Winter is here 2019

HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones is one of the most watched (and illegally downloaded) shows in all of media history, and this last season left off with some fairly high-end cliffhangers. Naturally, fans can’t wait for the next, and final season. Excitement is intensified with the fact that most of the cast is expected to arrive in Belfast (the main shooting location) on the tenth of this month. However, their excitement was met with devastation with the reveal that season eight will not premiere until 2019. That’s a long ways off, so to appease the mind for now, here’s what we know so far.

First off, some of the cast attended the New York Comic-Con this past weekend. Among them was Thrones actor Liam Cunningham (he stars as the modestly brought up Ser Davos Seaworth) who was able to provide updates about the season eight filming schedule. “We’re doing the first table read on Sunday for the first three episodes, second table reading on Monday,” he revealed. “Then we start rehearsals, then we start shooting.” It may not air until 2019, but rest assured there’s a set date. No dawdling, as filming will begin later this month.

Unfortunately for viewers, it has been confirmed that, following the known Game of Thrones style, the final season will not be all sunshine and daisies for the remaining characters. In fact, the writers have promised to make up for the lack of gore present in season seven. In an interview with Deadline, he discussed the season seven finale, and the possibilities of the final season. Of the latter subject, he is expecting heavy casualties, saying, “and the thing is, with so few characters left, [the viewers] should get used to and get ready for next year is Thrones returning to form and killing its main characters quickly. They’re going to go, and they’re going to go fast, and I think that the payoff of our characters not being in great peril this year will be that, next year, it’s going to be a bloodbath.”

Sheesh. If that doesn’t spur excitement for the show’s final season, then nothing will. It seems viewers had best stock up on tissues and pray to the Gods for the safety of their favorite characters, because Ned Stark has kept good on his words: winter is here.

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Early Season’s end?

By Zach Woodard

 

It was only Week 1 for the Arizona Cardinals as they played the Detroit Lions. They jumped out to an early lead against the Detroit Lions leading 10-0 at the end of the 1st Quarter. The 2nd Quarter didn’t go very well and the Lions scored 9 unanswered points to make it 10-9 at Halftime. It was in the 3rd Quarter when AZ Cardinals Star Running Back (RB) David Johnson went out with a wrist injury. The injury seemed to be no problem to Johnson as he continued to play through it.

It was after the game and the next day that he received his MRI that showed he would need surgery on his wrist and will be expected to miss 2-3 months, which is about 9-10 games of the new NFL Season. As of September 12th, the Cardinals have placed him on Injury Reserve (IR).

So, what does this mean for the Cardinals? RB Kerwynn Williams is named as the starter and RB Andre Ellington will be moved up as a Passing RB, or Pass Back, Williams old position. Along with these 2 taking on a new role, Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians agreed to terms with RB D.J. Foster who was just on the New England Patriots practice squad. With the help of D.J. Foster and solid play of Williams and Ellington, the Cardinals should be able to hold on while David Johnson recovers.

Due to David Johnson being a powerhouse RB, it will cost a lot of people their Fantasy Leagues. Typically, a RB is drafted in the 1st round or a very good Wide Receiver. For those who picked a RB first it was either Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell or David Johnson. With Johnson on IR, those who drafted him will take a big hit on their team. To compensate, Williams or even Ellington would be a decent back-up.

With David Johnson injured, this season can go either way. In fact, it was Chris Johnson’s injury is 2015 that allowed David Johnson to shine. Could Kerwynn Williams, D.J. Foster, or Andre Ellington be the new David Johnson? The Cardinals have 15 more weeks to find out!

‘Crybaby’ changing the game

By Bella Rodeles

 

The music industry has seen many artists come and go, with only a few rising above the rest and even fewer making a drastic influence on music. But the legends who have made it to this point needed to have a strong sense of identity and courage to go against the norm and make a change. There are artists like Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Eminem who revolutionized not only their genre, but music as a whole. Another performer who is on the verge of making this list, is Melanie Martinez.

Martinez, who was first discovered on The Voice, is an American singer songwriter. While she is not extremely well-known, the artist’s music is getting bigger and is spreading farther. Melanie is a refreshing change from the musical norm. Simply put, her music is weird – but in the best way possible. It’s far from anything that is typically played on the radio with its dark atmosphere and childish themes and it often gets mixed reactions. But that is exactly how she’s changing things. Every great revisionist was once thought to be crazy.

The singer songwriter not only writes all of her songs, but she often directs her own music videos as well. Martinez is not your average performer who has everything done for them; she really takes control of what she does. This makes her music even more enjoyable, knowing that it is 100% her own artistic expression.

Not only that, but the lyrics all have deeper meanings, and the music videos are even more complex. The music industry is full of shallow songs that don’t require the listener to really think about what the song is trying to say. Her debut album, Crybaby, changes all of that. Issues like cheating, plastic surgery, and almost every insecurity imaginable is brought up in the album, making it easy for anyone to relate to the music.

Melanie Martinez is so far out, she is practically her own genre. She is revolutionizing the way music is made and listened to. As her popularity grows, perhaps more artists will take notes and follow in her footsteps. Until then, I’ll be appreciating her individuality and waiting to see what her next bold move is.

Swift to lose ‘Reputation’

Adryan Fuentes

Are old time Taylor Swift fans upset with her sudden change of momentum as far as her music style is concerned? Once, not too long ago, Taylor Swift was the kind of artist you’d listen to in an effort to get over a bad breakup, or because you were head over heels for someone. But her new album, “Reputation,” and the song “Look What You Made Me Do” sends a very different message than older fans are used to.

Since her first album in 2006, most of her messages in her songs have been lighthearted and almost playful. But in here new song “Look What You Made Me Do,” she brings up old arguments and disagreements with a number of people, Jennifer Wright saying, “… in which she rehashes her old quarrels with Katy Perry, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris” (Taylor Swifts new song sends a dangerous message to her fans).

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It’s not only the message of her music that’s changed, but also the style. Two years ago, most would say she’s a country singer with a hint of pop to her. But on her newest album “Reputation” Taylor Swift has arguably changed her style to something that seems to closely be resembling hip-hop.

The vibe of the song itself seems purely negative, insisting on the best way to handle problems with people is to blame anyone else for the issue, and to instead ruin the relationship rather than attempting to fix anything.

The song itself has exploded as far as popularity is concerned, holding the #1 spot for most popular song on the Billboard Hot 100’s for two weeks straight. Obviously, if the old-school Taylor Swift fans aren’t enjoying the change of her music style and message, other people out there certainly do.

Only time will tell if Taylor’s newfound momentum will continue. While the argument as to whether the new album is a disappointment to her older fans, one thing is completely certain. Taylor has brand new attitude, and its earned her some serious recognition and attention in the music industry.

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