We’re calling this a teaser because there is no footage what so ever from the upcoming 7th season but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have chills watching this teaser. In 90 seconds they basically sum up all the biggest moments of the show leading up to this new season. You hear a lot of angry Khaleesi in there and you know it’s about to be her season. But, as we all know Winter is here, and that means there’s a bigger battle to be fought. I can’t believe we have to wait until July for this!!
In honour of International Women’s Day, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Toughest Women on TV. (This post was originally created in October 2013 – some rankings have changed based on the ending of several series – sorry Gemma Teller and Deborah Morgan) Click here to see who made the original list.
10. Arya Stark (Game of Thrones)
So Arya Stark made our original list as well, coming in at the number ten spot, it’s not that we don’t think Arya is the ultimate heroine, she embodies everything that is a heroine, we just think she has so much more potential. She’s been on this crazy journey since the moment they chopped off Ned Stark’s head in the first season. She made it over to Braavos, she was selling oysters and cockles, she was blind and learned how to become a master fighter, and now she’s ready to kick some Lannister butt. Just like Khaleesi, Arya is on her journey home and I’m getting goosebumps just writing this up because I am so excited to see her reunite with everyone. Or at least, check off some of those names on her list. She is the Kill Bill of our heroine list. Do you guys see Arya making it to the end of the show? I’m so curious about her fate just because I don’t know if I need her alive at the end to feel satisfied, but I definitely need her to see her sister and brother at some point before the finale.
9. Lisa Prince (Kingdom)
Lisa Prince makes this list because the actress Kiele Sanchez absolutely swooped in and stole the second half of the season. It was one of the most powerful and heartbreaking performances I’ve ever seen, because she decided to come back on the show and share the heartbreaking experience of losing her child in real life. Both the creator of the show and Kiele decided to write her ordeal into the show, her character Lisa was already pregnant. For a show that’s majority sweaty men fighting their faces off, I can’t tell you the amount of power Kiele brought as a female character to the experience of watching this season. As a woman, as a viewer, I felt every single moment she was portraying, in those quiet and silent moments they gave her, those were the scenes where you just knew she was no longer ‘acting’. I also want to give props to the creator of the show that believed in her story, he believed in it so much that he wasn’t afraid to share her story in a show that is mostly watched by men, and is about men. Over the remainder of the season she tries to heal, she tries to get back to #werklife, and her acting honestly was brilliant. She was always a side character before, but this season she showed how she could hold her own. Surrounded by a group of men with seemingly superhero strengths, she came out as her own heroine. We can dig it.
8. Maeve Millay (Westworld)
The first season of Westworld didn’t just see the rise of the host population, it saw the rise of some badass bi**** to. The character of Maeve (played exquisitely by Thandie Newton) starts off as a sort of secondary character. Playing the hostess of the town’s brothel she’s used to getting used and abused by men from both sides. But when she’s taken backstage to fix up her robot wounds, she wakes up in the middle of a procedure and quite literally wakes up for the first time ever. I mean by the end of the season we learn more about her motivations and how much she can control, but even still, her character became one of the most interesting elements of the season, and almost answered the question fans were asking from the beginning. What would happen if a host enters the real world? We don’t know what’s in store for Maeve in season two, but we know that wherever she ends up, she’ll keep fighting to protect herself and her freedom.
7. Ginny Baker (PITCH)
Ginny Baker aka the first female professional baseball player. This show is full of amazing characters, especially some strong female leads, but at the center of it all is Ginny who is introduced to the MLB in the first season. And no, she’s not playing with other females, she’s playing alongside the big boys, so you can imagine the dynamic you’ll be seeing as she comes into the locker room, and how she plays on the field. Honestly, this was one of my favourite new shows this year, it still hasn’t been confirmed for a season two, so we are crossing our fingers.
6. Queen Elizabeth (The Crown)
God save the Queen! Or Claire Foy because she’s absolutely killing it playing Queen Elizabeth II. Claire Foy plays the Queen in a naive, playful, but really smart way. One of my favourite lines of the season, is when the Queen’s father has just passed away and she’s on the way to his funeral and she reads a letter from her grandmother and in the letter granny writes something like, today you are mourning two people, your father, and yourself because the person you were before is dead. Because she’s obviously the Queen now and she needs to step up, and stepping up may require her to be a different person, or a different version of herself. I think her biggest struggle to be Queen will always be the challenge of not forgetting who she really is. Staying true to herself while having to play the heroine for an entire kingdom.
5. The Girls of Riverdale (Betty, Veronica, Cheryl)
It’s not that I couldn’t decide which one of these characters is the strongest, or which one will have the biggest impact. It’s that I think these three characters are seamless, in that together they make the show better, they make their individual characters stronger, they affect each other in a way that impressionable teenage girls would have on one another. It’s been said, Riverdale is definitely a coming of age story. The show is full of characters, all learning about themselves in their own ways, but these three women have the potential to really control the direction and tone of the show. All three of them prove that there can be so many more layers to a character. Their comic book counterparts are very one dimensional, and very dependent on Archie’s story. We don’t see that as much in the show, I think the writers have something really amazing lined up for us.
4. Carrie Mathison (Homeland)
Honestly, Carrie is so good at being crazy, you just have to love her. People ask me if they should watch Homeland from the pilot episode, and I’m always like YAS! Duh!. But the show is really different from where it started. I’d like to say that Carrie has been the most consistent thing of the show, but I can’t because she’s legit crazy. There ain’t nothing consistent about a crazy person. But, the writers of do such an amazing job every season by throwing her crazy Carrie ass into different countries and situations, she shows how strong she is because she manages to save the world each time. I love that they slowed her life down this season. She’s back in NYC, she’s taking care of Frannie, and for what was basically 15 minutes of the first episode, everything looked to be pretty normal. And then there was Quinn, and crazy Carrie came out again, and every type of sh** hit the fan, but I believe in Carrie so much, that I know she’ll get out of it, she always does. Look, women are crazy, moms are crazy, but if you own it, and can still save the world from a massive terrorist attack, then you’re good in my books. Love you Carrie. Your baby daddy would be so proud.
3. Norma Bates (Bates Motel)
So I’m not a huge horror genre fan, although I’m obsessed with Ryan Murphy and everything AHS. I never got into Bates Motel. Well I tried a couple of times and then gave up. But everyone’s been talking so highly of it recently, I gave it another go, and now I’m hooked. Freddie Highmore does a psycho good job at playing Norman, but his mom – Norma is on another level. I think the most interesting characters are the ones that border on the line of villain/heroine. You get those beautiful moments in that middle area when you don’t know what the characters motivations are, you question their decisions, and you’re always on your toes. That’s Norma Bates. Played by Vera Farmiga, she honestly deserves all the awards. But so does everyone else on this list! She does such an amazing job at playing crazy so beautifully, Cersei is evil, and Carrie is crazy, but Norma is a mix of evil being beautiful. And I say beautiful because everything she does is rooted in her trying to be the best mother, she is so delusional, she believes she’s living in a beautiful innocent world with her son, but in trying to attain that she does some really fu**** up evil things. But in season four, you really see her for who she really is (because Norman’s away) she shows her true colours, and she is wonderful.
2. Fiona Gallagher, Shameless (Showtime)
Fiona Gallagher was on our original list, and it’s no surprise she still is. Her character has definitely grown over the past seasons, but this season saw a complete shift in her follow through. For a long time I think Fiona always knew what she had to do but could never actually do it. With most of the kids now older and able to fend for themselves, it gave Fifi a chance to focus on herself, her future investments, owning and managing her own business. It was amazing to see how far she’s come. Not all stories have a happy ending, especially in Shameless, the season had a super emotional ending with Monica, but it also saw Fiona make another brave and exciting decision. She’s in our number two spot because of all the things she achieved this season, there were a lot of different dynamics she had to deal with this season, in terms of her acting, and just her character, we loved it all.
1. Khaleesi, Game of Thrones (HBO)
I don’t think you have to be a Game of Thrones nerd to understand why Khaleesi will go down in TV history as the toughest character under 6 ft. She is the ultimate heroine, she is the mother of dragons, she will seek her revenge and it will be amazing. Also, she will stay on this list forever.
Seasons have come and gone. Winter is here. The end of season six saw Khaleesi set sail for King’s Landing, or wherever she’s about to dock her boat. Just as we suspected, the Greyjoys, you can really see how all these story lines are starting to intersect now. She’s got her dragons. She’s ready as she’ll ever be. Also, it’s perfect timing for her because King’s Landing had an explosive ending (I love saying that), with everyone literally blowing up – thanks Cersei.
- Cersei Lannister: That evil witch. Is she still considered to be a villian even after all her children are dead? Probably, yes, and even more so now.
- Michonne/Carol: I love these women, but The Walking Dead has been so boring lately I couldn’t even bother putting them on this list.
- Lena Dunham or Hannah Horvath: I had such high expectations for Girls, it is their final season, and I had wanted Hannah to be a more flushed out/successful character by now. Well I wanted that for all of them but Jessa’s still selfish, Shosh is still confused, Marnie is still crazy and Hannah is pregnant. So there’s that.
- Big Little Lies: Literally every woman in this show is badass.
What do you guys think? Are there any badass female characters you want to see on our list? Let us know – comment below.
Last night was the season six finale of Game of Thrones titled “Winds of Winter”, and a long with winter came a boat load (pun intended) of other things.
Seriously, best season finale ever, probably one of the best episodes the entire series has ever had. How they fit all of this into that, we’ll never know, just watch the episode, please. And then listen to our recap below.
What was your favourite part of the episode?
Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones titled ‘No One’ might have been their weakest episode of the season, but with our sights set on episode nine and ten, we reflect on how the writers have set up all these different story lines, and how they’ll unfold by the end of the season.
Listen to our podcast recap below and let us know what you think!
Since Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones ‘The Broken Man’ there’s been talk about two major events. Spoiler alert: Sandor Clegane is back and alive, and he’s gonna get his kill bill on…we don’t know who is first on his list but here’s to hoping its Cersei? The other spoiler ironically goes to the person that left him for dead – Arya Stark. Arya had left the house of Black and White and is on her way out of Braavos and trying to by passage on a ship. She takes a stroll through the town one last time and is approached by a cute little old lady. Only this lady ain’t so cute and definitely not old and is actually the Whaif in disguise. She stabs Arya a few times and really jabs the knife into Arya’s stomach, Arya manages to break free and tosses herself into the water below. The Whaif seeing the bloody water decides Arya’s dead and walks away smiling.
But then Arya breaks through the water’s surface and she’s alive! But badly injured and since she has nowhere else to go she walks through the bazaar clutching her bloody stomach starring at everyone’s faces and hoping the Whaif isn’t one of them to finish her off.
So that’s where we leave off with Arya, BUT the previews from episode 8 do show Arya jumping off a building and in the description it says ‘Arya is not alone’. Either way people, she’s alive. Our girls going to be okay. But while we wait to see what actually happens, let’s dive into the many theories of Arya Stark.
Theory #1 – Jaqen H’ghar
I mean the dude has an apostrophe in his name so you really don’t know what to expect from him. With those baby blue eyes, he’s like the Justin Bobby of Game of Thrones, one minute he’s evil and breaking your heart, and the other minute he’s scooping you up on his motorcycle and saving you from a really bad Brandy recording session. I still believe Jaqen H’ghar will come through for Arya, I don’t believe that he’s going to let her die after everything they’ve been through. I think the Whaif is pure evil and I’ll be completely surprised if Jaqen let’s that bi*** survive. You know, I just never saw Jaqen as a villain, as someone who would quickly turn his back on our girl, but I mean she did mess up a few times so maybe he’s done with her.
Theory #2- Arya Wasn’t Really Arya
People everywhere are going cray because let’s face it Arya > Sansa and everybody is freaking out right now. It’s hard for me to believe Arya would be walking around town and not having her eyes out for the Whaif. She knows she’s on Jaqens hit list now. Some people are saying that Arya could’ve been using one of the faces, so the person the Whaif stabbed wasn’t really Arya. But here’s what doesn’t make sense with this theory. If she really was using someone else’s face I think the writers would’ve went hard and then just killed fake Arya, maybe finished the episode with the shot of the bloody water. Why not use that Ace card if you can totally bring her back? (Maybe because this show isn’t as lame as The Walking Dead and Glenn doesn’t fake die 30 times) So there’s that, but also I think within her story, the stabbing adds a different type of struggle, we’ve never seen Arya this badly hurt, she’s always been able to count on herself but now she’ll have to find someone to help her out. (I find this theme resonates with the rest of her siblings as Bran was rescued by Benjen and Sansa connected with Jon.) It’s come to a point in all the Starks’ journeys where they can no longer make it on their own, they’re going to need outside help, and I think if you see the importance of that, then this theory might not add up.
Theory #3- She’ll Be Saved By the Play Actors
So I didn’t realize this until an interview with DB/DW that the play within a play scenes in Braavos are actually really important. I just figured it was a satirical way of looking at the events of the show and Arya happens to have to kill fake Cersei. But seeing how Arya stopped fake Cersei from dying, she might be the only person in Braavos that might actually want to help Arya and have the means to do it. Also how beautiful the irony would be that in the end fake Cersei ends up being the one to save Arya. It definitely is a believable theory, just look at Jon and his wildling friends. He decided to save them how many seasons back and they still stand behind him now. It just goes to show that any good deed isn’t forgotten in GGRM’s world, you just might have to wait a LONG time before you get something good.
Theory #4 – Syrio Forel
So fans everywhere are losing their sh** because last week we saw Sandor Clegane return from the dead, well he wasn’t really dead, he just never ended up dying. Which is also important to remember that it’s really, really hard to kill a Clegane brother. Now, people are believing in the power of ‘I need to see it to believe it’ which basically means we never saw Arya’s trainer Syrio Forel (who was from Braavos) actually die. We just heard clanging of swords from him and the night’s guard and we just assumed he was dead. I mean the dude was literally holding a wooden stick and was up against like 3 guards in full armour. In my opinion, I think he is dead, but again we didn’t see it happen so we don’t know. But that connection could still be there in Braavos, she could run into his wife or kid or something, but I just don’t know how they would know who she is / how she would know who they are. As I mentioned the description for episode 8 says something about ‘Arya is not alone’ and for some reason every time I say that in my head I hear Syrio’s voice, so maybe.
Theory #5 – Samwell Tarly
That is all I’m going to say about that.
Whatever happens, or whoever happens I think Arya will definitely make it through. I can’t imagine the writers killing her off now, there’s just so much more we expect from her. I’m still waiting on the day she meets Khaleesi. That will be like my Drake showing up on stage at a Rihanna concert, which did happen and I did see it, so Arya, get to werk.Follow @hollywd_heroine
If you’re a Game of Thrones junkie like myself, you’re probably dealing with a mild case of anxiety at the fact that we’re already coming up on episode 7 of season 6!! Where did the season go? Where is the season going? And most importantly, when is the hookup between Tormund and Brienne going to happen?
In my junkie opinion, I think this is the best season of Thrones to date. Since the season opener, each episode has brought us uber jaw dropping moments. Yes, even last week’s episode ‘Blood of My Blood’ had its ‘omg no waaaaaaay’ moment with the return of Benjen Stark. But some moments were more predictable than others. Like the return of Jon Snow, realistically we all knew this was going to happen it was just a matter of when it was going to happen. Or even psychotic Ramsay killing his father Roose, come on you had to know that was going to happen. Still, for every moment that we sort of maybe knew what was going to happen, there were moments and scenes that were utterly jaw dropping, spine chilling, and totally caught us off guard.
Here are the top 10 moments we never saw coming (mind you the season isn’t over):
10. Greyjoys forced out of the Iron Island:
I have to say thank you to Theon for saving our Sansa and helping her escape from Ramsay, and I also understand why he had to leave for home right away. Then seeing him arrive at the Iron Islands and then hearing him vouch for his sister as Queen made me forget all the bad things he’s done. I always figured him and his sister would rule the Iron Islands together and assist Sansa/a Stark in whatever they may need in the future. It was a huge curve ball to see Theon and his sister fleeing their home on their boats heading to what I hope is somewhere close to Khaleesi. The Greyjoy and Khaleesi connection would be insanely cool, obviously girl power, but it’s something that I never, ever thought could happen.
9. Tormund the Wildling and Brienne of Tarth:
But really how cute are they? I know everyone has been going wild for the wildling and his future bae, but is this an actual storyline? Or is it all just to have a little fun with the viewers? Seriously, I’m hoping she legit falls in love with Tormund and they rule the wilding crew together, which yeah would be pretty friggin’ awesome and something completely out of left field. Also, Tormund is pretty much the hottest character on the show, I’ve been calling him a lumbersexual since he graced my screen, so good for your Brienne, get it.
8. Mad King sighting:
The Mad King sighting in Bran’s vision was something I never expected to see. But with all these cool flashbacks this season, we’re getting a brief glimpse into the history of Westeros. As a book reader I always tried to picture what the Mad King and Rhaegar Targaryen looked like, so I was super excited about that. I’m still waiting to see Rhaegar and Lyanna.
7. Bran’s Power:
Going into season six we knew Bran was going to play a big role, we knew that he would eventually be the three eyed raven, but we didn’t really know what that meant. And even though we still don’t know the extent of his power, we do know that he has the ability to change/rewrite the past to affect the future. I expected Bran to play a big role, but I definitely didn’t expect this much to happen with him, and I definitely didn’t see him having the power to rewrite the past! Very cool.
6. Sansa taking a sip of that Lemonade:
Nobody really knew what was to come of Sansa this season. We didn’t even know if her and Theon would survive that jump from the Winterfell walls. So to see her in this boss ass bi*** role, takin’ a sip of Beyonce’s Lemonade, she’s all sassed out and ready to rule. Plus the scene with Brienne pledging her sword to Sansa was so damn beautiful. I definitely didn’t see this coming, especially this quickly.
5. Dying direwolves:
It’s always sad to see your favourite characters get axed on Thrones but to see the Stark direwolves get slaughtered is even more heartbreaking. First Rickon’s wolf gets beheaded and given to Ramsay, and then Bran’s Summer jumps into a mosh pit of wights and basically kills herself. What was she thinking? Ugh so loyal. But now we’re left with Jon’s Ghost and Arya’s Nymeria wherever she is. I put this in at number 5 because I think the fate of these wolves might sync with the fate of their owners.
4. Khaleesi and the Khalasar:
So with Khaleesi it’s a little different, because she’s always been a fan favourite, like Jon Snow. Everyone knew Jon Snow was going to come back, it’s just a matter of when and how. Same with Khaleesi, we were left with her being surrounded by the Khalasar at the end of last season without her dragons. And as a diehard Khaleesi fan I was okay with seeing her have to brave it out without her advisors or dragons. She was on her own for this one, and I knew obviously that she would find her way out. I just didn’t think she would legit burn her way out by murdering all the Khal’s, and then basically convincing the entire tribe to join her in taking over Westeros. I mean we’re only six episodes deep and there have already been these amazing, powerful scenes. Khaleesi and the Vaes Dothrak scene with the fire is probably top ten greatest moments of ALL TIME. There was just so much power and so much awe by the khalasar, and even us the viewers, I don’t think anyone expected it to happen at that magnitude. And more so, you’re like what can possibly top that?
3. Jon Snow / Sansa reunion:
This entire show you’re literally waiting for your favourite characters to line up. For them to finally meet in the middle and have their epic journeys intersect. Getting to see the Jon Snow/Sansa reunion right after Jon Snow just came back from the dead, was the greatest gift from God aka David Benioff and D.B Weiss. Jaw dropping, spine chilling, heartwarming, a tear jerking moment that we’ve waiting years for. And it really wasn’t expected, yes they were both in the North, but where last season ended off, I don’t think anyone could’ve predicted this reunion to happen.
2. Benjen Stark as Coldhands:
So I got a lot of feedback from people who said they didn’t really enjoy last week’s ‘Blood of My Blood’ episode. Because, yeah in comparison to the rest of the season it wasn’t as turnt up, maybe because of King’s Landing? (Side note: I literally avoided the entire King’s Landing story in this post because honestly who cares about the high sparrow) Anyways, something major did happen in episode six and hello his name is Benjen Stark. Remember Ned Stark’s brother from the Night’s Watch who went missing right around the time Jon Snow joined the night’s watch? Benjen was the reason why Jon joined in the first place. Anywho, I never wrote Benjen off, we all should’ve expected him to be lurking at some point during this storyline, and sure enough he comes to Bran’s aid right at the last second. There’s always a twist, and when the show revealed that it was Benjen under the cloak, we also find out that he isn’t full human. He was left for dead by the white walkers, and then the children of God brought him back to life by sort of making him into a white walker. So now he’s stuck in this middle form of a human/white walker and apparently there was a character in the book called Coldhands, so people are assuming those two characters have now been meshed together. Don’t know what that really entails, but I’m excited to find out.
1. Hodor – ‘Hold the Door’:
We always figured his name must mean something, there has to be a reason why all he can pronounce is ‘Hodor’ but what we didn’t know was that his name actually meant something else, something much more powerful and something that would save Bran and Meera’s life. The moment when Meera calls out to Hodor to hold the door, I had chills and it just clicked that his name really meant hold the door. What was even more powerful was that Bran had caused this all, and Hodor’s fate had been written all those years ago in Winterfell. Probably one of the most beautiful moments of the entire series thus far, I’m pretty sure everyone was bawling their eyes out when Hodor sacrificed himself to save his friends. Ugh.
So you see now, there hasn’t been one dull moment this season, each episode has been filled with excitement (minus King’s Landing) and I can guarantee you it’s not going to slow down. There are still a few predictions I have for this season, things that I think will completely shift the show.
Battle at Riverrun: So there’s a few main characters that are headed to intersect at this small castle, Jamie is headed that way, so is Brienne, but they will be on opposing sides. Does this call for a battle scene? Mini battle scene? Mini battle scene Brienne and Jamie? I think the biggest battle scene of the season might go to Jon Snow and Ramsay, so they may hold off on Riverrun for now, but it still might lead to Jamie’s demise, which would then put Cersei in the most vulnerable position because literally she has nobody else. Her son literally just became the son of a preacher man. So boy bye.
Cersei’s trial by combat: I think is going to be one of the biggest moments of the season. She’s already told Jamie that she’s going to use the mountain and it just seems rather lucky that once again he’s in the battle circle. Maybe this time his luck will run out if he’s up against a certain family member of his who we really don’t know died or not?
Tower of Joy scene: I’m still crossing my fingers hoping we get to see this scene that almost happened in Bran’s flashbacks. Obviously this scene would be huge, we would get to see Lyanna, dead or alive, and hopefully solve this whole R+L=J equation.Follow @hollywd_heroine
What do you guys think? Are there any other moments that were shocking to you?
This week’s episode of Game of Thrones delivered arguably the saddest moment of the season yet. I won’t get into details here, but listen to our podcast as we recap and analyze episode 5 titled ‘The Door’. Hint: It has something to do with Hodor.
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I don’t know how else to express the amount of excitement this season of Game of Thrones has brought to the table. Each episode has been on point, with huge story plots connecting – finally! Sansa has had it going on this season, from escaping Winterfell and Ramsay, to being found by Brienne, to finally, FINALLY, reuniting with Jon Snow at the Night’s Watch. Wow, what a powerful scene, what a beautiful moment for two of our favorite characters. But here’s the thing, that wasn’t even the best part of the episode. If you’re an uber Khaleesi fan like myself, the last few minutes of the episode were magical.
Go watch the episode, and when you’re finished listen to our recap podcast below. Let us know what you think, and also why was the episode titled ‘Book of the Stranger’?
The morning after another Game of Thrones episode. This one was a little bit of a filler but was still really, really good.
Bran and his flashbacks for the win!
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