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13 Tweets And Memes That Perfectly Sum Up Everyone’s Frustration With The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Finale

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After eight seasons of ice, fire, and blood the series finale of the epic TV show, “Game of Thrones”, finally aired on Sunday night. As expected, the conclusion to the beloved show polarized fans. While some expressed satisfaction at the unexpected and bittersweet ending, others claimed they felt duped by the unanswered questions and the rushed storyline of the final season.

Regardless, of the reception, there’s one thing for sure about the series finale: Twitter had thoughts. Look below to check out the most hilarious and on-point reactions to the “Game of Thrones” series finale! Warning! Spoilers ahead.

1. First off, we all had a few questions about the amount of work Bran did to win the grand prize.

Seriously, though. While everyone else has been freeing slaves, waging wars, returning from the dead, and marrying people they hate, Bran has spent the last few years tripping on peyote in the mountains with his friends. The dude out-smarted them all.

2. I mean, even Sansa had a few questions.

Sansa aired Bran’s business out like a savage before all of the Lords of Westeros. The girl seriously has no mercy.

3. Lord knows this is how Jon felt after he had to take matters into his own hands when Daenerys wouldn’t listen to reason.

All jokes aside, Jon crying while holding his aunt/lover’s lifeless body in his hands was a truly tragic scene. Especially knowing that he didn’t want to do it in the first place.

4. Honestly, props to Drogon for finally getting rid of that eye-sore.

Lord knows it was time. That throne of swords has caused more than enough trouble.

5. Literally, everyone’s reaction when Edmure “Coward” Tulley stood up to announce his bid for King.

Out of all the bloody slayings in the show’s history, Sansa’s “Sit down, Uncle” reaction to Tully’s little speech may have been the most brutal.

6. The biggest twist of the night:

Twitter was completely shocked (and more than a little thirsty) when Robin Arryn returned from wherever he was with a full Neville Longbottom-style glow-up. The last time we saw him, he was an obnoxious child who was too old to still be breastfeeding.

7. In the end, it looks like Tyrion was stuck doing a job he was “meh” about forever.

Tyrion practically begged Bran to let him go be an alcoholic in a brothel somewhere, and Bran pretty much said, “Nah, doing a job you hate for the rest of your life is punishment enough for your stupid decisions”.

8. Even in death, Brienne still stanned hard for Jaime.

But also, girl didn’t let the ink dry fully before she slammed that book shut. The Kingslayer’s page is going to be smeared forever. Smh.

9. Bronn’s new job seemed more unrealistic than any dragon ever did.

Why in God’s name was arguably the least-educated character on GOT awarded with the position of Treasurer for all of the Six Kingdoms?

10. The Night’s Watch is still a thing?

In arguably the funniest line of the night, when Jon learned his fate was to serve the Night’s Watch until the end of his days, his response was, “There’s still a Night’s Watch?”. Ours was too. Like, for what, tho?

11. All in all, it was an emotionally exhausting 80 minutes.

Not only did everyone have to deal with the frustrating plot points, but we also all had to deal with the end of a beloved series. Needless to say, there will be a GOT-shaped hole in our lives from this moment on.

12. At least our imagination can let us run wild as to what the future will hold for our favorite characters.

At least Jon Snow has another red-headed wildling to spend the rest of his days with. That’s the least he deserves for his heroics.

13. All in all, people are just trying to find a cure for this disappointment.

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Isn’t Vicks Vaporú supposed to cure all?

Here’s Why Everyone Is Talking About Hulu’s ‘Culture Shock’ A Horror Film That Highlights The Migrant Crisis

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Here’s Why Everyone Is Talking About Hulu’s ‘Culture Shock’ A Horror Film That Highlights The Migrant Crisis

In the most recent installment of Blumhouse’s “Into the Dark” Hulu TV movie anthology series, “Culture Shock”, a story about a Mexican woman who finds herself trapped in a warped American utopia after attempting to cross the border, Blumhouse explores the horrors of the migrant crisis, adding a dose of supernatural to the already chilling situation many migrants are face when striving for a better life. 

“Culture Shock” follows Marisol, played by Mexican actress Martha Higareda, a poor young pregnant woman living in Mexico who dreams of a better life for her and her unborn child.

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“Culture Shock” immediately establishes the harrowing conditions that many immigrants face in their home countries before deciding to emigrate. Indeed, one of “Culture Shock”‘s first scenes shows Marisol being raped by Oscar, a man we had previously been led to believe was her loving boyfriend. Shortly after, we also discover that Oscar stole money she had given him to secure her passage across the border to the U.S. This leaves Martha stranded and alone in her home country of Mexico, and also now carrying the child of the man who assaulted her, which adds even more urgency to her situation.

Marisol bravely decides to attempt the crossing one more time to secure a future for her and her baby, paying a “coyote” hundreds of dollars to help smuggle her into the U.S. The journey isn’t an easy one–at nearly every stop on the way to America, Marisol is strong-armed into giving every new handler additional money–money that she wasn’t told about before. If nothing, “Culture Shock” gives a realistic, if infuriating,  portrayal of all of the injustice desperate migrants are subjected to while trying to cross the border. And the danger is steeper than ever for Marisol, a single woman who is also pregnant. The threat of sexual violence on Marisol’s body is constant, and what’s more disturbing is how habituated to sexual and other forms of violence she seems to be. It’s just another subtle nod towards her complicated and traumatic history.

After being caught at the U.S. border, Marisol wakes up in a pastel-colored paradise that embodies the American dream in every aspect: the residents are beaming, the food is delicious and abundant, and the pervading sense of peace and harmony of the so-called town of “Cape Joy” easily lulls Marisol into an immediate sense of security. It’s here that the director, Latina auteur Gigi Saul Guerrero, begins to flex her artistic muscles. The cinematography is disorienting, with off-center and odd-angled close-ups, quick cutaways that mimic Marisol’s constant confusion, and a visual stark contrast between Marisol’s old, dreary life in Mexico and her new, vibrant life in Cape Joy, USA.  

But something isn’t right in Cape Joy.

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Not only does Marisol have no recent memories of what happened to her after being caught by US Border Patrol, but the fellow immigrants she crossed over with have no idea who she is. And while Marisol mysteriously gave birth to her baby while she was presumably unconscious, she’s never allowed to hold her. When Marisol expresses concern to her host mother, Betty (Barbara Crampton) about her missing old belongings, Betty tells her: “Don’t worry about what you’ve lost. Think instead of all that you’ve gained.” It’s lines like this, which are obviously meant to convey more than just the literal meaning of the words, that the movie leans hard into.

Throughout “Into the Dark”, there is an underlying current of not-so-subtle political messaging that makes it obvious that this movie isn’t your typical straight-forward horror film. It’s as much a vehicle for social commentary and critique on the migrant crisis and America’s inhumane treatment of migrants at the border as it is about delivering stomach-churning gore and jump scares. The movie, directed by,  confirms the existential fear many migrants have of looked at as sub-human when they try to cross the border. Sometimes, the social commentary comes off as a little too on-the-nose, with Big-Bads saying things such as: “Nobody gives a fuck about these people,” and “We’re not paid to give [them] the American Dream. We’re paid to keep them out of it”. 

When the mystery behind the oddness of Cape Joy is finally revealed, the element of sci-fi and horror that’s added to Marisol’s story can almost feel like a relief, purely due to its obvious fictional tropes. The more terrifying parts of the movie–the abusive boyfriends, the violent men, the human traffickers, and the Mexican cartel–are arguably more frightening than the supernatural parts.

And lest, while watching, you trick yourself into thinking the movie isn’t really a horror movie, prepare yourself for a few jarring scenes.

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The climax of the movie is an extremely gruesome and violently gory climax that establishes the anthology installment as exactly what it markets itself as: a horror movie. But as we’ve seen in headlines that flood the TV, the newspapers, and our phones, sometimes, reality can be more horrifying than fiction. 

George R.R. Martin Says The Starks WILL be in the ‘GOT’ Prequel That Takes Thousands Of Years Before The Original Series

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George R.R. Martin Says The Starks WILL be in the ‘GOT’ Prequel That Takes Thousands Of Years Before The Original Series

If you have a giant hole in your heart (and your Sunday nights) where Game of Thrones used to reside, then you’re probably one of the many fans who is waiting for the recently-announced GOT prequel series with bated breath. According to HBO, the series will chronicle “the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour”. The still-unnamed series will cover everything from White Walkers to the “mysteries of the East” to the “Starks of legend”. In other words, we’ll be watching. But until the series premieres (it’s currently filming in Northern Ireland), fans are still trying to find out as much information as possible about the new show when much of the details have been kept under wraps.

Recently, the “Song of Ice and Fire” author George R R Martin (who also serves as an Executive Producer on the new series) sat down in an interview with Entertainment Weekly to answer some of the fans’ burning questions regarding the who, what, and where of the prequel. Read on to find out some of the exciting facts he shared about the upcoming series!

1. The show will be set thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones” took place

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, George R R Martin described the time period that the new prequel would be set in: “We talk about the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros; there were Seven Kingdoms at the time of Aegon’s Conquest,” he said. “But if you go back further, then there are nine kingdoms, and 12 kingdoms, and eventually you get back to where there are a hundred kingdoms — petty kingdoms — and that’s the era we’re talking about here.” According to the Game of Thrones Wikia, this time period is set during the “Age of Heroes”, a time period that happened 5,000-10,000 years ago.

2. It is a truly female-led production

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Not only was the pilot written by showrunner Jane Goldman, but the recently-announced cast consists of Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, and Denise Gough. This is a stark (no pun intended) departure from the original series that was written, produced, and directed by almost an exclusively male production team, which often came under fire for its portrayal and treatment of women on the show.

In other exciting news, this cast also includes people of color, including black British actress Naomi Ackie and American Latino actor Marquis Rodriguez. This is also a massive change for the epic fantasy series which had only a few people of color in its sprawling ensemble cast.

3. The Starks will be in the prequel

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Die-hard “Game of Thrones” fans know that it’s only logical if members of House Stark appear in the prequel. After all, House Stark is one of the oldest lines of Westerosi nobility, with their line of descent being able to be traced back eight thousand years. According to George R. R. Martin himself in his interview with Entertainment Weekly, “The Starks will definitely be [in the prequel]”. We’re definitely pumped about this. What’s a “Game of Thrones” show without the noblest and (blindingly) loyal family in all of Westeros there to root for?

4. There will be White Walkers, direwolves, and…mammoths? Oh my!

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Just as “Game of Thrones” was full of giants and dragons and witches, the prequel will also have no shortage of mythical creatures. “Obviously the White Walkers are [in the prequel] and that will be an aspect of it,” said Martin. “There are things like direwolves and mammoths.” We, for one, can’t wait to see giant CGI mammoths marching across our TV screens.

5. The Lannisters won’t be there to pay their debts.

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According to Martin, the Lannisters, along with their wily ways, have not yet entered the Westerosi picture. Instead, Casterly Rock (the famous castle that the Lannisters occupied in the original series) will be occupied by, well…the House of Casterly. “The Lannisters aren’t there yet, but Casterly Rock is certainly there,” Martin said. “It’s actually occupied by the Casterlys — for whom it’s still named after in the time of Game of Thrones”. According to legend previously referenced to in the GOT universe, Lann (the founder of House Lannister) “won Casterly Rock from the noble house of Casterly during the Age of Heroes” using “only his wits”. Here’s to hoping that storyline features prominently on the new series!

With all of this new information, we’re certain that the “Game of Thrones” prequel will perfectly scratch the itch that we’ve been having since the dear departure of our beloved fantasy series. Now, all that we have to do is wait for someone to leak information about the series premiere so we can send out invites to our watch party. Until then, we’ll just be re-watching old episodes on HBO.

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