Which Thrones Fight Was Uglier? Orphan's Pop Quiz? Gay Bachelorette Spin-Off? And More Qs!

Popular TV Shows 2013We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, The Killing and Burn Notice!

1 | Why is no one talking about why Orphan Black‘s Sarah left in the first place? And who is Kira’s father?! Oh, and is it Spring 2014 yet?!

2 | What was bloodier: Game of Thrones‘ Red Wedding massacre or the subsequent heated discussion between viewers who have read the books (and were prone to spoil what’s coming) and those who hadn’t?

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3 | How odd was it to see The Killing‘s Linden so darn smiley? (At least for the first hour or so.) We know it was a moment of symbolism or foreshadowing or something, but what the heck was with those cows? Also, how exactly did Linden put two-and-two together and connect little Adrian’s drawing to the marshes where the bodies were dumped? Was it the added detail of those abandoned buildings in his latest bedroom sketch or did her visit to the bloody crime scene set off a lightbulb?

4 | Who had “Sterling Cooper & Partners” in their Mad Men office pool? And which character do you wager will next ingest/inhale an illicit drug? While we’re on the topic of what may come next, is there any way that the Megan’s-already-dead theory holds water?

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6 | Will Mistresses‘ April ever go on that date with Cute Divorced Dad? Or is it going to be a case of “two last-minute cancellations and you’re out”?

7 | Wait, “Wasting All These Tears” — which The Voice‘s Season 3 champ Cassadee Pope premiered on this week’s results show — is classified as country? Also, is it possible that Blake Shelton’s “play it safe/predictable” style of coaching is finally starting to backfire, or was it an inevitability that he’d finally lose a team member prior to the semifinals? And did anyone else find Adam Levine adorable when he hugged saved contestant Amber and could only say “I love you” over and over?

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9 | Did Nigel Lythgoe go too far in his flirtation with Nico Greetham’s mother during So You Think You Can Dance‘s Memphis auditions? And which was skeezier: Asking the woman if her husband was in the audience or suggesting to Nico that he’d get a ticket to Vegas if he could get his mother to entertain a fling with the British judge (“We’ll sort you out if you sort me out”)? Lastly, wasn’t Wayne Brady a surprisingly good guest judge?

10 | Be honest, Inside Amy Schumer fans: Aren’t there moments you wish you could actually hire “Slap Chef,” the weight-loss plan in which world-class chefs “make you one of their signature dishes, then before you can say ‘Slap Chef,’ they knock it out of your stupid mouth”?

11 | Are we the last to notice Colin Donnell (aka Arrow‘s Tommy) in these ads for Air Optix Night & Day?

Kris-Jenner-Talk-Show12 | This ad campaign to the right is one of the Seven Signs of the Apocalypse, yes?

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13 | Is ABC News’ The Lookout satisfying your craving for John Stossel-like sting-the-sheister consumer advocate reporting?

14 | As much as we love Hannibal and its visual splendor, don’t the stylistic flourishes — say, Will imagining Crawford orating in a roomful of stag antlers — occasionally (occasionally) distract from the narrative more than punctuate it? And given how often he wakes up covered in sweat, why doesn’t Will just sleep in the nude?

15 | How badly did you groan when Burn Notice‘s Maddie started blabbing about Michael’s CIA mission to the “child services guy”? Kind of a bush-league boner for Ma at this point, no? And how fun was it to see H.R.G. assign Michael to take down Flying Man?

16 | Does anybody other than TV characters summon someone over for a discreet conversation by asking for “a word, please”?

17 | The guy and the kids in the AT&T commercials — they’re just sitting around having random chit-chats at this point, right? Is there even a sell anymore?

Hit the comments with your answers — and any other questions you care to throw out there!

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77 Comments
  1. Josh says:

    Hey I read GoT and I was never prone to spoiling and most fans I know are the same. Don’t let the trolls speak for the rest of us.

    • Kira says:

      Same here. I don’t understand why book readers have to spoil it for non book readers. We enjoyed the first time shock and awe so why take it away from tv viewers. To all my fellow readers, please keep future spoilers to yourself. Tv viewers should not be punished for not reading the books.

      • CountryQueen says:

        Thank you for this. I have been struggling with whether or not I want to read the books, and after the Red Wedding decided not. I haven’t been that taken aback by a show in a long time and I LOVED it! I want to keep the surprises coming, so I am going to read the books when the show is over – it’s also fun to read a series of books after they’re out so you can just go from book to book and not have to wait years for the next.

        For those that would spoil us just because you can – would you do that to someone you call a friend? Would you tell your friend about the red wedding before they saw it or read about it? Please extend to strangers the same courtesy. Thank you.

        • muddied waters says:

          Non-book readers are gonna freak when the Iron Throne is seized by Connor of House McLeod.

          • muddied waters says:

            Oops, spoiler!

          • KevyB says:

            That’s not spoiling! Spoiling would be letting them know about when one of Daenerys’s dragons eats Tyrion! Or when Cersei gets pregnant by Joffrey and Jaime kills her in jealousy! They’d be super mad if they heard about those two before they happen! Oh yeah, if you haven’t read the books, SPOILER ALERT!

          • ... says:

            Since I havent read the books or watched the show (YET), I don’t know if you’re joking. And after reading the post you replied to, your comment seems to be extremely rude.

    • D'Arcy says:

      What I find most interesting is that book readers have been very silent about this for three years, yet the moment the episode airs, all the show-viewers are spoiling it everywhere…

      • rawley says:

        THIS

      • Warren says:

        Well, D’Arcy, you’re absolutely wrong because every GoT board/comment section on anything GoT related has beef riddled with RW spoilers from book readers ever since the season began.

        • D'Arcy says:

          Not true. I have been to PLENTY of boards related to GoT. Most book readers like to be sly or coy about it, but they want to see the reactions from non-book readers when the episode airs, so they wouldn’t spoil it.

          Only assholes spoiled it. There are trolls in every group of people, book-readers and non-book readers alike. Why would normal people want to ruin such an epic moment in the series? We don’t. But my FB and Twitter sure were filled with spoilers that night…

          • tripoli says:

            This is the only place I read about Game of Thrones mostly because I’ve yet to read the books and thought it would be somewhat safe to visit an article that as just a recap every week and not be spoiled. Well that was wishful thinking. There were a couple of pretty major spoilers posted here in previous weeks. It was only a couple of people, but it was still out there. It does seem that plenty of book readers are respectful and really do want the TV only fans to get the same kind of experience they had when first reading the books. The book readers I know were super coy and refused to say anything other than just wait, things are going to happen. Even after I asked for specifics they refused to tell me anything. It’s nice to read the above comments from book readers who have no interest in spoiling and aren’t fond of those who do. It’s very mch appreciated.

          • Britta Unfiltered says:

            Okay, here is the thing about the book readers who leave comment spoilers that they believe to be sly or coy…they think they’re being cute and not spoiling anything, but really, any person with an ounce of intelligence can put together the clues quickly in their heads and figure out what they’re talking about. It’s NOT sly, it’s NOT coy, and it’s definitely not cute! I hate these people.
            .
            I’m surprised you feel like the Internet is so GOT spoiler free of plot points that haven’t aired yet. Because I see them everywhere. I see them on sites that don’t even have anything to do with Game of Thrones. You’re kidding yourself if you think all these book readers are being so polite and keeping everything to themselves. I’m sure there are many who are nice enough to stay silent, but there are also many who don’t. As far as people watching the show spoiling things after they watch it, I personally don’t care so much about that. I think once a show has aired, it’s fair game to talk about, but I do wish people would wait for all the time zones to finish an episode before they go online and explode. But I do figure If something gets spoiled for me because I sat on my hands and waited to watch an episode, then I know that’s my own fault for not watching live.
            .
            To Tripoli and any other commenters who want to read reviews where the comments don’t spoil things, the AV Club has a special review section for Game of Throne newbies that are just meant to be for people who don’t read the books, and in theory they delete comments that contain spoilers. They also have a special review section for Game of Throne experts for people who read the books if that’s your thing. I mainly bring this up because I am hoping TVLine does the same concept next year for the show? :) I also wouldn’t say no to a review section like that for Walking Dead. Nobody around online that I’ve seen has that. Oh, and another “in theory” spoiler-free website is a funny one called Arrested Westeros, which is a site that mashes Arrested Development quotes with Game of Thrones scenes. They have some really killer entries in there.

    • Aleksa says:

      I took great pains not to spoil what was coming on GoT (all I said to people was “have Kleenex handy for episode 9″). I don’t understand why people think it’s so much fun to ruin another person’s experience.

  2. Anthony Newhall says:

    Regarding 14, yes please.

  3. Margaret says:

    8. I’m pretty sure that Wesley Taylor (Bobby from SMASH) has a boyfriend, but a gay bachelor or bachelorette spinoff featuring his character is something I would watch, that would be amazing

    • Lena says:

      Yet I’ve never seen a black bacherlorette? Yeah… I guess some groups will always be excluded. As long as someone is white, they are right for the network.

      • Margaret says:

        Woah my comment was not about race, it was about a character from a TV show that I found entertaining. Bobby had some of the best lines on SMASH, but for the record, I’d watch a spinoff with Sam too

  4. Kim R says:

    3. The cows. The cows. What does it mean? A foreshadowing of the last scene? Someone suggested that the building the dead girl was found in was one of the buildings in Adrian’s picture. It would certainly connect the crimes together. Either way…..The Killing is back and it’s great! :)
    17. I love this very thing about the AT&T commercials. So cute. That said…no idea what they’re selling. :)

  5. Scott says:

    I thought the Gay Bachelorette Spin-Off blurb was a real thing. I want to see a guy get to pick from 25 guys Bachelor/Bachelorette style!

    • Steven says:

      Look up Boy Meets Boy. It aired 10 years ago on Bravo and had about the same concept. Except some of the men were really straight and only pretending to be gay.

  6. forwarddad says:

    Seven Signs of the Apocalypse, yes?

    Yes, Yes, and more Yes. Please America don’t watch and maybe she will go away.?

  7. Meg says:

    I’d rather have Sleep Gym than Slap Chef.

  8. Ryan says:

    #14 – UGH. I got so frustrated with Burn Notice. “Either tell us about your son’s top secret mission or you’ll lose your grandson.”

    Either child services has access to CIA files and they KNOW what Michael is up to OR the have no way to confirm Maddie’s story. There’s no possible way telling them anything about Michael could help her case. It was totally unrealistic that she’d fall for it.

    • Mcgoria says:

      But…that’s not what happened and no one was shown saying that. The “Child Services” guy was the fake they were looking for. We didn’t see him threatening her; it looked like she was being overly chatty.

      • Quinn Mallory says:

        He clearly threatened to take Maddie’s grandson away to foster care. Still, you would think that Mama Weston would have been wiser by now.

  9. Tim says:

    The Game of Thrones spoiling is like the Harry Potter spoiler who told everyone Dumbledore died while they were in line to buy the book. Minimum exposure, but obviously some spoiled it.

    • Jj says:

      Wth are you talking about? The Dumbledore spoiler was so obvious. How could you have not seen that coming? JKR dropped anvil sized hints. It’s like saying someone spoiled Star Wars Episode 3 for you.

      • Fran says:

        I didn’t see it coming but I stayed away from anything discussing the series at the time. So I don’t know, maybe I was just an idiot. The point is that spoiling is just plain rude.

      • Prior to reading a single page of Half-Blood Prince, it was obvious that Dumbledore was going to die, let alone that Snape was going to kill him? Because that was the spoiler that was literally SCREAMED at people waiting in line to buy the book.

        I’ve read the books, and I’m disgusted with the people who think it’s okay to casually mention what ends up happening after the Red Wedding. You want to talk about what eventually happens in the books? Go to westeros.org and talk about the books there.

        Moreover, I’m really disappointed in the moderators and administrators of TVLine. People who are posting spoilers like this and clearly ruining the experience of other viewers should have their ISP addresses banned.

        • It’s a SPOILER website! These people eat and breathe spoilers. It’s the reason TVLine exists in the first place. Episode recaps are the exception not the rule on this website. This is like going to Nikki Finke’s page and complaining about her spoiling a movie. It is what they DO.

  10. Alichat says:

    Regarding 15…..I yelled at the tv “Are you KIDDING ME?” I know she was stressed and flustered, but Maddie is sharper than that. There’s no way she should have fallen for that. Michael’s whereabouts should have nothing to do with the case. And it was odd that Fi didn’t go into the meeting with her.

  11. Pinky says:

    Big LOL at #12.

  12. Amy says:

    #1: Love Orphan Black. I was totally wondering who Kira’s father is. I hope they cover that in season 2.

    • Rodge1978 says:

      I love OB and also hope they reveal the father in series 2. I hope the lead actress gets Emmy recognition this year. That could have been cheesy, but, she made each clone different and interesting. She is easily the best actress of the year.

  13. discopunkk says:

    Well the guy (Kripke) who created Supernatural created Revolution and he co-wrote the finale so it didn’t surprise me. It was awesome still. The ending in the tower had some big plot holes though.

    A gay Bachelor or Bachelorette will never happen. If they can’t pick a non-Caucasian then a non-Hetero is not even on the map. Besides Bravo tried it once. And there was a similar one where a Bachelorette had to pick a guy knowing some were gay and others straight. You didn’t find out until they were sent one which they were. It bombed and they put the rest of the episodes online.

  14. brycealexander says:

    11: Yes! I was surprised months ago when you guys said nothing about it!

  15. Magically Suspicious says:

    9- I didn’t like Wayne Brady as a judge at ALL!

  16. IMHO says:

    1.Spring of “14″ is such a long wait.
    3.The cows really creeped me out !
    4.I think the “Megan is already dead theory” is ridiculous. That could be a possible plot on Supernatural but this is Mad Men and Megan’s costar just tried to make out with her.
    12. The Apocalypse Nigh
    14. I’m tired of the Stag and his Antlers.

  17. Daisy says:

    15. H.R.G. vs. Flying Man was the best thing to happen to TV all week since the awesomeness that was GoT. And the Maddie thing was totally out of character. At least out of the character they created over the past two seasons…

    • Katrinka says:

      At first I felt the same way about Maddie & the overs haring of Michael info. But after I thought about it I realized she was totally in “Mama Bear” mode for the only relative she has in her life. She went to that meeting in a whole different mindset & was concerned she might not get custody. So while normally Maddie would have zipped her lip, I am not surprised that the questions about Michael’s whereabouts made her more far concerned about the welfare of her grandson than Michael’s safety.

  18. Lucy says:

    #11 — I love that he’s the guy who “never meant to sleep in [his] contacts”! I didn’t get that revelation until just after the season ended (R.I.P. Tommy), and now that ridiculous little commercial makes me smile whenever I see it.

    #17 — I don’t know about that – I’m pretty sure that one little girl completely sold me on getting a “puppy brother.” :-)

    • Angela says:

      Haha, I too like the puppy brother idea :D.

    • justjack says:

      I have info from someone that knows.. those commercials are not scripted. Which makes me love them even more. I don’t even care what they’re selling, I just think they’re totally entertaining!

      • All of these are on YouTube, as well as a BTS clip. It’s fantastic. And as to the Question: As long as kids keep saying funny things, I’ll want to see these commercials. They’re priceless. And genius. (Mind you, I already have AT&T but commercials seldom sell me on anything. They’re more likely to sell me “off” something.)

    • TVPeong says:

      I love those commercials…. especially puppy brother and “what about infinity times infinity”

      • David says:

        We have a rule in my house…when fast forwarding through the commercials on the DVR, we stop and watch the AT&T ones…”Infinity times Infinity” and “If you have more less stuff…” are our favorites, but we really love them all!

  19. cjeffery7 says:

    1 – you mean why she left Kira? otherwise i clearly missed something…
    2 – definitely the discussion afterward…
    10 – yes.

  20. Leah says:

    2. As someone who has read the books, I usually just stay out of the comments. The journey is sooo good and sooo surprising I don’t want to ruin it for anyone else.

    17. I am so freaking sick of these commercials. The first couple were cute. Now we have crossed over into reeedickyooolus.

  21. Warren says:

    14 | sweet god yes. I love Hannibal, but last nights episode had way too many scenes of Will hallucinating/breaking down/whatever. I hope he’s better next week, because that was ridiculous.

  22. CJ says:

    1) They never spelled out specifically why Sarah left initially, but I’m pretty sure it was because she fell in with a bad crowd and ran off to go be a grifter with Vic. I am definitely interested to learn more about Kira’s father and that whole deal. Such a great show.

  23. bill says:

    4. The theory doesn’t hold water. Megan had a scene alone with her boss’s wife. Dead People don’t do that :)

  24. Weezy says:

    I’ve been watching GOT since day 1 and am considering not watching it any longer. The bad guys always seem to win and I’m tried of getting invested in characters/story arcs only to see them killed off for no apparent reason. Maybe I just don’t understand how everything will fit together in the end, but it’s really annoying to me as a viewer.

    • bill says:

      Stick with it a little longer. Not all of the bad guys win all of the time. Hopefully this does not count as a spoiler….

      • What series are you talking about? I love the show and happily ever after is not really a part of the lexicon here. It’s middle ages warfare. if you’re waiting for the good guys to win you are watching the wrong show. In the Game of Thrones the smart ones win. Not the good, the strong, the rich or the noble. The smart ones who chose self preservation over anything else.

  25. Scott says:

    16. “(Could I have) a word please?”. Yes of course. I hear it all day at the place I work. Maybe its an open plan office phrase, since we’re not allowed to talk at our desks and have to go to a meeting room or similar.

  26. Tom Charles says:

    10 | Be honest, Inside Amy Schumer fans: Aren’t there moments you wish you could actually hire “Slap Chef,” the weight-loss plan in which world-class chefs “make you one of their signature dishes, then before you can say ‘Slap Chef,’ they knock it out of your stupid mouth”?
    ~
    I myself want to try sleep gym
    ~
    12 | This ad campaign to the right is one of the Seven Signs of the Apocalypse, yes?
    ~
    yes

  27. A says:

    17) don’t even care. Love every one

    • stella says:

      i swear those commercials aren’t even scripted. Those kids are just rambling and rambling. They are hysterical though.

  28. arial2 says:

    Re The Killing: my IMMEDIATE reaction to the cows was to flash back to The Silence of the Lambs, the description of the way the sheep knew they were going to die. Creepy moment! And was wondering why she suddenly knew the location of the trees, but couldn’t remember all the details of Linden’s copy of the trees. If the barn was new, then I can buy that it provided enough new info to allow her to narrow the location down. Otherwise, I would have thought her suddenly knowing the location to be a bit unbelievable.

    Re the AT&T commercials: I thought the first one was cute, but now I just mute the sound because they’ve become so annoying.

  29. Colleen says:

    17) Those commercials sell me on using another wireless carrier. (But seriously, AT&T should invest in a new marketing team.)

  30. Angela says:

    12: First I’m seeing that ad. Oh, dear god…*Puts head in hands, cries*.
    16: I dunno. I’m sure someone has said that phrase in real life at some point.
    17: Pretty much, yeah. Strange the things people think of to try and sell a product sometimes.

  31. “too similar to Supernatural‘s famous “The Road So Far” segment?” I’m sure that was the intention. But they need a better song to go with it.

  32. “And how fun was it to see H.R.G. assign Michael to take down Flying Man?” I miss Heroes…

  33. Holly says:

    3 “Smiley” Linden is not something I’m accustomed to seeing in 2 seasons of The Killing so it was strange and awkward. I’m almost happy she returned to the familiar Linden by the end of the episode. Not sure yet what ‘the silence of the cows’ or the trees are all about. I’m happy The Killing is back!

    4 Last Sunday’s episode of Mad Men was good but weird, especially the party scene with the song Harper Valley PTA playing throughout. This is not a song I’d associate with that kind of party. It was surreal. I hope the theory about Megan is far fetched because I like her on the show and hope nothing bad happens to her.

  34. Kathy says:

    14-I yell at the TV when Maddie told the “child services personnel” about Michael and yes it was great to two stars from Heroes.

  35. Britta Unfiltered says:

    2, Ha. I was actually involved in one of those fights over on The Soup’s page. I try very hard to avoid any GOT talk online, I even refuse to read reviews of episodes, because you just know someone in the comments who’s read the books is going to say something d*ckish. I managed to get through to the Red Wedding mostly spoiler free. But something big (I won’t say what) with Joffrey got spoiled for me on The Soup’s page, which is the last place I would have expected to have seen a GOT spoiler in the comments, particularly when the post in question had NOTHING to do with Game of Thrones. That guy was a jerk, but I called him a much worse name. Something along the lines of things he does with his mother.
    4. I don’t think Megan is going to die. I think Sally might be our next character to try drugs, though I would die laughing if it was Betty or Trudy. I would pay Weiner cash to see those two do mushrooms together and have a fight over which one of them is the lizard queen. Speaking of The Doors, I am very surprised they haven’t come up in reference on the show yet. They’ve peaked by this point in time and Morrison is doing some truly crazy things in public. He’s just three years away from being dead.
    12. Oh god. Screw you, Fox.

  36. Chris says:

    1. I love OB and I hope we do get to meet Kira’s dad. I’m more interested in what’s happened to Kira and what’s going to happen to Alison now. Chances are they aren’t going to leave her alone.

    5. it makes sense since Kripke’s involved. It worked well.. Though I enjoy Revolution I think Supernatural is a much better show.

    12. absolutely yes. We are officially doomed.

    15. I wanted to throw something at the screen during that scene but I found the rest of the ep surprisingly enjoyable

    17. I really enjoy those commercial. They are cute and funny.

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