You Can Read D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s Game of Thrones Finale Script Online

Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Sophie Turner in Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Sophie Turner in Game of Thrones
Macall B. Polay, HBO

The final season of Game of Thrones was a divisive one, to put it mildly; while some fans hailed it as a masterful end to the series, others criticized its rushed conclusion. Now viewers have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the final episode in a whole new way, as the script for "The Iron Throne" is being released online.

According to io9, following the series’ numerous Emmy nominations—including the finale’s nod for Outstanding Writing For a Drama Series—the Television Academy has released a digital copy of the script that is free to view for all.

As the screenplay reveals, the episode went through numerous changes as it made its way from script to screen. Particularly noteworthy is the scene in which Drogon, after discovering that Jon (Kit Harington) has killed Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), incinerates the Iron Throne—which, in the script, was written as an act of collateral damage. The throne is characterized as a “dumb bystander caught up in the conflagration.”

In another moment, Benioff and Weiss show off the subtle comedy that went into the production of the series. When Arya (Maisie Williams) asks what lies beyond the shores of Westeros, the screenplay reads, “Jon and Sansa look at each other. They both failed geography.”

Although this tonal change might seem unusual, it’s common practice for screenwriters to make jokes that aren’t intended for the screen. Because screenplays are meant to be read by cast members and executives, not the general public, writers frequently insert humorous remarks to make the script more readable or give added details to give the actors a better idea of what they're looking for.

You can download the full script here.

[h/t io9]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Miss the Arcade? This Retro Arcade Cabinet Brings Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga to Your Home


It's hard to find a video game character more iconic than Pac-Man, but his female counterpart gave him a run for his money when she debuted in 1982. Now, Ms. Pac-Man is available to purchase as a retro arcade cabinet taken straight from the golden age of gaming.

The arcade cabinet, which is selling on Amazon for $3300, combines Ms. Pac-Man with the classic space shooter game Galaga. The hardware also includes the hidden bonus games Pac-Man, Speedy Pac-Man, Speedy Ms. Pac-Man, and Rapid Fire Galaga.

Playing Ms. Pac-Man on the cabinet at home feels just like playing in a real arcade. The joystick and buttons that players remember have been faithfully recreated. There's even a coin slot like you'd find in the real game, but this one has been deactivated so you can chase your high score for hours without stocking up on change. The side panel is decorated with the original Ms. Pac-Man artwork, making the cabinet an eye-catching piece of home decor even when you're not using it.

If you have space in your basement, rec room, or any room in your house for a 5.6-foot-tall arcade cabinet, you can order the product from Amazon today with free shipping. If you're looking for a more low-key way to celebrate your love of Pac-Man, Monopoly recently released a special Pac-Man edition game complete with a miniature arcade cabinet.

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