What’s the deal with Jojen? Pádraig MacCarron of the University of Limerick discusses his fevered origin story, his odd relationship to time, and his ultimate fate. Also Bran is in this chapter too.
Jan Doolittle Wilson returns to discuss Dany’s first steps into politics. Qarth is a welcome oasis, but trust no one!
Arya finds herself in the darkest possible place. Torture, rape, and senseless murder are before her daily as Gregor Clegane goes to work. Tara Jenkins returns to talk about the psychological impact.
Jason Eberl rejoins the discussion of Tyrion’s moral development. Arthur Njamfa pressed the matter of Tyrion’s view of women. Check out Dr. Eberl’s book on Star Wars!
In this special episode, linguist David J. Peterson helps listeners with their body art needs (wanna tattoo in Dothraki?). Also included is a short excerpt of what’s going on over at Double Dragon this week.
Look out, Theon! That’s not Esgred, that’s your sister! Dr. Thomas Leek (Univ. of Wisconsin) joins for a robust discussion of Theon, Asha Greyjoy, and Ironborn culture.
What do the others want with Craster’s sons? Is Craster lying about Benjen? Padraig MacCarron returns to talk about a very important Jon chapter.
Today we meet Brienne of Tarth! Dr. Kavita Mudan Finn joins Anthony to talk about a character who is more complex than the show’s adaptation. Jan Doolittle Wilson puzzles over Tywin’s war plans.
Medieval historian Valerie Garver discusses the introduction to Jojen and Meera, the political function of food, and the tragic end of Lady Hornwood. Dr. Pádraig MacCarron entertains Anthony’s fan theory about the “old gods.”
Tyrion’s relationship with Cersei is . . . complicated. John and David are back to discuss Tyrion, Cersei, the pyromancers, and more. Historian Iain MacInnis explains the practices of hostage giving.