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‘Game of Thrones’ debut draws record 10.1 million viewers

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Women dominate Westeros as never before, and it’s the same with the “Game of Thrones” ratings. The HBO drama’s seventh-season premiere last weekend drew a record-setting 10.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen company figures released Tuesday.

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Florence Snyder: A crowd of cousins at The New York Times

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The mortality rate for a family business is staggering. Seventy percent of them will fail or be sold before the founders’ children come of age. Just 10 percent remain active, and in family hands when the third generation is old enough to work for a living. The chances are close to zero that a family business will be around to provide employment for a fifth generation. Somehow, the descendants of newspaperman Arthur Ochs beat the odds. Ochs founded The New York Times in 1896. This…

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“Game of Thrones” author blogs that he missed book deadline

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Winter is not coming. “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin says he missed a Dec. 31 deadline to finish “The Winds of Winter,” the latest book in his fantasy series. That means the HBO season based on that sixth novel will start airing in April, while he’s still writing. The words “you won’t like it” appeared Saturday on Martin’s blog, reporting the missed deadline. Martin says he wanted to say he’s delivered “The Winds of Winter” for publication, but…

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‘George R.R. Martin’ letter says calm down, Shakespeare is more murderous than him

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Fans are still reeling from the Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones in which the beloved bastard son of Eddard Stark, Jon Snow, is offed in the most gruesome and betraying of manners. By his own brothers of the Watch and a small child. People are pissed. They’re saying they’re done with the show. (They’re not.) They’re rooting for the White Walkers to kill everyone (also probably not.) People called in sick because they were grieving. (I hope this…

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Here’s an un-spoiled recap of the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 finale

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Here’s a spoiler-free recap of last night’s shocking Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones. As per usual, George R.R. Martin’s brain child was plenty full of murderous jaw-dropping shockers. If you pick five Game of Thrones characters who were still living before Sunday night, chances are one of them is now dead. Google the series if you want spoilers, but you won’t get them here. Just a little tease … Gianluca Fiore has an interesting conspiracy theory. “I’m starting…

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‘Game of Thrones’ book vs. series breakdown may support Jon Snow fandom theory

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There are two kinds of Game of Thrones fans. There are those who are fanatic about the HBO series. The ones who can’t wait for the latest episode or who, if they happen to miss one, avoid all forms of social media and water cooler conversation in hopes of making it to the next night without any spoilers. Then there are the fans who have also read the books. They don’t care about water cooler spoilers because they not only…

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Northern Illinois University offers “Game of Thrones” course

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Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the HBO series Game of Thrones. The University Honors Program calls the class “Game of Thrones, Television and Medieval History” and students can take the course for honors credit, The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reported. The popular cable TV show, based on books by George R.R. Martin, is in its fifth season. “It represents aspects of the Middle Ages much more realistically than other media depictions that purport to be more…

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