NFL analyst Fran Duffy joins Double Dragon to breakdown House of the Dragon. Power rankings. MVPs. Hot takes. Then medievalist Iain MacInnes explains marriage alliances and castle siege tactics.
Comic Steve Ausburne explains the difference between “duty babies” and “romance babies” in Westeros. He shares why he loves vomit but hates metal detectors. Also, the guys cover the best episode of HOTD yet.
Is Daemon an accidental genius? Will Rhaenyra learn to play the perceptions game? Why is this Anthony’s favorite episode yet? Then Kavita Mudan Finn answers a question about perceptions of sex in the medieval world.
The writer for the High Valyrian dialogue between Daemon and Rhaenyra joins Double Dragon. What do these characters really say? Do the subtitles capture the subtleties of the language? Then medievalists Kavita Mudan Finn and Iain MacInnes answer listener questions about the history behind the show.
Stand-up comic Steve Ausburne and academic Anthony Le Donne cover the great outdoors episode of House of the Dragon. Then Anthony discusses Rings of Power with Dr. Helen Young.
Steve and Anthony discuss the many life lessons from episode 2. Should one marry for an elaborate dollhouse? Should one speak in an interview or just stare down the interviewer? Is it wise to bring a sword to a dragon fight? These topics and more are covered on this week’s Double Dragon.
A nuanced character profile on Daemon Targaryen (just based on this first episode). Stand-up comic Steve Ausburne outs himself as a dragon lover. Medievalist Natalie Goodison talks about the dangers of childbirth. Historian Iain MacInnes tells us what medieval folk did with dead bodies.
At long last, Steve and Anthony complete the journey they began on Electric Bookaloo over two years ago. Steve’s first viewing of “The Iron Throne” is nothing less than astounding. Anthony tries and fails to gather his wits in response. Also, medievalist Brian Pavlac answers a question about dragon legends.
Medieval historian Iain MacInnes joins Anthony to talk about Castles and King’s Landing. Then Steve does his first viewing of “The Bells.”
Steve and Anthony discuss errant Starbucks coffee cups and misguided appeals to Cersei’s better nature. But what could be overlooked in this episode is a stunning and compelling irony: Sansa betrays Jon in order to elevate him. It’s a brilliant plot flourish that only Game of Thrones can pull off.