Last night’s Game of Thrones episode was so action-packed that you probably missed Varys trying to poison Daenerys at one point. Yes, you’re reading that correctly: Before meeting his untimely death, Varys attempted to murder the new mad queen by poisoning her food.
That’s what fans are positing on Twitter, at least. Their main evidence is an exchange Varys had with a girl working in the kitchen named Martha. Read it for yourself, below. Pay close attention to the language.
Varys: “Nothing?” Martha: “She won’t eat.” Varys: “We’ll try again at supper.” Martha: “I think they’re watching me.” Varys: “Who?” Martha: “Her soldiers.” Varys: “Of course they are. That’s their job. What have I told you, Martha?” Martha: “The bigger the risk, the bigger reward.” Varys: “Go on. They’ll be missing you in the kitchen.”
It’s clear from this exchange that Martha was stressed about delivering food to Dany, which she wouldn’t be if it was just normal grub. Add in Varys’ ominous mantra—”the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward”—and it certainly sounds like he was up to something diabolical. Something like (attempting) to poison the food Martha was supposed to bring Dany.
Ultimately, this didn’t happen, but all signs point to Dany getting the ax in next week’s series finale, most likely at the hands of Arya Stark. Fans now think this because of something Melisandre said to her in season three: “I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me: brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you’ll shut forever.” At first it was believed the “green eyes” in question here were Cersei’s, but now it seems they belong to Dany.
We’ll find out everything for sure when the Game of Thrones finale airs next Sunday, May 19 at 9 P.M. ET on HBO. It’s all coming to an end, people.
Doris Day, the legendary actress and singer, died in her California home on Monday, May 13 at the age of 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed the news to the Associated Press. In a statement, the foundation added that Day “had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death.” No memorial plans have been announced yet.
She was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio and changed her last name to Day when she began singing on the radio in the 1940s, according to People. Day was eventually hired by Warner Bros. to star in the studio’s romantic musicals. In the 1950s and early ’60s, Day rose to superstardom with films like Teacher’s Pet (1958), Pillow Talk (1959), and That Touch of Mink (1962). Her signature song became “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)” from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 film The Man Who Knew Too Much.
Day was nominated for an Academy Award for Pillow Talk, in which she co-starred with Rock Hudson. She also starred on The Doris Day Show on CBS from 1966-1973.
The actress was known for her squeaky clean “good girl” image onscreen, but that didn’t seem to always sit well with her. “I have the unfortunate reputation of being Miss Goody Two-Shoes, America’s Virgin, and all that, so I’m afraid it’s going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together,” she wrote in her 1976 memoir, Doris Day: Her Own Story.
Day was the recipient of many awards, including the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1989, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush in 2004, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In her later years, she was mostly retired from show business—though she did release an album in 2011. Instead, Day turned her focus to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, which advocates for animal rights.
She was married four times: to Al Jorden from 1941 to 1943, George Weidler from 1946 to 1949, Martin Melcher from 1951 until his death in 1968, and Barry Comden from 1976 to 1981. She had a son with Melcher, Terry Melcher, a famed music producer who died at age 62 in November 2004.
She will be missed, but her impact on Hollywood lives on. Below, see 10 iconic images of the star:
If you’re a fan of classic Hollywood films, it’s pretty safe bet that you’re a fan of Doris Day. Day was one of the top box office attractions of the 1950s and 60s starring in such hits as Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Move Over, Darling. Day passed away this morning at her home at the age of 97 following a brief fight with pneumonia.
Born Doris Mary Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, Day’s goal as a child was to be a dancer but a serious car accident when she was very young cut those dreams short. Instead, she turned to singing. She performed with some of the most popular bands of the 1940s and recorded several hits.
Singing success then led to screen opportunities and Day was cast in her first film, 1948’s Romance on the High Seas. While she never stopped singing, releasing an album as recently as 2012, it would be her film work for which she would become best known.
Doris Day would come to be known as the “girl next door” or the “Virginal Queen.” Most of her most popular film roles were romantic comedies, and while sex was always in the subtext, Day’s characters always remained pure.
Doris Day starred in three such films opposite Rock Hudson, including Pillow Talk for which she would be nominated for her one Academy Award. She also starred opposite James Garner in Move Over, Darling, a 1963 comedy in which Day performed a role that had been intended for Marilyn Monroe, who died during the film’s initial production under the title Something’s Got To Give.
While Doris Day may have been best known for comedies, she made her share of serious drams as well and showed no less of an aptitude for them. 1951’s Storm Warning dealt with the violence of the Klu Klux Klan. In 1956 she would star opposite Jimmy Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Man Who Knew Too Much.
Day made her last film in 1968 and transitioned to television, where she starred in The Doris Day Show, which ran until 1973. Following her retirement from the screen, Doris Day became somewhat reclusive, dedicating her time to her passion for animals, founding the Doris Day Animal Foundation, in the 1970s. The Foundation announced her death this morning.
Doris Day outlived her only child, record producer Terry Melcher, who died of melanoma in 2004 at the age of 62.
Doris Day was the definition of a Hollywood legend. Her career spanned decades and she was always at the top of her profession. Her best performances have truly stood the test of time. Check out a great scene from Pillow Talk below.
Doris Day will truly be missed by those who knew her, even if many of us only knew her through her music and her movies.
Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer. Let’s take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
The original John Wick (87%) was something of a critical surprise considering the violent nature of the the revenge/vigilante film, but it sure was a fun watch and critics saw it as such. The filmmakers then followed up with an even more successful sequel, John Wick Chapter 2 (89%), which performed slightly better using basically the same premise and just ramping up the action that much more. Now we’re getting ready for the third installment, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, and if it continues getting the solid write-ups it’s already received, it will finish as the best of the group so far
In the new film, which picks up moments after the end of the last movie, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has to withstand an onslaught of those out to kill him as a 14 million global contract is taken out on him. These movies have found success mixing insane action and fantastic world-building, and it seems like that’s continuing in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Chad Stahelski is back directing this third installment, and early sentiments are overwhelmingly positive with the Tomatometer sitting at 98% through 40 reviews. I suspect the score will dip a bit as we get closer to release, but ultimately be considered one of the best-reviewed action films of 2019.
Rotten Watch Prediction
In A Dog’s Purpose, audiences were introduced to Bailey, a young pup who lives a multitude of lives, regularly reincarnated with the purpose of trying to help the boy who first owned him, Ethan. It was a nice enough story about pets, love and friendship, though it wasn’t exactly beloved by critics (landing a 34% score on Rotten Tomatoes). The sequel, A Dog’s Journey, is about, well, the exact same thing. Replace Ethan with his granddaughter CJ and just about everything else looks identical.
A Dog’s Purpose was a massive commercial success, earning more than $200 million at the box office, so it’s no wonder we’re getting another chapter of this particular story. Considering the vanilla nature of the narrative, it’s tough to imagine critics panning it all that hard, but like its predecessor, there’s likely a ceiling on just how high it can reach on the Tomatometer. I suspect A Dog’s Journey winds up with a score better than its predecessor, but still not quite “Fresh.”
Rotten Watch Prediction
In The Sun Is Also A Star, adapted from the book by author Nicola Yoon, audiences are introduced to Natasha, whose family is about to be deported. Things seem quite grim right up until she meets Daniel, who’ll convince her they are destined to fall in love in the course of just a few hours. From the trailer it seems to be jam-packed with dialogue you’d never hear in real life, but I imagine the teenage crowd will eat up with a spoon.
It doesn’t look downright terrible (I’d go as far as to say it will definitely appeal to its target demographic) but I can’t imagine it winds up being a movie for everyone. And unfortunately for The Sun Is Also A Star, there aren’t a ton of teens on Rotten Tomatoes having their voices count towards the score. It’s directed by Ry Russo-Young, who previously directed Before I Fall (63%), but I don’t think it will finish as high as that one. It just looks very cookie cutter and unrealistic.
I had merely a so-so week last time around with my predictions resulting in two hits and two misses. Detective Pikachu (Predicted: 67% Actual: 63%) finished well within range, and still I thought it was something of a surprise that it scored this high on the Tomatometer. But the filmmakers clearly had fun with the concept of Pokemon living in the real world, giving Pikachu something of a snarky demeanor to boot. It didn’t finish off the charts, but this is more than an acceptable score, and the first ever “Fresh” video game movie.
Tolkien (Predicted: 44% Actual: 49%) was the other film I was on target with, and I was helped by having some early reviews in at the time of publication. Based solely on the trailer I would have likely gone a little higher on the score, as I thought it looked solid, but critics were apparently not impressed with it, and deemed it bland. It sure seems like this was a missed opportunity considering the author’s legacy and the incredible real world adventures that inspired the fantasy series by which all others are judged.
Meanwhile, Poms (Predicted: 51% Actual: 29%) was a bad miss. I wish I had stopped halfway through the trailer because then my prediction would have been more accurate. But the sentimental aspect of the main character dealing with a terminal illness definitely swayed me on where it would land with critics. It turns out that part of the story wasn’t appreciated, and this was apparently a stinker.
Finally, The Hustle (Predicted: 41% Actual: 16%) was a really bad miss. Critics hated this thing, and it isn’t extremely hard to see why. My prediction was that the characters would be completely irredeemable, but the laughs would help people appreciate the movie on the whole. Unfortunately I was much more correct about the first half than the second.
This post contains spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.
It’s hard to believe that after all these years of speculating and theorizing about Game of Thrones, we’re actually going to see an ending next week. In the meantime, there are still a lot of questions that need answering—especially after last night’s episode, which was packed with action, deaths, and fire. So. Much. Fire.
Daenerys Targaryen may or may not fully be the Mad Queen at this point; but either way, she ignored the bells and went into full attack mode on the back of Drogon, burning huge swaths of King’s Landing and the people who live there. Jamie and Cersei appear to be dead in the rubble, but we know that Arya Stark and Jon Snow survived the carnage and are surely going to play a big part in the final episode of the series. (And don’t sleep on Sansa Stark, back in Winterfell.)
Arya had a close look at the destruction caused by the Mother of Dragons (and Drogon) in King’s Landing. She was trapped inside the war on the ground while dodging fire and crushing crowds running in fear of being burned alive. A few different times, I thought she was going to die but “not today” as the youngest Stark daughter likes to say.
We won’t know what happens to Arya or Dany until next week, but new fan theories have already emerged suggesting Arya will kill Dany in the end.
Fans have already theorized that Arya might be the Prince That Was Promised, and many thought she would be the one to kill Cersei thanks to a quote from Melisandre in season three. “I see a darkness in you,” she tells Arya. “And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me: brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you’ll shut forever.” The thinking was that Cersei’s green eyes were the ones in question here—but what it they are Dany’s?
It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that Arya was less than pleased with the behavior exhibited by the Mother of Dragons in this episode. It was made even more pointed by the deaths of the woman who saved her from being trampled and her young daughter. Arya tried her best to save them, to no avail.
But there is, perhaps, even more symbolism in their deaths than you might have noticed at first. The young girl is seen grasping a white horse toy in multiple scenes and, even in death, Arya sees her burned hand grasping it.
Later, Arya finds herself face to face with a white horse amongst the destruction of King’s Landing; they have a moment before Arya rides away on the mare. As Refinery 29 points out, that “pale mare” will be familiar to book readers. In A Dance with Dragons, Quaithe (who was briefly in season two) warns Dany, “The glass candles are burning. Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun’s son and the mummer’s dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal.”
It would seem that Arya might be riding off to confront (and kill) Dany—and lots of people on social media are thinking the same thing.
At least next week we’ll finally have our answers.
Abby Gardner is a contributing writer at Glamour. You can follow her pop culture musings on Twitter @abbygardner or in her weekly newsletter, We Have Notes.
It’s a fascinating time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers: Endgame has been in theaters for weeks, and is making a ton of money in the process. The Russo Brothers crafted a blockbuster that was intimately connected to the preceding 21 movies, and it exceeded any fan expectations or theories. But there’s still one more installment in left in Phase Three— Spider-Man: Far From Home, which will pick up the narrative following Thanos’ defeat.
Spider-Man: Far From Home has a ton of pressure associated with it, as the generations of Marvel fans will use the upcoming sequel will see the post-Endgame world through Peter’s perspective. The movie will also introduce the multiverse through Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, who is surprisingly not being advertised as a villain, but an ally. And looks like his suit was directly influenced by Marvel greats, as costume designer Michael Mooney explained during the Far From Home set visit that CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell attended:
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a very specific look about it, as costume designers adapt comic book outfits for a more realistic world. While characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man are direct adaptations, making suits for villains and other MCU characters can be a bit of a challenge.
From what we’ve seen in the brief Spider-Man: Far From Hometrailers, Michael Mooney’s comments to Sean O’Connell and the rest of the press at the film’s set visit certainly hold up. While Mysterio seemingly gets his powers from magic, his suit bears quite the resemblance to one of Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor. The cape is no doubt influenced by Thor’s appearance, while Black Panther will likely factor in through different technological abilities. Although what the suit is capable of remains to be seen.
Overall, it’s clear that we should expect the unexpected when it comes to Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio. From the moment he appeared in the film’s first trailer, it was clear that it was not the Mysterio fans know from the comics. He is shown fighting off the film’s elemental villains, and is far more powerful than the illusionist and hypnotist that Quentin Beck typically is on the page. Add in the high concept of the multiverse, and we should expect Marvel Studios to keep the fans guessing once again.
Yesterday marked a very special anniversary for fans of the Terminator franchise. It was 35 years ago that the first Terminator film was released. 35 years later the sixth film in the franchise is in post production getting ready for release this fall. Director Tim Miller celebrated the anniversary by letting fans know that the first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate is on the way, and showing us a single shot from that trailer, Sarah Conner looking badass.
Linda Hamilton’s return to the Terminator franchise has to be the highlight of the upcoming film. We haven’t seen the original Sarah Connor on the big screen since Terminator 2: Judgement Day in 1991. The fact that Linda Hamilton would return to the franchise after all this time is seen by many a good sign. If she’s willing to return now after turning down previous, generally viewed as bad, sequels, then this means that Terminator: Dark Fate has what those other movies were missing, right?
Well, one thing those sequels were certainly missing was Sarah Connor holding a rocket launcher, and it looks like Dark Fate has that based on the single frame we see of the upcoming trailer. This is exactly the sort of thing that fans are probably looking forward to with the new film.
In the original Terminator Sarah Connor was a woman in over her head and the run for her life. However, knowing that she needed to be able to protect herself she became a fighter and had transformed by the time we saw her in Judgement Day. It seems the plan for Terminator: Dark Fate is to pull the same movie as the recent Halloween sequel, by ignoring all sequels that came after T2 and picking up the story from there.
This is probably a good move as the most recent sequel, Terminator: Genisys, didn’t really go over well except in China. It made some pretty significant changes to the canon which didn’t sit well with fans. Although, the fact that the movie came out so recently, certainly has the potential to confuse fans if the new movie is just going to pretend it didn’t happen.
While the post on Twitter doesn’t reveal when we’ll see the new trailer, Terminator: Dark Fate is a Paramount Pictures film, and the next big release from that studio is the Elton John biopic Rocketman so there’s a good chance the plan is to attach the trailer to that film. Of course, since most trailers get dropped online first, we’ll likely see this trailer hit sometime in the next two weeks ahead of the movie.
Since the previous Terminator film didn’t do all that well in North America, this trailer has some important work to do. It has to convince fans that they need to check out the new movie, after many have apparently decided to write off the franchise. It seems so often that trailers exist only to increase the hype for things people already want to see, but this one really will need to energize an audience that has clearly become tired of this particular franchise.
Terminator: Dark Fate is set for release November 1.
Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed the name of their son last week, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the world has been trying to figure out its origins. One source told Elle magazine the Sussexes went with this modern-sounding moniker just because they liked it. But another tells The Sun there’s a specific reason why they chose Archie.
It turns out there’s another special Archie in Prince Harry‘s life: Major Tom Archer-Burton, his former Army commanding officer, whom he credits with “saving his military career” and “helping him serve his country,” according to The Sun.
“It’s well known in Army circles, and Archie’s inner circle, that baby Archie is a nod to him,” a source tells the British publication. “The two men have stayed in regular contact, and Archie has met most of Harry’s family, including Meghan…It’s an incredible honor, but Archie is an incredibly modest chap and won’t be making a big deal of it.”
The Sun reports that Major Archer-Burton was instrumental in getting Prince Harry deployed to Afghanistan, which was always a dream of his while serving in the Army.
“Archie convinced Harry to stay in the Army, and I’m delighted that Harry has named his son after someone who played such an important role in his life,” The Sun’s former royals editor Duncan Larcombe says. “The Harry we see today is so different from the angry, frustrated royal we could have seen had it not been for an officer who calmed him down at a point in his life when he could well have given up on his military career.”
Of course, we won’t know the inspiration behind Baby Archie’s name for sure until the Sussexes say something. But this is a highly plausible theory given Prince Harry’s history with the Army. Somewhere right now, I hope Major Tom Archer-Burton is blushing.
CupcakKe has released the video for her own unique spin on Lil Nas X’s viral hit, “Old Town Road.” The yeehawt-and-heavy visual for “Old Town Hoe” features enough corn on the cob and phallic lollipops to make your grandmother put her hands to her wide-open mouth and say “Oh my!” before excusing herself from the room. But, as usual, there’s a heart-warming element to the rapper’s raunchiness that wins you over. She’s having good fun.
CupcakKe’s private puns and x-rated plays on words are always chuckle-worthy, but, here, she’s really in her bag. She flips Billy Ray Cyrus‘ remix refrain, “take my horse to the old town road” and “I got the horses in the back” in explicit ways that’ll make you cackle at the wittiness. The video is equally as over-the-top as the on-brand song. CupcaKKe and her amorous crew wear leather jackets and bandana-patterned shirts along with the Lil Nas X signature hats, that he’s (jokingly) being forced to wear, as they eat corn on the cob and lollipops. It’s a weird combination for their teeth, but that’s a story for another day.
CupcakKe has been adventurous with her artistry this year. In March, she was a hardcore rapper sending threats on “Bird Box.” In February, she cosplayed as a tired mermaid in the video for “Squidward’s Nose.”
This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.
Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was almost as dizzying as the Battle of Winterfell—though at least everyone could see the fighting this time around. Jon Snow and the troops from the North, including what was left of the Dothraki and the Unsullied, arrived in King’s Landing to battle with Cersei and her armies. Of course, they were also accompanied by Daenerys Targaryen and her lone remaining dragon, Drogon.
The city felt the full power of Dracarys, or dragonfire, as Dany burned down building after building, including many innocent citizens. (You’ll remember that just before she was beheaded last week, Missandei’s final word to her queen was “dracarys,” seemingly a message to Dany that she should hold nothing back.
Is Dany fully the Mad Queen now? Some would argue that is still up for debate, even given her actions in the latest episode. We only have one more episode for all to be resolved in Westeros, but the signs that the Mother of Dragons might go mad, like her father before her, have been there all along.
Let’s break them all down.
“All I have is fear”
When Dany utters this quote early on in last night’s episode, she’s sitting by the fire—hinting at what is soon to come. If that’s not serious foreshadowing, we don’t know what is.
We all know there are hidden messages everywhere in Game of Thrones, including the hairstyles. When Dany and Jon speak in this latest episode, her usually meticulous braids are messy and unkempt—perhaps to signify her current mental state?
Her reaction to her brother’s death
When we first meet Daenerys way back in season one, she’s under the thumb of her brother, Viserys, who forces her to marry Khal Drogo. But as the Khaleesi, she begins to find her voice and her power. When Khal eventually kills Viserys (with a “crown” of molten gold), Dany is eerily calm as she says, “He is not a dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon.”
Her Red Keep vision
A Twitter user smartly recalled Dany’s Red Keep vision from season two, when we all thought the flakes from the sky might be snow. Now they seem to have been a sign of the ash that would fall across King’s Landing.
Her decision to feed her dragons with enemies in Meereen
In season five, Dany first shows she’s not afraid to use her dragons to destroy her enemies outside of battle as she lets them burn leaders in Meereen and eat them. Tyrion is able to convince her to not go any further with her plans to kill all the Masters.
Burning the Khals
In season six, the Khaleesi is once again reunited with the Dothraki, but on less-than-friendly terms. Eventually the army bends to her will, but only after she burns all the Khals in their hut and emerges from the fire unscathed.
Burning the Tarlys
In season seven, Randyll and Dickon Tarly refuse to bend the knee to Daenerys. Her response to those who dissent? Burn them alive with dragon fire. I’m starting to see a pattern here…
These are all signs that point to Dany’s future. Add in the recent deaths of Jorah and Missandei, along with the shock of learning about Jon’s true parentage—and claim to the Iron Throne—and you can see where Daenerys’ rage comes from. The show’s co-creator David Benioff offered further commentary on her motivations in the after show special. “Dany’s an incredibly strong person. She’s also someone who has had really close friendships and close advisors for her entire run of this show. You look at those people who have been closest to her for such a long time, and almost all of them have either turned on her or died, and she’s very much alone,” he said. “And that’s a dangerous thing for someone who’s got so much power, to feel that isolated. So at the very time when she needs guidance and those kind of close friendships the most, everyone’s gone.”