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The Likability Index: Ranking characters from 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad,' and more


As Mad Men‘s season 6 comes to a close, Don Draper’s descent into his own inferno cements his anti-hero status. You either love to hate him, or hate to love him. His ambiguous ethics create an interesting dynamic for the viewer — but he’s not the only one on TV like that.

Mad Men and its contemporaries — Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Scandal, The Walking Dead, Homeland, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, The Americans, and Boardwalk Empire — are shows that revolve around questions of morality. Whether it be an ad executive who will do anything to sleep with their married neighbors, a former high school teacher turned meth kingpin trying to provide for his family, kings and queens vying for the Iron Throne, or crisis managers who just happen to fix presidential races for the man they love, these series make us question who we’re rooting for and why.

There are incredibly likeable characters who do horrible things (Boardwalk Empire‘s Al Capone) or characters who are, at their core, good people whom we don’t like very much (Game of Thrones‘ Sansa). Then there’s everyone else — who falls somewhere in the middle on the scale.

Check out or “Likability Index” below, where we rank our favorites on two axes — from likable to hateable, and from good to evil. READ FULL STORY

What if Zooey Deschanel was Daenerys Stormborn? New 'Game of Thrones' parody dares to dream

Have you ever wondered what Game of Thrones would look like if Zooey Deschanel played the part of Daenerys Stormborn?

A new parody dares to imagine the adorkable. The animated video depicts the New Girl star as the Mother of Dragons (or should we say cats?). And though she still commands the Unsullied, she does it while strumming on her ukelele (obviously).

She’s not the only famous face to get the casting treatment however. Aubrey Plaza is portrayed as a bitter Ygritte who hates and complains about everything — including Jon Snow, while Michael Cera is portrayed as a much less intimidating—and much more jittery— Joffrey.

Watch the video below and don’t miss the Arrested Development style closing credits.

Now, who wants to start a petition to get the three actors to actually do this parody?

Read more:
Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Game of Thrones’ parody will be a ball — EXCLUSIVE CLIP
MAD Magazine parodies ‘Game of Thrones’ — EXCLUSIVE PHOTO
Another day, another ‘Game of Thrones’ parody: Westeros parties like it’s 1995 — VIDEO

'Game of Thrones': Maisie Williams, a.k.a. Arya Stark, stages violent Funny or Die Twitter coup

Though the King in the North is dead, there’s still one Stark capable of seizing control from the powers that be: Arya, also known as 16-year-old actress Maisie Williams. On Monday evening, the pint-size killer officially took over Funny or Die’s Twitter feed. This initial picture of her is a perfect lesson in how to look intimidating while staging a coup:

Why are actors dressed like 'Game of Thrones' characters playing piano in exotic locales?

Because the Internet, that’s why! Behold the fourth episode of a webseries called “Cosplay Piano,” in which 19-year-old pianist Sonya Belousova dresses up as your costumed favorites and plays new arrangements of their iconic themes. She’s already tackled the worlds of The Walking Dead, Batman, and Superman — so naturally, the universe of HBO and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones was next.

And though the clip opens with a facsimile of Daenerys jamming in the desert, there’s more to it than just the Khaleesi. In the span of just three and a half minutes, “Cosplay Piano” will take you from the Red Waste (where Dany tickles ivories and dragons fly) to a brothel in King’s Landing (where Tyrion grins at Shae, and the women are surprisingly clothed) to the tundra north of the Wall (where the video’s version of Jon Snow could really use a new wig). Guess a sprawling series deserves a sprawling video tribute.


'Game of Thrones': The Westeros Business Manual

George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” was always an unusual fantasy series. In many ways, the books — and the wildly successful HBO show it inspired — function as a tactical deconstruction of genre classics like Lord of the Rings. There are no real heroes or villains. Magic is used sparingly, and confusingly. Important characters are famously killed off frequently; indeed, five books into the seven-book cycle, the whole concept of “important characters” seems hazy. (You can already see that forming in the TV show’s third season; the nominally heroic Stark family is dead and scattered, while relatively new additions like the Tyrells keep expanding their power.)

But to me, what really defines Martin’s story is his portrait of power. And not just power in the abstract: He is fascinated by the process of governance. Recall Ned Stark arriving in King’s Landing way back in the first book/season 1. Ned is a typical romantic-fantasy protagonist, a noble man of war: He’s Aragorn, basically, the kind of guy you want on your side to fight an invading army or a dragon. But at the first meeting of the Small Council, he learns that Westeros is facing the greatest villain of all: Tremendous financial debt. The series constantly circles back around to similar seemingly banal matters: Governments running low on money, kings forced to mediate between different factions, laws that have to be followed. A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons comprise a thousand-page-plus portrait of statecraft; coincidentally, this is why some people don’t like A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. But Martin’s detail-oriented storytelling makes for compelling narrative. In a very concrete sense, Martin uses his different characters to roadmap several very different strategies for success. You know how douchey Wall Street bankers love to read The Art of War? “A Song of Ice and Fire” and Game of Thrones provide similar metaphorical business models, with intriguing lessons for anyone paying attention. READ FULL STORY

George R. R. Martin drinks in your Red Wedding tears on 'Conan' -- VIDEO

And they’re only making him stronger!!

Four days after the fact, even the Game of Thrones fans who knew Sunday’s Red Wedding was on the horizon are still trying to recover from seeing it in all its gory glory. As for those who had no idea what was in store for Robb, Catelyn, and Talisa? Forget about it. The reaction videos prove that they may never be the same.

And now the man who single-handedly murdered an entire army has had a chance to see firsthand what his words have wreaked — courtesy of Conan O’Brien.


'Game of Thrones': Rounding up 'The Red Wedding' reactions -- VIDEO

Something happened on this week’s episode of Game of Thrones — something big, something bad. Longtime fans of the franchise (and book-readers) have been waiting for the climax at the end of “The Rains of Castamere” for almost three seasons. Newbies to the series (and book-haters) had no idea what was coming, and knew only that the Internet was whispering about it and it made the Internet seem sad.

And then the big, bad thing happened and everyone freaked out. Some were shocked, some were nauseated, some were sassy, and some vowed to give up on Westeros and its never-ending civil war forever. HuffPo made a piechart! We made a GIF! With nearly 48 hours now between us and Sunday, here’s more of who felt what, when, about “The Red Wedding.” [Spoilers, obviously.]


Another shocker from 'Game of Thrones': Fans react to 'The Rains of Castamere'


[Warning: Spoilers and angst ahead!]

Have you recovered from last night’s Game of Thrones yet?

It’s all right if the answer is “no.” The last scene of “The Rains of Castamere” may have been the most brutal, shocking, heart-breaking sequence ever made for television — and though they’ve been primed to expect the worst (Ned Stark’s beheading, anyone?), Thrones fans who haven’t read George R. R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” books are still reeling from its effect.


'Game of Thrones': See our Red Wedding invitation

You’re invited to a very special day!

HBO’s Game of Thrones just celebrated The Red Wedding, that infamous joining of House Tully and House Frey. Wasn’t it beautiful? Below is EW’s The Red Wedding wedding invitation. We have some gifts for you as well — such as our Q&As with the showrunners, George R.R. Martin, and actors below.

I don’t know about you, but weddings always make me cry… READ FULL STORY

Sean Bean talks 'Legends,' takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO


No, there wasn’t a new episode of Game of Thrones this week, but here’s a thought that’s been cheering us up: Sean Bean will be back on TV come 2014, starring in the new 10-episode TNT drama Legends from producers of Homeland and Sleeper Cell. Based on the book by spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends centers on Martin Odum (Bean), an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations division who begins to question his own identity when a stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be. (Watch a trailer below.)

“I got a call from [Homeland and 24 EP] Howard Gordon through my agents. Of course, I like Howard’s work,” Bean told EW backstage at Turner’s upfronts earlier this month. “We had a good talk about the character and what his vision was, and that’s what excited me — the idea of this guy who goes undercover and is constantly changing his appearance, and his mannerisms, and to some extent his psyche. It’s sort of like being an actor. Because he’s so convincing in dangerous situations, he has to actually be that person, and then he gets a little mixed up in his head about who he actually is. It’s an exciting premise for a show.”

To find out who Bean really is, we gave him a quick EW Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch that video first to find out when he yells at the TV, which movie made him cry, what film he has to watch every time he spots it on cable, what his most prized pop culture possessions are, and which song is his guilty pleasure. READ FULL STORY

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