‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Just Got a Big Hint About An Upcoming Spin-Off Series

If Game of Thrones is the biggest show on television, then the numerous spin-off series we've been promised by HBO are probably the biggest upcoming shows in television. Thrones fans who are upset to see their favorite characters go will need something to cling to, and a new journey through Westeros will help ease the pain of the O.G. series ending.

If you've been following Game of Thrones closely, whether through the TV series or because you devoured all the books, you'll likely recognize what's to come, according to one of the people devloping a spin-off series. Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who is working on a future series with Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, says they'll be covering territory you've heard about already.

If I was able to say what mine was,” Goldman told IGN, “I think as a book reader or as someone who watched the series, you would say, 'Oh, that! OK.' Yeah, it would be recognizable as a past event, but I think that’s probably as far as I can go.'

So this reveals at least one crucial piece of information for this particular spin-off—it will take place in the past, since it follows an event that can be recognized by name. Given the staggering amount of people who have died on the show during the last seven seasons, this could mean the return of some of your favorites who lost their lives.

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The simple connection to make is to Robert's Rebellion, which saw Robert Baratheon, Ned Stark, and others lead a conquest against the Mad King, setting up the world we see at the beginning of Game of Thrones. The rebellion is referenced frequently throughout the books and the show, and a lot of the power dynamics and rivalries between houses stem from who they were loyal to during the great conflict.

But Martin himself has insisted there will not be a need to focus on Robert's Rebellion, telling fans via his Live Journal that it wouldn't be necessary by the time the main series is over.

“We're not doing Robert's Rebellion,” said Martin. “By the time I finish writing A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert's Rebellion. There would be no surprises or revelations left in such a show, just the acting out of conflicts whose resolutions you already know. That's not a story I want to tell just now; it would feel too much like a twice-told tale.”

This makes sense on some level, because Robert's Rebellion may serve better as a storytelling device than a show itself. One of the reasons the story of Robert's rebellion was so important to Thrones was because it showed that men are not so easily labeled “heroes” and “villains,” and instead are complicated individuals who contain multitudes. Retelling a story we are already keenly aware of—and focusing on the same characters we know well—wouldn't be the best use of resources.

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A better option might be to focus on “Dance of the Dragons,” a civil war within House Targaryen that led to the deaths of several rulers and the destruction of most of the dragons possessed by the family. The battle between family members would reflect the politics fans love on the main Game of Thrones show, and of course, we'd get a metric ton of dragon battles, which I don't think anyone would turn down.

Who knows what the final product could be—could we even see a series about the mysterious Children of the Forest?—but with Game of Thrones wrapping up soon, the arrival of a spin-off can't come soon enough.

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Floyd Mayweather Apologizes for Using Homophobic Slur Against Conor McGregor

On Thursday, Floyd Mayweather offered up a formal apology to Conor McGregor for calling him a “faggot” at the fourth (and final) press conference they held last month.

A rep for Mayweather said the 49-0 boxer has “nothing against gays or lesbians at all” following the presser where the slur was uttered, which took place in London. At the same time, Mayweather claimed that he directed the word at McGregor after his rival called him a “monkey” off-mic at a press conference earlier in the week.

“There are certain boundaries you just don't cross,” he said off the cuff from his gym on Thursday. “In the press tour when I said something toward lesbians or gays when I said something toward him. I apologized, but him calling us monkeys, you have to realize, we went through years and years of up and down. Black Americans went through a lot. But I'm a strong individual. We live and we learn and hopefully after Aug. 26th, he won't be speaking that same language.”

This particular apology is at least the second of its kind this week, as he also expressed his regret to Stephen A. Smith earlier. “I spoke on disrespect,” he said to Smith. “Like I said before, it’s certain boundaries we just don’t cross. It’s OK if he wants to say certain things. Even in the press tour when I said something, I didn’t want to be negative towards lesbians or gays when I said something to him. So, I apologize.”

You can catch the bout between the pair of megalomaniacal fighters Aug. 26.

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LaMelo Ball and Zion Williamson Played in What Might Go Down as the Craziest AAU Game Ever

Earlier this month, Lonzo Ball put on a show while playing for the Lakers in the Las Vegas Summer League. After struggling to find his shooting touch in his first game with the team, he recorded a triple-double in his second game and then absolutely exploded during his third game by going off for 36 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks. He put together several other impressive performances before being sidelined with a leg injury, but that injury didn’t prevent him from being named the Las Vegas Summer League MVP.

Despite all of that, though, you can now make the argument that LaMelo Ball, not Lonzo, took part in the craziest game in Las Vegas this summer. And some people are already saying that the game might go down as one of the craziest games in AAU history.

On Wednesday night, LaMelo’s Big Ballers AAU team took the court at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas for an Adidas Uprising Summer Championships game against the SC Supreme AAU team, a South Carolina-based squad that features top college recruit Zion Williamson. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Williamson, he has made a name for himself by putting together one highlight reel after another filled with sick dunks and incredibly athletic plays:

Prior to the game, LaMelo’s dad LaVar Ball, who is the coach of the Big Ballers team, tried to hype up the contest by predicting that LaMelo would go off for 40 or 50 points during an interview with Overtime:

He also spoke about how he believes that he and LaMelo could beat Michael Jordan and LeBron James in a game of 2-on-2 while talking with Overtime:

But truthfully, the game didn’t need any more hype than it already had heading into the contest. According to ESPN, between 3,000 and 4,000 people made their way into the Cashman Center to watch the game. People were packed into every square inch of the gym long before the game started:

NBA stars Damian Lillard, Andrew Wiggins, Thon Maker, Jamal Murray, Eric Gordon, and of course, his brother Lonzo Ball were among those in attendance:

And in addition to all of the people inside the gym, there were reportedly another 1,500 waiting outside hoping to get in to watch LaMelo and Williamson play. Here's a look at the line before the game:

There were so many people that, at one point, LeBron showed up hoping to watch the much-anticipated matchup. But he was reportedly advised not to come into the gym because of the crowd:

Several college coaches, who are used to attending AAU games like this one throughout the year, said that Wednesday night's game was unlike anything they had ever seen before:

The closest comparison most people had for the game was the games LeBron played in back in the early 2000s when he was in high school:

Despite the obvious excitement surrounding the game, it was unclear if it would even be played just minutes before it was scheduled to start. One of the organizers for the event told ESPN that local police didn’t give the final OK for the game to begin until about 60 seconds before tip time.

And it wasn’t just people in Las Vegas who were clamoring to see LaMelo and Williamson play, either. Ball Is Life put up a livestream of the game that, according to SB Nation, drew more than 70,000 viewers at one point. In total, the livestream has been viewed more than one million times in just 12 hours:

The game itself was almost an afterthought after everything that led up to it, but both LaMelo and Williamson more than lived up to the hype they generated. LaMelo finished with 36 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Williamson finished with 31 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals (not to mention several thunderous dunks). But ultimately, SC Supreme pulled out a 104-92 win in front of a packed house. You can watch highlights, courtesy of Overtime, here:

And when it was all over, LaVar stated the obvious while speaking with ESPN. He said that, moving forward, AAU organizers are going to need to pick larger arenas if they want to invite Big Ballers to play.

“They’re gonna have to get a bigger venue,” he said. “When the Big Baller brand come to town, better get something big.”

Whether you love or hate what LaVar and his sons are doing right now, this is just another example of how much chaos they’re creating out there in the world.

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Parole Board Member Explains Why He Wore Chiefs Tie to O.J. Simpson Hearing

There were many questions that people asked during O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada on Thursday. Like, why is O.J. talking so much? And, did O.J. really just say he’s lived a “conflict-free” life? And, does O.J. want to spend more time in jail? Even though O.J. ended up being granted parole, he certainly didn’t do himself any favors with the way he spoke at times during the hearing.

But one of the questions that was asked the most on social media during the hearing didn’t actually have anything to do with O.J. at all. Rather, it had to do with the attire of one of the parole board members, and more specifically, his tie. For whatever reason, the man—later identified as Adam Endel—chose to wear a Kansas City Chiefs tie to the hearing, even though he was, in theory, supposed to be taking the legal proceedings very seriously. It caused lots of people to question him:

On Thursday night, Endel set out to shut his critics up by doing an interview with the Kansas City Star about his controversial neckwear. Endel said he lives in Nevada now, but he grew up just outside of Kansas City, and as his Twitter bio says, he said he's a big Chiefs and Royals fan. And while speaking with the KC Star, he revealed that he wore the Chiefs tie not to try and troll O.J. or anything, but to attract the attention of his friends and family back in Kansas City.

“It was one of those little things I figured someone might spot from Kansas City,” he said, “but I didn’t realize it was going to blow up that much. It’s crazy now.”

Endel, who has served on the parole board in Nevada since 2009, also went on to tell the KC Star that his office is “covered in Royals and Chiefs stuff.”

And at the end of his interview with the KC Star, Endel downplayed the criticism he received from those watching the O.J. hearing at home. He said that he actually doesn’t remember the last time he wore the tie, but he revealed that, now that it’s become a thing, he’s definitely going to wear it again.

“I realize some people are going to be upset I wore a Chiefs tie,” he said. “That’s OK. They can be upset.”

Endel seems to be enjoying the 15 minutes of fame he’s receiving as a result of his role in O.J. hearing. On the day before the hearing was set to take place, he snapped this photo of Geraldo Rivera and posted it on Twitter:

He also snapped this selfie of him and his fellow parole board members on Thursday:

But it’s that damn Chiefs tie everyone is going to remember him for. Not that he seems to mind.

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Meek Mill Takes Aim at Nicki Minaj on New Album ‘Wins & Losses’

Meek Mill’s newest album Wins & Losses has just been released, and there’s some tea boiling on a bunch of tracks. Said tea is in reference to Meek’s former romantic partner—none other than Nicki Minaj—and their tumultuous relationship.

In a statement Meek wrote, “Wins & Losses is my new album and I'm just breaking down the wins & losses of my life.” The Philly rapper seems to be doing just that.

In “1942 Flows,” Meek makes mention of the Minaj situation. He raps“Niggas talking shots, can't stop me, they ain't real enough/Cut her off, act like she's dead and it's killing her.” He continues, “Try to crucify me like I'm Jesus the way she cross me.”

Meek then picks up where he left off, continuing to address Nicki in the third verse, “Bloggers in the frenzy, truck to the Bentley/Ain't doing no interviews, I'm busy, nigga we litty/So when you see me out don't ask me about no Nicki/Fuck I look like, telling my business on Wendy.”

He makes another mention of his ex in the final verse, “Heard that bitch say she cut me, I was like adios/In the field, knock 'em down, it look like dominos.”

Meek brings up Minaj and their extinguished romance yet again on the track “Never Lose,” referencing what seems to be Nicki's Remy Ma diss track “No Frauds” and her Kanye West collaboration “Monster.” Meek raps:

“Soon as I win, they all clapped and applaud/I seen my dawgs turned their backs, it was slow/I seen that bitch turn her back like a fraud/You turn your back, you can't come back no more/Shown the real monster, just cuttin' them off/Just when they thought, they was laughing at me/I was just sittin' back laughin' at y'all/From battlin' with Reed to rapping with Ross/To packing famous bitches at the awards/Rags to riches on the tag of the car.”

There's what seems to be one more mention of Nicki on the song “Fuck That Check Up.” “Ever put a pop bitch on the block list?” Meek asks. He also makes reference to a “bitch” who left him with a “heavy heart” on the appropriately-titled “Heavy Heart.”

On Thursday, Meek made an appearance on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning. He spoke on “Shether,” Remy Ma’s fiery Nicki Minaj diss track. On the song, Remy rapped “Coke head, you cheated on your man with Ebro/I might leak the footage of you sniffin' them ski slopes.” Awkward. Meek also discussed the Safaree Samuels and Drake beefs he was embroiled in.

Mentioning that he recently turned 30, Meek remarked, “I be on some positive, grown-man, get-to-the-money type vibe. What can you do? You gonna be Instagramming and Tweeting and throwing shots popping shit forever? We gotta live real life, too. It’s two sides to that. I think people be getting caught up in the twilight zone, they forget that it’s OK to put your phone down.”

Listen to Meek Mill’s newly released third solo studio album Wins & Losses over at Apple Music and peep the tea for yourself.

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Issa Rae Says Hollywood Will Be More Diverse as ‘Racist Old Executives’ Die

Writer, actress, and Insecure co-creator Issa Rae is Complex's new cover star, and in her in-depth interview with Nadeska Alexis she spoke at length about the issues of race in the entertainment industry.

When Rae was asked about a comment she made regarding Hollywood's diversity and progress being tied to racist, old executives dying off, the star didn’t mince words in her response. 

“I'm happy to report that we're making progress. People are dying,” she said in joke-y and serious manner. “Roger Ailes just died. He needed to go. it's great. As time goes on… unfortunately we won't be able to take advantage of it like the younger generation, but it's happening and I feel like there are people in positions of power who wouldn't have had an opportunity in the past that have opportunities now and who have, a firm vision and are intent on hiring the people who haven't been hired in the past. I'm very optimistic on that. People die every day, so it's great.”

Issa Rae's words may rub some the wrong way, but there's truth in what she's saying. Racial issues in the entertainment industry have been well-publicized these last few years, most notably with the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in the movie industry. Television, by comparison, has offered a more diverse crowd of nominees at the Emmys, but make no mistake: there’s still progress to be made—especially at all levels of the creative process, including the executive levels, where money is allocated and shows get greenlit or canceled.

In that respect, Rae highlights the importance of having individuals like Prentice Penny and Melina Matsoukas involved in the day-to-day creation of Insecure. While you wouldn’t describe them as TV veterans, their vision certainly helped shape the show. According to Rae, not everyone gets that opportunity in 2017.

“That's the biggest catch-22 of the situation of just trying to work in Hollywood, trying to hire younger writers, trying to hire people who aren't in the union and who aren't experienced,” she said. “They'll never get those opportunities if they don't get a chance, and some people get a chance and blow it. OK, but at least they got one.”

Watch our full video cover story with Issa Rae here. Season 2 of Insecure premieres on HBO this Sunday, July 23.

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Stephen A. Smith Made a Wildly Disrespectful Remark About Lamar Odom on ‘First Take’

Like most Knicks fans right now, Stephen A. Smith is pretty upset about all of the Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors that are flying around at the moment. But don’t just take our word for it. Instead, check out how animated he got at the start of his The Stephen A. Smith Show on Tuesday afternoon when he launched into a passionate tirade against Phil Jackson right at the top of the show:

And believe it or not—OK, you believe it…—SAS has only gotten more upset over the Porzingis rumors since then, especially since Jackson is now talking like a guy who is actually considering the idea of trading Porzingis at some point in the very near future.

But on Thursday morning’s episode of ESPN First Take, SAS let his emotions get the best of him, and he said something that’s probably not going to sit real well with former NBA star Lamar Odom. While discussing some of the questionable transactions Jackson has made since joining the Knicks in 2014, SAS brought up one of Jackson’s very first moves as Knicks team president, which involved him signing Odom—who hadn’t played in the NBA at all during the 2013-14 NBA season—to a contract with the Knicks. It was a confusing move at the time, and it looked even more confusing when the Knicks waived Odom less than three months after signing him.

But while talking about Jackson’s decision to sign Odom, SAS said this:

“His very first move as executive was to sign Lamar Odom,” SAS said, “who was on crack!

Odom’s drug issues in recent years have been well documented, and Odom himself has acknowledged that he had a serious problem that he’s still dealing with today. But the way SAS chose to bring it up was questionable, and there were quite a few people who called him out for doing it:

The New York Daily News has also pointed out that signing Odom was not Jackson’s first move as Knicks team president as SAS said. He actually signed Shannon Brown to a contract through the remainder of the 2013-14 NBA season about a month before extending one to Odom. So outside of being disrespectful while discussing Odom, SAS was also just plain wrong.

SAS went on to try and downplay his comment about Odom. “I love Lamar Odom the person, and God bless him, and we’re wishing nothing but the best,” he said.

But something tells us that love might not be reciprocated the next time SAS and Odom cross paths.

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Rob Stone Addresses XXXTentacion Situation: ‘It’s Only Going to Get Worse’

Most people are still struggling with how to pronounce XXXTentacion's name, let alone decipher the beef between he and Rob Stone. But after XXX got knocked out at a San Diego show, allegations have been flying about the aftermath of the brawl that took place at his show.

A concertgoer was stabbed in the ruckus following the on-stage sucker punch, and during an interview with TMZ last Thursday, XXX claimed the victim in question was his attacker, though local police disputed that premise. Rumors continued to swirl about the stabbing victim and any possible affiliation with Stone, and eventually the San Diego native saw fit to address the claims himself.

“I'm alive and well,” he said. “I didn't get stabbed, I didn't get stabbed, OK, I'm alive and well, just for all the people that was concerned about me getting stabbed. All my homies is alive and well, I don't know what the fuck that's about. But I feel bad for the person that did get stabbed.”

After establishing that the stabbing victim was not affiliated with him, Stone continued on, and seemed to send a direct message to XXX despite taking steps to make it sound like it was directed at a broader group of people. 

“This shit is just getting crazy, and it's only going to get worse,” he said. “You can not sit and talk shit about people, or talk shit to people, y'all can't do that shit. I'm talking to everybody in the world right now, I'm not talking to a specific person. You can not sit and talk shit to motherfuckers and go to their city and not expect somebody in the city to feel some type of way about that.”

It's not immediately clear when or where the video emerged from; there's no trace of it on Stone's social feeds, but addressing the stabbing rumors in particular makes it appear as though it is from some point this past weekend, following a new diss track from Stone aimed at XXX. 

As much as the on-stage knockout made for great meme fodder, let's hope things don't continue to escalate from here. It's one thing to trade shots on wax and on social media, but once someone resorts to physical violence, it's all downhill from there.

You can watch the full video below, and judge how serious the threat could be for yourself.

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Chris Bosh’s NBA Career Appears to Be Over

Chris Bosh has been stuck at an odd crossroads. He’s an 11-time All-Star and, at age 33, still has plenty of ability. This NBA Finals is loaded with talent, but put him on either team today and he’d likely still be a major factor in the series.

But since the 2016 All-Star Weekend, due to a scary blood clot condition in his leg, doctors have ruled Bosh unfit to play in the NBA. Bosh failed a preseason physical. He insists he’s OK and has remained determined to get back on the court.

His plans to return took a big hit Friday. Bosh was reviewed by a “Fitness to Play” panel from the NBA and the players’ union, and the panel deemed he has a career-ending illness. This matches what Heat doctors have been saying all along.

This allows the Miami Heat to waive Bosh of the two years and $52 million remaining on his contract. This will give the Heat about $37 million in salary cap space.

This doesn’t definitively mean Bosh will never play in the NBA again, but it seems very unlikely. He will need to wait for nine months, convince a team to sign him, and then be approved by the same Fitness to Play panel that just deemed him unable to compete.

This is certainly unfavorable for Bosh, but it’s not going to make him broke. He is guaranteed to receive his remaining $25.3 million salary for 2017-18 and $26.8 million for 2018-19. Much of that is covered by insurance.

League executives already had expressed concerns about signing Bosh.

Bosh had an incredible career that included two titles. Unfortunately, that career looks to be almost certainly over at this point. 

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Floyd Mayweather Criticizes Current Rap Scene: ‘It’s OK to Be a Junkie’

Floyd Mayweather is not the type of guy to shy away from controversial statements. When you're the undefeated, undisputed champion, the trash talk tends to fly, and Mayweather is always happy to share his thoughts with you on a given topic.

In a sprawling discussion with DJ Whoo Kid that touched on Mayweather's potential fight with Conor McGregor and his success as a businessman, the boxer's most interesting comments came after he was asked about the current hip-hop scene. After acknowledging how everyone's tastes change as they get older—and a mention from Whoo Kid of Floyd's relationship with Future—Mayweather went in on the rap scene today.

“Now it's OK to be a junkie,” said Mayweather. “This is crazy that it's OK to O.D. on drugs, it's OK to take any drugs now, it's OK to be a junkie. And the legendary rappers like to stick to what they talk [about]. When you go back and really listen to the legendary rappers, this is timeless music. Guys like Biggie, guys like Pac, timeless music.”

The bit about rappers today being junkies is quite a controversial statement, especially when you consider Mayweather's relationship with some of today's favorites. In the summer of 2016, Mayweather claimed that he nearly signed Future to a record deal, and the rapper's open acknowledgment of his drug use didn't stop Floyd from having Future play his daughter's 16th birthday party.

While you can follow Mayweather's point to an extent—you've probably already heard the chorus for “Mask Off”—there's just as good a chance he's saying this to stir the pot. He seemed to shrug off his hot-and-cold relationship with 50 Cent during the interview, even going so far as to say 50 should have won more awards when he was at his peak. It's possible trash talk is the only way Mayweather knows how to show someone respect, hence the junkie comments.

Of course, what the world is really waiting for is but Mayweather's return to the ring, and not his rap music takes. Though Conor McGregor is talking tough and trying to bait Floyd into just signing a deal, Mayweather seemed like his usual patient self on the business side of things.

“He's entitled to feel how he wants to feel,” said Mayweather. “Once I get back to Las Vegas, to my hub, we'll find out how everything plays out.”

You can listen to more audio from the interview courtesy of Whoo Kid up top, and the verbal jousting will have to sustain Mayweather fans for now, because he doesn't sound like he's in a rush to box.  

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