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Sophie Turner And Maisie Williams Ate Their Post-Game Of Thrones Feelings In Bed Together

A forever mood.

This story discusses mental health and food issues.

File this one under BIG MOODS.

Sophie Turner’s been using her Game Of Thrones final season press tour to get extremely real about how growing up in the spotlight as Sansa Stark affected her mental health.

It’s easy to see why, between the pressure of fame worsening the regular body-image issues that teenage girls tend to have, and the fan backlash about how Sansa was The Worst well before she was The Best.

And while her friendship with onscreen sister Maisie Williams is one of the best offscreen things about the whole Game Of Thrones situation, Turner says that it might not always have been the healthiest thing for either of them – mentally or physically.

“I think being friends with each other was quite destructive because we were going through the same thing,” she told Dr Phil on his Phil In The Blanks podcast, after opening up about her overall mental health struggles.

We would get home from set, go to a Tesco, a little supermarket across the road, and just buy food. We’d go back to our room and eat it in bed. We never socialised for a couple of years.”

Eating in bed is a time-honoured tradition for people battling with their mental health, alongside being in bed but not eating at all, only eating absolute garbage, and only ever eating at 3am standing in front of the fridge, biting shameful chunks out of a one-kilo block of cheese.

And it all sounds like a totally valid coping mechanism for having to film incredibly heavy storylines featuring a whole lot of violence and pain – but one Turner’s managed to get past with therapy and the help of her friends and fiancé Joe Jonas.

As much as it’s never nice to hear that your favourite stars were struggling while they made something you love, at least Turner and Williams had each other.

If this story has affected you in any way, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for help.

Kit Harington Nearly Lost One Of His, Uh, Dragon Eggs Filming That Scene

Jon Sn- oh no.

This article discusses some plot points from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1.

For an episode that was mostly people walking around outside exchanging greetings and information, the return of Game Of Thrones was surprisingly eventful. Jon Snow, in particular, had a big day.

Arrived at Winterfell to introduce the family to his new girlfriend, reunited with his favourite sister (sorry Sansa, we still love and fear you), discovered another reason that maybe everyone shouldn’t have been so mean to him all these years, and nearly lost a testicle.

Oh wait, that was actually Kit Harington himself.

The real person who plays Jon Snow Aegon Targaryen Gon Snargaryow explains in a behind-the-scenes clip that while filming the scene where he rides a dragon through the mountains surrounding Winterfell, one of his crown jewels was “trapped” – he doesn’t explain where, but his costume has a lot of layers.

“My right ball got trapped,” he explains, reminding us that English people talking matter-of-factly about genitals is inherently hilarious.

“And I didn’t have time to say stop, and I was being swung around. In my head, I thought ‘This is how it ends. On this buck, swinging me round by my testicles. Literally.”

It’s not clear what Harington means by “this is how it ends”. His lifelong relationship with his right nut? His actual life?

But we can probably assume he’s talking about the show itself – where he met his wife, became a household name, got to be part of one of the biggest pop culture phenomena in history, and rode off into the sunset with a very nice paycheque. All wrapping up with an undignified ball-entrapment incident on a mechanical bull in front of a green screen.

So as you gird your loins for the final five episodes, let this lighten the mood occasionally: the thought that at any moment, under all those furs, the character you’re watching ride a horse or react in horror to a flaming swastika-octupus made of severed children’s limbs is also struggling with a hectic moose-knuckle.

If You Put Game Of Thrones Spoilers Online, You're A Bad Person

Attn: Australians without day jobs.

We’ll keep this simple, because this is not a complicated concept: don’t post spoilers on the damn internet.

There are exceptions, caveats, and ways around this very simple rule. Talking about a big moment that’s just happened on a very popular TV show or in a movie half the country’s going to see is part of the fun: we’re all experiencing it together, and that includes going online to pick apart tiny details or just be one of a million people sitting silently on their couches typing “IM SVCREAMING” into Twitter.

 

But if you’re posting any plot details – including implying someone dies but not naming names – on socials or in your group chats, you’re risking spoiling that experience for the people who can’t carve out an hour in their early evenings (let alone their Australian-time lunch break) to watch the latest episode; who need to be online for work and don’t have the luxury of a social media blackout; or who can’t access an episode the same night it airs for any reason. It’s not like pre-VCR TV where if you missed the finale of M*A*S*H you missed it – you just can’t assume people are up to date.

 

Many people feel like there are unspoken rules of thumb – like the moratorium on spoilery chat should be X number of days for a new episode of Thrones or X weeks for a new Marvel movie – but until we can collectively actually speak and agree on what those time frames should be, your own opinion on when that window closes is meaningless to anyone else.

Even if you don’t care about the silly dragontits show or superhero movies, the plot reveals are a worldwide community watching experience that’s genuinely rare in the age of streaming things at your leisure.

And yes, people who don’t want to be spoiled should take steps to avoid spoilers, but the internet/social media works in such a way that you can’t guarantee that only the right people will see what you’ve posted. You’re scrolling carefully and BAM, a reply shows up in your feed with half the episode in it.

It’s just this simple: the whole world doesn’t need your take on how [REDACTED] it is that [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] gave [REDACTED] a good [REDACTING] this week, any more than it needs your defensive comments about how if people were real fans they’d watch straight away, like you.

Keep your detailed hot takes in spaces clearly marked HERE BE SPOILERS, whether that’s a Reddit thread or a Facebook group, rather than just, say, throwing entire excerpts from the script into the comments on an article with a responsibly phrased, cryptic headline.

Basically, if you’re lucky enough to be among the first people in the world to be part of that moment, it’s kind to do your best to preserve that experience for other people. You absolutely have the option to be thoughtful and take a few moments to check yourself.

Otherwise you’re just Homer Simpson, walking out of The Empire Strikes Back, yelling out the most famous spoiler in history.

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