It's finally happening, and there's nothing we can do to stop it. Game of Thrones season 8 ends on Sunday, and across the realm people are looking for ways to cope. If the folks of Westeros have taught us anything, it's that it's best to look death in the face by throwing a huge party... just as long as it isn't a wedding. We've come up with a guide to making sure you have the best Game of Thrones finale party possible, even if Emilia Clarke still won't RSVP.Decorating your castleIf our investment in top hats for ponies had paid off, we'd rent out an actual castle for our Game of Thrones finale party. As it is, we'll just have to settle for making a small Brooklyn apartment feel a little bit more Westorosi. First stop, sourcing an Iron Throne. Luckily HBO has this 6 foot tall number for just $40. Now, the carefully selected "ultimate beige" tones of my apartment just aren't going to cut it for Thrones inspired selfies, and my landlord probably won't take kindly to me daubing the … [Read more...] about How to throw the ultimate Game of Thrones finale party
There’s an episode of The IT Crowd where Roy does everything he can to watch a hot new zombie movie before someone tells him the ending. Already disappointed to know the existence of a twist, he’s so desperate to see the film unsullied that he chances watching it on a sofa with a cannibal who wants to eat him – and subsequently slaps a policeman in the face when the cop threatens to give the ending away.When it first aired in 2007, the episode felt too extreme to be real, a ludicrous situation played for laughs – nobody was that spoiler-phobic, right? But in an era of social media, streaming TV, and mega-franchises that must be kept pure at all costs, Roy’s stance not only feels plausible, it seems almost laid back.Because in 2019 giving away spoilers is a route to instant damnation, a crime liable to see you shunned, abused, and dispatched to the same circle of hell as people who talk in cinemas and wear socks with sandals. Really, though, it’s time … [Read more...] about Why it’s time to chill out about spoilers
This week’s Game of Thrones season 8 episode, The Long Night, represented the first real time that HBO’s insatiable fantasy drama became a victim of its own expectations. The Battle of Winterfell did, technically speaking, live up to its promise as the longest battle in entertainment history, but – with the danger of sounding crass – ‘longest’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘biggest’ or ‘best’, as every high note of the depicted conflict came with a caveat. The cinematography, brought to life with a healthy blend of CGI and practical effects, was drop dead gorgeous, but only when we could see it clearly enough through the laughably darkened colour scheme. The battle scenes were stirring and expertly choreographed, but somewhat underhanded by the fact that they made no sense from a logistical point of view. Meanwhile, for a small but vocal sect of the Thrones fanbase, the only real surprise of the night (which, quite … [Read more...] about Ice, Fire, and Arya: The evidence proving Game of Thrones’ big Night King twist wasn’t a twist at all
It’s been a hell of a few days for Marvel and Thrones fans, and if you’re a fan of both, you’re likely feel bit broken after watching both the emotional finale of Avengers: Endgame and the big battle with the White Walkers in Game of Thrones season 8, episode 3, The Long Night. It sounds too good to be true that we’ve been treated to two epic genre showdowns in the past few days, but which is the best? With two big battles for humanity releasing around the same time, from two of the biggest franchises of all time, and concluding (or leading into a conclusion for) two of the most popular stories of all time, it’s unsurprising that fans are comparing the final Avengers: Endgame battle and the Battle of Winterfell. While the styles of the MCU and Game of Thrones are very different, both the battles have similarities, from the moment when it looks like the good guys are going to lose, to the CGI-heavy action sequences. So, which franchise gave us the best … [Read more...] about Avengers: Endgame vs Game of Thrones: Which big battle came out on top?
As if the $1 billion opening weekend for Avengers: Endgame wasn’t enough for the internet to have a collective meltdown, Game of Thrones season 8 just had its biggest episode ever with episode 3, The Long Night. Not only that, but its depiction of the Battle of Winterfell was, technically speaking, the longest on-screen battle of all time, though that 80 minute runtime came and went like a hungry Hodor sprinting to a Northerner’s buffet. Naturally, there’s plenty of unanswered questions left by the events of this episode, and - with full spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8 below - we’re going to run down the biggest ones of the lot, which hopefully the show answers during its final three episodes to come…1. What was going on with Melisandre?We always knew that Melisandre would be coming back to Winterfell. She said it herself in Game of Thrones season 7. What hasn’t been made clear by the show so far is why she went to Volantis in the first … [Read more...] about The biggest questions we have after watching Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3