And now The A.V. Club’s watch is ended: Final thoughts on the Mad Queen, Team Stark, and who won the great game

The ash has settled and new dawn rises over Westeros. The A.V. Club gives our final thoughts on this season of Game Of Thrones, how “The Iron Throne” did and did not work for us, and who the real winner of this whole game was. (It’s Sansa.) Senior Writer Katie Rife and Managing Editor Caity PenzeyMoog are joined by…

Is J.R.R. Tolkien drunkenly shouting in Elvish in that scene from Tolkien? Yes and no

In Tolkien, the new biopic of the early life of fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien, the author (Nicholas Hoult) is attending Exeter College in Oxford when he receives a letter from Edith, his childhood sweetheart, announcing she’s engaged to someone else. Distraught, Tolkien gets drunk and winds up stumbling through the…

There and back again: Searching for insight in Tolkien and the author’s Oxford stomping grounds

How do you translate the enduring popularity of Middle-earth to a film about the author who created it? That’s the question that plagues Tolkien, the new biopic of the life of J.R.R. Tolkien, writer of The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings. And it’s one I mulled after seeing the film and visiting Oxford on a 20th…

Vampire Weekend, Flying Lotus, and Carly Rae Jepsen lead a massive May in new music

May is, by sheer volume, the year’s biggest month for music yet, with long-awaited new releases from Carly Rae Jepsen, Vampire Weekend, and Flying Lotus leading the pack. YG, The National, Mac DeMarco, and Charly Bliss all return as well, alongside promising debuts from Ian Noe and Pronoun. That’s not to mention…