What to watch this weekend: 'Game of Thrones' returns, 'To The Bone'
War of ice and fire: Game of Thrones
We get it, winter is coming. But after six seasons of ominous warnings, the cold season might finally be here. HBO's hit epic fantasy Game of Thrones returns Sunday for its seventh and penultimate season, and it's gearing up to be the wildest yet. At the end of last season, lots of people died and there are still at least two claimants to the throne (and one who doesn't know they have a claim at all). Fan theories were confirmed and debunked, dragons did their thing and their mother, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), finally set sail for Westeros. Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) got the ultimate revenge on all those who have scorned her, all while wearing a chic military gown. As if all this wasn't enough to worry about, there's also the impending doom of a horde of undead White Walkers preparing to invade Westeros and destroy mankind. Cheery! We've only got two seasons left, so enjoy Game of Thrones' bloody politics while you can. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO.
Battling vampires: The Strain
FX's bloody horror series The Strain premieres its fourth and final season Sunday, wrapping up one of the goriest shows on cable. The series, from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), who is tasked with investigating a viral outbreak of an ancient strain of vampirism. The fourth season of The Strain picks up nine months after an explosion that caused a global nuclear apocalypse. Ephraim and his team have lost against the strigoi, who now have complete control and are lead by the Master. All hope for humanity seems lost, right? We'll have to find out Sunday. 10 p.m. Sunday, FX.
Starving for something: To the Bone
Another controversy-stoking film from Netflix, To the Bone premieres this weekend, following an unruly 20-year-old woman with anorexia. Ellen (Lily Collins) has been in and out of recovery programs for most of her teenage years, only to find herself losing more weight every time. The film starts with her returning to her dad and stepmother's home after being kicked out of another program for defiance. Her shtick is making a joke of her illness and not taking it seriously enough for her friends and family. But she's determined to find a solution, so her dysfunctional family sends her to a group home led by a nontraditional doctor, which just might give her a fighting chance against her demons. No matter the controversy, Collins delivers a career-defining performance. Also stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston and Lili Taylor. Now streaming on Netflix.
Upcoming streaming releases
Friday: Chasing Coral (Netflix), Friends From College (Netflix)
Tuesday: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Netflix)
Wednesday: Miss Sloane (Amazon)
July 21: Ozark (Netflix)
July 28: The Incredible Jessica James (Netflix), The Last Tycoon (Amazon)
July 31: Jeepers Creepers (Hulu)
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