Does the dad in your life want to craft his own beer? Splash whiskey over frozen cube-shaped rocks? Such are the questions we ask ourselves as the Father’s Day gift guides begin to filter into our feeds each year. The condition of his current grill tools is suddenly called into question, and we find ourselves once again debating the appeal of mail-order steak. If only we could all agree to treat this thing like Mother’s Day: flowers, chocolate, and/or brunch and our work here is done. But not on Father’s Day—his gifts need to be stylish or clever or smart or useful, the sort of thing that won’t seem frivolous to a guy who spends his days talking about insurance deductibles, whole-house generators, and which car seats can fit three-across in a hybrid. Yes, this is a holiday where the shopping bar is high, but we have to try. On that note, allow us to present our 2019 Father’s Day gift guide, in which we stick to items that give him the best present of all: Not having to pretend to love your gift.
This post contains major spoilers for the finale of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.
It’s hard to believe, but we are now living in a post–Game of Thrones world. Today the Internet will be flooded with hot takes about whether or not the show nailed the landing and characters ended up where they should have. (Spoiler: A lot of people don’t think so.)
After more than eight years watching this epic show, fans have formed strong bonds with their favorites like Daenerys Targaryen. But there’s likely no one who cares more about the Mother of Dragons than the woman who brought her to life onscreen, Emilia Clarke.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Clarke admitted she cried when she read the final script. After all, Dany is killed by her lover-nephew Jon Snow after she laid waste to much of King’s Landing with her remaining dragon, Drogon.
But more than that, Clarke says the negative commentary on the Internet about the show has also taken its toll on her. “I have my own feelings [about the storyline], and it’s peppered with my feelings about myself,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s gotten to that point now where you read [comments about] the character you [have to remind yourself], ‘They’re not talking about you, Emilia, they’re talking about the character.'”
Luckily, she also had her mom around for moral support. “I genuinely did this, and it’s embarrassing and I’m going to admit it to you,” Clarke said. “I called my mom and [said], ‘I read the scripts and I don’t want to tell you what happens, but can you just talk me off this ledge? It really messed me up.’ And then I asked my mom and brother really weird questions. They were like: ‘What are you asking us this for? What do you mean do I think Daenerys is a good person? Why are you asking us that question? Why do you care what people think of Daenerys? Are you OK?’ And I’m all: ‘I’m fine!… But is there anything Daenerys could do that would make you hate her?’”
For what it’s worth, I’ll always love you, Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons.
This post contains spoilers for the series finale of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.
Well, it’s finally over. Game of Thrones has ended, and we know what becomes of the Iron Throne, the Starks, and even Drogon…well, kind of. (Hope you’re doing OK out there, buddy.) Of course, fans had immediate—and strong—reactions to the way showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff chose to end the epic series. Fans had another gripe beyond how their favorite characters were portrayed: They also spotted one last “oops” moment in Game of Thrones by way of a plastic water bottle in a scene, much like the Starbucks cup that came before it.
It happens in a scene in which the most powerful remaining people in Westeros have gathered together to decide who shall rule and what to do with prisoners Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow. While they’re discussing the idea of democracy, there is a plastic water bottle just behind Samwell Tarly’s foot. Yes, really.
Take a look for yourself, below, or forward to around the 46:19 mark in the episode.
And here’s a close-up:
Chances are these sorts of “mistakes” have happened many times in the show’s history. It’s somewhat understandable given the expansive productions and number of extras often involved. But the Internet detectives out there have also become very good at finding these moments over the show’s run. “They should’ve made the water bottle king of Westeros,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Are you trying to tell me the 3 eyed raven didn’t see this shit coming? All hail Bran the Broken, first of his name, ruler of 6 of the 7 realms, 3 eyes, 2 wheels and 1 water bottle. May his reign be long and recyclable,” another joked.
HBO previously scrubbed the coffee cup from that episode and released a hilarious response stating that “the latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”
No word yet on Sam’s water bottle.
I’m talking, of course, about the little black swimsuit—LBS for short. It’s integral to every poolside wardrobe, a classic and minimal one-piece that evokes the old-school glamour of Jane Russell and Elizabeth Taylor on holiday in the fifties but still feels modern and elegant in 2019. Basically, it’s the LBD of summer. And recently it’s become my shopping obsession.
LBS’s have been around for decades. But I really became infatuated with the style—specifically, one by Hunza G—in the past few years. I wore it throughout my second pregnancy, because the crinkle fabric grew with my belly (the nylon-elastane mix allowed just the right amount of stretch) but made me feel comfortable wearing a swimsuit as my body was drastically changing. Actually, the textured material is my favorite part of my LBS: It sets it apart from the more basic black one-pieces on the market, giving it a contemporary feel. Plus, it doubles as a bodysuit that I wear with skirts or underneath a sheer dress.
Whether you prefer a classic, scoop-back style or one that’s more stylized—with a one-shoulder strap, a stomach cutout, a high neck, or a plunging neckline—there’s an LBS for you. Check out some of our favorite black one-piece swimsuits for 2019, ahead.
Not unlike underwear, swimwear is something that’s very personal. Shopping for a new suit isn’t always as simple as picking one-piece over two. There are fit concerns to keep in mind, new brands to look into, and of course, trends to consider.
This year’s biggest swim trends are all about making a statement poolside or on the beach (or with your regular clothes, because why not?): floral prints closer to wallpaper than actual nature, geometric cutouts on slick one-pieces, rainbow-grade stripes, ribbed fabrics, ruffled or otherwise accented statement shoulders, and sleeved suits. And you can find takes on each of them at different budgets, from affordable brands like Swimsuits for All and Aerie to designer favorites like Solid and Striped and Chromat.
Read on to recap—and shop—six swim trends you’ll be seeing all over the ’gram in 2019.
Warning: Major Game of Thrones spoilers ahead.
Tonight’s series finale of Game of Thrones was surprising, to say the least. In a shocking turn of events, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) killed Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and was sentenced to rejoin the Night’s Watch. Also, the heads of Westeros appointed Bran Stark as king, and Sansa broke the North from the seven (now six) kingdoms to become queen in the North. The reactions to this finale have been mixed, but no one is more impassioned about it than Emilia Clarke, a.k.a. Dany.
“I cried,” Clarke told Entertainment Weekly about what it was like when she read the script for the first time. “And I went for a walk. I walked out of the house and took my keys and phone and walked back with blisters on my feet. I didn’t come back for five hours. I’m like, ‘How am I going to do this?’”
Interestingly, Kit Harington didn’t read the script until the cast’s final table read. Clarke was on a flight with Harington before this read-through and had a very hard time revealing spoilers. When he actually found out what happened, though, his reaction was not good.
“I looked at Emilia and there was a moment of me realizing, ‘No, no…’” Harington said, according to EW.
Clarke, however, nodded back, “Yes… He was crying,” she recalls. “And then it was kind of great him not having read it.”
Dany’s journey throughout the final season of GoT has been intense. Clarke summed it up perfectly in this quote she gave to EW:
It’s only a matter of time before the theories on this Game of Thrones finale start rolling in. As always, we’ll keep you posted.
This post is dark and full of spoilers. You have been warned.
On Sunday night, the world said goodbye to Game of Thrones, arguably one of the most beloved shows in television history. And, yeah, it’s upsetting we will all have to find something new to do on Sundays, but at least our Mondays will no longer be ruined by an impending sense of doom over which of our favorite characters will make it out alive and who will end up on the Iron Throne.
But really, the show has been preparing us for the sadness and loss of our faves from the very start. Right from season one, fans learned nothing and nobody was precious or sacred in the world of GoT. That included children, women, direwolves, the elderly, and the show’s main character, Ned freaking Stark.
Because this show has been running for the better part of a decade, though, it’s easy to forget all the notable people who’ve come and gone to meet the gods. So before we retire Game of Thrones from our queues (until we’re ready to binge it again; well, some of us anyway), let’s take a look back at the characters we parted with—a few in some seriously grisly ways. RIP.
Cause of death: The audience never even got to know Jon Arryn, the former hand of King Robert Baratheon. However, we do quickly learn that he was poisoned to death, kicking off the entire mess with the Lannister vs. Stark battle that would rage on for years to come.
Cause of death: Poor Mycah, the butcher’s boy, was only trying to play with his pal, Arya. But when Prince Joffrey got involved things went haywire fast. Mycah was later killed by The Hound, Joffrey’s protector, for fighting the young prince. It’s the reason The Hound landed his name on Arya’s kill list…for a time at least.
Cause of death: Viserys is one of those characters that just had it coming from the very start. As the worst brother in the world, no one was really that sad when Khal Drogo, his sister Daenerys’ husband, poured molten gold over his head. “A crown for a king.”
Cause of death: Robert Baratheon drank too much wine, went out for a hunt, and got attacked by a wild boar. Little did we know then, but it was actually Cersei who ordered Robert’s squire (and her henchman/cousin/lover), Lancel, to keep giving Robert wine, so it’d dull his senses and slow him down during the hunt.
Cause of death: Arya’s beloved water-dancing coach died protecting his little protege from Lannister soldiers. Although fans didn’t see his death onscreen it had a lasting impact on Arya, who continued to use his line “not today” for seasons to come.
Cause of death: Perhaps the most shocking death in the entire series, Ned was beheaded by executioner Ilyn Payne at the order of the newly crowned King Joffrey. The reason? He confessed to “treason” against the crown for telling Stannis Baratheon about his real claim the throne, since Joffrey wasn’t really Robert’s son.
Cause of death: The short answer: Daenerys Targaryen smothered him by putting a pillow over his face. The long answer: Drogo was wounded during a fight with another Khal, dismissed it as a cut, but the wound began to get infected. It got so bad, Drogo was about to die, so Dany tried to save him by asking the witch/slave Mirri Maz Duur to perform blood magic. Not only did it require killing a horse, but also—to Dany’s dismay—her unborn child. The magic does end up saving Drogo, but he’s like a shell of the person he was, so Dany kills him out of mercy.
Cause of death: Renly made it surprisingly far in the war for the throne. And he probably would have made it even further if his brother, Stannis, hadn’t turned to Melisandre’s black magic. Renly was officially killed by a shadow creature, but it sure did have the face of Stannis.
HBO premiered the highly-anticipated series finale of Game of Thrones tonight, and let’s just say some fans were not feeling it. (You can read more about how it went down, here.) Contempt for how showrunners took the direction of the narratives and the characters was palpable on Twitter. However, plenty of other fans chimed in that they dug the series finale.
Check out just a few of the reactions, below. Both the positive and negative tweets keep rolling in.
These reactions, though, only hit the tip of the iceberg. All season fans have been pointing out areas where showrunners could’ve done better. People felt like Arya didn’t get enough credit when she killed the Night King. Jon Snow kept making questionable choices left and right. At one point, Sansa basically said that experiencing rape made her grow as a person. That last one really didn’t sit well with viewers, including Jessica Chastain, who tweeted, “Rape is not a tool to make a character stronger.”
Another fan noted, “Sansa thrived DESPITE her trauma, not BECAUSE of it. That’s what is frustrating about the scene and what so many people are missing here.” A third one wrote, “I would have rather Sansa been like ‘it is what it is’ to the events that lead her to this season versus basically implying getting assaulted and shit made her ‘stronger’ Just….pitiful. And def written by a cishet man.”
But there were some moments of success. The fact that Arya did kill the Night King was badass, regardless of the aftermath. “It was so unbelievably exciting,”Maisie Williams told Entertainment Weekly about the scene. “But I immediately thought that everybody would hate it, that Arya doesn’t deserve it. The hardest thing in any series is when you build up a villain that’s so impossible to defeat and then you defeat them. It has to be intelligently done because otherwise people are like, ‘Well, [the villain] couldn’t have been that bad when some 100-pound girl comes in and stabs him.’ You gotta make it cool. And then I told my boyfriend and he was like, ‘Mmm, should be Jon though, really, shouldn’t it?’” For the record: No, it shouldn’t have been Jon Snow. That was Arya’s win, and no one can take that from her.
It’s difficult to say how the reception of this finale will inform the Game of Thrones fandom. A prequel is on the horizon, but will fans tune in? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
After seasons and seasons of waiting, we finally know who gets the Iron Throne on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Are you ready for the answer? Drum roll, please.
OK, no more delay. Here we go: GoT revealed this evening that the Iron Throne was actually melted by Drogon and Bran Stark was anointed king of the six kingdoms. Sansa broke the North from the seven kingdoms and became the queen in the North. Are you shocked? Surprised? Happy? Sad?
The “Who ends up on the Iron Throne?” debate has been raging on since the inception of GoT. With this much buildup, there’s no way showrunners could’ve come up with an answer that would satisfy everyone.
Tonight’s bombshell episode wraps up the Game of Thrones series once and for all. If you’ve been following the news, then you know fans aren’t exactly thrilled with how season eight has panned out. Derision for the show hit critical mass last week when a petition surfaced on Change.org urging HBO to remake season eight with “competent writers.” It amassed more than 800,000 signatures. (Lili Reinhart was not one of them.)
Jessica Chastain was one of the celebrities who voiced their concerns over how GoT‘s eighth season unfolded. After Sansa’s sexual assault was framed as an “empowering” growth lesson, the Molly’s Game actress tweeted, “Rape is not a tool to make a character stronger. A woman doesn’t need to be victimized in order to become a butterfly. The #littlebird was always a Phoenix. Her prevailing strength is solely because of her. And her alone. #GameOfThrones.”
Now that GoT is over, fans have the prequel starring Naomi Watts to look forward to. The show doesn’t have a premiere date, but it’s reportedly titled Bloodmoon. I’m already invested.
We’ve had a slew of portraits of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s brood of mini-royals recently, but a new batch released by Kensington Palace on Sunday (May 19) might just be the most adorable ones yet. There’s some tough competition, too: In April, Middleton took new portraits of Prince Louis just before his first birthday. A week later, Middleton also shared new photos of Princess Charlotte in honor of the little one’s fourth birthday. It’s safe to say the kids have been looking as adorable as ever, but the new photos of those two, plus Prince George, might just take the cake. Bonus: Will and Kate appear in some, too.
The new portraits, released by Kensington Palace on Sunday, were taken amid the flora at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show, which kicks off this week. But not just any gardens: The setting for the pics is a “Back to Nature”-themed garden the duchess designed herself for the event, inspired by how time spent outdoors benefits not just kids, but people’s well-being in general.
And honestly, the garden looks pretty dreamy. That’s partly thanks, no doubt, to some special assistants: George, Charlotte, and Louis apparently helped collect sticks, leaves, and pine cones from their home for the garden.
The pictures also capture a special milestone: Prince Louis is walking! (P.S. Those overalls he’s wearing? Prince George wore them first, back in 2014.)
The duchess is also pictured playfully swinging on a seat in the garden and working on its creation with some of the flower show’s teammates. There’s a secret nod to the children’s grandmother, Princess Diana, that Middleton worked into her forest garden, too: Look at the photo of Middleton in the rope swing, and you’ll see some forget-me-nots in there—Di’s favorite flower.
The garden ties in to Middleton’s larger work as a royal: “The Duchess has committed to making early childhood development the focus of her work in the years to come, and believes that providing children with the opportunity to spend time outdoors can play an important role,” Kensington Palace’s caption for one of the pictures reads.
“I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children,” she told the BBC. “I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”