Jill Baughman

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I'm the copy chief & an occasional writer for The Stir. I really like grammar and words and very nerdy books, which is weird to most people. I live in uptown New York City, but you can always find me at a Pittsburgh Steelers bar during football season on Sunday. I like the Steelers so much that I even blog about them.


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    Did you know that today is William Shakespeare's 450th birthday? I would love to tell you all about his genius and numerous accomplishments and contributions to the language which we continue to constantly butcher nowadays, but no. Today I must tell you about the way Justin Bieber is pissing everyone off again. I'm so sorry.

    Because clearly that is far more important!

    Is there any way Justin can travel internationally without offending the entire world? He has apologized Wednesday after visiting a Japanese war shrine. Apparently he thought it was just a beautiful site and only used as a place for prayer.

    The Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo enshrines 2.5 million who have died in World War II. It seems that Justin forgot everything, if anything, he may have learned about the Japanese and World War II. On top of all this, military leaders who committed "mass atrocities" are enshrined there as well.

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    Now that the dust has settled after the premiere of "Breaker of Chains" -- everyone wants to talk about that scene. Game of Thrones has been known for, shall we say, upping the ante on scenes from the original source material that were already insanely bloody or mind-blowing or disturbing, and last week was no exception. It seems HBO at times approaches the books' most anticipated scenes with a "What the hell! Let's make it crazy!" attitude.

    Case in point: The Red Wedding, Theon's torture, and the scene last week between Jaime and Cersei. In order not to give too much away, I'll put in a SPOILERS WARNING right here. If you haven't watched the show (really?) and don't want to know anything about these aforementioned scenes, please move on to something else and let the nerds take over, thanks.

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    Devoted fans of the show are certainly going to miss it, but I think the rest of us can agree that True Blood has run its course. With new, amazing shows like Game of Thrones and True Detective to focus on, HBO has made what was probably a very difficult decision by making season 7 the very last for True Blood. Fans who have tuned in since season 1 (raises hand) are hoping that the show will go out with a bang.

    Now that a new season 7 trailer has been released, it seems like all hell has broken loose and everyone's losing their damn minds. Quite a fitting end, and it's easy to suspect that we'll lose a few fan favorites on the way. No matter what happens or how it ends, Truebies will tune in until the very last episode. The premiere should air some time in June, meaning we've got all summer to get our very last fill of Sookie, Eric, and Bill!

    Some spoilers ahead if you have yet to see season 6!

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    After the insane climax of "The Lion and the Rose," in which a main character met an untimely yet awesome end, it has seemed impossible that Game of Thrones season 4 could possibly keep up the momentum with "Breaker of Chains." We're only three episodes in and it already seems like so damn much has happened.

    A poor young girl's already gotten eaten by dogs for Pete's sake.

    Of course, after such an incredible finale to the Purple Wedding, all of the characters who attended -- and there were a lot of them -- had to deal with the fallout. Will whoever actually did it pay for their crime? Who is left to fight for the Iron Throne in this always increasingly deadly game? Has anyone learned to stop playing "The Rains of Castamere" at weddings yet?

    SPOILERS AHEAD for "Breaker of Chains." Please watch first, have a Tyrion-sized glass of wine, grab your closest wench, then come back!

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    Is it really possible that we're only on episode 3 of season 4 of Game of Thrones? From the very beginning of season 4, the show has grabbed our attention in a way that it never has before. Who would have thought they'd kill off such an important main character in just the second episode?! That's right, the Purple Wedding took place on "The Lion and the Rose" last week, and it's hard to believe we still have eight episodes left to finish off what should be a truly incredible season.

    With "The Breaker of Chains," fans should expect to see the fallout of the MAJOR DEATH happened at the end of the Purple Wedding. And the episode should likely answer the all-important question of WHODUNNIT?

    I can't keep writing vaguely about this anymore. SPOILERS AHEAD, blah blah blah, spoilers ahead. Please stop reading if you want no spoilers. You should know this by now.

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