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    (Warning: This post contains spoilers for the series finale of “Game of Thrones,” titled “The Iron Throne.”)One week after “Game of Thrones” fans endured the bloodshed during “The Last War” between the two queens fighting for the Iron Throne — Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen — the series finale offered up even more in the way of big deaths.The 1-hour, 20-minute final episode of the HBO series’ eighth and final season claimed the life of Daenerys in a very poetic way, just before she sat on the Iron Throne.In case you forgot the lives that were lost over the show’s final six-episode run, see below for our list of every “Game of Thrones” character who died on Season 8.Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Series Finale: 10 Biggest Questions Answered and 5 We Have LeftNed Umber How they died: Poor little Ned Umber. This guy was the first notable death of the final season and technically died twice because he was a) turned into a wight by the Night King and left at the center of a ritualistic arrangement of body parts inside the Umbers’ ancestral home, The Last Hearth, and b) killed by Beric and his trusty fire sword once the Eastwatch-Castle Black team found the boy’s reanimated corpse. The son of the late Smalljon Umber and grandson of the late Greatjon Umber, Ned is the tyke who Jon Snow entrusted with the Umbers’ property, after the Northern clan betrayed the Starks and Jon fought for Ramsay Bolton at the Battle of the Bastards. Jon was willing to forgive the family and not hold Ned accountable for their actions, letting him retain control of his home when he agreed to bend the knee.See below for how Ned died (the second time):Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Series Finale Preview: Prepare for More Blood (Video)Random men who were guarding Yara on Euron Greyjoy’s ship (played by Rob McElhenney and Martin Starr) How they died: Arrows to the head, courtesy of Theon and his crew, who came to rescue Yara in the Season 8 premiere. Honestly, they were very, very minor deaths we only care about ’cause these were just awesome cameos.HBODolorous Edd How they died: The first major casualty of the Battle of Winterfell, Edd was killed by a wight while protecting Sam.Lady Lyanna Mormont How they died: Squeezed to death by a giant wight, though it was a sacrifice play — the badass little lady managed to stab him through the eye with some dragonglass and took him out with her.A bunch of Dothraki How they died: As the frontline of Daenerys and Jon Snow’s forces at the Battle of Winterfell, the Dothraki went storming into the dark night with fiery blades — and didn’t come back. The horde was killed by the wights who came ripping through them to attack the other living troops. This might actually be the end of the Dothraki nation, if the post-episode featurette is telling us the truth.Theon Greyjoy How they died: Stabbed by the Night King, he gave his life to try and protect Bran Stark in the Godswood during the Battle of Winterfell.The Night King How they died: Arya stabbed him with the late Littlefinger’s Valyrian steel blade in the closing moments of Episode 803, taking out him and his entire army of White Walkers and wights in the process (including the undead Viserion!). Yes, Arya killed the Night King and ended the Battle of Winterfell.Also Read: Did Emilia Clarke 'Stumble Upon the Truth' Behind 'Game of Thrones' Coffee Cup Mistake? (Photo)Jorah Mormont How they died: Jorah died by his Khaleesi’s side, succumbing to the injuries he sustained protecting her during the Battle of Winterfell.Beric Dondarrion How they died: Died after being mauled by wights in the halls of Winterfell during the great battle, but not before he managed to successfully protect Arya so she could fulfill her destiny (see above) even if he cannot be brought back by the Lord of Light this time.Melisandre How they died: After returning to Westeros to help everyone survive the Battle of Winterfell, Melisandre took off her necklace and wandered into the dawn to die as her true, much-older self.Missandei How they died: Beheaded by The Mountain after being kidnapped by Euron Greyjoy, at Cersei Lannister’s request. She was executed because Daenerys would not surrender to Cersei.HBORhaegal How they died: Shot with multiple arrows by Euron Greyjoy in an ambush at Dragonstone.Varys How they died: Executed for treason by Daenerys (via Drogon) after she discovered he supported Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen’s claim to the throne over hers.Marc Rissmann as Harry Strickland – Photo: Courtesy of HBOMost of the Golden Company  How they died: Many were killed by Daenerys Targareyn via Drogon’s fiery breath when she laid siege to King’s Landing and others were killed by her army on the ground.Qyburn How they died: Ser Gregor Clegane a.k.a. The Mountain smashed his head into a wall in the Red Keep after Qyburn demanded Gregor escort his queen, Cersei, to safety instead of fight his brother, Sandor Clegane a.k.a. The Hound, to the death.Sandor Clegane a.k.a. “The Hound” How they died: Pushed his brother, The Mountain, over the Red Keep wall during their fight to the death (Cleganebowl!) and went tumbling down with him.HBOGregor Clegane a.k.a. The Mountain How they died: Pushed over the wall of the Red Keep by his brother, Sander Clegane a.k.a. “The Hound,” though they both fell to their death.Jaime Lannister How they died: Crushed by the rubble of the collapsing Red Keep while down in the dungeons, trying to escape with Cersei during the battle in King’s Landing.Cersei Lannister How they died: Crushed by the rubble of the collapsing Red Keep while down in the dungeons, trying to escape with Jaime.Euron Grejoy How they died: Stabbed in the chest by Jaime Lannister when the two were brawling over Cersei during the war in King’s Landing. We didn’t see Euron die on screen, but we’re very confident he did not survive that mortal wound.A Bunch of Lannister Soldiers How they died: These poor bastards were summarily executed — personally — by Grey Worm after they had the misfortune of surrendering at the start of the series finale, right after Dany destroyed the living hell out of Kings Landing.Daenerys Targaryen How they died: Stabbed by Jon Snow on the series finale, after she burned thousands in King’s Landing so she could take the Iron Throne. Then she was carried off by Drogon.Read original story ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Death Watch: Who Died and How Bloody Was It? At TheWrap

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    NEW YORK — Hit a button, and you're "transformed" into a woman. The beard disappears. The face and jaw smooth out. The hair floats jauntily around the shoulders."Yo this is SPOT ON my mom." ''Pretty." ''Are you in a sorority?"A swipe and another click. Suddenly you're a square-jawed man — heavy of brow, sporting five o' clock shadow."I look like my brother Jay." ''Hahahaha Suzie I'm dyingggg." ''My sisters were like, 'um... strange. You're kinda hot' haha."The gender-bending selfies accompanied by flip or sarcastic comments are flooding social feeds since Snapchat introduced a filter this month allowing users to swap gender appearances with the tap of a finger. But for many people who have longed for a button that would change them in real life, the portrait parade isn't a game."My gender's not a costume," says Bailey Coffman, a 31-year-old transgender woman from New York. "This story that I feel is very real. I lost a lot to be who I am, and I fought really hard for the body that I'm in."And when certain people post it and write about how silly it is and how goofy they look with this filter," she says, "it makes light of the transgender experience."She and others, though, do see possibility in the pastime.Some argue that the filter, which Snapchat calls a "lens," could be a therapeutic tool that leads to self-discovery and even helps ease the transition of people struggling with gender identity once they see who they could become."There are people who haven't found themselves yet, and this is a great way to say 'This is really affirming for me' and to take that next step," says Savannah Daniels, 32, a military veteran living in Baltimore. She says she realized she identified as female after watching episodes of "RuPaul's Drag Race" while serving in Afghanistan as a chaplain's assistant in the U.S. Navy.Snapchat is not the first face-altering app with such a feature; FaceApp, for instance, has had one for years. But users of the Snapchat filter unveiled the second week of May have noted its high quality. And, of course, the very popularity of Snapchat amplifies the feature further.Snapchat's maker, Snap Inc., which has drawn criticism for a Bob Marley filter some likened to blackface and another that overlaid stereotypically Asian features on users' photos, commented about its filter in an emailed statement."We understand that identity is deeply personal," the company said. "As we have and continue to explore the possibilities of this technology, our Lens design team is working ... to ensure that on the whole these Lenses are diverse and inclusive by providing a wide range of transformative effects."Jessie Daniels (no relation to Savannah Daniels), a City University of New York professor and an expert in digital sociology, says that for people unfamiliar with the concept of gender as fluid — not innate and not binary; that is, not strictly male or female — such filters can be both radical and transformative."They get a chance to play with gender in a way that many of us who are LGBTQ have played with gender our whole lifetimes and understand the social construct part of it," she says.That could be meaningful for youths reckoning with gender identity or, she says, just for putting the notion of gender fluidity on youngsters' radar. A survey last year by Common Sense Media found that 44% of teenagers use Snapchat as their primary social app."I do hope this does help some people better recognize their gender," says Elliott "Ellie" Wheeler, a 16-year-old sophomore at Michigan's East Lansing High School who, combining the words female and butch, identifies as a "futch" lesbian.Because most of her social media contact comes with trans people, she says, she hasn't seen much use of the Snapchat filter. But she also doesn't hold the company responsible for any controversy.CUNY's Daniels, though, wonders whether the filter is an attempt by Snapchat, which has struggled against competition from Facebook and Instagram , to win back market share. Snap Inc. did not respond specifically to questions about its business strategy, saying in its email only that "we regularly experiment with new technologies and features as part of our mission to empower self-expression."For people who are finding the fun in the game, Savannah Daniels urges them not to enjoy it and then simply dismiss "actual living beings that are trans." She reminded people of that Saturday with a tweet under her moniker, "Miss Clean Legs," that went viral."These new Snapchat filters got y'all out here having fun with gender roles, joking about sex with your homeboys, and sporting beards with lashes. All we ask is that you keep that same energy when you interact with actual transgender and non-binary ppl."___Find Jeff McMillan on Twitter: @JeffMcMillanPAJeff McMillan, The Associated Press

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