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Game of Thrones season 8 Surprising details you probably missed in episode

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first_imgThis closes the Hound and Arya circle that opened in season 3. But it was also a callback to season 2, where The Hound’s “I’m actually not such a bad guy” arc began.Sandor, you’ll recall, bailed on King Joffrey as it seemed Stannis Baratheon’s forces were overcoming King’s Landing’s defenses during the Battle of Blackwater Bay. Before he left the city, he made a brief stop in Sansa’s room, where he offers to take Sansa to Winterfell. She passes it up, saying she’ll be safe and that Stannis won’t hurt her.”Look at me,” exhorts The Hound, in exactly the way he did in Sunday’s episode, “Stannis is a killer. The Lannisters are killers. Your father was a killer. Your brother is a killer. Your sons will be killers some day. The world is built by killers.”He was trying to shield her from the tragedies he knew would befall her in the years to come. Unlike his successful prevention of Arya’s suicide mission, this time it didn’t work. But as we saw in The Last of the Starks, Sansa says it was all worth it.Littlefinger and The DwarfLast episode Varys made it clear to Tyrion: Daenerys had to go. He wants to remove her from the equation and open the Iron Throne to Jon Snow, rightful heir. Tyrion, allegedly the smartest man in Westeros, decided it was best to stick with Daenerys. The Bells opens with Tyrion telling Daenerys of Varys’ treachery. Before long, Varys is extremely dead. Dragonfire will do that to a eunuch.But before he’s arrested by Grey Worm and the Unsullied, we see Varys writing letters revealing Jon’s true identity. Who he was writing to, and whether those letters were ever sent, we do not know. What we know, though, is that Varys’ proverbial circling of the drain was almost identical to Ned Stark’s.ned-starkEnlarge ImageOh, Ned. Sweet Ned. HBO Ned discovered the true identity of King Joffrey, that he was in fact a Lannister and not a Baratheon, and wrote a letter to Stannis, who as King Robert Baratheon’s brother was the true heir, telling him as much.Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish catches wind of this, and tries to council Ned against it. “[Stannis] cannot take the throne without your help, you would be wise to deny it to him and to make sure Joffrey succeeds,” Littlefinger says. Of course, Ned is disgusted. Littlefinger, just two episodes later, ends up betraying Ned, leading to Game of Thrones’ first shocking death. Seven seasons later, it’s Tyrion who warns Varys not to move against the queen, and it’s Tyrion who betrays Varys.And the wheel spins round and round.More you may have missedA eunuch’s weapon: One more note on Varys. At the very beginning of the episode, we see Varys talk to one of his little birds. She tells him the queen isn’t eating. Varys says to try again at supper, and also that “the greater the risk, the greater the reward.” At the time it may have sounded like he was concerned about an increasingly delirious Daenerys, but the theory now goes that he was attempting to poison the queen before she could turn mad.This would also be a Ned Stark-related throwback to season 1. Ned’s first order of business once getting to King’s Landing is to hunt down whoever murdered Jon Arryn. He asks then-Grandmaester Pycell about Arryn’s death, and the possibility of poisoning.”I’ve heard it said that poison is a woman’s weapon,” Ned says.”Yes, women, cravens, and eunuchs,” Pycelle responds. “Did you know that Lord Varys is a eunuch?” TV and Movies More Thrones Tags 187 Photos 15 ICYMI, Varys totally tried to poison Dany at the beginning of the episode. The callbacks to season 1 are amazing:Ned: Poison is a woman’s weapon.Pycelle: Yes. Women, cravens… and eunuchs.Grand Maester Pycelle then mentioned Lord Varys just seconds later! 🤯#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/TVbL2uVmdJ— iTREVOR (@iLEADFARMER) May 13, 2019 Second, and more poignantly, was his relationship with Arya Stark (and Sansa Stark). Before Cleganebowl, The Hound talked Arya out of ascending the Red Keep and killing Cersei. The structure was crumbling and the Mad Queen circling, making it a suicide mission. Arya says she wants revenge, but The Hound forcibly holds her back.”Look at me,” he grunts. He says he’s been after revenge all of his life, and Arya shouldn’t be like him. “You come with me, you die here.” The Hound is successful, Arya retreats. “Sandor,” she calls out as he approaches the stairway, “thank you.” (This was itself reminiscent of Bran thanking Theon Greyjoy during the Battle of Winterfell moments before the latter’s death.) Now playing: Watch this: See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts The Hound en route to Cleganebowl. HBO Warning: Spoilers aplenty below. Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode (ever!), The Bells, was controversial for sure. From a story perspective, it was arguably the series’ most important episode. It included the deaths of many key characters, most notably Cersei and Jaime Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen completing her transition into Mad Queen. Some fans hated the episode, others loved it.It was undeniably epic, though, spanning around 90 minutes and featuring some incredible cinematography. The visuals of King’s Landing being razed by Drogon and Daenerys were haunting but fantastic. Amid the madness, you may have missed some of these details and callbacks to previous seasons.Bad omensEven more than Cersei and Jaime’s twin deaths, the key takeaway from The Bells was Daenerys’ official turn from hero to villain. King’s Landing had surrendered, but she couldn’t help herself. She burned it down, along with thousands of innocent men, women and children, just because.As far as Targaryens go, she’s more Aerys than Rhaegar.This all kind of came out of nowhere. She was disgruntled after learning, in episode 2, that Jon Snow’s true identity is Aegon Targaryen, heir to the Iron Throne. But things escalated quickly from “hey, we need to talk about this” to “brb, going to murder every person in King’s Landing.” This, however, has been foreshadowed in the show at least twice.The first time came in season 2. Daenerys was in Qarth, a city in Essos, where her dragons were snatched by Pyat Pree, a local warlock. Pree chains the dragons up in a tower, which Daenerys enters alone. Before she reunites with her scaled children and incinerates the strange man, she sees a vision of herself in the Red Keep. The ol’ sword through the eye: Before Arya and The Hound were best buds, Arya had The Hound on her illustrious “to kill” list. “I’m going to put a sword through your eye and out the back of your skull,” she warns him in season 3. The Hound, on the verge of having his eyes popped out Oberyn Martell-style, saves himself by putting a dagger through Gregor’s eye and out the back of his skull.Opening easter egg: The Bells got a slightly tweaked intro. During the title sequence, the King’s Landing gates were adorned with scorpions, Qyburn’s anti-dragon artillery. As we saw in the episode, they made no difference whatsoever. Old stomping grounds: Jaime had a brief falling out with Cersei at the end of season 7 after she revealed to him that she lied about sending her forces to Winterfell, and that the good guys will have to fight the Night King themselves. She calls him “the stupidest Lannister” for believing she would actually help.Jaime says he made a promise and he’s going to keep it. After Cersei briefly threatens Jaime’s life via The Mountain, he exits and rides for King’s Landing.Their dialogue was referenced in The Bells, when Jaime says Cersei once called him the stupidest Lannister. And when Jaime reunites with Cersei, moments before their deaths, he does so in the Red Keep’s map room. That’s the room where their season 7 confrontation, the last time they saw each other, took place.game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5-varys-alone-endEnlarge ImageBeing right never looked so wrong. HBO Pentos paradise: When Tyrion busts into Jaime’s makeshift prisoner’s cell, he tries to convince him to flee with Cersei and sail to Pentos. In season 4, Tyrion tries to send his endangered and ultimately treacherous lover Shae there, but she stays and dies. Jaime attempts to get Cersei out of King’s Landing through a dungeon, presumably so they can get to a boat and escape to Pentos. They find their escape route blocked, so that dungeon becomes their grave.Go long: Aaron Rogers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, made a brief cameo as an unnamed man in King’s Landing. Location, location, location: One of Game of Thrones’ most iconic scenes was in the beginning of season 6 episode 10, when Cersei watched from the Red Keep as her plan to blow up the Sept of Baelor went off without a hitch. Green wildfire engulfed the structure, and she sat back with a glass of red and looked on.In The Bells, she stands in the exact same spot, first confident and then despondent as she realizes the war is lost.”A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth and you will know the debt is paid,” Tyrion told her in season 2. Well, there sure was ash.Also, note that there were green conflagrations among Drogon’s fire. This could mean two things: Either Cersei had planted wildfire underneath King’s Landing and was going to use it to destroy soldiers approaching the Red Keep or it’s leftover wildfire from the Mad King, who ordered wildfire to be hidden throughout the city.Originally posted May 13.Update, May 15: Adds more details. center_img Look at him!The Bells’ greatest triumph has to be Cleganebowl. It may have been fan service, and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane conspicuously reignited his desire to kill his brother just a season ago, but it was still a satisfying showdown.Not only did it end the life of The Hound, one of the show’s best side characters, it also ended three of his story arcs. Most obviously, he killed his brother. There was some nice symbolism to this, as the fratricide was accomplished by Sandor plunging his brother and himself into a pit of Drogon flames. Of course, Gregor deformed Sandor’s face by holding his face to fire, leading to a life-long fear of flames.As my mother once told me: if you’re gonna go out, it may as well be in a pit of fire. Hound Preview • Hound vs. Siri vs. Google Now: Who is really the best personal assistant? 38 Photos Daenerys fan fury, explained by a clinical psychologist George R.R. Martin goes full mad Targaryen over rumors Episode 5 recap: Daenerys Targaryen sets everything on fire Cleganebowl finally happened and it was the best Share your voice Comments Game of Thrones 6:20 The Keep’s ceiling is ripped off, and snow covers the ground. At the time it seemed to signify winter and The Long Night, but the White Walker threat would ultimately be dealt with before Daenerys takes King’s Landing. Now fans speculate that it’s ash, not snow, in the vision. (It absolutely was snow, as if you look closely you can see icicles, but hey, visions can’t be perfect.)Two years later, in season 4, Bran Stark, still Bran and not yet the Three-Eyed Raven, touches a Weirwood tree and sees one of his first visions. It features the same shot of a war-torn Red Keep as Daenerys saw in Qarth and, more ominously, the shadow of a dragon flying over King’s Landing.Jaime’s death was also hinted at in a previous episode. In season 5 he and Bronn, while in Dorne, discuss the way they’d like to die. Jaime’s? “In the arms of the woman I love.” Happy Mother’s DayThis is just a tidbit, but it’s a fun one. Cersei Lannister dies in this episode, which aired in the US on Mother’s Day.Meanwhile, her dad, Tywin Lannister, was killed by Tyrion Lannister in episode 10 of season 4, which aired on June 15, 2014, aka Father’s Day. 36 of the best Game of Thrones fan theorieslast_img read more

Woman grandson killed as pickup van hits bike

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first_imgA woman and her grandson were killed while her husband sustained severe injuries as the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a pick-up van on Satkhira-Khulna Road at Kumira village in Keshabpur upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased were Farida Begum, 50, wife of Samad Morol of Bhabatipur village in the upazila and her grandson Saad Hossain, 14, son of Abdul Alim, from Tailkupi village in Tala upazila.Witnesses said the pick-up van hit the motorcycle from behind in the afternoon, leaving the duo dead on the spot and Samad Morol severely injured.Officer-in-charge of Patkelghata police station Rezaul Karim said the injured was rushed to Satkhira Sadar Hospital and the bodies were also sent to the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.last_img read more

Let these games begin

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first_imgTheir houses of cards come crashing down when a dysfunctional married couple invites their friends over for a night of ‘friendly’ competition. Life as you know it may never be the same again. And there is the problem of Kenneth. Cross is a multi-award–winning actor and playwright, brings you The Game Night. In just five years of theatrical experience, he has played major roles in plays by authors ranging from Shakespeare to Dario Fo, as well as his own original work. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’His first original play, The Coming Out, not only became a local sensation at the 2011 Short+Sweet theatre festival in Delhi, but also won him the Best New Talent award for acting and writing. In addition, the play went on to be performed in five different cities across the world, winning five awards in Bangalore and one in Sydney.Since then, he has penned five original plays, all of which have been critically appraised at various workshops and performed as dramatized readings.Now, Cross plans to revolutionize the Delhi theatre scene through his company: Zorian Cross Productions.  With the aim of promoting original work and discovering and nurturing fresh talent, Cross plans to conquer the world one round of applause at a time.DETAILAt: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg On Till: 27 and 28 Aprillast_img read more

All things Punjabi

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first_imgAfter three days of a delightful cultural extravaganza that left people wanting for more, the Punjabi Mela came to an end on Sunday(27 April) with high volatage performances of singers Mamta Joshi and Lakhwinder Wadali lighting up the last evening. The talents enthralled the whole mass present at the event.Apart from a blasting ending of the festival, the first evening  (25 April) saw performances by singers Gurmeet Bawa, Lachi and Glory Bawa and Jasbir Jassi. The people of Delhi turned up to devote their Saturday to a rocking Punjabi feast, where hugely popular Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali charmed the audience with his performance on the second day (26 April). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Presented by the Punjabi Academy, the three-day festival showcased the vibrancy of the land of five rivers at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts where the best of Punjab was brought to the capital. Ranging from the traditional artefacts of Punjab like phulkari and Punjabi jutti to bhangra and giddha and mouth licking delicacies like Amritsari Kulcha. Over three days ethnic Punjabi items and artefacts like nale parande, bangles, wooden furniture and inlay items were put on display and sale in a perfect Punjabi Mela setting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCultural events like gatka, bazigar, dhadi, naqal, gidha, been, algoza dhol and bhangra vowed the audience while the evenings were devoted to Punjabi music.’Through this festival, we tried to create the atmosphere of a Punjabi village in a traditional mela-like setting where all the traditional artefacts of Punjab were displayed and sold. Punjab’s vibrant culture, its rich cuisine and soulful music, has always attracted people, and the people who turned up were delighted by the colorful display and songs and music. We hope to keep alive many of these traditions through such festivals,’  said Jawahar Dhawan, Secretary, Punjabi Academy.last_img read more

6 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week

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first_imgOctober 7, 2013 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Austin Startup Week kicks off with a battle of the bands, the Shutdown threatens to thwart D.C.-area businesses, great minds connect at the Inc. 500|5000 awards, students party hard at College Fest… This week’s notable news and startup events for entrepreneurs:1. Austin Startup Week: Kick off the Austin Startup Week with a battle of the bands competition hosted by the Austin Technology Council on Oc. 7. For the rest of the time, discussions dubbed “Co-Founders Wanted” and “Intro to the Austin Startup Scene,” among others, offer to keep you in the know and networked up the wazoo. (Austin, Texas, Oct. 7 – 11)2. Shutdown continues: The U.S. federal government shutdown heads into its second week. Small businesses continue to feel the burn. (Oct. 1 – present) Surveys sink: And if last week was any indication, government surveys, upon which many business owners have come to rely for a gauge on the U.S. economy, will also be delayed. Last week, two surveys on construction spending and manufactured goods and the monthly jobs report were delayed. This week, four more surveys will get sidetracked. Private companies shelve workers too: Though not a federal agency, Lockheed Martin plans to furlough about 3,000 employees this week due to the government shutdown. Various other defense contractors including United Technologies also said they’d furlough workers if the shutdown continued.3. Create a power partnership: Join the Impact HUB for a free introductory workshop, the first in a four-part series, aimed at helping you build “a more effective and satisfying” business partnership. (San Francisco, Oct. 8)4. Get down to business at Inc. 500|5000: Check out the Inc. 500|5000 conference and awards ceremony where the “brightest, most successful” business minds come together to celebrate achievements in private enterprise. This three-day event also features high-level keynote speakers and networking opportunities. (Washington D.C., Oct. 10 – 12)5. Tap the college market: Join the party or the exhibition at College Fest, which claims to be the “most attended back-to-school even in New England.” With more than 17,000 students in attendance, brands are lining up to put their products in the hands of this sought after demographic. (Boston, Mass., Oct. 12-13)6. Meet up with tech treps in NYC: Meet, mingle and make lasting relationships with some of Silicon Alley’s leading entrepreneurs at the NY Tech Meetup, for a night of live demos and networking. Aimed at promoting the NY tech scene and innovative, sustainable businesses, this event is a bargain at $10 a head. (New York, Oct. 8) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Netflix Shows Are Entertaining Enough But Its the Digital Marketing Thats Masterful

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first_imgFebruary 20, 2018 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. In five years, the share of households with a Netflix subscription has increased 92 percent. Today the majority of households in the United States subscribe to Netflix, and that number is slated to rise this year.Why is this happening? The product is designed so well that you and I have been sucked into shows, only to emerge from our homes days later. The creative team is skilled at creating programs that receive both popular and critical praise.But Netflix doesn’t just produce good shows, it also knows how to use advanced digital marketing techniques to acquire new customers and retain existing ones. Let’s talk about a few of the digital marketing principles that make Netflix so successful. Follow them and you may just see similar results.Related: Netflix by the NumbersPersonalized content is the best kind.What sets Netflix apart from other streaming services? Amazon, HBO and Vudu all have access to thousands of television shows and movies. They offer intuitive user interfaces, and they are available across devices. Yet Netflix is uniquely situated to dominate the streaming video revolution thanks to the company’s obsessive approach to content personalization.My Netflix homepage looks entirely different from yours. This is thanks to the power of proprietary algorithms that predict what kind of content you’ll enjoy, and hide the rest. On Amazon Prime Video, I can’t even find the last thing I viewed there easily. Netflix has them beat here.You might be thinking that content personalization is only available to companies like Netflix that have the capital to employ hundreds of the world’s smartest engineers. But entrepreneurs can also tap into content personalization in a few different ways.Tools like Optimizely and Adobe Experience Cloud let you to personalize content based on a variety of data points like the country associated with an IP address, or whether or not a visitor is already a lead in a CRM. Based on this information, marketers can choose to display different website experiences in order to better serve the interests of a particular visitor.As an alternative to third-party software platforms, marketers can always “fake” personalization with a little elbow grease. By building behavior based email workflows, marketers can ask email recipients to click various links depending on their interest. Once their interest is registered, the rest of the email workflow can be based on the interests articulated by recipients.Takeaway:Remember, personalization isn’t about relying on advanced algorithms. Instead, it’s about identifying and providing the kind of experience the prospect, customer or visitor is most interested in having.Related: 11 Supernatural Ways ‘Stranger Things’ Has Turned Marketing Upside DownMulti-channel campaigns are key to getting your message out.Netflix is available on seemingly every device. From computers to smart televisions, users can access Netflix wherever and whenever they want. Marketers at Netflix take a similar approach to promotion.To hype season two of the company’s hit show Stranger Things, Netflix teamed up with Snapchat to release an augmented reality experience. At the same time, Netflix used Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and email marketing to promote the upcoming season.Takeaway:Multi-channel marketing isn’t about spending big bucks on advertising stunts. It’s about creating marketing campaigns that meet members of the target audience wherever they “live.” In the case of Stranger Things viewers, Netflix knew that their target audience would spend hours on social platforms, so they developed a strategy accordingly.Simple is powerful in a complex world.We live in complicated and noisy times. As a result, the average person has an attention span of just eight seconds, according to the New York Times. Netflix chooses to keep things simple when creating a mission statement or designing a user interface.The company’s investor relations page says, “We are a relief from the complexity and frustration that embody most MVPD relationships with their customers. We strive to be extremely straightforward.”It’s no surprise then that for non-customers, the Netflix homepage is so simple it’s sparse. It takes just two scrolls to reach the bottom of the page, and features two messages: “watch anywhere” and “cancel anytime.”Takeaway:Use simplicity as a differentiating factor, and make it easy for members of the target audience to understand what you do and how you can help them. Ensure that this approach translates to marketing material, product experience and customer service.Related: 18 Tips To Make Your Marketing Efforts Soar in 2018Email marketing is still a key component to customer onboarding.Despite claims to the contrary, email marketing is not dead. In fact, it’s used by Netflix as a key component of customer onboarding and nurturing.New Netflix customers receive a series of emails that make content recommendations and encourage new users to explore the platform. This is a way of driving platform adoption, which improves customer retention in the long run.Long time customers also receive periodic emails from Netflix. To promote the release of a new show called The Punisher, Netflix sent customers a marketing email that appeared to be spam at first glance. But once opened, the email played a GIF that slowly redacted information until a button at the bottom appeared, encouraging subscribers to watch the new show.Takeaway:Email marketing is not dead; unimaginative email marketing is. Netflix marketers invest hours in building creative email marketing campaigns designed to engage and delight recipients. You don’t need sophisticated tech to engage people in your database. You just need to understand the target audience, and apply some imagination to email marketing. Netflix is successful thanks to a focus on understanding target audiences. Once that happens, marketers launch creative cross-platform campaigns that deliver simple and clear value propositions.Remember that success in digital marketing isn’t a result of big budgets and advanced technology. It comes from creative and customer-centric strategies. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min readlast_img read more