USA. Manhattan, New York. 2010. Playing in a busted fire hydrant on the 4th of July.
USA. Manhattan, New York. 2010. Playing in a busted fire hydrant on the 4th of July.Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos
USA. Manhattan, New York. 2010. Playing in a busted fire hydrant on the 4th of July.
USA. Detroit, MI. 2012. Treasure's family at their home in Detroit. Shelley 'Treasure' Hilliard was murdered by a drug dealer after acting as a police informant following an arrest for marijuana possession. The police convinced her to act as an informant on her dealer and after she set him up, the police arrested him. They allegedly leaked her name to him for unclear reasons and released him several hours later. Within hours, Treasure was dead. Her case is part of a rash of murders of police informants as law enforcement increasingly relies on their use to apprehend criminals without exercising due diligence to protect them from revenge killings.
USA. Branson, Missouri. 2015. The parking lot of Dollie Parton’s Dixie Stampede.
USA. Bethesda, MD. 2013. My dad covers the master bedroom in plastic in preparation for a renovation.
USA. Bethesda, MD. 2015. My sister and niece Victoria and a bubble gun.
USA. Louisville, KY. 2015. Wyandotte, the neighborhood on the outskirts of Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held each year during the first weekend of May.  Taken during Derby weekend.
USA. Louisville, KY. 2015. Wyandotte, the neighborhood on the outskirts of Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held each year during the first weekend of May.  Taken during Derby weekend.
USA. Louisville, KY. 2015. The scene outside Churchill Downs after the Kentucky Derby.
USA.  Des Moines, Iowa.  2010.  The Iowa GOP Ronald Reagan dinner headlined by Sarah Palin.
USA. Louisville, Kentucky. 2016. During the Kentucky Derby.
USA.  Maryland. 2015. A member of the KKK after a cross lighting/burning.
USA. Brooklyn, New York. 2015. Washington Cemetery, a predominantly Jewish burial ground and the densest in New York City.
USA. Nashville, Tennessee. 2010.  The streets of Nashville.
USA. Detroit, MI. 2012. Treasure's family at their home in Detroit. Shelley 'Treasure' Hilliard was murdered by a drug dealer after acting as a police informant following an arrest for marijuana possession. The police convinced her to act as an informant on her dealer and after she set him up, the police arrested him. They allegedly leaked her name to him for unclear reasons and released him several hours later. Within hours, Treasure was dead. Her case is part of a rash of murders of police informants as law enforcement increasingly relies on their use to apprehend criminals without exercising due diligence to protect them from revenge killings.
USA. Detroit. Michigan. 2015. Dilapidated house in Detroit.
USA. Batiste, Oklahoma. 2014. The home of the grandmother of Joey Tom, an outreach director and stickball coach very active in the Choctaw nation.  His grandmother oversees well over a dozen children and grandchildren living with her.  She speaks some english but her primary language is Choctaw, a dying tradition.  None of her children speak it well.  She is also renowned as a tracker and a hunter.
USA. Molalla, Oregon. 2015. After the rodeo of the Molalla Buckeroo Association. One of the longest continuously running rodeos in the country, it began from the town's desire to celebrate the arrival of the train connecting it to the outside world.
USA. Manhattan, New York. 2010. Playing in a busted fire hydrant on the 4th of July.
Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos
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All the Insane Things That Have Happened in Game of Thrones' Penultimate Episodes

Updated: May 13, 2019 2:43 PM ET | Originally published: Jun 17, 2016

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.

The fifth episode of Game of Thrones' eighth season has come and gone, which means we've now seen Cersei, Euron and the Golden Company face off with with the newly-minted Mad Queen Daenerys. Blood was shed and lives were lost during the episode — something that's become the norm in the penultimate installment of each season of the HBO drama.

The decision to have a season's climax occur in its second-to-last episode is a narrative choice that works for Thrones. Now, that's not to say that major plot developments don't occur in the show's season finales (cough cough, Jon Snow's death). But while the final episode tends to tie up loose ends and introduce new storylines for the following year, the second-to-last generally functions as the axis on which the events of the season turn.

So now that the King's Landing clash has decided the fate of the realm, let's take a look back at all the insane things that happened in the penultimate episodes of Thrones' eight seasons.

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