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Monday, July 9, 2018

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Maisie Williams Bids a Bloody Farewell to Game of Thrones. Is Maisie Williams trying to tell us something about the final season of Game of Thrones? The Arya Stark character said goodbye to the HBO hit on Saturday by posting a picture of blood-spattered sneakers. "Goodbye Belfast. Goodbye Arya. Goodbye Game of Thrones," she wrote alongside the photo. "What a joy I've had. Here's to the adventures to come." The actress then posted a series of hashtags, including #LastWomanStanding #Barely #ImmaSleepForTheNextFourYears #JustKiddingIDontSleep." But what does this mean for Arya's fate? Is Arya the last woman standing, or is Williams simply the last woman to finish filming? Looks like we'll have to wait until next season to find out. This wouldn't be the first time Williams has hinted at the show's end. In February, she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and told the late-night host she knows how the series wraps up. "It's just surreal to be honest," the 21-year-old star said at the time. "Being with the show for so long and then it also having the following that it does, it's just everyone is waiting for this moment and then you read it and it's, like, incredible." She also isn't the first cast member to tease the final season. During an interview with Vanity Fair, Emilia Clarke said shooting her final on-screen moments "f -- ked me up." The cast has obviously grown close over the years. Williams is a bridesmaid in her co-star Sophie Turner's wedding to Joe Jonas. In addition, several of the show's stars attended the wedding of Kit Harington and Rose Leslie in June. Game of Thrones returns in 2019. (Eonline)

Post writer's Megyn Kelly appearance boosts book sales. Megyn Kelly's viewers seem to be a bookish bunch. Right after The Post's Susannah Cahalan appeared on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" on Thursday to talk about her book, "Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness," it rocketed from No. 150 on the Amazon best-seller chart to No. 12 -- the tome's highest point in the ranking in five years. The book, first published in 2012, is now a Netflix movie starring Chlo Grace Moretz as Cahalan. (PageSix)

Patricia Clarkson: Robin Wright 'led charge' to save 'House Of Cards'. When Netflix was on the verge on impeaching "House of Cards" amid the Kevin Spacey scandal last year, it was the new president who rallied the base to save it. So says Patricia Clarkson, who was on CBS' "The Talk" on Friday. She told the panel that Robin Wright -- who plays Veep-turned-President Claire Underwood on the veteran D.C. drama -- lobbied hard to keep it going. "Robin led all of this charge so that people would save their livelihoods, because when the show goes away, some people don't get paid," said Clarkson, who joined "House of Cards" for Season 5 last year. "We have beautiful showrunners, Frank [Pugliese] and Melissa [Gibson], and they killed themselves to rethink the whole show," Clarkson said of the efforts after Spacey was fired from the show amid a wide-ranging sexual harassment scandal. "It's only eight episodes. ... I think it's going to be a stunning, stunning new season and I'm thankful for it." Clarkson debuted on the series midway through Season 5 as Jane Davis, Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade and a veteran of the D.C. wars. Her character becomes a valuable source of information -- and support -- for the second President Underwood and returns for the sixth and final season. Netflix has yet to set a premiere date. (PageSix)

How Amy Adams Related to Her Sharp Objects Character and Found Inspiration in Reese Witherspoon. As of Sunday, Amy Adams joined fellow A-listers Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in their quest to take over TV as well as movies. Of course, Adams has been on TV before -- even in several episodes of The Office back in 2005 and 2006 -- but now she's not only a star, she's a boss. She plays both the lead character and executive producer on the drama Sharp Objects, which premieres this week on HBO. The show is an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn book of the same title, which is about a journalist named Camille (Adams) who returns to her home town (and her ridiculous mother, played by Patricia Clarkson) to investigate the murders of two young girls, just after being released from a psychiatric hospital. While the show is a little darker from the get-go than Big Little Lies, the two shows still have a lot of similarities, and Adams says she took some inspiration from the leader of the moms of Monterey, Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Witherspoon). "Reese inspires me all the time. She's such a go-getter," Adams told E! News' Zuri Hall at the show's premiere last week. "I like wake up and take my time. I always imagine she wakes up with like, a list. She's just ready to go, but she's inspired me in her role as producer and creator for a long time." Not only are Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects both adaptations of books about complicated women, they also share a director. Jean-Marc Valee is the director on both series, and Adams would like to make it clear that she was having conversations with him about Sharp Objects before Big Little Lies came about. "I was excited to get to kind of have them break him into television, because it's a different beast," she said. Also like Big little Lies, Sharp Objects finds its leading ladies dealing with more than it may seem on the surface. "I think that one of the things I really related to is that Camille is somebody who sort of keeps her pain on the inside," Adams said. "I mean, she has a lot of vices and a lot of outlets for her pain, but I think that's something that a lot of women relate to, is we tend to be private with our pain, and I really had that in common with her." To deal with some of that pain the actors have to channel while on set, Boss Amy kept things rather light when possible. "I'm a bit of a jokester. I can be pretty silly," she admitted. "You know, of course I respect if somebody needs to be quiet or have silence, but for the most part I like to laugh." Sharp Objects premiered Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. (Eonline)

Outlander Season 4 Wraps Production With a Delightful Video Message. Outlander season four is done filming! And now we wait. And wait... and wait. It's going to be a long summer. The stars of the Starz drama marked the end of filming on social media, of course. Both Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe tweeted about the end of production and the network blessed Outlander fans with the fun video. Droughtlander is real, y'all. "I can't wait to see what you guys think of season four. You're going to love us too," star John Bell said while hugging an adorable dog. It's been roughly seven months since Outlander graced our TV screens. That's seven months without Claire and Jamie, those longing looks and all the passionate scenes. Hopefully these messages from the cast and crew can get you through until November 2018. Don't forget: Outlander has already been renewed for seasons five and six. "Fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges, adversaries and adventures in seasons five and six as we delve into American history and continue the story of the Frasers as they settle in the New World," Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in statement when the renewal was announced in May. Outlander season four premieres in November 2018. (Eonline)

And the Most Successful Reality TV Dating Show Is... Can you actually find everlasting love on reality TV? It really is the great modern dating quandary of our time, as contestants on shows like The Bachelor or Married At First Sight often use the excuse that their chances of finding love in front of the cameras are often just as high as finding it by swiping right on a dating app. But do the couples these reality dating shows produce actually last? And which of the shows actually has the highest success rate? E! News set out to find the answer, once and for all. So what were the factors we took into account? Well, it had to do a long running series, with at least three seasons under its belt. And the mission statement of the show had to be finding your soul mate, ruling out a competition series like Bachelor Pad, which ultimately, was all about the Benjamins -- and not of the human variety. Ditto long running series like The Challenge and Big Brother, where hook-ups may happen and are encouraged, but aren't main objective. And one-off series, like A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila or I Love New York also didn't qualify. Ditto something like MTV's Next or Blind Date, where it was a one-off episode, with the "couple" never to be heard from again. Ultimately, that left us with the following shows, which are all still airing: ABC's trifecta of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, Lifetime's Married At First Sight, and MTV's Are You the One? So which of these five shows has the highest success rate?

Yep, half of The Bachelorette's couples, including current star Becca Kufrin who is engaged to her winner, are still together. (We included couples that are engaged/still dating.) Married At First Sight's first season helped them deliver a solid percentage, with two of the three couples still married. Speaking to what most successful reality TV couple have in common, Married At First Sight expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz said there is one denominator: commitment. "You really have to have commitment to the process and idea. I sometimes think that why some marriages that are started in the conventional way versus the unconventional," she explained to us. "I don't think there's anybody who's been in a longterm relationship that hasn't had serious conflict or disappointment. Why do some people divorce and others do not? Some people believe so firmly in what they've constructed, even when it's disappointing or going south for a while that they hang in there and they get through it. So that commitment is one of those things that's really, really important." And that commitment is important to network executives, too, even if the relationship doesn't always deliver the ratings they hope for. Just take the last season of The Bachelor for example, with the lead Arie Luyendyk Jr. not exactly impressing Bachelor Nation throughout his season, though he is currently still with his (eventual) pick, Lauren Burnham. (The two are set to wed in January 2019.) "You've got to look at that as a successful Bachelor," Robert Mills, the senior VP of alternative programming at ABC, told E! News, of Arie ultimately finding love. "That stems from the fact that when he came in here -- you can debate how he handled this all you want -- but he was incredibly sincere and just wanted to get married. I think we'd be foolish to not look at a Bachelor with that kind of ethos." (Eonline)

The Walking Dead Season 9 Poster Will Leave You With Many Questions. Who's ready to dissect an image? The Walking Dead fans are! AMC released The Walking Dead's 2018 Comic Con poster featuring Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes front and center with a cropped haircut, a crossbow-wielding Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Carol (Melissa McBride) and what looks like Maggie (Lauren Cohan) sans baby bump. Nothing out of the ordinary there when it comes to the characters, aside from the new 'do on Rick and Maggie's lack of bump. New showrunner Angela Kang confirmed there will be a jump ahead when the show returns for season nine in October. "We're playing with time in the season, so we get to jump forward in the story," Kang said during a panel appearance in New York City. So at least six to nine months have passed... What is interesting in the photo is the background. Is that the Capitol in Washington, DC? There's also a skyline behind Carol. And there are helicopters flying overhead. Is Rick Grimes' plan for survival going countrywide? Well, what's left of the country? Rumors about the cast of The Walking Dead have been running rampant during recent months. Cohan is set to star in ABC's Whiskey Cavalier alongside Scott Foley, but is returning to The Walking Dead. For how long? That remains to be seen. And according to reports, this will be the last season of TWD for Lincoln. What happens to Rick Grimes, the central character of both the TV and comic book series it's based on, again, is unknown. However, Jon Bernthal, who played Shane in the first two seasons, was spotted in Atlanta with the cast. "We're working on a season that has a really fresh look and feel," Kang said about the new season. "We come in on some pretty fun stuff. I'm really focusing a lot on the core character relationships in the show that have kind of been long-lasting, as well as all of our wonderful series regulars." More details will be revealed at Comic Con. (Eonline)

"Big Brother" houseguest Kaitlyn went from zero to stupid real quick when she dropped the n-word Thursday night during the show's online live feed. She was talking to 2 other guests -- Tyler and Scottie -- about making a quick transition ... when Kaitlyn, who is white, decided it was the perfect time to quote Drake's "0 to 100" ... and NOT the clean version. She said, "I did got zero to 100 n**ga, real quick." Seems like she realized her idiocy real quick too ... because she immediately said "Oops," and continued mumbling lyrics to the song as if to say ... I was just singing a song, I'm not racist! All 3 of 'em must have remembered at that moment producers JUST finished warning them about this kinda crap ... after Angela and Rachel worried their tans would make them look too "ghetto." 'BB' producers say the racist language will not be used in the CBS broadcasts. (TMZ)

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