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So it's no secret thatGame of Thrones features, well, a lot of death. The author of the book series, George R. R. Martin, clearly has no fear of killing off fans' favorite characters. From cough to ahem to pardon me to nudge nudge (trying not to spoil it for you GoT virgins!), we've experienced all five stages of grief when it comes to some of these beloved characters kicking the bucket. Red Wedding, anyone? Season 1, episode 9 shocker, anyone?
All right, all right, now that we got that out of the way, it's time to stop talking in vagueness. There are GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS ahead.
One of the most shocking deaths from season 4 and from A Storm of Swords took place when badass TyrionLannister shot his father TywinLannister with an arrow to a gut, causing Tywin to die right on the crapper. But the incredible actor who plays him, Charles Dance, revealed that Tywin is actually going to come back for season 5.
WHOA. EVERYONE. OMG. STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING. This breaking news definitely calls for caps lock. You just won't believe it!! It will change your freakin' lives. Seth Rogen has been hired as Waka Flocka Flame's "official blunt roller." It's true. It's okay, take a deep breath. If you applied, we apologize for breaking this news to you in such a way. It was such an in-demand, highly respected position, and the competition was fierce. Figures it would go to a famous celebrity who is most likely high in 99 percent of his interviews anyway.
It does sound like a pretty great job, right? Roll some blunts for a celebrity and get paid for it? Actually, the salary Waka offered is probably more than most of us make in a year ... so no wonder folks around the world were showing off their rolling skillz.
This is about as tragic -- yet inspirational -- as it gets. A school bus driver in Ohio sacrificed her life for a 10-year-old girl. She tossed the child out of the way of a rolling bus, but the vehicle struck the driver instead and she was killed.
Police say that Zborowski asked the students to do some routine evacuation drills after pulling up to Middlebury Academy. There were apparently about 38 students, ranging from kindergartners to eighth-graders. They got off the bus and lined up single file; then got back on and went out the emergency exit in the back. The last one to get off the bus, the 10-year-old, was climbing out when the bus began rolling backward.
It was inevitable that the domestic violence incident regarding Ray Rice and his wife Janay Palmer would touch more than just the world of football. Now a superstar singer is feeling the effects of the controversy as well: Rihanna. She went on Twitter to rage about how the NFL has been flip-flopping over her music since the video of Ray Rice was released.
Last week, CBS and the NFL pulled her segment singing "Run This Town," which was supposed to air before the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night game. Ray Rice was released from the Ravens and suspended from the NFL indefinitely. Reportedly, beginning with Rihanna's song, who's a domestic violence victim herself, along with its controversial lyrics (“Feel it comin’ in the air. Hear the screams from everywhere. I’m addicted to the thrill. It’s a dangerous love affair.”), caused them to pull the plug. This, of course, made Rihanna very, very angry.
Finally, a full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is available for our viewing pleasure! It's far longer than all those quick teasers we were privvy to during the past few months, and the full trailer just goes to show how much the series has grown -- both in scope and story. Seriously, some of these effects are super badass.
Now that Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has been brainwashed, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is using him as a weapon just like the rebels are using Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence). Though at least the kid is alive. No doubt some kind of rescue mission will go down -- but will he remember anything? And there are lots of quick glances at characters like Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and Margaery Tyrell Cressida (Natalie Dormer). And no, I refuse to stop mixing those characters up.