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How ‘Game of Thrones’ Book Fans Investigated Joffrey’s Murder

One could write several books, or at least media studies doctoral dissertations, on the differences between Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which it’s based. There are many, ranging from the insignificant (Theon’s sister has a different name) to the more substantial (the original Mrs. Robb Stark was a complete nonentity). Perhaps the most important, though, is the simple difference between the experiences of reading about 5000 pages of material at one’s own pace and watching a show. And there’s no better demonstration of that difference than the mystery of who killed Joffrey Baratheon, an event viewers have had just a few days to process but readers have been picking apart for the last 14 years. … Read More

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Why ‘Veep’ Is Funnier Than Ever in Season 3

When Veep premiered in 2012, it was a show with great bones and all the potential in the world, but like a student who did all the homework and still bombed the final, it didn’t quite live up to its possibilities. Coming off the perfect Oscar-nominated screenplay for the underrated, horrifying classic In the Loop, Armando Iannucci, the British genius behind work including The Thick of It (English politics with arias of swearing from the current Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker, the terrifying Director of Communications) and Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan’s cult-classic TV presenter) had teamed up with HBO to take on American politics by following the hilariously useless life of the Vice President, Selina Meyer, played by American treasure (in England, she’d be a Dame by now) Julia Louis-Dreyfus. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Premiere Recap: “Two Swords”

I’ve been a Game of Thrones fan for so long it’s often hard to tell whether I like an episode because it’s genuinely good, or because I’ve been telling everyone I know for years that this is the best show on TV, based on the best fantasy series in print. And as many have pointed out in the run-up to season four, Game of Thrones has firmly established its mood, complexity, and general quality by now; it may waver from episode to episode, but the feel of it is remarkably consistent. Still, it says something that as the credits began to roll, I found myself thinking I’d actually forgotten how good this show is. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Official ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Four Drinking Game

Winter is coming in spring with the premiere of the fourth season of Game of Thrones tonight on HBO. “All men must die,” is the tagline for the new installment, which we hope translates to dragons effing things up for everyone. There’s a wedding to prepare for, a war to fight, new (and shady) characters to meet, and a whole lot of backstabbing going around. It’s business as usual on Westeros, and you’re going to need a nip of something to keep the bloody good times going. If you haven’t Thrones’d it yet, beware of spoilers. The rest of you head past the break with drinks in hand. Valar morghulis! … Read More

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You Don’t Have to Get Startup Culture to Love ‘Silicon Valley’s’ Tech-Bro Satire

HBO’s newest comedy, Silicon Valley, is a skewering of a world that could always stand to be knocked down a few pegs. It’s a satirical look at the tech bubble and startup culture, a humorous criticism of the ridiculousness of Silicon Valley and the people who live there. It’s a comedy that could only be written by someone close to the subject matter; co-creator Mike Judge lived and worked in Silicon Valley for a number of years. Though Judge is one of my favorite writers and the cast is packed with talented comedians, I had doubts about the show. How funny would I find a show about a world that I know next to nothing about? The answer is: very, very funny. … Read More

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5 Storylines ‘Girls’ Season 3 Never Resolved

Girls has taken us on quite a journey over the past three years, from Season 1 (“The Season That Launched a Thousand Think Pieces”), to a dark and confusing Season 2 (“You’ll Never Want to Use Q-Tips Again”), to, finally, a refreshingly enjoyable Season 3 (“They Might All Be Kind of Starting to Grow Up”). But while the stories have become more interesting and some of Hannah’s outfits have improved, the Flavorwire staff has noticed a disturbing trend: often, Lena Dunham and Co. will plant a particular plot seed, then refuse to water it or even hint at its existence ever again. … Read More

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‘Girls’ Season 3 Was Its Best Yet, Despite Major Flaws

The third season of Girls was, in a lot of ways, much like the show’s two previous offerings. Adam and Hannah face multiple relationship problems. Hannah moves forward with her writing, then moves back, then possibly moves forward again. Marnie continues to be annoying and self-obsessed. Well, all of them continue to be annoying and self-obsessed. The episodes are still frustratingly uneven, and some characters get the shaft, regardless of how interesting their storylines are (in the first season, it was Shoshanna; this time Jessa has the most interesting plot but is often relegated to the background). Yet this is the first season of the show that I actually enjoyed watching. … Read More

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‘Girls’ Season 3 Finale Recap: “Two Plane Rides”

Acceptance letters’ great virtue is making life seem uncomplicated. Just for a second, getting into one’s top choice college or law school or, in Hannah’s case, MFA program feels like the solution to all of one’s problems. The piece of paper Hannah delicately tapes together is her own personal Golden Ticket, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop is her chocolate factory. “I got in” is a rare rush of pure validation, a reassurance that all of Hannah’s temper tantrums in the name of creative freedom were worth it and that her dreams of being a capital-W Writer aren’t all hot air. It’s no wonder that our final glimpse of Hannah for the next year or so is her clutching that letter for dear life. The rest of her life is far less reassuring and far more messy. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Characters and Their Muppet Counterparts

Muppets Most Wanted hit theaters over the weekend, taking audiences on a world tour while the Muppets become embroiled in another crazy caper — this time involving a European jewel heist. The dastardly goings-on in the new movie have us jonesing for the backstabbing, betrayal, and bloody battles within the Seven Kingdoms of HBO’s Game of Thrones. With the premiere of Season 4 right around the corner, we couldn’t resist a little comparison between the Muppets family and the houses of… Read More

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