Did you love those leaked photos from the heavily anticipated sequel to latest Star Trek reboot? Well come check out this leaked behind-the-scenes video before it gets pulled off the web!
It’s wild to see Benedict Cumberbatch lose control like that alongside Zachary Quinto! So what do you think? Do you prefer our leaked photos or does this video give you a better idea of what you’ll see in the sequel?
This week, Game of Thrones continued to create more questions out of answering others.
Now that we finally know for certain what we all predicted, it’s time to speculate how this will impact Game of Thrones going forward. Yes, of course I’m talking about Jon Snow’s resurrection.
There are larger implications for the future of the show besides the fact that Jon is an active character again. Aside from how different Jon himself might be, we also must consider what his presence means for other characters and plots.
First thing’s first, Melisandre is going to die. She has two things working against her. 1) She did her part in bringing Jon back, so her purpose is done. 2) She’s getting a sympathetic edit, and that never bodes well. Start preparing yourself now, because Melisandre doesn’t have long for this world. It is known (wait, no, wrong religion!).
Now let’s talk about Jon. What Jon Snow are we getting back ? Resurrection is not new to Westeros. Most recently we saw the Mountain brought back to life through ‘scientific’ methods, and he appears to be quite obedient. He’s mute and just does what he’s told, a mere killing machine (although, you could argue that’s all he was in life too).
Then there’s Beric Dondarrion, resurrected by Thoros through magical means in more or less the same way as Jon. Though Thoros was adept at this feat (he’d done it enough times), every time Beric came back, he lost a bit of himself. Memories would go, and he seemed only capable of (re)living for a singular purpose: revenge.
This was Melisandre’s first attempt at bringing the dead back to life, so it’s possible she might have screwed up somewhere in the ritual, causing Jon to come back a little different from the Jon we know. Even if she did it perfectly, Jon is likely to be a changed man.
Having died, he has no Night’s Watch oaths to maintain, and seeking revenge on those who killed him would understandably be a high priority. We’ve known Jon to be more merciful than merciless, but will this be reversed after losing a part of himself in death?
And will Jon’s return impact other characters? Sansa is on her way to Castle Black, and after hearing what she has to say (assuming they actually do reunite), Jon will have more vengeance to seek. The Boltons have taken over his home and hurt his family, so it’s likely he’ll rally all he can to help him go after them.
Back home in Winterfell, Ramsay is planning on storming Castle Black, and if he’d done it earlier, he just might have won. The old Jon probably wouldn’t have been prepared for a man like Ramsay, but the new Jon will give no pity and show no mercy. After having died, Jon might feel he’s nothing to lose, that this is a second chance and he’ll take it guns blazing (swords slashing?). It would be the perfect contrast, the two Snow bastards who each believe Winterfell is theirs, fighting to the death.
Jon coming back is also almost solid proof that R + L = J. From the beginning we’ve heard tidbits of information about Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister, and the mentions last season were particularly blatant and frequent. Even this season, already, we’ve gotten a Lyanna reference, when Bran visited the past. Unless it’s a giant red herring, there’s obviously a reason a long dead woman with seemingly no relevance keeps getting a shout out.
Of course, if it is true that Jon is a Stark and Targaryen, then Dany is not necessarily the ‘rightful’ heir to the Iron Throne. Being half Targaryen also means that Jon has the blood of the dragon, and he has a claim to the Throne and to one of Dany’s dragons.
Side note: He probably won’t get Drogon, since he’s Dany’s favorite. But how funny would it be if Jon just strolls in and Drogon immediately bows down and does what he’s told? That’ll teach Dany the importance of training!
Having been resurrected by the fire god and having the blood of the dragon also poses an interesting notion of Jon’s overall purpose. It’s long been postulated that the “Ice and Fire” referenced in the book series title is Jon and Dany. But what if it’s just Jon? Jon has gotten ‘looks’ from both sides: Melisandre stared him down when she first saw him, and believes him to be Azor Ahai. The Night’s King also shared what seemed like a telling look with Jon at Hardhome.
We know the war between ice and fire is coming, so what if Jon is a link that connects them? He’s the undead brought back to fight the undead, and put an end to this war. He won’t do it alone, either. Azor Ahai needed a weapon to fight the darkness, and he had Lightbringer. If we’re to assume Lightbringer is a physical sword, it’s most likely Longclaw. In season 5, both Jon and a White Walker were surprised to see Longclaw kill the White Walker. We thusly learned that Valyrian steel can kill White Walkers. But what if it was more than just being Valyrian steel? If Jon is Azor Ahai, why couldn’t Longclaw be Lightbringer, the ‘hero’s sword’ meant to fight the darkness?
Jon coming back opens many doors. There are so many possibilities his presence brings to the show. Is Melisandre finished? Will Jon be the one to kill Ramsay? Is Jon really half Targaryen? And most importantly, will he ride a dragon?!
How do you think Jon’s resurrection will impact the future of ‘Game of Thrones’?
A fantastic new campaign is urging Disney to give Frozen heroine Elsa a female love interest in the sequel.
Earlier this week, we wrote about the annual GLAAD report, which revealed the uncomfortable truth that not only is Hollywood vastly underrepresenting the LGBT community, but two major studios — Paramount and Disney — failed to include any LGBT characters in their major 2015 movies.
As a response to this, Feminist Culture founder Alexis Isabel Moncada tweeted a simple suggestion to help Disney fix the problem, which has since gone viral:
The socially aware teen saw so much positive response to this one, simple request, which has transformed into a major movement over the course of a couple of days. In an article for MTV, Moncada explains why she decided to take up this issue:
“Growing up, I never saw a princess fall in love with another princess — and neither have girls growing up right now. The entertainment industry has given us girls who have fallen in love with beasts, ogres who fall for humans, and even grown women who love bees. But we’ve never been able to see the purity in a queer relationship.”
This isn’t the first time someone has suggested that Frozen‘s Elsa might be Disney’s first canonically lesbian princess (or queen, in this case).
In Frozen, the central ‘love story’ is not romantic at all, but rather about the love between two sisters. And, while Anna finds love with Kristoff, Elsa’s life is decidedly romance-free.
Of course Elsa has a lot more to worry about than cute boys (or girls), but in Frozen 2, she’s already the Queen of Arendelle. Perhaps there’s finally time for romance in her life — and as evidenced by the popularity of Moncada’s #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign, many fans think this romance should be with another female.
When it comes to portraying LGBT characters (something Disney seriously needs to do, and soon), the strong, sexy, empowered and independent Elsa is an obvious candidate. She’s a popular, established character, she’s hitherto romantically unattached, and is not ‘bound’ to any canonical love interest from the story on which she is based (another candidate for Disney would be Star Wars’ Poe Dameron, as Hypable has previously argued).
She becomes an even more obvious choice when you consider what Moncada so succinctly points out: That the LGBT community is already strongly connected to Elsa’s story in Frozen.
“Many in the LGBT community view this movie as a metaphor for the experience of coming out and accepting who you are,” writes Moncada, explaining why her hashtag went viral so fast.
As Queen Elsa is already an LGBT icon, establishing her sexuality as non-straight would be hugely significant for LGBT audiences of all ages, giving them a strong, iconic role model to look up to and reflect themselves in. And, just as importantly, it would give straight parents a way to talk about sexuality with their children, and to help teach them that — just like Elsa and Anna — people are equally deserving of love, agency and representation whether they fall in love with a man or a woman.
Of course, as expected, the dissenters of #GiveElsaAGirlfriend have all the usual counter-arguments: It’s pandering to the gay community, there’s no ‘reason’ to make her a lesbian, it’s all part of some kind of ‘agenda,’ and the Frozen audience is somehow ‘too young’ to handle a same-sex love story.
But in reality it’s all very, painfully simple: LGBT people exist in real life, all around you, all the time. Sometimes they’re someone’s mom or dad, and by and large, kids don’t actually care whether their classmates have two mommies or daddies, or one of each — unless their parents tell them to care, that is.
And Disney, for all its talk of equality, is in dire need of LGBT representation in its movies. In GLAAD’s report, it is noted that “the film industry must embrace new stories reflective of the actual world if it wants to remain competitive and relevant,” and while Hollywood’s outdated and conservative approach to representation may be working right now, the popularity of campaigns like #OscarsSoWhite and Moncada’s #GiveElsaAGirlfriend proves that audiences are ready for the movie industry to join us in the 21st century.
It is going to look very bad for Disney very fast if they continue their tactic of LGBT erasure. Making Elsa a lesbian would not only be a major step towards fixing this huge stain on their brand, but it would also do a lot to prove to those suffering from what GLAAD calls “gay panic,” proving once and for all that it’s not the end of the world to feature an LGBT protagonist (a hero in a position of authority, even) in a family movie.
tl;dr: Sometimes princesses love princes, and sometimes they love other princesses. We need to stop being afraid of acknowledging that this is an indisputable truth, which deserves recognition by mainstream media. Let’s evolve, already.
Bonnie remains one of very few non-blood suckers on The Vampire Diaries, but she has still made her way through the supernatural catalog. We’re taking a look at her best, and worst, supernatural identities.
You may think that one of the Salvatore brothers has the most diverse life experiences amongst The Vampire Diaries characters, since they’re each older than the rest of the characters combined, but you’d be wrong! It’s actually the mortal Bonnie Bennett that is really getting the full look at what this life (and death) has to offer. From human, to witch, to anchor, to more than her fair share of deaths, she’s tried on almost every supernatural hat available.
No matter what supernatural box she’s checking on her driver’s license at any given time, Bonnie is an integral part of the Mystic Falls crew, and has saved the lives of our other heroes countless times! She is a great friend, and girlfriend, and can usually be counted on for a witty remark. That being said, she has definitely gone through her ups and downs, and some of her supernatural titles have fit her way better than others. We’ve ranked all of Bonnie’s supernatural identities, from the ones she could stick with, to the ones that she should never, ever go back to.
1. Witch — season 1 to early season 4, mid season 6 to late season 7
Of course, Bonnie’s best role is the one she was born to play. Ever since she learned she was a witch, she has only grown stronger in her powers and better at wielding them. Salvatore and co. truly would be nowhere without her magic, which is evidenced by the number of times “Call Bonnie!” is yelled at the TV screen when the gang is in trouble on The Vampire Diaries (it can’t just be me).
Bonnie is at her strongest and happiest when she is a witch, but that’s not the only reason we’ve chosen this as her best supernatural identity. Bonnie Bennett’s witchiness has always been one of the coolest parts of The Vampire Diaries mythology, and has led to some of the most exciting and entertaining storylines on the show.
2. Human — her life before ‘The Vampire Diaries’
When we first met the young Bonnie Bennett, she was just beginning her deep dive into the magical realm. She had discovered that her ancestors were from Salem, and that the women in her family were supposedly witches, but she still thought she was just some sort of psychic.
Before she had even heard of a Bennett witch, she was just a normal, happy, high school student, whose only concern was figuring out who the new cute boy in school was! Her powers definitely helped her come into a strength that she hadn’t known before, and gave her endless opportunities to save the people that she loves, but they’ve also led her into a lot of darkness. Just because we imagine her as being much less burdened as a human, we’ve ranked this one pretty high!
3. The Anchor — mid to late season 5
The anchor to the other side was perhaps Bonnie’s strangest supernatural title, and that’s really saying something. Bonnie had to endure a lot of pain during her time as the anchor, but after an extended period of being dead, she was just happy to talk to people that weren’t Jeremy again (we’d get sick of all that teen angst, too).
Her ability to interact with the dead supernatural beings allowed us some amazing glimpses of characters that we had loved and lost, and it was also interesting to explore Bonnie’s character without her magical abilities. Even though we’re still angry that she didn’t realize earlier that Katherine wasn’t dead, we’re putting this one among the best of Bonnie’s supernatural identities for its uniqueness.
4. The Huntress — late season 7 to undetermined
This one goes in the middle because we’re still not quite sure what to expect from it, but we’re really excited for it! Rayna got a bad reputation because she was trying to kill everyone we cared about on The Vampire Diaries, but her mythology was interesting and it’ll be cool to see Bonnie try to figure it out.
Her relationships with literally everyone she knows will surely be tested when she attempts to kill them, but it’s nothing Miss Bennett can’t work through. On top of all the cool huntress stuff that we saw in Rayna, Bonnie will be bringing her magic to the table as well, which will make things even more entertaining.
5. Dead — late season 4 to mid season 5
You may think this one should be at the bottom of the list, but in our opinion, Bonnie has faced some things that were much darker than death. That’s especially true because Bonnie looked pretty damn good for a corpse, as evidenced by the above picture of her in this state. We still got to see Bonnie on The Vampire Diaries through Jeremy’s eyes, since he gained the power of seeing ghosts the first time Bonnie brought him back to life. You know what they say: the couple that resurrects together, stays together.
Strangely, Bonnie’s awkward dead phase wasn’t the most hopeless that we’ve seen her. She died for something that she believed in, and mostly remained optimistic that she would get to come back, somehow. Also, Bonnie’s death was kept from the bottom of the list because we got Bonnie’s funeral during this time, which is still one of the most beautiful scenes ever on The Vampire Diaries.
6. Expressionist — season 4
This is the term we’re using for the time that Bonnie was under the influence of the magic known as “expression.” When creepy Professor Shane helped/forced her to tap into this magic after she had lost her powers, Bonnie made some of the worst decisions that she ever has on The Vampire Diaries.
If anybody is a moral compass on the show, it’s Bonnie. She is always trying to help her friends, and do the right thing, even if it leads to her death (and it seems like it usually does). She made many questionable choices and participated in some very dark events during her time using expression.
7. Citizen of 1994, population: 3 — early to mid season 6
So yes, technically, she was dead in 1994, too, but it was such a different death experience that we thought it deserved a separate category. Sure, it was all fun and vampire pancakes when Damon was there, but things got pretty depressing for BonBon after he returned to the land of the living.
We thought things were bad for her when she was being used by the sadistic siphon, Kai, but things got much worse when the extreme loneliness and hopelessness set in. The days leading up to Bonnie’s eventual rescue were by far her darkest on the series, and it was extremely difficult to watch her go through that much pain.
What was Bonnie’s best supernatural identity on ‘The Vampire Diaries’?