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Recap: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 1 – a reunion in Winterfell

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Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 8, Episode 1 - a reunion in Winterfell

The final season of “Game of Thrones” has arrived, and it was everything fans could have hoped for and more.

[Spoiler Alert: The remainder of this article will discuss Season 8, Episode 1 of “Game of Thrones”]

The premeire was peppered with surprising humor and fulfilling reunions as all the main characters reunite in the Northern city of Winterfell – joining forces to combat the Night King and his Army of the Dead that threaten the very existence of the seven kingdoms.

The episode begins with Jon Snow and Daenerys Stormborn entering Winterfell escorted by the Unsullied, and Khaleesi immediately feels the disapproval of the Northerners and Jon’s sister Sansa. The tense moment is broken up by Daenerys’ two remaining dragons flying over the city – as its residents look on in awe.

Jon finally reunites with the remaining siblings that he grew up with – Arya and Bran – who he long thought to be dead. His rejoining with Arya is a particularly heartwarming moment, as the two were particularly close in their younger years. We see a rare moment of vulnerability from Arya as she’s nearly brought to tears as the two embrace – and she shows him that she still has the sword he gave her many seasons ago, Needle. Unbeknowst to Jon, she’s used it throughout her life to deliver an untimely fate to many who crossed her.

Tyrion Lannister reunites with his ex-wife Sansa, and the two have a conversation that is charming as it is intense. The last time they saw eachother was at King Geoffrey’s wedding, when he was poisoned and killed. Sansa fled and Tyrion was jailed and nearly killed by Cersei, who believed she was responsible for her son’s gruesome death.

Cersei makes her first appearance in the show soon after – as she’s confronted with Euron Greyjoy, who was the only member of the main families to pledge his honor to her. His intention is made immediately clear – he wants to be with Cersei, and isn’t shy about it. His arrogance pays off, and the two end up in bed together. Euron asks Cersei how his performance stacks up to her brother – something she bristles at but ultimately respects his brazenness. He tells Cersei he’s going to “give her a prince” – without knowing that she’s already pregnant with her brother Jaime’s child.

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We then see Sir Bronn of the Blackwater for the first time – as Cersei’s hand approaches him while in his favorite place, the brothel, and tells him that Cersei wants him to kill her brothers Jaime and Tyrion should they survive their trip in the North.

The show then pivots to the only violent scene of the first episode – as Theon Greyjoy rescues his sister Yara from where she’s being held captive by their uncle Euron. He triumphantly slashes the other Iron-born guarding her, and unties her. She responds by headbutting him to the ground – likely payback for jumping ship, literally, when she was first taken captive. In typical “Game of Thrones” fashion, the two quickly makeup and Yara tells Theon to go to Winterfell to fight for the Starks – the family who truly raised him.

Things really begin to pick up after that, as we see Jon and Daenerys together once again. Jon is able to ride her dragon, Drogon, which reinvigorates what we learned last season – that Jon is actually a Targaryan. The two ride dragons together to an icy waterfall and share a passionate kiss.

In an emotional scene that follows, Daenerys meets Sam Tarly for the first time, to thank him for healing her faithful mentor Jorah Marmot, who was infected with greyscale. Darnerys then comes to the realization that Sam is the son of Randyll Tarly and brother of Dickon, who Daenerys controversially killed for refusing to bend the knee last season.

Sam is heartbroken and finds Jon – and tells him the secret the “Game of Thrones” fan base have been keeping. Jon is actually the son of Raegar Targaryan and Lyanna Stark – making him Daenerys’ nephew, and the true heir to the Iron Throne.

Jon attempts to defend Daenerys’ honor and say that it would be treason for him to take it from her.

“It’s the truth,” Sam argues.

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Regardless of who takes the Iron Throne, the true enemy is still the Night King, who destroyed The Wall at the end of the previous season. We’re delighted to find that a number of core characters have survived the attack, including the Wildling Tormund. They discover a shocking message from the Night King – a boy nailed to the wall surrounded by severed limbs. He then awakens – screeching – and the men are forced to set him on fire.

The episode concludes with a reunion that fans have been waiting for since season one. Earlier on, Bran sits in his wheelchair outside in the cold, and tells Sam that he’s waiting on an old friend.

As you may remember, Bran is handicapped because in the first-ever episode of “Game of Thrones,” he climbs to the top of a tower and witnesses Cersei and her twin brother Jaime having sex. Jaime then pushes him from the tower, crippling him and setting him on the bizarre course of his supernatural character’s development.

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We finish the episode by seeing Jaime riding into Winterfell and being greeted by none other than Bran – the first time the two have seen each other since.

A trailer for the next episode reveals an impending attack from the White Walkers – so stay tuned for another recap with Fox News next week.

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Rami Malek to play Bond villain in franchise’s 25th film next year

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(Reuters) – Oscar winner Rami Malek will play the international villain who Daniel Craig’s James Bond must battle in the British spy franchise’s 25th film set for release next year, the producers announced on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Daniel Craig poses for photographers as he attends the world premiere of the new James Bond 007 film “Spectre” at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Malek, 37, who drew critical acclaim for his portrayal of Queen front man Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” last year, will play Bond’s nemesis in the upcoming film, which goes by the working title “Bond 25,” producers said.

“I promise you all I will be making sure that Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride of it in this his 25th outing,” Malek said in a recorded announcement from New York that was aired as part of a webcast about the new movie.

The still untitled movie will be Craig’s fifth go-around as Britain’s most famous fictional secret agent, and will feature on-location scenes in Jamaica, the producers said in the webcast from the Caribbean island.

Actors who will reprise their roles alongside Craig in the 2015-released “Spectre” include Ralph Fiennes as M, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q and Rory Kinnear as Tanner, the producers said.

Other actors joining the “Bond 25” cast are Jeffrey Wright Billy Magnussen, Dali Benssalah, Ana De Armas, David Dencik and LaShana Lynch, they said.

Producers had already announced that the movie, set for release next April, will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the man behind the first season of the U.S. drama “True Detective” and the Netflix comedy “Maniac.”

Among the trademarks of Bond movies are their exotic locations, beginning with Jamaica when the franchise was launched with “Dr. No” in 1962 and featuring the spy’s introduction to a bikini-clad Ursula Andress on an empty beach.

Jamaica, where Bond was created by novelist Ian Fleming, will again be among the locales for the upcoming film, along with Italy, Norway and London, the producers said.

“We consider Jamaica Bond’s spiritual home,” said Barbara Broccoli, one of the film’s producers.

The Bond franchise, based on the novels about the British secret agent who outsmarts international villains, overcomes certain death and charms glamorous women, first hit screens during the Cold War with Sean Connery as Bond.

Connery’s second appearance as Bond was in 1963 in “From Russia With Love.” He would go on to do five additional Bond movies.

Bond has also been played by George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.

Reporting by Peter Szekely; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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Charlize Theron channels ‘Game of Thrones’ character Sansa Stark

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Charlize Theron channeled her inner Sansa Stark in her latest red carpet look.

The actress donned a black pleated dress with sheer sleeves and a leather bodice at the Paris premiere for her new movie “Long Shot” on Wednesday.

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Actress Charlize Theron attends the "Long Shot" Premiere At Gaumont Opera Capucines on April 24, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)

Actress Charlize Theron attends the “Long Shot” Premiere At Gaumont Opera Capucines on April 24, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)

The black getup was very similar to Sansa Stark’s new look in Season 8 of “Game of Thrones.” Sansa is played by British actress Sophie Turner.

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones," left, and actress Charlize Theron.

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in “Game of Thrones,” left, and actress Charlize Theron.
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[WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM SEASON 8 OF “GAME OF THRONES”]

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Turner made headlines herself earlier this week when she shared a raunchy response to the shocking Arya and Gendry sex scene from Season 8, Episode 2.

Turner took to her Instagram Stories on Sunday to react to the scene involving the characters played by Maisie Williams, 22, and Joe Dempsie, 31, that took many viewers by surprise and left some cringing. In Sunday night’s episode, 18-year-old Arya Stark lost her virginity to Gendry, her former travel partner who is the bastard son of late King Robert Baratheon.

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“In honor of Easter, I guess ‘Game of Thrones’ wanted the storyline to have a little Easter Bunny hop, hop, hoppin’ into that p—y, and that’s the tea,” Turner said in a video posted on her Instagram Stories.

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Bella Thorne sends hearts racing with sexy bikini snap after Mod Sun split

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Bella Thorne is showing her ex what he’s missing.

The former Disney child star posed for a series of sexy snaps on Instagram just days after announcing she had split from rapper Mod Sun.

“Not that chick that wears makeup in the pool,” Thorne captioned the sultry photo in which she dons a barely there black bikini as she exits a pool.

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She wore the same bathing suit days earlier while posing yet again poolside. “It’s hot help me,” she wrote.

Thorne, 21, announced last week that she and the 32-year-old rapper had parted ways after dating for more than a year.

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“I  will always love you. All good things must come to an end,” the actress wrote on Instagram. She punctuated the snap with a broken heart emoji.

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The breakup comes two months after Thorne announced she and girlfriend Tana Mongeau — who she dated concurrently with Mod Sun — split.

“Tana and I aren’t together anymore, pls stop asking. We love U guys,” Thorne tweeted in February.

Mongeau, 20, tweeted at the time, “i love her forever don’t get that twisted. she changed my life forever. don’t rly wanna talk on it.”

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In January, Thorne said of her relationships with Mongeau and Mod Sun, “I don’t think anybody will really understand the bonds that I share with Mod or Tana … Yeah, we joke around about poly, but we aren’t in the sense that we don’t put a word, a box or label too many things. It is what it is.”

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