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Earlier today, the official Game of Thrones Twitter page gave us all an unexpected gift. With a little under 4 weeks away from the premiere of season 7, a new trailer promoting it has arrived. The tweet read “It may be the first day of #Summer, but #WinterIsHere on 7.16 on @HBO. Watch the new Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer.”


*Breakdown of Trailer Below. Contains SPOILERS from Previous Seasons of Game of Thrones*

Before I begin, since this is the second trailer, I will omit details and shots that we already saw in the last trailer for Game of Thrones season 7. That being said, let’s dive into this.

The new Game of Thrones trailer opens up with a shot of Sansa with the Light of the Seven theme playing over the trailer. For those who don’t listen to the soundtrack, that song played in the season finale last year when Cersei blew up the Sept of Baelor with Wild Fire. The shot is narrated by Littlefinger. “Don’t fight in the North or the South. Fight every battle everywhere. Always. In your mind.”

The shot changes to gate at the Wall opening up and a another shot of a distressed looking Jon Snow covered in his namesake and wearing Wildling gear. The shot of Jon, however, looks to be taking place way farther north beyond the Wall considering the mountains in the background and later shots.

There is a new shot of Lannister soldiers marching through a crowd of people in King’s Landing while be cheered on by onlookers. Then a quick image of Cersei turning in what looks like intense anger to face someone or something that isn’t shown. There is a shot of boats landing at what appears to be the shores of Dragonstone. Then Arya is shown riding a horse with a shocked expression on her face. Jaime is then shot from behind walking with purpose on some castle’s ramparts.

We then get a typical Game of Thrones shot of a conniving Littlefinger creeping behind some walls in the dark. After a shot we’ve already seen, Daenerys is shown walking the shores of Dragonstone by herself, most likely contemplating something. She is then shown tearing down a Stannis Baratheon flag in Dragonstone in horror with Tyrion, who no doubt told her of his misdeeds. We then get a shot of all three dragons flying over Dragonstone. We get new angles of both Tyrion standing on the cliff side of Dragonstone and Theon looking frightened on what we now know to be a burning ship.

We get a shot of Grey Worm in his armor turning to face the camera to nod his head while standing outside what appears to be the same cave Melisandre gave birth to the demon baby in season 2. There’s then a shot of Brienne and Podrick walking through a snowy Winterfell. The Mountain is then shown in a battle scene surrounded by snow which appears to take place beyond the wall considering later shots.

Unsullied soldiers are shown being killed on the battlefield by arrows, confirming the Queen vs Queen battle that had been hypothesized by fans this season. What appears to be Dothraki soldiers are shown ramming a Lannister shield formation. A person with an unclear identity is seen jumping from the steering wheel of a burning ship into the inferno below to continue fighting. The ship is no doubt a Greyjoy one but it is unclear who is fighting who.

There is a shot of Jaime commanding Lannister archers in the same battle, suggesting either he stays by Cersei’s side longer than expected or this battle is very early on. A shot of a bunch of crows flying in the snow is shown with one being warged into by Bran no doubt. There is then a shot of the Night King reacting immediately to the crow, further evidencing Bran. There is then the current featured image of this article with Beric Dondarrion’s sword lighting up in fire while he is surrounded by snow. This adds further evidence to the Hound being beyond the Wall since he’s currently traveling with the Brotherhood and fire is a good way to kill Wights.

The entirety of the these last few shots is narrated by Jon Snow saying “For centuries our families fought together against their common enemy, despite their differences, together. We need to do the same if we’re going to survive because the enemy is real. It’s always been real.”

The Greyjoy navy is shown approaching Blackwater Bay and there are various action shots of Unsullied soldiers forcing their way into a place. There is a shot of Dany standing on the ramparts of Dragonstone looking distressed followed by Jaime riding through the battle looking furious. Tormund is quickly shown fighting beyond the Wall and a dragon is shown charging the Lannisters with the Dothraki. Yara and Theon are shown terrified of their ship on fire while there are further action shots from the rest of the two major battles. One highlight shot is Jon standing on a hill/cliff looking mortified of Wights World War Z-ing their way to him.

Missandei is shown kissing a defeated looking Grey Worm with various stressed looking shots of Tyrion, Jon Snow, and Davos shown. Jon is shown fighting another White Walker and Dothraki soldiers ride through what appears to be dragon fire. Theon drops to his knees on Dragonstone but is later shown ferociously fighting on his burning ship. There is then a close up of one of the dragons looking like he’s about to eat somebody.

The screen goes to black and when we expect to see the Game of Thrones logo, it then fades back in with a final series of shots and narration. Sansa recites what seems to be a poem saying “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” The trailer ends with a shot of Jon Snow’s back, suggesting he will die once more. The Game of Thrones logo is then shown with information regarding the release date and its social media.

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In the TV show Fallout, would the “rule of thumb” really work?





Walton Goggins’ character, who plays someone in the first episode of the new TV series Fallout on Amazon, mentions a “rule of thumb” when it comes to nuclear explosions.

According to the character known as “The Ghoul,” he learned in military school that if you raise your thumb and extend your arm toward the blast, you can tell if you are going to live or die. According to the rule, some Americans will be safe from the radioactive fallout if the mushroom cloud is smaller than their thumb. If the mushroom cloud is bigger than their thumb, they won’t be as lucky.

Many other survivors will probably ask you why you’re giving a mushroom cloud the big thumbs up. Is it worth it?

The idea has been looked into a bit thanks to the Fallout video game series, which caught the attention of physicists in their first year at the University of Leicester. They had heard a false rumor that the show’s mascot, Vault Boy, was giving a happy thumbs up to show support for the thumb rule. They wanted to find out if the rule was true.

The team looked at smaller blasts that would fit with the setting of the show and chose a 15-kiloton blast, which is the same size as the blast that happened when the US dropped “Little Boy” on Hiroshima. The first thing the team did was figure out how far away you would have to be from the mushroom cloud for your thumb to cover the blast. They came up with a number that was about 12.6 kilometers (7.8 miles).

“Assuming the detonation occurred on the ground, the radius for avoiding all burns is 4.67 km [2.9 miles] away from the blast center, and the radius for radiation sickness symptoms is 1.56 km [0.97 miles],” the team said in their paper. “This would mean that you would be safe from the initial blast effects of radiation and burns.”

Even though you just saw a nuclear explosion nearby, that doesn’t mean you are safe. And that’s before you worry about nuclear winter. The radiation coming at you from the wind should be your main concern.

“Assuming an average wind speed of 24 km/h, the fallout would reach you within approximately half an hour if you were to be standing directly upwind.”

Getting caught in this wind will give you enough rads to make you sick. One more rule, though: run like hell. This might help you lower your dose.

“This investigation showed that if a 15-kiloton nuclear bomb was to detonate and your thumb extended at an arm’s length just covered the blast, you could survive most negative radiation effects by running laterally in the direction of the wind for a minimum of 1.65 km [1 mile] in half an hour, given that you are standing directly upwind from the blast,” the team said.

But this only works for a blast much smaller than the weapons the world has now. And even for smaller blasts, the rule probably won’t help because of the radiation that is released into the air and the fact that the wind can change quickly. Ruth McBurney, who is the executive director of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors in Frankfort, Kentucky, told Inverse that “shelter is the best thing to do if you think you might be in a place where fallout might be present or coming.”

More plans call for temporarily taking refuge in whatever is available, and then moving to better nearby shelters about 30 minutes after the blast. There are, of course, official rules about what to do during a blast. In short, you should stay inside and away from windows, wash your hands, and wait for more instructions. Please don’t condition your hair while you’re doing that.

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Sony is reportedly engaged in discussions to form a partnership for a potential bid on Paramount





There hasn’t been much buzz lately about any new acquisitions in the world of video game intellectual property. According to a recent report, Sony is currently engaged in discussions with a well-funded partner to potentially acquire the renowned film studio Paramount, along with all the exciting possibilities that come with such a merger.

As reported in the New York Times (thanks, ResetEra), Sony Picture Entertainment is reportedly in discussions with Apollo Global Management, an investment firm, as per two sources familiar with the matter. In the past, Apollo had made an offer to acquire Paramount for a minimum of $26 billion, but their bid was ultimately turned down.

The terms of the joint bid are currently under discussion, and there is a chance that the two parties may decide against making a formal offer. Unnamed sources have revealed that Paramount is currently in exclusive discussions with Skydance, preventing any official offer from being made at this time. Investor opposition to the recent deal that Skydance brought seems to have been significant.

The potential impact of such an acquisition is immense. First and foremost, it would introduce adaptations of Sonic and Halo into the expanding media empire of the PlayStation platform holder. Following the announcement, Paramount’s stock experienced a significant 11% surge in after-hours trading.

What are your thoughts on the news? Is there a possibility of Sony acquiring Paramount? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Fallout Season 2 has been confirmed as the show continues to captivate audiences, making it one of Amazon’s most-watched series





Amazon has just made the exciting announcement that a second season of the highly acclaimed Fallout TV adaptation is in the works. Fans can look forward to another thrilling installment of the series, which will be exclusively available on the Amazon Prime streaming service. Confirmation has arrived regarding the second batch of episodes for the series, following the acquisition of $25 million in Californian tax credits.

In just four days after its release, Fallout has already captivated audiences, quickly becoming one of Amazon Prime’s most-watched TV shows of all time. It has garnered immense popularity, rivaling even the acclaimed season of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power.

The Fallout TV show has caused a massive surge in sales for the newer games, resulting in a staggering 7,500% increase in purchases of Fallout 4 in Europe. Fallout 76, Fallout 3, and Fallout: New Vegas were also among the top 10 best-selling games across the continent last week. Next week, the highly anticipated PS5 version of Fallout 4 will be released, offering players an enhanced visual experience with new graphical modes. Additionally, players can look forward to exciting new content from the Creation Club.

Considering the potential for character development and narrative arcs, it would be intriguing to see where season two takes Lucy, Maximus, and The Ghoul. Without revealing any spoilers, it’s exciting to speculate on the possible directions their stories could go. We would greatly appreciate your feedback in the comments section.

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