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Dragons, who?

Last week, Arya Stark had the entire realm of Game of Thrones fans talking about the scene in which she had sex for the first time. She was confident and assertive in her pursuit of Gendry before the Battle of Winterfell. For fans like me, it was a moment of female empowerment. For Arya, it was yet another step in her evolution from the girl she once was, to the young woman she is now. But as revolutionary as that moment was, it did not prepare us for Arya's role in the Battle of Winterfell.

[Major spoilers ahead...]

Then again, maybe nothing could, because how could we have known that Arya would be the one to stop the apocalypse: Arya would be the one to kill the Night King, by putting her Valyrian steel dagger right where a spike of dragonglass had once been thrust through the torso of a man, turning him into the Night King.

But with one swift stab, Arya stopped the icy legacy of the Night King from continuing; as was known, his death would result in the dissolution of his entire dead-men-walking army.

In one sense, the demise of the Night King and his Army of the Dead was even more surprising than the Red Wedding. I was among the many placing bets on the living being completely wiped out, or that Daenerys would become the new Night Queen, or that this existential threat wouldn't be over quite so soon. But Arya, with one swift move, wiped out years of fan theories and put to rest any idea that she was anything but a Stark of Winterfell.

As far as I'm concerned, Arya Stark is the only protector of the realm that matters. She would also have my vote if she ran for president in the 2020 election.

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Lil Nas X, The Regrettes, and more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 10 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Lil Nas X, The Regrettes and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

7 EP - Lil Nas X
It's finally here, and it's everything you'd hope it'd be. Catch that yeehaw Cardi B feature.

"Expensive" - Rence ft. Noah Cyrus
I identify as the expensive love interest, thanks.

The Regrettes - I Dare You [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

"I Dare You" - The Regrettes
How much cuter could they get? We stan.

Kiesza - Sweet Love (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

"Sweet Love" - Kiesza
Haunting and hot. What more could we ask for?

Noël Wells - Sad Girl Blues www.youtube.com

"Sad Girl Blues" - Noël Wells
My new anthem, TBH.

"Addicted" - Déyyess
I would let Déyyess sing me the phonebook.

Baby Rose - Mortal (Official Video) www.youtube.com

"Mortal" - Baby Rose
A sultry sort of lullaby.

"Keeper" - Olivia Nelson
Already stuck in my head, and that's where I want it to stay.

Poppy - Choke (Official Audio) www.youtube.com

"Choke" - Poppy
I can't get enough of this creepy AF beat.

"dead yet" - Gabriel Black ft. Phem
So here for this tender teen angst.

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Liquid eyeshadow is having a moment, but eye gloss needs some attention, too

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Applying makeup is really an art: Everyone has their own technique, secret trick, and routine. For me, if I don't have to use a makeup brush, I'm instantly hooked on the product. (My goal is always "it looks like I tried this morning, but I really didn't.") Which is why, when Ulta was having its 21 Days of Beauty sale last year and the Butter London Eye Gloss was half-off, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

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We identify

You probably know Laura Dreyfuss, aka Loladre, from her stint on Broadway in the hit show Dear Evan Hansen. Since leaving the show, she's started writing lines for herself instead of just memorizing them. She's excited to be singing as herself now, instead of as a character, and is happy that her music reflects her own feelings. She also reveals that she loves how little the songs have in common, saying it's "representative of who I am as a person."

In the video, above, the singer talks about what drove her to make her own music, and what she's still applying from her Broadway days.

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Shot by Charlotte Prager + Gretta Wilson
Edited by Madeline Stedman

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