Previously On: HBO Edition

Today we’re gonna talk about a few of the major events from this past week plus on some of our favorite shows. This post will contain spoilers from the span of June 3-5, for the following shows; Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

Bear Island

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In a region full old bearded dudes with cold demeanors, a ten-year-old girl at the head of a house is a refreshing change. Lady Mormont (Jorah’s niece I believe) was an instant fan favorite the moment she opened her mouth. Blunt, straight forward, concerned about her people, open to hearing out Davos, and in the end; loyal to the Starks. With her she brings only 62 men, but her presence adds to the dynamic of the show. No matter what Sansa thinks.

Promo for Next Week’s Game of Thrones; Click Here

Debt Island

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John Oliver did a good deed. In an episode where he tells us about the debt collection industry, and what a racket it can be, Mr. Oliver, his staff, and HBO made life a little easier for about 9000 Americans. For less than pennies on the dollar, Last Week Tonight bought up nearly $15 million in medical debts, and then simply forgave them. Giving the gift of lifted debt can change a life, lifting enormous burdens from people with no recourse to do it themselves. As someone who’s struggled with debts of my own, this really brought a smile to my face. Good on you John Oliver.

Alcatraz Island

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Bachman is an idiot, but Big Head is far greater idiot. After merging their assets (of which Bachman contributed almost nothing), they quickly bankrupt out Big Head’s $20 million settlement while throwing a party on Alcatraz. This results in Bachman ending up in huge debt. With only his Pied Piper shares left as currency, it’s a mystery how much longer he’ll remain a shareholder.  All this just as the beta launches. Best joke of the season is still from when Dinesh bought the gold chain, waiting for them to top that.

Promo for Next Week’s Silicon Valley ;

Amazon Island

Bill Maher and Degrasse Tyson

When I saw that Neil DeGrasse Tyson was going to be on Real Time this week, it became appointment viewing. The good doctor is always charismatic and entertaining to watch. But when the episode started, it was Nick Hanauer (one of Amazon’s first investors) that really stuck out. There is something to be said for raising the minimum wage and doing right by your employees, which is pretty rare these days. I don’t want to get too preachy about it, but if you’re interested I thought he made some good points.


Images: HBO

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