Someone figured out the death totals on ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Walking Dead’

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If you don’t watch Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, you probably at least know that the ubiquitous shows feature unusually high death tolls.

Artist Nantes Ryka wasn’t satisfied not knowing which of the two gory series has actually been the most deathly. So he created a detailed infographic that shows a clear winner (if killing more characters makes something a winner, that is).

Ryka declares The Walking Dead to have caused 1,216 casualties, while Game of Thrones caused a mere 704.

The infographic catalogues the first five seasons of each show. If it weren’t for the casual murderers of more than 1,000 zombies on The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones would have been crowned most deathly. Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ actor Peter Vaughan dies at 93

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Veteran British actor Peter Vaughan, best known for his roles as Maester Aemon on Game of Thrones and British comedy Porridge, has died at the age of 93, according to his agent. 

In a statement released this morning (UK time), Vaughan’s agent said, “This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10:30 this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him.”

Vaughan’s extensive career spanned seven decades and included numerous roles in British television productions but also extended to feature films like horror classic Village of the Damned, Time Bandits, The Razor’s Edge, The Remains of the Day and cult classic Brazil, in which he played the Minister of Information Eugene Helpmann. Read more…

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George R.R. Martin confirms ‘The Winds of Winter’ will not be a happy book

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LONDON — Guess what, Game of Thrones fans? The Winds of Winter, if you can believe it, is not going to be a happy read.

George R. R. Martin has confirmed as much.

While answering questions onstage at Guadalajara International Book Fair, the author addressed the tone of his next instalment.

“There are a lot of dark chapters right now in the book that I’m writing,” he said. “You know, it is called The Winds of Winter, and I’ve been telling you for 20 years that winter was coming. And winter’s the time when things die, and you know… cold, and ice, and darkness fills the world. Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Alfie Allen promises more dragons and torture in Season 7

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LONDON — In the desperate scavenge for crumbs of information about Game of Thrones Season 7, any line — no matter how brief or throwaway — will do.

During a recent appearance at Malta India Fan Con 2016, actor Alfie Allen (a.k.a. everyone’s favourite slowly-redeeming-himself Ironborn, Theon Greyjoy) took questions from Thrones fans.

To be honest, he remained pretty tight-lipped. Despite the audience sneaking in questions about a potential Jon Snow/Daenerys alliance and asking about how the Greyjoys and Daenerys might get on in the next Season, Allen wasn’t giving too much away. Read more…

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George R.R. Martin heads to Mexico before buckling down on ‘Winds of Winter’

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The North remembers, and the South will too. 

George R. R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, will head to Guadalajara on Nov. 30 for the International Book Fair, his last public appearance of 2017 and one of few scheduled between now and when he finishes writing his next book.

Martin will join the conference as a speaker and special guest, where he will do press interviews and a live streaming event in addition to signing books.

“I expect I will be doing some tequila tasting as well,” he wrote on his blog, because what better research for Westerosi history than to drink? Read more…

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‘Hamilton’ and other notable pop culture references in Netflix’s ‘Gilmore Girls’ revival

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This post contains spoilers about Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

LOS ANGELES — It’s been nine years since Gilmore Girls’ seventh and final season came to an end — but that doesn’t mean the Gilmore girls haven’t kept up with their pop culture references.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix’s revival from creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband Dan Palladino, is chock-full of modern call outs from the fast-talking mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory.   

Here are some — but not all — of Mashable’s favorite references in the four-part series. 

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In part one of the series — titled “Winter” — Lorelai catches Rory up on what she’s missed in Stars Hollow. she mentions how the town might lose its phone booth.  Read more…

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