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The Week in Superlatives: Rowdiest Fight, Biggest Fake-Out, and Creepiest Karaoke Session

This behind-the-scenes story changes everything

Amanda Bell

In case you haven't heard (in which case, you must have some prime real estate under a rock in Dragonstone), winter is finally here! Game of Thrones is back, so for the next month and a half-plus, everyone's heads are going to be stuck in the clouds of Westeros. Of course, even though it feels that way, Game of Thrones isn't the only TV event worth talking about right now, so let's run through some of the biggest highlights of the small screen this week (with just a couple of GoT-related items, we promise).

The mic drop: Anytime Beyoncé Knowles-Carter puts her name on something, you can guarantee it'll be a cancel-all-your-plans-style event, so it's no surprise that her Homecoming documentary on Netflix was yet another showcase of her inimitability and staggering work ethic. The woman just does not miss.

The gutting backstory:The Flashfinally unveiled the reason for Nora West-Allen's (Jessica Parker Kennedy) decision to partner with Eobard Thawne, and, as it turned out, there was a lot of heartbreak behind it all. It turned out that while she and her best friend Lia (Kathryn Gallagher) were battling Godspeed, the latter was gravely injured and died in her arms. The truth of the matter might not have been enough to convince Barry (Grant Gustin) to trust her, but Iris (Candice Patton) sure was crushed at seeing her daughter suffer such a tragedy all alone.

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GIF of the week: A lot happened in Sunday's Game of Thrones premiere. There was a chilling intro, some fancy new threads, the return of that cryptic Night King's symbol, a celebrity cameo, a little dragon-riding, and, of course, some memorable (and often funny) encounters. The moment that truly set the internet ablaze, though, was when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) stole away for some alone time and decided to make out, which resulted in a hilarious impromptu staring contest between Jon and Drogon.


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Rowdiest fight scene: Killing Eve's new season is already delivering serious surprises with new showrunner Emerald Fennell steering the ship. This week, Villanelle (Jodie Comer) made the unwise decision to spend time with a stranger, and although he seemed harmless at first, this Julian (Julian Barratt) turned out to be a right weirdo, with a house full of creepy dolls and plans to make our assassin live as one of them. Unfortunately for this Julian, he picked the wrong girl -- er, was picked by the wrong girl -- and when he started to act on his aggression, right in front of his elderly mum no less, Villanelle revealed her true accent and promised that he would bleed to death. Julian fought back, but eventually she made good on that oath. That's what you get, Julian.

The biggest fake-out: We were definitely not prepared for the tragic events that went down in The Magicians' Season 4 finale. But this behind-the-scenes story might be even more jaw-dropping than that death: As it turns out, actor Jason Ralph was the only one from the show who even knew what was going on. Ralph told Entertainment Weekly that his co-stars only found out about Quentin's fate this week, because the script they read originally included a fake scene resurrecting his character. So, not only did the actor have to grapple with saying goodbye to his beloved character and the show, but he had to do so in silence. He didn't even get a going-away soiree. That is so ice cold we can't even touch it.

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Creepiest karaoke session: The newest installment of Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zonereboot features Steven Yeun as a mysterious traveler who shows up in a remote Alaskan jail and manages to charm everyone in town, except for one discerning officer, with a rousing rendition of Christmas karaoke. It's only after you find out who -- or what -- this "A. Traveler" really is that the scene becomes eerie, rather than cheery, but once the big reveal comes through, you just can't look at his sing-song bubbliness the same way anymore.

Weirdest fan flex: Chances are, you've heard that this was a big week in politics, as a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report was finally released to Congress and the public on Thursday. President Donald Trump responded to the report by tweeting yet another Game of Thrones-inspired poster of himself, writing "Game Over" in a familiar font. HBO was unamused, and, in a statement, the network objected to the use of their intellectual property for political purposes.

Binge of the week: If you're in the mood to watch a new comedy series about young man trying to balance his religious tenets and responsibilities with the reality of being a modern American -- with hilarious results -- check out Ramy's first season debut on Hulu.

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​Varys (Conleth Hill), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2

Varys (Conleth Hill), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2

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