Game of Thrones pulled off another epic shocker last night, and the writer, showrunners, and actor at the center of the mayhem discuss “The Lion and the Rose.”

Yes ladies and lords, it’s true. King Joffrey Lannister Baratheon is dead, slain by the pen of George RR Martin.

Martin, the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series upon which Game of Thrones is based, wrote the screenplay for last night’s episode. The author, who has now gotten to kill Joffrey off twice, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the experience.

“I didn’t want [the story] to be unrelentingly bleak,” Martin says. “Every once in a while you have to give the good guys a victory.”

Within the structure of A Storm of Swords, the third book in the series, Martin says that “Joffrey’s death was in some ways a counterweight for readers to the death of Robb and Catelyn. It shows that yes, nobody is safe — sometimes the good guys win, sometimes the bad guys win.”

Martin is also full of praise for Jack Gleeson, the young Irish actor who brought the loathsome Joffrey to life.

“I think Jack was sensational,” Martin says. “He’s like the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet. He’s really bright and a fiercely intelligent young man… He created someone that everybody hates, and loves to hate, and that’s a considerable feat of acting.”

Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss also chimed in on what made Joffrey and Gleeson so unique.

“The thing about Joffrey is that typically your villain is such an alpha,” Benioff observed. “But Joffrey is actually this scared little kid, and if somebody stands up to him, he backs down in typical bully fashion. So what makes him so scary is he’s the ultimate spoiled boy who’s got unlimited power.”

Added Weiss, “far more often than an evil alpha male out to do evil for the sake of evil, bad things often come from people who are unfit to occupy positions of power, who find themselves in positions of power they are not suited for… For anybody who’s read history books or read the newspaper, that feels true.”

Gleeson, whose audition Benioff and Weiss sat in on as a curtesy, also heavily influenced the writers. “As he started speaking he changed our concept of what the character could be,” Benioff said. “I don’t think we expected to spend as much time with Joffrey until we cast Jack.”

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The showrunners also praised Gleeson’s performance in Joffrey’s final scene among the living. “So many other actors would have chosen a much more flashy route,” says Benioff. “He made it feel real as he always has… It’s a character you’ve despised for so long and wanted to see him killed, yet you’re seeing a young man — still a boy, really — choke to death, which is a horrible thing to witness.”

Gleeson himself, who also spoke to Entertainment Weekly, admitted that his purple-hued death scene was a bit of a challenge for him. “You want to do the scene and character justice. It’s a complicated scene; I’ve never had a death on screen before.”

Unlike most deaths of Game of Thrones, which play out with the aid of sword, arrow, or dagger, Joffrey’s demise is brutally biological. “You want it to look believable — the choking and the coughing,” Gleeson says. “It’s calming to know I’m in the great hands of [director] Alex Graves.”

The actor also says that he hopes fans have a mixed reaction to Joffrey’s extraordinary exit.

“There will be a delight that the person tormenting their favorite characters is gone,” he says, “but I would like to think there’s a certain sadness at the loss of the delight people take in hating a character like Joffrey.”

How do you feel about Joffrey’s death?

The film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.

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There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.

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Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

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Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.