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How Game of Thrones Created the Epic Final Scene in "Hardhome"

Warning: This article will have spoilers from the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

Last week, fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series and non-book readers alike were delighted by the impressive sequence at the end of the Game of Thrones episode "Hardhome," which featured the Wildlings, a few men of the Night's Watch, and a giant named Wun Wun facing off against the White Walkers and their army of undead wights.

As book readers know, the devastation beyond the wall originally happened off-screen. The showrunners gave viewers the opportunity to see the action by bringing Jon Snow and Tormund right into the thick of it. "This was an opportunity to show the audience something that is going to be fresh for everyone, whether you're a book reader or not a book reader," David Benioff said. 

HBO just released this fantastic video that breaks down how the show's team created the scene, which required building a real wall and outfitting hundreds of extras in prosthetic makeup. "Those White Walkers actually looked like that on set!" Kit Harrington told Vulture. "With the eyes and everything. That's all prosthetic. It's not CGI at all." The creators walk through the decisions they made to fully capture the horror of the massacre, which lasted 20 on-screen minutes but reportedly took a month to film.

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

Whether it’s a sheep hanging out with Santa Claus or a panda bear hiding among some snowmen, regular Mental Floss readers know that hidden picture brainteasers are one of our favorite things. And the optical experts at Lenstore.co.uk have released a delicious one, just in time for Christmas. Somewhere in the midst of all these holiday-themed goodies above, there’s a holiday pudding just waiting to be discovered. Can you spot it? Your time starts … now.

If you give up, or are the kind of person who reads the last page of a book before the first one and just wants to know the answer, scroll down to see where it’s hiding.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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