What We Need From the Game of Thrones Finale

First, an awkward acknowledgement: This final season of Game of Thrones has been hella uneven. For every incredible high—Ayra shivved the Night King!—there have been scores of lows. (Like, seriously, does anything Tyrion proposes make rational sense?) Granted, the show has a lot of loose ends to tie up, but in doing so, it's left quite a few of us totally frayed. But there's hope. Season 8 may have been a roller coaster up until this point, but Game of Thrones has one final episode left in which it could make everything right. It is possible! It's highly unlikely, but still possible. To that end, WIRED gathered some in-house Thrones enthusiasts—writers Emily Dreyfuss, Emma Grey Ellis, and Peter Rubin, and …

Avengers: Endgame Is Gunning for Avatar‘s Box Office Record

Hello, and welcome to another Monday edition of The Monitor, WIRED's entertainment news roundup. Today, much like last week, we're talking about Avengers: Endgame, which is still ruling the box office. What else? Spider-Man: Far From Home has a new trailer, and the British Royal Family has a new baby. Let's get going! Avengers: Endgame Might Break Avatar’s Box Office Record In less than two weeks, Avengers: Endgame has brought in more than $2 billion globally at the box office. That makes Marvel's latest the second-highest-grossing movie ever—behind Avatar. But here's the thing: It took James Cameron's film 47 days to cross that threshold, and it took the Avengers just 11. Will Endgame break Avatar's $2.8 billion record? Ask us …

Cantina Talk: George Lucas Worked on the Rise of Skywalker Story

It would stand to reason that the weeks following Star Wars Celebration would be light on Star Wars news, considering those five days gave the fans a movie title, a new trailer, lots of details about the Mandalorian TV show and the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park attraction, and all kinds of other smaller tidbits. And yet, there's been a steady stream of news ever since. It is a May the Fourth miracle? Doesn't matter; we'll take it. Your full roundup of Star Wars news is below. Before we go any further, however, we need to note the sad passing of Peter Mayhew, the man who brought Chewbacca to life. He appeared in five Star Wars movies as the …

Game of Thrones Recap: The Problem With Prophecies

Much was made, at the outset of Game of Thrones, about the elemental conflict that loomed at its end: the malign, icy evil creeping silently in the frozen lands beyond the Wall, the fire rising everywhere else to meet it. Blue-eyed wights awoke from the bodies of dead men in the forests of the North; living dragons hatched from stone eggs in the heart of a funeral pyre, and the glass candles of lost Valyria burned with magic for the first time in a hundred years. Laura Hudson Game of Thrones Premiere Recap: Jon Snow Still Knows Nothing Laura Hudson Game of Thrones Recap: That's What Death Is Angela Watercutter What Will Game of Thrones Mean When It's All Over? …

Last Night’s Game of Thrones Leaked Early Online

Good morning and welcome to a brand spankin' new edition of The Monitor, WIRED's collection of all things pop culture. Spring has sprung, dear reader, and we have a lot to share with you, including news about last night's Game of Thrones, Kanye West's appearance at Coachella, and this weekend's boring box office. Let's get going. Game of Thrones Leaked Online First, the most important question: Did you watch Game of Thrones last night? Lots of folks did, but a few got to see it—or at least got to see spoilers about it—before anybody else. The eighth season's second episode—"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," aka "Episode 69"—leaked online early via Amazon Prime in Germany. News about the leak hit …

Netflix’s New Comedy Lunatics Is Dizzying, Tone-Deaf

Watching Netflix’s latest stab at edgy comedy, Lunatics, is like scrolling through Instagram at 3 am. Fragments of lives flicker by—self-aggrandizing, specific, bizarre, sometimes obscene. Pretty soon, they all start looking fundamentally, headspinningly the same. We are, the show seems to be suggesting, the many faces of Chris Lilley. The new Netflix comedy is strikingly similar to the Australian comedian’s previous work. Like the popular Summer Heights High (and its spinoffs, Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Jonah from Tonga, which was pulled from the air in 2017 for being racist), Lunatics is a mockumentary following a bevy of characters all played by Lilley. In place of unseemly students and teachers, the characters are a celebrity pet psychic, a boy Instagrammer, …

Jeopardy! Legend Ken Jennings on James Holzhauer: ‘It’s Absolutely Insane’

In his 11-game run, James Holzhauer has dominated Jeopardy! like no one before. That’s no exaggeration. He already holds the four highest-scoring games in the show’s history, and his $771,920 regular-season winnings surpass all but one player in the Jeopardy! firmament: Ken Jennings. You remember Jennings. In 2004, he went on a 74-game, $2,520,700 romp, shattering Jeopardy! records along the way. No one since has lasted more than 20 games, and no one has come anywhere near as close to the money record, especially not this quickly. In fact, at this same point in his own streak, Jennings had accumulated less than half of Holzhauer’s haul so far. At this rate, Holzhauer will surpass Jennings by the end of May. …

Game of Thrones: What We Wantand Needfrom Season 8

Thank the gods, the day is nearly upon us. Winter has (almost) come. Kick the squires and light the fires: The final season of Game of Thrones is about to begin. It's all come down to this, and now this show that so many people have dedicated hours of their lives to will fulfill each and every one of their expectations. LoL. Just kidding. It'll fulfill, like, one-eighth of those expectations. Regardless, it's going to try. The point, however, is that people—including members of the WIRED staff—want a lot out of these final six episodes. Like what? We assembled the biggest Game of Thrones fans from amongst our ranks to hash out what we desire most from Game of Thrones …

Beyonc’s New Film Homecoming Is Headed to Netflix

Happy Monday, once again, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup off the biggest pop culture news. What's shakin'? Well, for one, Beyoncé made a film for Netflix. Also, there’s another Walking Dead spinoff on the way, and the Cowboy Bebop series is staffing up. Giddyup! Beyoncé Is Coming to Netflix Over the weekend, via a very cryptic tweet, Netflix announced that Beyoncé's now-iconic Coachella performance would be coming to the streaming service on April 17. The tweet didn't include any footage or any further details, but a trailer that dropped today promises the special, called Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé, will be "interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her …

Black Panther‘s Shuri Is Getting a Show. Sorta

Hello, and welcome once again to The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of all things pop culture. What's happening this Monday? Well, Dumbo had a kinda OK weekend at the box office. Also, Marvel has some new animated offerings on the way, and there's another weird comedy coming from Netflix. It's April Fool's Day, but none of these stories are jokes. Promise. Shuri Gets a Show—Sorta Over the weekend at the fan convention WonderCon, Marvel announced a handful of new chapters in its Marvel Rising animated series. Among them: Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri. The 22-minute special, which will stream on Marvel HQ, features the Princess of Wakanda learning how to be an average teenager from some of the Secret Warriors (Ms. Marvel, …

The Comedian With the Best Trump Impression? None of Them

Turn on late-night TV on almost any night of the week and you'll find one: a President Trump impression. Seth Meyers does one on Late Night, so does Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. Saturday Night Live has had a rotating door of comedians impersonating the president. But which one is the best? Which one nails it? Angela Watercutter Alec Baldwin’s Trump Impression Is a Technical Marvel Angela Watercutter Jennifer Lawrence's Russian Accent in Red Sparrow Wasn't Great Angela Watercutter Batman Is Only Kinda Good at Crime Scene Investigation Actually, maybe none of them. In the latest episode of WIRED's Technique Critique series, dialect coach Erik Singer analyzed a series of actors portraying US presidents and zeroed in on three …

Game of Thrones Marketing Is Out for BloodMine

On the first Friday of SXSW, a warm, sunny afternoon in Austin, I walked up to a large hangar across from a half-built luxury condo. A line snaked down the block, all hopeful visitors to one of the festival’s many “experientials.” This one was meant to gin up excitement for Game of Thrones’ final season premiere, on April 14. As a devoted watcher of the show, I couldn’t resist the invitation to the “immersive activation.” Especially because it had a novel twist that felt like catnip for the press: At the event, put on by HBO and the American Red Cross, guests could donate blood and then “walk in the steps of the characters who bled and relive their sacrifices …

American Gods‘ Biggest Battle Is Its Own Reincarnation

Early in the second season of American Gods, Laura Moon (Emily Browning) gives up and lies down among the flowers. She's chasing after her husband, Shadow (Ricky Whittle). She's also dead. (A leprechaun's lucky gold coin made its way into her corpse at the show's outset, turning her into something that's half avenging angel, half barb-tongued cadaver.) Now, Shadow is in danger and Laura's come to the literal end of the road to save him, so she goes supine. "Just another dead girl in a field," she says—and she may as well be addressing fans of the show itself. Because not so long ago, Gods was that dead girl in a field. In its first season, the show pulled off …