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Second-Generation Americans Losing Their Mother Tongue, Arya Stark’s Black Lung and the Bizarre World of Locker-Room Memes

As you might have heard, opinions are like assholes: Everyone’s got one, and they all stink. I remind you of that aphorism because I’m about to hit you with the stinkiest, least brave, and frankly, unoriginal opinion there is, and you are under no obligation to care.

Game of Thrones is really bad now.

There, I said it. Benioff and Weiss finally stuck their dicks in the mashed potatoes with that entirely unnecessary and gratuitous episode on Sunday. Just… barf. Hated it. If there was a silver lining to all that extra, it’s that the whole sorry affair has precipitated this Quinn Myers analysis of Arya Stark’s soon-to-be-problematic lung issues from all the smoke and dust she inhaled trying to escape the destruction. Don’t sleep on inhalation injury.

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