What to Read After Game of Thrones

This Sunday saw the end of HBO’s Game of Thrones. No matter what your feelings are about the finale, one thing is certain: our time with the show’s many characters, one way or another, is over.

But while we’ve had to say goodbye to the world of Westeros (this version, at least; George R.R. Martin has said that no current characters will be in any of the Game of Thrones spin-offs), there are reams of other epic fantasy tales out there for GOT fans to try out.

So many, in fact, that you can find novels with protagonists similar to your favorite female GOT characters. Here’s a list of books to try out if you’re craving more time with the Game of Thrones women.

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The Case For Arya Stark and Gendry

(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: a kingdom ruled by Arya Stark and Gendry Baratheon would be just…and it would save lives.)

Many have died in the never-ending battle for the Iron Throne, and many more will be killed before this time of strife in the Seven Kingdoms is over. However, the killing of the Night King – the malevolent force who vowed to end all of humanity – has changed the game. What the Battle of Winterfell has taught us is that Westeros needs no one. No one, that is, except Arya Stark.

Forget dragons. Forget mercenary, elephant-less armies. Whoever’s left alive in Westeros after Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen destroy each other will be pining for how things were under the reign of Robert Baratheon and/or loyal to the person who saved the world from complete destruction. Arya Stark, the killer of the Night King, and her beau Gendry, newly appointed Lord Gendry Baratheon of Storm’s End, fulfill both of those needs and more.

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The Magicians Season 4 Finale Review

Wow.

I came into the Season 4 finale of The Magicians ready for some major shit to go down, especially since showrunners John McNamara and Sera Gamble have been hinting that this finale will be particularly intense, and intense it was.

WARNING: Major spoilers ahead!

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The Magicians The Secret Sea Review

The two major story arcs this season of The Magicians—the journey of the Eliot-Monster and the Library’s steady descent toward fascism—come together in a murderous way this episode and tee up next week’s finale to be one full of more murders. Who will be killed next week, however, remains to be seen: Will the old gods die, hunted down by the Evil Eliot and Evil Julia? Will Quentin and Alice die as they face off against the evil siblings? Will Kady allow herself to be poisoned to death in order to be with Penny40 (was she the one Penny40 saw in the elevator in an earlier episode)? Will Eliot and Julia regain control of their bodies or will they become annihilated by the entities that possess them? Will Josh be a fish forever?

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The Magicians The 4-1-1 Review

“The 4-1-1” begins with a lot of the gang back together in New York City, a rare moment on this ensemble show, and one—given all the storylines that need to be tied up in the last three episodes—that’s necessarily short-lived. After Margo debriefs Quentin, Julia, Penny23 and Alice on her musical journey to the desert (she has ice axes to kick the evil god out of Eliot!), the crew splits into different groups again with seemingly disparate missions.

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NOS4A2 Review

At WonderCon in Anaheim, California this weekend, AMC announced that June 2 will see the premiere of their adaption of Joe Hill’s book, NOS4A2, which stars Zachary Quinto as the vampiric, Christmas-loving Charlie Manx, and Ashleigh Cummings as the young Vic McQueen, who tries to rescue his victims.

In addition to the release of a new trailer (which features children with pointy teeth and puts Manx and Vic clearly at odds with each other), WonderCon attendees also got a chance to see the full first episode of the series. The pilot is creepily good, with showrunner Jami O’Brien capturing the horror that fans of the book will instantly recognize.

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Legion season 3

I could try to describe the clip that kicked off Friday night’s Legion WonderCon panel. I could attempt to explain how creator Noah Hawley uses colors, how Lauren Tsai’s character, Switch, moves around her world wearing bright red headphones and a yellow fur-like coat. Or I could talk about how the scene’s different languages and sounds are integral to Switch and her surroundings, whether she’s listening to a voice giving her time travel lessons, telling her things like, “The present is not just a date, it’s a feeling;” “Nostalgia is your enemy,” and; “Time is a jungle filled with monsters,” or hearing the static of the radio as she tries to tune in to station 89.1 to find out about an orange fish.

Or maybe I could mention how she’s following the advice listed on flyers stapled to telephone poles, flyers that tell her to find the pregnant virgin and to not trust the mustache. Or that she ends up following a red double decker bus full of women in bright yellow dresses to a place odder than the oddest clothing store you could imagine, where reality bends like a kaleidoscope and employees burst into song as she crawls through a human-sized hamster tube that tunnels through different planes of existence.

Or maybe I could just sit there, slack-jawed and wide-eyed as I clutch the discordantly mundane Legion baseball cap that each audience member received to my chest. Legion is entering its third and final season, and we’re in store for another unbelievable experience.

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Dark Phoenix trailer Sophie Turner

At this weekend’s WonderCon in Anaheim, California, the cast of X-Men: Dark Phoenix took the stage to promote what may be the last installment of the X-Men cinematic world as we’ve known it now that Disney has officially acquired 20th Century Fox. Despite it being the end of an era, first-time director Simon Kinberg (though long-time screenwriter, including X-Men: Apocalypse and Fantastic Four) promises Dark Phoenix will be something new, even though we’ve seen a version of the Dark Phoenix story in the 2006 film, X3: The Last Stand. “This is the first X-Men movie that goes out into outer space,” Kinberg said to the WonderCon crowd. “It’s the first X-Men that has an alien in it, that does a lot of things that we weren’t able to do with X3.

The audience got to see some of film firsthand during the panel, with Kinberg and producer Hutch Parker screening a 10-minute clip from the movie. Below is a brief recap of what was shown, so this is your spoiler warning if you want to go into Dark Phoenix completely fresh.

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Godzilla King of the Monsters TV spot

Warner Bros./New Line highlighted three of its upcoming films during their panel this Saturday at WonderCon in Anaheim, California. While the new trailer for Annabelle Comes Home debuted and footage from Shazam was screened, the real treat came from the section dedicated to the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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Magicians All That Hard Glossy Armor Review

This season’s much anticipated musical episode of The Magicians has some great song covers, which range from sweet ballads to empowering anthems. On the softer side, there’s Hale Appleman serenading Summer Bishil with Al Jolson’s and Bing Crosby’s “Beautiful Dreamer,” as well as getting his groove on to The Pretenders’ “Don’t Get Me Wrong.” On the louder side, we have members of the gang (well, projections of the gang from Margo’s mind) triumphantly singing Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Storm Coming.”

All the songs, however, reflect Margo’s introspective journey while she’s in the desert searching for magic to save Eliot and, as almost an aside, liberating a desert community (and wrongly imprisoned red sand demons) from oppressive, patriarchal rulers. Read More »