On HBO last night, viewers watched in horror as a power-mad woman sold her soul and devastated a land she claimed to love in order to achieve maximum power at the expense of countless innocents. And there was also an episode of Game of Thrones where Daenerys Targaryen killed a bunch of people.

What? Did you think I was talking about Westeros? Heavens, no. I was talking about the United States of America and Selina Meyer, the lead character of Veep, whose desperate attempt to reclaim her power resulted in a series finale that was as brutal, as biting, and as deeply, powerfully sad as anything the political satire has ever done.

But much like the mad mother of dragons on the network’s flagship series, Veep has been planting these seeds for the better part of a decade. We had front row seats to the creation of a monster, a super-villain, and a stain on a fictional (albeit modeled on our own) history. And while the series chose to reward Selina’s absence of morals, ethics, decency, standards and so-on, it also provided what I hope Game of Thrones can do when it ends next week: it let us know how history treats the Selina Meyer legacy.

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(Welcome to Debate of Thrones, where a panel of Citadel-trained experts explain why someone deserves, or doesn’t deserve, to sit on the Iron Throne. In this edition: Jon Snow knows nothing and would be a terrible king.)

You’ve heard the stories, I know. The bastard son of Eddard Stark has carved out quite the reputation over these past eight years. A man who went beyond The Wall and lived to tell the tale. A man who defended the realm against invasion. A man who took command of the Night’s Watch, died, and came back to life. A man who took back his family home, became King in the North, and allied himself with the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen. All of this while also being a war hero. A leader of men. A commander who draws respect like a magnet draws metallic shards.

Yes, you’ve heard the stories. You’ve heard the tales. You’ve heard the songs. But do you know the truth? Do you know why Jon Snow (or Jon Stark, or whatever other name may be lurking in the dark crevices of his family tree) sounds too good to be true? Because he is too good to be true. This is just another case of a Westerosi man with noble blood and luscious hair continuously failing upwards, inching closer and closer to the Iron Throne with each fumble. There are few men in our Seven Kingdoms who should be kept further away from a seat of power.

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Spider-Man Far From Home - Mysterio

Superhero comics have always been a playground for the imagination, more so than any other creative medium. If you have a great idea for a dead character, there’s always a way to bring them back. If you have a great idea that shatters the laws of the natural world, well, grab the hammer and get to work. For better or worse, anything is possible in a universe inhabited by costumed heroes with super powers, and the film adaptations of these stories have only just begun to explore the real (and bonkers) possibilities.

The new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home nods toward a concept that should be familiar to comic book readers, but feels like new ground for cinemas. If what it’s suggesting turns out to be true, the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe just got a whole lot bigger in ways we were not expecting. And it means a crazy new era of possibilities for these characters and their world. Unless it turns out to be, well, something else. But we’ll talk about that too.

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Peter Mayhew Dead

Peter Mayhew, the imposing English actor who originated the role of Chewbacca in Star Wars and played him for decades beyond, has passed away at the age of 74. While we never saw his face in George Lucas’ iconic universe, it’s hard to imagine the series without this loyal Wookiee – and it’s impossible to imagine the character without everything Mayhew brought to the part.

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Succession Season 2 Trailer

When Game of Thrones ends in a few weeks, don’t let your HBO subscription lapse. Use it to finally watch Deadwood before it returns with that long-awaited finale movie. Use it to catch up on Big Little Lies in time for the new season. And most importantly, use it to learn that Succession is one the best new shows the network has made in ages and that the upcoming second season should be a massive event.

HBO’s underrated gem about the world’s wealthiest dysfunctional family returns this August and a new trailer makes it clear that this acid-tongued joyride through the murkiest depths of America’s One Percent hasn’t lost a step. Watch it below.

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and the resort is getting a makeover. Actually, two makeovers. First there’s the new stuff: the recently opened Toy Story Land section, the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and under-construction Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction. And now there’s the new logo, which feels like an active attempt to sell visitors on this park’s refreshed identity, which has undergone a massive change in the past decade.

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Even if you don’t watch Game of Thrones, you may have heard about “The Long Night,” the biggest battle in the history of the HBO series…and one that many viewers said they couldn’t see. Literally. Rather than stage a traditional war scene, director Miguel Sapochnik chose to cloak much of the conflict in darkness and shadow, pushing many consumer-grade televisions to the brink and leading to ongoing online arguments about whether or not this choice heightens the tension or diminishes it.

And now, we have something of a response from someone involved in making the episode. Cinematographer Fabian Wagner has chimed about the whole thing and he’s sticking to his guns about the creative choices the crew made.

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At 165 minutes, Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained already feels like an epic. And now, his grand and bloody revisionist western is about to become even more super-sized. The Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds director has confirmed to /Film that he is working on a director’s cut of the Oscar-winning film, which he intends to release after he has finished Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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Here is it is. The biggest battle in Game of Thrones history. And it was a huge letdown.

But does the failure of big action mean “The Long Night” itself was a total failure? Not necessarily. Because nestled in that murky brawl were scenes of sublime beauty, unforgettable misery, and triumph that has been years in the making. Let’s sort through this.

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Every MCU Character After Avengers Endgame

Avengers: Endgame has been billed as a final chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, and, well, it is. Definitively. While there are still plenty of adventures to be had and sequels to be made, watching this film is like turning the final page of a large book. There’s a powerful sense of closure, even as you know a second volume is on the way.

But this movie gives us a chance to regroup and find our bearings. It puts the remaining pieces of the Marvel universe together so we can get a status update on just about everyone – alive, dead, or piles of dust. So before we launch into the next era of the MCU, let’s run down where everyone is, where they are going, and whether or not they still draw breath when the credits roll on Endgame.

Major spoilers ahead.

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