If you haven’t noticed, Avengers: Endgame came out last week. If anyone who’s stepped on the internet regularly didn’t notice, it’d be wild. It’s all people talk about. However, nobody is actually talking about it, at the same time. Why?
Ever since Endgame was released, people have been tight-lipped about the entire thing. This is a far cry from The Force Awakens premiere in 2015, where internet trolls gleefully were dropping plot points in completely unrelated posts (looking at you, guy who said Han Solo died in my Doctor Who thread).
While this is a welcome change from ruining others’ fresh experiences, the current “Anti-Spoilers Culture” is almost too excessive.
Spring is almost half a year away, but that doesn’t mean fans of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones have stopped wishing and waiting and hoping for that magical time of year filled with dragons and white walkers. The last season ended with an uproar when a main character and fan favorite was unceremoneously offed in the finale. Of course, this was not the first time such a thing had happened, so after the initial shock, fans broke into two groups: those who were sure he would return, and those who were sure he was dead. Basically, those who had read the books or had the theories explained by their friends, and those who live under a rock. In either camp, though, the minute the season five finale ended, they began counting down the days until the season six premiere. To whet the proverbial whistle, HBO just released the first teaser for the show, and among other things, it shows that Bran is a royal pain. (more…)
Unless you’re coming off a 3 day orgy fest, been drunk, or made friends with the bottom side of a rock you’ve probably seen the outrageous story regarding George W. Bush’s decapitated prop head appearing on a spike in the final episode of the first season HBO’s Game of Thones . A brief scene that no one seemed to notice when the episode originally aired (on June 19, 2011) or when the season hit DVD (on March 6 of this year).
This story broke after Reddit user pointed out that the DVD commentary track for that episode featured producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talking about the random appearance of W’s head. The producers clearly stated it wasn’t a political statement. They needed a head on a spike and the prop department grabbed what they had. It’s unclear what the prop dept. was doing with a rubber head of George W. in the first place, but, hey, a head is a head.
Here’s the scene and commentary from the DVD:
Naturally conservative/republican media got wind of this and made a big stink about it. Which lead to an apology from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Sadly, we live in a cultural sensitive nation. People get up in arms about the stupidest things. And this is one of them. If they had never mentioned it then there is no way at all you could tell it was Bush’s head. But whatever. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss apologized. That’s enough, right? Nope. The drama of G.W. continues…
HBO has pulled the episode from the HBO Go service and iTunes, and is halting shipments of the existing DVD and Blu-ray copies of the season.
The network said:
We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this careless mistake. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms and have halted all future shipments of the DVDs, removed it from our digital platforms and will edit the scene for all future airings on any distribution domestic or international.
Are you fucking kidding me? What an insane over reaction. I mean really, it wasn’t a big deal until someone made it a big deal.
I’m honestly stupefied by HBO’s course of action. Looking on the bright-side however, it looks like my Blu-Ray copy of Game of Thones just became a collectors item.
I’m sure you’ve all been sitting around lately thinking, “Gosh, y’know what Game of Thrones really needs? A sitcom spin-off focusing on the hijinks of Tyrion Lannister and his mercenary ally, Bronn.” Come on, I know you were. The comradery between the little lion and his unsavory mate is a highlight of the show and novels and as crass as an actual sitcom spin-off would be, I kind of want it.
Which is why it’s a good thing Vulture put together such a spot on, funny trailer. Check it out below and let us know what kind of shenanigans you’d want to see the guys get into on a weekly, 30 minute basis?