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So after our heartbeats have finally regained normal rhythm following a very Long Night with Episode 3, we see our group of fan favorites take stock, mourn their dead, and rejoice following the final battle with the un-dead. Drinking heavily, and enjoying some well earned comforts, audiences see their characters interact, rest and enjoy, and also engage in some sexy time it seems. However this weeks Episode 4, The Last of the Starks, has left audiences with a lot of questions, and also surprisingly, a really bad taste in a lot of fans mouths. Spoilers ahead as I am sure you are aware… (more…)

If you’re like most fans, then you’ve probably already binged watched the last two seasons of Stranger Things. If you have, you might want to know the history behind it. Even in the Beyond Stranger Things series on Netflix that features the showrunners chatting with the cast, not a lot of history behind Stranger Things is revealed. In an Autocomplete Interview with Wired, Stranger Things stars Gaten Matarazzo and Joe Kerry give some insight on the mysterious inspiration for their show. NerdBastards dug a little deeper to find out more about a place called Camp Hero.

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Game of Thrones is one of the biggest television shows in history. Love it or hate it, the likelihood of it being a topic you’ve talked about is pretty high. But this Sunday’s episode is likely to be the most talked about. It’s certainly the most anticipated. The entire series has been leading up to this moment. Battle of Winterfell. White Walkers vs Winterfell. Some major characters have had their storylines come to fruition in Season 8, and while it’s the last season, anyone is really fair game. Who will die? Who will make it through? Here we go over some statistics for Battle of Winterfell and make some predictions of our own.

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Could you ever imagine leaping from time period to time period into someone else’s body, living their life, and changing history? Well, therein lies the premise of the begotten but much beloved series Quantum Leap. A unique science fiction/fantasy show that put fourth central themes of drama of hope, second chances, and change.

It was a smart, provocative, imaginative series. And, oh boy, do we need more of it.  (more…)

The road to Game of Thrones Season 8 has been hard on viewers.  Taking an emotional – and to some a physical – toll. Death, despair, a cyclone of political machinations, copious amounts of violence…oh and did we mention death? Lots and lots of death! Seeing beloved characters find their demise while villainous vultures continue to find victory (*cough* Cersei *cough*) , has almost been too much to bear. One would teeter on being a real masochist to have held on for this long. But that’s GoT for you, a show that defies convention. There is nothing quite like it and there may never be again. And here we are, the beginning of the end for one of the biggest, most ambitious, ground-breaking entertainment franchises ever.

After 7 seasons of war and individual hardships, the sprawling story has dwindled itself down to but a handful of characters. The fight for the (Iron) Throne remains, but so does the threat of the Night King and the horde of white walkers. Unless differences are put aside and lasting alliances forged, the fate of Westeros hangs in the balance.

Below is a SPOILER FREE take on the premier episode. Alludes, implies, and discusses, but never spoils.

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For the past seven years, Game of Thrones dazzled countless fans and became a culture-wide phenomenon. Legions of people from all walks of life are dedicated to the show, its stories, and all the characters fighting for the Iron Throne. As the final season begins, fans are excited and devastated all at once. They’ll finally know who claims Westeros, but the series that kidnapped their attention will end.

I, on the other hand, am just grateful that it’ll finally be over.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 is only hours away. Fans across the world are shivering with antici… Well. You know. So how should fans get their GOT-fix before the next season starts? They’ve binge-watched all the previous seasons. They’d read every interview and watched every exclusive “sneak peek”. And yet they still can’t get enough. So NerdBastards scoured YouTube to find the best Game of Thrones parodies to soundtrack your life while you anxiously await the start of Season 8. Queue up your playlist and get ready to nod your head and sing-out-loud to some wonderfully nerdy Game of Thrones parodies.

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Let’s start off by saying that, by far, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is my favorite teen drama I’ve watched in a very long time. While it definitely leans into its younger demographic, it still tells an engaging story with interesting characters in a unique setting. For a TV show, the teens are much more teen-like than most teen drama types, actually worrying about classes and making clubs and thinking of teen solutions to teen problems (most of the time). They aren’t adults acting like college kids while we’re pretending it’s high school. They’re adults acting as high school students who act like frustrated teens. It’s honestly impressive, in the world of absurd Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars, and the like.

Now to the problematic shit. (SPOILERS galore, so be warned).

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Kristian Nairn  is a Northern Irish actor and DJ. He is best known for his portrayal of Hodor in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. Fans are still reeling at Hodor’s demise in “The Door” from season 6. There, he perished after holding a door closed against an onslaught of White Walkers feverishly focused on dismantling Bran and Meera apart as they escaped the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave. Though his character spoke very little and language reduced to one word “Hodor”, his presence was large. And not just because the actor is a (really) large man (6’10) but because of his sweet, simple, gentle, and fatherly nature. In person, Kristian is just as humble and caring.

We caught up with Kristian at a GoT media event at Boston’s AT&T flagship store ahead of the Season 8 Premier (4/14). We talked World of Warcraft, the culture of Game of Thrones, fan rage and a few other subjects to which he offered insight and humor.

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