Link Tank: Things We Learned About Game of Thrones Since Its Finale

Game of Thrones, the best action movies of 2020, how "avatar" came to be a gaming term, and more in today's Link Tank!

It’s been over a year since the finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Here are five things we learned about the show since then.

“It’s been more than a year since Game of Thrones fans tuned in to the series’s finale—concluding both the eighth season of the HBO epic and the overall saga conceived by author George R.R. Martin. The final season, and the last episode in particular, answered many burning fan questions—including the fate of characters like Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)—and finally named a new ruler of Westeros.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

From Bloodshot to The Old Guard, check out the best action movies 2020 has to offer so far.

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“The action movie is resilient. Even in the middle of a global health crisis, with theaters closing and films getting pushed from the release calendar, the action genre has found ways to thrive in different corners of moviedom, evolving in the realm of VOD and on streaming platforms. Fans still want to see teams of commandos fight bad guys, cops throw their badges across tables, and assassins go rouge.”

Read more at Thrillist.

Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves talk about what it was like returning to their characters Bill and Ted as middle-aged men.

“You can be excellent to each other at any age, but as Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) find in Bill & Ted Face the Music, it’s hard to feel excellent about yourself when you feel like you’re not living up to your potential. Of course, most people weren’t told in high school that they’d eventually save the world.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

“Avatar” was originally a religious concept from Hinduism. Here’s how it came to be fundamental term in gaming.

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“Gamers have long referred to the in-game representation of themselves as ‘avatars.’ These virtual embodiments can take any form, so long as the player has at least some influence in how they look. The concept of molding a role-play character to one’s preferences has been a part of gaming since the earliest table-top role-playing games, like Dungeons & Dragons were released in the 1970s.”

Read more at Inverse.

Kelly Marie Tran is going to be the lead voice actress for Disney’s upcoming animated film Raya and the Last Dragon.

“We got word a while ago that the upcoming Disney film Raya and the Last Dragon would be heavily inspired by Southeast Asian lore and aesthetic, but an exclusive from Entertainment Weekly has given us a larger breakdown of the film and shared some big casting news. Star Wars’ Kelly Marie Tran will be voicing the lead character of Raya!”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Elon Musk has confirmed that Russia targeted Tesla with the intention of stealing data.

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“A Russian citizen who wanted to pay an employee to plant malware in a US company was apparently targeting electric car maker Tesla. On Tuesday, the US Justice Department announced the arrest of 27-year-old Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov for the attempted hack. But at the time, federal investigators refrained from naming the ‘Nevada company’ he wanted to infiltrate.”

Read more at PCMag.