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Jaime Lannister was the MVP of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 2 and here’s why

Image: Helen Sloan / HBO Let’s review Jaime Lannister’s journey in Game of Thrones Season 8’s second episode. He wriggled out of what surely would have been execution-by-dragonfire with a little help from his friends, Sansa and Brienne (and Tyrion I guess). He spilled the beans about sister Cersei’s painfully obvious betrayal. He squared his grim history with Bran. He ate crow and pledged to serve at Brienne’s side. SEE ALSO: ‘Game of Thrones’ episode 3 promo brings the war to Winterfell And finally: he raised a middle finger to…

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How to Watch Game of Thrones Online

Welp, winter is here. The army of the dead descends on Westeros, the houses of the North have united against them. Bran continues to sink deeper into that whole creeper vibe. With only five episodes left in the final season, it’s worth a quick refresher on how and when to watch Game of Thrones live, no matter what coast you’re on. Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights on HBO, at 9pm in each respective time zone. Simple enough! But that also means New Yorkers get to watch it three hours…

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Original Content podcast: The Inventor offers a compelling overview of the Theranos saga

The story of how blood testing company Theranos rose to prominence, then collapsed following accusations of fraud, is getting told and retold in many forms: There’s reporter John Carreyrou’s book “Bad Blood,” plus an upcoming feature film adaptation starring Jennifer Lawrence, plus a podcast from Nightline called “The Dropout” — and “The Inventor,” a new HBO documentary directed by Alex Gibney. Our colleague Josh Constine already reviewed the film after seeing it at Sundance, but we had thoughts of our own, which we hashed out with guest host Anna Escher on…

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Game Of Thrones Hid 6 Thrones Around The World For An Epic Scavenger Hunt And 2 Are Left To Find

If there’s one thing that Game Of Thrones probably doesn’t need, it’s more publicity. The world’s biggest television series is nearing its finale and people can’t stop talking about it, everyone knows what it is already! Even those of us who don’t care can’t help but catch the gossip at work, on the street, or among friends. So while HBO don’t have to resort to publicity stunts to create a buzz, if they are going to anyway, they may as well make it a good one. With this epic, global…

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All the best theories from ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4

What were the White Walkers doing in the Lands of Always Winter?Image: hbo Beware, for this post is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Seasons 1-7. Valar morghulis, friends. You’ve just entered Mashable’s Citadel, where we are Rewatching for the Throne, dissecting Game of Thrones season by season to prepare for the final six episodes beginning on April 14.  SEE ALSO: Everything to remember from ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1 Here are all the best Season 4 theories, unanswered questions, unresolved plots, and forgotten tidbits you need…

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‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’ will make you rethink true-crime

The question of innocence and guilt is bigger than Adnan Syed.Image: hbo After the obsessive internet sleuthing that followed Serial Season 1, the prospect of re-examining Adnan Syed’s conviction for the murder of Hae Min Lee sounded exhausting.  And yet, roughly five years later, The Case Against Adnan Syed, which premieres Sunday night on HBO,delivers shocking new revelations on a story many true-crime fans know better than the back of their hands. Hae was found murdered in her car in 1999, leading to the conviction of her boyfriend Adnan a…

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Still a year away from launch, Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenbergs Quibi keeps adding talent

Video won’t start rolling on Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new bite-sized streaming service with the billion-dollar backing until the end of 2019, but talent keeps signing up to come along for their ride into the future of serialization. The latest marquee director to sign on the dotted line with Quibi is Catherine Hardwicke, who will be helming a story around the creation of an artificial intelligence with the working title “How They Made Her,” according to an announcement from Katzenberg onstage at the Variety Innovate summit. Whistle called “Benedict Men”…

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HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’ subverts the Dead Girl trope

Amy Adams gives a performance unlike any other in "Sharp Objects"Image: hbo We are a culture obsessed with dead girls — so much so that the trope is now a wildly popular sub-genre. The misogyny of Dead Girl narratives is evident in recent additions like Twin Peaks, True Detective, 13 Reasons Why, The Night Of, and countless others. Most use the corpses of beautiful young women as a vehicle for the growth of male characters.  And that’s just the surface-level issue. SEE ALSO: Amazon’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ is a…

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Westworlds Real Villain Has Always Been Its Privacy Policy

Throughout its two seasons, HBO’s Westworld has trotted out no shortage of bad guys, from robot gunslingers to mad inventors to dialog that sputters and clunks. There’s literally a Man in Black. But as the plot unfolds, the catalytic evil of the park has turned out to be something far less futuristic than far-reaching theories would imply. It’s the privacy policy. If you don’t watch Westworld, or if the plot has understandably spun your head beyond comprehension, a very, very quick recap: A company called Delos operates a fantasyland where…

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Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 5: More Dead Than Alive

There are many things that Westworld is. It is artful. Its scenes are sculpted with the same beauty and care that went into building the robots' exquisite bodies. It explores with delicacy the adjacent modes of consciousness that accompany sophisticated artificial intelligence. And then there are the things that Westworld is not. Warm, intimate, relatable, human? Nope, not lately. There is, for starters, the total absence of meaningful relationships. Both Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) have doting lovers, sure, but their ardor has the nuance of an…

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Westworld Is Turning Into Lostfor Better or for Worse

I never should have started watching Westworld. Not because I didn’t think it’d be good. An HBO show based on a Michael Crichton idea starring Evan Rachel Wood with all kinds of artificial intelligence? Sign me up! The problem wasn’t that Westworld wouldn’t be enjoyable, it was that it’s the kind of show that invites obsession. The kind that presents Big Questions—that never get answered. I worried, essentially, that it was going to be the next Lost. This feeling started to solidify last week after "Virtù e Fortuna," which in…

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Welcome To Westworld! Can You Retrieve Your Wedding Ring From The Robot Prostitute You Lost It In?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. Take the steam engine out of Westworld and return home. It’s good to be back home. I can’t wait to enter my house and see my wife. I love my wife. I love my wife! I LOVE MY WIFE! Enter your house. Your wife greets you as you enter. As usual, she’s wearing the wedding dress she never takes off because she’s so happy to have married you. “Hello, honey, welcome back home from Six Flags, the famously sexless amusement park. Did you enjoy…

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The Wire, 10 years on: We tore the cover off a city and showed the American dream was dead

David Simons anti-cop show struggled to find an audience before being lauded as a classic and making stars of Idris Elba, Michael B Jordan and others. Here, some of its writers and stars look back at a series that changed TV for ever When, in 2001, the actor Frankie Faison accepted the role of deputy commissioner Ervin Burrell in a new HBO drama called The Wire, he thought he was signing up for a cop show. I was expecting it to be more about wiretapping, he remembers with amusement. It…

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The Harry Potter movies are heading to HBO

Galloping-freaking-gargoyles. HBO announced Thursday that it will be the only place to stream all eight Harry Potter movies starting Jan. 1, 2018. That’s all eight movies on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO On Demand whenever the heck you need them. SEE ALSO: Grab your boots and broomsticks Harry Potter fans, LeakyCon is headed to Texas HBO currently has the streaming rights for the Harry Potter universe film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and has recently streamed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter…

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