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Game of Thrones small council: Who will die beyond the Wall?

<i>With the seventh season of</i> Game of Thrones <i>in full swing, EW’s Darren Franich and Shirley Li venture into the weeds of Westeros every week to untangle the latest burning questions, ruminate over theories, and trace the show’s remaining connections to the unfinished books. Consider it EW’s small</i> …

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The 11 characters mostly likely to get killed on 'Game of Thrones' this week, ranked by who's the most toast

<b>Note: The author of this post has not watched the leaked episode of "Game of Thrones."</b><p>On "Game of Thrones," basically anyone can be killed — and at any time.<p>This week, Jon Snow and his Dream Team of Westerosi misfits go beyond the wall to fulfill their mission of capturing a wight, which means …

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Game of Thrones season 7, episode 5: Who died in Eastwatch?

Taking stock with some spoilers from Game of Thrones season 7, episode 5 as we look at who didn’t make it and died in ‘Eastwatch’<p><i>SPOILER WARNING:</i> …

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Game of Thrones Hope Chest: which supposedly dead characters do you want to see return?

Both the books and the TV show frequently tease their audiences with fake deaths. So who isn’t really dead?<p><i>Game of Thrones</i> has never been about giving readers or viewers what they most want. Its author and screenwriters prefer to build fan expectations, then overturn them for narrative impact — and …

Ellaria Sand

Where Dancers Shine Beyond Their Usual Specialties

VAIL, Colo. — Since the two galalike signature events of the annual Vail Dance Festival were star-studded, it’s tempting to survey them just by dropping names. After all, on Friday here, Misty Copeland (never more mettlesome) and Marcelo Gomes (richly smoldering) danced Twyla Tharp’s “Sinatra …

Ballet

Game of Thrones: Will Arya’s New Weapon Take Down the Night King?

Answering 11 burning questions.<p>This post contains frank discussion of Season 7, Episode 4 of <i>Game of Thrones:</i> “The Spoils of War.” If you’re not caught up or don’t want to be spoiled, now would be the time to leave. Seriously, I won’t warn you again. Skedaddle.<p>Are they gone? Good! That was an …

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Cranky Baby? Feeding Isn’t the Only Answer

Feeding a hungry baby can seem like one of the most basic tasks of parenthood, but right from the beginning, the way an individual baby eats, gains weight and grows is a complicated parent-child mix of behavior and biology.<p>Part of the equation is whether the baby is actually hungry, or whether …

Babies

‘Game of Thrones’ Deaths: Every Major One So Far

All men must die on “Game of Thrones” — and women and children as well. Sometimes beloved characters depart much too soon, and sometimes villains get their just deserts. Here, we look back at notable deaths of “Thrones” characters — ranked from devastating to delicious — and hear from some of the …

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This 1 line of 'Game of Thrones' dialogue could have a huge fallout for this character

<b>Warning: Contains spoilers for</b> <i>Game of Thrones</i> <b>Season 7, Episode 3.</b><p>Lady Olenna said a lot of things about Cersei before she died. None of them were particularly complimentary.<p>If there's one thing that will go further towards shaking Jamie Lannister's resolve than anything else, though, it was her …

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Dahlia 'Night Queen'

‘Game of Thrones’ killed off one fan favorite but regained another

Past seasons of “Game of Thrones” have been rife with great dialogue from quick-witted characters, but this season has been different. With all the action accelerated now that Daenerys has made it to Westeros, there hasn’t been time for talking, especially not the ornamental sparring that delivers …

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'Game of Thrones' fans had trouble closing their mouths over Lady Olenna's closing scene

<i>Hey there, dear reader, there's going to be some spoilers for Season 7, episode three of</i> <b>Game of Thrones</b> <i>here so, ya know, tread carefully.</i><p>In the final scene of tonight's <i>Game of Thrones</i> episode, we saw the heartbreaking death of Lady Olenna of House Tyrell, as well as her blistering revenge.<p>As Jaime …

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We just lost one of the best 'Game of Thrones' characters in the most brutal way possible

This post is dark and full of spoilers for <i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 7, episode 3, "The Queen's Justice."<p>Lady Olenna Tyrell's death was brutal — but not for her. The Queen of Thorns certainly lived up to her name in episode 3, and Jaime Lannister will be feeling the sting of her barbs long after her …

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Game of Thrones' Jessica Henwick and others on the moment they knew their characters were goners

Jessica Henwick's bullwhip-slinging Sand Snake Nymeria met her untimely end by the strangling hands of Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) on last Sunday's …

Keyboards are overrated. Cursive is back and it’s making us smarter

The proliferation of devices in daily life has led to an international handwriting crisis. Teachers, parents, and politicians around the world are debating why they should bother spending time teaching what some say is a dated skill. Accustomed as we are to speedy, wifi-connected devices, we’ve …

Vladimir Nabokov

Game of Thrones' worst characters died as they lived — being useless

We hardly knew you, or cared<p><i>Spoilers ahead for</i> <b>Game of Thrones</b><i>season 7, episode 2</i><i>,</i> <i>“Stormborn.</i><i>”</i><p>As <i>Game of Thrones</i>’ “Stormborn” episode came to an end, so did the road for two of the three Dornish women known as the Sand Snakes. Nymeria and Obara Sand, facing off against Hot Euron Greyjoy in an …

Ellaria Sand

'Game of Thrones' just solved its biggest problem in one bloody swoop

This post is dark and full of spoilers for <i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 7, episode 2, titled "Stormborn."<p>Welp, looks like <i>Game of Thrones</i> has finally figured out how to fix its Dorne problem.<p>In episode 2 of Season 7, we finally found out what kind of priceless gift Euron Greyjoy intends to give Cersei to …

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Everyone who died on 'Game of Thrones' this week, and how

<i>Macall B. Polay/HBOWarning: Spoilers for "Game of Thrones" season seven, episode two. If you aren't caught up on the series, read at your own risk.</i><p>It wouldn't be "Game of Thrones" without all the deaths. While last week's season premiere was a breath of fresh air — save for the deaths of all the …

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‘Game of Thrones’: This computer model predicts who will be killed off — or survive

Bad news, Game of Throners.<p>Fan favorite Danaerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) has a 91% chance of being killed off before the smash-hit dragons-and-daggers epic reaches its finale.<p>And Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), probably the most-liked character in “Game of Thrones,” isn’t far behind at …

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“Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 2 Recap: Flaming Ships and Demented Laughter

Last week at the end of the “Game of Thrones” première, Dany said, “Shall we begin?” This week, the answer was “We shall!” Episode 2 opens on thunder and lightning at Dragonstone. How apropos for our yellow-haired queen of mayhem. “On a night like this, you came into the world,” Tyrion says. He, …

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Game of Thrones Episode 702 Recap: Au Revoir, Sand Snakes

Plus, Westeros prepares for a Very Important Meeting, and Sam gets a little too into blackhead extraction videos.<p>After a good but slightly ponderous season premiere, “Stormborn” gives the people what we want from prestige television: death and destruction, lesbian kisses, political intrigue, …

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Game of Thrones: Sand Snake actress on that brutal episode ending

<b>The following piece contains spoilers about episode 2 of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season, “Stormborn”</b><p><i>Game of Thrones</i> lost <i>two</i> Sand Snakes at the hands of the murderous Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) during Sunday night’s eventful second episode of season 7 — but the staging of the battle behind the …

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'Dirt Is Good': Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

As a new parent, Jack Gilbert got a lot of different advice on how to properly look after his child: when to give him antibiotics or how often he should sterilize his pacifier, for example.<p>After the birth of his second child, Gilbert, a scientist who studies microbial ecosystems at the University …

Parenting

Can’t Sleep? New Study Says Try Therapy, Not Pills

People with insomnia should try counseling before they turn to pills, which often carry dangerous side-effects, a doctors’ group advised Monday.<p>Specialized counseling can and does work, even if people don’t like doing it and even if doctors often don’t know how to do it, the American College of …

Some ‘Game of Thrones’ Deaths Are Tragic. Others, Not So Much.

All men must die on “Game of Thrones” — and women and children as well. Sometimes beloved characters depart much too soon, and sometimes villains get their just deserts. Here, we look back at notable deaths of “Thrones” characters — ranked from devastating to delicious — and hear from some of the …

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Want To Teach Your Kids Self-Control? Ask A Cameroonian Farmer

In the the 1960s, a Stanford psychologist ran an experiment to study children's self-control.<p>It's called the marshmallow test. And it's super simple.<p>Kids ages 3 to 5 choose a treat — an Oreo cookie, a pretzel stick or a marshmallow. Then researchers give the child brief instructions: You can eat …

Parenting

Veronika Part of American Ballet Theater Announces Her Retirement

Veronika Part, the Russian-born ballerina who has been a principal dancer with American Ballet Theater since 2009, will retire from the company at the end of this season.<p>Her final performance will be on Saturday afternoon alongside the soloists Blaine Hoven and Arron Scott in George Balanchine’s …

Ballet

By the time we teach our sons about rape, it’s 15 years too late

Amy Hatvany sat on the sofa next to her 14-year-old son, on a spring day in Seattle last year, and did something so wrenchingly difficult that many parents never contemplate it. The writer started a conversation which acknowledged that her boy—brought up in a loving home where talking about sex …

Education

Game of Thrones odds: Who will die first in season 7?

In life, all men must die - but first all men must serve, according to the High Valyrian "Valar Morghulis/Valar Dohaeris" of HBO's Game of Thrones. In other words, before death, all men (and women) must first fulfill their purpose - but how does this apply to the show's many characters?<p>Here's our …

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Easy Homemade Chocolate Doughnuts (Gluten-Free)

Check out the Tasty One-Stop Shop for cookbooks, aprons, hats, and more at TastyShop.com: http://bit.ly/2mEBY0e<p>Here is what you'll need!<p>Easy Homemade …