Jon Snow vs. The Wildlings
The entire Night’s Watch plot line this season has basically been Jon playing Paul Revere, telling his bosses the wildlings are coming in between brooding stares. Well, the wildlings finally came, and the result is Game of Thrones‘ second-ever episode dedicated to a single battle. It’s no “Blackwater,” largely thanks to the absence of Tyrion, but it’s a technically impressive achievement nonetheless, packing CGI giants, 360-degree shots, and tons of gore into a single hour. Oh, and Jon’s ex-girlfriend dies, except we haven’t seen them together in a year, so it’s not quite the tearjerker the show intended.
Commander in Veep
Selina Meyer’s not that great at running a campaign, but she’s got a knack for being at the right place at the right time — namely, the vice presidency under a POTUS who does not have his shit together. At the end of last season, the invisible president announced he wouldn’t be running for a second term, freeing Selina to run four years earlier than planned. And in Season 3’s two-part finale, he straight-up resigned due to his wife’s poor mental health, instantly making Selina the country’s first-ever female president. Considering the race is all but lost for her, it’s something of a hollow victory, but we’ll enjoy seeing where she ends up next spring.
In this week’s Pretty Little Liars premiere, a character we hate wound up in the hospital and a character we don’t care about all that much ended up dead. This premiere’s decoy A was Shana, who’s apparently in love with Jenna, to the extent that she shot Ezra and almost shoots the Liars about it. She’s the one who ends up dead, of course, but not before the Liars run across a literal playground full of sweatshirt-clad A Team members in the middle of New York. Bless this bonkers show and the three (or more!) seasons of it that remain.
Hugh Jackman Hops Around
Wolverine hosted this year’s Tony Awards, though never fear: NPH got his mandatory appearance, as his character from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The reviews have been… less than strong, with detractors focusing on Jackman’s bizarre opening number. Bouncing was involved, as was a rap version of The Music Man number “Rock Island” featuring LL Cool J and TI. At least it got the Internet talking?
Sia Swaps Herself Out for Lena Dunham
Sia’s Late Night With Seth Meyers “performance” was actually Sia lying face-down on a bunk bed, singing into a cleverly positioned microphone. Most of the showmanship came from none other than Lena Dunham, sporting a Sia-like wig (á la Maddie Ziegler in the actual “Chandelier” video) and running around the stage. Whimsy is a good look on an 11-year-old, but Dunham’s stunt looked like something her character Hannah Horvath might do for cringe-comic effect on Girls.