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
Helen Sloan, HBO

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]

Pottery Barn Is Launching a Friends-Inspired Furniture Line That Includes Rachel’s Iconic Apothecary Table

To celebrate this fall’s 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends in 1994, Pottery Barn is releasing a line of furniture inspired by the beloved NBC sitcom, Deadline reports.

The collection will feature accessories, furniture, and tabletop items, including Central Perk mugs. One highlight is a replica of the apothecary table that made a name for apothecary tables everywhere with its spotlight-stealing performance in the season 6 episode “The One with the Apothecary Table.” In it, Rachel purchases an apothecary table from Pottery Barn and, when she finds out Phoebe hates Pottery Barn, tells her the table is an antique from the “days of yore.” It gets more complicated (and hilarious) from there.

Pottery Barn's 'Friends' furniture collection
Pottery Barn

According to BuzzFeed, the episode was actually part of a product placement deal with Pottery Barn, and Entertainment Weekly even ranked it first on their “Best Product Placement” list for Friends.

You can shop the collection beginning on July 30, with prices starting at $12.50. If you’re a diehard Friends fanatic looking to celebrate its 25th anniversary in a way that Rachel Green would be proud of, you can also enter Pottery Barn’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip for two to Los Angeles, complete with a $1000 shopping spree to Pottery Barn and a Warner Bros. Studio Deluxe Tour which includes, of course, a visit to the Central Perk set.

And, if you haven’t seen “The One with the Apothecary Table,” you can watch it on Netflix before Friends leaves for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max in 2020.

[h/t Deadline]

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

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