Boars, Gore, and Swords: A Game of Thrones Podcast

It's time for Ivan & Red to discuss Rogue One, which elements held up, who should have been left for dead, and whether it's better than The Force Awakens.

Direct download: 2016-12-26_BGaS_Episode_235_WYSBW_Rogue_One.mp3
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In their final week of Westworld coverage until 2018, Ivan & Red review Futureworld, the sequel to the original 1973 Westworld. Warned that it wasn't worth watching, they discover more inspiration for the tv show than the original movie.

Direct download: 2016-12-19_BGaS_Episode_234_WYSBW_Futureworld.mp3
Category:tv -- posted at: 7:57pm PST

With Westworld the TV show coming to a close, Ivan & Red take some time to check on the source material, Michael Crichton’s original Westworld. His directorial debut, this 1973 futuristic film takes place in the future of 1983, the same year Stranger Things takes place. Is Eleven a Host?

Direct download: 2016-12-12_BGaS_Episode_233_WYSBW_Westworld_Movie.mp3
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Per listener demand, Ivan & Red close out this first season of Westworld with the Third Chair herself, Kelly Anneken. More specifically, they discuss season 1, episode 10: "The Bicameral Mind".

Direct download: 2016-12-05_BGaS_Episode_232_WYSBW_Westworld_1x10.mp3
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If this year doesn't prove that cognition is a pestilence, I don't know what will, Ivan & Red talk Westworld, episode 9, “The Well-Tempered Clavier”.

Direct download: 2016-11-28_BGaS_Episode_231_WYSBW_Westworld_1x09.mp3
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Ivan & Red are real human guests who haven't previously done grevious bodily harm to each other, and they're talking episode 7, “Trace Decay”.

Direct download: 2016-11-21_BGaS_Episode_230_WYSBW_Westworld_1x08.mp3
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Ivan & Red are BOTH in San Francisco and they're talking Westworld, episode 7, “Trompe L'Oeil”.

Direct download: 2016-11-14_BGaS_Episode_229_WYSBW_Westworld_1x07.mp3
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Ivan & Red are the #1 Westworld Podcast Hosts who are not robots. They’re joined by the great Lisa Corrao to talk Westworld, episode 6, “The Tipping Point”.

Direct download: 2016-11-07_BGaS_Episode_228_WYSBW_Westworld_1x06.mp3
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After catching up last week, Ivan & Red are back in the prime game day form you've come to expect. They're joined by Allison Mick to talk Westworld, episode 4, “Contrapasso”.

Direct download: 2016-10-30_BGaS_Episode_227_WYSBW_Westworld_1x05.mp3
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Three days, three Westworld BGaS episodes. Ivan & Red talk about Westworld, episode 4, “Dissonance Theory”.

Direct download: 2016-10-24_BGaS_Episode_226_WYSBW_Westworld_1x04.mp3
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Another day, another BGaS. Ivan & Red are joined by Walt Hickey to talk about Westworld, episode 3, "The Stray".

Direct download: 2016-10-23_BGaS_Episode_225_WYSBW_Westworld_1x03.mp3
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As per the will of the beloved patreons, Ivan & Red are taking a break from the ASOIAF book club to review Westworld in real time. They're a few episodes behind, so that just means more content for you! The first of our two episodes covers Westworld's "Chestnut".

 

Direct download: 2016-10-22_BGaS_Episode_224_WYSBW_Westworld_1x02.mp3
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It's HBO's Westworld under the gun, as Ivan & Red dig deep into video game influences, violence in virtual worlds, homage on top of homage, and more.

Direct download: 2016-10-17_BGaS_Episode_223_WYSBW_Westworld.mp3
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We're back in AFfC, as Ivan and Red continue their book club reading of the Boiled Leather chapter order combining George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. This week it’s Brienne III, and Samwell II. Specific page numbers in various editions can be found here.

Direct download: 2016-10-10_BGaS_Episode_222_FD11.mp3
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This week is ALL ADwD, as Ivan and Red continue their book club reading of the Boiled Leather chapter order combining George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. This week it's Bran II (covered previously here), Tyrion IV, and Davos II. Specific page numbers in various editions can be found here.

Direct download: 2016-10-03_BGaS_Episode_221_FD10.mp3
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The next chapter in FeastDance is Reek I in ADwD, which we have covered previously. Then it's back to AFfC this week, with Cersei III & The Soiled Knight covered this week as Ivan and Red continue their book club reading of the Boiled Leather chapter order combining George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Specific page numbers in various editions can be found here.

Follow Ivan’s new twitter account, @octo_txt.

Direct download: 2016-09-26_BGaS_Episode_220_FD09.mp3
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When The Bannermen asked Ivan & Red to discuss The Great British Bake Off, they assumed it was a niche interest, and made it a patreon reward. Well, the response to that first episode blew them away and they've decided to cover the entire Series (AKA Season, for Americans) 7 of #GBBO on Patreon as well as release the first episode in the main feed. Everyone deserves a chance to hear Ivan talk Drizzle cake.

Direct download: 2016-09-19_BGaS_Episode_219_WYSBW_GBBO.mp3
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Strictly ADwD this week, with Davos I, Jon III,  & Daenerys II covered this week as Ivan and Red continue the Boiled Leather chapter order combining George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Specific page numbers in various editions can be found here.

Follow Ivan’s new twitter account, @octo_txt.

Direct download: 2016-09-12_BGaS_Episode_218_FD08.mp3
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Sansa I (AFFC), The Kraken's Daughter (AFFC),  & Tyrion III (ADWD) are covered this week as Ivan and Red continue the Boiled Leather chapter order combining George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Sansa I has been covered before, so we only give it the briefest of summaries.

Follow Ivan's new twitter account, @octo_txt.

Listen to the bizarre Song Exploder mentioned in the episode about Ghostface Killah.

 

Direct download: 2016-09-05_BGaS_Episode_217_FD07.mp3
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Cersei II (AFFC), Jaime I (AFFC),  Brienne II (AFFC) are covered this week as Ivan and Red continue the Boiled Leather chapter order combining George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Brienne II has been covered before, so we only give it the briefest of summaries.

 

Direct download: 2016-08-29_BGaS_Episode_216_FD06.mp3
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Preacher, a high profile comic book adaptation that was formative to Ivan's view of people as meat bags, is a show that improves on the comic book–in its adaptation of women and hairstyles–and vastly disappoints. At Ivan's behest, they both watched the first two episodes in addition to Red reading the first four comic books in the series. This was originally done for the show's patreon months ago, and there's a new patreon exclusive episode up this week, so if you wanted support this podcast, I'm not going to stop you.

 

 

Direct download: 2016-08-22_BGaS_Episode_215_WYSBW_Preacher.mp3
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After skipping The Merchant's Man per the Boiled Leather chapter orderIvan and Red cover Samwell I (AFFC), Jon II (ADWD), and Arya I (ADWD) in George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. They also mention the BGaS protomug.

Direct download: 2016-08-15_BGaS_Episode_214_WYSBW_FD05.mp3
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Brienne I (AFFC), Jon I (ADWD), Bran I (ADWD), and Tyrion II (ADWD) are covered this week as Ivan and Red continue the Boiled Leather chapter order combining George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Brienne I and Bran I have been covered before, so we just lightly summarize those chapters.

 

Direct download: 2016-08-08_BGaS_Episode_213_WYSBW_FD04.mp3
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Book club continues with Cersei I (AFFC), Tyrion I (ADWD), and Daenarys I (ADWD) as Ivan and Red continue the Boiled Leather chapter order combining George R.R. Martin's A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. They discuss ceremonial robes that didn't make it to television, Cersei's continued fall down the priorities ladder, and which actors are too dignified to be stuck in a wine cask. 

Direct download: 2016-08-01_BGaS_Episode_212_WYSBW_FD03.mp3
Category:tv -- posted at: 11:58pm PST

Stranger Things, the Netflix-original Spielbergian YA horror show starring Winona Ryder, David Habour, & Matthew Modine is on tap this week. Every fourth week Ivan and Red break from the book club and cover something different, and this time it was an easy choice, as Stranger Things is definitely What You Should Be Watching. Next week we will return to our coverage of FeastDance.

Direct download: 2016-07-25_BGaS_Episode_211_WYSBW_Stranger_Things.mp3
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The Boars, Gore, and Swords book club forges on with the Boiled Leather chapter order combining George R.R. Martin's A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. In this week's episode, Ivan and Red cover the chapters "The Prophet" and "The Captain of the Guards" from A Feast for Crows. They discuss the religious importance of drowning, weapon-based objectophilia, and which European landmarks found their way to Dorne.

Direct download: 2016-07-18_BGaS_Episode_210_FD02.mp3
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TODAY IS THE DAY WE BEGIN A FEAST FOR CROWS AND A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, books 4 and 5 of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Per the will of our bannermen and our patrons, we've decided to cover these books in an interleaved order organized by Sean T. Collins. The first two chapters in this new order are both of the prologues, first ADwD and then AFfC, and so that's what we discuss in this episode.

During the podcast, Red recommends Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper trilogy, available here.

 

Direct download: 2016-07-11_BGaS_Episode_209_FD01.mp3
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With Season 6 of Game of Thrones in the bag, Ivan and Red return to their chapter by chapter book club. Using the reading guide that was provided by Bannerman Michelle Victory prior to season 5 of Game of Thrones, they finish up A Storm of Swords by covering Samwell IV, Jon XI, skipping the previously covered Tyrion XI and then going on to Samwell V and Jon XII. Next week we'll move on to A Feast for Crows.

Direct download: 2016-07-04_BGaS_Episode_208_ASoS41.mp3
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It's the season 6 finale, "The Winds of Winter", and Ivan and Red are joined by Kelly Anneken to discuss Cersei's continuing stylistic reinventions, possible GIF-based meme density, Arya pulling a Cartman, ginger pride, and the greatest ongoing debate within male culture: how many kids you could fight at once.

 

Direct download: 2016-06-27_BGaS_Episode_207_6x10.mp3
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For "Battle of the Bastards", Ivan and Red are joined by writer Maggie Tokuda-Hall to discuss what make-up you bring to the negotiating table, the gender dynamics of war councils, how Daenerys/Yara is the new greatest ship, and Ramsay's fate still being better than he deserves.

Direct download: 2016-06-19_BGaS_Episode_206_6x09.mp3
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For this week's "No One," Ivan and Red discuss Terminator chases, Sandor Clegane's murder negotiations, and the most offscreen of any offscreen death in television history.

Direct download: 2016-06-13_BGaS_Episode_205_6x08.mp3
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It's reunion week for "The Broken Man," Ivan and Red discuss skateboarding preachers, Margaery's manipulations, Yara's immersion therapy, and how Lady Mormont is the greatest character on the show even if she's only ten.

This week we'd really appreciate it if you would fill out our survey in order to help us find sponsors!

Direct download: 2016-06-06_BGaS_Episode_204_6x07.mp3
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On this week's "Blood of My Blood," Ivan and Red are accompanied by the fantastic Lisa Corrao to discuss new religious converts, bringing your north of the Wall girlfriend home to your family, Arya's position as theatre critic, and puppets both figurative and literal.

Direct download: 2016-05-30_BGaS_Episode_203_6x06.mp3
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For this week's episode, "The Door," Ivan and Red are joined by the hilarious Lydia Popovich to discuss the Iron Islands' applause-based political process, theatrical dingdongs, the consequences of grabbing root, and the loss of our dearest, biggest friend.

Support the podcast on Patreon!

 

Direct download: 2016-05-23_BGaS_Episode_202_6x05.mp3
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For this week's "Book of the Stranger," Ivan and Red discuss Ramsay Bolton's trolling, the High Sparrow's torture by backstory, Brienne and Tormund's sexual tension, and yes, they cover the flatulence of Pycelle which they somehow missed last week.

Support the podcast on Patreon!

Direct download: 2016-05-16_BGaS_Episode_201_6x04.mp3
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For this week's "Oathbreaker," Ivanand Red discuss Varys's interrogation methods, the differing effects of puberty on actors, and possible ways to defeat a four hundred pound Icelandic zombie strongman.

If you enjoyed the show, you can support it by donating to the newly opened Patreon!

Direct download: 2016-05-09_BGaS_Episode_200_6x03.mp3
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The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones continues, with surprising deaths and unsurprising returns from death. Each week following the show, Boars, Gore, and Swords recaps all the newest developments in the world of Westeros. To cover this week's "Home," Ivan and Red are joined by Walt Hickey, chief culture writer of FiveThirtyEight, to discuss proper dragon training technique, startling lacks of chainmail, and the poor civil infrastructure of the Iron Islands.

Pledge your fealty on patreon!

Direct download: 2016-05-02_BGaS_Episode_199_6x02.mp3
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The season six premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones aired Sunday, marking a return to the characters and subplots we loved and dreaded. Each week following the show, Boars, Gore, and Swords will recap all the newest developments in the world of Westeros. For this week's "The Red Woman," Ivan and Red are joined by guest OJ Patterson to discuss dead Jons, bro Dothrakis, and woke fanfiction.

Direct download: 2016-04-25_BGaS_Episode_198_6x01.mp3
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Game of Thrones returns to HBO for Season 6 this Sunday and it has been far too long of a hiatus. Is Stannis alive? Is Bran going through puberty? Are Jorah’s chances with Daenerys dead, or merely undead. Ivan & Red update you on the most 100 relevant Game of Thrones characters in preparation for the premiere.

If you enjoy Ivan & Red, support our patreon!

Direct download: 2016-04-2016-04-18_BGaS_Episode_197_6x00.mp3
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Tom Schneider of Up Yours, Downstairs! joins Red and Ivan to discuss “The Real History Behind Game of Thrones”, a fascinating and wholly uneven featurette about the historical figures behind Game of Thrones' most notable characters, included on the Season 5 Game of Thrones Blu-ray and currently screening on youtube.

Direct download: 2016-04-11_BGaS_Episode_196_WYSBW_TRHBGoT.mp3
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As voted by the people, Netflix’s “Daredevil”. Ivan and Red discuss the Season 1, Episode 1, “Into The Ring”, whether Marvel properties will outlast the heat death of the universe, and how people with vision impairment can know if they’re being represented poorly in visual media.

Direct download: 2016-04-04_BGaS_Episode_195_WYSBW_Daredevil.mp3
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Syfy's "The Magicians" based on the trilogy by Lev Grossman is up for discussion. Ivan and Red are joined by guest KayDee Kersten to discuss Syfy's uneven yet surprisingly successful attempt at prestige drama on a basic cable budget.

Direct download: 2016-03-28_BGaS_Episode_194_WYSBW_The_Magicians.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:45am PST

If you’re itching for new stories within the world of Game of Thrones, look no further than Telltale’s “Game of Thrones”, a series of 6 planned episodes that take you into Westeros through the eyes of House Forrester, loyal Bannerman to House Stark. In “The Ice Dragon” Ivan & Red deal very poorly with blood magic, a poor coal boy, and peek at some compelling corners of Game of Thrones canon.

Direct download: 2016-03-21_BGaS_Episode_193_Telltale_1x06.mp3
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If you’re itching for new stories within the world of Game of Thrones, look no further than Telltale’s “Game of Thrones”, a series of 6 planned episodes that take you into Westeros through the eyes of House Forrester, loyal Bannerman to House Stark. In “Nest of Vipers” Ivan & Red's choices are compounding as the series heads towards its conclusion. Listen to see how they handle Ramsay Bolton, White Walkers, and most terrifying of all, Cersei Lannister.

Direct download: 2016-03-14_BGaS_Episode_192_Telltale_1x05.mp3
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If you’re itching for new stories within the world of Game of Thrones, look no further than Telltale’s “Game of Thrones”, a series of 6 planned episodes that take you into Westeros through the eyes of House Forrester, loyal Bannerman to House Stark. This episode Ivan & Red compare the terrible choices they made in the 4th episode, “Sons of Winter”. Do you let your sister live? Or your brother? Do you let your friend take the life of the man who enslaved her even if you’re in the middle of something? How many drinks is too many?

Direct download: 2016-03-07_BGaS_Episode_191_Telltale_1x04.mp3
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At the listener's discretion, Ivan and Red discuss AMC's "Better Call Saul". This episode brings vastly improved audio quality compared to our last two remotes as Ivan learns which end of the microphone to talk into.

Direct download: 2016-02-29_BGaS_Episode_190_WYSBW_Better_Call_Saul.mp3
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Red & Ivan continue their promise to cover every Marvel property starring a female protagonist. The boys discuss season one of Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Direct download: 2016-02-22_BGaS_Episode_189_WYSBW_Jessica_Jones.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:45am PST

Red and Ivan, the third best boys, are back and they're talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

They've missed you. Tell them what you want to hear them talk about next on twitter @boarsgoreswords

Direct download: 2016-02-15_BGaS_Episode_188_WYSBW_Star_Wars_TFA.mp3
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