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AOC Also Has Opinions About The Subpar GoT Finale But This POC Prequel Should Get Her — And Everyone Else — Excited

We know you’re disappointed. We all are! The “Game of Thrones” season finale left much to be desired and even more to be angry about.

Even Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was bummed about the ending.

In an interview with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Ocasio-Cortez expressed her deep disappointment in the series saying “I’m sad. I’m disappointed about it… “I feel like we were getting so close to having this ending with just women running the world.”

A “Game of Thrones” Prequel is underway, and we’re so excited!

HBO has announced that a new series based on “Game of Thrones” will be released. Here’s a little backstory about what it’s about: “Taking place thousands of years before the events of ‘Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know.” Sounds very intriguing.

GoT author George R.R. Martin is very much involved in the show, and that’s a good thing.

While we may have been pissed at his idea of a finale, we still love the show and wouldn’t want anyone else creating this new series. While the show takes places in Westeros, it won’t look like the place we have come to know.

“Westeros is a very different place. There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens — Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built,” Martin told Entertainment Weekly last year. “We’re dealing with a different and older world, and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series.”

The show will also be way more diverse than “Game of Thrones.”

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As you may recall, “Game of Thrones” featured very little diversity, including two main people of color, that will all change with this new cast.

Some of those actors include Marquis Rodriquez, Naomi Ackie, Sheila Atim, and Ivanno Jeremiah. The main stars will be Miranda Richardson and Naomi Watts.

We can’t wait!

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

Lynda Carter Encourages Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez To ‘Never Stop Being Fierce’ Amid Yoho’s Harassment

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Lynda Carter Encourages Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez To ‘Never Stop Being Fierce’ Amid Yoho’s Harassment

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Two of the greatest superheroes of our time, the original Wonder Woman  (Lynda Carter) and Reprenstantive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are all about girl power.

Carter shared her support for the freshman lawmaker after seeing a photo of Ocasio-Cortez and a picture of Wonder Woman in the background.

Carter, who played the iconic comic-book hero in the 70s, celebrated her 69th birthday over the weekend. As part of her celebrations, she retweeted the image of the New York lawmaker writing “Okay, seeing this last night totally made my birthday that much sweeter. Love your decor, @AOC!”

Soon after, Ocasio-Cortez responded by tweeting the actress happy birthday. “Thank you for being a shining example of a woman’s strength! Happy birthday,” she replied.

AOC proved herself as a force to be reckoned with once again earlier last week when Rep. Ted Yoho called her a “bitch” outside of the Capitol.

Yoho denied the verbal attack but a reporter confirmed that he had also heard the comments.

Last Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez addressed the incident on the House floor calling “Yoho’s comments were not deeply hurtful or piercing to me” pointing out that her emotional reaction was “not new, and that is the problem.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s comments went viral after she addressed a previous “apology” made by Yoho in which he claimed that “having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I’m very cognizant of my language… The offensive name-calling words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleagues. And if they were construed that way, I apologize for their misunderstanding.” He then went onto explain “I cannot apologize for my passion, or for loving my God, my family, or my country.”

In response, to his words, Ocasio-Cortez rejected his apology saying “Yesterday, Rep. Yoho decided to come to the floor of the House of Representatives and make excuses for his behavior. And that, I could not let go… I could not allow my nieces, I could not allow the little girls that I go home to, I could not allow victims of verbal abuse and worse to see that, to see that excuse, and to see our Congress accept it as legitimate and accept it as an apology.”

She concluded by adding “Having a daughter does not make a man decent. Having a wife does not make a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect makes a decent man. And when a decent man messes up, as we all are bound to do, he tries his best and does apologize — not to save face, not to win a vote. He apologizes, genuinely, to repair and acknowledge the harm done so that we can all move on.”

Nathalie Emmanuel’s Story Of How Emilia Clarke Defended Her Against A Male Costar On The “Game Of Thrones” Set Is Girl Power

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Nathalie Emmanuel’s Story Of How Emilia Clarke Defended Her Against A Male Costar On The “Game Of Thrones” Set Is Girl Power

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There’s no denying that “Game of Thrones” actress Nathalie Emmanuel is beloved by her fans.

As you might remember, those exact fans rallied behind her just a year ago when the series killed off her character Missandei in the final season. At the time, Missandei (who had come so far from her days as a slave in the series) saw her end when she was put back in chains and had her head chopped off. The death sparked a backlash that lambasted the series for maintaining its racial blind spots and doing Emmanuel’s character dirty. At the time, even Emmanuel’s co-star Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) reacted poorly to the death. Clarke who had previously admitted to having a close friendship with Emmanuel told Entertainment Weekly that she was shocked “because it comes out of f—king nowhere… I’m flabbergasted. Absolutely never saw that coming.”

So it’s no surprise that when speaking with British Vogue in a recent interview, Emmanuel shared an empowering anecdote that happened between her and Clarke.

Speaking about her experiences making the HBO hit, Emmanuel recalled an instance when Clarke defended her after a male colleague commented on her “revealing” costume.

“In my first season, my costume was pretty revealing and there was an incident with a supporting actor who made a comment about it on set,” she told British Vogue. “I mean, typical — and Emilia straightaway had my back. It got handled.”

Emmanuel went onto add that she instantly connected with Clarke on the “male-dominated set” when she came on in its third season.

“Emilia and I got on like a house on fire from the beginning,” she continued. “When I joined the cast, she had already been shooting ‘Game of Thrones’ for a few years, and she was definitely ready to have some female energy around her. She and I always looked out for each other… If you’re the only girls on a male-dominated set, it bonds you in a certain way.”

In a separate interview in 2019, Emmanuel described her relationship with Clarke as one filled with learning and love.

“Emilia, as a friend and colleague, is just such a joy,” Emmanuel said during the interview. “I really have thoroughly loved working with her. I loved learning from her. And we just check in with each other every so often.”

“She’s such a beast. As a woman, she really picks herself up and keeps going,” she added. “She’s really inspiring, I’m so proud of her.”

Speaking about the death of her GOT character, Emmanuel, who now stars in “Four Weddings and Funeral,” said fan reactions to her character’s death was important to her.

“It definitely caused me to reflect a lot more — about race and diversity more generally,” Emmanuel explained. “At the end of the day, if there’s ever a show on the level of ‘Game of Thrones’ again, representation has to be part of the conversation from the beginning. That way, there’s no single person who has to represent every other person of color.”

Speaking about being a character of color, Emmanuel said that “It’s a conversation I used to have a lot with Jacob [Anderson], who played Grey Worm, the only other major non-white character in the series. We were always really conscious of how much our being part of ‘Game of Thrones’ mattered to people. It made us really protective of Missandei and Grey Worm.”