Only 22 Percent of the Dialogue in Game of Thrones Season 8 Was Spoken By Women

Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones Season 8
Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones Season 8
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The beginning of Game of Thrones season 8 saw nearly an even number of male and female main characters still alive, but many of the season's most significant moments centered around the women of Westeros: After witnessing Brienne of Tarth be knighted, we saw Arya Stark kill the Night King, which led to Daenerys Targaryen facing off against Cersei Lannister for the Iron Throne, and Sansa Stark ultimately being crowned Queen in the North. Yet, as the BBC reports, only 22 percent of the total lines in the final season were spoken by female characters, according to an analysis conducted by research group Ceretai.

As reported by Forbes, Ceretai has been tracking the percentage of lines spoken by both men and women since Game of Thrones first premiered, showing that the series has never had an even split between the sexes—or even close to that—when it comes to dialogue. Here’s what Ceretai found:

Season 1: 24% female dialogue
Season 2: 29% female dialogue
Season 3: 28% female dialogue
Season 4: 27% female dialogue
Season 5: 26% female dialogue
Season 6: 26% female dialogue
Season 7: 31% female dialogue
Season 8: 22% female dialogue

This data is pretty surprising, especially considering that while most of the women in the show overshadowed their male counterparts in season 8, the final season also marked the biggest disparity between male vs. female dialogue.

Forbes, in trying to come up with a reason for why this might be the case, pointed out that while Cersei was thought to be the big bad throughout the series, she was missing entirely from a couple of episodes. Sansa, too, was a bit on the sidelines and given little importance beyond making her thoughts about Daenerys widely known (and sharing Jon Snow's true identity with Tyrion Lannister). As for Arya: she was apparently too busy fighting the Night King and getting to King’s Landing ahead of everyone else to say very much.

Despite the disappointing statistics, Game of Thrones's final season did feature some of the best woman-led scenes in the series; women played just as important a part in the Battle of Winterfell as the men did, and they regularly emerged victorious. The ladies truly stole some of the best moments in the final six episodes—even if they didn’t have to say much to do so.

[h/t BBC]

A Friends Jewelry Collection Just Launched From Alex and Ani for the Show's 25th Anniversary

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The 25th anniversary of Friends is coming in September, and there is no shortage of ways you can celebrate, whether you binge-watch the series while drinking a cup of Central Perk coffee or head to a movie theater for a marathon of some of the show's standout episodes. Now, courtesy of jewelry outlet Alex and Ani, you can further flaunt your love of Friends with a line of new charm bracelets and necklaces inspired by episodes from the beloved '90s sitcom.

If you're looking for a gift for the Rachel to your Ross, Alex and Ani has a “You’re My Lobster” bracelet, featuring a charm of a little lobster and one with Phoebe’s famous advice. For your favorite coffee lover, you can get the Central Perk bracelet with the café’s logo and two little steaming coffee mugs. And for that friend that's always there to help you move, there's the gold Couch and Pivot Cluster Charm Bangle, which has multi-colored crystal charms, a couch charm, and one that, of course, reads “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!”


Alex and Ani

The pieces in the Friends Alex and Ani collection run from $39-$49 and can be found on the company's website or at select retailers.

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[h/t US Weekly]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

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