Game of Thrones has been hit hard for disappointed fans on social media. Outraged by the destructed character arcs of ill-fated favorites, fans have slammed season eight’s most recent episodes on Rotten Tomatoes.
Caution! Spoilers Ahead!
Holding steady at 53%, “The Bells”, has been lauded as the worst episode of Game of Thrones to date. While personal opinions may muddy the content of this post, it is safe to say I’m not alone in my beliefs. Twitter users had Episode 5 trending as a moment with 150,000 tweets only 10 minutes after the episode aired. So how bad was it really? Let’s begin with Varys.
The beginning of the episode featured a relatively careless Varys openly discussing treason with one of his little birds, who found employment in the kitchen of Dragonstone. Seemingly encouraged to poison Daenerys’ meals, the little bird informed him she was being watched by The Unsullied. Told by Varys that her actions were for the greater good, the little bird returned to her post. But the infamous master-of-whispers had already uncharacteristically played his hand. He was spotted conversing with a visibly agitated Aegon “Jon” Targaryen by Tyrion, who would later name Varys a betrayer of the “queen”. It wasn’t long before he was shackled by The Unsullied and met his end. Like many others in this episode, Varys would have an unfulfilling death, leaving thousands to wonder how many others would die with incomplete character arcs.
Those who were once so adept at “playing the game” have wound up on the side of the dying with nothing to show for it. However, in their ends, their carefully spun webs of fate differ so greatly from what book readers and theorists surmised. Varys, conniving and careful, was caught red handed. The Mountain was more difficult to kill than The Night King. And Cersei leaves with a whimper instead of a bang? The upending nature of Dan and David’s decisions put the fandom on it’s ass. Viewer response has never been a clearer indicator of what a sour taste this season is leaving in our mouths.
The once essential “Inside the Episode” features have become a J. K. Rowling-esque means of further explaining the plot. Where underdeveloped writing fell short, Dan and David sit to express the whims and wishes of characters. Previously so meticulously worded, character interactions have now been rushed as we edge closer to the end of the plot. Spiraling toward the finale, character arcs have become slopes as steep as mountains and fans have not been kind with their ratings or words. Still, there are some who hold out hope that the series finale will bring it all together.
Do you agree with the criticism Dan and David are facing for season 8? Do you think the series finale will make it all make sense?
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.