While every TV show prefers to keep its plot details and twists under wraps, Game of Thrones takes the secrecy to much higher, near pathological levels. The actors don’t see the episodes until the public does; last year, cocreator David Benioff wouldn’t even tell his wife , Amanda Peet, if Jon Snow was coming back from the dead (and she’s Amanda Peet!). HBO no longer gives the press advance copies of upcoming episodes; and just this week, the actress who plays Yara Greyjoy, Gemma Whelan, confessed that she was almost fired for publicizing her casting online. After building a reputation for show-stopping surprises like the beheading of Ned Stark and the Red Wedding, Thrones has rightly recognized how important those moments are to its success and to the audience, so the show really doesn’t play around. Pycelle was murdered by Qyburn, a close friend of Cersei, to help the future queen consolidate her power. As kids, we often jumped the alphabet. When no one could think of anything better, we’d make a line beside one of the two girls swinging the rope and then jump in and out with each girl yelling out the next letter in the alphabet.
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