How Cricket Has Become More Than Just a Game For Hong Kong’s Filipina Domestic Helpers

It’s 7:00 a.m. and Cherry Octaviano’s workday is about to begin. There’s breakfast to be made—fruit, juice, sandwiches and eggs—and a round of cleaning to be done before she wakes everyone up. She dusts the study and sweeps the floors before gently getting the household out of bed.

Around the same time, in an apartment elsewhere in the city, Jennifer Alumbro is preparing school lunches before dropping the kids off at the bus stop. On her return, she gives the kitchen a quick wipe down before cleaning the bathroom.

This is what most mornings look like for Octaviano, 35, and Alumbro, 30, both Filipina domestic helpers in Hong Kong. But come Sunday, they turn their attention from spotless dishes and sparkling floors to batting practice and fielding strategies. It’s their weekly day off and they spend it doing something very few Filipinas do: playing cricket.

Alumbro and Octaviano are members of the SCC Divas, a female team made up entirely of migrant domestic helpers from the Philippines. It’s certainly the first such cricket team in Hong Kong. Quite probably, it’s the only one of its kind in the world.

It isn’t unusual that cricket is played in Hong Kongthe former British colony’s connection with the sport goes back to 1841. But it is interesting how the Divas have taken with such devotion to a sport that, until recently, was completely alien to them—and indeed to most people who did not grow up in one of the Commonwealth or former Commonwealth countries that are cricket’s heartlands, such as England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies, and New Zealand.

Cricket has never caught on in the Philippines, despite first being played in Manila in 1914. Until about 15 years ago, the game was only played socially, and haphazardly, by a smattering of expats from Commonwealth countries. Though there are now structured leagues supported by the Philippine Cricket Association in and around the capital Manila, the sport is still far from popular, especially with the Filipino population.

Not so in Hong Kong, where the Divas are helping cricket spread among the city’s Filipino workers. The game is proving to be a welcome diversion for a hardworking community for whom life is often difficult.

While most families in Hong Kong are law-abiding employers and often form warm relations with their helpers, emotional and sometimes physical abuse are occupational hazards. One of the most shocking instances was the 2013 case of a young Indonesian domestic worker, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, who was starved and tortured by her employer for months. More common is the kind of pettiness that sees a helper’s pay docked for transgressions like using a heater.

Working and living conditions can be challenging, too. Since local laws deem that helpers must live with employers, they have little or no privacy and are constantly on call, working long, tiring days. Given the premium on space in Hong Kong’s overcrowded and exorbitantly priced housing market, many are forced to sleep in substandard conditions when the day’s chores are finally done—making their beds in bathrooms, on balconies, or under racks of drying clothes in corridors.

In these circumstances, cricket is more than just a sport for the helpers. It’s a ready-made family and cultivates a sense of pride. “People say we’re just cleaners and nannies,” Alumbro tells TIME. “We are doing our best to change that. We are more than that.”

In their own, small way the Divas are also part of a growing wave of women’s cricket. Women’s games now draw sizeable crowds and television viewers. One estimate suggests that close to 180 million people tuned in to the 2017 Women’s World Cup, with the 26,500 capacity crowd at London’s hallowed Lord’s cricket ground the largest ever for a women’s final.

‘We’d had enough of playing softball’

Team captain Josie Arimas was the driving force behind the Divas’ formation in 2017. Arimas, 50, a former softball player in the Philippines, was introduced to cricket in 2015 and spent two years playing with a Hong Kong team before deciding to form her own squad. She received enough interest from fellow Filipinas to go ahead with her plan.

“We’d had enough of playing softball; it was boring. Cricket was a new sport,” Arimas says.

She found an ally in Animesh Kulkarni, an Indian businessman and cricket fanatic, who brought the team under the aegis of his Subcont Cricket Club (SCC) and became its manager.

Kulkarni, 58, is one of the many South Asian expats around the world who help cricket grow. His love for the game, what he terms keeda (a colloquial Hindi term for an obsession), has seen him become a mainstay of the Hong Kong cricket scene since he moved to the city in the early 1990s.

“I had a stroke about 15 years ago and couldn’t move my left arm, but it’s that keeda that gave me the willpower to work to raise my hand for the umpire signals,” Kulkarni says.

Despite most of the team having never played cricket before, they quickly found their feet, bringing to cricket skills and athleticism honed in local softball and baseball leagues. Although many softball and baseball fans profess to be baffled by cricket’s rules, the sports have a great deal in common. They are all explosive games, full of tension, in which quiet moments are shattered by sudden bouts of frantic activity. Strategy, nuance and cunning are essential to victory, and an entire day’s play can hang on the subtle turn of a ball.

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Kamakshi Ayyar The SCC Divas in action against a local cricket team at Po Kong Village Road Park, Hong Kong, on April 28, 2019

Coach Najeeb Amar, 48, who used to train the Hong Kong women’s team, tells TIME that he just needed to “fine-tune” the existing skills that the Divas had acquired elsewhere and adapt them to a new sport. But he has to work within the challenging schedules of his team, who have only one day off a week, usually a Sunday—and even then, demanding bosses can curtail the day at either end. Some employers insist that their helpers be home by a certain time. Others won’t let them out until a couple of chores have been done.

“They have to walk the dog before leaving home,” Octaviano says of some team members who find it tough to show up to 8:00 a.m. training.

The Divas face such circumstances with cheerful resilience. Their games at the Po Kong Village Road cricket ground are part sports fixture, part picnic, with loud conversations and laughter over trays of noodles and coolers filled with drinks. The bonds between them are evidently close. The players call their captain Ate Josie, using the Tagalog term for “older sister.”

The Divas give Alumbro something to look forward to during the domestic drudgery of the working week. “We might be bruised from our games, but on Monday we’re already discussing the next match,” she says, “Each game gives us the motivation to do better next time.”

Such motivation has seen them top Hong Kong’s Development League—a tournament for amateur women cricketers—two years running. That success in turn has generated enough interest among the migrant worker community for the establishment of a second team, the SCC Pinay.

Now they’re aiming to move up to more competitive leagues. In December some of the Divas also hope to take their talents back to the Philippines, where there are proposals to organize an international cricket series with a Philippines national women’s team competing against countries from the region. Kulkarni said some members of the Divas will likely be trying out for the national squad.

It’s a long way from worrying about clean countertops and laundry loads, and a big step for players who hadn’t heard of the sport until two years ago. Arimas is hopeful. “Maybe one day some of us can play for the Philippines,” she says.

Even if they don’t make the squad, each and every one of the Divas is already a winner. “I don’t play just for me,” says Alumbro, summing up the Divas’ ethos. “I play for all of us, because my victory is also their victory.”

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Turns Out This Game of Thrones Character Was Originally Supposed to Survive Season 8

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones killed off more major characters — including Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei and Jaime Lannister, and Theon Greyjoy — than any of the other seven preceding it. But there was apparently one character who bit the dust who was originally supposed to survive the series.

As we know, Jorah Mormont died protecting Daenerys from the army of the dead during the Battle of Winterfell, a fitting end for the man who had been by the Dragon Queen’s side basically from the very beginning. However, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill revealed that the writers were initially intent on having Jorah Mormont be one of the people waiting for Jon at the Wall in the show’s closing minutes.

Helen Sloan—HBOIain Glen as Jorah Mormont and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

“For a long time we wanted Ser Jorah to be there at the Wall in the end,” he said. “The three coming out of the tunnel would be Jon and Jorah and Tormund. But the amount of logic we’d have to bend to get Jorah up to the Wall and get him to leave Dany’s side right before [the events of the finale]…there’s no way to do that blithely. And Jorah should have the noble death he craves defending the woman he loves.”

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As for how the actor who played Jorah felt about his character’s end, Iain Glen told EW that he felt Jorah was better off not knowing about Daenerys’ Mad Queen turn.

“There’s a sweetness in that because Jorah will never know what she did,” Glen said. “That’s probably best. It’s a blessing for him that he never found out what happened to her. And from a pragmatic story point of view, his death served a greater purpose. Where could we have taken Jorah from there? F— if I know.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Ser Jorah.


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People Are Convinced This 2011 Game of Thrones Poster Revealed Who Was Destined to Win the Throne

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In the end, it wasn’t Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen who won the throne in Game of Thrones‘ series finale, but come-from-behind underdog Bran Stark.

Of course, King Bran will never sit on the actual Iron Throne, as it was destroyed by Drogon after the dragon discovered that Jon had murdered Daenerys. But that hasn’t stopped fans from pointing out a clue from a poster for Thrones‘ very first season that may have hinted at who would ultimately reign over the Seven Kingdoms — or rather, six now that the North has seceded under Sansa’s rule.

Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark in the series finale of Game of Thrones.

Leading up to the Game of Thrones series premiere on April 17, 2011, HBO released a promotional poster featuring Ned Stark sitting on the Iron Throne holding House Stark’s ancestral Valyrian steel sword Ice. But the detail that has captured many fans’ attention since Sunday’s finale is the raven perched on the throne next to Ned.

Since Bran ended up filling the roles of both king and Three-Eyed Raven, some viewers are speculating that this poster was the key to the show’s endgame all along. “Anyone else just notice the raven on Ned’s right from the season one poster???” wrote one Twitter user. “Raven + Ned Stark on the Iron Throne = Bran Stark. It was in front of us THE WHOLE TIME.”

This theory also squares with the poster’s slogan of, “You win or you die.” While Ned Stark was the first major character to die playing the game of thrones, Bran was ultimately the one to win.

Looks like the Three-Eyed Raven may have really known all.


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Prequels are coming. Fans looking for their next fix after “Game of Thrones,” rest assured, plans are already in the works to cash in on George R.R. Martin’s expansive fantasy universe. HBO has been tight-lipped about details, but at least one prequel series has already been ordered with four others in development. Ancient History The […]

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You can’t unsee the big Game of Thrones blunder from the final episode

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The final Game of Thrones episode is officially out, with its conclusion drawing a mixed reception.

In fact, the whole way through season eight, viewers have been divided in their opinions, with it not only proving controversial in terms of the plot, but also in terms of strange mistakes.

There was the Starbucks cup blunder, with a latte visible in front of Emilia Clarke at the banquet of champions in season 8 episode 4. Then in season 8 episode 5, Jaime Lannister’s severed hand miraculously appeared to grow back for his final scene (you know, the one that was chopped off in season three).

But surely there wouldn’t be a blunder in the final episode right?

Wrong!

Eagle-eyed viewers spotted a big mistake in the final episode and you actually can’t unseen it.

But it wasn’t Jaime Lannister of Daenerys who were the subject of the blunder. Instead, it was Samwell Tarley, who during a meeting with Westeros’ surviving rulers, left a plastic bottle next to his left foot.

‘Now there’s a water bottle to match the coffee cup scandal,’ posted one viewer, while another wrote: ‘They should’ve made the water bottle king of Westeros #GameOfThrones.’

This is hilarious.

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The petition encouraging the Game Of Thrones writers to re-make the last season of the show has seen a huge boost in signatures following the final ever episode, taking the total number of names to more than 1.2 million.
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Watch Saturday Night Live Try and Fail to Pay Tribute to Game of Thrones on Season Finale

Everything was set for a flashy rap tribute to Game of Thrones on the 44th season finale of Saturday Night Live — high-end lighting, Pete Davidson with a gold chain, even a surprise appearance from Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm on the hit TV show.

But when it came time to lay down some verses, the results were … uninspired.

“Jon Snow, dragons, lotsa wolves, blue zombies, armor clothes, silver swords that extendo, prostitute houses, lotsa wine and a big *** wall,” Davidson rapped. “Never miss an episode. There’s hobbits and toads. Magic and muggles, I assume some crows.”

As it turned out, Davidson had never actually seen the show.

“Look, Pete, you don’t have to do a rap about Game of Thrones just because it’s the most popular show in the world right now,” said longtime cast member Kenan Thompson.

That’s when things got weird. With free reign to sing about his actual favorite show, Davidson, along with special guests DJ Khaled and Paul Rudd, performed an extended rap about Netflix’s Grace and Frankie instead.

“Better than Game of Thrones,” rapped DJ Khaled. “Grace and Frankie. They’re different but they’re friends. It’s a nice show,” he sang later, paying homage to the Netflix series starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.

The season finale also kicked off with a musical cold open, which featured Alec Baldwin returning as President Trump, joining several cast members — and Robert De Niro — in a parody rendition of the Queen song “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

“I’m very excited about summer, getting around to those things I never have time for.” Baldwin-as-Trump said before the musical number started. “Golf, visiting friends in prison, and enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs from China.”

“Wait a second,” said De Niro as Robert Mueller later on. “I have something very important to say to the American people. Something they need to hear.”

“No collusion, no obstruction,” Baldwin’s Trump jumped in.

Watch the cold open below:


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One of these upcoming shows could be your next ‘Game of Thrones’-style obsession

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A newly published interview between Rolling Stone and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, no surprise, touches at one point on the intense fandom around the series, which is taking a bow on Sunday with the sixth episode of the show’s eighth and final season.

It’s a degree of fandom that has many fans so upset at the surprises that have been thrown at them this season, that more than 876,000 of them as of the time of this writing have signed a petition essentially begging HBO to remake season 8 with new writers (which is obviously never going to happen).

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Ex–NFL Player John Urschel Gave up the Game for a Ph.D.—and a Life—in Math

One recent afternoon in Cambridge, Mass., John Urschel and I strolled along the Charles River on the way to his office at MIT, where he’s pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics. We were passing some of the MIT athletic facilities when I asked Urschel a seemingly mundane question. Where’s the football field? Urschel’s response was quick: “You’re looking at it.”

Now, I’m no MIT math major. But I’m bright enough to know I was staring straight at a baseball diamond. Such a slip would have been innocent enough, if Urschel hadn’t spent three seasons as an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens.

In the summer of 2017, Urschel announced he was retiring from the NFL, at age 26, to pursue his mathematics doctorate full time. His decision came two days after the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study showing that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease, had been found in the brains of 110 of 111 ex–NFL players examined by Boston University researchers. Yes, the findings factored into Urschel’s decision. But he insists they didn’t tip the scales. He had been thinking hard about stepping away, as he was already taking classes at MIT. Still, the media painted Urschel’s choice as more evidence that smart young pros, fearing brain trauma, were fleeing the game. Urschel’s story proved irresistible: the MIT mathematician had calculated that the NFL just wasn’t worth it.

After I inform Urschel that no, he wasn’t looking at a football field, he smiles. “I just don’t pay attention,” he says. But Urschel doesn’t object when I cite his slip as a signal that he’s left football far behind. Nearly two years after retiring, he says that while he misses the paycheck—who wouldn’t?—he hasn’t felt a single pang of regret on football Sundays, when he’s wrestling with theorems instead of 300-lb. linemen. “It’s a pretty cool life,” he says. “I wake up in the morning, I walk to my office. I think all day.”

Urschel dedicates much of his new memoir, Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football—written with his partner, the journalist Louisa Thomas—to espousing the importance of problem-solving. “It’s a strange thing,” says Urschel in the living room of the Cambridge apartment he shares with Thomas and their year-old daughter, Joanna. “Some people will sort of joke about, ‘Oh, I was never good at math.’ But people don’t joke about being illiterate. Being mathematically illiterate is quite a dangerous thing.”

Growing up in Buffalo, n.y., Urschel began his love affair with numbers early. When his attorney mother took him shopping, she’d let him keep the change if he calculated the 8% sales tax before the cashier rang it up. The summer before eighth grade, he audited a calculus class at the University at Buffalo, where his dad, a surgeon, was pursuing a master’s in economics. Soon, the junior high kid was helping college students finish problem sets.

He also fell for football. Urschel writes that when he was in high school, he and his father, who played collegiately in Canada, banged helmets in the backyard. In today’s concussion-conscious world, doctors frown upon this kind of head-to-head contact. Even so, Urschel says, “These are actually some of my fondest moments with my dad.”

Urschel earned a football scholarship to Penn State, where he majored in math. By the time the Ravens selected him in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft, he had his master’s degree and had published a paper in a top linear-algebra journal. (Urschel specializes in graph theory, the branch of advanced math that studies the connectivity of networks.) After a rookie season in which he started three games, plus two in the playoffs, he felt ashamed that he was putting off his Ph.D. work until he finished pro football. “I felt like I was selling myself short,” he says. So he applied to MIT’s Ph.D. program and was accepted. The American Mathematical Society named a theorem after Urschel and his co-author. “Let G be a finite connected undirected weighted graph without self-loops …,” the Urschel-Zikatanov theorem begins.

Before the 2015 season, Urschel had suffered a concussion that left him unable to process high-level math for a few months, but he returned to the field. By the summer of 2017, he was weighing his options more closely. He was settling into Ph.D. life, and Thomas was pregnant. Pounding heads seemed unappealing. Then that CTE study was released. Two days later, he informed Baltimore coach John Harbaugh that he was retiring, thinking no one would notice. But his phone rang off the hook. He didn’t go outside for days. “It was one of the most unpleasant moments of my life,” he says.

A couple of years removed, Urschel insists he doesn’t worry that any potential symptoms of CTE—forgetfulness, mood swings, depression—will hinder his career. Sure, as an offensive lineman he absorbed hits to his head. But he points out that just because more than 99% of the brains examined in the study had CTE doesn’t mean more than 99% of all ex-players do. Such studies have a self-selection bias: many players offer up their brains because they think they may be damaged. So how many players does he suspect have CTE? “It’s not epsilon close to zero,” he says. “And it’s not some large constant fraction of 100. You know what I’m saying? It’s bounded away from both.”

Books with titles like Partial Differential Equations in Action and Hierarchical Matrices populate Urschel’s MIT office, along with the usual grad-student fare that fuels late-night research: cans of black beans, sardines and StarKist tuna. Urschel geeks out about the math department’s espresso machine and the equations that fill hallway chalkboards. Math can be as cutthroat as football: Urschel won’t share the subject of his dissertation, lest competition come after it. “But anything on the chalkboard,” he says in the hall, “is fair game.”

Sports teams, which have been staffing up their analytics operations, have come calling with offers. But academic life holds much more appeal. When I ask him to explain the math of the two-point conversion, he does with reluctance. “This is as low-level as you get,” he says. He draws a series of probability tree diagrams in chalk: let’s just say if your team’s down 14 with five minutes to go and scores a touchdown, the coach needs to go for two.

Urschel would rather spend his time promoting math. He visits classrooms around the country. In early May he spoke at the National Math Festival in D.C. He recommends books about calculus via his Twitter feed. “I could obsess over a problem for days, for weeks, thinking of nothing else, the way someone might obsess over a girl,” he writes in his own book. “But no girl I had ever met brought me the singular sense of engagement that I got from proving something difficult.”

He also wants athletes, at all levels, to know they don’t need to compromise their intellect. “The United States, more than any other culture, has the strange marriage of athletics and academics,” Urschel says. “I thought it was important to show that this is something that really can co-exist.” He’s 350 miles from Baltimore but might as well be 35,000. Urschel turns off the office lights, and heads home to eat dinner and finish up some work. More equations await.

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Yes, a Quarterback Definitely Made a Cameo on Game of Thrones

The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones featured fire, brimstone, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

On Sunday night, before the episode aired, the football star confirmed his appearance in an Instagram post that he captioned, “It was just for a few seconds, but I’ll always be thankful to have been on the penultimate episode of @gameofthrones”. The Green Bay Packers tweeted out a message to fans, too.

The football star’s cameo in the show’s final season had become what ESPN called “one of the worst kept secrets in television.” The quarterback is a long-time fan of the show who filmed a promo for the series, where he introduced himself as “Lord Aaron of House Rodgers of Greenwater Bay, the true King in the North.” tweeted about the “24-hour rule,” the standard of TV etiquette that prevents fans from discussing spoilers about Game of Thrones for at least a day for anyone watching on delay. He also added in a hashtag that “Episode 5 should be good.”

To that end, he was careful to avoid spoilers about the fifth episode of the show’s final season. “I have a bit of inside information about who is alive in one of the episodes, but I’ll share that down the line,” Rodgers told reporters on April 23, according to ESPN.

The cameo had been a longtime dream of the athlete, who hinted at a possible appearance on the Dan Patrick Show last year, but would neither “confirm nor deny” the cameo at the time. However, when Patrick asked him what role he would like to play on the show, Rodgers said he wanted “to be killed or in one of the steamy scenes for sure.” Last night, he got his wish with fans spotting him in the lineup of archers in King’s Landing.


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Game of Thrones’ Baffling Decision to Turn Daenerys Into a Crazy, Murderous Ex-Girlfriend

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The second to last episode of Game of Thrones succeeds in hammering home one principle that has guided the show and the books it is based on: there is no such thing as a just war. “The Bells” is a spectacle of carnage and horror visited on innocent people by the side we’ve come to know as “good,” unleashing hell in a moral vacuum as Daenerys burns King’s Landing to the ground. That’s the big picture. It’s where the episode makes thematic sense and where it’s most effective—and crucially, consistent with the show until now. 

Zoom in a bit closer to the particulars of how this episode services individual characters’ narratives, though, and it all but comes undone. Cersei, Jaime, Varys, and The Hound meet their fates in ways that might subvert expectations built on years of predictions, theories, and textual analysis of the show, sure. But the shock of their arcs’ resolutions, no matter how movingly directed or acted, leaves little behind after it fades. What was it all for? Did any of it mean anything? There’s one episode left that might answer for it. But even then, it’s too late. This is the end of Game of Thrones—and it’s as ugly, abrupt, and pointless as war.  

I know, I know—pointlessness is the point. OK. But rushed plotting and writing that fails to crack characters’ interiority has kept this season from communicating that effectively. And this episode’s no exception. Why this all happens, what it says about the people involved, what it means in the context of everything we’ve seen until now—all of it is de-emphasized in the name of upending audience expectations with one gut-punch surprise after another. As a result, characters’ seasons-long stories seem to end mid-sentence. Their decisions feel at times inscrutably random. Nothing means anything anymore. It’s too nihilistic, even for the most nihilistic show on TV.

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Game of Thrones Continues to Tease Mad Queen Daenerys in New Episode 5 Photos

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With just two episodes to go before Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season comes to a close, it seems like the show is gearing up to turn Daenerys Targaryen into the Mad Queen she has always feared becoming. And a new batch photos that HBO released on Wednesday appears to contain hints to that effect.

Following the deaths of both Rhaegal and Missandei in episode four, “The Last of the Starks,” Daenerys looked ready to unleash her one remaining dragon and army on King’s Landing at any moment. But with Jon Snow and the remainder of her forces still on their way south, it appears that Dany will retreat to Dragonstone to wait for reinforcements in episode five.

But that doesn’t mean she’s going to be any less angry when the time for vengeance does come. One new shot shows the Mother of Dragons peering mournfully out of a window in the Chamber of the Painted Table and looking more disheveled than we’ve seen her in many seasons, perhaps signaling that her state of mind is deteriorating.

Other photos show Jon and Davos arriving at King’s Landing while Harry Strickland, the leader of the Golden Company, makes another appearance.

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen.
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Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.
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Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.
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Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel has something to say about THAT episode

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Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel paid a heartfelt tribute to the HBO series, as well as her co-stars, following a very dramatic episode on Sunday night, which also saw a Starbucks coffee cup make a surprise appearance. 

The 30-year-old star, who plays Missandei of Naath, starred in her final scenes for the medieval fantasy show, which aired on the weekend.

In the fourth episode of the eighth and final ever season, Missandei was killed by Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).

But Nathalie’s final goodbye had us all choked for more reasons than one; not only was her dramatic exit scene a tear-jerker, but so was her sweet Instagram post, in which she admitted her character has taught her a huge life lesson.

She posted a picture of her character on her Instagram account, which read: ‘It’s been one of my greatest joys playing Missandei of Naath… The quiet and kind translator. A brilliant woman who overcame so much suffering and found herself, her voice… and her one and only love.

‘She represented so much for me, personally, that I have no choice but to carry the things she has taught me into my life going forward.’

Nathalie went on to gush about Emilia Clarke – who plays Daenerys Targaryen – and hailed her ‘a source of light and laughter’. Aww!

She continued: ‘Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to play this part… this life changing part… there are too many to list… @emilia_clarke GIRL! I love you… SO much. I’ve loved playing your BFF for the past 7 years. Thank you for being such a wonderful person in my life and a source of light and laughter.

‘Playing Missandei and Grey Worm’s journey has been so special. I couldn’t have asked for a more generous and supportive co-star… Also… We’ve been out in these streets together boiiii negotiating so much but always having each other’s back. Thank you for all of it… you have been a dear friend at every point.

‘To the entire cast and crew… You will always hold a special place in my heart. The love and energy we shared will be hard to match. I feel like I hit the jackpot meeting and working with you all. I love you.’

Nathalie went on to thank fans for their support, before she concluded: ‘Missandei is sipping a rum on a beach somewhere in sky.’

Our hearts just broke a little.

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So Sad: Dad Allegedly Kills 1-Month-Old Son by Punching Him in Head After Losing at Video Game

Anthony Trice, of Kentucky, has been charged with murder for fatally punching his infant son in the head in frustration after losing a video game.

His bond has been raised to $ 1,000,000 full cash.

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His son was initially listed in serious condition but later succumbed to his injuries, according to LMPD.

According to an arrest slip, Anthony Trice was home alone watching the child when he was playing video games. Trice started losing the game and became frustrated, throwing the controller and the punching his son in the head.

After punching the infant, police said Trice picked him up to try to quiet him and while carrying him into the kitchen, dropped the child.

Later, Trice made his son a bottle, set him upright and left him unattended to go to the bathroom. When he came back, he noticed the baby was in distress and called 911.

The boy was taken to Norton Children’s Hospital where he later died.

The child’s grandmother set up a GoFundMe account saying the child’s name is De’Anthony Trice. The GoFundMe says that none of the family saw this coming and the they need help for funeral costs. A picture of the De’Anthony Trice shows him connected to several breathing tubes in the hospital.

Ironically, child safety advocates released a new video on Monday that they hope will save lives in situations just like this one. This video created by Prevent Child Abuse of Kentucky will be distributed to every birthing center in Kentucky, which means it has the potential of being viewed by more than 50,000 parents each year, in more than 100 hospitals. The video educates caregivers about safe sleep practices and pediatric head trauma.

“I think it’s a much bigger problem than you might realize,” Dr. Kelly Duak from Norton Children’s Child Abuse Task Force said in the video. “I saw a statistic that an infant in the state of Kentucky is 70-times more likely to die from an abusive head trauma than they are from a motor vehicle accident.”

The video shares a personal story of a mother who opened up about her son who suffered pediatric abusive head trauma at the hands of a caregiver when he was an infant.

“We want to make sure that we understand that in a blink of an eye, we have the opportunity to impact a child’s life and with prevention and awareness we can stop tragedies from happening,” Jill Seyfred from Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky said.

Our hearts are breaking. Throw that man UNDER the jail!

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Jessica Chastain Slams Game of Thrones: “Rape Is Not a Tool to Make a Character Stronger”

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Trevor Noah Roasts ‘Game of Thrones’ for Starbucks Coffee Gaffe and Having ‘Three Black People’ on the Show

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On Monday night, The Daily Show weighed in on the controversy that brought nerds everywhere to their feet.

Yes, I’m talking about that Starbucks coffee cup that found its way into Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones.

“Last week, people complained that the episode was so dark they couldn’t see anything,” host Trevor Noah explained. “This week, people are complaining that they saw too much.”

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How Arya’s Scene With the Hound May Hint at Her Next Big Kill on Game of Thrones

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.

After rejecting Gendry’s proposal and turning down the chance to become the Lady of Storm End, Arya left Winterfell with the Hound to ride south to King’s Landing. And as everyone’s favorite traveling duo began their latest road trip, it seemed like Game of Thrones may have been hinting at who Arya’s next big kill could be.

After the Hound indicated that he was headed to the capital to finally confront his brother, the Mountain, for holding his face in fire as a child, both the Hound and Arya admitted that they had no intention of returning to Winterfell.

“I don’t plan on coming back,” the Hound told her. “Neither do I,” she responded.

Fans have long suspected that the Hound and the Mountain would eventually face off in a fight to the death that has been preemptively dubbed “Cleganebowl.” The Mountain also holds one of the top spots on Arya’s kill list for torturing and killing people at Harrenhal while Arya was imprisoned there. In fact, he was one of the three remaining targets that Arya named — in addition to Cersei and Walder Frey — after admitting to the Waif in season 6 that she had taken the Hound off the list.

And considering how much emphasis they’ve put on the bond between Arya and the Hound this season, it seems like Thrones may be setting up a possible two vs. one fight in which the Hound sacrifices himself to protect Arya from the Mountain before Arya kills the Mountain.

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Helen Sloan/HBOArya and The Hound sharer a moment in Game fo Thrones season 8 episode 3.

The Hound asking Arya if she would leave him to die again if he gets hurt seems like further foreshadowing that this could be the direction things are headed. Arya’s kill list has also been one of the show’s most enduring plot devices, but since she ended up being the one to kill the Night King, it seems unlikely that she will also be the one to kill Cersei. Therefore, the Mountain is a perfect person to bring Arya’s story full circle.


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It’s been almost a week now since the airing of The Long Night, the sprawling, bloody, battle-centric third episode of Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season, and yes, we’re still talking about, pondering and debating all the myriad ramifications of the milestone episode that shattered viewing records. But when you look past the character deaths, that insanely thrilling moment when Arya leaped out of nowhere and shanked the Night King, the drama of the battle between the living and the dead, all of it — probably the most significant concern now is, what’s next?

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Game of Thrones fans are freaking out over Sunday night’s episode

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On Sunday night, the third episode of the final season of Game of Thrones aired and, as expected, it was a memorable one.

In the episode, titled The Long Night, the Night King and his army of white walkers storm Winterfell for a dusk-till-dawn battle against the Starks, the Targaryens and their allies. And as many fans speculated, the clash ended with several casualties.

One more time – if you haven’t seen the episode and you’re still reading, you want to stop here because there are serious spoilers ahead.

It’s a well-known fact that the writers of the HBO series aren’t afraid to kill off important characters, so there was absolutely no reason to believe that they wouldn’t do it halfway through the final season.

Last night the long-awaited Battle of Winterfell took the lives of seven characters – including the Night King himself and two originals that have been around since season one – so it’s safe to say fans had a lot to discuss.

Theon Greyjoy, who returned to Winterfell this season to fight for the Starks, died guarding Bran as the Night Knight ran a spike through him. Meanwhile, fan favourite Jorah Mormont spent the entire episode fighting by Daenerys’ side, but succumbed to his wounds at the end of the battle.

‘Ok but Drogon mourning Jorah’s death with Daenerys was probably one of the most heartbreaking scenes,’ one fan wrote in response.

Somewhere in between these fatalities, a giant crushed Lyanna Mormont to death (so now the House of Mormont is officially extinct), and Melisandre made a reappearance to light the Dothraki’s swords, but later took her own life by removing her necklace.

‘Shoutout to this boss ass bitch Melisandre who increased this episode’s lighting so we could see some shit too and gave Arya the pep talk before she slayed the night king,’ another fan joked. The lighting is an issue many other viewers seem to agree on (making for some hilarious memes).

While we’re still mourning the death of some of our favourite characters and bracing ourselves for the final three episodes, thank god there’s Twitter to help us see the light in this darkness (pun intended) and prepare for episode four.

Game of Thrones continues on Sunday.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: Every OMG Moment from the Battle of Winterfell

The biggest, most brutal battle in the history of the Seven Kingdoms took place during the Sunday, April 28, episode of Game of Thrones, and all we can say is [insert fifteen minutes of
unintelligible garbled screaming.] As the dead marched on Winterfell and the living fell in droves, it looked like it was really and truly all over — for every living character on the entire series, except the cowards (ahem, Cersei) hiding down in King’s Landing.

But what do we say to the God of Death? Here are all the biggest moments from tonight’s episode. (Plus, for all the biggest deaths, click here!)

A Battle of Ice and Fire
As the dead advance on Winterfell, the armies of the living ride out to meet them — with a little help from the freshly arrived Melisandre (Carice van Houten), Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). But despite being armed with dragon glass weaponry, the men can’t compete with the masses of inexhaustible zombies bombarding them from all sides, and the dragons can’t be everywhere at once, especially once The Night King shows up on the back of Ice Viserion. The men retreat, the dead give chase, and soon Winterfell is overrun.

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Death After Death
With the wights tearing through Winterfell, the fantasy becomes a horror — and that means saying goodbye to some beloved characters. Dolorous Edd (Ben Crompton) dies on the front lines, saving Sam (John Bradley West.) Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) is shredded by the dead as he saves Arya (Maisie Williams.) Little Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) dies plunging a blade into the eye of a zombie giant as it crushes her into a pulp. And that’s just the beginning …

The Dead Will Rise
The most devastating moment of the episode comes shortly after Daenerys hovers above The Night King and gives Drogon the order to incinerate him — only to discover that The Night King is fireproof. But it gets worse: At this moment, The Night King gives his own order, and every dead person in a five mile radius rises as part of his army. That’s bad news for Sansa (Sophie Turner), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), and every other noncombatant hiding down in the Winterfell crypt, you know, where all the bodies are buried. It’s tough to tell in this chaotic scene exactly who survives and who doesn’t, but things really don’t look good for Gilly (Hannah Murray).

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Bring on the God of Death
This brings us to the godswood, where Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is waiting — guarded by Theon (Alfie Allen) and his men — for The Night King to come a-calling. Theon fights heroically and is the last man standing, but after the mass rising of the dead, there’s no hope.

Into the clearing strides The Night King, who kills Theon and moves in on the defenseless, crippled Bran — and it looks like it’s all over. Bran gazes into the face of death. The Night King reaches for his blade. And just like that, Arya Stark comes flying out of the dark with a Valyrian steel dagger in her hand.

The Night King catches Arya by the throat, and she drops her weapon … into her other hand. Stick him with the pointy end, Arya! And that’s how The Night King dies: struck down by Arya Stark of Winterfell, first of her name, the ultimate badass.

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The Dead Defeated
Because the White Walkers follow old-school werewolf rules, the death of one Walker means the death of every zombified thing he created. So, when The Night King goes down, so does the entire dead army. But we also say goodbye to Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), who dies in Daenerys’ arms having defended her to the end, and Melisandre, who removes her necklace, takes her true (ancient) form, and collapses in the snow.

Others’ fates are unknown (including Sam and Grey Worm.) But the good news is, the dead are … well, dead, and many important characters are still alive.

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Inside Game of Thrones’ Epic, Deadly Battle of Winterfell: Not All Your Favorites Make It Out Alive

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It’s almost as if Game of Thrones got this far by subverting what we expect of a fantasy. The series’ most sprawling battle yet, the Battle of Winterfell, kills few of the characters whose sentimental last scenes in “Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” seemed like closure before a climactic end. The living, against all odds, succeed in killing the show’s most formidable villain, the Night King, eliminating the army of the dead with him—and upending the show’s final conflict, revealing a stranger, perhaps more ordinary path to the end than the series has led us to expect. 

The figure who resets the endgame is the episode’s most triumphant shock: it’s Arya Stark who saves the North, her family, and hope for the living in a last-minute, thrilling reversal, just as the battle is at its bleakest and it seems the Night King has finally taken what he wants. 

The force of a dragon fails to do what Arya does with the same Valyrian-steel dagger that belonged to Littlefinger—which he hired the Catspaw assassin to use in attacking Bran Stark seven seasons ago, igniting the war that set the series in motion. Daenerys’s test of dragon fire against the Night King, a hard-won moment in itself that she and Jon nearly die in attempting, just seems to tickle him. Theon Greyjoy is no match, however poetic the Ironborn prince’s last act is in charging straight at the Night King to defend Bran, redeeming an early history of cowardice. No, it’s Arya who lunges in with a roar, landing herself in the Night King’s clutches in a moment that seems like her last—until she drops the dagger Bran gave her, stabs her enemy in a sleight of hand, and shatters him and his army into icy dust. 

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Lupita Nyong’o breaks down the links between ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Us’

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Mild spoilers ahead for Us, proceed with caution if you haven’t seen it yet.

Here’s a different song of ice and fire, compliments of Us star Lupita Nyong’o.

For reasons that aren’t explained — and whatever, who cares, this is great — Nyong’o took to Twitter on Sunday to do a little analysis. The Us star is caught in the grip of Game of Thrones fandom, just like everyone else. And because loving Game of Thrones involves thinking about Game of Thones constantly, Nyong’o has some Thoughts.

Specifically, she feels there are cinematic and textual links to be found between the Tethered in Jordan Peele’s March 2019 hit and the soon-to-be-completed HBO series’ White Walkers. You might or might not agree, but talking it all out is a good way to kill time while we count the hours together until the next Thrones episode. Read more…

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Gamers: Your Video Game Hobby Can Also Earn You Real Income

It was overtime, a tight match-up between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. The Giants had third-and-3 at their own 30.

Then, a miracle play: a catch-and-run with a perfectly executed juke of a Philly defender. The announcer screamed, “We have a walk-off. Ten. Five. Touchdown!”

Christian Lomenzo, 21, set his controller down in shock. He stood up, put on his Giants cap and raised the Madden Challenge Championship belt above his head. He had just won his first major video game tournament.

And $ 35,000.

When Lomenzo started playing games at 8 years old, he never thought of gaming as a career path or a way to make money. Like most Americans, he played for fun and with friends. Even until the very last play of the Madden NFL championship, he wasn’t really thinking about the money.

“Going into the tournament, and during the tournament and even during the play before I won, the last thing on my mind was winning,” said Lomenzo, who goes by the moniker Chritobin online. “All I was thinking about was getting the first down.”

Video game tournaments, such as Electronic Arts’ (EA) Madden Championships, have never been more popular, and gaming companies are raking in the profits. Though it’s considered a pillar company of the gaming industry, EA’s competitions are dwarfed by companies like Riot Games, the makers of League of Legends, and Blizzard, the makers of StarCraft and Warcraft. Their esports events are international spectacles.

But First, What Are Esports?

Simply put, esports are video game tournaments with highly skilled players who are considered  athletes. EA flew Lomenzo to California for an all-expenses-paid trip to play in the Madden Championships at its brand new, state-of-the-art esports broadcast studio. For international tournaments, players are granted esports visas to travel and compete.

The video games themselves don’t necessarily have anything to do with actual sports. Some of the most popular games are called Massive Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs), which are usually fantasy or sci-fi in nature, or First Person Shooters (FPS), which tend to be more realistic, wartime games — or a mixture of both. (See: Apex Legends and Overwatch.) These games are typically played on the PC and are team-based. They have objectives as simple as eliminating the other team or as complex as plotting hours-long strategies to capture an opponent’s base.

They’re approachable enough for everyday gamers to play, but professionals spend thousands of hours learning the intricacies of the games’ design to develop heightened reflexes and sophisticated strategies.

Of course, there are plenty of video games about sports too, like FIFA, Madden, NBA 2K and UFC. Just like real sports, there are millions of fans who to tune in online to watch these virtual athletes running, kicking and wrestling.

But those MOBA tournaments are more popular. A lot more. Hundreds of millions of worldwide fans watch them, rivaling the viewership of real-life sporting events.

The 2018 League of Legends World Championship was held in South Korea, and at its peak reached 200 million viewers. The 2018 Super Bowl, by contrast, drew a little more than 103 million.

What all this means is that there are ever-growing ways to make money playing video games — but not only in playing them. Video-game-related careers are surging. For big-ticket tournaments, there’s a need for announcers, scouters, coaches, marketers, broadcasters and all of the necessary people to create and maintain the video game. Augmented reality, virtual reality and video game data analytics are career paths poised to explode in the near future, as well.

Esports Earnings

By winning the penultimate Madden Championship, Lomenzo raked in $ 35,000 and automatically qualified for one of 16 spots in the Madden Bowl. The first-place prize for that competition is $ 40,000, but every contestant on the roster is guaranteed something. Even the player who places 16 out of 16 will walk away with $ 5,000.

Compared to the bigger tournaments, the Madden Bowl’s cash prizes are peanuts. The winners of the 2018 League of Legends (LoL) championship earned $ 2.4 million (out of a prize pool of about $ 6.5 million). In LoL, the teams include five players, meaning each player could win upward of $ 500,000 for the championship match.

Later this year, Epic Games is holding the first ever Fortnite World Cup in New York City, and it’s offering a total cash prize of $ 100 million over the course of all qualifying rounds, finals and the main event. In 2018 alone, Epic Games banked $ 3 billion in revenue for a game that is completely free to download and play.

As video games become a prime source of entertainment, the industry is making more money than it knows what to do with.

Edward Castronova, a video-game economist, author and media studies professor at Indiana University, predicts that by the mid 2020s, these free-to-play gaming companies will actually pay casual users to play.

In a whitepaper Castronova penned in 2016, he argued that the effects of automation and AI will transform video gaming into a viable job option for displaced workers. And his predictions already seem to be coming true.

Such large cash payouts for tournaments are evidence that the gaming industry is flirting with a business model that pays its players. But what Castronova expects to see is not the pros getting all the money, but the everyday gamers.

“The companies will pay them small amounts to just be there, in the game, while the big shots make all the noise,” Castronova said. “Those [casual gamers] are the people who will have viable low-wage jobs from video games.”

To prepare for this future economic shift, “pay as much attention to your gaming literacy as you do to literature, art, music and film,” Castronova said.

In the meantime, gamers who are looking to earn money will have to make do with a more sporadic payment system.

Video Game Tournaments That Pay

Let’s be clear: Most gamers won’t make $ 35,000 per match. Such big prizes are reserved for an elite few. However, there are video game tournaments that reward above-average players with prize money.

That’s how Lomenzo got his start. Before his days of Madden fame, he would make a few bucks here and there in smaller video game tournaments.

“I really like playing against other people to win something,” Lomenzo said. “I would just play for $ 1 wagers when I was 14 years old.“

And as he grew, so did his cash prizes.

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Start in small video game tournaments to sharpen your skills and earn some cash along the way.

Below are some tournament websites that Lomenzo used to get his bearings. You can earn anywhere from $ 1 to $ 10,000 per match.

(Note: some states such as Arizona, Iowa and Louisiana ban cash-prize competitions. Users who pay to enter a competition must be at least 18 years old.)

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A broad mix of tournaments are available on GamerSaloon. Typical, small matches could earn you $ 9, whereas the larger tournaments pay up to $ 10,000. Several matches require a small entry fee, which goes into the cash pot. But if you don’t want to fork over any money, stick to the free-entry tournaments.

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Not all winnings in MLG GameBattles are cash. Some tournaments pay in achievements, trophies or credits. The tournaments that do pay cash can be quite lucrative. It’s common to see daily competitions with prizes of $ 100 to $ 400.

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If you got beef with another gamer, Players’ Lounge is the place to settle it. Here, you can challenge other players to a head-to-head match and make a wager from $ 2.50 to $ 500. Or, if you’d prefer, join tournaments at your leisure. You get free admission to your first tournament, after that, it typically costs $ 1 to join a cash-prize match.

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World Gaming

With over 3 million registered gamers, World Gaming is one of the largest competitive gaming websites. It hosts both free-to-enter and pay-to-enter tournaments with varying cash or token prizes. Weekly tournaments offer cash prizes typically between $ 100 and $ 200.

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XY Gaming

Both a marketplace for virtual video-game items and a competitive gaming platform, XY Gaming runs on virtual coins and cash. There are free-to-play tournaments with cash or coin prizes every month. Or, you can use your coins (you get 2,300 for signing up) and cash to join tournaments daily. If you’re feeling extra competitive, feel free to challenge other users to a head-to-head battle.

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Bloodborne: The Board Game Hits Kickstarter Goal in Under 20 Minutes

Bloodborne: The Board Game, which is based on the PlayStation 4 title by FromSoftware, has reached its Kickstarter goal of $ 200,000 in less than 20 minutes.

As of this writing, the Kickstarter is currently sitting at $ 588,317 with 21 days to go in its campaign. Considering it is already successfully funded – in 17 minutes to be exact – those who back this project can expect to receive the game around May 2020.

Designed by Michael Shinall and Eric M. Lang, Bloodborne: The Board Game will allow one to four Hunters (players) the chance to explore Yharnam in a whole new way, although still with the same terrors, beasts, monsters, and more of the PS4 title, including the Cleric Beast, Vicar Amelia, Father Gascoigne and the Blood-Starved Beast.

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Why the Night King won’t be at the Battle of Winterfell on ‘Game of Thrones’

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The battle plans are drawn, dragonglass weapons forged, and the dead’s arrival at last signaled by three horn blasts in the dark night.

But something is missing. Or rather someone — horned, blue-eyed, and winged.

Ever since fans first got wind of a massive Battle in Winterfell, they’ve been questioning the seeming inevitability of an epic fight with the Night King. Now what began as pure speculation has crystallized into the most popular and logical twist for next week’s Episode 3 of Season 8. 

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The Night King won’t be at the Battle of Winterfell. Instead of doing what everyone expects of him, his army will take down Winterfell as a distraction as he focuses on the other target, King’s Landing. Read more…

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Who will kill Cersei Lannister? The question has weighed heavily on the Game of Thrones’ universe ever since Maggy, a fortune teller, delivered a prophecy to Cersei when she was a child. The show’s fifth season shows Maggy delivering three predictions, including that Cersei would be replaced by a younger and more beautiful queen.

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But in George R. R. Martin’s books, Maggy adds one more crucial prediction: “When your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”

Valonqar is High Valyrian for “little brother.” Over the years there has been widespread speculation about who the valonqar could be, with most people pointing to one of Cersei’s two little brothers. One is Tyrion, her constant nemesis who has been itching to kill her for several seasons, and another is Jaime, her lover and twin born minutes after her. Both of them have recently been marked by Cersei: she sent Bronn to kill them with a crossbow after they both defected to serve Daenerys in Winterfell.

However, it’s not specified whether the valonqar refers to her younger brother or simply any younger brother. This ambiguity means that Westeros’ other powerful younger brothers–including the Hound, Jon Snow, Bran, Arya wearing someone else’s face, Euron, or even Cersei’s unborn baby–could be candidates to bring her down.

But “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” the most recent episode of Game of Thrones slyly provides two hints that point to Tyrion, the most obvious option, being the valonqar. In the show’s opening moments, Jaime stands before the powers of Winterfell, who decide whether or not to set him free. When Tyrion vouches for Jaime’s trustworthiness, Daenerys responds by echoing the words of Maggy: “Perhaps he trusts his little brother to defend him, right up to the moment he slits my throat.”

After Brienne’s unwavering words of support lead Jaime to walk free, he joins Tyrion on the battlements of Winterfell; they talk about the relationships with Cersei and their likely impending deaths at the hands of the White Walkers. As is often the case with Tyrion, he delivers a cheeky joke that also contains kernels of truth:

At least Cersei won’t get to murder me. I’m sure I’ll feel some satisfaction denying her that pleasure while I’m being ripped apart by dead men. Maybe after I’m dead, I’ll march down to King’s Landing and rip her apart.

That would certainly be a grim realization of the prophesy: a zombified Tyrion, marching to King’s Landing alongside thousands of other wights, and killing Cersei not out of revenge or self-protection but an unconscious lust for death. This theory will likely either be set into motion or debunked in the next episode–which will cover the Battle of Winterfell.


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‘God of War: Raising Kratos’ doc looks at how the biggest game of 2018 got made

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Sony Santa Monica’s critically and commercially acclaimed 2018 hit God of War is going to be the subject of a “making of” documentary.

It’s a Sony production, so it’s reasonable to expect the rosiest possible picture. But this trailer for Raising Kratos hypes a feature-length documentary look at the intricate development process that fuels a modern-day video game blockbuster.

Best of all: it’s a no-cost deep dive into that process. There isn’t a release date, but Sony promises a PlayStation YouTube channel debut for Raising Kratos “soon.” Read more…

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Simon Cowell mocked for being less likeable than David Williams as Britain’s Got Talent judges compete in Weird Crushes game behind the scenes

SIMON Cowell will learn a harsh truth that he’s not as likeable as co-star David Walliams during tonight’s Britain’s Got More Talent.

The BGT judges take a break from filming more show-stopping auditions to play the popular Weird Crushes card game, which features both Simon and David.

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The game ranks different male celebrities on their charisma, likeability, sex appeal, style, and fame.

While Simon outranks David on charisma by one point, he is defeated by a large margin on the likeability category.

Initially trying to bluff his way out of it by lying about his score, Simon reluctantly admits he was scored just two points, while David landed a much stronger four.

Co-stars Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon laughed hysterically as the boys tried to prove who was king of the panel.

Simon is ranked at ‘2’ on the likeability scale, while David quadruples that score
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Tonight’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent will see a knife-throwing act take aim at Simon Cowell, leaving judge Amanda Holden, 48, and the auditions audience gasping in shock.

Andrei admitted: “This was high stakes. It was more dangerous because I didn’t know what Simon would do.

“I know my partner. She knows not to be scared and not to move.

“But I didn’t know if Simon might move. I worried I might leave him seriously injured.

“I had small nerves. I’m a professional, I must be ready and keep my focus.”

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Explaining why he took up the challenge Simon, 59, said: “I wanted to feel what it’s like. It is terrifying.”

Judge David Walliams, 47, told Andrei: “You could’ve killed him when you had the chance.”

Britain’s Got Talent returns tonight on ITV at 8pm.


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Leslie Jones Screaming at Game of Thrones With Seth Meyers Is the Watch Party to Be at Right Now

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When it comes to watching Game of Thrones some fans prefer to watch in rapt silence. Leslie Jones is not one of those people. The Saturday Night Live star returned to Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday night to indulge in what appears to be her favorite past time—screaming at Game of Thrones while explaining all the drama to Seth Meyers.

“I never thought I’d be this nerdy,” Jones admitted as the episode opens. She then proceeded to react loudly at the appearance of each character, shouting out light spoilers about the relationship between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. When Meyers tells Jones that he heard that some fans thought the eighth season’s premiere episode was a little bit boring, she brushes it off. “Blasphemy,” she says, explaining that true fans know that “this is a transition episode.”

When Jones cheered on Daenerys’ and her bond with her dragons, Meyers admitted to Jones that he would be a little scared if she ever owned her own dragon. “There’s no one I’d rather have a dragon than you, but I also would not trust you with one,” he told her. Jones was not offended, but instead wholeheartedly Jones agreed: “You better never trust me with a dragon. They shoot fire and fly? That means I’m doing drivebys every weekend!”

Of course, as this is the final season of the HBO series and fans will have to find something new to watch and Meyers wanted to know what Jones had planned. “What are you going to do when it’s over?” Meyers asked her as the episode drew to a close. “I’m gonna make my own Game of Thrones,” Jones replied. “I’m gonna play all of ’em. I’ll play the Night King.”


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‘Game of Thrones’ sneak peek images offer early glimpse into tense next chapter

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Spoiler warning: The following post contains images from the next episode of Game of Thrones (Season 8, episode 2).

Let’s get to theorizing, Thrones fans.

Ahead of Sunday, HBO has released 14 new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 2. From Jaime facing the music to a mysterious strategy session, this sneak peek doesn’t reveal anything particularly unexpected — but in Westeros, where there’s a detail, there’s a theory. 

Here are all 14 photos, with some light speculation from Mashable’s investigative Thrones squad.

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Game of Thrones star Hannah Murray admits playing anorexic teen on Skins was ‘one of the happiest times of her life’

GAME Of Thrones’ Hannah Murray has admitted that playing anorexic teen Cassie Ainsworth on E4 drama Skins remains one of her happiest work memories – despite finding international super-stardom in the HBO fantasy series.

The 29-year-old actress appeared on Lorraine earlier today, where she admitted that her 2007-2008 castmates are like her “siblings”.

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Speaking about the popular show, Hannah said: “Some of the happiest times of my life, I fell in love with acting so hard and fast when I first started working on Skins.

“Then those people that I worked with on the show are like my best friends, they are almost like my siblings really, we are that close.

“I see them all the time, they’re such an important part of my life – that thread from that first job is still very, very consistent.”

The star took a break from acting to further her studies after finding fame in Skins, landing the recurring role of wildling Gilly in the second series of Game of Thrones in 2012.

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Together with Samwell Tarly, Gilly played a key role in discovering the truth about Jon Snow’s legitimate parentage – and is one of the few characters to have survived to see in the final series of the show.

Speaking to Christine Lampard on the ITV breakfast show, Hannah revealed that she struggles to keep the top secret content of the show under wraps – and even spoiled the show for one of her friends at his birthday party.

She explained: “I always want to tell everyone, I once ruined a big spoiler for my friend at his birthday party – I just decided to tell him everything.

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“I am always worried I am going to get in trouble, so I am relieved the show is coming out so I can finally talk about it with everyone.”

The much-anticipated final series of Game of Thrones hit our screens in the early hours of Monday morning, with Hannah’s fellow Skins’ alumni, Joe Dempsie, also reprising his role of Gendry for the season.

Hannah previously confessed that she has always hoped Gilly and Gendry’s storylines will cross so that she can be reunited with her close pal on set.

As of yet, the two characters haven’t met in Westeros – and with just five episodes left of the hit series, the odds of an on-screen Skins reunion aren’t looking too likely.


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LOS ANGELES — The first episode of the final season of “Game of Thrones” is a record-breaker for the series and HBO.

The pay channel said the 17.4 million viewers who watched Sunday’s episode either on TV or online represent a season-opening high for the fantasy saga.

HBO Now also posted its biggest streaming night ever, the channel said Monday.

The episode topped the 16.1 million who saw the seventh-season premiere and the 16.9 million who watched that season’s finale.

Reflecting increasing audience fondness for streaming, HBO saw about a 50 percent increase in online viewing compared to last season’s finale. In comparison to the season-seven premiere, the streaming audience nearly doubled.

“Game of Thrones” ultimately averaged 32.8 million viewers per episode last season in cumulative TV and online viewership, HBO said.


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‘Game of Thrones’ does a lot more telling than showing in its season 8 premiere

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As was undoubtedly the case at countless offices (virtual or otherwise) around the world on Monday morning, the first thing my colleagues and I did when we got into work was talk about the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere. While all of us were glad to have the show back in our lives, some of us were less impressed with the first episode than others. So rather than keep all our thoughts to ourselves, we’ve decided to share them with you.

If you didn’t watch Winterfell — the first episode of season 8 — be warned that spoilers will follow. This is not going to be a detailed breakdown of the episode, but we’re not going to shy away from discussing details when necessary. If you’ve already seen the episode, then forget about this warning, and feel free to read on.

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