HBO Submitted Game of Thrones's Worst-Reviewed Episodes for Emmy Consideration

Jacob Anderson and Kit Harington in "The Iron Throne," Game of Thrones's series finale.
Jacob Anderson and Kit Harington in "The Iron Throne," Game of Thrones's series finale.
Helen Sloan, HBO

HBO is in some serious denial.

It has been almost a month since Game of Thrones aired its final episode, causing an uproar of disappointment from fans. As BGR reports, the series's eighth season included the three worst-rated episodes in the show's history: “The Last of the Starks,” “The Bells,” and “The Iron Throne,” which earned 5.6, 6.1, and 4.3 stars, respectively, out of a maximum of 10 on IMDb. On top of that, “The Bells” and “The Iron Throne” are the worst-reviewed episodes in the show’s history on Rotten Tomatoes, with ratings of 49 percent apiece, while “The Last of the Starks” earned a 58 percent approval rating.

It's partly because of these episodes that more than 1.6 million people (and counting) have signed a petition asking HBO to remake the final season with “competent writers.” But after spending $90 million on Game of Thrones's swan song, there is little hope that will ever happen—no matter how many people sign their names.

The good news is that some people—namely, the network itself—believe these episodes are Emmy-worthy.

According to TV Guide, HBO is ignoring the backlash the final season received and putting forth some of fans' most-hated episodes for Emmy consideration. The network submitted three episodes for the Best Directing award, including Miguel Sapochnik’s "The Long Night," David Nutter’s "The Last of the Starks," and D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s "The Iron Throne."

And, though “The Iron Throne” was ripped apart by fans as the worst storytelling on the show, HBO submitted the finale’s script for the Best Writing category.

BGR points out that the less-hated episodes of the season—“Winterfell” and “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”—were not submitted for consideration.

HBO also reportedly submitted actors Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Alfie Allen, Pilou Asbæk, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Richard Dormer, Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Carice van Houten for their performances.

While the actors might deserve all the awards in the world, Game of Thrones—as a series—might not clean up at the Emmys the way it has in the past.

[h/t BGR]

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


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.