Jim and A.Ron finish our retrospective re-watch of season two of HBO’s Game of Thrones with the finale, “Valar Morghulis”. It’s a typical GoT finale, in that it does a great job of setting up the next season as something you can barely wait to arrive. Arya could start super assassin training! The White Walkers are marching on the Night’s Watch! Dany’s dragons can spit fire! We talk about these topics and a ton of last minute feedback before signing off with some spoilers for season 2 as well as debating a few lingering season 7 stuff in the secluded SpoiLore section. See you next year!
We’ve seen the latest from FX’s American Horror Story: Cult, “Charles (Manson) in Charge”, and it turns out that it’s all the women’s fault! We should have known it the whole time! A.Ron and Cecily try to figure out where Murphy is going as he crosses the double yellow and veers into oncoming traffic a final time before next week where maybe things will make sense!
A.Ron has lost his mind in Morgan fashion, coming out in favor of this episode, but just because he’s not right, that don’t make him wrong. Jim decries the heavy handed Morgalizing and shoddily constructed action, and then, just when we’re at our darkest hour, Guy Ferrari arrives to save the podcast.
Jim and A.Ron are nearing the finish line of their retro-re-watch of Game of Thrones season two. This week is one of the all time great episodes, “Blackwater”. There aren’t many heroes or villains in this one, just brave men fighting each other in desperate and bloody fashion. Great action, but even greater character moments for Sansa, Cersei, Tyrion, and the Hound. We have a lot of fun gushing over this episode, then we bat clean up with feedback and our SpoiLore section at the very end of the podcast.
A.Ron and Cecily have seen this egregious episode of American Horror Story: Cult, “Drink the Kool-Aid”, and have a lot to talk about. A.Ron says this is the scariest episode he’s seen in a long time because cults are scary, and the real life ones depicted here hit uncomfortably close to home. All this, plus feedback for this spooky Halloween episode of AHS!
This is a podcast where Jim and I, using tools created for the purpose, randomly generate a title for a fictional TV show. We then pitch ideas to each other based on what that show would be like if it were real. We like to call it, “Quit Yer Pitchin’!”
Jim and A.Ron decry the debacle that was the latest episode of The Walking Dead, “The Damned”. If you liked the episode, I’m happy for you. But this is us explaining why we didn’t. There was a lot of action, but it had not context, and even if it did, a surprising amount was staged and executed so poorly you couldn’t tell if the good guys were winning or losing, even if you knew the objective. Worse, the rampant Morgalizing of seasons past has returned in a big way. This time, they’re hand wringing about what kind of people they’re going to be in the middle of heated gun fights to make it even more annoying. Ya’ll, we’re desperately hunkered down behind an armored car here, taking fire, waiting for a genuinely good episode to shamble over this season. Maybe next week?
Jim and A.Ron’s rewatch of HBO’s Game of Thrones continues with “The Prince of Winterfell”. We’re really feeling the tension as the countdown to the invasion of Stannis approaches zero. Also, Robb commits political suicide, the Halfhand recruits Jon for a dangerous mission, and Arya tries to escape Harrenhal before it’s too late. All this plus feedback, and at the end of the podcast our SpoiLore section where we delve deeper into the history and lore of Westeros. Need to catch up? Here’s a Tinfoil SpoiLore archive of previous podcasts by topic. Each link has a time code listed so you can jump right to the tinfoil topic of the week for your convenience and listening pleasure.
We conclude our epic Stranger Things marathon — which really has been a month long obsession — with the spectacular, extremely fulfilling, finale of season two, “The Gate”. Maybe you can say the climax is a rehash of last year. But everything else works in just the way you’d hope and hits all the right emotional and character notes and feels so satisfying that it feels mean spirited to harp on a quibble here or there. We feel that this was the perfect follow up the the original Stranger Things, and in the Duffer Bros. we trust. Thanks for coming along on this ride with us. Can’t wait until next time!
Ladies and gentlemen, Bob the Brain. Founder of the AV Club. Hero to all. Shining star that burns so bright. This is your episode, Bob. We’ve got one more episode of season two of Stranger Things left before our marathon is over. Let’s get to it!