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A quasi-weekly discussion of the plots, themes and highlights of the HBO series "Game of Thrones." Your hosts Dave Chen (The /Filmcast and The Tobolowsky Files) and Joanna Robinson (contributor for VanityFair.com) will dish up both praise and criticism and will try not to sound too pompous if the book was better. Questions, comments, oaths of fealty? Email acastofkings@gmail.com
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David Chen (https://twitter.com/davechensky) and Joanna Robinson (https://twitter.com/jowrotethis) reflect on this epic, touching, improbable, and divisive series that is Game of Thrones, plus this podcast that they created to accompany it. Thank you all for listening.Music in this episode comes from Jenny Owen Youngs (https://twitter.com/jennyowenyoungs?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) . To download today’s song plus to hear/download more of her original Game of Thrones music, go to Buffering the Vampire Slayer (https://www.bufferingthevampireslayer.com/got) . Subscribe to David’s new podcast -  Culturally Relevant (http://www.culturallyrelevantshow.com/) - where he talks with authors, filmmakers, and other culturally relevant figures. You can also listen to his other podcasts Slashfilmcast (http://www.slashfilmcast.com) and Write Along (https://writealongpodcast.com/) . Listen to Joanna's other podcasts Storm of Spoilers (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-storm-of-spoilers-a-game-of-thrones-podcast/id952917333) (currently discussing Lost), Still Watching (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/da7e-gonzales/still-watching-versace) (currently discussing Big Little Lies), and Little Gold Men (https://www.vanityfair.com/topic/little-gold-men) . Thanks to our sponsors this week: Upstart, Casper, Postmates, and Daily Harvest. Find out how low your Upstart interest rate is, visit http://upstart.com/KINGSGet $50 toward select mattresses, go to http://casper.com/CASTOFKINGS and use promo code “CASTOFKINGS”For a limited time, get $100 of free Postmate delivery credit for your first seven days of Download the Postmate app and use the code “COK” Get three cups of ingredients for free in your first Daily Harvest box, go to Daily-Harvest.com (http://Daily-Harvest.com/KINGS) and enter promo code “KINGS”
It’s the final page of A Song of Ice and Fire. David Chen (https://twitter.com/davechensky) and Joanna Robinson (https://twitter.com/jowrotethis) watch the finale of the HBO series Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne.” Catch the analysis of the ending by Ben and Jacob of Slashfilm here (https://www.slashfilm.com/game-of-thrones-finale-review/) . Read Joanna’s article on how Lord of the Rings predicted (https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/05/game-of-thrones-ending-jon-snow-north-lord-of-the-rings-iron-throne-ring-of-power) the ending of Game of Thrones here, and the show's original pitch to HBO here (https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/05/game-of-thrones-finale-how-did-it-end-original-pitch-letter-hbo) . Read George R.R. Martin’s 2014 interview in the Rolling Stone (https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/george-r-r-martin-the-rolling-stone-interview-242487/) . And look at how Martin had envisioned the real iron throne here. (https://grrm.livejournal.com/327569.html)  Listen and subscribe to David’s new podcast -  Culturally Relevant (http://www.culturallyrelevantshow.com) - where he talks with authors, filmmakers, and other culturally relevant figures. Find his other podcasts Slashfilmcast (https://www.slashfilm.com/category/features/slashfilmcast/) and Write Along (https://writealongpodcast.com/) here.Listen to Joanna's other podcasts Storm of Spoilers ( (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-storm-of-spoilers-a-game-of-thrones-podcast/id952917333) currently rewatching Lost), Still Watching (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/da7e-gonzales/still-watching-versace) (currently on Big Little Lies) , and Vanity Fair's Little Gold Men (https://www.vanityfair.com/topic/little-gold-men) . Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/acastofkings) and Twitter. (https://twitter.com/acastofkings)Thanks to our sponsor this week: Hello Fresh, MVMT, ButcherBox, Simple HealthFor $80 off your first month of HelloFresh, go to http://HelloFresh.com/KINGS80 and enter promo code KINGS80 Get 15% off today - with free shipping and free returns - by going to http://MVMT.com/CAST For a free ultimate BBQ bundle plus an extra $20 off, go to http://ButcherBox.com/KINGS and enter promo code KINGS Get $20 prescription fee waived by going to http://SimpleHealth.com/KINGS and enter the promo code KINGS
All bell breaks loose. David Chen (https://twitter.com/davechensky) and Joanna Robinson (https://twitter.com/jowrotethis) watch the fifth episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, “The Bells.” Catch the Slashfilm Daily recap of the divisive episode here (https://daily.slashfilm.com/e/grappling-with-last-nights-divisive-game-of-thrones-episode/) . Read the post on Medium about why pop culture fans feel threatened by disagreement here (https://medium.com/@EstherRosenfield/let-people-enjoy-things-12021d00285a) . Read Joanna's article about why Dany's turn feels like a betrayal.  (https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/05/game-of-thrones-mad-queen-daenerys-hints-clues-book-shock-betrayal)Watch David’s original meme Snickers ad here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCagcUfPgTY) . Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/acastofkings) and Twitter. (https://twitter.com/acastofkings)Thanks to our sponsor this week: Hunt A Killer, Upstart, and Postmates.Get 20% off of your first Hunt A Killer box, go to http://huntakiller.com/kings To get smarter interest rates on credit card debt, visit http://upstart.com/kingsFor a limited time, get $100 of free Postmate delivery credit for your first seven days of Download the Postmate app and use the code “COK.”
The battle may have ended but the war for the throne is just about to start. David Chen (https://twitter.com/davechensky) and Joanna Robinson (https://twitter.com/jowrotethis) watch the fourth episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, “The Last of the Starks.” Catch Ben and Jacob’s recap of the show on Slashfilm here. (https://www.slashfilm.com/game-of-thrones-the-last-of-the-starks-review/) Read about Jamie’s baffling choice to leave Winterfell here (https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/05/game-of-thrones-why-jaime-leaves-brienne-for-cersei-kill-her-nikolaj-interview) . (http://www.apple.com)Music in this episode comes from Jenny Owen Youngs (https://twitter.com/jennyowenyoungs?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) , musician and co-host of the podcast Buffering the Vampire Slayer (https://www.bufferingthevampireslayer.com/) . Listen to the all the tracks that Jenny has written for A Cast of Kings here (https://www.bufferingthevampireslayer.com/got) .Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/acastofkings) and Twitter. (https://twitter.com/acastofkings)Thanks to our sponsor this week: Daily Harvest, Molekule and Simple Contacts. Go to http://daily-harvest.com and enter promo code “KINGS” to get three cups of ingredients FREE in your first box. For $75 off your first order of Molekule purifier, visit http://molekule.com and enter code “KINGS” at checkout. Get $20 off your contacts, visit simplecontacts.com/kings20 or enter code “KINGS20” at checkout
Brace yourself for an endless night.  David Chen (https://twitter.com/davechensky) and Joanna Robinson (https://twitter.com/jowrotethis) watch the third episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, “The Long Night.” Read about how the battle may have been literally too dark on Vanity Fair. (https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/04/game-of-thrones-too-dark-hard-to-see-battle-of-winterfell-long-night) Learn about how Game of Thrones taught us to want death (https://slate.com/culture/2019/04/game-of-thrones-battle-of-winterfell-deaths.html) by Willa Paskin.  Read Jacob Hall’s thoughts of the episode on Slashfilm here (https://www.slashfilm.com/game-of-thrones-the-long-night-review/) . Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/acastofkings) and Twitter. (https://twitter.com/acastofkings)Thanks to our sponsors this week: Postmate, Hunt A Killer, and Upstart. For a limited time, get $100 of free Postmate delivery credit for your first seven days of Download the Postmate app and use the code “COK.” Get 20% off of your first Hunt A Killer box, go to http://huntakiller.com/kings To get smarter interest rates on those credit card debt, visit http://upstart.com/kings
It’s the night before the storm.  David Chen (https://twitter.com/davechensky) and Joanna Robinson (https://twitter.com/jowrotethis) watch the second episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” Find out about the meaning behind Podrick’s song here (https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/04/game-of-thrones-song-podrick-jenny-song-meaning-books-jenny-oldstones) . Read Jacob Hall and Ben Pearson’s recap of the episode here (https://www.slashfilm.com/game-of-thrones-a-knight-of-the-seven-kingdoms-review/) . Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/acastofkings) and Twitter. (https://twitter.com/acastofkings)
It’s the beginning of the end!  David Chen (https://twitter.com/davechensky) and Joanna Robinson (https://twitter.com/jowrotethis) dive into the first episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, “Winterfell.” Listen to David and Joanna’s recent interview on NPR All Things Considere (https://www.npr.org/2019/04/12/712862539/a-guide-to-talk-about-game-of-thrones-even-if-you-ve-never-seen-an-episode) d. Read Joanna’s Vanity Fair article on the Easter eggs in the season premiere (https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/04/game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-1-winterfell-callbacks-easter-eggs) , and see her profile in the San Francisco Chronicle.  (https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/movies-tv/oakland-thrones-maven-greets-series-end-with-massive-relief)Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/acastofkings) and Twitter. (https://twitter.com/acastofkings)
A Cast of Kings is coming back! In this episode, David Chen and Joanna Robinson discuss how they've been rewatching the show and talk about the plotlines they're most looking forward to in the next season. Learn more about why Game of Thrones might be the last show we'll watch together. (https://www.vulture.com/2019/04/game-of-thrones-the-last-show-we-watch-together.html)
In this special bonus episode of A Cast of Kings, Joanna Robinson (http://twitter.com/jowrotethis) and David Chen (http://twitter.com/davechensky) discuss some off-season developments that have happened in the past week, including George RR Martin's interview with The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/10/game-of-thrones-george-rr-martin-the-winds-of-winter-interview) and the new teaser trailer (https://www.slashfilm.com/game-of-thrones-final-season-release-date-april-2019/) . Check out Joanna's interview with George RR Martin (https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/11/george-rr-martin-stan-lee-nightflyers-game-of-thrones-marvel-influence) and stay tuned for the new season of the show and podcacst in April 2019. Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/acastofkings) and Twitter. (https://twitter.com/acastofkings)
Joanna and David discuss details they missed from the season 7 finale and review listener feedback about the whole season.Thanks to Buffering The Vampire Slayer (https://www.bufferingthevampireslayer.com/) for producing this week's song. Learn more about them at Bufferingthevampireslayer.com/got (https://www.bufferingthevampireslayer.com/got) .Donate to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund. (https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofhurricaneharvey-915053)Follow Joanna on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/jowrotethis) and find her at Vanity Fair. (https://www.vanityfair.com/contributor/joanna-robinson)Follow David on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/davechensky) and at his blog Davechen.net. (http://www.davechen.net)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices)
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Comments (51)

M Schroeder

Did Sansa say she was glad she was raped? I don't recall that. I remember her saying it made her who she was. She wasn't a little bird anymore (naive anymore), I think that's what she meant. I don't think she meant the rape "made her who she was", I think she meant it opened her eyes to now terrible the world could be.

Jul 14th
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Ron Guyor

Sending much love to you guys! Thank you for the years of entertaining and thoughtful discussion!

May 28th
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Matt Hayashi

you guys are the best!

May 28th
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Jeremy Stahl

wtf, new here. is there a Chance for more commercial sh*t..

May 25th
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Magus DiFazio

Ah "The Shield"...great show.

May 17th
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Paul Hughes

Pretty bad episode

May 15th
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John Brancato

I really enjoy your podcast.

May 15th
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Mitchell Alvaro

you guys know we only want to hear your thoughts on the show an theories, not dumb PC liberal BS. Well this shows over soon right womp womp

May 15th
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Paul Hughes

Erin Nelson Not so easy when you've been following the show since it started. It was not always this way but they received so many complaints they are trying to please the moaners. Yet they just annoy their original fan base.

May 15th
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Erin Nelson

Mitchell Alvaro then don't listen to it? jfc

May 15th
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Robert Hilbert

Coverage of the episode beings 30 minutes in just FYI. Then they skip over some major points on the episode.

May 14th
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Gavin Milligan

there is some good analysis here but having half the podcast spent viewing the show through a politically correct lense is pretty tiring.

May 10th
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Gavin Milligan

Paul Hughes nah

May 14th
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Paul Hughes

Gavin Milligan Send them a strongly worded email

May 13th
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mark liebman

Please can someone share a link to the song at the start of the show S08e04. It’s brilliant

May 8th
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Gemma

I think there is no dragon at the end, what do you think?

May 8th
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Zack Allen

thanks for the MM and BB spoiler warnings lmao genuinely appreciate that

May 7th
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Robert Morales

There are a lot of “arm-chair” military strategists complaining about how the Dothraki were used in battle. They’ are... were... cavalrymen, where else were they supposed to be? Behind the walls of Winterfell?

May 2nd
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Jordanm

Robert Morales I'm sure you saw how Stanis used his calvarymen to win against the Bolton's. That's how you use them. Not charging at an army many times the size just for a good shot of torches going out one by one. Which don't get me wrong, I love that scene.

May 6th
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Melody Thompson

well this was critical. Never heard someone comment on a zombie being too smart? like wtf? this was more a critique on the writing than the actual episode.

May 2nd
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James Butterly

Hi, Can anyone tell me if the Knights of the Vale were at Winterfell?, Maybe I missed them, but I didn't see any.

May 1st
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Shahid Khan

James Butterly They did

May 3rd
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Darren Turner

James Butterly Yes I think they were. I'm pretty sure it shows one of the older Knights of the Vale, as they're all lined up on the battlefield.

May 3rd
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Austin Sullivan

In regard to the Arya Mary Sue debate. where was her weapons training? She had a couple months with Cyrio and thats it. She wasnt trained by the faceless men how to fight and even if she was given some training on swordfighting then where did her knowledge of a spear come from? when did she learn to master the spear? Shes not a Mary Sue but she isnt as good as the show tries to paint her out to be. Seems extremely defensives for no reason. Rey is a Mary Sue though. you're lying if you say she isnt

Apr 30th
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Austin Sullivan

Paul Hughes Yeah, it happens when you have people more into fanfiction of game of thrones than actual game of thrones.

May 1st
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Paul Hughes

Austin Sullivan I get ya. There are some more frustrating issues that get to me but I guess to enjoy the show you just gotta accept that it's fantasy and this shit happens

May 1st
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christine schulze

basically you hate the show and have nothing good to say about it. Why bother? oh stupid me..i got it! you wanna make a little dough off of the fame of GOT. I'm. sure your show will do much better and the production much better, not to mention your story line will far superior too...when it comes our

Apr 30th
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Jordanm

christine schulze lol...??? They obviously like the show seeing as they are doing a whole podcast on it.. also they are allowed to not like one episode out of a 8 season show. Maybe listen to other episodes.. they have done plenty saying how well the episode was.

May 6th
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Giovanni Galasso

christine schulze not like a movie critic ever gave a movie a bad review, right?

May 3rd
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Austin Sullivan

I understand saying all the Dothraki and Unsullied dying was "problematic" because all the POC died and Jorah and Ghost survived... BUT 1. A Dothraki did survive. He was the first one back if i remember right. I know for fact i thought it was a wight but they let him through. 2. The Dothraki and Unsullied did what they've been trained to do. so it's not as if they sacrificed all the POC first. The Dothraki love open warfare and charging to their deaths with a Arrack in their hand and a scream in their throats. They never expected the enemy to be so fierce though. The unsullied did what they do too. They created a shield wall and held them back as the Unsullied has done before. 3. All the heros that died were white. I'm not saying I have an issue with why you'd think that but there is an explanation behind it. Not subtle racism. D&D know the characters but they dont know anything about battle tactic. Thats why the Dothraki died in a charge and the Unsullied held the outside of the wall.

Apr 30th
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Greg Dann

Joanna doesn't seem to understand what a Mary Sue is. Rey is 100% a Mary Sue. But she's right about Arya NOT being one, she had full seasons of training to be an assassin. Rey was instantly perfect at everything she did with no prior experience or explanation. That is the very definition of a Mary Sue. I don't see how people can argue against that.

Apr 30th
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