Who Deserves The Iron Throne?

Who Deserves The Iron Throne?

From a fellow "Game of Thrones" lover.

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The final season of "Game of Thrones" is almost here and the Iron Throne will finally be filled. But will fans get the ending they have been waiting for? Do not read this article if you do not want any spoilers! I'm also die-hard "Game of Thrones" fan so I know how it is.

1. Jon Snow

Jon Snow

The show's golden boy is definitely a fan favorite. He has all the qualities of a hero: he's brave, morally sound and very handsome. He's the type of man you would take home to meet your parents, so why shouldn't he take the throne too? In addition to these traits, we learned of his true heritage last season. He is the perfect candidate for King but as we all know Jon Snow would be way too predictable for "Game of Thrones".

2. Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons, with a name like that she is destined for the throne. Throughout seven seasons we watched her character and her power develop. Now that she's finally in Westeros, Daenerys has shown her ruthlessness as a leader (not to mention her dragons). In an ideal world, Daenerys and Jon Snow would rule together, but that would be incest right? Who do you think they are, the Lannisters?

3. Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark

Okay, I know we ALL hated her during the first few seasons but we also watched her transform from a naive and helpless girl to a powerful and respected woman. If there was one Stark I would love to see on the throne it is her. She was born in the North and spent years in King's Landing watching and learning. She learned politics through Little Finger, Tyrion Lannister and maybe a little bit too much from Cersei Lannister. Although she is not actively vying for King's Landing, we still shouldn't count her out.

4. Cersei Lannister

Cersei Lannister

Cersei Lannister is probably the most hated and most loved character on the show. She currently sits on the throne and intends to keep it through any means necessary. The only type of feeling this woman had was the love she had for her children, but now that they are gone, her merciless leadership has plagued the South. Will she be able to keep it?

5. Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

Another fan favorite, Tyrion Lannister has proven to be morally just and extremely smart. He previously worked as the Hand of the King for Joffrey Baratheon (ew) and is currently Hand of the Queen for Daenerys. He has proven himself to be a big player in the "Game of Thrones" despite his small stature. He showed his military prowess when he defeated the great Stannis Baratheon at the Battle of Blackwater. However, Tyrion's greatest weapon is his quick wit and intellect that truly displays his ability to sit on the Iron Throne.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

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'The Bachelorette' Season 15: A Recap Of Night One

Alabama Hannah is here for the real deal.

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Welcome back, Bachelor Nation! "The Bachelorette" premiered on Monday, and it was much more exciting and drama-filled than expected. Hannah Brown, the new Bachelorette, proved herself worthy to those who weren't so pleased with ABC's decision to make her their new leading lady.

In the words of Hannah, "If this whole thing is a trainwreck, then it's a trainwreck." This season is definitely going to be interesting. Night One was filled with quirky men, champagne, and roses, and it's all recapped right here.

1. Hannah is going as authentic as ever.

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Hannah embraces her awkward and silly self, and it's evident that she's here to find love for real. Her personality shines bright on-screen, and it was hilarious watching her frolic through fields and walk on the beach for promos, all while admitting how awkward she felt while doing it.

2. Demi and Katie have returned as Hannah's watchmen.

Yes. You heard that right. Demi and Katie have their own van parked outside of the mansion, where they watch over Hannah and the men on-screen. As always, they're on the lookout for the ones who aren't there for the right reasons, and they already caught someone on Night One.

3. Hannah won't mess around when it comes to drama.

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Thanks to Demi and Katie's snooping, Hannah confronted one of the guys about having a girlfriend back at home. She didn't listen to him when he tried to explain himself, and kicked him out while telling him how disrespectful he was. She really couldn't wait to get him out the front door.

Based on this, it looks like Hannah will confront the drama and get rid of it. As she said, "I don't want perfect, I want real."

4. Men to watch: Peter.

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Peter was one of the two pilots, but he showed up in his uniform, giving him a ton of extra bonus points. His conversation with Hannah was super sweet, and he definitely seems like a keeper.

5. Garrett.

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Although Garrett didn't get to talk to Hannah at the cocktail party, he still got one of her roses. He's from Alabama, too, and Hannah is totally into his southern twang that matches hers.

6. Connor S.

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Connor jumped the Bachelor Mansion fence to get to Hannah, which was a stellar entrance that all of Bachelor Nation enjoyed. He was one of the few that snagged a kiss from her as well!

7. Cam.

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After meeting on "After the Final Rose," Cam got a rose from Hannah, which gave him an automatic pass to next week. His freestyle rapping skills and quirky personality are things that make him stand out to Hannah.

8. Luke P.

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Luke came out of the limo growling like a beast to attract Hannah Beast herself. He's a little bit cocky, but he did receive the first impression rose, which usually means that he'll go far. Here's to hoping he becomes more likable in the future.

9. Possible Villains

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Don't know which guy this is? Just look for the less-hot Nick Viall look-alike. It looks like he's going to stir up some drama in the future, according to the promo.

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Yes, he got the first impression rose, but his cockiness is likely to overpower anything good about him.

10. Here's to a great season full of drama and love. Roll tide!

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Watch "The Bachelorette", Mondays at 8|7c on ABC.

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