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Why Does the Night King Want to Destroy ‘Memory’ on Game of Thrones?

How much stock you put in Bran’s interpretation of the Night King’s motive depends on whether you see it as a literal fate or a figurative one.
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Sundown on Deadwood

David Milch, battling Alzheimer’s, finally finishes his TV Western.
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Everyone on Game of Thrones Might Die, But at Least We Got Some Laffs

They say tragedy plus time is comedy, so it follows that Game of Thrones plus time is Friends.
  1. overnights
    Fosse/Verdon Recap: It Was a Fine AffairA Gwen-centric episode puts the petty humiliations she suffers, both with Bob and on her own, into the larger context of her life and career.
  2. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Recap: Hear It for the BoyThe world—or at least the Housewives’ corner of it—could use a little bit more Denise Richards right now.
  3. overnights
    Roswell, New Mexico Season-Finale Recap: Deus Ex MaximoThe series’ freshman season ends by ditching its establishing central metaphor in favor of religious overtones that were barely hinted at before.
  4. this! is! jeopardy!
    James Holzhauer Is Officially a Jeopardy! Millionaire NowAnswer: James Holzhauer. Question: Who is a millionaire?
  5. trailer mix
    W. Kamau Bell’s United Shades Returns to CNN This WeekendThe eight-episode season kicks off on Sunday night.
  6. close reads
    Why Does the Night King Want to Destroy ‘Memory’ on Game of Thrones?How much stock you put in Bran’s interpretation of the Night King’s motive depends on whether you see it as a literal fate or a figurative one.
  7. um
    Game of Thrones’ Daniel Portman Says He’s Been Groped by ‘So Many’ Female Fans“What can you do? You know?”
  8. chat room
    Tim Robinson on His New Netflix Show and the Worst Pain of His LifeThe SNL alum’s six-part series debuts today.
  9. interviews
    What It Was Like to Write Books and Build a Legacy With Anthony Bourdain“He always understood that he was blessed to have become Anthony Bourdain.”
  10. psas
    Sugar Is Actually Good for You, According to Richard Kind in a Bear Suit“Where ya hidin’ that sugar at?!”
  11. revivals
    Sundown on DeadwoodDavid Milch, battling Alzheimer’s, finally finishes his TV Western.
  12. chat room
    Game of Thrones’ John Bradley on Death and Sam Tarly’s Place at the Big Table“Who knows which of these characters standing around that table are going to be gone next week?”
  13. roll clip!
    Enjoy Watching Zachary Quinto’s Full Transformation Into a Creepy VillainFor the new show NOS4A2.
  14. group chats
    In Her Latest Achievement, Meryl Streep Got Into the Big Little Lies Group Chat“She’s very funny,” says Nicole Kidman.
  15. you know nothing
    Everyone on Game of Thrones Might Die, But at Least We Got Some LaffsThey say tragedy plus time is comedy, so it follows that Game of Thrones plus time is Friends.
  16. this! is! jeopardy!
    Will James Holzhauer Actually Beat Ken Jennings’s Jeopardy! Record?In just 13 games, the Jeopardy! whiz is already a third of the way to toppling Jennings’s record.
  17. writers vs. agents
    How Hollywood Writers Are Finding Jobs After Firing Their AgentsCan the WGA’s internet jobs board, a Twitter hashtag, and networking “mixers” provide the employment connections agents once did?
  18. last night on late night
    Avengers: Endgame Cast Saves You 59 Hours, Recaps Franchise With Some Billy JoelNow you don’t have to watch Marvel movies until your knees seize up and your eyes dry out into little raisins. Unless you want to.
  19. overnights
    Gentleman Jack Premiere Recap: I’d Like to Meet Her TailorHBO’s historical series introduces us to the world of Anne Lister, “the first modern lesbian,” with all the subtlety of a speeding carriage.
  20. overnights
    Vanderpump Rules Recap: Say Yes to DistressBrittany and Jax’s engagement party consumes a same-y episode that falls back on repeating the same old conflicts.
  21. explainers
    Why ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ Means So Much to Game of Thrones Readers“Any knight can make a knight” is a key phrase from George R.R. Martin’s prequel. And it’s a genius addition to the show.
  22. to ser with love
    Go on an Emotional Journey As Brienne Becomes a Knight on Game of Thrones“Arise, Brienne of Tarth, a Knight of The Seven Kingdoms.”
  23. close reads
    The Message of Sunday’s Game of Thrones? Never Underestimate a Teenage Girl.“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” reminds us how far Sansa, Arya, and Dany have come.
  24. tv review
    On My Block’s Second Season Contains MultitudesThe likable Netflix show swings ambitiously and assuredly between seemingly incompatible modes, and sticks the landing more often than not.
  25. vulture lists
    Jaime Lannister’s Facial Hair Situations, Ranked by SeasonFrom the boring clean-shaven face of season one to his current Stark-like beard.
  26. documentaries
    Iconic L.A. Club The Comedy Store Is Getting a Docu-Series at ShowtimeThe four-part series will air sometime next year.
  27. all in the family
    It’s Pretty Creepy to Root for Game of Thrones Incest, Right?Targaryen or not, Jon didn’t grow up hoping and praying that he might someday sleep with his aunt.
  28. *stares awkwardly*
    In Praise of Bran Stark, a Total WeirdoI love Weird Bran and you should, too.
  29. game of thrones
    Hear Florence + the Machine’s Game of Thrones ‘Jenny of Oldstones’ CoverShe turned down another song opportunity years earlier, but can’t remember.
  30. close reads
    Game of Thrones Finally Let Arya Be a TeenagerYay for a sweet sex scene!
  31. this! is! jeopardy!
    Ken Jennings Rooting for James Holzhauer to Kick His Jeopardy! Record in the Ass“This is something I would have thought was just impossible.”
  32. vulture lists
    Every Game of Thrones Episode, RankedWe swear it by the old gods and the new.
  33. game of thrones
    Maisie Williams Thought Her Big Game of Thrones Gendry Scene Was ‘a Prank’“I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’”
  34. overnights
    Game of Thrones Recap: And Now Our Watch Has BegunThe long night before the Long Night begins, complete with too much booze, some unexpected singing, and a glorious act of redemption.
  35. game of thrones
    Our 18 Biggest Questions About This Week’s Game of ThronesWait, how old is Arya again? Are we rooting for Sansa and Theon now? And what’s going to go down in the crypts next week?
  36. overnights
    Veep Recap: Can I Get an Amen?Selina Meyer, master of diplomacy, has found a surprising ally in her quest to regain the White House.
  37. vulture investigates
    Which Game of Thrones Characters Are Still Virgins?After that big hookup in Sunday’s episode, let’s take a rundown of the last remaining V-cards in Westeros.
  38. overnights
    Billions Recap: Side MissionThis episode reopens the discussion of whether Wendy is the most nefarious character on the show, and as of this moment, all signs point to yes.
  39. explainers
    Which Game of Thrones Characters Have Valyrian Steel?It’s one of the only weapons capable of killing White Walkers.
  40. overnights
    Killing Eve Recap: She’ll Love You to DeathDespite a number of interventions, Eve remains hell-bent on finding Villanelle, and unconcerned with who or what she has to bulldoze to get there.
  41. game of thrones
    And Now Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 Has Leaked Early TooThe series is two for two after DirectTV Now posted the season premiere hours ahead of time last week.
  42. vulture lists
    Every Member of Terrace House, RankedAll 52 of them.
  43. humblebrag
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus Hides Her Awards So Your Unaccomplished Self Feels WelcomeAnd she doesn’t want to do a Seinfeld reboot, so quit asking.
  44. report
    Director John Singleton Hospitalized After Reported StrokeHis family stated that he is receiving ICU care.
  45. last night on late night
    Michael Shannon Talks Paraphernalia With Jimmy Fallon“Yeah, I have a Chipmunk bong. Big deal!”
  46. netflix
    You Can Never Pick an Episode, So Netflix Is Experimenting With a Shuffle OptionThe feature is reportedly being tested on all the shows you consistently watch over and over again.
  47. party report
    Lin-‍Manuel Miranda’s Favorite Fosse/Verdon Scenes Aren’t MusicalSurprisingly, it’s not the theater.
  48. politics
    The Good Fight’s Melania Trump Episode Is Its Boldest Riff on Reality“The One With the Celebrity Divorce” is an uproarious hour that blends Hitchcockian suspense, legal thrills, and satire.
  49. vulture lists
    11 TV Seders, Ranked in Order of AccuracyFrom Curb Your Enthusiasm to Sesame Street.
  50. shablam!
    A GIF Guide to This Week’s Legendary Drag Race Lip SyncEveryone is going to need a cigarette after this.
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