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    Ser Davos Seaworth Game of Thrones season 7

    Warning: Spoilers ahead for the "Game of Thrones" season seven finale.

    The seventh season of "Game of Thrones" came to a dramatic close when the Night King blasted down the Wall using his undead dragon. But Ser Davos Seaworth, played by Liam Cunningham, was thankfully nowhere near the icy blue blast.

    INSIDER spoke with Cunningham after the finale to learn more about his character's adventures this season, including reuniting with Gendry and advising the newly revealed heir to the Iron Throne, Jon Snow (aka Aegon Targaryen).

    Kim Renfro: First I'd love to hear about your big reunion with Gendry, played by Joe Dempsie. That was such a sentimental moment for Davos this season.

    Liam Cunningham: It was incredibly cool. When the scripts came and I read about it I went, "Yeah!" I'd always thought about Gendry as the son that was taken away, Mathos, at the end of season two. Davos did the right thing. Gendry was going to be executed by Melisandre and Davos just couldn't do it; his moral backbone wouldn't allow for that to happen.

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    Cunningham: Then I remember, about six or eight months after I'd said goodbye to Joe Dempsie, that a tweet came through from his Twitter account. It was just two words: "Still rowing." I laughed my head off.

    So when they wrote the scene and Davos said "I thought you might still be rowing," there was a tongue-in-cheek aspect to it. It was just great. Joe is a fantastic actor and Gendry is a wonderful, wonderful character. And he's very similar to Jon Snow. I just love these beautiful touches of humanity and this wonderfully written characterizations — they're just undeniable and fun to play. It was really lovely.

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    Renfro: I'm kind of back in "Where is Gendry?" mindset again, because we lost track of him after his marathon run in "Beyond the Wall."

    Cunningham: Well I think he's recovering from his various wounds and whatever. I'd be more worried about "Where is Tormund?" at the end of that last episode. Always leave them wanting more — isn't that the old entertainment adage? We've certainly done that at the end of this magnificent episode.

    All congratulations have to go out to [director] Jeremy Podeswa and everybody involved. Lena Headey was amazing in it and the wonderful stuff with Emilia and Kit. There was just so much going on. The Hound! Everybody had their little bite of the apple.

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    To see all those people on that platform and this magnificent location in Spain, it was just glorious. But you can't put everybody in otherwise the whole thing gets diluted. So I'm sure we'll get back to [Gendry] — I mean this is not a movie, it's a rolled out magnificent piece of drama.

    I'm sure we haven't heard the end of Gendry on this. But I haven't seen any scripts, and I don't even know the start date of next season, nevermind having read anything, so I'm speculating as much as anybody else.

    Renfro: Another speculative subject I wanted to ask about was Jon and Daenerys' big moment in the finale. How do you think their relationship will affect Davos' role as advisor going forward, since they both seem to be leaning into emotions over pragmatism these days?

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    Cunningham: From an acting and dramatic point of view, and I'm merely speculating here, when we finally had who Jon Snow actually is confirmed by the Three-Eyed Raven, with the wonderful Samwell Tarly in the room, this atomic bomb went off very quietly.

    I love that they didn't make a big thing of it. It was just given out as basic information and left with everybody going "Oh my gooood!" which I thought was incredibly cool.

    But now, what's gonna happen and who's gonna be in the room when this information is given to Daenerys and Jon Snow? And is Tyrion going to be there when this eventually comes out? The dramatic possibilities are magnificent. It's a writer's dream and it's an actor's dream to portray this stuff.

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    But the question is when and where this is going to happen. As we left the show, you have to remember, Bran says Daenerys and Jon Snow are already on their way to Winterfell by boat. So this information may come pretty quickly in the last season. And I just hope I'm there when it comes out. It'll be wonderful!

    Renfro: It is crazy to think of how few people in the fictional world of "Game of Thrones" know the truth, but now everyone in the real world sees it.

    Cunningham: Yeah, exactly! The real world knows and the fantasy world doesn't — how cool is that. It's mad. It's just going to be extraordinary that the information we have as an audience, and we're about to it see on the faces of these wonderful characters when they find out. It's extraordinary.

    That's one of the wonderful things about properly told drama. You should feel like a fly on the wall, and that's one of the things that we've got going. And that's not even to mention that the Night King is on a ballistic missile coming into the Seven Kingdoms. We've got that little detail to be dealing with as well.

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    Renfro: Was there a particular scene that was challenging or rewarding this season?

    Cunningham: One scene which I loved was where [Jon and Davos] come in and meet Daenerys for the first time, with that big build up. It was what everybody wanted to see and we didn't keep you hanging on and stretching the elastic. We just walked straight in and said hello to the khaleesi.

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    I loved when we're trying to convince Daenerys that these little battles that she's got with the Cersei and becoming the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms don't matter. 

    But from an acting point of view, I loved that little scene with the fermented crab "Viagra" with the two guards. You got to taste the flavor of what Davos was like when he was a smuggler in his old job. And you could see how the boys wrote this wonderful scene with Davos just being a young guy again and doing what he used to do before he got caught up in politics and diplomacy and all that.

    So in regards to my character arc this year, I've had an incredibly satisfying journey this season. Hopefully that will continue into the last season.

    "Game of Thrones" will return for its eighth and final season possibly as late as 2019. In the meantime, catch up with 9 details you might have missed on the season seven finale.

    SEE ALSO: All the biggest moments from the explosive 'Game of Thrones' season 7 finale

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    When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. It's violent, vicious, and not for the faint of heart.

    Over the past seven seasons, a lot of people on "Game of Thrones" have died. It's a game of survival, and you're lucky if you've made it this far. 

    Some of these characters came back from the dead. We barely knew some of them, and we knew a lot of them so well that we shed a tear or two (or two-hundred) when we watched them die. And others? We couldn't wait for them to die, and when they did, we were cheering.

    On a scale of 1 to 10 (with some exceptions), we ranked 100 notable deaths (and semi-deaths) from the series — basically, the deaths of characters who had names, had more than a few lines, and/or had some kind of impact on a major plot point or a major character. Hopefully it gives fans closure while they wait for the next season to arrive.

    Here are 100 "Game of Thrones" deaths ranked from the least sad to the most sad:

    Note: The Hound is exempt from this list. He was presumed dead and that was very sad for all of us, but turns out he never actually died. Direwolves are also exempt.

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    100. Ramsay Bolton

    Ramsay Bolton was Roose Bolton's bastard son who had a penchant for extreme violence against innocent human beings. He was briefly married to Sansa Stark, and tortured Theon Greyjoy for several seasons. He also killed his dad, his stepmom, and his baby brother. And Rickon Stark. And Osha. And a lot of other people.

    Time of death:  Season 6, episode 9, "Battle of the Bastards"

    Cause of death: Sansa leaves him to be eaten by his own hounds.

    Sadness ranking: -25. Ramsay's death is probably the most satisfying one on this whole show. His violence was gratuitous and he had zero redeeming qualities. Nobody loved him, not even his dad. 

    99. Joffrey Baratheon

    Starting with the execution of Ned Stark, Joffrey proved that he was completely out of control and wouldn't listen to anybody. He was a terrible king, and also a terrible person. 

    Time of death: Season 4, episode 2, "The Lion and the Rose"

    Cause of death: Poisoned by Petyr Baelish and Olenna Tyrell at his wedding to Margery Tyrell. 

    Sadness ranking: -10. The only sad thing about Joffrey's death is that we don't get to hate him anymore. Joffrey was responsible for the untimely deaths of a lot of people who didn't deserve it.

    98. Walder Frey

    Walder Frey was the Lord of the Crossing at the Twins, and for a brief period, the Lord of Riverrun. He had over 100 descendants, and so many daughters that he didn't even know some of their names. He never had a good reputation in Westeros, and was often called the "Late Walder Frey" after delaying his assistance in Robert's Rebellion until it was already won. 

    Time of death: Season 6, episode 10, "The Winds of Winter"

    Cause of death: Arya Stark slits his throat after feeding him a pie made out of his own sons.

    Sadness ranking: -8. He's responsible for the Red Wedding, plus he's really gross. Not sad, not even a little bit. 

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    While we wait for the Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movie, let’s celebrate his recent appearance on the small screen.

    One of the highlights from season 3 of “Star Wars Rebels” was the “Twin Suns” episode. This self-contained story within the season focuses on Ezra’s journey to Tatooine to track down Ben Kenobi, the reclusive Jedi Master (in the time “Rebels” takes place, he’s no longer called Obi-Wan). But we soon learn Ezra has actually been lured to the desert planet by Darth Maul, who wants a final battle with Kenobi (yes, it turns out Maul did survive after being cut in half by Kenobi in “The Phantom Menace.” More on that here.). 

    The episode concludes with a thrilling (albeit, brief) final duel between Kenobi and Maul after the Sith Lord senses that Kenobi is doing more than just hiding from the Empire on Tatooine: he’s watching over someone (that being then-child Luke Skywalker).

    But a big highlight is hearing that sweet Alec Guinness voice in the episode.

    alec guinness star wars obi wanGuinness, the English actor who originated the character in “Star Wars: A New Hope,” died in 2000, but his legacy has continued on and now entertains new generations of “Star Wars” fans through video games and cartoon series. And the man who has done much of the Guinness voice matching for those performances is Stephen Stanton.

    The veteran voice actor is no stranger to “Star Wars.” Along with voicing “Star Wars Rebels” character AP-5 and Admiral Raddus in “Rogue One,” he also voices another legendary character from the saga, Grand Moff Tarkin (voice matching the late Peter Cushing), on “Rebels” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

    But his Guinness as Kenobi voice work is what got him his start doing “Star Wars” gigs.

    Having always toyed with the Guinness voice since seeing “Star Wars” as a kid, he got a shot to prove his talents in 2004 when he auditioned to voice Kenobi for the video game, “Star Wars: Battlefront II.” He got the job and has since been the go-to guy when Lucasfilm needs to feature Kenobi in one of its projects.

    However, unlike the past, where he usually gets a call to brush off his Guinness voice and get to the recording booth, for “Twin Suns” the job came up a bit randomly.

    Stanton and the rest of the “Star Wars Rebels” cast were finishing up a recording session in May of last year (it was for the “Double Agent Droid” episode, where his character AP-5 sings at the end) when he and one of the series’ creators Dave Filoni began talking about a recent “Star Wars” video game and Stanton happened to mentioned that he recorded Kenobi for that game.

    “Dave said, ‘Oh, that’s right, you do Ben Kenobi,’” Stanton recalled to Business Insider. “He said, ‘Give me a little Ben Kenobi right now.’ So I was in the room with my castmates and my mind went blank, I could not think of a single line. And then I think it was Vanessa Marshall (who voices Hera Syndulla on the show) that said, ‘Do that 'scum and villainy' line.'”

    twin suns star wars rebels lucasfilm finalStanton went into the recording booth and did it a few times and waited as Filoni and a few others on the other side of the glass talked. Because Stanton was in the booth, he couldn’t hear what they were saying.

    The session ended and, as Stanton was walking out, Filoni grabbed him.

    “He said, ‘Look, we’ve got this idea, it’s kind of an experiment right now, we’re thinking of doing an episode where we wrap up this confrontation Kenobi has with Darth Maul,’” Stanton said. “But it’s very temporary, we might have you come in and do a temp track.”

    Time passed and Stanton got a call from Filoni to come in and do some lines as Kenobi for what would become the “Twin Suns” episode. Soon after, Stanton got word that the episode was a go, and he went back and did a day’s work recording all of the Kenobi dialogue for the episode alongside Taylor Gray, who voices Ezra on the show, and Sam Witwer as Darth Maul. Stanton also went in three other times to record rewrites that were done — in one case only two words in a sentence of Kenobi’s dialogue was changed. But Stanton said that's how much attention went into bringing Kenobi back.

    “They took a lot of care in the character and made sure they got exactly what they wanted,” Stanton said of how Lucasfilm worked.

    And Stanton has his own meticulous process to pull off recreating the voices of legends — whether it be Guinness, Cushing, or the late film critic Roger Ebert, which he voiced in the 2014 documentary, “Life Itself.

    Stephen Stanton Jason Kempin GettyStanton has compiled hours of audio and video reference files on people he voice matches. For Cushing, he even has a hard-to-find book-on-tape the actor did in the 1980s of his own autobiography. And to master Guinness, he likes to go back and watch the TV interviews he did to promote “A New Hope.”

    This is partly to get the voice down, but Stanton uses the material to try to channel the person so he can understand how they might approach the scene he's voicing.

    “I take it very seriously,” Stanton said. “You’re not only honoring the person, you’re honoring their performance, their creation. It’s fun, but it can be stressful at times. You’re really trying to understand how they built that character in the first place and hopefully you can do a good job bringing it to life.”

    The biggest satisfaction for Stanton doing the “Twin Suns” episode was seeing the glowing reaction by the fans. Being a “Star Wars” fan himself, he didn’t want to let them down.

    “When you’re doing an original character it’s always exciting, but when you're getting into those iconic characters where everybody already has an image in their mind, they have their own expectations about the character, you don't want to disappoint them,” Stanton said. “I’m glad the fans accepted it. When you get the call from Lucasfilm and they say people here are asking if we put in outtakes from the original film for the Kenobi dialogue, it puts you at ease.”

    Watch the final battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul from the “Twin Suns” episode below:

    The complete third season of “Star Wars Rebels” is available on Blu-ray/DVD August 29.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for the "Game of Thrones" season seven finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf."

    The seventh season of "Game of Thrones" finally delivered irrefutable proof that Jon Snow is the son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Plus the series shocked viewers by revealing Jon's real name — Aegon Targaryen

    "He's never been a bastard," Bran said. "He's the heir to the Iron Throne."

    Showrunner David Benioff reasserted this in one of the behind-the-scenes videos shared by HBO after the finale aired. When discussing Jon's legitimized parentage and his real name, Benioff said "That means he's the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. That changes everything."

    Here's the Targaryen family tree, beginning with Daenerys and Rhaegar's father, the Mad King Aerys:

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    In typical Westerosi families, the line of succession follows the male line of descendants in order of birth.

    So after the Mad King Aerys, Rhaegar Targaryen was next in line for the throne. Then after Rhaegar, the crown is passed to Rhaegar's eldest son. Since Jon is the only living male descendant of Rhaegar, he is the rightful heir to the throne. 

    Rhaegar's other son, also named Aegon, was ahead of Jon in the line of succession. But he was killed, along with their sister Rhaenys, during the sack of King's Landing at the end of Robert's Rebellion.

    Daenerys only has a claim to the crown if Jon is eliminated from the line of succession. They are the only two surviving Targaryens.

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    As we explored after the season seven finale, this revelation about Jon's claim to the Iron Throne will likely be a contentious part of his and Daenerys' storyline in the eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones." 

    "Just as we're seeing these two people come together, we're hearing the information that will inevitably, if not tear them apart, cause them real problems in their relationship," showrunner D.B. Weiss said after the finale.

    With the series coming to a close, more in-fighting between houses is the last thing we'd want to see. After all, the Night King just flew into Westeros on the back of an undead dragon with nuclear firepower capabilities. The focus should be on survival, not a new Targaryen civil war.

    Plus, we've long theorized that nobody will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of the series, so does it even matter than Jon has the strongest claim? We'll have to wait for season eight to see where this revelation will take Jon. 

    In the meantime, learn more about Rhaegar and his relationship with both his father and Lyanna Stark in our exploration of everything we knew about the Dragon Prince.

    SEE ALSO: Every 'Game of Thrones' romantic relationship, ranked from worst to best

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    I’ve owned the fourth-generation Apple TV for nearly two years now. But while the hardware is capable for streaming all your favorite shows and movies, the software — and the overall experience — is muddy, confusing, and, well, bad.

    With a new Apple TV rumored to be announced in the next couple of months, it's worth looking at the current Apple TV experience and what needs fixing.


    The Apple TV isn’t ALL bad:

    - The new remote control has a microphone, which is very useful. You can ask Siri to rewind, fast forward, or search for stuff to watch. You can even use it to enter passwords, which is a huge time-saver.

    - The user interface, which has hardly changed since the very first Apple TV boxes, is still simple and intuitive: Apps are arranged in a grid, but thanks to the new App Store in the latest hardware, you can download more apps to add to your grid. You can even organize your apps into folders now, like you do on your iPhone or iPad.

    - Multimedia loads and buffers quickly, and it all looks great, which is pretty close to a cable TV experience in terms of image quality and responsiveness.

    Of course, Apple should be nailing the Apple TV experience in these respects. If Apple released a giant box that didn’t play your multimedia quickly and well, or was confusing to use, it would be an abject failure.

    Also worth noting: The Apple TV does these things well, but so do most other set-top boxes — and few of them cost as much as the Apple TV, at $150 and $200 for 32GB and 64GB of storage, respectively (32GB is more than enough space). For the same features, you might as well save your money and buy a Fire TV, or a Chromecast, or one of many Roku devices. 


    Despite the few important things the Apple TV does right, there are just too many things it does wrong

    - The remote control. From the design to the touchpad to the buttons themselves, Apple’s “Siri” remote for the fourth-generation Apple TV might be the worst piece of hardware Apple has ever produced.

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    - The remote itself is tiny and slick, therefore extremely easy to lose— in a couch cushion, or anywhere else for that matter.

    - The remote’s touchpad is overly sensitive, which means it’ll turn on your Apple TV if you just graze it accidentally (or, y’know, your couch cushion turns it on).

    - You can’t pick up the remote in the dark and know its orientation, since the buttons and layout are near-symmetrical from every angle — as a result, I’ve had countless occasions where I try pausing a show or movie only to return to the main menu, because I pressed the wrong button. Yes, that is technically my fault, but it’s Apple’s design.

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    - If you don’t like the “Siri” remote, you can use Apple’s Apple TV app — but you shouldn’t. Apple previously made a “Remote” app to control your Apple TV, but the new “Apple TV Remote” app lacks so many of those important features — things like volume controls, and settings within the app. And while the app connects to the TV just fine, sometimes pressing buttons just doesn’t work — and there’s no way to troubleshoot from within the app. Again, it’s hard to imagine this getting through Apple’s design lab, but it did!

    - Apple’s new “TV” app is not at all useful. Not to be confused with the remote app, Apple's new "TV" app scans the apps you use (Netflix, HBO Now, etc.) and immediately adds the shows and movies you’re watching — and others you might like — into one app. Sounds clever, right? But like so many other aspects of the Apple TV, the concept is better than the execution. I don’t like using the app: It doesn’t source content from all the apps I use, so it really isn’t a complete solution; my partner and I prefer visiting each app and browsing our selections there. Honestly, if Apple wanted to suggest shows you’re watching or other shows you might like, I’d rather those things be advertised in the carousel at the top of the main menu, which is also relatively useless in its current incarnation.

    - The App Store is a mess to navigate. The App Store has hardly changed at all since 2008; and yet, Apple made zero adjustments when deciding to launch a store on the Apple TV in 2015. It’s the same old thing: A giant grid organized by what’s being downloaded the most, what’s selling the most, and what Apple “editors” recommend. But there is zero personalization to it; it’s amazing that in 2017, Apple still doesn’t recommend certain apps based on apps you’ve already downloaded.

    Where does Apple go from here?

    It’s naive to think the Apple TV is at the top of Apple’s priority list — the company makes more revenue from other products, and the Apple TV is probably in that “good enough” category. Sure, it has its flaws, but it’s still functional.

    That said, Apple shouldn’t be striving for “good enough.”

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    At one point, the Apple TV sounded like one of the most ambitious Apple projects in the company's history.

    For years, Apple reportedly wanted to revolutionize TV like it had with music via the iPod and iTunes; the company held discussions with networks like 21st Century Fox, CBS and Disney to license their programming for a live-TV service that would be delivered over the internet. But those talks stalled, and while other internet-TV options are taking off — like Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and Hulu's upcoming service, to name a few — Apple's own project appears to be nowhere in sight.

    Yet, even without a live TV service, Apple still considers the Apple TV to be "the future of television." At the unveiling of the latest Apple TV, CEO Tim Cook proclaimed "the future of TV is apps." The company believes additions of Siri and the App Store are enough to unlock the true potential of the television.

    But that hasn’t happened, at least not yet. Both Siri and the App Store need vast improvements before they can reach their full potential on the TV.

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    In 2017, the Apple TV is still the same old box as it was for years: It still plays your multimedia, and it’s added some features like Siri to make the experience better, but other newer features, like the touchpad on the remote control, have created more problems than solutions. It hardly feels like "the future of TV."

    Apple is rumored to announce a fifth-generation Apple TV in the next couple of months — either at its iPhone event in September, or at an event in October. It's sounding more and more like the main feature of this new Apple TV will be 4K support; aside from that, the other new feature we know about will be the redesigned App Store (the redesign is coming to all Apple devices). Personally, though, I'm crossing my fingers for a redesigned Siri remote and a redesigned TV app. I'm even hoping Apple can make its live-TV ambitions happen to some extent, too; even if it's just limited at first, I think everyone wants to see what an Apple-designed live-TV interface would look like.

    Whether or not that live-TV service happens, though, is up in the air; Apple will neither confirm nor deny that a new TV product is coming, and considering all the other Apple products that desperately need attention— not to mention the futuristic products allegedly in the works, like its self-driving car tech and its augmented-reality glasses — I’m not feeling terribly optimistic about the Apple TV.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for the "Game of Thrones" season seven finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf."

    The seventh season of "Game of Thrones" came to a dramatic close on Sunday. From a tense scene in the Dragonpit of King's Landing to the staggering reveal that Jon Snow is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne (not to mention his sex scene with Daenerys), the record-breaking long finale was packed with epicness. 

    INSIDER spoke with the episode's director, Jeremy Podeswa, to learn more about the various character developments and intriguing scenes, including Tyrion Lannister's worried observations of Jon and Daenerys.

    Kim Renfro: A big theme of this episode was the influence Ned Stark had on Jon and Theon, as well as his actual children. I really loved Jon and Theon's scene especially, since it seemed to foreshadow Jon's future identity crisis as half Targaryen and half Stark. Was that meant to be one of the big takeaways?

    Jeremy Podeswa: That's a really good question and nobody's asked me that before, so good for you [laughing]. I think it is very much a possibility that [the scene] was a foreshadowing of that. The show has so much to do with questions of, "What is family? Who is family? How do you identify yourself?" It's something that runs through [season seven] with the Stark children and figuring out what their relationship is to each other after all the things they've been through.

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    For Theon, his identity has been a major quest for the entire series. So certainly now that we know everything there is to know about Jon, I think that's going to raise all kinds of questions in terms of how he deals with this knowledge and where that takes him going forward.

    Renfro: Tying into that, we finally saw Rhaegar Targaryen in the finale but he and Lyanna still feel very mysterious. What was your approach to staging that wedding flashback and presenting this important moment while still leaving us feeling like we don't know exactly everything that happened all those years ago? 

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    Podeswa: Yeah, I think that's true — that scene doesn't put a fine point on everything. But what it does do is reveal a very big plot point which is that Jon wasn't conceived out of some sort of violent encounter between Rhaegar and Lyanna. It was actually a romantic relationship and that there was a complicitness to their union, and that's something that's really new.  

    So it was important to me that there was a kind of rewriting of history in how we depict it. So very consciously we tried to create an idyllic atmosphere in that scene, so that the wedding we see is completely antithetical to what their relationship was understood to be. That was really the key thing for me, presenting it as a revisionist history.

    Renfro: Another moment getting a lot of attention was Tyrion watching the door while Daenerys and Jon had sex for the first time. I interpreted as more of an anxiety he was feeling over Jon and Daenerys leaning into their emotions, but I've seen others theorize that he was jealous. Can you shine some more light on what was going through his head?

    Podeswa: I think it's a combination of things. "Jealousy" is too simple, in a way. I think what's really going on here for me is that Tyrion is a strategist. He's somebody who thinks to the future and what the consequences of things are. For him, the union of Dany and Jon is a bit of a monkey wrench in terms of the plan for how they're going to move forward in a united front against the army of the dead.

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    I think as long as Jon and Dany are part of this alliance, things are very simple. They have a common goal, they're in this together with other people. But now that there's a special bond between these two, nobody really knows how that's going to play out or what kind of decisions they'll make based on the fact that they're now connected to each other in a much more intimate way.

    So for Tyrion this creates a potential problem. Whatever sway he might have had over Dany might not be there anymore, cause Jon may become more important to her than him. The choices she will make may be influenced by this event. So for him the concern going forward is just how is this all going to play out, and what it might foreshadow.

    Renfro: That makes sense given how his position as advisor was a bit rocky this season.

    Podeswa: Exactly.

    Renfro: I also wanted to talk to you about Sansa, because you directed Sophie Turner in season five during one of Sansa's lowest points — her wedding night assault with Ramsay Bolton. What was it like filming the scene with Littlefinger's death and tracking Sansa's character growth into that final closure? 

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    Podeswa: It's been a gradual process since [season five], but I think Sansa's become a very powerful figure. From somebody who has been victimized and had very little control in the past, now she has a great deal of control and she also has learned how to play the games.

    So she outwitted the master manipulator and game player, and I think she has proven herself now to be a master strategist. In terms of being able to not only control things but to make people believe things and to have a lack of transparency, she's on par with Cersei now.

    The still waters are running very deep with her — it's hard to know exactly what's going on. And she's learned that from the other masters of manipulation on the show like Cersei and Littlefinger. And even with game playing from Ramsay. She has learned from every horrible thing that ever happened to her, and now she's become the full embodiment of all those things. Sophie [Turner] has done an amazing job as an actress charting all of that so you buy that she has now become this person who cannot be underestimated.

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    Renfro: The last time we spoke was right after the premiere, and you told me about an amazing off-screen scene between Tormund and Brienne where he told her all about Sheila the Bear. The finale had so many mini-reunions  — were there any other moments that didn't make it to the final cut or that were happening off the side?

    Podeswa: No, everything was in the finale. But one thing about it was how everything that we know about the characters is informed so much by the history and the people who have really been watching the show and are big fans. They know everything about these characters going into a sequence like the Dragonpit, so they invest a great deal of knowledge into all of those moments.

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    Everyone knows what all of those glances mean, and the actors playing them know what it means to them and to the fans. It's all in the writing, but it's also in way in audience because they carry this history with them. They're bringing a huge amount of unspoken context to everything we see.

    The "special sauce" in this sequence was really just the intimate knowledge and the history of the characters that's brought to bear in this episode. If you've been an attentive viewer, it's very pleasurable to see all these interactions happening because you know what they really truly mean.  

    Renfro: Last but definitely not least, can you help me with the terminology of what Viserion is now? Is he a White Walker dragon? A wight dragon, or an ice dragon? How do you refer to him?

    Podeswa: Oh that's funny. I actually cannot remember what the correct terminology would be [laughter]. But I've heard everything from zombie dragon to undead dragon.

    [Editor's note: A representative from HBO later emailed me to note that the script for the season seven finale referred to Viserion as an "ice dragon" but said it wasn't 100% conclusive.]

    "Game of Thrones" will return for its eighth and final season possibly as late as 2019. In the meantime, read our interview with Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth) for possible season eight predictions.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season seven.

    Bran Stark re-entered "Game of Thrones" in its seventh season as a brand new character: the Three-Eyed Raven. As he used his powers of greensight and warging more through the season, fans began picking up on the importance of his character. Some people even got out of hand, believing Bran is actually the Night King.

    INSIDER spoke with Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark/the Three-Eyed Raven, to hear his thoughts on his fan theory and learn more about exactly how his powers work. 

    Kim Renfro: Were you following all the Bran memes and fan theories cropping up during the season?

    Isaac Hempstead Wright: Oh, so many Bran memes. That's been fun. I've seen a great one where Meera comes to Bran and is like, "Hodor died for you, my brother died for you." And it's just got a WhatsApp [notification] showing it's been read but not replied to.

    And there have been funny ones of people Photoshopping Bran into every sex scene in "Game of Thrones" going, "Oh yeah, I've seen that now."

    Renfro: One fan theory that really spread was the guess that Bran is …

    Hempstead Wright: Bran's the Night King! Yep. I mean it sounds fairly far-fetched but I would have said the same about the Hodor theory had I just read that on the internet. I mean I think it's gotten a little bit crazy because people are now putting pictures of me and the Night King together and going "Yep, that confirms it! They look identical!" And it's like, "Do I really look like an ancient ice zombie? Thanks guys."

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    Renfro: I think part of the reason why that theory has gotten so out of control is because it still feels like we don't know how Bran's powers work, and so people are making a lot of assumptions.

    Hempstead Wright: Well let me clear a bit of that up. The way Bran's power works at the moment is that he's basically got a Kindle library of the whole history of the universe. He just hasn't read every book yet. And the old Three-Eyed Raven has sat in that tree for a thousand years and read through every piece of history and has accessed it all. 

    Bran has just done a quick whistlestop look through history and gotten the idea of things. But for now he needs people to tell him what they want him to see. Like Samwell Tarly saying, "Can you see this?" and Bran goes and accesses it and says, "Oh yep, that does happen." So it's not like Bran just has everything at his fingertips, he's still got to look it up in the dictionary.

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    Renfro: On a scale of one to the old Three-Eyed Raven, where is Bran now with his control over these powers?

    Hempstead Wright: He's nowhere near there yet. The old Three-Eyed Raven was one of the wisest people in Westeros. He has literally been in that tree for thousands and thousands of years, learning all about the world and knowing history back to front.

    Whereas for Bran, he's just thinking, "Whoa okay, there's a lot of cool stuff here but I can't get through it all yet." So if the old Three-Eyed Raven is a 10, I reckon Bran is a three or a four right now. He's got access to a lot of stuff, he just needs to be guided in the right direction.

    Renfro: And it's not clear if he can see the future, right?

    Hempstead Wright: Yeah I'm still not sure about that myself. I think Bran has more of an idea of destiny than actually predicting the future per se. He knows how things must end and how they must end for him or whatever, or what he must do, but I don't think he's got the future written down just yet. It's more of an idea of fate, as I understand it.

    Renfro: One scene that came to mind when I was watching the finale was the moment earlier in season seven when Bran handed Arya the Valyrian steel dagger. If you rewatch that scene, it feels like Bran knows Arya is going to do something important with it.

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    Hempstead Wright: You know that's interesting because that is exactly ... I was trying to play that. I'm really glad that came through. When Bran's looking at that dagger, I was thinking that he's feeling the Valyrian steel and thinking, "I can see where this dagger's going to end up. It's going to be used to kill Littlefinger."

    Whether he knows that exactly or not, I think he looks at it and can see this that this dagger has a purpose, it has a fate, it has a destiny. And that destiny is to kill Littlefinger.

    I don't know if Bran knows it there yet, but as he looks at it and touches it, it's becoming clear that this is important. And that's why he gives it to Arya so suddenly. He's thinking, "I don't know why, but you need this dagger."

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    Renfro: At the time I felt like something bigger was happening, and then when Arya pulled it out in the finale it was an "aha" moment for sure.

    Hempstead Wright: He really is such a cool character to get to play. Especially [as an actor] seeing the scene play out,because you know what's going to happen anyways but to see it manifest itself on screen and actually get to use that in you character because you've got all the tricks, it's really fun.

    Renfro: Do you think we'll we ever see the old Bran peek out again?

    Hempstead Wright: Bran understands what is important and what isn't now, and I think he recognizes that Bran Stark isn't really important. The Three-Eyed Raven is very important right now. So I think Bran is less focused on sentimentality. Yeah it would be nice to have a reunion with his sisters, but this is the end of the world and it needs to be sorted. So that's where Bran's at.

    Renfro: Sam and Bran was an unexpected reunion, but a welcome one. I loved the humor you and John Bradley brought to that scene. Was it fun to shoot?

    Hempstead Wright: [Laughing] That bit where he lifts up the scroll was almost too comedic. That was unbelievably hilarious.

    It was a fun scene because it was great to have those two characters together again.

    Those are really two of the characters in "Game of Thrones" who really use wits and knowledge as their power and force and strength. So it was really cool to have them together and especially having such a crucial part to play, getting to reveal who Jon Snow really is. Or rather Jon Targaryen. Or Aegon Targaryen.

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    Also, it was so hot on that set. It was unbearable. We both nearly passed out. Because we had artificial heaters, there was an actual fire on, and then you have 30 people packed into a small set. And so it was boiling hot, then we had heavy costumes because it's obviously winter now so we have much bigger, warmer costumes on. It was pretty unbearable in there. But a great scene.

    Renfro: One last question. Was your sad goodbye moment the the last we'll see of Meera?

    Hempstead Wright: I don't know. I mean this is the last season [coming up], and I think a lot of people are going to end up getting involved in it. When the White Walkers trudge their way down through Westeros there's going to be no stone left unturned. So I don't see why [that scene] would be the absolute demise of Meera Reed. But who knows.

    "Game of Thrones" will return for its eighth and final season possibly as late as 2019. In the meantime, read our interview with Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth) for possible season eight predictions. 

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    If you're hanging out feverishly to find out what happens after this weeks' drama-filled season seven finale of Game of Thrones, you're not alone.

    With the TV show now firmly ahead of the books, fans might have to wait until 2019 to see how George R.R. Martin's epic saga wraps up.

    So to give us some much-needed new material to over-analyze in the meantime, an algorithm has started to write the sixth book for us, and its predictions back up some long-held fan theories.

    After feeding a type of AI known as a recurrent neural network the roughly 5,000 pages of Martin's five previous books, software engineer Zack Thoutt has used the algorithm to predict what will happen next.

    And it might be the best we get for a while, because, let's face it, most of us are so sick of waiting that we've pretty much given up on Martin delivering The Winds of Winter anytime soon... even Martin himself.

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    According to the AI's predictions, some long-held fan theories do play out - in the five chapters generated by the algorithm so far, Jaime ends up killing CerseiJon rides a dragon, and Varys poisons Daenerys.

    "Jaime killed Cersei and was cold and full of words, and Jon thought he was the wolf now, and white harbor..." begins chapter five.

    You can read all the chapters in full on the GitHub page for the project. Each chapter starts with a character's name, just like Martin's actual books.

    But in addition to backing up what many of us already suspect will happen, the AI also introduces some fairly unexpected plot turns that we're pretty sure aren't going to be mirrored in either the TV show or Martin's books, so we wouldn't get too excited just yet.

    For example, in the algorithm's first chapter, written from Tyrion's perspective, Sansa turns out to be a Baratheon:

    "I feared Master Sansa, Ser," Ser Jaime reminded her. "She Baratheon is one of the crossing. The second sons of your onion concubine."

    There's also the introduction of a strange, pirate-like new character called Greenbeard.

    "It's obviously not perfect," Thoutt told Sam Hill over at Motherboard. "It isn't building a long-term story and the grammar isn't perfect. But the network is able to learn the basics of the English language and structure of George R.R. Martin's style on its own."

    Neural networks are a type of machine learning algorithm that are inspired by the human brain's ability to not just memorize and follow instructions, but actually learn from past experiences.

    recurrent neural network is a specific subclass, which works best when it comes to processing long sequences of data, such as lengthy text from five previous books.

    In theory, Thoutt's algorithm should be able to create a true sequel to Martin's existing work, based off things that have already happened in the novels.

    But in practice, the writing is clumsy and, most of the time, nonsensical. And it also references characters that have already died:

    It made Ned better stop until the fire was falling, standing beneath the arch of a shattered still distant field where the shadow tower paid the camp behind.

    Still, some of the lines sound fairly prophetic:

    "Arya saw Jon holding spears. "Your grace," he said to an urgent maid, afraid. "The crow's eye would join you.

    "A perfect model would take everything that has happened in the books into account and not write about characters being alive when they died two books ago," Thoutt told Motherboard.

    "The reality, though, is that the model isn't good enough to do that. If the model were that good authors might be in trouble ... but it makes a lot of mistakes because the technology to train a perfect text generator that can remember complex plots over millions of words doesn't exist yet."

    One of the main limitations here is the fact that the books just don't contain enough data for an algorithm.

    Although anyone who's read them will testify that they're pretty damn long, they actually represent quite a small data set for a neural network to learn from.

    But at the same time they contain a whole lot of unique words, nouns, and adjectives which aren't reused, which makes it very hard for the neural network to learn patterns.

    Thoutt told Hill that a better source would be a book 100 times longer, but with the level of vocabulary of a children's book. Of course, though, that would defeat the purpose of the series we all know and love.

    Still, these five, clumsy chapters are the best we've got while we sit around waiting for Martin to finally finish The Winds of Winter, or HBO to release the final season (our money's on the latter happening first).

    So for now we're going to pore over them for any clues as to what's going to happen next - who knows, maybe the algorithm has some ideas about how to take down an ice dragon...

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season seven.

    Bran Stark has grown up to be the most powerful character on "Game of Thrones." As season six concluded, Bran transformed into the Three-Eyed Raven — a mystic figure with the ability to see into the past and present.

    But how exactly do these powers of greensight work? Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran, gave INSIDER a breakdown of the new Three-Eyed Raven's abilities and limitations.

    "The way Bran's power works at the moment is that he's basically got a Kindle library of the whole history of the universe," Hempstead Wright told INSIDER. "He just hasn't read every book yet. And the old Three-Eyed Raven has sat in that tree for a thousand years and read through every piece of history and has accessed it all."

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    This explains why Bran didn't realize Rhaegar Targaryen had married Lyanna Stark. He needed Sam Tarly to arrive and tell him to look for the moment, similar to having a friend recommend a book for you to read.

    "Bran has just done a quick whistlestop look through history and gotten the idea of things. But for now he needs people to tell him what they want him to see," Hempstead Wright said. "Like Samwell Tarly saying, 'Can you see this?' and Bran goes and accesses it and says, 'Oh yep, that does happen.' So it's not like Bran just has everything at his fingertips, he's still got to look it up in the dictionary."

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    We asked Hempstead Wright, on a scale of one to the old Three-Eyed Raven, where is Bran now with his control over these powers.

    "He's nowhere near there yet," Hempstead Wright said. "The old Three-Eyed Raven was one of the wisest people in Westeros. He has literally been in that tree for thousands and thousands of years, learning all about the world and knowing history back to front."

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    "So if the old Three-Eyed Raven is a 10, I reckon Bran is a three or a four right now," Hempstead Wright said. "He's got access to a lot of stuff, he just needs to be guided in the right direction."

    The one aspect of Bran's abilities that is unclear is whether or not he can see the future.

    "Yeah I'm still not sure about that myself," Hempstead Wright said. "I think Bran has more of an idea of destiny than actually predicting the future per se. He knows how things must end and [...] what he must do, but I don't think he's got the future written down just yet. It's more of an idea of fate, as I understand it."

    If you rewatch the episode where Bran gives Arya the Valyrian steel dagger, you can sense that Bran knew that blade was important.

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    "I think [Bran] looks at it and can see this that this dagger has a purpose, it has a fate, it has a destiny," Hempstead Wright said. "And that destiny is to kill Littlefinger. I don't know if Bran knows it there yet, but as he looks at it and touches it, it's becoming clear that this is important. And that's why he gives it to Arya so suddenly. He's thinking, 'I don't know why, but you need this dagger.'"

    For more insights from Hempstead Wright on Bran's character (including what he thinks about the "Bran is the Night King" theory), read our full interview here.

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Problems can arise when on-screen couples don't get along in real life.
    • Some of the most famous on-screen couples had trouble behind the scenes.
    • The best examples include Ross and Rachel from "Friends" and Luke and Lorelai from "Gilmore Girls."

    Acting out make-believe characters is what actors do. So if they're cast in a TV show alongside an actor they're supposed to be in love with, they get on with the job of acting.

    A TV couple spends long hours together on set. They're thrown together constantly, there are countless love scenes, there are bust-ups, and there are occasionally fun times. Sometimes the two actors involved fall in love in real life, while other times they become friends.

    What’s the worst that can happen? Well, the worst that can happen is that they don’t get on, argue, and grow to hate each other. That's a problem, though, since they're supposed to be in love, and this can mess up the tension between their characters.

    The true professionals grin and bear it. They keep acting and doing their job, even if they don’t like it. Other times, actors complain and demand their TV significant other be written out of the show or replaced, or that their scenes together be limited. Some actors who hate their costars have been known to walk off their shows, throwing things into chaos.

    Here are 15 TV couples who actually despised each other:

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    15. Mulder and Scully — "The X-Files"

    Mulder and Scully hate each other? The answer to that seems to be yes. Back when the original series of "The X-Files" was airing in the 1990s, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) were victims of the show’s success.

    They were forced to work long hours together. As the fateful saying goes: Familiarity breeds contempt. Duchovny has gone on record saying that there were times when they were so sick of each other that they fought constantly and got to the point where they could not stand to be in the same room together.

    While the intimate relationship between Mulder and Scully is not heavily emphasized in the plot lines, it is always in the background of the show. Even though Duchovny and Anderson could not stand each other, the chemistry between their characters is skillfully maintained by two talented actors.

    Still, it’s hard to imagine the arguments and tension that went on when the cameras weren’t rolling. Apparently, things were less tense when the duo filmed the reboot of the series in 2016. Fans were delighted to learn that the show would return mid-season in 2018.

    14. Puck and Santana — "Glee"

    Mark Salling and Naya Rivera hate each other. Their characters on "Glee,"Puck (Salling) and Santana (Rivera) have an on again, off again love-hate relationship that is always interesting to watch.

    In real life, Salling and Rivera were involved in a relationship during the first season of the show. It seems that their turbulent on-screen relationship mirrored their off-screen one. After the first season wrapped and the cast went off on summer break, Salling began “cheating” on Rivera with other women.

    Rivera responded by keying and egging his Lexus, which pretty much meant that the love-hate relationship was now permanently based on hate. After that, the writers made certain that the two had few scenes together.

    Almost no one saw what was coming next: In 2015 Salling was arrested on child-pornography charges. The one person who clearly was not shocked was Rivera. She has gone on record saying that after her experiences with Salling, she was not at all surprised.

    13. Charlie and Kate — "Anger Management"

    Selma Blair makes no secret of her hatred for Charlie Sheen. In "Anger Management," (Sheen) and Kate (Blair) are therapists and anger-management specialists who compete against each other on every level. It’s a true love-hate affair.

    Eventually, the inevitable happens and the two become lovers. Now, Sheen has a reputation for being difficult at the best of times. Just ask "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre. So, no one expected that, after his exit from Lorre’s show, he would behave any better on the set of "Anger Management."

    Some say that Blair complained about Sheen’s behavior on set. It seems that perhaps she might have been annoyed by the fact everyone had to sit around waiting for him to learn his lines. She maintains that an angry Sheen confronted her and insisted that she be sacked.

    She also claims she learned she was being fired via a text message from Sheen himself. Sheen, of course, denies that, and says that the show simply took a different direction. Blair threatened legal action, but nothing came of it.

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    Here comes Facebook TV.

    After unveiling its shows initiative earlier this month, Facebook will be making its new hub for videos available to most of its US users over the next few days.

    Called Watch, the new area includes a wide range of videos of varying lengths, including scripted series, live shows that feature hosts responding in real time to viewer questions, and Major League Baseball games and other sports events.

    Watch, which will be available through Facebook's mobile app as its own tab, desktop website, and newer TV app, was tested with a small portion of Facebook users in the US over the past couple of weeks. Starting Thursday, hundreds of shows will be available to a broader group of Facebook users, a company representative told Business Insider.

    Watch represents Facebook's push into the market of professional, episodic video, a move that pits the social network against more established players in the space like Netflix and YouTube.

    Facebook sees high-quality, scripted video as important for retaining users, particularly younger ones who are increasingly flocking to its rival Snapchat. Facebook also views shows as a way to rake in advertising dollars traditionally reserved for conventional TV.

    Watch includes a large group of publishers, including digital players like BuzzFeed and more traditional ones like A&E. Some of those publishers will make money solely through ad breaks, while others are funded by Facebook. The company has also partnered with specific people, including former YouTube personalities, for super-short shows.

    Watch has a few marquee shows, including "Returning the Favor" by former "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe, a behind-the-scenes Real Madrid show narrated by Orlando Bloom, and a series by Humans of New York.

    Among the different sections in Watch will be one for the videos most talked about among Facebook friends and another for ones that friends are watching. Viewers will also be able to see comments from other Facebook users while watching a show and will be able to create watch lists to keep up with new episodes of their favorite shows.

    Each show in Watch will have its own dedicated Facebook page, through which publishers will be able to share new episodes and other content, such as web articles.

    Mitú, a digital entertainment company that focuses on Latinos, plans to use its Watch pages like its other, more traditional Facebook pages, its head of development, Joe Rivadeneira, told Business Insider. That could mean posting recipes for an episode of its food show, "What's Good in Your Hood," or recommending that followers check out a new episode.

    Facebook has been willing to pay millions of dollars for exclusive rights to longer, premium shows. By contrast, it is paying roughly $5,000 to $20,000 an episode for shorter shows. Though it requires cheaper shows to debut exclusively on Watch, Facebook is allowing producers to offer those shows through other platforms shortly after. The more expensive shows will remain exclusive to Facebook.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for the "Game of Thrones" season seven finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf."

    Say it loud and say it proud, "Game of Thrones" fans — his name is Jaime Lannister. 

    "Kingslayer" and "Oathbreaker" no more, Jaime Lannister is finally on the path to full redemption. After years of warning signs and rock-bottom moments with Cersei, Jaime turned heel and left King's Landing at last. As Jaime rode off into the wintery landscape he pulled a black glove over his golden hand, shedding his Lannister loyalty in the process.

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    Why this should have happened two seasons ago

    Though Jaime's exit from the Red Keep was an incredible moment (and acted superbly by both Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey), there is a twinge of sadness there for me. This scene was beyond overdue. 

    Following the books' events, Jaime should have begun breaking away from Cersei after the season four finale. One of the most upsetting changes to George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series was the robbery of Jaime's arc in the fourth novel, "A Feast for Crows." 

    In the books, when Jaime is helping Tyrion escape his cell, Tyrion tells his older brother that Cersei has been unfaithful to him by sleeping with their cousin Lancel Lannister, among others. 

    But the show cut this line. Which meant Jaime was still loyal to Cersei at the start of season five when she told him to go and save Myrcella in Dorne.

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    This was a show-only storyline for Jaime. In the books he never goes near Dorne, and instead sets off to the Riverlands to clean up the Lannister and Frey messes left there. The show did have Jaime head to the Riverlands in season six, but even then it was under the orders of Cersei.

    Throughout seasons five and six, Jaime repeated his allegiance to Cersei over and over. No matter how cruel and unreasonable she was to him, or everyone around her, there seemed to be no limit to Jaime's patience with her. 

    Each of his actions, from the failed Myrcella rescue mission to the siege of Riverrun, seemed motivated by his desire to get on her good side once more.

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    Meanwhile, Cersei scorned him for losing his hand and becoming a weak military leader in the process. She loathed him for freeing Tyrion, and blamed Jaime for their father's murder at the hands of their little brother. 

    Jaime endured through it all, much to the frustration of book readers. Where was his character growth? What happened to the Jaime who sat in a bath with Brienne and told her about the weight of his past that sat heavy on his conscience? It felt like he wasn't moving forward, and instead had been relegated to the status of Cersei's lapdog. 

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    The beginnings of Jaime's break from Cersei

    Toward the end of season six, we began seeing stirrings of "book Jaime." He clearly disliked being compared to Walder Frey after winning back Riverrun from the Tullys. Then he arrived in King's Landing only to find that Cersei had blown up the Sept of Baelor and crowned herself queen. 

    Then season seven opened, and many believed we would see Jaime fed up with Cersei from the get-go. But as she refused to discuss the suicide of their last living child, Tommen, Jaime only stood there looking flummoxed. He was still by her side — even as she promised to marry Euron Greyjoy. 

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    Then came Jaime's central season seven episode — "The Spoils of War." He faced Daenerys and her dragons in battle, right on the heels of poisoning Olenna Tyrell and hearing her biting last words: "You poor fool, she'll be the end of you."

    Jaime tried and failed to be the hero once more. Watching Daenerys burn his armies brought him back to the days he spent by her father's side on the Kingsguard. The Mad King Aerys spent years burning men alive in front of Jaime, who stood by in silence and did his duty as the sworn sword of the king.

    But Jaime broke on the day his father Tywin Lannister sacked King's Landing. The Mad King had placed caches of wildfire around the city, and was ordering his pyromancers to "burn them all." Jaime chose to kill the king he was sworn to protect rather than stand by and let the city's people be massacred. 

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    Cersei's final mistake with Jaime

    As we saw in "The Dragon and the Wolf," the final offense Jaime couldn't take from Cersei was her request that he break his word yet again. Yes, he was upset about her choice not to take the "Great War" seriously, but it was really her disregard for his honor that impacted him the most. 

    Jaime spent his life paying a costly price for killing the Mad King. The smallfolk and noble lords called him Kingslayer, or Oathbreaker. Ned Stark never forgave him, and assumed arrogance and dishonor were behind Jaime's choice — not a moral directive. 

    But as we've come to learn, Jaime has his own ideas of honor and purpose. After the fall of the Mad King, Jaime turned his focus to Cersei. His every move was motivated by doing right by his twin sister and lover. 

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    But we've seen that loyalty crumble, and Cersei's insistence that Jaime break yet another oath was one step too far.

    Jaime had told Jon Snow and Daenerys that he would lead the Lannister forces north to fight against the army of the dead. He intends to keep that promise. Jaime finally understands that Cersei's delusions of power and loyalty to family only serve herself — not him.

    As much as he's loved her and tried to do right by her for literally his entire life, it's never been enough for Cersei. He loved her deeply, but he finally sees that there are more important things in the world. 

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    So Jaime is off to join the fight for humanity. Who knew we'd all be cheering for this man at the end of season seven, when the pilot of the series ended with him pushing Bran Stark out of a window?

    Speaking of which, assuming Jaime is heading north, we're about to get a series of very interesting reunions on the eighth and final season. What if Bran and Jaime come face to face again in Winterfell?

    You can argue that Jaime is the one responsible for Bran becoming the Three-Eyed Raven. Had Jaime not tried to kill him, Bran wouldn't have been crippled and his greensight powers and connection to the Three-Eyed Raven might not have been triggered.

    We also hope Jaime finds Brienne of Tarth. They each have a Valyrian steel sword forged from the metal that made up Ned Stark's greatsword, Ice. The idea of those two blades being used in a battle against the army of the dead is pretty incredible. Plus, it would round out Jaime and Brienne's relationship well. She was part of the reason we began seeing a better side of Jaime to begin with, starting in season three. 

    We'll have to wait until the eighth season to know for certain what fate has planned for Jaime Lannister, but at least we finally know he'll be starting with a new, Cersei-free slate.

    "Game of Thrones" may return as late as 2019. You can catch up with everything we know about the final season here.

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    Fall is approaching which means its almost time for the premiere of some highly-anticipated new series.

    From twists on fan-favorite shows like "American Horror Story: Cult" and an updated "Dynasty" to new comedies like "White Famous" and "Ghosted," there is plenty to choose from. 

    Here are all of the new shows coming to TV this fall. 

    Note: We did not provide times for Netflix shows since they are streamable day-of. We will be updating as more information becomes available. 

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    "American Horror Story: Cult" (FX)

    Starring: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter, Mare Winningham, Emma Roberts, Chaz Bono, Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Colton Haynes, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, and Lena Dunham

    Premiere: Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 10 p.m. ET

    What it's about: Another part of the "American Horror Story" anthology, this series takes place post-Trump election. 

    "Con Man" (Syfy)

    Starring: Alan Tudyk, Seth Green, Felicia Day, Sean Astin, Nathan Fillion, and James Gunn

    Premiere: Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. ET

    What it's about: It started as a web series and is now getting it's TV debut. The series follows a former sci-fi celebrity (Tudyk) who tries to relive his glory days at Cons. 

    "The Orville" (Fox)

    Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J. Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad L. Coleman, and Norm Macdonald

    Premiere: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. ET

    What it's about: This space comedy is set 400 years in the future and follows the ship, the U.S.S. Orville. MacFarlane plays the the ship's captain, and Palicki is his ex-wife.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for the "Game of Thrones" season seven finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf."

    "Game of Thrones" season seven ended on the devastating sight of the Night King riding an undead Viserion to the Wall and blasting it apart. Both Tormund Giantsbane and Beric Dondarrion were atop the Wall when the Night King attacked, and their fates were left ambiguous as the army of the dead finally marched into Westeros.

    But if you rewatch the scene closely, the scene makes it appear as if Beric and Tormund survived — they're just stuck up on the Wall. 

    As we noted in our roundup of details you might have missed in the finale, Tormund and Beric were running west along the top section of the Wall. Then they turned to see the icy structure crumbling in front of them:

    Right after we see them standing safely on a solid section of the Wall, the scene cuts to the undead Viserion blasting apart the part of the Wall where the Eastwatch by the Sea castle is. But if you look closely, you can still see the smaller structures left behind:

    We're pretty sure that's where Beric and Tormund are, which means they should still be alive for the start of season eight. How they'll get down is still a mystery, though. The Night King appeared to destroy Eastwatch's castle and the staircases embedded in the Wall.

    One possibility is if Beric and Tormund simply walk west along the top of the wall until they reach the Castle Black station. That journey is more than 100 miles, but it's theoretically possible. Or maybe they will conveniently have climbing gear? Tormund made it up the Wall once before — perhaps he can make it back down. 

    There's also a chance Bran will use his warging powers to scout the area and see them there, and send help.

    Either way, we're pretty sure there's no need to fret over their fates. For more details you might have overlooked, read our breakdown of nine important moments in the "Game of Thrones" finale.

    SEE ALSO: A scene cut from the 'Game of Thrones' finale explained how Sansa Stark figured everything out

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for the "Game of Thrones" season seven finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf."

    "Game of Thrones" costume designer Michele Clapton imbues meaning into every single aspect of the cast's outfits. In a new interview with HBO, Clapton revealed that Cersei Lannister's black gown she wore to the Dragonpit had a subtle hint about her lying schemes.

    Though we barely saw the back of the dress, close-up images released by HBO on their "Making of Game of Thrones" blog shows how Cersei's gown had a spine-like design up its back.

    Clapton said she knew Cersei was lying about pledging her forces to Jon and Daenerys, and this was conveyed through the dress.

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    "Something about the slashing and the twisting told you a lot about her character, a contradiction of the costume from the front," Clapton told HBO. "It's almost like a sting in the tail, something on edge as you see her walk away: there's something really disturbing about this woman."

    The back of the gown was barely seen in the finale episode, and yet this detail was there as a way of foreshadowing Cersei's betrayal.

    Here's an even closer look at the slashed pattern from the "Making of Game of Thrones" blog:

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    This isn't the first time Clapton has hidden a secret meaning in the "Game of Thrones" costumes.  INSIDER spoke with Clapton throughout the seventh season about her various designs, including the gorgeous white fur coat Daenerys wore in "Beyond the Wall." Read more about the symbolism in every costume in our breakdown here.

    For more details you might have overlooked, read our round up of nine important moments in the "Game of Thrones" finale.

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Kristofer Hivju plays Tormund Giantsbane on "Game of Thrones."
    • Hivju just uploaded a behind-the-scenes video of himself and fellow actors singing a love song on set.
    • The "Brotherhood without Banjos" is made up of Iain Glen (Jorah), Richard Dormer (Beric), and Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane).
    • The video is a sweet reminder of how great this cast is.

    Kristofer Hivju plays the tough-as-nails Tormund Giantsbane on "Game of Thrones," but his Instagram feed is full of joyous videos and selfies. 

    In a new video, Iain Glen (Jorah), Richard Dormer (Beric), and Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane) all sing a love song while playing guitar and ukulele.

    "BROTHERHOOD WITHOUT BANJOS," Hivju wrote in the caption. "This is our latest hit 'Anthem over season seven end.' On Guitar [Iain Glen]! On the ukulele [Richard Dormer], and choir Mr. [Rory McCann] and myself! Our new album is called: 'What will fate bring us???'"

    Hivju already treated fans to a video of McCann singing a song while playing the ukulele, so this new video confirms that these gentlemen really did have the most fun on set.

    Earlier in the week, after the season seven finale aired, Hivju posted a selfie with Dormer. Both of their characters' fates were left slightly ambiguous. But don't worry — we rewatched the scene and found clues that point to them surviving.

    Pray for us! #throwbackmonday #got7 #beric #richarddormer #whatwillhappen

    A post shared by Kristofer Hivju (@khivju) on Aug 28, 2017 at 11:36am PDT on

    This new video is just one of many fun behind-the-scenes social media posts the cast has been sharing. Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) uploaded a smoldering selfie of herself and Kit Harington (Jon Snow). And of course we can't forget Emilia Clarke's amazing video of Harington pretending to be a dragon with his heavy cloak.

    Never miss a new "Game of Thrones" selfie or video by following these 13 stars on Instagram and Twitter.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for the "Game of Thrones" season seven finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf."

    "Game of Thrones" fans might need to wait until 2019 for the eighth and final season of the series, so in the meantime let's mull over the many unanswered questions left after the finale. From the reasoning behind Jon Snow's real name of Aegon Targaryen to where Jaime Lannister is headed next, there is plenty to discuss.

    Keep reading to see the 31 most important questions the season seven finale left unanswered.

    SEE ALSO: All the important 'Game of Thrones' deaths, ranked from least tragic to most tragic

    For the love of R'hllor, when will Jon learn the truth about his parents?!

    Many "Game of Thrones" fans, myself included, were hopeful Jon would find out his real parentage on the seventh season. Now that Sam Tarly and Bran Stark finally said the words out loud, Jon has to find out soon ... right?

    There's no way HBO can drag this out anymore, given that the eighth and final season will only be six episodes. If Jon doesn't learn the truth within the first two episodes of next season, I say we riot. 

    When they do learn the truth, how will Jon and Daenerys react to the news that Jon is actually a Targaryen?

    Jon is the legitimized son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, which means he's the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. This could mean trouble for the new lovers/aunt and nephew, and not just because it means their foray into sexual relations means they've committed incest. 

    Will Daenerys acquiesce to Jon? She's been very lonely under the impression that she's the last living Targaryen. Maybe she'd welcome to additional family?

    Will they decide the incest doesn't matter and they'll just get married so they can rule together? Is the Iron Throne even going to exist by the end of the series

    Will Jon pursue his claim to the Iron Throne?

    Jon has never been the first person to grab for power when the opportunity presents itself. Instead, others around him tend to force leadership responsibilities upon his shoulders.

    So if/when he finds out he's the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, would he even follow that thread? If anything, I can see others around him encouraging him to stake his claim. Maybe with Daenerys at his side, but maybe not.

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Hulu released the official trailer for season six of "The Mindy Project" Friday.
    • It will be the final season for the show. 
    • The season will pick up with Mindy married and with her son, but deciding whether or not having a successful career and a family is what she really wanted all along.
    • The show will return September 12 with new episodes streaming every Tuesday on Hulu.
    • Watch the trailer below.


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    Netflix original shows usually come with high praise.

    The tech giant's venture into original material in 2013 with "House of Cards" was an impressive introduction, and since then, several shows have been critical favorites, including "Master of None,""Jessica Jones," and "Glow."

    "The Crown" and "Stranger Things" also got some major Emmy nominations this year. 

    But the more shows Netflix makes, the more flops it hs. It's only natural that not every Netflix original show is good according to critics (and fans).

    Since we don't want you to waste your valuable free time binge-watching a bad show, we asked reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to tell us which Netflix shows have the lowest ratings.

    Here are the worst Netflix shows according to critics. 

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    11. "Haters Back Off!"— 47%

    Critic score: 47%

    Audience score: 67%

    Netflix description: A comedy that zeros in on an untalented yet rising star and her oddball family.

    10. "Flaked"— 42%

    Critic score: 42%

    Audience score: 84%

    Netflix description: A self-appointed ''guru'' named Chip falls for the object of his best friend's desire.

    9. "Hemlock Grove"— 38%

    Critic score: 38%

    Audience score: 70%

    Netflix description: A supernatural series about the goings-on in a Pennsylvania steel town, where two suspects in a young girl's murder set out to find the killer themselves.

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    Roku has made official what's been rumored: It wants to go public. 

    The digital media player maker publicly filed its S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday — the first big step for a company seeking an initial public offering (IPO) of its shares.

    The company plans to list shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker "ROKU."

    Nominally, according to the filing, the company seeks to raise as much as $100 million through the stock sale, though that number is just a placeholder and will likely change as the date of the IPO draws closer.

    It is expected to seek a valuation of $1 billion, according to a previous report from The Wall Street Journal.

    Roku intends to set up a dual-class stock structure, which will give more power to pre-IPO investors than new ones. That will make it easier for current shareholders, including its CEO, to retain control after the public offering. Existing investors will get a new class of stock that will give them 10 votes for every share they own. By contrast, shares sold in the public offering will give investors who own them one vote per share.

    This model has been increasingly common as tech companies go public. Google and Facebook both have similar stock structures. But the practice has been controversial, because it can insulate founders and other insiders from legitimate shareholder concerns.

    Roku sells boxes that allow consumers to stream Netflix, YouTube and other streaming video services to their televisions. It also offers its software to other consumers electronics makers that want to use it as the interface for their smart TVs. 

    Business has been good for Roku. In the first half of 2017, it posted revenue of $199.7 million, up 23% from the same period in 2016, according to the S-1 filing. In fiscal year 2016, it had a total of $398.6 million in revenue, up 25% from 2015.

    As of June 30, Roku had 15.1 million active accounts on its service, according to the filing. Customers using Roku devices or TV's with its interface streamed 6.7 billion hours of internet video in the first half of 2017 — up 62% from the same period in 2016, the company said in the filing.  

    Currently, most of Roku’s revenue comes from the sale of the streaming devices, but the company plans to increase its number of active users and grow the amount of revenue per user. Each active user is currently worth $11.22 to the company — up from $9.28 in 2016, and $6.48 in 2015.

    More active users means more platform revenue, which is a mix of advertising sales, streaming subscriptions, and licensing arrangements. These licensing agreements consist of ;a series of partnerships Roku has made with TV makers, such as Haier and Chinese heavyweight TCL. Roku provides a blueprint that lets TV makers bake Roku’s technology, including its slick operating system, into its smart TVs in return for a licensing fee.

    Despite this growth, Roku is still losing money. Since 2002, the company has incurred a total deficit of $244 million. It lost $24.2 million in the first half of 2017.

    The Los Gatos, California, company has been rumored to be moving toward an IPO since July, when it hired Morgan Stanley and Citigroup as underwriters. 

    Roku was expected to move toward an IPO in 2014, but it never materialized. 

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