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Silicon Valley Recap: Outed By Wi-Fi

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Richard Hendricks finally grows a pair, and Silicon Valley rewards him with the best episode of season two. Amy Aniobi’s script has everything I love about the show: physical humor, challenges for our underdog heroes, repeatable catchphrases, more self-sabotage from Dinesh, double-talk from Gavin, and some worthwhile evil committed by the patron saint of programmers, Gilfoyle. Hell, even my nemesis, Russ, contributes some big laughs. And it ends with one hell of a cliffhanger, too.With Pied Piper on the ropes after the End Frame/Homicide partnership, Richard has no choice but to fight for his company. The team heads to End Frame headquarters in San Francisco, and while waiting in a brick-walled office that looked suspiciously like one of my company’s old office locations, the receptionist mistakes Erlich for Pied Piper’s CEO. Before Richard can protest too much, Dinesh interrupts him with something even more important. »


- Odie Henderson

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Cersei Lannister Is the Queen of Bad Decision-Making

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This piece originally ran at the beginning of the season. It’s been updated to address Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones. Spoilers ahead! Is Cersei her own worst enemy? Now that the queen mother -- or the queen regent, depending on the day of the week -- has been tossed in a cell, arrested for crimes against the crown, we might want to consider how she got there, and why. How much of Cersei's downfall stems from her own clumsiness as a ruler? Game of Thrones’ fifth season opened with a glimpse into Cersei's past. As a young girl, she visits a fortune-teller to learn her future and receives a disturbing prophecy instead. Yes, she will be queen one day, but she will have a rival: "Another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear." She would have children, but »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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Game of Thrones’s Carice van Houten on Melisandre’s Obsession With Blood, and Why People Love to Hate Her

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Spoilers ahead for the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. Melisandre (Carice van Houten) sure likes her king's blood. It comes in handy for lots of things, whether you want to make a shadow baby or throw leeches on the fire. But king's blood has been in short supply in the North, which is probably why the red priestess thought Stannis' daughter Shireen needed to come along. If we suspected ulterior motives before, they were confirmed in Sunday night’s episode, when Melisandre asks Stannis to sacrifice Shireen. (And just when the two were getting so cuddly!) Carice van Houten chatted with Vulture about Melisandre's penchant for blood sacrifice, getting Twitter hate, and why she thanks Seth Meyers for convincing her to take the part.Why should Stannis listen to Melisandre right now? We are in quite some trouble at this point, because we are in the middle of a snowstorm. »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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Aemon Targaryen, the Man Who Turned Down the Iron Throne

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Spoilers ahead for Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones. On Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones, Maester Aemon joined an exclusive club, becoming the rare person in Westeros to die of old age. Congratulations, Aemon — in a world full of war, famine, and pestilence, you managed to survive to age 100. Your devoted friends will light a candle in your memory, and then immediately burn your body. (At the Wall, friends don't let friends turn into blue-eyed zombies.) But Aemon had an even more singular achievement than being one of a handful of centenarians in Westeros. As he revealed to Jon at the end of season one, Aemon was in fact the only surviving Targaryen in the Seven Kingdoms — the last remaining member of a family that once ruled the land. And, even more shocking, Aemon could have been one of those rulers himself, but instead became the first, »

- Nate Jones

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Game of Thrones’s Nell Tiger Free on What Myrcella Would Do As Queen, and Shooting Kisses on Her Birthday

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If you thought Myrcella's changed a lot since season two of Game of Thrones, you're not wrong. Just as the part of Tommen was recast, so was his sister’s, the princess whose betrothal to a Dornish prince was arranged by her uncle Tyrion so he could keep her safe, arrange an alliance with the Martells, and root out Cersei's spy, in one fell swoop. The actress who plays Myrcella now, Nell Tiger Free, is still sorting out what to call Jaime Lannister ("My dad? My uncle?"), but in this, her first-ever interview, she chats with Vulture about princesses for hire, what Myrcella would do if she were queen, and shooting kisses on her birthday.Did you ever have an occasion to talk to the previous Myrcella, Aimee Richardson? She posted a picture of herself with a sign, "Princess for Hire." I saw that! And I thought it was really funny! »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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Veep Recap: Mighty Duck

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We don’t know exactly what is in the Families First bill Selina has been championing all season, but we do know something perhaps even more important than its substance: It is unpopular. The press has taken to calling it the “Mommy Meyer” bill, despite Mike’s efforts to control the narrative; the people, contrary to Selina’s belief, doubt that it could be effective.We’ve had the great pleasure of seeing Gary, Amy, and Dan lose their minds and/or their jobs because of the absurdity that is working for Selina, and this week, it’s Mike’s turn. Poor Mike, who, as his dear wife Wendy points out, doesn’t have the cheekbones for depression, is failing at his job. Sure, he’s got a thoughts-and-prayers template for whenever a mass shooting goes down, but mostly his foolish mistakes get turned into gifs and he finds himself »

- Jessica Goldstein

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Theater Review: Is It Smaller Than a Black Box? A Visit to I'm Not the Stranger You Think I Am

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From the outside, the “theater” looks like a shipping crate, the kind roadies roll around, except that it’s customized with various lights and bump-outs and a door that says Audience. Ushered inside by a guide in bright coveralls, you find yourself in a very red, very small space, perhaps four feet square; your seat is a sort of Pvc throne, donated by a guy who usually makes them for peep shows. Another door, two feet in front of your face, is shut, but you know that the “stage” must be behind it because it’s surrounded by lights. Before you can really get your bearings, though, that door suddenly slides open, and a play begins. A short play, certainly; depending on which one you get (there are seven, presented in semi-random rotation) it may be anywhere from four to eight minutes. But even so — and even with just a »

- Jesse Green

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