Game of Thrones: This Aegon Easter Egg Is Just as Sweet as It Is Heartbreaking

For the most part, Game of Thrones is an endurance test for how many miserable, heartbreaking, and stomach-churning events you can withstand in one sitting. There have been a few bright spots over the last seven seasons, though, and Ser Davos Seaworth’s tender friendship with young Shireen Baratheon is at the top of the list. As it happens, one of their tutoring sessions happens to contain a subtle Easter egg concerning the big reveal about Jon Snow’s true name in the season seven finale.

As you might recall, before showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss decided to rip out our hearts with Shireen’s fate, there’s a scene from a few seasons back where she’s trying to teach the illiterate Davos how to read and write. Reddit user Efurthy realized that Shireen’s choice for the first word to teach her new student (and Jon Snow’s future BFF) could not be more coincidental:

It’s kind of cute that the first word Davos learns to read is Aegon from freefolk

That’s right — Aegon, Jon Snow’s birth name.

After spending years speculating about who Jon’s real parents actually are, Bran calls upon his powers as the Three-Eyed Raven in the dramatic season seven conclusion to go back in time and confirm that they are indeed Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. The blond Targaryen prince has not, as many throughout Westeros assumed, abducted and raped Lyanna. Instead we find out that the couple are truly in love. In season six, we get a glimpse of Lyanna begging her brother, Ned Stark, to «promise» to protect her child after giving birth, and further visions from Bran reveal that Lyanna also whispers something else to Ned before she dies: «His name is Aegon Targaryen.»

HuffPost reached out to actor Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos, to find out if he was aware of the connection at the time. His response? «No, are you kidding me? I don’t know what the hell’s gonna happen from one episode to the next,» he said. «That’s testament to how good the writing is on that, too. After seven seasons, people are still asking the same question they asked in season one. ‘Who do you think is gonna end up on the throne?'»

Cunningham did note, however, that the Aegon reference was probably intentional. «Yeah, they’re very good at that sort of thing,» he said. «David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] plant little Easter eggs there if you want to see them.»

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ Tim Meadows, And How To Do Guest Stars Right

So I was brushing my teeth and thinking about Brooklyn Nine-Nine this morning (don’t you judge how I morning!) and it suddenly struck me: I’m going to really miss seeing Caleb on the show! For those of you who aren’t following the 5th season return of the precinct comedy created by Dan Goor and Mike Schur, Caleb was a character played by Tim Meadows, who bunked with Andy Samberg’s Jake Peralta during his brief stint in prison. It only lasted for 2 episodes, but their dynamic was delightful.

Oh, also? Caleb was a cannibal.

And it occurred to me that Caleb isn’t the only bit character played by a recognizable guest star that I’ve taken a liking to over the years. What Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a knack for is bringing in funny, talented actors and giving them small parts that seem fleshed out and intriguing while also fitting into the larger picture. The show is an ensemble anyway, with a talented cast — a cast that is overshadowed by how interesting and fully-formed their characters are. Even Terry Crews, playing Terry Jeffords, is… Terry Jeffords. He’s muscular and has great timing, but he’s also a concerned father and reliable sergeant and a lover of yogurt.

And the same goes with the show’s guest stars, only it’s achieved in a mere episode or two. We can probably rely on Craig Robinson’s hysterical Doug Judy AKA The Pontiac Bandit to pop up each season (fingers crossed the trend continues!).


Gina Gershon’s villainous Lt. Melanie Hawkins stuck around long enough to be a thorn in the Nine-Nine’s side. Hell, she’s the reason Peralta and Diaz went to prison! And Lou Diamond Phillips played the ramen-loving, stab-happy tough guy Jake had to get tight with to survive his prison stay.

Over the years the show has brought in an impressive number of guest stars who have left their stamp on the legacy of the show — not because of their familiar faces, but because of the roles they played so well. Jason Mantzoukas as Adrian Pimento, who had such insane chemistry with Stephanie Beatriz’s Diaz. Kyra Sedgwick’s Deputy Chief Wuntch was the perfect foil for Andre Braugher’s Captain Holt. And Marc Evan Jackson, who will forever be Sparks Nevada to me, is a delight as Holt’s similarly stiff husband Kevin Cozner (oh, how that name never ceases to amuse me).

There have been short-lived Holt replacements who step in to run the Nine-Nine from time to time (Bill Hader, Dean Winters, Ken Marino). There have been love interests (Eva Longoria) and family members (Stephen Root, Sandra Bernhard, Bradley Whitford). Look, I’m just scratching the surface but you catch my drift. The show brings in some serious fire power when it wants to, but more importantly, it knows how to use them. The characters never feel like a stunt, an excuse to bring in a big name just for shits and giggles (ok, maybe that one time with Nathan Fillion but c’mon, it was worth it). Rather than hijacking the story, they serve the narrative, and they’re memorable because of how seamlessly the character blends into the already eclectic dynamic of the show. They never make you sit back and think «Oh, it must be Sweeps again.»

Tim Meadows is great. But I am not going to miss him — I’m going to miss his Caleb. The sorta/maybe nice guy who ate a lot of people, but still stood up for Jake. And then immediately regretted it. Seeing their jail yard friendship blossom made me want to watch more of them together. Made me wonder what might happen if they met again on the outside (Caleb would probably eat more people, obviously, but you get my point). Perhaps, like the Pontiac Bandit, we will see some of those guest stars again. Maybe not. But the fact that I can sit back and imagine more adventures with Doug Judy, or Wuntch, or any of the replacement captains is a testament to how well written this show is.

Plenty of shows have guest stars. But Brooklyn Nine-Nine? I’d say it has guest parts.

What do you think? Who was your favorite Brooklyn Nine-Nine guest part? It’s ok to say «Cheddar»:


Or do you think there are other shows that feature guest performers even better? Be forewarned though — whatever you say to that last part, my answer will be:



Jake Tapper Double Taps Bill O’Reilly with the Twitter Burn of the Week

How nice — for once HR isn’t pissing everybody off! — (CNN)

Here’s the twitter burn of the week, and do yourself a favor and click on the replies. It’s very, very satisfying.

Here’s a couple of those replies:

Nobody wants to wear Marchesa anymore? Shit, did anyone EVER *want* to wear Marchesa? Hideous, hideous gowns. Don’t @ me. They’re hideous. — (Dlisted)

I freaking LOVE advent calendars, and am always on the hunt for fun ones for my mother-in-law since she can’t have sweets. I found this one today and I love it so much, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to give it to her — I may keep it for myself! — (My Subscription Addiction)

Oooh, new trailer for season 3 of UnREAL and also some hopes for its storyline tweaks. — (LG)

A restaurant in Long Beach got totes busted by a Yelper for using Popeye’s chicken as their own. Duuuude. h/t sarah_jwh — (Grub Street)

Do you know who this is? I was wrong from the thumbnail AND from the bigger picture. — (GFY)

I mean… it’s all fun and games to JOKE about setting the house on fire when there’s a spider in it, but, you know, it’s a joke, ha ha, right? No. This guy in Arizona took it literally. — (Distractify)

Ellen created a Florida Man-style segment, called «Oh, Straight People.» — (Twitter)

Judith Light is bicoastal. And loving it! — (Celebitchy)

Jeverett15 picked another winner to review. This time it’s George Saunder’s Lincoln at the Bardo, announced today as the winner of the prestigious Man Booker prize. Saunders, known best for his short stories, centers his first novel around the death of young Willie and his grieving father, Abraham Lincoln. Have you read this story of spirits lingering in limbo? (Cannonball Read 9)


This BBC News Reporter Couldn’t Care Less About Royal Baby No. 3

A little over a month after Kate Middleton and Prince William announced that they’re expecting their third child, Kensington Palace confirmed this week that their new bundle of joy is due in April 2018. While a lot of people were excited by the news, others were . . . somewhat unimpressed.

BBC news reporter Simon McCoy was live on air when the announcement was made, and he relayed the information in his own unique way. «Now, bearing in mind that they announced that she was pregnant back in September, I’m not sure how much news this really is,» he said with a bit of a sarcastic laugh. «But anyway…clear your diaries, get the time booked off, cause that’s what I’m doing.» Of course, Twitter users were quick to pick up on his funny report, and we have to agree with them: he did make us laugh!

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Georgia Southern Volleyball Analyst Apologizes For 9-11 ‘Kills’ Joke During Match

Tricia Fishbune, the Georgia Southern volleyball analyst who dropped a horrible 9-11 joke (she called it a joke on air) has apologized for that joke that didn’t go well last week during a match.

Tricia’s full quote from the match:

She has 911 kills. So she’s only 65 kills away from cracking the top 10 in school history and, um, just to note…911…you know, 9-11…so uh…kills…that was, you know 9-11…kills…little joke.

The first stop on the apology tour:

Erroneous wording? I’d love to know how Tricia would’ve worded that joke differently.

As I said on Monday, there’s no need to fire Tricia, suspend Tricia, etc. If you really want to punish her, make her go to an open mic night and force her to work on her jokes. I think the proper response here is four weeks of open mic night.

She better have a 9-11 joke that ‘kills’ before those four weeks are over. Come up with some sort of Joe Rogan 9/11 conspiracy joke and you’re an instant Internet hit.



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Lena Dunham Nailed Her Role on American Horror Story, but About That Accent . . .

Lena Dunham finally made her American Horror Story: Cult debut, portraying real-life figure and radical feminist Valerie Solanas. Though Dunham was convincing as the unwavering activist who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968, fans couldn’t help but ponder one recurring question: what was up with her accent?

Being that Solanas was born and raised in New Jersey, Dunham understandably tried to re-create the strong accent during her onscreen portrayal. Unfortunately, her accent seemed to drift in and out throughout the episode. In her defense, though, Dunham’s own accent isn’t too different with her having grown up in New York, which only complicates matters more.

Because everyone on the internet has a strong opinion about everything, Twitter quickly came forward with questions about the, well, questionable accent.

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I Got The Full Yankees Bleacher Creature Experience Last Night At Game 4

I’m in New York this week for the first time in like two years. I barely recognize the NY office, but that’s a good thing because I’m getting too old for offices, especially in New York. Things have changed around here. The bagel place downstairs – Best Bagel NYC (seriously, that’s what they call themselves and now the hipsters wait like 30 minutes for these things — now has lines out the door. Years ago I could pop in for a sandwich and it would take 5 minutes. Those days are gone.

Anyway, thought I’d just get that out so you guys realize I don’t just sit in a basement all day. I actually get out and about a little bit.

So last night I hit up the Yankees ALCS game with a former coworker.

Couple highlights:

• $ 70 e-tickets. I could really get used to this. That’s it. Too easy for a big playoff game and one that was Yankees fans will be talking about for years because of what Judge did

• Yankee Stadium security lines…keep up the good work, everyone. Just kidding, it was a nightmare and there wasn’t some scary security dude using a wand in our line

• That lukewarm $ 11.50 draft — it actually got colder the longer I let it sit

• Yankees fans were lit and fun. It was like a football atmosphere the entire night

• Yankee Stadium should get more advertisements, not nearly enough

• The homeless guy who cleared out half a subway car because of his stench; he smelled dead, seriously like a dead animal


• Aaron Judge fan with his mouth busted open in the bleachers and talking to cops he was escorted out of the stadium

• That comeback — one for the ages

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Rickie Fowler and Allison Stokke Training at Oklahoma State

What’s your favorite golf couple, Rickie Fowler and Allison Stokke, up to a couple days after taking over Stillwater for Homecoming weekend? Not much, they’re living that good life and wine tasting up in Napa Valley (per Rickie’s Snapchat). We’d post some pictures but we wouldn’t want to bore you with stills of wine glasses.

However, what we will do is show you guys this footage of Rickie and Allison getting in an early-morning couples’ workout at Boone Pickens. Apparently it wasn’t all pageantry for the OSU legend last weekend:

You can check out more of Rickie and Allison’s weekend in Stillwater in the gallery above.

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Will Smith’s Latest Single Sucks


Will Smith has GOT to stop listening to Jaden Smith’s career advice. Yes, we get it Jaden, you’re edgy and hip and have your finger on the pulse of youth culture in all its varied forms, but you gotta know that club music is gonna be a real stretch for your middle-aged dad.

According to Vulture, on the evening of October 6th, under the cover of darkness, Will quietly released his “EDM” song Get Lit, his first single in 12 years. And man did it blow up! In his face that is. It’s terrible. Deeply, deeply awful. But you don’t have to take my word for it.

I think the worst thing about it is its utter laziness. The video is a mish-mash of lights and sounds all working to distract the eye and ear from what’s really going on. And what is going on exactly? Well, Will appears to begin by “singing” in a very sketchy pan-Caribbean patois, mahn. Irie. That goes on for some time and when the fog, foam and psychedelic light show reaches peak Midnight Cowboy, the beat drops and Will starts rapping… Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It. He does that for a second until he realizes that was the wrong song, “Oh shit what’s this one, Get Lit with it! Yeah, that’s it, I’m back in the groove now, suckers. This one’s for you, Jaden!

It’s painful to watch Will try to pump up the crowd. And even though they have on their best club gear, nobody seems to be having a whole lot of fun. Even at Burning Man or Ibiza, you could probably have a decent time if you tried hard enough. You know, take some molly and enjoy some techno music, what have you. Not so much at whatever Carnival fun ship cruise rave party Will Smith is throwing.

I’m sure there are words in this song but since Will clearly didn’t spend much time thinking about them, I don’t see why I should have to. This music is terrible. I hope Jaden is embarrassed by this and will leave “resurrect dad’s rap career” off his to do list moving forward.

This is actually much better.

Pic: Facebook


68-Year-Old Billy Joel Is Going To Be A Dad Again

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Billy Joel’s 68-year-old sperm should be retired and spending their days rocking on a wooden chair on the porch inside his balls, but they’re working just as hard as ever. Billy casually spilled the new baby beans during a recent interview with the Belfast Telegraph. While chilling in Billy’s vintage bike shop, his very-pregnant 35-year-old fourth wife Alexis Roderick walked in with their 2-year-old daughter Della Rose.

Billy announced their arrival by saying, “That’s my wife. We are due next month.” This will be Billy Joel’s third kid after Della and Alexa Ray Joel, his 31-year-old daughter with Christie Brinkley.

But what if Billy wants to take a seniors nap at the same time as his new baby? Babies can be fussy about falling asleep. Luckily Billy already has that covered. I recently rented a car that had SiriusXM (fancy) and the person before me had it programmed to the Billy Joel channel. The channel is just Billy muttering about whatever while tooling around at the piano. It’s like liquid Ambien for the ears. I had to turn it off before I rear-ended a car. Whenever his new baby gets restless, he can just close the blinds and flip on his Sirius channel, and they’ll both be out like a light.



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