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Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 review The Last of Starks: Neither Brienne-Jaime nor an orgy can save this one

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Game of Thrones Episode 4
Director – David Nutter
Cast – Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams
Rating – 3/5

After that chaotic and spectacular third episode, Game of Thrones took a turn for the boring and the dull with its latest episode, The Last of Starks. To be fair, the last 10 minutes were quite thrilling in true Game of Thrones fashion but that’s not really something to applaud when the entire episode stretches out to one hour 14 minutes. Conversations dragged on while important scenes were cut short before we could even get to the good part. Characters either did awkwardly uncharacteristic things or were utterly predictable in what were supposed to be moments of great suspense. All in all, this episode was one the biggest disappointments of the season so far. But hey! At least we could see all of it without needing to squint or adjusting brightness levels on our screens.

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The first 20 minutes tried hard and failed at first, getting you to weep for the dead with Jon Snow’s mediocre speech, and then again at getting you into the celebratory spirit of the survivors of The Long Night. The scene dragged on with not much to take home except how much Daenerys Targaryen hates that Jon is the popular one at school. But then, didn’t we know that already? Then while a castle full of men and women break into an awkward orgy that neither we nor The Hound wants any part of, our aunt and nephew duo decide it’s finally time to talk family business.

The Daenerys-Jon conundrum comes up several times not just between the two but also with a dozen other characters as well. The discussions between Varys-Tyrion, Tyrion-Sansa and Varys-Tyrion again were long and tiresome but the one scene that needed a little more time was cut short just when it was getting good. After making his sisters pinky promise not to share his secret with the world (which Sansa ends up breaking anyway), Jon finally allows Bran to reveal the big truth to the last of Starks. However, the scene fades into another right before we could watch Sansa and Arya’s reaction to it. While a teary-eyed Sansa does talk to Tyrion about it, we do not get anything at all from Arya the next time we see her.

Another scene got a similar snip of the scissors when Tyrion gets knocked out once again before a battle, just like he did in the first season at the Battle of Green Fork. However, this one might deserve some forgiveness as it followed some important moments of the episode. The Greyjoy fleet’s ambush, the dragon going down, the spears breaking apart a ship in mere seconds were quite enough to prove how the rest of it would have gone for Dany’s army.

In a moment of predictable fan service, the makers decide to let Jaime and Brienne go at it. To be honest, I really appreciated their relationship for its more platonical quality and for the understanding that it’s about two people who are bonded through their great respect for each other. They are soldiers in arms and they make each other better. And all seven gods know how much Jaime needed her for his redemption arc on the show. Now I am all for Brienne owning her sexual desires and disproving that a woman who is a hero and a warrior can also wish for more. However, I also wish the two were left in that precious little room, right by the bonfire where he knighted her and she smiled through her tears. I wish she could have this night with someone else, someone who is not Jaime (and also not Tormund though).

Now I can already hear an echo of a chatter coming our way. With the way the episode ended, surely millions will say that this is marks the show’s return to its roots. The dark, unpredictable end of Missandei might find a lot of mentions but that was not really true Game of Thrones at all. If at all this episode reminded one of the early seasons, it was the moment when a spear lodged itself into Rhaegal’s throat right as Dany arrived at King’s Landing. In just a couple of seconds, the dragon goes down and the tiny fleet also gets wiped out. Dany’s hopes of sticking a superhero landing turned to dust.

But who didn’t see Missandei’s end right when Cersei put her in chains? Did anyone in their right minds think that she would spare her? Back in season one, Ned Stark’s death was a shock because a) he was the protagonist b) he had put his pride aside for a life of shame after confessing treason c) it would have been disadvantageous to Cersei to have him killed. But guess what? Sadistic boy Joffrey did it anyway. But on today’s episode a) Missandei was an easy target and a tertiary character b) she and her queen was full of pride and making threats to Cersei and c) Cersei has no reason to spare her life. She has already outnumbered the Targaryen fleet, brought a dragon down and has a layer of innocents protecting her from dragonfire. She has a clear upper hand in this situation now and to think she would not kill Missandei for the kicks would be just plain stupid.

When we first realised that the Night King’s army will be fought with in the third episode itself, I was quite relieved. Thankful that we would get the good ol’ Game of Thrones-y scheming, plotting, battles and dramas in the final three episodes. But I guess as we bid goodbye to White Walkers, witches, and dragons, it’s not just Westeros that is losing all magic, but the show as well.

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Cannes 2019: Sonam Kapoor transforms into modern-day maharani, sports two different looks.

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The latest Bollywood celebs to grace Cannes this year are Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Before Sonam’s red carpet appearance, the actor shared pictures in beautiful gowns to keep the mood going.

Sonam shared two sets of pictures on Instagram on Monday, one is a beautiful Elie Saab-designed purple gown and another creamed-coloured, riched embroidered Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla-designed off-shoulder gown for the Chopard La Nuit Des Rois dinner party. The purple outfit was for press conference at Cannes.

Sharing the purple dress look, Sonam wrote: “@eliesaabworld for press all day everyday” while for the dinner party, later in the evening, she shared another lot of pictures and wrote: “For the @chopard #lanuitdesrois dinner party in @abujanisandeepkhosla”

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Earlier in the day, the Bollywood fashionista, who along with sister Rhea Kapoor reached the French Riviera on Sunday for the ongoing 72nd Cannes Film Festival, stunned fans with her gorgeous looks in an exquisite red gown. Looking ravishing and fresh in the red dress by Valentino, she opted for a fresh face of makeup with nude pink lips and beautiful eye makeup to round off her look.

The ongoing Cannes Film Festival, which started on May 14, has seen a string of Indian celebrities making their red carpet appearances. Bollywood divas who have ascended the red carpet so far include Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Huma Qureshi, Diana Penty, Hina Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The festival will go on till May 25.

Last seen in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Sonam has been busy shooting for her next film, The Zoya Factor. Based on the book of the same name by Anuja Chauhan, the film also stars Malayalam sensation Dulquer Salmaan. The film, which was reportedly set to release in June this year, has been postponed to September, owing to the commencement of ICC Cricket World Cup in May-end.

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Aishwarya Rai brings drama to Cannes red carpet in elaborate white gown

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After making a stunning appearance at the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival on Sunday in a golden mermaid dress, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan slayed the red carpet in white on her second day at the ongoing festival.

Aishwarya walked the red carpet on Monday in a white feathered and tulle dress by Ashi Studio, accessorised with diamonds. She flaunted kohl-rimmed eyes and light pink lip colour with her hair pulled back in a bun to complete the look. She also shared pictures and videos showcasing her latest red carpet look. The picture came up for much praise with actor Deepika Padukone giving it her stamp of approval.

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She shared a new picture on Instagram early Tuesday where she is seen in a sea-blue dress, posing elegantly for the camera. Aishwarya has shared a mid-shot of herself where she flaunts the dress.

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Aishwarya also had three impressive looks for her second day at the ongoing film festival, apart from the red carpet look. She flaunted her summery style with three more vibrant looks. She wore a horizontal striped red-and-white dress for the first look, while the second had her in a denim jacket and white top combo. For the third one, she paired a colourful jacket with denims and a plain black top.

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Anil Kapoor on wife Sunita’s refusal to pose for a magazine cover: I almost fell at her feet ki ‘photo lele yaar’

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Married for 35 years, and dating for 10 years before that… actor Anil Kapoor completed 45 years of togetherness with wife, Sunita Kapoor, today. Here’s Anil in a freewheeling and exclusive conversation, recalling and revealing tidbits about his love story.

What’s the story behind your marriage?

I fell in love with her voice first. I thought ‘oh God, what a beautiful voice yaar, kya English bolti hai, pronunciation is so well’. I met her for the first time at Raj Kapoor’s house. She was so attractive, and if I may say, sexy also… she wore these gogo glasses, which are big, round and rimmed. Then we started chatting on phone, and our friendship grew. First it was a very platonic friendship, which developed into love. I started missing her when she wasn’t around. I had to speak to her, I felt a vacuum. I would travel by buses to meet her.

What was that point which made you take the plunge?

When I felt that I will be able to financially support her. She had made it clear ‘I won’t go in the kitchen, I am not going to cook for you’. I never expected her to cook for me. I thought I should have a lot of servants, and a good chef in my house. I am a Punjabi, I am fond of food. Also, another point was that when I felt I can have a home. All my life, I was happy, we lived in a rented home. When I was a kid, my family stayed in a small little place. Then one room, and then two bedroom hall. But all of them were rented, we could never afford to buy it. I needed a chef, a cook, and then I proposed to her and we got married.

A notion attached to Bollywood was that young actors were dissuaded from getting married. Did that happen with you too?

I was dissuaded, (people said) it was hara-kiri for me to get married. I came to a situation where I was at crossroads — career or love. I had started getting work, but everyone said ‘you are doing well, and your career has just started. You are climbing the ladder of success, and now that you are getting married, you are going to come down.’ I had to make a choice — either come down, or get married. I said I don’t mind coming down, but I will not sacrifice… she’s more important for me. It’s a fact, I am not faking it.

So while you were busy working in films, she decided to stay at home and take care of your children, Sonam, Rhea and Harsh Varrdhan…

She was not one of those wives, she was always working. When we were not dating each other, she was a model. A banker’s daughter, she always supported herself, and never took money from her parents. That’s one of the things I respected a lot. She said ‘When I am going to get married, I will come in just this one outfit. There will not be one single ornament or jewellery, just one salwar kameez or sari, that’s it. Rest we will build ourselves.’

She’s quite media shy. She didn’t give us even one quote for this interview!

She’s not media shy, she just doesn’t speak to the media. She wants to lead a normal life. I respect her decision, but sometimes, that went against me. I also wanted to project myself in front of the public, have a few (magazine) covers done (that said) ‘HAPPY FAMILY’ ‘ANIL KAPOOR’S WIFE’. Maine badi koshish ki ‘I am getting this cover, that cover’, almost fell at her feet ki ‘photo lele yaar’. What to do?

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