Every Surprising Thing That Happened In The 'Game Of Thrones' Premiere

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The North has... clearly never seen Black people

After watching the first episode of Game of Thrones's final season, my emotions are at an all time high and I'm still basking in the glorious return that has been two years in the making. But that doesn't mean I didn't have lots of thoughts while watching "Winterfell." Bear with me as I share some of the most random ones.

They’ve definitely never seen Black people in Winterfell

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Daenerys and her hard-earned army of Dothraki and Unsullied have finally arrived in Winterfell. The people of the Northern city are in awe of Jon's return and probably Daenerys' silver hair. But when Missandei and Grey Worm pull up atop horses they are bestowed particularly jaw-dropping stares. That's when it hit me: They have probably never seen Black people in Winterfell.

Bran lives for drama

There are plenty of moments of comic relief in "Winterfell," but I never laughed as hard as I did every time it was revealed that Bran was sitting in his chair, witnessing the whole thing. Sansa and Tyrion reuniting as former husband and wife? Bran saw it. Sam having a bad reaction after learning his father and brother were killed? Bran was waiting for him. Jaime casually strolling through Winterfell? Meet the boy you left permanently disabled. Bran lives for drama.

Sansa and Tyrion are weird exes

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They never wanted to marry in the first place, but they don't hate each other. They actually have a lot in common surviving Cersei's wrath and all, so they could work together. And yet that's just not happening—particularly once Sansa learns that Tyrion has invited the whole Lannister army up to Winterfell. She once thought he was the cleverest man she ever knew, but... not anymore.

Jon is cousins with the dragons

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Now that the cat is out of the bag about Jon being the heir to the Iron Throne, it's probably going to take him a second to realize he's Daenery's nephew. I wonder how long it will take him to realize that he's technically cousins with the dragons.

Cersei is Kris Jenner

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After she slept with Euron Greyjoy and he made a comment about putting a "prince" in Cersei, she makes a face that clearly reveals she's plotting on the usefulness of another child. This is exactly the kind of master-mindedness that has made Kris Jenner such a revered leader of the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

Bonus: Cersei is also me, just like she stood her grand with Euron, telling him he has to earn the right to have sex with her and then sleeping with him 10 minutes later, I have done the exact same thing—including telling the man to leave me alone right after the deed is done. Queens, they're just like us.

Oh, and in case anyone was wondering if Cersei just faked the whole pregnancy at the end of last season? Well, she's drinking wine again, so I'd say: Yes.

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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video)


This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.


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It premieres today, exclusively via NYLON

In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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This cameo has the Beyhive buzzing

I went to see Men In Black: International alone. Which would have been fine if it wasn't for the shock I received when I saw two specific characters on the screen. Unable to keep it to myself, I shared a curious look with the stranger next to me, who was obviously thinking the same thing as me. "Is that them...?" I whispered first. "I think… so," she replied. Then the two men in question started to dance, and we were both sure: "Yep, that's them."

It was Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins. Fans of Beyoncé will recognize the duo as the talented brothers who often accompany her on tour and in music videos. In Men In Black: International, the two of them play shapeshifting entities—they're more like energy forces than aliens—who pursue Tessa Thompson's and Chris Hemsworth's characters throughout the duration of the film. The twins' ability to manipulate their bodies in ways that are graceful and otherworldly really helps sell them as extraterrestrials and is fun to watch.

So if Thompson in a suit or Hemsworth shirtless weren't enough motivation, here's another reason to go see it. If you look close, you can see them in the trailer below.


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"I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter"

In a heart-warming Instagram photo, Serena Williams shares the history of hair braiding and the importance of the tradition. The tennis player shared a photo of herself braiding her daughter Olympia Ohanian's hair and spoke about how "honored" she was to be able to "add another generation" to the tradition of the practice.

The photo shows Williams attentively braiding her daughter's hair while Olympia smiles, obviously loving the experience. Williams noted that hair braiding was created by the Himba people in Namibia, Africa, and that "we have been braiding our hair for centuries." "In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe," she continued.

Williams pointed out that braiding is a bonding experience. "People would often take the time to socialize," she wrote. "It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world."

Williams closed her post with a sweet message about her daughter, saying that she's "honored to share this bonding experience" with her.

See the post, below.