Winter is coming: this week on Fresh Powder

The lede

There’s only one television show important enough infiltrate “The lede” of this news digest, and on Sunday, that show returns to us, and then six weeks later it will leave us — Game of Thrones will be gone, forever. “An era will have ended in Westeros,” Matt Zoller Seitz writes for Vulture, “And as goes Westeros, so goes TV.” So goes TV shows as appointment-viewing mega events, MZS writes. “Game of Thrones may be the last show we all watch together the way we used to.”

…  The Ringer“It’s Not Too Late to Get Into ‘Game of Thrones.’ Here’s How.” (You have five days.)

…  “Custard is frozen with packed snow harvested beyond the Wall and hand churned by members of the Night’s Watch. Final prep occurs in Winterfell, where the shake is topped with shards of Dragonglass imported from the caves of Dragonstone. Please note, supplies are limited as the Wall is currently undergoing major renovations.” (Considering the value of dragonglass, it’s so 2019 to use to as milkshake topping. Then again: milkshakes are amazing.)  Devour Game of Thrones at Shake Shack now.

…  Mental Floss13 Game of Thrones-Themed Tours You Can Take Around the World (Dragon Rides Not Included — nor possible)


“Drug Addiction Used to End Political Careers, but That’s Finally Changing,” Vice reports.


The Atlantic: Says one student, “The most popular post in our admission group (on Facebook) is just, ‘Comment your Instagram handle.’ Facebook is just an easy way to find people on Instagram.” (Perhaps you’d call this dance “The Facebook.”)


Millennials Are Sick of Drinking,” says The Atlantic, “So beer is becoming more like juice,” harmonizes Vox. (Sometimes the news can be so in sync.)


“Girls are socialized to know when they come out, gender roles are already set. Men run the world. Men have the power. … And when these girls are coming out, who are they looking up to tell them that that’s not the way it has to be? And where better to do that than in sports?” (Praise Hands emoji.) That’s just a snippet of Muffet McGraw’s comments on why she does not hire men to her Notre Dame women’s basketball staff.

Thinking ahead

BuzzFeed News: “How An Aging Population Will Reshape The Internet”

This also happened last week: “Only a skull and a pair of pants were left after a suspected rhino poacher was attacked and killed by an elephant and then devoured by lions.”