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It’s Already Time to Start Speculating About Game of Thrones’ Final Season

Will Smith could join the long-in-development clone movie Gemini Man. A major Riverdale character will look very different in season two. The Lion King remake might have found its Timon and Pumba. Plus, bad news for Powerless. Behold, Spoilers!

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A Major Tragedy Could Be Coming to The Flash

The animated Spider-Man movie has found its Miles Morales. Patty Jenkins talks up the important character moments behind Wonder Woman’s action sequences. Get a new look at Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Plus, what’s to come on Arrow and Supergirl, and new clips from Agents of SHIELD and The Expanse’s season finale.…

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How Fantasy TV Shows Are Making Heroes Out of Women of Color

There's a recent history of genre shows featuring the type of female characters that fans want to see more of: Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany finally received an Emmy for her brilliant portrayals of multiple clones, while Mr. Robot's sharp women characters—hackers Darlene (Carly Chaikin) and Trenton (Sunita Mani), and FBI agent Dominique Dipierro (Grace Gummer)—played a part in the show receiving critical acclaim. However, these breakout shows do still mostly feature white actors—but a few of them are working hard to remedy this lack of diversity.

Over the past few months, fantasy and science-fiction TV shows have gifted viewers with three new leading heroines whose ethnicities are fiercely underrepresented in Hollywood. There's Sleepy Hollow's new lead, Indian American actress Janina Gavankar; Emerald City has cast a Latina Dorothy with Mexican American actress Adria Arjona; and SyFy's The Expanse has established a fan favorite in its Martian character Bobbie Draper, played by Polynesian actress Naren Shankar.

When FOX's Sleepy Hollow first graced screens in 2013, it had one of the most racially diverse casts on television. At least half of its characters were portrayed by actors of color, including Orlando Jones, John Cho, and Nicole Beharie as co-lead Lieutenant Abbie Mills. However, over the last few seasons, Mills has become more of a sidekick to Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), the storylines focusing more on Crane's past while leaving Mills out of the loop. During the show's third season last year, she was stuck in a sort of purgatory for several episodes, and behind-the-scenes tension ultimately led to Beharie's departure.

Many fans were angry, and there was concern that the most recent season would essentially become "The Ichabod Crane Show." But Gavankar's Diana Thomas has proved herself the show's real star. The character—an agent from the Department of Homeland Security—has become essential to the show's narrative, and Gavankar's emotional acting has added depth to the show itself.

NBC's Emerald City had a rougher start than Sleepy Hollow did, but Arjona's Dorothy is far from the version of the character that Judy Garland played: She's a little older than previous iterations (at the ripe old age of 20), and in her previous life, she was a cop, which means she can handle herself in dire situations. (In this latest The Wizard of Oz retelling, the Witch of the East's death was no accident, as Dorothy used her wits to help her escape the witch's wrath.) The show has gone as far as to directly acknowledge Dorothy's Hispanic background, instead of leaving her ambiguously brown.

The Expanse, on the other hand, had already featured actresses of color in its first season, including Iranian American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo and black actress Dominique Tipper. This season, the writers introduced the Martian faction through the eyes of Roberta "Bobbie" Draper, a strong and smart Gunnery Sergeant in the Martian marines. The character is Polynesian in the book series the show is based on, and actress Frankie Adams is of Samoan heritage. Within the first few episodes of the season, we see her not only as a leader of a group of testy marines, but also as the one questioning the higher-ups of the Martian military.

Each of these roles given to women of color help normalize the idea that anyone can be a hero. The entertainment industry as a whole is becoming more diverse, but it still has a long way to go—so it's good to see that television is taking extra steps to be more ethnically diverse. Over the last few years we've seen the realness in familial comedies about people of color like Black-ish, Fresh off the Boat, and Jane the Virgin, but seeing women of color as heroines is inspiring in a different way—especially to those who feel like their representation is severely lacking.

Why Ego the Living Planet Looks a Lot Like Kurt Russell In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The Rampage movie finds its villain. Henry Cavill boards the next Mission: Impossible. Expect some really big dragons on Game of Thrones next season. David Mazouz teases the threat of the Court of Owls on Gotham. Plus, a few tiny details about X-Men TV seroes Gifted, and a new poster for The Flash/Supergirl crossover.…

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The One Rumor About Deadpool 2 We Desperately Wished Was Real Has Been Debunked

Isaac Hempstead-Wright teases Bran’s journey ahead in Game of Thrones. Simon Kinberg continues to dance around his role in the next X-Men film. The CW is looking to start casting its Lost Boys show. Plus, familiar faces and foes return in new Flash images, and new footage from Iron Fist and The Handmaid’s Tale.…

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The Inhumans TV Show Has Found Its Queen

Matt Nix’s X-Men TV show also adds an important cast member. The team behind Alien: Covenant discusses copious amounts of blood and the design of its new Alien. Finn Jones wants Misty Knight and Colleen Wing to get their own TV show. Plus, a new behind-the-scenes look at Justice League, and Supergirl casts an iZombie

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What The Expanse Can Teach Us About How Life in Space Will Change Our Bodies

There’s a reason Syfy’s thrilling series The Expanse has collectively won our space geek hearts: it’s jam-packed with drama, microgravity fights, and of course, dazzling trips across the solar system. But one of the most fascinating—and relevant—aspects of the show is its exploration of how our bodies will change as…

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A Quick Reminder That The Expanse Has Some of the Most Badass Female Characters on TV

The Expanse is returning next week, and Syfy is ramping up the hype with its promos—including one simply titled “Why Fans Love The Expanse,” and a recap of season one performed by cats. Most recently, “The Powerful Women of The Expanse” offers a reminder of how badass the show’s female characters really are.

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