The pandemic has given us all a lot of time to think about what we’re doing with our lives and examine our choices. Life comes at us pretty fast — one minute you’re 5 years into a worthless art school bachelors’ degree, playing beer pong in a shithole apartment in Ukrainian Village; the next, you’re knee deep in invites to bridal showers, baby showers, and surprise 40th birthday parties.

During this forced lull, I have been doing some serious soul searching about what I, in my early 40s, actually want to be doing with my one wild and precious life…

Here we are. The final episode. Over the last two months, we’ve seen dragon warfare. We’ve lost great Houses (Rest in Power, Olenna Tyrell). We’ve cried through family reunions. We’ve faced the Night King. What does it all come down to? “Maybe it really is all about cocks in the end,” Jaime muses to Bronn as they stare at the Unsullied army. Now that Jaime’s defined what the patriarchy is, we are off! Welcome to the seventh season finale, heauxs.

We spend most of this super-sized episode in King’s Landing, where Cersei, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and their entourages are…

How much did all y’all scream at your television during Episode 6? I was shrieking like I just found a bag of face skins beneath my sister’s bed. “Beyond the Wall” was kind of a mess, kind of awesome, and kind of heartbreaking all at once.

Let’s get the worst out of the way first. In Winterfell, the tension between Arya and Sansa grows worse by the minute. Arya holds evidence that can threaten Sansa’s image in the eye of the northern lords. Sansa vents to Littlefinger, who reminds her that Brienne is sworn to protect both sisters. Remembering the…

After last week’s barn burner of an episode, we’re back to the business of moving the pieces across the board to set up for the last act, but I’m not mad. This hour was more of a slow burn similar to episodes from earlier seasons, back to politics, side-taking, and strategizing. …

Stark siblings

Everyone cue up your Alicia Keys Spotify playlist because this episode is ON FIRE-AHH!! OMG you guys, what I am going to do when this season ends in just three more weeks!? I’m probably going to get some TV version of seasonal affective disorder and wander drunkenly through the Bristol Renaissance Faire, trying to capture some small semblance of medieval fantasy back into my dreary everyday existence. But enough about my social life, let’s talk episode 4, “The Spoils of War.”

Just outside of Highgarden, Jaime and Bronn are packing up the gold they just seized during the capture of…

Get ready to be beaten over the head with “fire and ice” metaphors, because this week on Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow finally meet! The episode begins with Jon and Davos arriving in Dragonstone, where they are greeted by Tyrion and Missandei. “This place has changed,” Davos comments, possibly remembering the good ol’ days when times were simpler and Stannis burned heretics on the beach.

Jon and Davos are presented to Daenerys in the throne room, where Missandei reels off Her Grace’s super long title — The Unburnt, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains…

Arya and Nymeria’s reunion

If there’s one thing that’s changed over the course of this show, it’s that ravens can apparently now travel at Google Fiber speed. I recall the earlier seasons, when characters spent several episodes traveling on the King’s Road from Point A to Point B and communication moved exactly as slowly as you’d think for a place where your only method of relaying a message was trusting that a dumb bird would fly to the right castle. However, now that we’re in the final two seasons of the show, we don’t have time to watch Varys cross the Narrow Sea not…

Shall we begin?

The long-awaited seventh season of Game of Thrones is finally here! Hopefully, you’re caught up by now, because I am super excited to dive into this new episode with y’all.

The episode kicks off with a cold open, in which we see Walder Frey toasting his House with a glass of Arbor Gold. We immediately know something’s up since we saw Arya slit his throat at the end of the last season. Sure enough, after kicking back their glasses of wine, the entire room full of Freys begins coughing up blood and slumping to the floor. Walder…

Brie Larson as Carol Danvers

There’s a pivotal moment in Captain Marvel, the 21st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where our hero Carol Danvers says to a man “I have nothing to prove to you.” This could just as easily be Brie Larson, the film’s star, speaking to the thousands of trolls who orchestrated an attempted Rotten Tomatoes takedown of the first MCU movie to feature a woman in the lead role. Despite the organized effort to bomb the movie’s opening weekend box office, Captain Marvel is already a whopping success.

We first meet Carol while she’s living on the planet Hala as a…

I recently spent a weekend visiting family and during a 36-hour period we watched 5 Hallmark Holidays movies. I haven’t had basic cable in eons and I’ve never been much of a big romantic comedy gal in the first place, so this binge was wild. I know people love these movies — enough to support round-the-clock showings from late October into the new calendar year. This season alone, Hallmark is releasing 37 new original movies and I can tell you the plot of every single one right now:

A plucky/overworked/lovesick gal from the big city finds herself at the crossroads…

Kim Nelson

Kim Nelson is a writer, outdoor cat, pop culture nerd, reader of all the things, karaoke enthusiast. www.kimberlymilanelson.com

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