What were the ten best moments of Game of Thrones royal wedding episode “The Lion and the Rose”?

After last week’s cinematic season premiere, we were wondering how the writers would try and top it this week. With novel writer George R. R. Martin penning this season’s sophomore effort, we should have known there were shocks coming. And boy were there! It’s hard to whittle down all of those great moments to a list of our ten favorites. So, Hypable writers Harri Sargeant and Laura Byrne-Cristiano have teamed up to try and narrow down the entries. Then, Tariq Kyle worked some gif magic so you can re-live this week’s best laughs, shocks and one-liners again and again.

Check out our favorites below, and don’t forget to share your picks in the comments! This article contains strong language.

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Every wedding has its questionable moments whether it’s the wannbe, pop-star wedding singer, or the drunken uncle whose antics are funny only to himself. Westeros’s weddings are no exception. It’s a wonder anyone gets married here because the floor shows keep upstaging the “happy couples.” Citizens of Westeros take note: as soon as they play The Rains of Castamere, run; it’s a harbinger of doom.

“There is too much amusement here today…time has come for all of us to contemplate our history.”

The best part of the dwarf show was the reaction of the guests to it when they thought no one saw their faces. Predictably, Joffrey and Cersei were oblivious to its content affecting the guests. Tommen, the future king, went from enjoying to then realizing, “Oh, perhaps this isn’t funny after all”. Margaery simply couldn’t keep up the pretense any longer after the jibes at Renly and by extension Lloras. She looked like she’d just downed a bite of Lamprey Pie gone bad. Saddest of all was Sansa, who in trance-like desolation, was utterly alone reliving the deaths of most of her family. – Laura Byrne-Cristiano

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The Lannisters have ruled the seven kingdoms for over two seasons now, and have done so with very few challenges. Especially after the Red Wedding, it was beginning to seem as if they were invincible. So, we were genuinely thrilled when Oberyn Martell swanned into the capital last week – and this week we got to see the Red Viper’s bite.

“In other places, the rape and murder of women and children is considered… distasteful.”

When Cersei tried to mock his paramour Elia Sand, Oberyn retorted with a scathing and thinly veiled attack on the Lannister’s entire approach to politics. Those two season’s of blonde dominance were all worth it for those few seconds of stunned silence from the “former” Queen Regent. We’re sure this won’t be the last time we hear from Oberyn’s sharp tongue – and we can’t wait. – Harri Sargeant

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch,…er…that cold, cold road North, we have Bran, the Reeds, and Hodor. Just when book fans thought visions were never going to play a big role this series, finally, a vision pops up. Alas, both the vision, and the follow-up discussion were way too short.

“Look for me. Beneath the tree. North!”

As Bran touches the godswood tree, images flood his mind: the three-eyed crow, the crypt at Winterfell, Ned Stark’s sword, Ned himself, Bran falling from the tower, an empty throne, and a dragon shadow flying above King’s Landing. Why was there no vision of Lyanna’s statue in the crypt? What does it all mean? Who knows, other than Bran feels strongly that he has to obey the voice commanding him to the North, which may not be the greatest idea now that Theon has spilled the beans to the Boltons. – Laura Byrne-Cristiano

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Poor Theon Greyjoy went through hell last season, as he was flayed, tortured, and broken down by the psychotic Ramsay Snow. Though we saw him taking on the name ‘Reek’ at the end of last season, we saw an entirely reborn character in the opening scene of this week’s episode. No longer requiring shackles, he obediently follows his new master as they chase a girl through the woods.

“Peeled a few bits, removed a few others.”

He’s a broken man, passing up the opportunity to slit his captor’s throat – instead just shaving him and giving up valuable information about Bran and Rickon’s whereabouts. We can’t even be angry at him, because he’s clearly been driven mad in his misery. But Reek is possibly doing more damage to the Stark family than Theon Greyjoy ever did. – Harri Sargeant

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Jamie finally admits to Tyrion that he’s been putting on a brave face, a bold arrogance in public to keep his detractors at bay. He truly believes what both Tywin and Cersei all but said last week: Jamie is worthless as a knight. The brothers are usually, totally honest with only each other.

“A toast to the proud Lannister children: The dwarf, the cripple and the mother of madness.”

Tyrion tries to help Jamie. First he tries witty remarks about the food. Next he lets him know that all the Lannister children are failures in Tywin’s eyes. Finally, he spills wine himself to demonstrate Jamie’s concerns are not that grand. In the end, Tyrion gives the most practical help of all, a swordsman to train Jamie who has been paid to keep his mouth shut about Jamie’s diminished skill set. – Laura Byrne-Cristiano

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Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.

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The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
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