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The Walking Dead season 8: Here’s who died in episode 4 Some GuyAndrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)

Warning: Contains spoilers for The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead continued its character-killing streak with another major death in the latest episode, titled Some Guy.

Centred mostly around King Ezekiel and the downfall of his Kingdom, the episode saw his majesty pushed to the brink as he struggled to fight walkers while surrounded by the bodies of loved ones murdered by Saviors.

One of the most recognisable Kingdom henchman was Daniel, whose body was discovered by Ezekiel just before his lumbering transformation into a walker.

The Walking Dead season 8: Here’s who died in episode 4 Some Guy
Daniel played by Daniel Newman in The Walking Dead (Picture: AMC/Gene Page)
This stripping of Ezekiel’s status in the world also came with a natural, upsetting conclusion, as his beloved pet tiger Shiva finally proved too much of a strain on the show’s budget.
As Ezekiel fended off walkers in the woods, Shiva emerged as all hope seemed lost, protecting his owner and taking the brunt of the attack.

The tiger however soon became overwhelmed, as walkers surrounded the poor animal and feasted on his body until his cruel demise.

As an event similarly laid out in the comics, this sequence wasn’t entirely unexpected, but it’s still never nice to see special effects bite the dust.
So everyone raise a glass to Shiva, the adorable pussycat who loves a snog.

The Walking Dead season 8: Here’s who died in episode 4 Some Guy

The Walking Dead however still needs to majorly ramp up its game to get back on track in the current season, which is starting to feel aimless and stodgy.

The Walking Dead season 8 episode 4 review: Some Guy was a wasted opportunity
Rick went into car chase mode in The Walking Dead (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
Warning: Contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season eight.
The Walking Dead witnessed the downfall and rebirth of Ezekiel in Some Guy, an episode which felt like a missed opportunity to reimagine a divisive character.

King Ezekiel’s on-screen translation from Robert Kirkman’s source material has always felt slightly disjointed. The character’s faked extravagance atop a mighty throne with pet tiger Shiva rubs awkwardly alongside the show’s bleak tone, made all the worse by a lack of exhaustive side-eyes whenever Ezekiel waxes lyrical like a drama student drunk on Shakespeare.

In new episode Some Guy, the show went some way in giving the character an interesting arc by stripping him of his security, but didn’t quite go far enough to leave a lasting impact.

The Walking Dead season 8 episode 4 review: Some Guy was a wasted opportunity
Cooper Andrews as Jerry (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
Following the mass slaughter of his closest allies from The Kingdom, the episode kicks off with Ezekiel crawling across the bodies as they come back to life as walkers. It’s here where we saw the death of Daniel, in what was a really effective sequence to spotlight his vulnerability.

This setup became more promising as Ezekiel meets one of Negan’s men, who nearly becomes his end before heroic bodyguard Jerry gruesomely slices him in half. While a crowd-pleasing moment for Jerry flag-wavers, his presence killed a lot of the exciting tension which made the episodes’ early moments so promising.

Meanwhile, Carol is out to steal weapons from a Savior stronghold – taking the show’s addiction to ‘action hero Carol’ to new extremes as she stealth kills Negan’s men in scenes bordering on Metal Gear Solid territory.

While it’s still enjoyable to see Carol possessing the effectiveness of a trained marine, the show is overusing this side of her character. One of the highlights of season seven was seeing Carol and Daryl reunited as they share a quiet dinner, and season eight has yet to have a worthwhile moment for Carol where she isn’t performing combat roles or firing bullets.

As the Saviors seemingly got away with the guns, the show nicely collided events as Rick and Daryl chased the truck in pursuit. While the idea was initially exciting as they sped into action, the sequence fell flat due to poor direction, proving we can’t escape the show’s shuffling pace even during a highway chase.

The Walking Dead season 8 episode 4 review: Some Guy was a wasted opportunity
Andrew Lincoln as Rick (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
The episode culminated in tiger Shiva’s demise in scenes parallel to Kirkman’s comics, but his death failed to achieve the emotional turning point it was shooting for. Had we seen Ezekiel put through an extended period of hardship struggling to survive alone for another episode, Shiva’s death would have felt more emotionally satisfying and less like a hurried budget-cut.

Some Guys held a lot of promise, but failed to deliver on its emotional potential by undercutting its themes with questionable decisions. We would have happily watched an episode of Ezekiel stranded alone struggling for survival against the apocalypse around him, but All Out War is proving a loud distraction which is swallowing the show’s impressive, quieter moments.

Maisie Williams says she’s ‘excited’ for Game Of Thrones to endSophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark (Picture: HBO)

Maisie Williams has stated she’s ‘excited’ for Game Of Thrones to end so she can pursue and ‘shape’ her own acting career

The 20-year-old actress shot to fame as Arya Stark in the first season of HBO’s fantasy show, but it seems she’s looking forward to departing the show after the upcoming final eighth season.

Filming on the final season is yet to begin, and Maisie revealed how she’s looking forward to exploring new ventures once the show is concluded.

Maisie Williams says she’s ‘excited’ for Game Of Thrones to end
Maisie’s face when season 8 ends (Picture: HBO)
Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Maisie said: ‘I’m really excited for Game Of Thrones to finish and there’s going to be time for me to do whatever I want.’

‘That’s just incredibly exciting and it will be nice to pick roles that I want to do
‘I can show the world what sort of actress I want to be and shape my career a little bit.’
Maisie recently starred in Netflix film iBoy and is set to star in X-Men: The New Mutants, but she’s also revealed how she’s eyeing up doing more British independent films.

‘On one hand it’s really nerve wracking to know that I won’t have that support blanket and safety net, but on the other hand I’m free.

Maisie Williams says she’s ‘excited’ for Game Of Thrones to end
Maisie Williams is looking forward to venturing out in her career (Picture: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
‘I’d love to do a British independent film, I’d love to make it and I’d love to be in it. There are a couple of directors that I’d love to work with – Dexter Fletcher being one.’
Kit Harington aka Jon Snow recently teased his final scenes in the hit show, which we’re hoping is a definite joke.

Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke shares reunion picture with her 'sun and stars' Jason Momoa
Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa have a Game Of Thrones reunion. (Picture: HBO/ Instagram)
This is the stuff Game of Thrones dreams are made of: Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo are back together.

Alright, although we know Khal died many seasons ago we can wish to dream as Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa had a warm reunion.

Emilia, who plays the Mother of Dragons, posted on her Instagram page on Sunday a photo of her with her arms around Jason, who played her late Dothraki husband also romantically known as her ‘sun and stars.’

Judging by their huge smiles, and possibly the bottles of gin, they enjoyed their time together as much as we love seeing them together.

‘When life is so good that your sun and stars is in your city…you loose your eyes and gain 5 grins (and gins) where until now they’d only been one… (*grins- there’s always more gins),’ she wrote in her caption.

She also added a jab to the fictional Jon Snow, played by Kit Harrington: ‘@prideofgypsies YOU ALWAYS MOTHER OF DRAGONS MAIN MAN ���� #lookoutjonsnowdrogosgotyournumber #happinessishere #hawaiianhakahunkoffunshutsdownlondon.’

Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke shares reunion picture with her 'sun and stars' Jason Momoa
Khaleesi and Khal or Emilia and Jason – take your pick (Picture: HBO)
Momoa recently tied the knot with long-term girlfriend Lisa Bonet, and the ceremony was said to be very intimate with just close family, according to People.

Momoa and Bonet share two children, Lola, 10, and Nakoa-Wolf, 9, having met in 2005; the GOT star is also stepdad to Zoe Kravitz from Lisa’s marriage to Lenny Kravitz.

Rumours the pair had already wed surfaced years ago when he began openly referring to his other half as his wife. In 2013 he said: ‘My wife being a very pretty woman. She’s beautiful and I love her. … My wife’s Lisa Bonet. I’m a very lucky man.’

Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke shares reunion picture with her 'sun and stars' Jason Momoa
Jason and Lisa kept the ceremony small (Picture: Getty)
Jason recently came under fire when it came to light he’d made a joke about rape during a press conference.

Fans unearthed the footage which saw him joke about playing Khal Drogo: ‘But as far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that there’s so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women.’

He later apologised in a lengthy post where he said he is ‘severely disappointed in myself.’

Ellie Kendrick on Whisky Galore and Meera Reed's surprise survival in Game Of ThronesEllie Kendrick is an actress on the rise (Picture: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)

Ellie Kendrick might only be 27-years-old, but she has fond memories of echoing catchphrases from 1949’s Ealing comedy film, Whisky Galore, while growing up in Kent.

‘It was a firm favourite in my family,’ Ellie says to ‘When they say, “there’s no whisky!” – we would say that all the time. It was weird because I ended up auditioning and saying that line.’

Ellie is an actress soaring up the ranks, having her breakout role in the 2009 BBC adaptation of The Diary Of Anne Frank, before going onto play Meera Reed in HBO’s Game Of Thrones and earn critical acclaim for her performance in 2016 film The Levelling.

Ellie Kendrick on Whisky Galore and Meera Reed's surprise survival in Game Of Thrones
Ellie Kendrick stars in the 2016 remake of Whisky Galore! (Picture: Arrow Films)
She was particularly excited however to star in Gillies MacKinnon’s remake of Whisky Galore, which saw her star alongside Eddie Izzard, Gregor Fisher and now close friend, Naomi Battrick, purely so she could share this part of her childhood for a new audience.

‘I remember watching the black and white version and only half understanding it because I was only six or seven,’ Ellie says.

‘A lot of people of my generation don’t know about the original film and that’s one of the reasons why it was exciting, to bring it to a whole new audience and have it in its full technicolour glory.’

The film is set during the Second World War when whiskey rationing has taken effect, with a group of Scottish islanders attempting to plunder cases of whiskey from a stranded ship, to the dismay of Captain Wagget (Eddie Izzard) who’s determined to stop any looting.

While the thought of filming in the far reaches of Scotland may sound like a battle against the elements, the whole experience has left Ellie, who plays Catriona Macroon, sounding like a member of the country’s tourist board.

‘It was amazing,’ Ellie says. ‘I was prepared for it to be baltic temperatures and really gruelling in far north Scotland, but we were incredibly lucky – it was a really beautiful part of the world.

‘We didn’t film it on an island, but a remote part of Scotland in a town called Portsoy. We were out there for a few weeks, in beautiful weather, incredible sunsets on the coast. It was actually a dream job.

‘I was prepared for it to be an endurance test and actually, it was of great joy and beauty. We had a great time.’

It’s only in recent years Ellie has branched into film following early roles in episodes of Waking The Dead, Lewis and Prime Suspect, and it seems she’s started to carve out a preference for the independent side of things.

‘On television, it’s really exciting to come in and do a bit part on a series,’ Ellie says. ‘It’s a very different kind of energy because television is more like an ongoing well-oiled machine which keeps producing. Whereas with film, you’re all working on one project together so you get to know the people you’re working with really well.

‘I’m doing a TV show at the moment I’m loving. I’m in Press, which is Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett’s new show for the BBC, that’s loads of fun.

Ellie Kendrick on Whisky Galore and Meera Reed's surprise survival in Game Of Thrones
Ellie Kendrick plays Meera Reed in Game Of Thrones (Picture: HBO)
‘You get a longer period of time to film TV, so you get into the character a bit more. But in terms of team spirit, independent films are often the most exciting for getting behind a common goal.’

TV however has been a fruitful endeavour for Ellie, having starred as Bran Stark’s right-hand dragger, Meera Reed, on the biggest TV show in the world, Game Of Thrones.

She made her first appearance back in season three and has defied expectations by managing to survive to the upcoming final eighth season – an impressive feat considering the show’s reputation for slaughtering its characters.

Ellie is just as surprised, saying: ‘It’s pretty amazing considering Meera’s faced off zombies, and starved in a cave and battled through the ice, I’m proud of her.

Ellie Kendrick on Whisky Galore and Meera Reed's surprise survival in Game Of Thrones
Meera Reed in the latest season of Game Of Thrones (Picture: HBO)
‘I mean, I always knew Meera was pretty tough. My suspicions of her toughness have been confirmed. But you know what, I’m not going to lie, I do feel very lucky to have survived so far for four seasons. It feels like a rare privilege.’

As a fan of the show too, does she have any hopes for the final season?
‘Absolutely no idea what’s going to happen,’ Ellie adds.

‘All I can hope for is Meera is going to come back on a dragon and be the new queen. That’d be pretty sweet for me. But somehow, not quite sure that’s how it’s going to turn out.’

Do you know the signs of mouth cancer?(Picture: Ella Byworth for

When it comes to cancer, we all like to think we know the major players.
We know how to check our breasts for cancer, we know the ABCDE of skin cancer, we know that ball checks are key for catching testicular cancer.

But what about mouth cancer (or oral cancer. They’re the same thing, FYI)?
Do you know how to check for mouth cancer? Do you know the symptoms, the causes, or the consequences?

If you’re anything like us, probably not. Mouth cancer doesn’t get as much press, we’ve never heard of anyone doing a mouth cancer 5K, and while any lump or bump makes us think cancer, no issues with our mouth would make us think the same.

As it’s Mouth Cancer Action Month, we spoke to dentist Dr Raha Sepehrara to get informed, who told us that while there’s been an increase in diagnosis of mouth cancer in the UK, lots of us know nothing about the illness.

One in ten people is completely unaware of the threat of mouth cancer, despite the latest figures showing that around 18 people each day are diagnosed.

Mouth cancer cases have increased by a third in the last decade, and it’s one of the few cancers that experts predict will continue to increase in the coming years. So it’s pretty important to know about it.
Here’s the key information.

Types of oral cancer

The most common type of mouth cancer is squamous cell cancer, which can be found in many places around the body – including inside the mouth and the skin.
Less common are sarcomas, salivary gland cancer (also known as adenocarcinomas), lymphomas in the mouth, and oral melanomas.

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Signs and symptoms of mouth cancer

If you’re someone with health anxiety and will immediately think any pain in your mouth is cancer, don’t panic – there are specific symptoms that can indicate mouth cancer, but a check with a dentist will be able to confirm whether it’s anything to worry about.

Signs/symptoms of mouth cancer:

  • Ulcers that don’t heal within three weeks
  • Unusual swellings, bumps, or lumps in or around the mouth, head, or neck
  • Red or white lesions in the mouth
  • Unexplained looseness of teeth
  • Changes in speech, such as a lisp

How to check for mouth cancer

Your dentist should be doing a mouth cancer check during every routine checkup – that’s why it’s important to go for regular dental appointments.

‘The dentist, before checking inside the mouth, checks for any lumps or bumps visible on face or neck,’ Dr Sepehrara tells

‘Then we check inside the mouth, we check the lips, cheeks, roof of mouth, floor of mouth, tongue (top, bottom, sides), generally check the skin of all parts of the mouth.
‘This is why we ask to stick the tongue out so we can check all aspects of the tongue.

‘I remember when I started my career and I would ask my patients to stick their tongue out (to check for oral cancer lesions) some of them thought it was funny or they felt they were being rude at sticking their tongue out at me. I explained to them how important sticking the tongue was as I could check for any signs of cancer.

‘If we spot anything like an ulcer which we are unsure of, we may review and ask the patient to come back to see us after 3 weeks to ensure it has healed.

‘If it doesn’t heal then we refer to hospital for a biopsy. Luckily most of the time it is nothing sinister and does not require a referral or if it does require a referral, most of the time, the tests at the hospital reveal nothing worrying but may indicate that there may be some nutritional deficiency like Iron deficiency of vitamin B12.

‘If at the check up appointment we notice something that is worrying us and just does not look right, we would send an urgent referral to hospital for a further review within 2 weeks.’
If your dentist does not do a routine mouth cancer check, request that they do. If you notice any symptoms, go to your dentist or doctor as soon as possible.

Risk factors for mouth cancer

You’re at a higher risk of mouth cancer if you smoke or drink alcohol – especially if you do both at the same time.

The human papilloma virus is another risk factor, which is why charities are working to introduce a gender neutral HPV vaccination programme (it’s currently only given to girls).
Poor diet and second-hand smoking have also been seen to increase risk.

Do you know the signs of mouth cancer?
(Picture: Getty)

Why it’s so important to detect mouth cancer early

‘Between my team of dentists and myself we have spotted cancer on twelve of our patients in our combined working career of 25 years,’ says Dr Sepehrara.

‘Luckily most of them were detected early as they were regular patients. But 2 of those who came to us as new patients unfortunately did not make it as they came to us too late.

‘I want to stress the importance of regular dentist and hygiene visits as we carry out important oral cancer screening at each check up.

‘My husband worked in hospital in the oral and maxillofacial department and they treated cancer patients.

‘When cancer is caught late unfortunately treatment can be quite invasive and complex, there may be facial disfigurement, speech rehabilitation, difficulty eating. He used to work with the plastic

surgeons for example, removing the part of the tongue affected by cancer. Plastics would then get a skin graft from the forearm and my husband’s team would then put the arm skin graft on the tongue
‘This is why early detection is important, survival rate is 90% if it is detected early. It goes down to 50% if detected late.’

The Walking Dead season 8: Dramatic twist sees character from season one returnRick faced a blast from the past (Picture: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC)

Warning: Contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season 8.

The Walking Dead’s latest episode was a constant barrage of bullets and action, but it also saw the return of a character which hasn’t been seen since the first season
As Rick and Daryl raided for weapons in one of Negan’s Savior strongholds, Rick is held at gunpoint by a certain familiar face in the closing moments of episode two The Damned.
Who is the mystery man? It’s Morales who departed Rick’s group with his family while everyone else made their way to the CDC back in the fifth episode of the first season.

The Walking Dead season 8: Dramatic twist sees character from season one return
Morales in season one of The Walking Dead (Picture: AMC)
During the confrontation, Morales seems particularly annoyed at Rick for reasons currently unknown, with the episode ending as Morales cocks the pistol while pointed at Rick’s head.
But why would he be so angry at Rick? Assuming he’s on Negan’s side in his band of Saviors, he could have been fed lies about the Alexandria leader prompting blind hatred against his former ally.
It could however be tied to details following Morales departure, with Rick having given him a gun and a walkie-talkie as they parted ways in case they changed their minds – could he have tried to contact Rick in a dire hour of need with no response?

Morales also left originally with his wife and two children who appear noticeably absent – could they have been killed while fighting for Negan against Rick’s forces?

The Walking Dead season 8: Dramatic twist sees character from season one return
Rick was held at gunpoint by Morales (Picture: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC)
It was certainly a left-field surprise which could prove interesting if explored properly, we’ll just have to hope the rest of the season can find its footing.
Could this be another hint towards the downfall of Rick too? We’ll add it to the comprehensive list.

The Walking Dead season 8 teases arrival of new villain The WhisperersRick might be facing a new villain very soon (Picture: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC)

Warning: Contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season eight.

The Walking Dead’s latest episode appeared to tease the arrival of the show’s next villain The Whisperers in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.

MORE: Walking Dead Season 8: Dramatic Twist Sees Character From Seson One Return In Episode 2

While many are frantically searching the identity of a certain season one character, the show’s latest episode also seemed to signal the arrival of a new villain from the comics.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Whisperers ever since their appearance in Robert Kirkman’s comics, and an exchange between Carol and King Ezekiel seemingly dropped a huge hint they could be introduced very soon.

The Walking Dead season 8 teases arrival of new villain The Whisperers
Carol and Ezekiel bumped into the strange zombie (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
In latest episode titled The Damned, Carol and Ezekiel are marching through the woods when they come across a bizarre-looking walker, who seems to be missing huge chunks of skin because it was torn off.
Ezekiel asks: ‘What befell this creature?’

More: The Walking Dead Season Premier Preview; A Strong Kick Off

‘We don’t have time to figure that out,’ Carol replies, before they move on from the walker.
So who are the Whisperers? They’re a group of survivors who disguise themselves in the skin of zombies and live among them, believing they should go unharmed by the living.
In the comics, they are led by Alpha who kills several characters by lovingly planting their decapitated heads on spikes – including Rosita and Ezekiel.

It may be a while until they’re properly introduced however, with The Walking Dead’s eighth season following Volume 20 of the comics, while The Whisperers are introduced in Volume 22.

The Walking Dead season 8 teases arrival of new villain The Whisperers
The Whisperers are set to be the next villain on The Walking Dead (Picture: Dark Horse Comics)
Still, it’s nice to know they’re now existing in The Walking Dead’s TV universe.

More:  Kit Harinton Hints Details Of His Final Scene On Game Of Thrones and it Have Us Worried For John Snow

Kit Harington hints details of his last Game of Thrones scene and it has us worried
Kit Harington says his last will most likely cause him to cry (Picture: Getty Images )
Kit Harington has hinted that his final scene in Game of Thrones could simply be a close-up of his hand that will have him weeping – leaving us to wonder if his character dies or not? 

‘My final scene will probably just be a close-up of my hand reaching out in front of a green screen… But out of shot I’ll be crying my eyes out,’ the Gunpowder actor told The Big Issue in an interview about the eight and final season of the fantasy show and BBC drama Gunpowder.

The 30-year-old spoke ahead of his trip to Ireland to film the final season of the global TV series behemoth, Game of Throne and of the final episode of Gunpowder airs on Saturday.

Kit Harington hints details of his last Game of Thrones scene and it has us worried
Kit Harington as Jon Snow (and Liam Cunningham as Davos behind him) (Picture: HBO)
His comments will, of course, spark rumours that he is dying (again) at the end of the series: ‘I’m a survivor. And there are only a few of us left who have made it all the way through. It is emotional. This has been an incredible part of my life.’
‘As with so many things in my life it is thanks to Thrones,’ he said ‘This notoriety or profile I have at the moment is because of Thrones.’

‘I had always thought I wanted to write, and maybe in some ways I still do. But I began to realise what a producer does when I got into this industry – I had thought they just put up the money,’ he said. ‘But very often they spawn the idea, take it to the writer, and are involved with the whole creative process. That really struck a chord with me. I wanted to see if I could do it.’

Kit Harington hints details of his last Game of Thrones scene and it has us worried
Kit Harrington stars as Robert Catesby in Gunpowder (Picture: BBC)
He added: ‘It is more this industry I want to work in. If I can use me being in it as a way of getting something on TV, and it is good and does well, then maybe I can produce the next thing and not be in it. I would love to direct as well.’

Commenting on the Harvey Weinstein scandal he said: ‘You ask anyone in this industry before the Harvey Weinstein thing came out whether they knew about it, and they’d have said yes. I knew about it. It is that widespread. I’m sure he is not the last person we will hear about.’

‘It is an incredibly brave thing for these women to speak out,’ he said of the 50 plus women who have come forward with Weinstein allegations.

He added: ‘It took a piece of journalism which takes two years of putting together, and promises of anonymity and all sorts for it to come out like it has. Hopefully, it will change things.’

Kit Harington hints details of his last Game of Thrones scene and it has us worried
Kit has us worried about his Game of Thrones fate (Picture: Getty Images)
Kit’s interview with the publication has us wondering if he makes it to the end of Game of Thrones alive but judging from his reaction after reading the script we have little confidence?.

Speaking to The One Show on October 20 the actor said that he was mega emotional about filming for season eight. Kit, who plays the character also dubbed King of the North, said that the cast of the fantasy hit show read through the script last week in Belfast.

Referencing the fan favourite quote ‘You know nothing Jon Snow’ he joked: ‘We had the read through last week in fact, so I know everything now.’

‘But I cried at the end,’ he admitted to the studio audience. He quickly added that it wasn’t for anything in particular but that the tears were for sentimental reasons. ‘You have to remember that eight years of it no one really cares about it more than us,’ he said thoughtfully.

The actor who plays Jon Snow on the HBO show reflects on having been given the opportunity to produce his own series for the BBC.

The Big Issue with the exclusive interview with Kit Harington is available to buy from Monday October 29 from Big Issue vendors.

The Walking Dead season 8 premiere review: A strong kick-off with revived urgency
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
Warning: Contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season eight.
The eighth season premiere fired the starting pistol on All Out War, in an episode which was a satisfying kick-off to the show’s new direction.

The Walking Dead had a lot to prove in this opening episode. Promises of changing paces and more action were abundant from the cast and crew, but considering similar chest-puffing was aimed at the maligned seventh season, you couldn’t blame fans for keeping cynical guards up.

Luckily, Mercy felt like the battle cry it needed to be. Opening with Rick promising to kill Negan in a stirring speech to his allies, the momentum gradually built towards a premature gunshot by Rick outside Negan’s base – feeling like a cheeky nod to the growing impatience around the show.

The Walking Dead season 8 premiere review: A strong kick-off with revived urgency
Carol and Daryl teamed up in the premiere (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
While the first half was reminiscent of the show’s usual shuffling pace, it felt intentional to launch (what’s hoped to be) an exhilarating fresh beginning in the second. As Rick and his united forces spray gunfire over the Savior’s base as Negan cowers into hiding, it’s hard not to feel like the show is relishing in finally stepping on the gas.

This clear relief soared during Daryl’s explosion breadcrumb trail, where he gloriously guides walkers to the Saviors like a gun-toting biker sheepdog. While requiring some suspension of disbelief, it was a triumphant visual moment. One which nicely places the show’s undead foes back into the spotlight after a season in Negan’s shadow.
It was also reassuring to see how the show juggled the increasing amount of characters; Morgan and Carol both received crowd-pleasing action moments fending off Negan reinforcements, while others like Michonne and Rosita were given backseat nods as they stayed behind at Alexandria, allowing the pace in the second half to fly instead of resorting to the show’s previous habit of momentum killing check-ins. 

Mercy, however, wasn’t without its problems. Father Gabriel’s dumb decision to save Gregory felt like he’d missed the ‘get smart’ memo elsewhere, leaving his concluding trapped set-up with Negan to feel ham-fisted and engineered to carve out his potential demise.

The Walking Dead season 8 premiere review: A strong kick-off with revived urgency
Could Maggie become the new leader over Rick? (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
Some foreshadowing was also too on the nose – with Michonne’s chat to Carl about the conflict ahead being ‘your show’ feeling one smirk to camera away from breaking the fourth wall and becoming House Of Cards.

While there’s stumbles, this episode felt like the opening gunshot to The Walking Dead’s new gearshift. With the lines drawn and character sides selected, it’s hard not to be swept up in the revived urgency. We’ll simply have to hope this streamlined blast represents a more focussed ride across the entirety of season eight.

The BBC are to air a new drama called Gunpowder this Saturday night, starring Game of Thrones hero, Kit Harrington. 
The three-part show is a dramatisation of the infamous gunpowder plot to kill King James I of Great Britain (and VI of Scotland).

What is the real story behind the plot?

In November 1605, the Gunpowder Plot took place in which some Catholics, most famously Guy Fawkes, plotted to blow up James I.
The story is remembered annually on November 5 when ‘Guys’ are burned in a celebration known as ‘Bonfire Night’.

The story stemmed from anger harboured by Catholics towards James I as they expected him to be more tolerant of them.

However, James I antagonised Catholics by ordering all Catholic priests to leave England which stirred some into plotting his death.

The real story of the Gunpowder plot ahead of new Kit Harington drama
Liv Tyler co-stars in Gunpowder also (Picture: BBC)
The infamous plot to kill James I and members in the Houses of Parliament was planned for when he opened Parliament on 5 November, 1605.
Fawkes and his fellow conspirators rented out a house beside the Houses of Parliament.
They smuggled in 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar of the House of Lords.

The real story of the Gunpowder plot ahead of new Kit Harington drama
Lewes Bonfire Night – the annual parade which occurs on 5 November each year to celebrate the date of the uncovering of the Gunpowder Plot (Picture: Getty)
Fawkes was to be the man to light the fuse, however at the very last moment he was caught by a group of guards.

 As a result, Fawkes was arrested and sent to the Tower of London where he was tortured and eventually gave away the names of the fellow conspirators.
In January 1606 Fawkes, along with some of his conspirators, were hung, drawn and quartered.

The real story of the Gunpowder plot ahead of new Kit Harington drama
The gunpowder plot, Guy Fawkes being interrogated by James I and his council in the Kings Bedchamber, November 1605, Whitehall, London (Picture: Getty)

Why is Bonfire Night celebrated?

James I celebrated his survival by making the people of England have a bonfire in the night on 5 November.
Traditionally, this fire contained an effigy of the Pope rather than Fawkes.
The effigy of Fawkes was used later, and fireworks became a modern day staple of the night.

Gunpowder review: A gritty tale that reignites interest in a well-versed historical epochWill you be watching Kit Harington’s new show? (Picture: BBC)

Almost exactly one year ago, it reported last year that Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington was eyeing up a drama about the ill-fated plot to blow up parliament in 1605.

And now, as we edge nearer to that fateful November 5th date, Gunpowder has finally come to fruition in the form of a gritty three-part series that documents the actions of Robert Catesby, Guy Fawkes and a close group of English Catholics as they plan to destroy the House of Lords by igniting gunpowder stocked insidiously in the undercroft of Westminster.

On the surface, this mini-series might not seem as though Kit is flexing his thespian muscles particularly – he’s pretty au fait with playing a brooding, curly-haired outsider in a period drama, after all – but it is a journey of discovery of sorts.

Gunpowder review: A gritty tale that reignites interest in a well-versed historical epoch
Harington has a family connection (Picture: BBC)
Kit is a distant relative of Robert Catesby, so the character feels like some sort of conduit that lets the 30-year-old actor touch the warm skin and beating heart of his long lost kin.

Perhaps this personal connection is the reason why you get the distinct impression that, when Kit is channelling Catesby, he is able to feel those emotions far more acutely that if he were playing just another character.

It makes for fascinating viewing. Kit himself recently spoke about how the experience of playing Catesby had dramatically changed his opinion of the plotter, as he went from being immensely proud of their connection to feeling ‘desperately sorry’ for Catesby, and there seems to be a level on enlightenment on his part that allows him to channel the character perfectly.

Gunpowder review: A gritty tale that reignites interest in a well-versed historical epoch
Kit Harrington stars as Robert Catesby in Gunpowder (Picture: BBC)
For some, a twenty-minute opening scene might seem a bit intense for the start of a new show, but it is essential to allow you understand what comes after it.

This sequence sees a stately home occupied by Catesby and his fellow Catholics – including cousin Ann Vaux – being strenuously searched for an offending priest, head Jesuit Father Garnet, who continues to practice under Protestant rule.

What follows this is a gruesome and emotional scene in which one of the young captured priests who sacrifices himself in the name of the priest is hung, drawn and quartered before the Protestant masses for failing to renounce his faith.

Gunpowder review: A gritty tale that reignites interest in a well-versed historical epoch
Liv Tyler co-stars in Gunpowder (Picture: BBC)
Sometimes violence like this can seem a little gratuitous, but here it becomes a necessary tool in demonstrating the pressures of 17th Century Britain, as well as adding a good chunk of context to Catesby’s decision to initiate the Gunpowder Plot.

Catesby is a bitter man, something that is visible in all aspects of his life – from refusing Father Garnet’s request for a peaceful Catholic protest, to the way he behaves with his young son, with whom he has no idea how to interact. With the boy’s mother recently deceased, Catesby hasn’t a clue how to raise a young man in such a hostile environment, and so insists on preparing his son for the harshness of the world by allowing him to be roughhoused by older boys, who beat him to the point of bleeding.
But Catesby is also a charismatic man, and one of honour. His refusal to denounce his faith allows others to place their faith in him. Despite the inevitable doomed ending to this tale, Catesby was able to inspire a lot of loyalty in people, providing the possibility of escape to those who had run out of places to hide.

And, as Kit himself said: ‘You don’t get that many people to commit treason without being some sort of charismatic man.’

Gunpowder is ruthless and, at times, hard to watch, but is also a captivating story that shows us that, while Guy Fawkes might be the face of the Gunpowder Plot, Catesby was the brains behind the whole operation.
A truly original insight that reignites a well-versed historical epoch

Kit Harington blows up his own hair on The One Show because you're all obsessed with itKit Harington isn’t a fan of his hair (Picture: BBC)

Kit Harington may have become synonymous with his brooding gazes into the wind on Game Of Thrones, but he’s not a fan of the curly locks which complete the effect.

The 30-year-old actor appeared on The One Show to discuss everything from Game Of Thrones season eight to his new BBC drama Gunpowder, the latter inspiring a slightly bizarre segment where Kit was tasked with blowing up one of his top three pet peeves.

Makes perfect sense, right? Where’s Mel Brooks to call out this madness when you need him?
The show, hosted by Ricky Wilson and Alex Jones, placed three barrels outside the Central London studios wired with pyrotechnics, placing Kit’s pet peeves above each clearly marked barrel.
So what were Kit’s peeves? Spiders for obvious reasons. Boxing Day was also picked because it’s Kit’s birthday, meaning his celebrations are often side-lined with Christmas hangovers and scraping at the buffet remains.

Kit Harington blows up his own hair on The One Show because you're all obsessed with it
Kit Harrington stars as Robert Catesby in Gunpowder (Picture: BBC)
Kit’s biggest peeve however was the ‘strange fascination’ with his long locks, saying: ‘I’ve loved having long hair, but it’s just the continual strange fascination in interviews with it that I find bizarre.’
‘It’s like, “Tell me about your hair.” What do you want me to say?’
A comprehensive step-by-step guide to luscious locks maintenance? Know your audience, Kit.
After the grumble, Kit blew up his hair in an explosive flurry dismally reflective of the BBC’s budget.

Kit Harington blows up his own hair on The One Show because you're all obsessed with it
HBO has nothing to worry about (Picture: BBC)
Bowled over by the theatrics, they gave Kit a second opportunity to blow something up, with the star eventually deciding to send the 26th of December into a sparkling crackle.

Game Of Thrones bosses tease five prequel spin offs to give fans hope when show endsJon Snow and Ygritte could return in a series of preview episodes (Picture: HBO)

Game Of Thrones bosses have teased a series of prequels which are slated to run when the show’s final, eighth, season ends.

Series eight of GoT isn’t pegged to air until the summer of 2018 at the earliest, although a 2019 premiere is more likely.

A series of five prequel episodes have been announced, implying the show might follow The Lord Of The Rings by turning into a wider franchise.

Game Of Thrones bosses tease five prequel spin offs to give fans hope when show ends
Ed Sheeran as Ed and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark may return in prequels (Picture: HBO)
HBO CEO Richard Pleple commented on the spin-offs at an entertainment trade show in Cannes.
‘It’s a fantastic group of writers and talent, most of whom have lived inside the Thrones eco-system so are very, very familiar with its intricacies,’ he said.
And Pleple admitted to have already read an early draft of two of the scripts.

Game Of Thrones bosses tease five prequel spin offs to give fans hope when show ends
Chairman & CEO, HBO, Richard Pleple, left, and producer Lorne Michaels (Picture: FilmMagic)
Although there are five being written, ultimately it is likely that only a couple of the prequels will make it to the production stages.
And GoT founder George R.R. Martin is said to have been ‘closely involved’ with the spin-offs so far.

The teaser follows a recent admittance by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Cersei’s brother and boyfriend Jaime on the show, that the cast will be ‘fed lines through ear pieces’ during the eighth season to keep the threat of spoilers non-existent.
The show’s seventh series was plagued by spoilers left, right and centre.
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