Anthony and A.Ron exchange their expectations about HBO’s House of the Dragon. Steve answers listener feedback. And book-guru Carl Nellis recommends several fantasy novels for your summer reading list.
Linda Antonsson (GRRM’s co-author) covers the Hand’s Tourney. Medievalist Jana Mathews talks more about guest right. Steve and Anthony dissect the intricacies of the season three finale. And Anthony talks about named weapons in medieval literature and Game of Thrones.
Martin’s coauthor Linda Antonsson talks about the early stages of Game of Thrones. Tara Jenkins covers Eddard V. Steve talks about torture, religion, and dog butts. And Medievalist Jana Mathews explains how Dante’s “seven hells” relates to Game of Thrones.
Oxford medievalist Carolyne Larrington covers one of Dany’s most important decisions. Jana Mathews explains heraldry. Comic Steve Ausburne revels in Varys’ most haunting scene.
Dr. Lisa Woolfork discovers new appreciation for Ned and Arya. Comic Steve Ausburne reacts to Jaime’s amputation. Anthony talks about a few parallels between Game of Thrones and the War of the Roses.
Jana Mathews explains laws governing clothing in Medieval England. Arthur Njamfa covers Tyrion’s visit to the Wall. And comic Steve Ausburne is shocked to see post-puberty Bran Stark.
Kim Renfro is back to talk about the tournament at Harrenhal and GRRM’s big payday. Tara Jenkins (Anthony’s sister!) covers Jon’s introduction to the Night’s Watch. Steve and Anthony wonder why there aren’t more fat zombies.
A.Ron defends Littlefinger’s HBO outcome. Philosopher Tripp Fuller compares Littlefinger’s play to a DM from an old flame. Steve and Anthony talk about the action-packed episode “Blackwater.”
A.Ron ranks his top five TV shows based on first seasons. Medievalist Jana Matthews talks about Bran and zoological symbolism. Steve and Anthony talk about Hot Pie, debate pineapple on pizza, and (gross!) spiders. Jan Doolittle Willson and I talk about Dany’s outcome in the show.
A.Ron and Anthony disagree on who among the HBO cast is the worst actor. Medievalist Jana Matthews talks about Joffrey’s metaphorical sword and Sansa’s metaphorical box. Steve discusses the proper etiquette of decapitation and what to do with unwanted projectile spittle.