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    luann tom dagostino marriage slap real housewives new york city Getty Images

    The INSIDER Summary

    • "Real Housewives of New York City" star LuAnn De Lesseps re-married in December 2016 to Tom D'agostino.
    • Her relationship to her new husband, Tom D'agostino, has been a dramatic storyline on the Bravo reality show.
    • A report says that the couple got into an argument at a New York City restaurant and that LuAnn slapped Tom.
    • She addressed the report on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," saying it wasn't a slap but more like a "tap."
    • She says her tumultuous marriage is a result of the couple's "passionate love affair."

     

    One would expect that "Real Housewives of New York City" star LuAnn D'agostino, aka The Countess, would want to completely shut down a report from Page Six that she slapped her new husband, businessman Tom D'agostino, at an upscale NYC restaurant.

    But she kind of partially confirmed the report. At first she said she didn't slap him, but then she clarified what she really meant.

    "It was more of a tap than a slap,"she said on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" on Wednesday. "It was a lovers' quarrel. I think all couples go through these things."

    LuAnn's imperfect relationship with Tom has been an ongoing storyline on the Bravo reality show. Several cast members had actually brought proof of his cheating on her during their engagement to her attention. Despite the infidelity stories, LuAnn married Tom last December.

    In general, LuAnn said that her tumult ous marriage to Tom is a result of their "very passionate love affair."

    "Tom and I are very passionate and very much in love with each other and things happen," the 52-year-old also said. "Unfortunately, we are very much public people and so everybody likes to talk about it. From the 'Housewives' to the restaurant, it's very hard to keep privacy."

    Watch The Countess address the reports below:

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    dean bacheloretteThe INSIDER Summary:

    • Dean Unglert was on "The Bachelorette."
    • Rachel Lindsay didn't pick him.
    • He says he isn't "ready" to be the next bachelor.
    • But he will be on "Bachelor in Paradise."


    Dean Unglert won fans over on ABC's "The Bachelorette" and they were sad to see him go when Rachel Lindsay sent him packing after the hometown date on this week's episode.

    But if fans were hoping to see Unglert, 26, back on television as the star of "The Bachelor," they may be even more disappointed. 

    In an interview with E! News, Unglert admitted that he isn't "ready" to be the next one looking for love as the leading man. 

    "I just don't think I'm ready for it," Dean said. "I just think that from an emotional standpoint, I need to figure out a lot more about myself before I dive in and be the lead of anything. I think I have a ways to go before I'm ready for something like that."

    He isn't denying a possible stint on the dating show though. 

    "I don't want to say I have no interest in being the Bachelor, I just think I still have a lot of personal growth to do before I'm ready for something like that," he said.

    Unglert isn't going away just yet. He will appear on "Bachelor in Paradise" when the show returns August 14. 

    See more from the E! News interview here.

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    Ryan Seacrest of “American Idol” fame shares the story of how he first got his gig as the show's host. Following is a transcript of the video.

    ALYSON SHONTELL: Take me back to getting the first “Idol” gig. And that was really your breakthrough moment, it seemed like. How did you audition for it? Walk me through that process of landing that in the first place.

    RYAN SEACREST: There was already a host for the show and I auditioned to be the co-host and I remember they were looking for people — around the country they were doing auditions for the host and as I went into one meeting, they actually started the meeting by talking to me about being a judge for the show and I said, “let me audition to be a host.” And I auditioned, and I got the job and then I got asked back. So, and it happened very fast. I remember I auditioned on a Friday and I think I started working on a Saturday. Nothing ever happens as planned.

    Well, I mean, Simon — he created the show and he created a show with a certain vision and I think my job has always been and, and is to be someone that that moves something along, but also the key to being a part of it and being a successful part of it is also not putting yourself in front of everything, too.

    I mean like I lay back, I stand back, let moments happen. And, I'm not the star of the show. The artist that is competing to win is the star of the show. And once you understand that dynamic then hopefully you get to stick around.

    SHONTELL: One thing I read in The Hollywood Reporter piece was that there was actually some fierce salary negotiations going on. At one point you maybe thought about walking away with removing your name from being in consideration. So, talk me through the salary negotiations and tips you might have for helping others get what they need.

    SEACREST: Well, I think the priority in anything is always the product and the quality of the product and that has been at the top of the list ever since we've talked about bringing back “Idol” — ever since I said on “Idol” at the end, “for now, goodbye for now.” So that's been what we've been focused on the most and I think that when you, when you have a, a great show, a great product, great storytelling, then it works and that's what we're focused on, so.

    SHONTELL:  But you didn't answer my negotiations for salary thing.

    SEACREST: I’m negotiating the answer.

    SHONTELL:  Okay, fine. I'll let you skirt around that one just because we are short on time. You're lucky.

     

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    Youtube TV 5

    YouTube TV, the $35-per-month live TV streaming service, is coming to 10 new US markets Thursday.

    Here's the list: Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Dallas, Charlotte, and Washington, DC.

    YouTube TV works on iPhone, Android, and Chromecast. It lets you stream about 50 channels live.

    The service also includes an unlimited cloud DVR service so you can go back and stream shows on demand.

    For more on YouTube TV, here's an overview of what it's like to use.

    SEE ALSO: More details on how YouTube TV works

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    Netflix has surged to a new high after a period as one of the market's most-hated stocks. The company is a modern TV network, boasting easy convenience. It also has way more growth potential than people normally think, similar to tech juggernaut Amazon. The company has almost infinitely more shelf space than the broadcast networks with which it competes, and that will only continue as it spends more and more on content.

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    scooby doo shocked

    The INSIDER Summary:

    • A lot of people think Scooby-Doo's real name is Scoobert Doobert.
    • It's not.
    • His first name is Scoobert, but a 1988 episode of "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo" shows that his last name is Doo.


    Nobody can say for sure who was first to screw the pooch, but Urban Dictionary is most likely the culprit.

    In October 2013, the website defined “Scoobert” as “Scooby-Doo’s real f---ing name. I’m not kidding. Scoobert Doobert.”

    Urban Dictionary may have been the first to get Scooby’s name wrong, but it certainly wasn’t the last.

    In December 2013, months after Urban Dictionary’s erroneous definition became the most trusted on the site, BuzzFeed’s Ryan Broderick, an explorer of all things weird internet, tweeted out what he — and many — believed to be Scooby-Doo’s real name.

    Broderick didn’t know it at the time, but he was contributing to the spread of what the Big Brown Dog himself would call “rake rews.” Not that the veracity of the claim has ever particularly mattered to the internet, which from here would birth a viral meme.

    But unfortunately, the internet’s favorite meme is based on a premise that is, well, half true. Scooby-Doo’s real name isn’t Scoobert Doobert. It’s Scoobert Doo.

    Scooby’s full name, “Scoobert,” is revealed in the 1988 Scooby-Doo spinoff "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo," which focuses on Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, Freddy and Velma’s adventures as children who solve mysteries. But Scoobert’s last name, Doo, was confirmed in “It’s a Wonderful Scoob,” a 1985 episode of the short-lived series "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo."

    In that episode, wizard Vincent Van Ghoul (voiced by the incomparable Vincent Price) uses magic to show Scoobert what life would be like for everyone Scooby loves if the dog doesn’t come out of retirement. Scooby had been taking it easy after an awful encounter with a demon.

    Because of Van Ghoul’s spell, we get a glimpse at Scooby’s childhood. And on the day he was born, we see this on Mumsy-Doo’s hospital bed.

    12 ghosts of scooby doo last name

    And there you have it: Mrs. Doo’s last name isn’t Doobert. It’s Doo. So’s Scoobert’s.

    When Mic slid into Broderick’s DMs for comment, the journalist replied that he didn’t approve.

    “I refuse to accept this,” Broderick said. “But if it is true, at least I can have solace in the fact that the producer of both Scooby-Doo live-action films is named Dick Suckle and was born in 1969.”

    That’s true.

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    sean spicer wide

    In the wake of White House press secretary Sean Spicer's resignation, we looked back at actress Melissa McCarthy's many manic impressions of Spicer in "Saturday Night Live" sketches this year. And we found the one skit that best embodied Spicer's turbulent tenure.

    In the best "SNL" Spicer sketch, performed in May, Melissa McCarthy's Spicer first appears in the window outside the White House press room, hiding between the bushes as Sarah Huckabee-Sanders (Aidy Bryant) fills in for him. 

    Spicer then bursts in to spray a journalist with a fire extinguisher, explain the hierarchy of Trump's alleged Russia connections (via the layers of a ridiculous Russian nesting doll), and ride his podium through the streets of Manhattan to Trump Tower. 

    In the final scene, Spicer confronts Alec Baldwin's Trump on "a golf course in New Jersey" and pleads that Trump not replace him with Huckabee-Sanders. Then Spicer and Trump make out.

    Watch the sketch below:  

    SEE ALSO: Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary

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    Glow Erica Parise Netflix

    Netflix posted another blowout quarter earlier this week, but this one was even better than its average subscriber beat.

    Netflix's second-quarter subscriber growth crushed its own forecast of 3.2 million, as the global streaming service signed up 5.2 million new members in the period. It was a record for the second quarter of the year, as the summer months are usually slow for Netflix, and the company even bucked normal seasonality trends by posting sequential growth over the first quarter. For comparison, it added just 1.7 million new members in the quarter a year ago. 

    Sign-ups were strong both at home and abroad: Netflix added 1.07 million new members in the U.S., a new record for the quarter, and 4.14 million internationally, also its best ever for the second quarter and the third-best total for any quarter.

    It's all about content

    There's only one possible explanation for Netflix's explosive growth last quarter: content. Without any new territories to expand to, Netflix must attract new subscribers with its entertainment, and it did so last quarter with its biggest-ever slate of original releases.

    Those include 14 new seasons of series, 13 comedy specials, six documentaries, two documentary series, nine feature films, and seven seasons of TV for kids. That level of production for just a three-month period puts Netflix in a league of its own. Not one of competitors -- including HBO, network TV stations, or Amazon -- can compare with that output.

    CEO Reed Hastings put all the credit for the quarterly growth on the content, saying on the conference call, "I think we're just seeing the rewards of doing great content." The quarter's releases included popular debut shows like 13 Reasons Why and GLOW, and new seasons of the two series that have become the company's tentpoles, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. The film Okja also received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and could be the company's first feature film hit.

    Not just quantity

    The breadth of Netflix's content may explain its accelerating subscriber growth, but it's not just the quantity that's improving. It's also the quality. The streamer received a company record 91 Emmy nominations when they were announced last week. As the chart below shows, nominations have been soaring as the company has dived into original content.

    netflix emmy noms

    Netflix has gone from just 13 Emmy nominations in 2013 to 91 this year, challenging Time Warner's HBO for supremacy. Five of the 14 series that were nominated for best drama or comedy went to Netflix shows, including Stranger ThingsThe Crown, House of Cards, Master of None, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. HBO scored 111 nominations to lead the pack, but Netflix's surge begs the question of when it will overtake HBO as the critical darling for television programming. Hastings would certainly claim it as a big prize if his company beat HBO at the Emmy Awards.

    The lesson here for Netflix investors is that the growing investments in content are overwhelmingly justified. While some observers, like my colleague Evan Niu, worry about the increasing debt load, the acceleration in subscriber growth shows that it's worth it. Netflix grew from 50 million to 100 million subscribers in just three years. With a growing and improving slate of content that's made the company the first name in home entertainment, Netflix could hit 150 million even faster than that.

    Jeremy Bowman owns shares of Netflix. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends AMZN and Netflix. The Motley Fool recommends Time Warner. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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    Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones seaon seven

    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season seven, including speculation of future events.

    Winter arrived to San Diego Comic-Con when the "Game of Thrones" cast made an appearance for a panel Friday, and treated fans to a new teaser for season seven. The trailer showed scenes from the upcoming episodes and fans more or less lost their minds at one key scene.

    The new clip shows King Jon Snow addressing the northern lords.

    "We can't defeat the Night King's army on our own," he said. "Daenerys has dragon fire."

    For many, this was a huge step forward in the "Game of Thrones" story. Jon has finally said Daenerys' name out loud for the first time on the show and he seems eager to travel south and make an alliance with the Mother of Dragons.

    In addition to the excitement of seeing these two major players in the same place, people were swooning over the potential for a romantic connection between Jon and Daenerys — even though she's technically his aunt.

    This isn't the first time fans have lost their minds over the prospect of Jon and Daenerys being linked on the series. In 2016, photographer Peggy Sirota shared a photo of Kit Harington (Jon) and  Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) kissing. The shot was just from a Rolling Stone photo shoot, but fans went nuts over the thought of their characters hooking up in the series.

    However, as we mentioned, Jon and Daenerys are related. Last season, we learned that Lyanna Stark is Jon's mother. Then HBO released a graphic confirming a longtime fan theory — Rhaegar Targaryen (Daenerys' dead brother) is Jon's father. This means Daenerys is Jon's aunt.

    Seeing as "Game of Thrones" generally takes no issue with the occasional incestuous relationship, perhaps this won't be a problem for the two potential love birds.

    For more juicy details from the newest "Game of Thrones" trailer, read our breakdown of the most important revelations.

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    Dolores on horse westworld

    The INSIDER Summary:

    • HBO released new footage of "Westworld" season two at San Diego Comic-Con.
    • The scenes show chaos in the park.
    • Several key figures are back, including the Man in Black and Stubbs.
    • Watch the new trailer below.
    • Read our breakdown of all the new revelations here.

     

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    Lawrence and Issa in apartment Insecure

    "Showrunners" is a new podcast from INSIDER, a series where we interview the people responsible for bringing TV shows to life. The following is a highlight from our interview with Prentice Penny, the showrunner of HBO's comedy series "Insecure."

    Subscribe to "Showrunners" on iTunes here!

    "Insecure" is an HBO comedy series that tells the story of two women — Issa and Molly — as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationships, careers, and their own friendship. Season one ended with a dramatic breakup between Issa and her boyfriend Lawrence, so what can viewers expect to see when season two returns on Sunday?

    INSIDER spoke with showrunner Prentice Penny about the upcoming themes for "Insecure."

    "Imagine your friends, who are like single, fresh off a break-up, and the mistakes they make and the things they do when they're getting back out there," Penny said. "Our characters will also probably make those same mistakes."

    Penny said his team of writers was conscious of not repeating too many ideas that made season one successful.

    "We're trying to be 80% of what you already love about this show, if you like it, and then like 20% new things," he said. "You want to give people what they love about the show and not deviate, but you also have to insert new things."

    Melina Matsoukas Issa Rae Prentice Penny at Insecure season two premiere LA 2017 Getty

    Part of the new approach will include additions to the cast.

    "We have new characters coming in and we're expanding our characters' worlds," Penny said. "I think thematically what we're trying to explore is these are people who are hurting. Molly's trying to [deal with] being crushed by having these fairy tale things in her life come apart, and Issa and Lawrence are obviously coming off of being broken up."

    Season one ended with Issa going to back to her shared apartment with Lawrence and hoping to reconcile, only to see that he had left and seemingly moved on.

    "I think that's what we're dancing around — the choices people make when they're in those raw, vulnerable places," Penny said. "Sometimes they're smart choices, and sometimes they're not. It's more fun when they're not, but I think we're just trying to explore those things and keep building out the world so it feels fresh. Our tendency now is to just worry about, 'Are we telling the best stories for this character based on where they're at?' We can't be last year. We have to be this year."

    Watch footage from our interview with Prentice Penny below:

    Or listen to the full episode of "Showrunners" featuring Prentice Penny below:

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    jake paul youtube

    The INSIDER Summary

    • Jake Paul and Disney Channel said they mutually agreed that the former Vine and YouTube video star will be leaving "Bizaardvark."
    • Paul played Dirk Mann, a lead role on the series.
    • "Bizaardvark" is set to continue production on its second season on Sunday without Paul.
    • The social media star is known for his outlandish stunts and pranks, and has been accused of turning his formerly quiet West Hollywood neighborhood upside-down.

    Jake Paul, one of the stars of "Bizaardvark," is leaving the Disney Channel series, which is currently airing its second season. He won’t be back when production on Season 2 resumes tomorrow. Filming is slated to continue through the summer and wrap in the fall.

    “We’ve mutually agreed that Jake Paul will leave his role on the Disney Channel series 'Bizaardvark,'” a spokesperson for the network said in a statement. “On behalf of the production company, the cast and crew, we thank Jake for his good work on the TV series for the past 18 months and extend our best wishes to him.”

    The network declined further comment on the reasons for the departure but the decision comes as YouTuber-turned-Disney star Paul has been making local headlines in Los Angeles with complaints he had been getting from neighbors over alleged partying and pranks at his West Hollywood rental house.

    On "Bizaardvark," Paul played Dirk Mann, the star of "Dare Me Bro," where he takes dare requests that he performs. He had been one of the series five leads, alongside Madison Hu, Olivia Rodrigo, DeVore Ledridge, and Ethan Wacke.

    Paul also issued a statement about his exit on Twitter:

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    Maeve Westworld finale

    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Westworld" season two, including speculation of future events.

    HBO surprised fans by releasing new footage from "Westworld" season two at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday evening. The new trailer was set to a telling tune by Sammy Davis Jr. —"I've Gotta Be Me" — and emphasized the robot revolution that was triggered on the season one finale.

    With familiar faces (including Stubbs and William/the Man in Black) back, along with a tantalizing clue that indicates other "worlds" in the park, there was a lot to take in.

    Let's dive into the biggest takeaways from the exciting new footage.

    The trailer opens on the player piano and then cuts to a shot of Bernard/Arnold.

    We learned last season that "Bernard" was really a host created in Arnold's image by Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins). Bernard discovered this for himself, as well, and watched as Ford's plot to bring Dolores' consciousness alive unfolded. 

    A small detail we love in this shot are the flies all over Bernard. Flies were a big symbol throughout the series of the hosts' increasing level of consciousness and breaks from their programming.



    Bernard seems to be looking at a dead tiger washed up on the shore of a body of water. This is likely at hint at "S-World."

    On the season one finale, Maeve and her fellow host-crew killed their way through the park headquarters as she attempted to escape. As they passed through a set of doors, a logo reading "SW" was visible. Fans believe this stands for something like "Southworld" or "Samurai/Shogun World."

    Seeing a tiger in Westworld with Bernard will only stir up more speculation about additional theme worlds nearby. Cocreator Jonathan Nolan wouldn't confirm the name of the world, but we know it involves Samurai.



    We also see a figure hung from their feet, desperately trying to reach a gun.

    Whoever this is, they're clearly in a bind, which seems to be a recurring theme in the trailer.



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    dwayne the rock johnson rich

    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. According to Forbes, the former WWE star made $65 million per year, beating out the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and his "Fast and Furious" co-star Vin Diesel.

    One of the hardest working people in show business, Johnson stars in movies like "Moana" and "San Andreas" and TV shows like HBO's "Ballers," returning for season three on Sunday. He also runs his own production company and does product endorsements.

    With custom cars and extensive charity work, the actor knows how to enjoy himself and spend his hard-earned cash. Here's how The Rock spends his millions.

    Forbes named Johnson one of the world's highest-paid actor for 2017 with a whopping $65 million last year.

    Source: Forbes



    The movie star made a name for himself on TV with HBO's "Ballers," which is starting its third season.



    Johnson is a box-office juggernaut who commands huge pay days for films.

    A few recent hits include:

    "The Fate of the Furious" (2017):$1.2 billion
    "Moana" (2016): $643 million
    "San Andreas" (2015): $474 million



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    jodie whittaker and peter capaldi doctor who

    The INSIDER Summary

    • "Doctor Who"cast Jodie Whittaker as the first woman to play the show's title role.
    • Many fans on social media expressed negative reactions to the casting of a woman.
    • At San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday, the current "Doctor Who" showrunner, Steven Moffat, said that the press created a false narrative of the backlash.
    • Moffat said that an overwhelming majority of the show's fandom are excited about Whittaker.
    • Outgoing “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat blames the media for what he says is a false narrative about the backlash against the casting of a woman in the show’s title role.

    “There has been so many press articles about the backlash among the ‘Doctor Who’ fandom against the casting of a female Doctor,” Moffat said Sunday at Comic-Con. “There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative ‘Doctor Who’ fandom has utterly embraced that change completely — 80 percent approval on social media, not that I check these things obsessively. And yet so many people wanted to pretend there’s a problem. There isn’t.” 

    Jodie Whittaker will take over the role of the Doctor from Peter Capaldi beginning next season. Whittaker will be the 15th actor to play the character, and the first woman.

    “Doctor Who” fans, Moffat said, “are more excited by the fact that there’s going to be a brilliant actress playing the part than the fact that she’s a woman. It’s been incredibly progressive and enlightened and that’s what really happened. I wish every single journalist who is writing the alternative would shut the hell up.”

    Whittaker’s casting was the target of misogynist vitriol on social media, but has been defended by most connected to the show — including Moffat, who is handing over showrunner and executive producer duties to Chris Chibnall.

    Capaldi, who will make his last appearance as the character in the show’s upcoming Christmas special, also praised Whittaker’s casting.

    “I just wanted to say that I think Jodie’s going to be amazing,” Capaldi said. “I spoke to her the other day and she’s so full of excitement and so full of passion about the show. She really, really loves the show, and she’s a brilliant actress. So it’s really thrilling to know that it’s in the hands of someone who cares for it so deeply. And is going to do really, really exciting things with it. She’s a great choice, as far as I’m concerned.”

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    Making the move from music to acting isn't always easy, but some musicians have managed to make the jump.

    One of the most recent transitions is Harry Styles of the band One Direction. The singer, who has since gone solo, is currently starring in Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk and he has been receiving rave reviews for his performance as a soldier. 

    Many other musicians have made similarly successful moves to the big screen. Take a look at 11 musicians who transitioned into actors.

    Harry Styles shot to fame as a member of the hugely popular boy band One Direction.



    He's making his acting debut in"Dunkirk," Christopher Nolan's war film, and has received rave reviews for his performance.

    Read our review here.



    Rihanna rose to fame after Jay-Z signed her to his label and released her first single "Pon De Replay." She now has eight Grammy Awards.

    Source: Billboard



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    Euron is heading back triumphant to King's Landing after successfully overtaking his niece's fleet of ships next week on "Game of Thrones."

    HBO has released the teaser for season seven, episode three, "The Queen's Justice," and it shows Euron bringing his "gift" to Cersei and Grey Worm and his army attacking Casterly Rock. It also looks like Daenerys may get her visit from Jon Snow, although she may also get informed that her plan to take down the Lannisters has had a few hiccups thanks to Euron.

    It should be another action-packed week next Sunday. Season seven, episode three will air July 30. 

    Check out the trailer below:

     

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    Arya Stark Game of Thrones season 7

    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season seven.

    "Game of Thrones" finally delivered one of the most-anticipated reunions yet — Arya Stark and her beloved direwolf Nymeria. 

    Ever since the first season when Arya forced Nymeria to run away (because Cersei would have had the beast killed for attacking Prince Joffrey), people have hoped to see the direwolf again. Fans were slightly faked out by the preview for episode two, which showed a wolf snarling at Arya.

    Though people immediately boarded the hype train and believed it was Nymeria, I thought it looked far too small to be a full-grown direwolf. And boy was I right — when Nymeria actually appeared, her size was staggering.

    Nymeria and Arya Stark Game of Thrones season seven

    "I'm heading north, girl," Arya told her wolf. "Back to Winterfell — I'm finally going home."

    But Nymeria didn't go with Arya. She turned and left instead. And Arya said, "That's not you."

    Just to be clear, that definitely was Nymeria. The showrunners were just using a clever wordplay to call back to a scene between Arya and Ned on the first season. Ned sat down with Arya and told her she would be a lady with children and lord to look after, Arya replied: "That isn't me." 

    David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were drawing parallels between Arya's unruly side and Nymeria's lack of domesticity. 

    "Arya's not domesticated and it makes total sense that her wolf wouldn't be either," coshowrunner D.B. Weiss said in the "Inside the Episode" special after the credits.

    The scene evoked many emotions from fans, who were jumping from their seats with excitement. 

    "Game of Thrones" has been sorely lacking in the direwolf department for several seasons now. Sansa's direwolf, Lady, was executed in place of Nymeria back on the first season. Then Robb's direwolf, Grey Wind, was killed at the Red Wedding on the third season and its head was brutally tied to Robb's body by the Freys for a sick parade of celebration.

    Robb Stark's body after the Red Wedding

    Then Summer, Bran's Direwolf, was unceremoniously killed off when the Night King attacked the Three-Eyed Raven's cave on season six. And shortly thereafter, we learned that Rickon's wolf, Shaggydog, was killed when the young Stark was captured by the Umbers. Fans had to watch Shaggydog's head tossed around twice over the course of season six, just to add salt to the wound.

    Jon Snow's direwolf, Ghost, is still alive — but we haven't seen him since the beginning of the sixth season. 

    So fans were desperate for more direwolf action. After all, we've had plenty of epic dragon scenes over the course of the last season. But the CGI budget constraints have likely meant that the added shots of Daenerys' dragons flying around cut into the budget for direwolves.

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    And the direwolves are most than just badass pets — they have a mystical connection to each Stark descendant (yes, even Jon Snow). Though their powers went largely undeveloped, each Stark kid would have had the ability to warg into their respective direwolf.

    So far only Bran has been given warging powers on the show, but Jon and Arya have both had telling "wolf dreams" in the book series. There's technically still time for the show to go this route with additional Starks, but a more likely scenario is that the series wanted to emphasize Bran's significance and make his warging ability appear more rare.

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    Nymeria's appearance was welcome, even if it was cut short. Arya parted ways with her direwolf once more, but this time with a mutual understanding that they were each on their own path now. Nymeria will presumably continue dominating the pack of wolves in the riverlands while Arya finally turns north and returns to Winterfell. 

    We're hoping this isn't the last time we'll see Nymeria. After all, the great war for Westeros hasn't truly begun yet. Fingers crossed that, when the time comes, Nymeria and her wolf pack will reappear once more and join the fight against the army of the dead. 

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season seven.

    HBO's "Game of Thrones" just fed more fuel to the fire of prophecy with Melisandre and Daenerys Targaryen's first meeting on Sunday's episode, "Stormborn."

    Melisandre teased the possibility that Daenerys might be connected to the rumor prophecy of "The Prince That Was Promised" that keeps cropping up in the series. Daenerys is the third leader in Westeros to whom Melisandre has connected this prophecy of a hero reborn who is destined to fight the coming darkness. First it was Stannis, then Jon Snow, and now Melisandre believes Daenerys has a "role to play," as well.

    We're going to walk through everything you need to know about the prophesied hero and why both Jon Snow and Daenerys are significant contenders.

    The three main accounts of the prophesied hero

    In the world of "Game of Thrones" and George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire," there are multiple accounts told of a legendary hero. Each group has a different moniker for the hero — Azor Ahai, The Prince That Was Promised, and the Last Hero — but the similarities between the tales have led fans to believe that each hero is really the same person.

    Azor Ahai

    Melisandre speaks most frequently about Azor Ahai. When we were first introduced to Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon, she proclaimed him to be Azor Ahai reborn. The legend of Azor Ahai comes from ancient texts in Asshai, and they say that a champion of R'hllor, the Lord of Light, will be reborn to fight a darkness.

    Melisandre and Stannis Game of Thrones Helen Sloan HBO

    "There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world," Melisandre said in Martin's second book. "In this dread hour, a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him."

    The story of Lightbringer is then told to Ser Davos Seaworth by Salladhor Saan. Azor Ahai forged two swords, both of which shattered when he tried to temper the steel (including the second one, which was plunged into the heart of a lion). 

    Then came the third blade. Here's Saan's account of its forging:

    "Great was his woe and great was his sorrow then, for he knew what he must do. A hundred days and a hundred nights he labored on the third blade, and as it glowed white-hot in the sacred fires, he summoned his wife. 'Nissa Nissa,' he said to her, for that was her name, 'bare your breast, and know that I love you best of all that is in this world.' She did this thing, why I cannot say, and Azor Ahai thrust the smoking sword through her living heart. It is said that her cry of anguish and ecstasy left a crack across the face of the moon, but her blood and her soul and her strength and her courage all went into the steel. Such is the tale of the forging of Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes."

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    So Lightbringer is a powerful weapon that was created via the sacrifice of Azor Ahai's greatest love. And for a time, Melisandre claimed Stannis was wielding a fiery sword called Lightbringer. The Red Woman also emphasizes that the hero will be reborn "amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone."

    The Prince That Was Promised

    Melisandre also uses the title "The Prince That Was Promised" (TPTWP) to refer to Azor Ahai, and we hear this title used by other characters as well.

    In the books, Daenerys' vision in the House of the Undying includes a scene of her brother Rhaegar and his wife, Elia Martell. She sees him holding a baby, presumably his second son Aegon, and telling Elia: "He is the Prince That Was Promised, and his is the song of ice and fire."

    There are additional clues within the books that indicated Rhaegar had a slight obsession with this idea of prophecy, and was trying to bring about the hero of the world through his bloodline. Aemon Targaryen (the former maester at Castle Black) also spoke of TPTWP prophecy with Sam Tarly and mentions a bleeding star and smoke and salt — just like Azor Ahai.

    Aemon Targaryen and Sam Game of Thrones Helen Sloan HBO

    Also in the books, Barristan Selmy speaks about a "woods witch" (a book character known to be reliable when it comes to predicting events). The witch said TPTWP would be born from the bloodline of Rhaella and King Aerys Targaryen (the "Mad King" and father to both Daenerys and Rhaegar).

    On season six of the show, Melisandre resurrected Jon Snow and told him he was the "The Prince That Was Promised," reborn with the power of R'hllor for a reason. 

    The Last Hero

    In the North, there is a legend of the Last Hero, who many book readers believe could also be connected to Azor Ahai and TPTWP. Old Nan tells the tale of the Last Hero to Bran in both the books and on the show, though the TV version of her tale is cut short.

    "What do you know about fear?" Nan told Bran on season one. "Fear is for the winter when the snows fall a hundred feet deep. Fear is for the Long Night, when the sun hides for years and children are born and live and die all in darkness ... when the White Walkers move through the woods. Thousands of years ago, there came a night that lasted a generation."

    In the books, her story elaborates on a mysterious hero: 

    "So as cold and death filled the earth, the last hero determined to seek out the [Children of the Forest], in the hopes that their ancient magics could win back what the armies of men had lost. He set out into the dead lands with a sword, a horse, a dog, and a dozen companions. For years he searched until he despaired of ever finding the Children of the Forest in their secret cities. One by one his friends died, and his horse, and finally even his dog, and his sword froze so hard the blade snapped when he tried to use it. And the [White Walkers] smelled the hot blood in him and came silent on his trail, stalking him with packs of pale white spiders big as hounds – ."

    Her story is interrupted, just as it was on the show. But you can see the similarities between the tale of Azor Ahai and the Last Hero. Both are burdened with fighting the darkness spreading across the land, and his weapon is shattered (though this time through the cold and not because he didn't forge it with a human sacrifice).

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    The main identifying markers of the hero

    Before we get to why either Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen might be this prophesied hero, let's review the main identifiers of the would-be savior.

    • A bleeding star will signal their coming.
    • They will be reborn among salt and smoke.
    • They will wield a fiery weapon (possibly called Lightbringer)
    • The weapon's creation will require the sacrifice of their loved one.
    • They will wake "stone dragons."
    • And they must be born from the bloodline of Rhaella and Aerys Targaryen.

    While many fans have speculated about alternate characters who could fit these descriptors, the two main contenders always boil down to either Jon or Daenerys.

    The case for Jon Snow

    On the season six finale, "Game of Thrones" finally showed part of the tragic story of Jon Snow's real parents. His mother, Lyanna Stark, died shortly after giving birth to Jon — but not before begging her brother Ned Stark to take Jon and protect him.

    Ned and Lyanna Stark with Baby Jon Snow Game of Thrones

    His father was really Rhaegar Targaryen (a fact confirmed by HBO in a post-finale blog post), the brother of Daenerys and son of the Mad King Aerys.

    "Promise me, Ned," Lyanna said. "Promise me."

    As other fans have pointed out, the constant emphasis in the books and the show on Lyanna saying "promise me" could be interpreted as a sign that Jon is literally a Prince Who Was "Promised."

    His parentage means he is in the bloodline of Aerys and Rhaella Targaryen. Plus if Rhaegar and Lyanna were somehow secretly married, then he could have a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne as a Targaryen prince.

    How Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are related Game of Thrones family tree

    This also ties back to Daenerys' vision, where Rhaeger seemed to believe his child would be of the "song of ice and fire." If Jon is the only known descendant of House Stark (ice) and House Targaryen (fire), this fits the prophecy.

    This might be where the "waking of stone dragons" comes in for Jon — his secret Targaryen lineage will likely be revealed at some point, making him a symbolic stone dragon coming to life.

    Also, on the show, Ned Stark takes the blood-covered sword of Ser Arthur Dayne with him up to the tower where Lyanna is dying. He sets the blade up against the bed and the shot made sure to focus in on the sword briefly.

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    In the books, we know that Arthur Dayne's sword, Dawn, was made from the material left behind from a fallen star. This means (on the show) that there was a bloody "star" present at Jon's birth.

    Another huge book clue comes from a chapter narrated by Melisandre:

    "I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R’hllor shows me only Snow," she says. Not just snow, but capitalized "Snow"— a clear indicator that the Lord of Light is showing her Jon when she asks to see Azor Ahai.

    As for the salt and smoke, the scene of Jon's assassination by the Night's Watch in the books is slightly different from the show. One of the men who stab him, Bowen Marsh, is described as crying salty tears, and Jon's wounds appear to be smoking. There's also a tie-in to the bleeding star at his death, thanks to another dying man present, whose heraldry is a cluster of stars.

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    The last piece of the puzzle would be Lightbringer and the sacrifice of Jon's "Nissa Nissa." Some believe Jon's Valyrian steel sword would make sense as a pseudo-Lightbringer. The blade can kill White Walker and we know Valyrian steel is forged with an ancient magic.

    As for the sacrifice, some believe Ygritte could serve as Jon's sacrifice, but that's a thin argument. It's possible we haven't yet seen a major sacrifice Jon will make in order to fulfill his role of hero.

    The case for Daenerys Targaryen

    Daenerys is another very strong possibility for Azor Ahai, born on Dragonstone among the salty sea. She literally woke dragons from stone when she placed her fossilized dragon eggs into Khal Drogo's funeral pyre.

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    She was also "reborn" in the smoking flames, emerging unscathed as the Mother of Dragons. And all of this happened right when a red comet, a "bleeding star" appeared in the sky.

    So Khal Drogo could arguably be Daenerys' "Nissa Nissa"if we treat her dragons as Lightbringer. It's not a stretch to call them a fiery weapon capable of defeating darkness, especially since we think dragonfire can kill White Walkers.

    And Aemon Targaryen believes Daenerys is TPTWP. In the books, he tells Sam that "prince" is a misinterpretation of the prophecy.

    "Dragons are neither male nor female [...] but now one and now the other, as changeable as flame," Aemon said. "The language misled us all for a thousand years. Daenerys is the one, born amidst salt and smoke."

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    Then there was the High Priestess of R'hllor, Kinvara, who appeared on season six. She told Tyrion and Varys that Daenerys was the chosen hero meant to fight the coming darkness. So what gives with Melisandre contradicting this belief?

    Where "Game of Thrones" seems to be going with the prophecy

    On season seven, episode two, "Stormborn," Missandei added further evidence regarding the misinterpretation of "prince" in this prophecy.

    "The Long Night is coming," Melisandre told Daenerys. "Only the Prince Who Was Promised can bring the dawn."

    When Daenerys pointed out that she is not a prince, Missandei stepped in to correct the translation.

    "That noun has no gender in High Valyrian," Missandei explained. "So the proper translation would be the prince or princess who was promised."

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    Daenerys turned back to Melisandre. "And you believe this prophecy refers to me?

    "Prophecies are dangerous things," Melisandre told the Dragon Queen. "I believe you have a role to play, as does another. The King in the North — Jon Snow."

    With strong arguments to be made for both Daenerys and Jon, you can also make the case for Azor Ahai needing to be more than one person. As Melisandre seemed to imply, what if Jon and Daenerys combined are the prophesied hero? You could argue that Jon represents ice and Daenerys represents fire, making their connection the "song of ice and fire." 

    Plus Jon would wield the literal sword while Daenerys fought with her dragonfire, and they're both descended from the bloodline of Aerys and Rhaella Targaryen. 

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    Then there's the Last Hero prophecy. Many markings of that hero are connected to Bran Stark's journey — especially the section about him venturing out to meet the Children of the Forest and find a way to fight the White Walkers. Isn't that exactly what Bran's been doing? What if Bran, Jon, and Daenerys are all meant to work in conjunction to fight the coming Night King and his army? Will one of them betray the other and sacrifice them as "Nissa Nissa" in order to truly end the long night?

    George R.R. Martin has spoken about the role of prophecy in his books.

    "Prophecies are, you know, a double edge sword," he said in an interview with Adrias News in 2012."You have to handle them very carefully; I mean, they can add depth and interest to a book, but you don't want to be too literal or too easy."

    While we may never know for certain who Azor Ahai is, we can be sure to expect the unexpected when it comes to the fulfillment of the legends in Martin's universe.

    For more on theories that may come true in the show, read our round up of the 10 likeliest fan predictions.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," titled "Stormborn."

    Alliances were the driving force behind the newest episode of "Game of Thrones."

    On "Stormborn," Daenerys received an unexpected visitor in Melisandre, the Red Priestess who believes she and Jon play a central part in a prophecy about a great hero. Meanwhile in the North, Jon faces a revolt when he decides to accept an invitation from Dany to meet with her in Dragonstone. And while Tyrion thought he had the conquering of Westeros all planned out, an attack by Euron wipes out many of Dany's allies.

    But which moments had fans talking the most?

    Social-media monitoring platform Brandwatch found nearly 37,000 "Thrones"-related mentions on Twitter during the one-hour episode and identified the scenes when conversation peaked.

    Here are the five most talked-about moments from the latest "Game of Thrones" episode:

    5. Fans were enthusiastic about Grey Worm and Missandei's intimate sex scene.

    9:31 p.m. ET – Around 770 mentions

    Missandei visits Grey Worm before he leaves to lead the Unsullied to capture Casterly Rock for Daenerys. After sharing their feelings toward each other, they disrobe. And Grey Worm proves that a eunuch can work his way around his shortcomings in bed.



    4. Sheer excitement as the episode begins and we find Daenerys holding court at Dragonstone.

    9 p.m. ET – Around 850 mentions

    The show opens on a stormy Dragonstone, which may foreshadow Dany's confrontation with Varys, the eunuch who has both served and double-crossed several rulers over his lifetime. Melisandre then follows with a visit to Dany to explain the role she feels the Targaryen plays in the famed "Prince That Was Promised" prophecy.



    3. Fans were thrilled by Arya's reunion with Hot Pie, the King's Landing orphan who traveled with Arya for some time.

    9:39 p.m. ET – Around 890 mentions

    In addition to the thrill of Hot Pie's return, fans were excited when he filled Arya in on Jon Snow's rise to the King of the North. She then sets her course for Winterfell instead of King's Landing.



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