control of her life, but is it too late?

In the North, Sansa Stark is Lady of Winterfell. After all the indignities she has suffered, Sansa had evolved from a naive and sheltered young girl to a hardened and cynical woman. Now she tries to play the political games that she has watched others like Cersei and Littlefinger play. Sansa has Littlefinger to contend with on one side, and Arya on the other. Has she learned her lessons well, or is she in over her head?

The Hound


The Hound lives by the sword. Will he die by the sword?

The Hound is brutally honest and knows the truth about how life in Westeros works. The strong prevail over the weak, and violence is a way of life. The Hound knows that the way he lives his life leads him into situations where it is kill or be killed. He’s even cheated death before. Heading back to King’s Landing, will the Hound come face to face with his hated brother one last time?

Arya Stark


Arya may be a murder machine, but can she be as cunning as she needs to be to survive?

After several seasons training with the Faceless Men in Braavos, Arya Stark is looking to make good on her promise to kill the people on her list. Distracted from her mission of vengeance by the reunification of the remnants of her family, she now finds herself in the middle of Littlefinger’s schemes to gain power in the North; a scheme that sets her against her sister, Sansa. Arya has learned much in Braavos, but did she also learn this kind of warfare?

Jorah Mormont


Has Jorah come home to Westeros to die?

Daenerys’ most loyal servant, Ser Jorah Mormont has finally returned to Westeros. After surviving a seemingly lethal bout of greyscale thanks to the intervention of Samwell Tarly, Jorah returns to his Queen’s side to serve her once more. Pledged to defend the Queen with his life, will Ser Jorah finally have to make good on his oath?

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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale: What ‘The Dragon and The Wolf’ Could Be Referring To

The final episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 is entitled “The Dragon and The Wolf.”

The two beasts in the title are the sigils of two Westerosian houses: House Targaryen, whose sigil is a three-headed dragon; and House Stark, whose sigil is a direwolf.

Previous episode titles have followed similar nomenclature: notably Season 1’s “The Wolf and The Lion” (House Stark and House Lannister), and Season 4’s “The Lion and The Rose” (House Lannister and House Tyrell).

“The Dragon and The Wolf” can refer to the two houses, but also their heads.

Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow


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Dany is developing feelings for Jon.

Daenerys and Jon are finally on the same side. Dany came to his aide north of The Wall, but Jon sacrificed himself to ensure his comrades and Dany could escape from the Night King and his army.

Miraculously, Jon survived and was reunited with Dany, and finally bent the knee to her. The two shared a lengthy look (never mind the fact that she is technically his aunt). Which leads us to another interpretation of the title.

Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark

“The Dragon and The Wolf” could be referring to Rhaegar, Dany’s eldest brother, and Lyanna, Eddard Stark’s sister.

The lovers lost their lives prior to the beginning of the series, but their legacy lives on, mainly in the form of their son, Jon Snow. Jon was given to Ned to raise as his bastard son, even though he wasn’t.

In “Eastwatch,” Gilly learned the truth — Rhaegar had his marriage to Elia Martell annulled — meaning his offspring with Lyanna would be legitimate and thus have a true claim to the Iron Throne.

Jon Snow

The title doesn’t necessarily have to refer to two different things. Being half-Targaryen and half-Stark, Jon is both “The Dragon and The Wolf.”

Melisandre believed he was the fabled Prince That Was Promised and brought him back to life. Even more recently, Jon survived certain death after taking on a massive wight army alone and being thrown into the icy waters north of The Wall. Time after time, Jon has lived to fight another day — leading to what many believe will be a final showdown the Night King.

Viserion and Nymeria/Ghost


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Viserion may help the Night King take down The Wall.

The most literal translation could reference an actual dragon and an actual wolf.

The Night King murdered and then resurrected Viserion, who may play a key role in breaching The Wall.

Meanwhile, the two remaining direwolves — Nymeria and Ghost — have not had any major roles. While Ghost is still at Winterfell, Nymeria made an appearance earlier in the season and chose to remain with her pack instead of going with Arya Stark, signaling the change in both wolf and owner.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Everything You Need to Know Before Sunday’s Season Finale

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is about to close the curtain on its seventh season. Even though this has been the shortest season yet, a lot of huge events have taken place over the course of just six episodes. We’re sure that the seventh and final episode of the season will have its fair share of shocking moments, but here’s a quick run down of what you need to know going into the season finale.

Arya, Sansa, and Littlefinger (Oh My!)


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The Stark sisters are at odds. Or are they?

Arya and Sansa‘s journeys back to Winterfell have been extremely different but equally harrowing. With the two sisters now reunited, the devious Petyr Baelish is trying to tear them apart with deception and distrust. Are Arya and Sansa falling victim to his machinations? Or are they secretly playing him against himself?

It’s Cersei’s War, We Just Die in It


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Cersei sitting pretty – for now – on the Iron Throne.

Cersei claimed the Iron Throne last season, but now she’s been bombarded on all sides by her many enemies. She struck a powerful blow when she defeated Dorne, Highgarden, and Yara Greyjoy‘s fleet. However, just one attack from Dany‘s dragons left Cersei’s army in the dust (or ash). What does Cersei have planned for the finale? If the past is any indicator, it won’t be anything good.

Bran Flakes


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Bran examines the catspaw dagger.

Ever since his return from beyond the Wall, Bran has been a bit of a downer. His new status as the three-eyed raven has made him cold and detached from everyone else. But, his amazing powers have to play some role going forward, don’t they? Will he end up being a huge puzzle piece that falls into place in the final episode?

Dany v Night King: Dawn of Dragons


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Dany’s dragons roast some white walkers.

After losing her beloved Viserion, Daenerys has been convinced of the Night King‘s power and the threat he poses to the entire realm. What’s worse is that her dearly departed dragon has become a zombie soldier for the Night King’s army. Now that she’s become allies with Jon Snow — and there might be some fire between them that isn’t dragon-based — her mission has changed from conquering Westeros to saving it.

Game of Thrones airs on HBO at 9PM EST.

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‘Broadchurch’ finale offers a bittersweet, if convoluted, end

“Broadchurch,” one of the best British imports in recent memory, ends its three-season run Wednesday night on BBC America — in both bittersweet and (slightly) disappointing fashion. Bittersweet in the sense that we’re saying goodbye to terrific series leads David Tennant and Olivia Colman who, as detective inspectors Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, have morphed…
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Mark Hamill, J.J. Abrams Join Hilarious ‘Nightcap’ Season Finale

If you haven’t been watching Nightcap, Wednesday’s Season 2 finale — featuring Mark Hamill and J.J. Abrams — is definitely worth checking out.

The Star Wars icons will play themselves on the Pop TV comedy, which centers around a talent booker named Staci (Ali Wentworth), who works on a fictional late night show called Nightcap with Jimmy. On Wednesday’s finale, the show finds itself in danger, and Staci calls upon Hamill and Abrams.

FANDOM caught up with Wentworth to discuss the finale and how fun it was to shoot with Luke Skywalker and the director of Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

FANDOM: Tell us how you were able to get Mark and J.J. on the show.

Wentworth: J.J. and I have known each other for 25 years; he’s a very close friend of mine. I’ve always wanted to work with J.J. on camera because we have such an innate rapport as friends and I asked him to it. Then I reached out to Mark Hamill and said, “We’d love you to come on to do a funny cameo.” And he said “absolutely.” We all had a ball!

FANDOM: How did the crew react to having two icons on the set?

WENTWORTH: My whole crew geeked out. We’ve had Sarah Jessica Parker and Mariska Hargitay and they were a professional crew. But with Mark and J.J. they could barely do their job. They were dropping cable, spilling their coffee, etc. They lost it.


Mark Hamill replicates his famous hood reveal on Nightcap

FANDOM: What can you tell us about the season finale?

Wentworth: When you come on Nightcap, you get to come on the show and play a funny version of yourself. With this season finale, J.J. and I were giggling a lot. And Mark does that great ode to Star Wars (see video above) and was “yeah, let’s do it.”

FANDOM: Josh Gad famously tormented Hamill’s costar Daisy Ridley to spill details on Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Was there anybody on the cast that tried to grill Mark about the sequel?

Wentworth: “Oh my God … constantly! I would see one of the key grips be like, ‘Hey man, I have a question for you.’ I must’ve overheard Mark reply ten times, ‘Oh, I can’t talk about that’ or ‘I can’t tell you.’ I almost ran around with a broom hitting the crew saying ‘Stop!’”

I think it’s very empowering for Mark to have this information that people want. his wife was there and his daughter was there. Considering he is Luke Skywalker, he is very down to earth, taking cell phone pics, etc.

FANDOM: Are you and your husband [Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos] big Star Wars fans?

Wentworth: “I am a BIG Star Wars fan as is my husband. He works at ABC Disney and Star Wars is a big part of the the ABC family. I also think that J.J. has a bromance on George so I said, ‘Come shoot nightcap and then you and George can go out lunch.’”

FANDOM: How did George react to Mark’s cameo?

Wentworth: “George couldn’t believe it. Last night I did Fallon and even Jimmy Fallon was like, ‘How did you do that?’ Obviously, network television would pay millions of dollars for that moment. And when you’re the underdog, when you’re this little show and you’re a nice show, it all came together organically. There wasn’t any ‘I don’t know if we can do that’ or ‘let me call the network.’ It would be almost impossible to do anywhere else due to the red tape.”

FANDOM: Anything else you can share?

Wentworth: “The interesting thing was afterwards J.J. was like, ‘You can cut me out, it’s okay.’ He was very insecure. I replied, ‘Are you kidding me?’ YOU’RE insecure about MY little show?” [laughs]

Check out Mark Hamill and J.J. Abrams on the Season 2 finale of Nightcap Wednesday night at 8pm/7 pm C on Pop TV. And catch another hilarious preview below.

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Pretty Little LiarsIt’s so hard to say goodbye, just ask the stars of Pretty Little Liars. The fan-favorite Freeform drama signs off on Tuesday, June 27 after seven seasons of twists, reveals, shocking returns…

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Dancing with the Stars Finale Illness: Gleb Savchenko Has Flu and ‘Has to Rest,’ Says Source

This is not the week for Gleb Savchenko to get sick.

“He has the flu and has to rest up this weekend so he can hopefully dance on Monday,” a source tells PEOPLE of the Dancing with the Stars pro.

Savchenko and his season 23 partner Jana Kramer are just two nights away from possibly winning the Mirrorball Trophy but the pro is having to reschedule rehearsals this weekend so he can rest, says the source.

Kramer and Savchenko are slated to face-off against Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy, Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold and James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess for two dances on Monday night. And if they are not eliminated Monday, they will have just 24 hours to learn a new dance for the season finale on Tuesday.

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“Getting to the final week makes me already feel like a winner,” Kramer — who posted an Instagram Saturday of Savchenko wearing a mask in rehearsal — told reporters after last Monday’s live show. “But don’t get me wrong, I still want that Mirrorball!”

The source says Savchenko can’t imagine not performing Monday, but it will have to be a game-day decision. The pro dancer almost had to sit out of a live performance earlier in November after suffering a knee injury.

Dancing with the Stars finale week kicks off Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Seinfeld Doesn’t Mind If You Make Fun Of His Finale Because He Has No Feelings

Jerry Seinfeld is fine if you joke about the heavily criticized last episode of “Seinfeld.” That is — as long as he considers it a “good joke.”

While speaking at the Vulture Festival on Saturday, Seinfeld shared his opinion on the joke Julia Louis-Dreyfuss delivered about the “Seinfeld” finale on the last episode of “Late Show with David Letterman.” (The joke: “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.”)

“I like all jokes,” Seinfeld said. “There’s really nothing else I care about except jokes. I don’t care who has them, whose feelings have to be hurt — if it’s a good joke I’m into it.”

Seinfeld mentioned that the joke was a second option after he and Louis-Dreyfuss pushed back on the first, and wondered if the writers had been hesitant to use it at first to spare his feelings.

“Maybe they didn’t want to hurt my feelings. That’s what it may have been: That they had that joke and they didn’t want to hurt my feelings and then, of course, they don’t know I don’t have feelings.”

It’s unclear whether “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David would feel the same way, as he’s revealed in previous interviews that the negative reception to the show’s finale still influences him. Speaking to Bill Simmons in December, he mentioned how audience perception of the episode has made him hesitant to end “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in a similar fashion.

“I got so much grief from the ‘Seinfeld’ finale, which a lot of people intensely disliked, that I no longer feel a need to wrap things up.” he said.

For more of Seinfeld’s comments, head over to Vulture.

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The ‘Mad Men’ Finale, Coke And Don’s Quest For Enlightenment

Two days after the “Mad Men” finale aired, what more is there to say? So many critics have weighed in with thoughtful and insightful essays; even when I don’t particularly agree with another writer’s opinion, I’ve been floored by how eloquent and intelligent the post-finale commentary has been.

So is there anything more to add? Sure. The mark of a truly great TV series is that we think about it long after its gone. My view of “The Sopranos” has evolved a lot since that famous cut to black, and there are moments and ideas from a dozen other long-dead shows that still percolate in my brain to this day.

When it comes to the closing images of “Mad Men,” I just want to add my voice to the chorus of those who have said that there doesn’t necessarily have to be a binary choice when it comes to how to view Don Draper’s smile and the famous Coca-Cola ad.

I lean toward the idea that Don did write the ad, but does the answer to that question have much of an impact on the ending?

It does and it doesn’t. Let’s consider the choices:

Don didn’t create the ad. That means the smile was about Don reaching some kind of self-acceptance and inner peace, and hooray for that. What next? Well, I think it’s clear that Don would eventually leave the retreat (if nothing else, it seems awfully short on alcoholic beverages). It’s only common sense to think he would eventually go back to advertising. Being a mechanic or a drifter doesn’t pay all that well and results in the occasional beating, and Don does have three children to support. Whatever the payouts from various business dealings, the money in his bank account wouldn’t support vacations, private schools and college for three children, let alone the posh lifestyle Don likes to lead when he’s not crashing in cheap motels.

But more than that, Don, like Peggy, has an itch he simply must scratch. He’d get back into the ad game because he loves the thrill of the chase, and pursuing a great ad concept has always brought him more joy than any relationship. He has meaningful bonds with Peggy and Sally, but dealing with other human beings has been and will always be work for him. Being an ad genius, chasing ideas and the ghosts of ideas — that also can be hard work, but also contains moments of uncomplicated joy.

Don can’t not be an ad man, at the end of the day. As I said in my finale review, this is how he communicates with the world. In fact, it’s the only way he’s consistently been able to connect with the rest of the human race (beyond Peggy and Sally, that is). For the most part, other people are abstractions to whom Don pitches ideas about connection, home and affection with wry intelligence and elegance. Ultimately, he’s trying to sell himself ideas that he has been resistant to, because he is a reject, an orphan, an outsider who finds it hard to experience or feel love. Maybe if somebody accepts those things, he can learn the trick of it.

Don can’t stop being an ad man because he will, until the day he dies, be pitching himself on the idea of “perfect harmony.”

So, if he didn’t have a great idea for a Coke ad — and I think the show strongly implies he did — he’d have another great idea about another product someday, and, being who he is and needing a paycheck as well as validation, he’d simply have to follow through. One day, he’ll ditch morning yoga and don (!) the power suit and floor a client with something they didn’t know they wanted but need, once he creates that need inside them. No one understands the dance of yearning and satisfaction more than Don Draper, so of course he’s not done with the ad game.

Don did create the ad. I lean toward this interpretation, partly because, as I said in a Twitter dialogue on Monday, the expression on his face was the satisfied smirk of a man who knew, in his bones, he was going to absolutely crush a pitch. I find nothing wrong with that interpretation of the smile: The satisfied Draper smirk is a beautiful thing. I haven’t watched every episode of “Mad Men” twice (if not more) because I only want to see Don wallow in a vat of cheap booze and self-pity.

When he’s on an upward trajectory — calm, confident and cool — that is also intensely magnetic. My nickname for early-seasons Don Draper is “Sex Batman” — you know it’s true — but when he’s on his A-game at work, you could also think of him as the Iron Man of pitches. Part of the reason that Don mode is so entrancing is because, in those moments, he’s unapologetic, commanding and incredibly sure of himself. These qualities in any human being are attractive; we all want to think somebody knows what they’re doing (hence our love of superhero stories). Like Don’s clients, we want to believe a man can fly, and the sharp-suited, suffer-no-fools, tells-us-what’s-what Don Draper lets us believe, for a moment, that liftoff is possible.

I’ve referred to a couple of Don modes here — to go with the theme of Sunday’s finale, we could call them Downward Dog Draper (booze, self-pity) and Upward Dog Draper (Sex Batman, pitch master). But the fact is, these modes are just two different stages of the same cycle we’ve seen Don go through for seven seasons. It’s all about the wheel, really.

All experience is preceded by mind,
Led by mind,
Made by mind.
Speak or act with a corrupted mind,
And suffering follows
As the wagon wheel follows the hoof of the ox.

All experience is preceded by mind,
Led by mind,
Made by mind.
Speak or act with a peaceful mind,
And happiness follows
Like a never-departing shadow.
— The Dhammapada (Gil Fronsdal translation, Shambala, 2005)

You know I was just waiting to bust out a classic Buddhist text, right? I’ll get to why I’m doing so in a bit, but that reference to a wheel may ring a bell.

At the end of the series, we saw Don enter a phase we’ve seen him in many times before (perhaps one or two times too many, which is why it was time for the show to end).

The Don who walked into the ocean in “The Mountain King” is the Don who embraced Leonard: We are seeing Don, once again, find a few precious scraps of self-acceptance, self-awareness and compassion. He will emerge from the retreat with a little more understanding of himself and his inner workings. Will that give him a power-up as an ad man? Well, sure. Is that the end of the world? Not if he conducts himself in a way that doesn’t make Sally or Peggy ashamed of him, and not if he conducts himself in a way that doesn’t make him lapse into self-hatred (well, not too often).

If I had a problem with the finale, it’s because throughout, I wanted Don to go home to Sally, the human being with whom he arguably has the most powerful bond. She was in pain and in crisis, and even though she addressed those problems with typical efficiency, she was still in great need of someone to lean on. Surely Don, of all people, could recognize the plight of a frightened child who feels alone in the world?

The Don who dropped everything, no matter what, to be with that child is a Don who’s truly gained some real wisdom. I accept but can’t love Don’s story in the finale, because it was distracting for the formerly unwanted child to ignore his own childrens’ obvious and pressing needs.

I’ll digress a bit to give another reason for why I found the finale a bit deflating: There are many flavors of “Mad Men” episodes, and this simply wasn’t one of my favorites. Part of the fun of the show is that it has many different modes — heist episodes, contemplative episodes, character-driven duets like “The Suitcase,” Ingmar Bergman-esque episodes, formal stylistic experimentations, Cheever short stories, hobo episodes. Nobody asked me — shocking! — but the truth is, I didn’t want the show to end in hobo mode. My preferences lean toward either the “Suitcase” or “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” styles. Did I want “Mad Men” to finish on the “Jet Set” end of the spectrum? Not so much.

It did end in that mode, and though I found the themes and ideas surrounding Don a bit on the repetitive side, that’s okay. Maybe I’m being overly kind, because the last few seasons have been a bit repetitious, but I’m inclined to be kind to a show that has produced so many moments of pleasure and great art. So here’s my most generous interpretation of the series finale: Maybe the repetition was the point.

Will Don lose a good chunk of the self-awareness he gained on those cliff tops and in those group-therapy rooms? Will he go down into a spiral and come out the other side again? Almost certainly. Whether or not he created the Coke ad, he’ll have success with some other client. And he’ll still sleep on the couch in his office, have sex with inappropriate women and wake up depressed. He’ll make a bunch more money, and he’ll still experience moments of intense loneliness.

Don’s life — success and money and Coke aside — will be a constant turning of the wheel, cycles of self-doubt and pain followed by halting attempts at self-awareness and connection. Isn’t that the way for all of us?

I’ve been to about 10 meditation retreats in the past decade or so. Once, on the way back from a retreat, I was seated next to a young mother who had a toddler on her lap. The child, who was about 15 months old, was adorable; my own son was only a few years older at the time. I smiled at the child’s attempts to climb all over me as well as her mom; for the first hour, all the patience and kind feelings engendered by the retreat held sway. The second hour of the flight was decidedly less rosy. By the time I deplaned, my jaw was set and I couldn’t wait to get away from all other humans.

Did everything I learned on that retreat about compassion and forbearance seep away in one plane flight? Maybe. But that’s the great comfort of Buddhist thought: It takes it as a given that we are all stuck on the wheel of samsara, an eternal cycle of endless rebirth. Am I a better person because I go on retreats and meditate? Nope. I still snap at people and act like an idiot on a regular basis. But do I think, over time, I have gained more awareness of how my mind works and the patterns I’ve fallen into? Yes. Like Don, I’m a work in progress, but part of that progress is an awareness of my worst impulses, which in turn creates more opportunities to interrupt them. But it’s a process — a cycle — not a destination.

The same goes for this show. The great legacy of “Mad Men,” I think, is its mastery of the episodic form of television. So many ambitious shows divide their season-long story into 10 or 12 or 13 chunks and call it a day — and that approach can work. But call me an old-fashioned classicist — I love an episode of television that feels like an episode of television.

Like “Lost,” or “Star Trek” or “The Sopranos,” “Mad Men” would often take the viewer on a discrete, concrete journey within one episode, which could be about an idea, or one or two themes, or one or two people. Matt Weiner was masterful at telling great short stories on screen and populating those richly imagined stories with believably complex, intelligent, driven people. And while “Mad Men” gave viewers several excellent season finales and penultimate episodes, I don’t think anyone will look at the series finale and put it on a list of Greatest Finales of All Time. The best episodes of “Mad Men” sometimes came at the end of a season, but the show’s true treasures were often middle-of-the-season gems — postcards from a journey, not statements on a destination.

In any event, I’m okay with the somewhat ungainly finale because of what preceded it. Don has changed a lot in the past decade. Each turn of the wheel has left him with a little more knowledge than he had before. That might be wishful thinking on my part, but television is projected into our eyeballs and we project our hopes and dreams right back. Did he change this time? Sure. It’s the real thing. Or the wheel thing, destined to turn again and again.

I don’t know if Don dabbled in Buddhist teachings while he was at that clifftop retreat center, but I’ve found it to be a great comfort in times of trouble, because the Buddhist masters take it as a given that we will cycle through this life, and other lives, again and again as we attempt to achieve higher states of consciousness and less injurious modes of living. (The character began life as Dick, who killed Don and was reborn in that identity, which he killed off again to re-embrace Dick. Wheels within wheels).

Everything I’m bringing up here — it all sounds hippie-ish and earnest and vague, and yes, the quest for self-awareness can quickly slide into a state of self-absorption (which certainly happened in the ‘70s and undoubtedly happens now). It’s easy to mock certain aspects of self-help culture, but underneath Don’s quest for constant reinvention is a desire to help himself. “Mad Men,” for all its sharp humor, didn’t diminish or poke fun at that aspiration, even in the finale.

Under a slick exterior is a show that is sincere in its hopes for its characters. They might be out to make a fast buck at any cost, and they might also be people doing some good in the world. They might be in the pay of heartless corporations, and they might also be perceptive people with smart, subversive ideas. It might be cynical to beam out ads about love and tolerance into the world in order to sell sugared water, and it might also be a meaningful act that promotes kindness. All of those things can be true.

That’s why the world of advertising has been such a fertile arena for the show: Don is pitching the world on what he wants to be true, and as consumers, we also want to edit reality into something we can cope with and possibly even enjoy. That’s the real circle of life, at least in our capitalist world. People are receptive to great pitches, which can be double-edged swords; “Mad Men” reminded us every week that “the truth” can be malleable, which is a scary and thrilling idea. Don’s whole journey is that of someone who turns insights into slogans he can use to sell cola and nylons — but, when it’s phrased right, don’t we long to buy to what he’s selling?

A great pitch leaves room for the imagination of the pitch’s recipient — we complete the circle. And Don’s no different than anyone seeking to get ahead. We all use our perceptions to our advantage. Aren’t I turning my insights into clicks right this moment?

I find the Coke ad, and Don’s possible role in the creation of it, no more and no less cynical than Don’s role in the creation of the Carousel pitch, which, viewed from a certain perspective, tells the entire story of the show. “It goes backwards, forwards … Around and around, and back home again.” (Back “om” again.)

The wheel of samsara — death and rebirth — is one of the central symbols of Buddhism, a faith that takes it as a given that we are always cycling through different modes, trying to find comfort, trying to find a home, trying to find ourselves and some kind of meaning among the pain and wonder of life. The quest always brings us back to the same place. The Dhammapada again: “Hatred never ends through hatred. By non-hate alone does it end. This is an ancient truth.”

Don is able to bring a mode of Buddhist-flavored thought to the creative process: He can make observations and evaluations that help him and his protegees — and the work — evolve and change for the better. He’s not great at turning that dispassionate eye inward and framing what he finds in ways that help him survive the darkest times with minimal damage. He can be tin-eared and clueless about social change, but he’s even more blind to his own blundering tendencies. Non-judgmentally observing and understanding the patterns formed by bad choices is harder than seeing what’s wrong with ad copy. He has his moments — the Coke ad is a genius distillation of an aspirational cultural moment — but it can be frustrating to watch Don make the same mistakes over and over again.

Don’s trying, but he’s tried before. When he recounted his sins to Peggy, that speech felt a little rote, if I’m being honest. That said, Jon Hamm conveyed Don’s revulsion and shattered disgust incredibly well. And at least that moment of hitting bottom led somewhere.

When Leonard spoke, part of the reason Don cried was because he recognized himself in that entirely average man. Don/Dick’s entire life has been marked by the kind of early rejection that he will never truly overcome. He has been chosen, but sometimes, he doesn’t feel chosen, wanted. The refrigerator light goes off.

But that’s okay. Don looked at Leonard, and saw that there was nothing wrong with him; Leonard’s just another human being, trying his best. We all bring what we want to bring to the Rorchach test known as “Mad Men,” but I think Don experienced two crucial revelations in that scene: He recognized that Leonard was a good person who did not see his own goodness, and he — Don — recognized that he also has some good in him. He realized that he can’t do much, but he could be kind and open in that moment, and tell another person: “I see you. And I care about you.” The cycle of samsara is broken — or at least interrupted — when we can look beyond the self.

That’s sincere, earnest and uncool and I don’t see why else we’re on Earth, if not to experience those moments. Here we are stuck on this wheel, this hamster wheel, this carousel. I see you.

Don will shower, shave and put on a suit that’s a little old-fashioned. It will be a suit that projects an unmistakable air of power and mastery.

Don will go back into an airless office and drink and pitch and make deals and make money. He’ll try and fail to connect to his kids, but once in a while, he will actually connect. Those moments will make it worth the attempts.

His kids and Peggy will know that the cycle will trend downward again. He won’t show up to meetings and baseball games and holiday parties and crises. He’ll win awards. He’ll be unreliable and self-absorbed.

Don will start to think another person — probably a Sad Brunette — holds all the answers and can heal him. He’ll try to save someone else and forget that, all along, he has been trying to save himself. He will undoubtedly listen to the siren song of fear and rejection.

And he’ll be reborn. Again. So turns the wheel.

I talked in-depth about the “Mad Men” finale in a TomandLorenzo.com podcast that will go live Wednesday or Thursday at the latest. Previous Talking TV podcasts on “Mad Men” are here.

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Adult Swim’s ‘Black Dynamite’ Addresses Police Brutality On Season Finale Special, ‘The Wizards Of Watts’

In addition to competitive NFL post season match-ups and the annual Golden Globes taking place this weekend, Adult Swim’s hit animated series, “Black Dynamite” will also air its season finale titled, “The Wizards of Watts.”

The hour-long musical special, which will feature guest appearances from the likes of Tyler The Creator, Erykah Badu, Tim Blake Nelson and J.B. Smoove, will follow the show’s lead character, Black Dynamite, as he finds himself in the middle of a police infused riot during his one-day vacation. And despite the topic of police misconduct leading news headlines in recent months, show writers ironically insist it wasn’t in their intent to be “current.”

“This episode was written over a year and a half ago so it was never with the intent and purpose to be current,” writer-director, Carl Jones, revealed in a email statement to the Huffington Post. “It started as a parody of the Wizard of Oz that dealt with the pre-existing epidemic of police brutality.”

“It’s always important to me to tell stories that are honest and that not only speak to me but the human condition,” he added. “Police brutality itself is a byproduct of black people’s socioeconomic disposition in this country. Institutionalized racism is interwoven into the fabric of the country, police brutality is just one thread.”

Black Dynamite’s “The Wizards of Watts” will air Saturday, January 10th, at 10:30 PM ET/PT on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.

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An Ode to Matt Bomer in Honor of Tonight’s White Collar Series Finale

Matt Bomer made his way into our hearts in 2009 when he appeared in the first episode of White Collar, and since then our lives haven’t been the same. So you can understand that we’re more than a little upset that the hit TV show is ending its five-year run tonight when the series finale airs at […]
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Happily Ever After?The Leftovers Finale Recap

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 1, Episode 10 of HBO’s The Leftovers, titled “The Prodigal Son Returns.”

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This is what I was waiting for all season. Total and complete chaos.

I was sure we were stuck with Kevin in the woods and wondering what the heck the GR were doing laying out baby clothes.

They crossed a line — making people remember with wax figures of the departed.

Jill had gone to be with her mother on the very night they were going to leave figurines all around town, and then almost dies in the riots.

Nora? If I could use profanity I would. I was convinced she was going to shoot herself, so the little twist on the porch was well worth it.

Things I Love About This Show:

1) The use of sound and silence. Maybe it’s overdone every now and again because the show is so dark. But the silent screams and the physical acting being good enough to work under that theme song? Not an easy combo.

2) Of course, the story’s about the family. Cue the piano. I was annoyed that we kept forgetting about Tom. And trying to figure out how he was going to fit in. I’m glad he’s back in the center — almost “Walking Dead”-style.

3) Not being sure if I should laugh or cry. So yes, the family. But the dog?

What did you think of the finale? Is this show cheesy or am I totally cynical? Are we almost happily ever after? Let me know @karenfratti or in the comments.

“The Leftovers” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.
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‘Mad Men’ Finale Review: Dance Fever, Burgers And Space Travel

Do not read on unless you have seen the seventh episode of “Mad Men’s” final season, “Waterloo,” which also serves as the show’s 2014 finale (it returns with seven episodes in 2015).

We all know that when a “Mad Men” episode is heavy on business intrigue and office politics, it’s usually a winner, but even by that standard, “Waterloo” may have been entirely too much fun. Jim Cutler pulled his big moves, and you know what? The late Bert Cooper was not Napoleon in this episode, Cutler was. The man with the big glasses overplayed his hand and he ended up with very little to show for it. Speaking of Bert Cooper, what just happened?! Did he just do a song-and-dance number with a group of prancing secretaries? I do believe that actually did happen. All righty then! “Mad Men,” never stop surprising me!

I’ll write more about what Don’s vision of Bert meant in a moment (spoiler alert: He wants Don to be free), but first, a question: Why does the moon orbit the Earth?

Now, you may think that I’ve been watching a lot of “Cosmos” lately (and you are correct). Of course, we know the answer to that question, but for thousands of years, people didn’t know. They came up with conjectures, ideas and myths — they crafted various kinds of stories. Some of those stories are great, some are a little loony, but, obviously, the truth is that gravity binds these two bodies together. We can’t see gravity, we can’t taste it or touch it, but, among other amazing things it can do, it can make enormous objects that are otherwise separated by vast stretch of icy space influence each other in multiple ways. The Earth and the moon are bound by invisible bonds — they are cosmically connected, forever.

As are Don and Peggy.

There were twin sources of driving tension in this episode: Would the astronauts make it back from the moon, and would SC&P land the Burger Chef account? Both of these things mattered greatly, and yet, they also didn’t matter.

Of course, everyone wanted the astronauts to come home safely (and kudos to “Mad Men” for threading that storyline with genuine suspense and excitement, even though we knew the outcome of the astronauts’ return). The thing is, whether or not their re-entry went perfectly, the astronauts had still accomplished something historic, something truly awe-inspiring. The astronauts (and the NASA teams behind them) had put human beings on the moon — an important symbolic step for the maturation of our species.

That accomplishment would always stand, regardless of what happened afterward. The same is true of another enormous but more personal landmark — the maturation of Don Draper.

Think about all the things that happened to Don before that pitch meeting with Burger Chef. His wife decided that their marriage was over. It had been over in all but name for some time, but just before leaving for Indiana, he got the final death notice from Megan. For Don Draper, here was another failed attempt at intimacy and commitment.

On the work front, Bert Cooper died. He and Don weren’t close, but he’d had Don’s back enough times for it to matter, and Don felt bad for Roger and everyone else who cared about the old coot. And of course, Cooper’s death altered the balance of power inside the agency, something that Cutler didn’t even wait 30 seconds to point out (this week in Lou is the worst: Lou is not actually the worst — that honor this week goes to the odious Cutler). When he got that call from a distraught Roger, Don had every reason to believe that all that he had worked to regain was now gone. He’d have to start over again, with no wife, no allies like Roger and Peggy in the background, no real friends to rally around him. He was as isolated as we’ve ever seen him.

So what did Don do at this very low point? How’s this for momentous: He didn’t pull a Don Draper. He didn’t hobo out to the Coast or make some other self-destructive decision. In a miraculous development, he didn’t think much about himself at all. He made a strategic and personal decision — in the wee, small hours, he decided on a course of action that makes sense from several different perspective. He saw that mission to its completion in a selfless and focused way. He helped Peggy deal with her nerves, he made her believe in herself and he made damn sure the pitch meeting went as well as humanly possible.

This is connection. For Don, this is landing on the moon.

What is true connection but an ability to see someone else’s point of view? What is connection but a desire to put someone else’s needs or a larger goal first? Don didn’t need to let Peggy land the account. He could have gone out on top and garnered the Burger Chef account as a final “screw you” to everyone on Team Cutler. But he didn’t do that. In one of his darkest hours, he didn’t fall down a rabbit hole of self-absorption and pain. He didn’t crawl into a bottle and drown in narcissistic angst. On his way out the door — which is where he thought he was headed — he tried to help his protégée attain a meaningful achievement. He got nothing from that, aside from a powerful rush of pride.

To me, the center of the episode was the look that passed between Don and Peggy when she stood up at the end of her pitch. Don knew she had nailed it, and she knew it too. Don may not be much of a husband or father, let’s face it, but he knows how to do the thing that Peggy just did, and sharing that moment with her — a moment of real and well-earned triumph — was sweet indeed. A collective effort at NASA got men on the moon, and a team effort at SC&P had brought them all to this point, but Don and Peggy were the ones who set foot on that spectacular terrain.

Don and Peggy have orbited each other forever, exerting strong influences on each other; she started out as the satellite and then he took that role, but none of that really matters now. As we saw last week and saw again this week, that connection is more tangible and real than ever. Don didn’t give Peggy talent — she always had it — but he helped her hone it, he pushed her, he toughened her and he made sure that when the moment came, she nailed the pitch. And she taught him too — about friendship, loyalty and persistence. They love each other in all the ways that matter. Like gravity, you can’t see that love, but it’s undeniably there. Don Draper, Dick Whitman — it doesn’t matter. He’s no longer an asteroid, floating through the cold darkness of space on his own, and he knows it. They both do.

Don also knows that there will always be office machinations — it’s just unavoidable during these tumultuous times. But does the end result have to be selling out to McCann? Unlikely. The moon, Bert crooned to Don, belongs to everyone. Why can’t a new firm — one begun by SC&P refugees — belong to everyone he cares about? “The best things in life are free,” apparently, and Don really wants to be free, once and for all.

Coming on top of a generally wonderful episode, Bert’s shoeless dance number was icing on one tasty cake, but it also set up the final run of episodes quite efficiently. Don could accept the large sum of money on the table and sell out to corporate overlords, or he could take off in a rocket to the moon — a risky journey, of course, but he’d have Peggy, Roger and possibly even Pete by his side. Let’s face it, Cutler’s technocratic beliefs and even Roger’s practical/desperate machinations don’t truly constitute vision. Don and Peggy have that — can they also be leaders? We’ll see.

I wouldn’t be against those two. But we will have to wait until 2015 for the answer to all these questions, and that makes me sad. As many have observed — even creator Matthew Weiner made this point — the show generally pulls off a big series of moves at about the mid-point of a typical 13-episode season.

In this 14-episode final season, the show stayed true to form by doing just that kind of thing in the seventh episode, but it’s likely that nearly a year will elapse before we see the end to this series of personal and professional machinations. AMC has done “Mad Men” no favors by stretching out the exit of a show that thrives on ambiguity and atmosphere. “Mad Men” typically marinates in certain themes and ideas before turning on the heat in the home stretch, and that wait between half-seasons will drain a lot of the momentum out of the show’s final run. But it is what it is, and we’ll have to deal with it.

As it happened, there was a lot to savor in this lovely yet energetic episode: We got a vintage Don Draper pitch (he was very smart in the way he reeled in Ted Chaough, who sure seems clinically depressed at the moment); we got a couple of subtle and evocative reminders that Peggy is indeed a mother; and I just loved the series of family tableaux that constituted the lyrical middle section of the episode. It was a brilliant visual representation of the Burger Chef “family supper” pitch: Roger, Mona, their son in law and grandson were an odd kind of family, and yet they shared the wonder of the day together. Betty’s family and her friend’s brood represented a range of viewpoints and ages, but in the end, Sally didn’t kiss the cynical athlete, she kissed the nerdy boy who made her feel a bond with something beautiful. Ted, Roger, Julio, Sally and of course, Don — they were all looking for connections, for bonds that weren’t just practical but emotional.

Numbers, data, surgical accuracy: That’s what Cutler advocated, and that’s the kind of cold, precise science that NASA workers had to use to make the moon shot work. But the journey to the moon wasn’t just about trajectories, angles and engineering calculations: It was a story people told themselves (with help from Neil Armstrong’s memorable pitch: “That’s one small step for man, one giant step for mankind.”).

“Mad Men’s” particular kind of humanism — one that loves individuals and outliers and emotional connections more than insiders, blowhards and data mavens — was all over “Waterloo.” And the moon landing was a brilliant vehicle for that kind of collective resonance and personal accomplishment. What this episode was after was a sense of wonder, and who wouldn’t feel that after seeing Don Draper act like a normal, compassionate, responsible human being. For once, Houston, we did not have a problem.

Cutler’s the only one who couldn’t see that there’s only so much you can do with number crunching and data. People want to be moved, and they were moved by the moon landing — in part, as Peggy noted, because everyone who watched it shared the same range of emotions.

Of course people enjoyed that story of progress and wonder– they’d been starving for it.

A final hail of bullets and favorite lines:

  • First things first: Ryan McGee and I will be recording a podcast with a very special guest on Monday. Around midday Monday, check the Talking TV page or on iTunes (Once it’s ready, I’ll also add the podcast to the bottom of this post).
  • Not only did Bobby break out his telescope, Megan had a telescope on her patio in California. What does this mean? Did Sharon Tate own a telescope??! #telescopetruthers
  • It looked to me as though Bert Cooper owned a Pollock. Cooper, you magnificent bastard, you!
  • “We don’t owe you anything. You’re a hired hand! Get back to work.”
  • In an episode stuffed with memorable moments, Meredith’s awkward attempt to seduce Don was hiii-larious. That moment was also a subtle reminder of Don’s change of status: These days, he’s just another guy at the office without a huge amount of mystique; women aren’t throwing themselves at him on a regular basis, not during work hours anyway. Only the dumbest human that SC&P employs would try to “comfort” Don in that particular way, and he’s way too smart (and/or not desperate enough) for that.
  • “What if it’s quicksand?”
  • “Should I reschedule?” “Get OUT!”
  • Excellent work in the final phone-call breakup between Don and Megan. Jessica Pare infused one simple word — “Don.” — will many layers of meaning, and few people do sad/hurt face better than Jon Hamm. Did you also notice that he was tearing up a little after Bert’s dance routine? He’s going to miss that shoeless elf.
  • “Take off your shoes.” “I don’t feel like it!”
  • “Marriage is a racket!”
  • I’m going to side with “Mad Men”/”Mad Style” bloggers Tom and Lorenzo regarding the development of Joan of late. I don’t think the show has done a good enough job of showing two things: Why she is so anti-Don, and why she is so mercenary these days. Both those things appear to be linked and they’ve practically been the only notes she’s gotten to play, though as we saw last week, she still very much believes in love and genuine relationships. For many seasons, she and Don got along fine, and though I know she’s eager to hang on to the status and partnership she now enjoys, her hostility to Don this season has never been properly explained, in my view. It’s kind of sad, because I think she’s an interesting character, but, on the work front anyway, there hasn’t been enough about her of late to offset the view of her as ruthless toward her once-respected co-worker.
  • Sally stands, stares and smokes just like Don.
  • Roger taking the nameplate from Bert’s office was just the right touch — sad, subtle and, in a way, momentous as well. Note the real emotion in his voice when he said, “Now I’m going to lose you too!” to Don. Roger’s the eternally irresponsible jester, but it’s nice to get these reminders that he feels things deeply.
  • “We have no liquor!”
  • The pitch scene did a great job of getting us inside Peggy’s head; she was so preoccupied and afraid that everything was just reverberating noise to her. Side note: She looked terrific in that scene. Her crisp blue and green dress and her bold red lipstick were just perfect.
  • I loved the shot of the SC&P team in the motel, rapt by the moon landing. There was such genuine interest and sincere delight on their faces. “Mad Men” can get grim and dark, but when it lets itself be optimistic, few other shows can touch it.
  • “Cooper still dead?”
  • “Cutler’s not going to stop until the firm is just Harry and the computer.”
  • The running gag of Harry not really being a partner has never gotten old.
  • “Really.” “It’s a lot of money!”
  • In a season that hasn’t been as .gif intensive as I would like, I hope many different images of Bert dancing around Sterling Cooper are up before morning. I’d bet half the reason that Weiner did the song-and-dance scene is because actor Robert Morse is a Broadway veteran, and Weiner just couldn’t let him leave the show without taking advantage of a few of those skills. And why not?
  • Thanks to everyone who has read these weekly “Mad Men” reviews — I am truly appreciative of the fact that you stopped by, and I hope we can all reconvene here next year.

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Expect Plenty Of Death In The Season Finale of ‘Reign’

Prepare yourselves, Royals, more death is coming to French court.

This season on “Reign” there’ve been beheadings, battles and bedding ceremonies, but tonight’s final episode is upping the stakes for some of your favorite characters on the show. Adelaide Kane — who plays fledgling monarch Mary, Queen of Scots — spilled a few finale secrets to HuffPost TV, explaining that she’s very different from the character she plays:

Fans should be ready for a few things before tonight’s season finale airs.
Last week’s episode saw King Henry finally go full on crazy and Mary team up with Catherine to plan his imminent demise. Things didn’t work out too well for the scheming Queens and on tonight’s episode, Francis finds himself in danger and Mary might be his only hope. So what’s in store for our newlyweds?

“A couple of loose ends are going to be tied up,” Kane said. “We’re going to resolve some of the open plot threads.” And how does the show plan on doing that? Murder, of course. “There’s going to be some death, as there is in every episode,” she admitted. “Just a casual Thursday in the castle.”

But will Mary, who hasn’t been afraid to get her hands bloody this season, be involved in the action? Kane certainly hopes so. “I’d love to see her just stab somebody!” the actress joked.

Seriously though, fans should prepare for plenty of pomp and circumstance before the show says goodbye. A festival will be taking place, some jousting and oh yeah, a baby will be born. “Lola goes into labor,” Kane revealed. “But there’s no baby in the finale so you’re going to have to wait until the second season to find out about that.”

Don’t bother to ask Kane what fans can expect in Season 2.
“They don’t tell me anything,” the actress said. “I’ve been asking everybody. I have my little spy network that I bribe with baked goods and hugs, but it never works.”

One thing that does work on the show: the clothes.
Apparently, dressing the part of the queen has its perks. Since the pilot episode, critics and fans alike have agreed on one thing and that’s how damn good the cast looks while tromping all over the French castle. While we’re sure their good genes are to blame, it doesn’t hurt that Kane and company have had their choice of designer duds every episode. From Alexander McQueen ball gowns to Gucci mesh tops and everything in between, the costume department on the show deserves a round of applause for the all the hard work they do, and Kane agrees.

“I don’t even bother giving input,” Kane said. “They don’t ask me and they don’t need to. They know exactly what they’re doing.” And while donning couture sounds fun, Kane admits it’s one of the hardest parts of the job. “It’s very exciting but at the end of a 16 hour day, I want to rip them to shreds, douse them in gas and burn them,” the actress said. “You trip over your damn self all the time and going to the bathroom is so tricky.”

Since the show is taking a temporary leave of absence, Kane waxed nostalgic on the first season by revealing which scene was her favorite to film.
“I love anything with Megan (Follows) and anything with Toby (Regbo),” Kane said. “I love our fight scenes where we get to scream at each other. It’s very cathartic.”

Mary has no problem standing up for herself on the show, but Kane isn’t anything like her royal alter ego.
On the show, Kane totally embodies her strong and often stubborn character, but the actress want her fans to know, there’s a difference between who she plays on TV and who she is when the cameras aren’t rolling.

“I hate conflict,” Kane said. “I don’t like fighting people.” Thankfully, back-stabbings and assassination attempts are something the Australian actress doesn’t have to deal with in her personal life, but she says it’s always better to take the high road in any argument. “I’ve had my fair share of bullshit to deal with,” Kane said. “It’s always better to take the upper hand.”

The season finale of “Reign” airs Thursday, May 15, at 9 p.m. EDT on The CW.
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