Boars, Gore, and Swords: A Game of Thrones Podcast (general)

If you loved Scottish billionaire jerk in Westworld you’re going to love Scottish billionaire jerk in HBO’s Succession. Ivan & Red are here to talk Igby, Cameron, and the rest of the Roys.

Direct download: 2018-08-13_BGaS_Episode_305_WYSBW_Succession.mp3
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Our Westworld recap episodes will be ONLY in our Westworld specific feed: “Doesn’t Sound like Anything to Me”.


The same Ivan & Red, but with a Westworld specific feed!!

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Reunited at last, Red & Ivan offer the only thing the internet needs: TWO MEN DISCUSSING STAR WARS (The Last Jedi).

Direct download: 2018-01-02_BGaS_Episode_282_WYSBW_Star_Wars_The_Last_Jedi.mp3
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It took three tries, but Marvel joined forces with Taika Waititi and made a Thor movie that belongs in movie theaters as opposed to the Great Pacific garbage patch. Join Red & Ivan as they dive back into the MCU.

Direct download: 2017-11-20_BGaS_Episode_277_WYSBW_Thor_Ragnarok.mp3
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Ok, so it’s actually called Netflix’s Mindhunter, but that has to be the worst title I’ve ever come across. It’s the second show on Netflix EP’d by David Fincher after House of Cards!!! GO WATCH THIS SHOW.

Also, check Ivan on Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s new podcast, Drunk Safari!!! He game theories the shit out of squids.

Direct download: 2017-10-17_BGaS_Episode_274_WYSBW_Mindhunter.mp3
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Red and Ivan dive in real deep on the first two episodes of the Netflix series "Final Fantasy 14: Dad of Light."

Direct download: 2017-09-11_BGaS_Episode_270_WYSBW_Dad_of_Light.mp3
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Where are you going to get thematic cross-body splashes and Marc Maron playing the part he was born for? Nowhere outside of Netflix’s GLOW. Ivan and Red investigate.

Direct download: 2017-07-03_BGaS_Episode_260_WYSBW_GLOW.mp3
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Ivan takes Red into the Black Lodge to discuss David Lynch’s new episodes of Twin Peaks.

Direct download: 2017-06-11_BGaS_Episode_257_WYSBW_Twin_Peaks.mp3
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When they last asked the patrons for suggestions, many said Mr. Robot, and though Ivan and Red are certain they’ve covered it before, they couldn’t find it in the archives, so here it is, Mr Robot

Direct download: 2017-06-05_BGaS_Episode_256_WYSBW_Mr_Robot.mp3
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Young Griff and Daario have to come to terms with the fact that sometimes Daenerys isn’t interested 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 Tyrion VI and Daenerys IV from A Dance with Dragons. Specific page numbers in various editions can be found here and here.

Direct download: 2017-05-29_BGaS_Episode_255_FD19.mp3
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Book club is BACK. This week Ivan and Red cover Jaime II (AFfC 17) and Tyrion V (ADwD 19). Specific page numbers in various editions can be found here  and here. And seriously, HOW IS THIS CHARACTER NOT IN THE TV SHOW.

Direct download: 2017-03-20_BGaS_Episode_245_FD13.mp3
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When Game of Thrones actors die they end up in the BBC One/FX show Taboo. Ivan & Red discuss the Tom & Chip(?!) Hardy vehicle. Strap on your subtitles, we're going into grumbleville.

Direct download: 2017-01-09_BGaS_Episode_237_WYSBW_Taboo.mp3
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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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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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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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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.


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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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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.


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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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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!

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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!

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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
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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 “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
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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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Like a Mad Max sequel, Ivan and Red join again in a thankless desert to fight the patriarchy and discuss “The Dance of Dragons” and “Mother’s Mercy”, episodes 5x09 and 5x10 of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Direct download: 2015-06-28_BGaS_Episode_187_5x09_5x10.mp3
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Joined in Los Angeles by forces poorly understood, Ivan and Red discuss “Hardhome”, Season 5, Episode 8 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”.

Direct download: 2015-06-01_BGaS_Episode_186_5x08.mp3
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Ivan & Red catch up, covering Season 5, Episodes 6 & 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones: ”Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" and “The Gift”.

Direct download: 2015-05-28_BGaS_Episode_185_5x06_5x07.mp3
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“Kill the Boy”, Season 5, Episode 5 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. Ivan & Sick Red discuss Grace & Frankie, PREVIOUSLY ON, Red only making two mistakes, teaching Dragons to love human, the return of Sports to Mereen, Miranda’s pointy hip, the return of the Broken Tower, dinner with Ramsay, the promise of another wedding, and Valyria.

Direct download: 2015-05-11_BGaS_Episode_184_5x05.mp3
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“Sons of the Harpy”, AKA Season 5, Episode 4, of HBO’s “Game Of Thrones”. Ivan & Red discuss PREVIOUSLY ON, Riffers of Color, book obsession gone wrong, the Faith Militant, clearing out the rabble, run the wall, Harold & Kumar Go to Whitest Castle, The Wire, symbolic snake killing, and Tyrion the mentalist.

Direct download: 2015-05-04_BGaS_Episode_183_5x04.mp3
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“High Sparrow”, AKA Season 5, Episode 3, of HBO’s “Game Of Thrones. Jane Harrison joins Ivan & Red to discuss one of the best damn episodes this show’s put on offer. They talk missing storylines, King Tommen, Cersei vs. Maergery, chubby bunnies, Podrick being the best, the invention of clinchés, the noble stand of Janos Slynt, ginger humor, and the Game of King Chairs.

Direct download: 2015-04-27_BGaS_Episode_182_5x03.mp3
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“The House of Black and White”, the Season 5, Episode 2, of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. OJ Patterson returns with Ivan & Red to discuss Slenderman in Westeros, *Stannis will remember that*, a brief discussion of the second Star Wars trailer, Podrick’s rock-tossing, Brienne showing people what’s up, MC Moondoor, British vs American acting, the return of House Mormont, Blackface in Essos, and farcical trials.

Direct download: 2015-04-20_BGaS_Episode_181_5x02.mp3
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“The Wars to Come”, the Season 5 premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. Lydia Popovich joins Ivan and Red to discuss aliens helping to build the pyramids of Mereen, the importance of leash laws, surprising similarities between teenage Cersei Lannister and Kimmy Schmidt’s Xanthippe Lannister Vorhees, Game of Thrones’s turn toward Scientology, Varys and Tyrion to get the band together, and Deanerys’s deep need for Cesar Milan.

Direct download: 2015-04-13_BGaS_Episode_180_5x01.mp3
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“The Sword in The Darkness” , episode 3 of Telltale’s “Game of Thrones” series of 6 planned episodes that take you into Westeros through the eyes of House Forrester, Loyal Bannermen to House Stark. Ivan and Red discuss the importance of Corpse Gold, to Beshka or not to Beshka, disposable Forresters, Jon Snow’s complete lack of empathy, and #TeamNoGold.

Direct download: 2015-04-06_BGaS_Episode_179_Telltale_1x03.mp3
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With just weeks left until the Game of Thrones premiere, BBC Two has put out Methadone for those Jones’ing. With kings, queens, surly advisers, intrigue, a sauntering Jojen Reed, top notch acting, and Mycroft Holmes as Thin Varys, Wolf Hall is a perfect stand in for Game of Thrones minus all the tedious dragons and facial expressions.

Direct download: 2015-03-23_BGaS_Episode_178_WYSBW_Wolf_Hall.mp3
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We’d intended to cover a more Game of Thrones related show this week, but then Netflix dropped a new Tina Fey show on Friday, and it was immediately clear Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is What You Should be Watching.

Direct download: 2015-03-09_BGaS_Episode_177_WYSBW_Unbreakable_Kimmy_Schmidt.mp3
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If Littlefinger was a real-estate magnate in the 21st century, and he agreed to be interviewed about murders and disappearances he’s been associated with for decades, you might have something close to HBO’s “The Jinx”. Ivan and Red start out intending to watch the first episode, but end up not being able to stop themselves from watching both.

Direct download: 2015-02-23_BGaS_Episode_176_WYSBW_The_Jinx.mp3
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Ivan and Red discuss “The Lost Lords”, episode 2 of 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. The series is in the tv show continuity, and starts at the end of Season 3 and will end just before the start of Season 5. They discuss the Apple telltale builds, a refreshing lack of maggots, more Forresters than you can shake a hatchet at, and how this episode in particular will reveal a lot about your own relationship with Women.

Direct download: 2015-02-09_BGaS_Episode_175_Telltale_1x02.mp3
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Ivan and Red discuss the pilot for Agent Carter, the newest entry in Marvel’s universe. Hayley Atwell plays Peggy Carter as an officer with the Strategic Scientific Reserve in post WWII New York, and there’s more Jarvis than you can handle.

Direct download: 2015-01-19_BGaS_Episode_174_Agent_Carter.mp3
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Bring in the new year with a new show about 13th century Asia, Netflix’s “Marco Polo”. There’s a blind swordsman fighting a cobra, what else do you need?!

Direct download: 2014-01-06_BGaS_Episode_173_Telltale_1x02.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. The series is in the tv show continuity, and starts at the end of Season 3 and will end just before the start of Season 5. We review the first episode here, listen along to compare your choices to the terrible decisions made by Ivan and Red, join them in their newly found respect for Cersei, and the one decision Red really wishes he could take back.

Direct download: 2014-12-29_BGaS_Episode_172_Telltale_1x01.mp3
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What’s Christmas without Jon Hamm in a British tv show about a dystopian future? Hardly Christmas at all, which is why OJ Patterson joins Ivan and Red to discuss Black Mirror’s “White Christmas”, the series which Ramsay Bolton would have created if he’d been born in the 1980s.

Direct download: 2014-12-22_BGaS_Episode_171_Black_Mirror_Xmas.mp3
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The Book Club closes it’s final chapter of “A Song of Ice and Fire” covered by HBO’s “Game of Thrones” up through Season 4 with our coverage of Bran II (Hardback page 169/Paperback page 185) and Reek II (Hardback page 253/Paperback page 277) in “A Dance with Dragons”. Ivan and Red discuss tears of their enemies, ignorant protagonists, eating that Elk twice, an explosion of pale rotten meat, the best comedy on television, Benedict Cumberbatch doing the motion capture for Smaug, forehead mushrooms, The Drunken Tower vs Leaning Tower of Pisa, and a lengthy discussion of poisonous arrow shafts.

Direct download: 2014-12-14_BGaS_Episode_170_ADwD02.mp3
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The Book Club continues with its coverage of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” chapters covered by HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. Having covered all of the relevant chapters in “A Storm of Swords” and “A Feast for Crows” (Full spoiler-free reading guide here), we enter George R.R. Martin’s “A Dance with Dragons", covering Bran I (Page 60) and Reek I (Page 161). Ivan and Red discuss warg sex, reading documentaries, Big Walder and Little Walder, The Bastard’s Boys, Fake Arya, the Kim and Kanye of Westeros, the Great Elks, the effect of weather on Hodor, and the importance of verifying the aliveness of your party guide. This episode is brought to you by Chronicle Books release of Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Season 3 & 4.

Direct download: 2014-12-08_BGaS_Episode_169_ADwD01.mp3
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We may be on a short hiatus, but that doesn't mean we're not scheming up new and ever more grandiose ways to bring content to our loyal Bannermen. This week we feature Ivan Hernandez's "Give Me Fiction": a selection of original short stories performed before a live audience. You can visit the GMF Sitefollow GMF on Twitter, check out the podcast on iTunes, RSS, Soundcloud, and Stitcher, and buy tickets for the live show which takes place the first Sunday of every month at Lost Weekend Video.

Direct download: 2014-11-17_BGaS_Episode_168_GMF01.mp3
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This week we jump back into A Feast for Crows, finishing our last non-spoilery chapter, Sansa I (Hardback page 145/Paperback 226). Ivan and Red discuss the Marvel universe, free will, the SF Giants vs Kansas City Royals Game 7, the bastard Rivers Cuomo, the bastard Strom Thurmond, Sansa learning to lie, Ser Tinder, Marillionaire, and the return of the Game of King Chairs.

Direct download: 2014-11-03_BGaS_Episode_167_AFfC02.mp3
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This week Ivan and Red called an audible and discussed the Epilogue of “A Storm of Swords”. If you *only* watch the tv show and haven’t read the books, we discuss an event that has not happened in the TV show. Up front they answer some listener emails and then get to the main event. Let us know your thoughts on twitter at @boarsgoreswords!

Direct download: 2014-10-27_BGaS_Episode_166_ASoS40.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:21pm PDT

After completely whiffing on the last chapter in A Storm of Swords, Ivan and Red finish up the Brienne chapter they began last episode before looping back around to the last chapter in  A Storm of Swords, Sansa VII. They discuss The Patriarchy, raw eggs, Rivers Cuomo, Fish Wife vs Salt Wife, Ivan’s preferred food preparation technique, and Petyr Baelish’s favorite cat.

Direct download: 2014-10-20_BGaS_Episode_165_ASoS39.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57pm PDT

With no more unspoiled territory in A Storm of Swords, we jump into A Feast for Crows to cover one and a half of the three chapters we’re reading in A Feast for Crows, specifically we touch upon Brienne I (Hardback page 56/Paperback page 80) and Brienne II (Hardback page 130/Paperback page 184). Ivan and Red discuss Westeros’s most famous male model, matching carpet and japes, the incredible crassness of peasants, the sincerity of Jaime Lannister, the Guild of Cookery’s “Game of Thrones” themed dinners in San Francisco, the new crypto-currency Quailcoin, and the most fearsome of fantasy creatures, the Dire Quail.

Direct download: 2014-10-13_BGaS_Episode_164_AFfC01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm PDT

Following the reading guide provided by Michelle Victory, this is the first episode where we skip chapters so as to remain unspoiled. We start with Arya XIII (Hardback page 843/Paperback page 1027) and then skill Samwell and Jon to get to Tyrion XI (Hardback page 871/Paperback page 1062). Sansa VII will be the last chapter we read in ASoS before hopping into the few chapters from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons that have been covered in the TV Show. This week Ivan and Red yell about chickens, the importance of not leaving your tip on the floor, thirstiness, Arya and process over results, the reunion of a girl and her weapon, the correct pronunciation of croissant, famous last words in morse code, Tysha, gold diggers, and a big lead up to a terrible pun.

Direct download: 2014-09-29_BGaS_Episode_163_ASoS38.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:49pm PDT

Tommen gets his stamp on and Jon Snow discovers the true nature of Wargs in Jaime IX and Jon X (Hardback page 818/ Paperback Page 996) of “A Storm of Swords”. Ivan and Red discuss Star Wars Machete order and Ivan’s trip to the Folsom Street Fair before moving on to Tommen being adorably atrocious, only good things happening to Ramsay Bolton, when one sword become two, Long live Jeyne, a totally legit and completely real Arya, Tommen and his ladies, Outlander being bullshit, Mammoth bread, Anomalisa, Jaffar, and tent play.

Direct download: 2014-09-22_BGaS_Episode_162_ASoS37.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm PDT

At the tail end of a 500 mile road trip and an iPad failure preventing book club, Ivan and Red catch up on correspondence from the Bannermen!

Direct download: 2014-09-15_BGaS_Episode_161_Ravens.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

This week we’re completely lacking in Boars, but are up to our mangled necks in Gore and Swords. Ivan and Red take a break from the realms of Westeros and Essos and head for 19th century London to re-cap Showtime and Sky’s Penny Dreadful, created and written by John Logan. In this “What You Should Be Watching” episode, they discuss ravens from the Bannermen, Penny Dreadful’s horrific introduction, The Doctor’s big reveal, a victorian SRO, the best place to be located if you discover you’re in a horror film,  Ava vs Eva, Feminism and the Third Reich, CGI Spiders, the scourge of pocket watches discouraging human interaction, Timothy Dalton’s Taken, lady Sherlock, guts budget, the Emmy for best face tattoo, and the logical fallacy of world murder.

Direct download: 2014-09-08_BGaS_Episode_160_WYSBW_Penny_Dreadful.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10pm PDT


Daenerys metes out justice for Ser Barristan and Ser Jorah in Danerys VI (Hardback page 803/Paperback page 977) of George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords”. Ivan and Red answer ravens from the Bannermen and discuss Johnny Cash’s appearance on Columbo, Daenerys empathizing with the plight of various gods, the freedmen’s battering members, Cleon The Butcher King, The Butcher King’s Hype-Man, Daenerys’s inner-conflict over Jorah and his crap teenage attitude, the dandy President, Ser Barristan’s cooking skills, Missandei and her duty, the red door, and spoiler-free predictions.

Direct download: 2014-09-01_BGaS_Episode_159_ASoS36.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm PDT

Jon’s reward for holding the wall is Janos Slynt and Tyrion seeks justice from the gods in Jon IX and Tyrion X (Hardback page 778/Paperback page 946) in George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords”. Nato Green of FX’s Totally Biased, The Business, and his podcast, The Nato Sessions, joins Ivan and Red to discuss translators for the deaf not being detailed enough for Game of Thrones, invented vocabulary, scorpions on decks of boats, government being run by hot 25 year-olds, Wayne Campbell taking the black, The Return of Martin Guerre, Tywin feeling political strategy viscerally, mocking your sibling’s suitors, and the physics of penetrating armor with a spear.

Direct download: 2014-08-25_BGaS_Episode_158_ASoS35.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Jaime reminds The Kingsguard who’s in charge and Petyr Baelish gets showy with his mastery of The Game of Thrones in Jaime VIII (Hardback page 750/Paperback page 912) in George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords”. Ivan and Red discuss Ravens from the Bannermen, books vs toilet paper, Stranger in a Strange Land, Ser Barristan’s advanced age, Jaime’s professional pride, Ser Boros missing out on a once in a lifetime opportunity, Dragons vs. Dinosaurs, Petyr Baelish and Wikipedia etiquette, underestimating Cersei, strong seed, Lysa’s wedding in a box, and Ser Egan’s revenge.

Direct download: 2014-08-18_BGaS_Episode_157_ASoS34.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26am PDT

This week, like Tobias Menzies, Ivan, Red, and guest Kelly Anneken take a break from the world of Game of Thrones and head for the Scottish Highlands. They’re doing a re-cap and having a borderline histrionic discussion of the Starz’ series premiere of Outlander, based on Diana Gabaldon’s Historical Romantic Science Fiction book of the same name. They discuss how to chug champagne on Victory Day, the intricacies of accent work, the purpose of neck wear, Claire and her poor memory re: Forget-Me-Nots, the advanced medical practices of 1945, making sure to check the weather for the 200 years prior to and after the current date before leaving the house, the one case where a fedora is attractive, and the reasons why we’re going to keep watching Outlander.

Direct download: 2014-08-11_BGaS_Episode_156_WYSBW_Outlander.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PDT

Arya is running out of relatives and Tyrion’s relatives all think he murdered Joffrey in Arya XII (Hardback page 726/Paperback page 883) and Tyrion IX (Hardback page 735/Paperback page 894) in George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords”. Ivan and Red discuss the realities discuss a world in which fictional dreams don’t mean anything, Sansa’s dreams by Lisa Frank, Luc Besson’s voice, the bloody Bloody gate, an update on our viking friends, lizard lions, Stilted Dialogue III, Bronn’s foreshadowing of the entire Viper vs Mountain fight, over-sincere fantasy, wolf wives, murder by scorpions, and the fascinating intricacies of Dornish inheritance law.

Direct download: 2014-08-04_BGaS_Episode_155_ASoS33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Edric Storm is stolen away and it’s the Battle at Castle Black in Davos VI (Hardback page 705/Paperback page 857) and Jon VIII (Hardback page 714/Paperback page 868) of George R.R. Marin’s “A Storm of Swords”. Ivan and Red discuss ravens from the bannermen concerning their absence, Alester vs Axell Florent, the honorability of burning, Joffrey and kittens, Kegs and Horse, closing your mouth in extreme cold, Jon Snow basking for krill, murder holes, bigot Jon Snow, the Direwolf of Wall Street, surge pricing at Trader Joe’s, and the proper way to parent Joffrey Baratheon.

Direct download: 2014-07-28_BGaS_Episode_154_ASoS32.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Sansa V (Hardback page 685/paperback page 832) and Jaime VII in George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords” are this podcast’s topic. We discuss the book’s rendition of Sansa’s escape from King’s landing along with Jaime’s return. Along the way, Ivan and Red answer Ravens from the Bannermen before discussing bodices, murder wands, unrealistic disguises, friend-zoning Littlefinger, predictions on Petyr and Sansa’s relationship, Brienne the Eagle, why Jaime left King’s Landing in the first place, Ser Osmund Kettledolt, that Jaime and Cersei scene, and Jaime not properly considering Margaery Tyrell as a potential partner.

Direct download: 2014-07-14_BGaS_Episode_153_ASoS31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

This week we're in “A Storm of Swords” Sansa IV (page 659 hardback, 799 paperback) and Tyrion VIII (page 667 hardback, 809 paperback), which makes up the whole of Joffrey and Margaery’s nuptials. Ivan and Red discuss comedian Mike Patten, Sansa’s forgotten Direwolf, wooden tubs, seventy seven courses, the best part of a gammon steak, Joffrey Baratheon’s anti-literary campaign, sullen Sansa, and the danger of momentum to Tyrells.

Direct download: 2014-07-07_BGaS_Episode_152_ASoS30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm PDT

With the completion of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ivan and Red dig back into the Boars, Gore, And Swords book club, where they cover the chapters of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series that correspond to the previous television season. No TV spoilers! In the box this week, it’s “A Storm of Swords” Daenerys V (page 639 hardback, 774 paperback) and Tyion VII (654 hardback, 793 paperback). They discuss the scale of Mereen compared to The Wall, the Titan’s Bastard, Eric Schlosser’s upsetting facts, not being a dick on the field of battle, the conflicting reports of Ed Skrein, Strong Belwas and his squire, what to do if there’s no toilet paper on the field of battle, legal language for prophecies, excessive waddling, and surviving dry weddings.

Direct download: 2014-06-30_BGaS_Episode_151_ASoS29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

With the completion of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ivan and Red dig back into the Boars, Gore, And Swords book club, where Ivan and Red cover the chapters of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series that correspond to the previous television season. No TV spoilers! Many thanks to Bannermen Chelle Victory and Dolorous Edd who took the time to look through the books and assemble a reading guide for our book club. This week it’s “A Storm of Swords” Tyrion VI (page 588 in hardback, 711 in paperback) and Jon VII (Page 610 in hardback, 738 in paperback) Ivan and Red cover absurd fantasy names, survivors of the Dunk and Egg series, Joffrey defying Tywin, Ramsay and Arya for couple of the year, Castle Black’s poor defenses, and Jerky as a building material.

Direct download: 2014-06-23_BGaS_Episode_150_ASoS28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

 “The Children”, Season 4, Episode 10, of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” packs a lot of paternal angst into the season finale of the fourth season. Ivan and Red are joined by Oakland based comedian O.J. Patterson, the force behind the San Francisco Bay Area comedy blog, Courting Comedy. They discuss Bryan Cogman’s new venture, the Lee Pace show, Crows eating crow, the return of Mance Rayder, surprise Stannis, Dr. Franqyburn’s experiments on Gregor Clegane, Tywin’s surprising ignorance, Daenerys’s Dragon privilege, Hodor breaking the fourth wall, fan favorites meeting up, sociopathic Arya, Shae and Tyrion reunited, and a Father’s Day gift for Tywin.

Direct download: 2014-06-16_BGaS_Episode_149_4x10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm PDT

“The Watchers on the Wall”, Season 4, Episode 9, of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is all about Gore and Swords (and Giants) which makes this podcast the perfect vehicle for discussion. Ivan and Red are joined by third chair Kelly Anneken to discuss episode Director Neil Marshall, the troubles with baking on top of the Wall, Sam Tarly lawyering his celibacy Oath, the North Korea of the Midwest, baby acting, Alliser Thorne’s leadership skills, the biggest Sam Tarly on the Wall, gate holding, the battle of two characters nobody cares about, the search for Mance Rayder, the leadership of comic relief, the disappointment of Ghost, the rise of Samwell Tarly, and predictions for the final episode.

Direct download: 2014-06-09_BGaS_Episode_148_4x09.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20pm PDT

“The Mountain and the Viper”, Season 4, Episode 8 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, is both the end for some cherished characters as well as a new beginning for others. Ivan and Red are joined by Lydia Popovich to discuss the return of Alex Graves, Joan Rivers’ first gig in Moletown, House Royce, Schrödinger's baby, buff eunuchs bathing, appropriate musical queues, the rise of Reek, Littlefinger’s first two mix tapes, terribly “Robin” puns, the pride of Ser Barristan Selmy, catfishing the Khaleesi, Sansa wearing this season’s “Lenny Kravitz”, Tyrion’s Vargo Hoat impression, the rules of dueling, and father of the year, Tywin Lannister.

Direct download: 2014-06-01_BGaS_Episode_147_4x08.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm PDT

Since this season’s “Breaker of Chains”, Game of Thrones’ handling of women and sex has been under intense scrutiny, and with a break in the show over Memorial Day, we dedicate an entire episode to bringing on two of our favorite guests and comedians to discuss exactly these topics! Kelly Anneken & Lydia Popovich join Ivan & Red to discuss Shae as an operator, Olenna Tyrell as a role model, what to do with Ros, the defanging of Arya, Sansa as criticism of the fantasy genre, the big red tent of feminism, Brienne’s Maxi Armor, and issues with the translation from book to tv of the most controversial scenes in the show.

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Direct download: 2014-05-26_BGaS_Episode_146_Women.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

“Mockingbird”, Season 4, Episode 7 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, isn’t just a table setting for the last three episodes, it’s loaded with surprises. Ivan and Red are back in San Francisco and are joined by comedian Ryan Cronin, who is known for his sketch group and for being one half of the vocals for the podcast’s theme. They discuss the return of Hot Pie, Rorge, Biter, and the Turnip Truck Driver, Jaime’s terrible bargaining, the philosophy of the dying british guy, the Builders at The Wall being unprepared, Daenerys turning men into objects, The Mountain and his CrossFit, Tyrion’s champion, Sansa’s true talent, and marital troubles in The Eeyrie.

Direct download: 2014-05-19_BGaS_Episode_145_4x07.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm PDT

“The Laws of Gods and Men”, Season 4, Episode 6 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, is the “Law and Order” crossover so many have clamored for. Ivan & Red discuss this episode from the Bridgetown comedy festival in Portland, where Ivan’s voice has been claimed by Voodoo (Donuts) and a level of debauchery bested only by the late King Robert Baratheon. They discuss the famous street artist Iron Banksy of Braavos, Occupy Braavos, power chairs, terrible joke tellers, sound insulation in castle bedrooms, the rise of Reek, Question Time with Daenerys, cupbearer Mace Tyrell, plotting in front of Thrones, the cattiness of Meryn Trant, the first asexual of Westeros, King Tommen’s line-reading, and Tyrion busting into “Let it Go”.


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Direct download: 2014-05-12_BGaS_Episode_144_4x06.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10am PDT

“First of His Name”, Season 4 Episode 5 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, is a real return to form as the show continues its strongest season. With our third King since the series started, we get our first coronation in King’s Landing with Tommen Lannist… Baratheon, Cersei arranges a second son’s marriage to the same woman, Daenerys realizes in all the conquering she’s forgotten to rule, HUGE realizations as Littlefinger and Sansa arrive at the Eeyrie, the ponzi scheme of Casterly rock, comical horse riding, Jojen has a vision, a boy and his wolf reunite, and Craester’s wives take a stand.

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Direct download: 2014-05-05_BGaS_Episode_143_4x05.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm PDT

“Oathkeeper”, Season 4 Episode 4 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, is exposition heavy after starting the season with three extremely action packed episodes. Ivan and Red are joined by Scott Simpson of “You Look Nice Today”. They discuss unrealistic television sewers, Daenerys’s missed opportunity to sing “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, the sword fight version of “stop hitting yourself”, Jamie managing a Foot Locker, Olenna Tyrell walking leisurely through gardens, the moral purity of Hodor, Westerosi Algebra, and The Fortress of Solitude.

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Direct download: 2014-04-28_BGaS_Episode_142_4x04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm PDT

“Breaker of Chains”, Season 4 Episode 3 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, takes a victory lap, before dealing with the ripples of one of the biggest shocks to hit Westeros yet. Ivan and Red are joined by comedian Matt Lieb to discuss this episode which sets the stage for the rest of the season. We cover Sansa running into Gendry, Littlefinger doing Batman’s voice, the absolute worst kind of sexual act, the loudest slurping scene in modern television, The Hound going Galt, Samwell Tarly’s poor judgement, the return of The BORG (or Thenns), knife to horse combat, and a really respectable pyramid.

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Direct download: 2014-04-21_BGaS_Episode_141_4x03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16pm PDT

Season 4 Episode 2 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” takes the fourth season to an entirely different level. Ivan and Red are joined by comedian and Business-man Sean Keane to discuss an episode that is certain to be a classic in this realm. We cover the most disturbing tv scene in television history, Joffrey’s dream woman, a refocusing on Bronn’s storyline, the insufficient bastard naming system, Theon going to Barber school, Skyler vs Shae, the lineage of Dragonstone, Joffrey’s wonderfully short wedding ceremony, new Tommen, Ser Loras vs Ser Jaime, Brienne vs Cersei, the indignity of the little person acting troupe, and reams and reams of comeuppance.

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Direct download: 2014-04-14_BGaS_Episode_140_4x02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm PDT

With the long awaited Season 4 Premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is upon us, Ivan and Red cut deep into “Two Swords”. They’re joined by third chair Kelly Anneken, and the three of them discuss molten Ice, the sequel to Ser Captain America - The Winter is Coming Soldier, Tall Joffrey, the introduction of Prince Oberyn AKA “The Red Viper”, mc’ing weddings for cake, the newer/higher mountain, Assassin Kenny Rogers, Jaime going full Buster Bluth, The Cannibal Borg, Joffrey’s Saxophone statue, the abbreviated "Ser Duncan the Tall", and the beautiful reunion of a girl and her named sword!

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Direct download: 2014-04-07_BGaS_Episode_139_4x01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:52am PDT

With the Season 4 premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” only a week away, Ivan and Red devote an entire episode to getting you up to speed so you can tell your Tyrions from your Tywins, recall there’s a “Rickon” Stark, and that Jaime’s no longer right-handed. They cover every single character in George R.R. Martin’s world, answering 4 questions for each:

  1. Are they Alive, Dead, Wights, or White Walkers?
  2. Where did we leave them at the end of Season?
  3. Do we care?
  4. Wild, unspoilery predictions about what they’ll be doing in Season 4.

Questions that get answered include: Who is Locke? Is Balon Greyjoy alive? Who did Melisandre curse to die? It’s the perfect way to prepare yourself for the premiere!

Direct download: 2014-03-31_BGaS_Episode_138_4x00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

After finishing “A Storm of Swords” and “The Princess and The Queen”, Ivan and Red devote an episode to catch up on Ravens from the Bannermen, and they discuss rules to live by, who they would have finish Game of Thrones if Railroad couldn’t, the effectiveness of Ivan’s persona, the best meat choice for burritos, and thoughts on the podcast 3 years in.

Direct download: 2014-03-24_BGaS_Episode_137_Mail_Bag_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

After finishing “A Storm of Swords” and “The Princess and The Queen”, Ivan and Red bring to your attention the next in their “What You Should Be Watching” series, one of the very few shows on television that can match George R.R. Martin’s disregard for his character’s lives, NBC’s “Hannibal”. Created by king of cancelled shows Bryan Fuller (of Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfall, and writer on season 1 of Heroes), this show seems has a quantity of gore that relocates the boundaries of what’s acceptable on network television. The knockout cast includes Lawrence Fishburne, Mads Mikkelsen, and and a very strange turn for Scott Thompson, formerly of “Kids in the Hall”. They begin the episode by discussing a recent behind the scenes Game of Thrones mini-doc from HBO and the questions it raises, before moving onto how to approach an introvert, Kristian Nairn, Detective Sheldon Cooper, “Dead Like Me”, Mikkelsen’s physicality, and cork boards with yarn.

Direct download: 2014-03-17_BGaS_Episode_136_Hannibal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Ivan and Red reach their fourth and final podcast of George R.R. Martin’s medium-to-normal length story in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” world, “The Princess and The Queen”, part of the Railroad curated Dangerous Women Anthology. They discuss Railroad’s irresponsible editor, the eight hour long movie that is True Detective, heads up hallucinations, flesh sloughing, your dragon vs. your child, the riderless horse, Ser Hobert Hightower as hardcore Wallace Shawn, and one last dragon battle.

Direct download: 2014-03-10_BGaS_Episode_135_Princess_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Ivan and Red continue into their penultimate installment of George R.R. Martin’s medium-to-normal length story in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” world, “The Princess and The Queen”, part of the Railroad curated Dangerous Women Anthology. We discuss our hopes for the future of True Detective, the significance of working out sibling rivalry through dragon violence, the 9,000 MySpace Bannerman, land pirates, the importance of not being Hobert, and mid-air dragon leaps.

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Direct download: 2014-03-03_BGaS_Episode_134_Princess_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Midway through “The Princess and The Queen”, Ivan and Red take a break to cover… a web series? With direction by David Fincher, and starring Robin Wright, Kevin Spacey, and Kate Mara, “House of Cards” is easily the best web series of all time, certainly the one with the highest budget. They cover the reasons Game of Thrones fans would like House of Cards, dog problems, Presidential canon in fictional political shows, those three words every woman wants to here, heirlooms, and absolute, unquestioning, loyalty.

Direct download: 2014-02-24_BGaS_Episode_133_House_of_Cards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Ivan and Red continue their delve George R.R. Martin’s latest not so short story in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” world, “The Princess and The Queen”, part of the Railroad edited Dangerous Women Anthology. Sick Red is back as they briefly discuss House of Cards and Outlanders before moving on to Dragon Fighting, Lord Darklyn the Brooding, armor melting into flesh, id’ing bodies without dental records, the nasty implications of a sword named “Orphan Maker”, The Gold Turncloaks, and the harms of foreshadowing.

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Direct download: 2014-02-17_BGaS_Episode_132_Princess_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm PDT

Ivan and Red dive into George R.R. Martin’s latest not so short story in the ASOIAF world, “The Princess and The Queen, or, The Blacks and The Greens”, part of the Railroad edited Dangerous Women Anthology. We discuss Demon Cores, Railroad’s ever increasing biography, the origin of Cadbury eggs, George R.R. Martin as an in-canon character, the fatality of naps, world building, Dragon representation in parliament, and one of the most psychologically disturbing murders since David Fincher’s 7even.

Direct download: 2014-02-10_BGaS_Episode_131_Princess_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Guy Branum of Totally Biased and Chelsea Lately competes against third chair Kelly Anneken and Ivan Hernandez to establish dominance over the knowledge of Season 3 of Game of Thrones. Red hosts and the audience cheers. This live show was recorded at the Cinecave in Lost Weekend Video and recorded by Will Scovill.

Direct download: 2014-02-03_BGaS_Episode_130_Gameshow_Guy_Branum.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Just days before our live Game of Thrones gameshow at Lost Weekend in San Francisco, Ivan and Red hit the latest in this series of recommendations for GoT fans desperate for worthy off-season entertainment, “What You Should Be Watching” . This week it’s HBO’s “True Detective”, AKA the Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey non-Buddy Cop non-Comedy. They cover the world’s greatest casting agent, correlations with Aaron Sorkin, Rustin Spencer and his connection to Ocean’s 11, how to share what kind of person you are, McConaughey on sizzurp, filling in plot points with pagers and hurricanes, the worst kind of atheist, the show’s problems with women, and elements of a successful pilot.

Direct download: 2014-01-27_BGaS_Episode_129_True_Detective.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:20pm PDT

With an episode yet between our live podcast and beginning Martin’s “The Princess and the Queen” in George R.R. Martin’s “Dangerous Women” anthology, Ivan and Red continue to direct Game of Thrones fans desperate for entertainment towards worthy replacements with our “What You Should Be Watching” series! This week it’s Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”, featuring the fascinating and truly terrifying sexual lives of the 1950s. Ivan and Red are joined by Caitlin Gill, member of the San Francisco comedy mafia “The Business”, who has appeared in 7x7 Magazine, on NPR’s “Snap Judgement”, and on this very podcast. Get into it, Daddy!

Direct download: 2014-01-20_BGaS_Episode_128_Masters_of_Sex.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Having finished all of Book 3 of George R.R. Martin’s “Storm of Swords”, and with a couple weeks before they start covering Martin’s “The Princess and the Queen”, Part of the “Dangerous Women” anthology, Ivan and Red bring you their greatest “What You Should Be Watching” yet, Channel 4’s “Black Mirror”. If this is a show you have not heard about, you are in for some of the darkest humor imaginable, perfect for anyone deep in the Throes of “Thrones” withdrawal! We talk about the first episode of the first season of Black Mirror, but we leave out the ending because it’s something Bannermen should experience for themselves.

Direct download: 2014-01-13_BGaS_Episode_127_Black_Mirror.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Davos V & Bran IV of George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords”. Ivan and Red discuss Railroad speaking directly to listeners, Stannis’s Bannermen vs. Ivan’s twitter followers, the Nightfort, prince stew, Railroad writing Hodor high, and a TALKING TREE.

Direct download: 2014-01-06_BGaS_Episode_126_ASoS27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Catelyn VII & Arya XI of George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords”. It’s Edmure and Roslin’s wedding day! What could go wrong! Nothing! Ivan and Red discuss Attack The Block, wedding food, stone to lb conversion, the Walder women and body mass index, unspoken threats, spoken threats, and actual murder.

Direct download: 2013-12-23_BGaS_Episode_125_ASoS26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Catelyn VI & Arya X of George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords. Kelly Anneken joins Ivan and Red as they discuss the Happy Mutants podcast, social media snafus, racist animals, Goorin Brothers hats, Lord Walder Frey as a tiny baby, Jinglebell jingling his bells, and Lord Walder’s Beringer White Zinfandel.

Direct download: 2013-12-16_BGaS_Episode_124_ASoS25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:02pm PDT

Arya IX and Jon VI of George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords. Ivan and Red discuss Bannerman Shannon’s NaNoWriMo victory, the double-headed horse, Sandor the Stranger, Telltale Games’ upcoming Game of Thrones game, Wolfman Bran, and new character Noswym McDrownsalot.

Direct download: 2013-12-09_BGaS_Episode_123_ASoS24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:44pm PDT

Catelyn V and Samwell III of A Storm of Swords. Ivan and Red discuss Locke and the confusion with Vargo Hoat, a new segment: Ivan Responds to Spam Emails, foreshadowing, the women of House Mormont, a horse riding a horse, the legitimization of children born out of wedlock, DC’s “The Seven”, and an unfortunate amount of ambient gunfire.

Direct download: 2013-12-02_BGaS_Episode_122_ASoS23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:09am PDT

The Arya VIII and Jaime VI chapters of  George R.R. Martin's "A Storm of Swords"  are discussed. Red and Ivan talk Gendry's ignorance, Railroad getting women into bed, the new Boing Boing readers, Aenys Frey, Ivan's review of Square Inc's cafeteria, Lannister ambition, Jaime dream interpretation, Brienne's poor record as a bodyguard, Vargo and the Kingthlayer.

Direct download: 2013-11-25_BGaS_Episode_121_ASoS22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Jon V and Daenerys IV of A Storm of Swords. BGaS announces it’s joined the Boing Boing podcast network! Red and Ivan discuss stone scrapers, proper arrow removal, fun things to say to a conquering army, blue hair, and NaNoWriMo. Closing song is “Last (Fire) Kiss” by Dan Preston.

Direct download: 2013-11-19_BGaS_Episode_120_ASoS21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44am PDT

Arya VII and Bran III. It’s Ivan’s Birthday episode! He joins Red to drink a bottle of wine, discuss his Give Me Fiction show, Arya and archery, 200 yard archery shots, The Hound and Canadian Gold, Hodoring, and mind control. We end with discussion of Ender’s Game and the Thor sequel.

Direct download: 2013-11-11_BGaS_Episode_119_ASoS20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56pm PDT

Jaime V and Tyrion V. Red and Ivan discuss stone tubs vs elevated tubs, desultorily, the Wayne Coyne dictionary, Jaime’s curse, NaNoWriMo update, The Red Viper, house wine choices, Walton Steelshanks, Shakespeare, walking and talking.

Direct download: 2013-11-04_BGaS_Episode_118_ASoS19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:01pm PDT

Catelyn IV and Davos IV. Red and Ivan discuss identity theft, MC Paul Barman, Walder Rivers, Lysa be cray, Flowers for Algernon, Guilds, Beef & Bacon pie, and Stannis Lessig.

Direct download: 2013-10-28_BGaS_Episode_117_ASoS18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45pm PDT

Samwell II and Arya VI. Red and Ivan discuss their trip to Sacramento, the Night's Watch going full Donner Party, the requirement that you provide a guest in your hall with sausages, missionary work, obsidian, the lord of leeches, and Kill Beric: Volume 2.

Direct download: 2013-10-21_BGaS_Episode_116_ASoS17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Jaime IV III and Tyrion IV. Ivan and Red discuss "being eaten by a shark" acting, letting your meat rest, Star Wars Despecialized Edition, Jaime singing for The Cure, Shagwell, Jury Duty, Tyrion The Creep, Silver Tongues, and all the questions you had about Valyrian Steel but were afraid to ask.

Direct download: 2013-10-14_BGaS_Episode_115_ASoS16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03pm PDT

Arya V and Jon IV. Ivan and Red discuss Men's Right's activists, Conservapedia, brown genital holes, cages, frilly dresses, The Peach, ICE!, the meaning of Walls, and so much more.

Direct download: 2013-10-07_BGaS_Episode_114_ASoS15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:33am PDT

Daenerys III and Sansa III. Ivan and Red discuss the Unsullied, the brutal beating Daenerys delivers, Whitebeard being put in his place,Danerys gets physical, Sansa's surprise wedding, Tyrion's pathetic husbandry, and an amazing opening song by Bannerman Charlie Cassarino.

Direct download: 2013-09-30_BGaS_Episode_113_ASoS14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35am PDT

Davos III and Jon III. Ivan and Red discuss football and dragons, Behind The Candelabra, rats eating faces, Stannis/Melisandre predictions up the yin yang, dragon golems, and a boatload of ice and fire.

Direct download: 2013-09-23_BGaS_Episode_112_ASoS13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

Daenerys II and Bran II. 3rd Chair Kelly Anneken joins Ivan and Red as Dany goes slave shopping and Bran gets metaphorical. Incredibly Weezer parody by Ser Daniel Preston.

Direct download: 2013-09-16_BGaS_Episode_111_ASoS12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Jaime III and Arya IV. Ivan and Red discuss The Newsroom Season 2, Brienne vs. Jaime, Vargo Hoat played by The Impressive Clergyman, our Fantasy Fantasy League, dream interpretations, Monsters and Maidens, and Guy Branum's Roast of the James Franco Roast.

Check out Ivan's storytelling show November 3rd in San Francisco!

Direct download: 2013-09-09_BGaS_Episode_110_ASoS11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56pm PDT

Tyrion III and Catelyn III. Ivan and Red discuss ending lives with a button, text drops, King Balon Greyjoy, The Neck Beard, Guest Right and Trader Joe's Pizzas, and in the end they discuss concerts attended recently.

Direct download: 2013-09-02_BGaS_Episode_109_ASoS10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm PDT

Arya III and Samwell I. Ivan and Red discuss being the new kid in school, Ben Affleck as The Bat Man, Tywin POV chapter, Brothers of the Kingswood, Garlic Sausage as weapons, Tall Small Paul, not kicking your friends, and Saints Row IV.

Direct download: 2013-08-26_BGaS_Episode_108_ASoS09.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:51am PDT

Jon II and Sansa II. Ivan and Red cover bear giants, Westerosi romantic comedies, Tormund's tall tales, Westerosi birth control, The Last of the Giants, more! Our new icon is by Bannerman Nicole, check out her work at

Direct download: 2013-08-19_BGaS_Episode_107_ASoS08.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Arya II and Catelyn II are all Ivan and Red have time for in this brief, 107 minute episode, in which we also cover the flaming blood brothers, page number talk, Frank's Sex Talk podcast, westerosi immune systems, The Hot Pie & The Bull morning show, Jeyne Westerling, Jerry Lewis's Lady wife, and Edmure's war ability.

Direct download: 2013-08-12_BGaS_Episode_106_ASoS07.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Jaime II and Tyrion II is plenty of meat for Ivan and Red to gnaw on, after hearing Ravens from the Bannermen, Ivan avoids 13 in all areas, there's out of frame horse death, human bones assembled into horse skeletons, Patchface predictions, Marvel vs. Capcom, Archers and Archer, and overly frank sex talk.

Direct download: 2013-08-05_BGaS_Episode_105_ASoS06.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Bran I and Davos II are enough to get Ivan and Red through 80 minutes of A Storm of Swordsish discussion. The gents cover ravens from the Bannermen, including improvements to, wolves on a cliff, Nymeria lives?, the turn of the century, Illyrio's presence or lack thereof, magical gingers, and the deep meaning of Patches' Jingle.

Direct download: 2013-07-28_BGaS_Episode_104_ASoS05.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Jon I & Daenerys I in A Storm of Swords are covered at LENGTH after Ivan and Red reach deep into the boiled leather mail sack to respond to many a raven from the Bannermen. We discuss the Zack Snyder directed Superman/Batman crossover flick, Ghost eating Snow to survive, parallels between Wildlings and United States revolutionaries, Mance Rayder and his travels, pitchforks to Pitchfork, AALOEH, and Richard Lonmouth.

Direct download: 2013-07-22_BGaS_Episode_103_ASoS04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:41pm PDT

Davos I and Sansa I are all Ivan and Red could make it through in this action packed episode. Get Ivan as the Bassy sensual e-trade baby #BassyBaby, learn the true meaning of sputum, listen to Ivan and Red give Sansa the benefit of the doubt, Davos inventing Men's Rights Activism, and the most important part of being a Douchebag.

Direct download: 2013-07-15_BGaS_Episode_102_ASoS03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:52pm PDT

Catelyn I, Arya I, Tyrion I in Storm of Swords is what Ivan and Red have on offer. Catelyn's death countdown is upon us as we contemplate what kind of sharp item will be used in her demise, Hot Pie works out some bits for the Benny Hill show, and our Tyrion jokes are a bit on the nose.

Direct download: 2013-07-08_BGaS_Episode_101_ASoS02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm PDT

FOR OUR 100th EPISODE we begin the Storm of Swords book club and completely forget to mention it's our 100th episode. 3rd chair Kelly Anneken joins Red and Ivan as they ease back into book clubbing, on the way discussing Man of Steel, boils, apocryphal characters, cousins, Joss Whedon, and Gypsy talk.

Direct download: 2013-07-01_BGaS_Episode_100_ASoS01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:08pm PDT

Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra gets a Boars, Gore, and Swordful of Ivan and Red in an episode with a surprising amount of Game of Thrones references! From a powerhouse performance by Rob Lowe, to Liberace STILL BEING CATHOLIC despite all the b sex, it's all in here, the unofficial S3E08.5 of Game of Thrones.

Direct download: 2013-06-17_BGaS_Episode_99_Behind_The_Candelabra.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58pm PDT

S3E10 "Mhysa" is covered by Ivan, Red, and guest James Fluty. They discuss Sansa's swords of Damacles, the highborn speaking only in metaphor, origins of Reek, the Westeros version of Kick Ass, Game of Thrones sung in the mid 90s, get it!

Direct download: 2013-06-10_BGaS_Episode_98_3x10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:26am PDT

S3E09 "The Rains of Castamere" covered by Ivan & Red with guest, Sean Keane! Also, Ivan & Red will join Kelly Anneken and Natasha Muse for a show Sunday June 9th at 7pm! JOIN US!

Direct download: 2013-06-03_BGaS_Episode_97_3x09.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33am PDT

S3E08 "Second Sons" covered by Ivan Hernandez III & Red! They discuss Star Trek, Margaery Tyrell in Elementary, Lambs and Greek Diners, the joys of being a tyrant, James Adomian's Sheriff of Nottingham, sad sad Sansa, "Come Fight Death With Me", friendly words with your Uncle, and Ivan's middle name.

Direct download: 2013-05-20_BGaS_Episode_96_3x08.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32pm PDT

S3E07 "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" covered by Ivan, Red, and unofficial third chair Kelly Anneken! They discuss gypsters, deserting, Jon Snow's story line turning into The Departed, full circle on Anna Paquin, a lover with a Pet Eagle, Ivan's sex advice, the correlation of dragon to confidence, dumb dumb Gendry, David Sedaris, and semi-colons.

Direct download: 2013-05-13_BGaS_Episode_95_3x07.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm PDT

S3E06 "The Climb" covered by Red and sick Ivan. They discuss diaphragms, our new website, Jojen's epilepsy, the trials of Brothers Without Borders, Chamillionaire, the creepy Freys, Lady Redwyne vs. Tywin Lannister, Kevin Spacey jerkin, some of the worst dates ever, and Saw IX: medieval edition.

Direct download: 2013-05-06_BGaS_Episode_94_3x06.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08am PDT

S3E04 "Kissed By Fire" is covered as Ivan and Red get back to their roots with a 1-on-1 Game of Thrones recap recording. They discuss Payne's Grapefruit pods, the number of soldiers left at Castle Black, Tyrion's browbeating, Jaime and Brienne's lack of genitals, and Lannister on Lannister action.

Direct download: 2013-04-29_BGaS_Episode_93_3x05.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24am PDT

The 4th chair Sean Keane joins Ivan and Red to discuss the S3E04, "And Now His Watch Has Ended". They cover Cyber Bullying, Ser Dontos in Pitch Perfect 2, Varys and his hatred of magicians slash Stannis, Podrick Payne and the difficult to describe sexual maneuver, Joffrey's amateur waving abilities, Tywin's wish to die at his children's hands, Tywin's love of Legacy and Calligraphy, Sansa and Ser Loras's sexuality!

Direct download: 2013-04-22_BGaS_Episode_92_3x04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15am PDT

Guests Caitlin Gill and Jamie DeWolf are on board with Ivan and Red for a national treasure of an episode. We discuss Robb's leadership skills, funeral pyre archery, horse-art, Catelyn needs to suck it up, Brienne's AC Slater hair, Ivan goes too far, the Bolton Bastard/Simon, a bit of Misfits, Pod Payne's sexual prowess, hardcore accounting, and one mean hand job.

Direct download: 2013-04-15_BGaS_Episode_91_3x03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:11am PDT

The third chair, Kelly Anneken, host of Downton Abbey podcast "Up Yours, Downstairs!" returns to discuss season 2 along with Ivan and Red! This week Iwan Rheon (AKA Simon on Misfits), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Sam in Love, Actually), and Diana Rigg (now known for this part forever) join the cast. Joffrey experiences sexual awakening, Tarley is sad, there's a sword fight, THOROS OF MYR, and so much more.

Direct download: 2013-04-08_BGaS_Episode_90_3x02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24am PDT

A live show at Stage Werx in San Francisco. Ivan and Red are joined by Natasha Muse and Sean Keane to discuss Season 3 of Game of Thrones. We discuss our Season 3 predictions, a Ted Talk on body language, Jon Snow losing his coat, Joffrey the Blonde cat, a candle in the wind, Davos's sensitivity to the sun, and so much more.

Direct download: 2013-04-01_BGaS_Episode_89_3x01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:54am PDT

By popular demand Sick Red is back along with Ivan Hernandez to close out the Dunk and Egg stories by discussing ancient word processors, medieval surgery, popery, Ser Uthor's snail and truth in advershielding laws, the inside of Dunk's head, treachery!!!, a slight variation on mendelian genetics, forearms, and privy shafts. BGS theme via Lord Daniel Preston.

Direct download: 2013-03-25_BGaS_Episode_88_Dunk7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:24pm PDT

Ivan Hernandez and Sick Red come to you from the ledge between death and life to discuss The Mystery Knight! They discuss Red's tweet process, the upcoming podcast recording 3/31 at Stage Werx, physics with bannerman Ryan Johnson, boot talk with Egg, the origin of the phrase dog pile, goth Christina Hendricks, and wedding pie. "Dunk and Egg" song via Ser Daniel Preston.

Direct download: 2013-03-18_BGaS_Episode_87_Dunk6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm PDT

Placebo ridden Red Scott and soon to be ill Ivan Hernandez wrap up The Sworn Sword before moving on to The Mystery Knight next week and inch ever closer to the Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere March 31st! Check out Nicole's amazing fan art! "Dunk and Egg" song via Ser Daniel Preston.

Direct download: 2013-03-11_BGaS_Episode_86_Dunk5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm PDT

Sworn Sword Part II with Ivan and Red heading across the river to meet Lucas the Angry Longinch, the Red Widow, and Ser Sefton the Flatulent. On the way to the spider, they cover the social service Vine, Siri reviews, Ser Bennis's grossness, The Red Widow's Plan C birth control, Beard and Beardless, Ogre & Donkey, and more! "Dunk and Egg" song via Ser Daniel Preston.

Direct download: 2013-03-04_BGaS_Episode_85_Dunk4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Back on track with the NEXT Dunk and Egg tale, Ivan and Red crack Legends II from the start to page 36 and get on with The Sworn Sword. First they discuss Red's trip to Ivan's home state, some listener emails, and then get on to Railroad's laziest naming yet, Martin Short as Ser Useless, the best way to make Flan, and so much more. "Dunk and Egg" song via Ser Daniel Preston.

Direct download: 2013-02-25_BGaS_Episode_84_Dunk3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

In Ivan's now favorite and Red's least favorite episode, we attempt to cover the next chapter in the Dunk and Egg series until something goes horribly, horribly awry. There's a lot happening in this one, but I assure any listeners there are ZERO spoilers for D&E, so listen freely. "Dunk and Egg" song via Ser Daniel Preston.

Direct download: 2013-02-11_BGaS_Episode_83_Dunk2.5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Red and Ivan finish up The Hedge Knight as well as getting into The Third Shift, predicting the victor of the Superb Owl despite no Bannerman caring, puberty-age Ivan reading extended universe Star Wars fiction, the Pearlman siblings, Lord Ashford dominating H-O-R-S-E, homonyms and Crazy Horse, Baelor Breakspear and other great names, Arya and her 10,000 ships, Beesbury, Brightflame getting kicked in the mouth, Warren Buffet and others in the Upper Middle Class, how to take notes on an iPad, dragging your enemy by the foot, and the rare happy ending. "Dunk and Egg" song via Ser Daniel Preston.

Direct download: 2013-02-04_BGaS_Episode_82_Dunk2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Ivan and Red enter the world of Dunk and Egg to discuss the first part of The Hedge Knight! This week Ivan and Red discuss spitting words into brain holes, infallibility, "on accident" vs "by accident", another question from Andrea Boettcher via Chuck Klusterman, the correct time to read Dunk & Egg, Ivan's childhood teeth brushing policy, Lady puppeteers, tall drinks of water, more Star Wars prequel talk, ransoming armor, and more more more. Next week we'll cover the rest of The Hedge Knight. "Dunk and Egg" song via Ser Daniel Preston.

Direct download: 2013-01-28_BGaS_Episode_81_Dunk1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:11pm PDT

In this, their 80th episode, Ivan & Red discuss the show's origins, which GoT character they would punch in the face, their top 5 albums of all time, whether or not Ivan hooks up with female comics, and so much more! This was a real treat of an episode for us to do, if you have any feedback, hit us up at or on twitter @boarsgoreswords. Next week we start the tales of Dunk and Egg. Join us!

Direct download: 2013-01-21_BGaS_Episode_80_QandA.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

To coincide with the Golden Globes, Ivan & Red host a podcast of much greater relevance! The boys are joined by Julia Prescott and David Child of the Friday Night Film School podcast to take a look at the 18 movies that Ivan happened to see theatrically in 2012! It's a great cluster of a discussion, so feel free to add your own voice by yelling at us in disagreement in your own car, gym, or workplace!

Direct download: 2013-01-14_BGaS_Episode_79_2012_movies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:18pm PDT

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is given a thorough going over by Ivan, Red, and returning guest Sean Keane! They discuss Radagast, HFR 3D, cautionary tales of Trick or Treating, the worst Indiana Jones, Riding Miss Daisy, The Hobbit vs. Game of Thrones, prequels of all varities, perfect casting for Bilbo and the Goblin King, and more. Great episode.

Direct download: 2013-01-07_BGaS_Episode_78_The_Hobbit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:45pm PDT

The long promised competent pilot edition! It's a strange alternate universe where Ivan & Red are familiar with the show being discussed! They can name Maesters! They can name Theons! They can name all 5.5 Stark children! It truly is a brave new world. Also discussed are Django Unchained (no spoilers), Wool by Hugh Howey, and so much more!

Direct download: 2012-12-31_BGaS_Episode_77_S01E01_competent.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27pm PDT

Ivan and Red join together for this cozy Christmas special, the truly excellent 2010 Matt Smith Doctor Who episode "A Christmas Carol". With no guests to impede their internal madness, they cover a real treasure of a Christmas episode.

Direct download: 2012-12-24_BGaS_Episode_76_WYSBW_DrWhoXmas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm PDT

This episode it's Please, Please, Don't Kill Me, the Game of Thrones game show featuring favorite Caitlin Gill, Kelly Anneken, and of course Ivan and Red. Adam McLaughlin joins us for the Fake the Listner Challenge, The Sayer of Surveys will make you wonder what the Bannermen were thinking, Pass Phrase will have you snorting whenever "Double Dragon" is mentioned, and thanks to Lightning Round you will never forget Joffrey's last name.

Direct download: 2012-12-10_BGaS_Episode_74_s2_gameshow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm PDT

Which reigns supreme: Railroad's original text or Weiss and Benioff's visually stunning adaptation? Third chair Kelly Anneken joins Ivan and Red as they end any possible debate with their exhaustive comparison! Also hear the newest entry in the Dan Preston Memorial Song Competition (Put 'Em on the Glass), discussion about the Boars, Gore, and Swords wiki, and so much more.

Direct download: 2012-12-02_BGaS_Episode_73_Clash25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

The last 3 chapters y'all! Ivan and Red take it to the back cover talking about Elmar and his princess, Tyrion gets Matrixed, Tysha makes a comeback, fire fights back, Alvie Singer, Railroad hates the Eagle(s), third eye twenty twenty, Rickon being cast aside, and more. A great end to a long book.

I&R are taking a week off for the Thanksgiving, but let them know what you want to hear from them when they come back! WYSBW? ASOIAF short stories? Miriam-Webster fan faction? Let us know at!

Direct download: 2012-11-19_BGaS_Episode_72_Clash24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Arya X, Sansa VIII, and Theon VI. The Third Chair herself returns! Miss Kelly Anneken is back along with Red and Ivan to discuss Javier Bardem, The Bloody Companions, scar belly, Old Nan, Young Nan, time travel, crime & punishment, treason squared, Crystal Pepsi, Art Deco the Movie, fan fiction of fan fiction, Ivan's neighbors having sex while recording, Nan branded a traitor to the north, and more! Next week: stop reading when you hit maps or genealogy.

Direct download: 2012-11-12_BGaS_Episode_71_Clash23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm PDT

Tyrion XIV, Sansa VII, and Daenerys V. Red and Ivan are joined by the great Kevin O'Shea to discuss Archers, Sterling Archer, arrow shafts, the movie Shaft, how more Banners should be weapons, the DOABA (Defense Of Armed Banditry Act), the feasibility of river chains, Danzig/Railroad crossover, Ser Mandy Moore, Lancel's wimpyness, Ser Dontos the Unreliable Narrator, and Passive Aggressive Assassins. Next week Arya X, Sansa VIII, and Theon VI.

Direct download: 2012-11-05_BGaS_Episode_70_Clash22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm PDT

Davos III, Tyrion XIII, and Sansa VI. Red and Ivan are joined by the HYSTERICAL Sean Keane to discuss The Sacking Song, The Hobbit movie, Microsoft's Zune, Spy Horse, apologies to Mark Hamill, The Onion Knight's REAL backstory, Scorpions the weapon along with Scorpions the scorpions, Wooden Wings Wooden Words, and so much more. This is a great one, get ready to re-listen. Next week Tyrion XIV, Sansa VII, and Daenerys V.

Direct download: 2012-10-29_BGaS_Episode_69_Clash21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14pm PDT

Catelyn VII, Theon V, and Sansa V. Red and Ivan discuss talking cattle, Iain M. Banks' Culture series, just asking for money from rich people, Mark Hamill's Joker, "no sons but Robb", Theon trickery, some arrogently incerted politics, Karstark madness, Caitlin's shit-kicking, Craig Kilborn as Jaime Lannister, Jaime's fidelity, Theon's bad job at empathy, Zombie dinner, buffets, and so much more. It's a good one! Next week: Davos III, Tyrion XIII, Sansa VI.

Direct download: 2012-10-22_BGaS_Episode_68_Clash20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm PDT

Sansa IV, Jon VII, and Tyrion XII. Red and Ivan discuss another GREAT Dan Preston song (It's a Shame), Sci-Fi/Fantasy rift, get a false start on the battle of Blackwater Bay, pour-over coffee from SF to London, The Hound's literal butchery, Doug Stanhope, Health Care, Sansa wedding and bedding, Jon Arbuckle and his Direwolf Ghost, Super Smash Bros at the Wall, Death of a Squire, and flesh-stabbing. Next week: Catelyn VII, Theon V, and Sansa V.

Direct download: 2012-10-15_BGaS_Episode_67_Clash19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm PDT

Tyrion XI, Theon IV, and Jon VI. Ivan and Red cover an awesome knit cap sent to us by Kimberly Brown, Shagga tousling Tyrion's hair, too many Aegons, Cersei's poor staffing ability, the Greyjoy's acting like 8-year olds playing soccer, 3-eyed babies, Lamborghinis and Hyundai Accents, Theon's memory relating to which wife he banged, more climbing, a Game of Thrones MMO, and Bael the Bard! Next Week: Sansa IV, Jon VII, Tyrion XII.

Direct download: 2012-10-08_BGaS_Episode_66_Clash18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm PDT

NOTE: The movie "Looper" is discussed in the beginning, if you don't want any spoilers, listen to Dan Preston's amazing song and then skip ahead to 9 minutes, 29 seconds.

Bran VI, Arya IX, and Daenerys IV. Red and Ivan discuss discuss Looper, the fact that Ivan has never seen Shawshank Redemption, Dan Preston's amazing "Wildlings" song, Bran never played Starcraft, Railroad dating fans, riding Zebras, horse-buying coins, mini Timothy Leary and shade of the evening, much foreshadowing in the House of the Undying, a Splendor of Wizards, and more! Bonus: Listen to the end to hear what Red and Ivan are wearing!

Next week Tyrion XI, Theon IV, and Jon VI.

Direct download: 2012-10-01_BGaS_Episode_65_Clash17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:25pm PDT

Jon V, Tyrion X, and Catelyn VI. Ivan and Red cover Viacom's trouble with music licenses, Ivan sings the Star Trek theme with lyrics, Rattleshirt, Night's Watch and the lack of morse code, Sam mentioning Uncle Benjen, Friendship Knives, ChronoShit (no typo), Varys's closet of costumes and fear or magic, Tywin's sexual technique, and more!

Join us next week for Bran VI, Arya IX, and Daenerys IV.

Direct download: 2012-09-24_BGaS_Episode_64_Clash16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:16pm PDT

Daenerys III, Tyrion IX, and Davos II. Ivan and Red are joined by the official 3rd chair Kelly Anneken to discuss Iron Lungs, Lana Wachowski, announcement of our live podcast recording for the premiere of Season 3, hippie grocery stores, homeopathy, failed attempts at pronouncing Quaithe, the Warlock/Roomba connection, Joffrey's preserved genitalia collection, Kelly's support of the Sansa/Hound relationship, Ser Cortnay Penrose on Arsenio Hall, and some unfortunate Pokémon references.

Join us next week for Jon V, Tyrion X, and Catelyn VI.

Direct download: 2012-09-17_BGaS_Episode_63_Clash15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Theon III, Arya VIII, and Catelyn V. Ivan and Red cover their poor grammar, an amazing new theme submission from Daniel Preston, a bannerman who actually works for the Railroad, The Raid: Redemption, the whereabouts of Ser Barristan Selmy, and so much more. Next week Daenerys III, Tyrion IX, and Davos II.

Direct download: 2012-09-10_BGaS_Episode_62_Clash14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:10pm PDT

Catelyn IV, Jon IV, Bran V, and Tyrion VIII. Ivan and Red cover the barrage of Tyrion, the importance of candles, excessively specific gods, Jon following Lassie to the well, Jojen's worthlessly ambiguous dreams, and Lannister compliments being the sinister sound of your inevitable doom. Next week it's Theon III, Arya VIII, and Catelyn V.

Direct download: 2012-09-03_BGaS_Episode_61_Clash13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:52pm PDT

Arya VII, Catelyn III, and Sansa III. Ivan and Red cover Toxoplasmosis, the link between cats and prohibition, Pomplamoose's "single ladies" cover, geocities vs angelfire, some very metal tower names, Harrenhal on tv vs book, Sauroman interior designer, and so much more! Next week, we cover four chapters: Catelyn IV, Jon IV, Bran V, and Tyrion VIII.

Direct download: 2012-08-27_BGaS_Episode_60_Clash12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm PDT

Daenerys II, Bran IV, and Tyrion VII are covered this week. Ivan and Red cover Gouda, Cabernet, Daenerys in Qarth, Peyote, marching bands, Guy Branum's laugh, tax evasion, Robert Baratheon's death, and so much more. Matt Murdick of Podcast Winterfell's great remix is played, and we ask again for more theme song submissions to Next week is Arya VII, Catelyn III, and Sansa III.

Direct download: 2012-08-20_BGaS_Episode_59_Clash11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28am PDT

Tyrion VI and Arya VI this week as a result of Red writing down the wrong chapters in last weeks show notes. Red and a near-comatose Ivan cover Outside Lands, Total Recall, Shagga's bathing, Cats with two-sided axes, Yo Gabba Gabba themed wedding, Eat No Evil and much more. Next week it's Daenerys II, Bran IV, and Tyrion VII.

Direct download: 2012-08-13_BGaS_Episode_58_Clash10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07am PDT

Jon III and Theon II. Ivan and Red cover the Colors RadioLab, The Dark Knight Rises, disemboweling, the grossest dude in the Night's Watch, a fleshy abacus, lactose, Railroad's favorite sexual position, and more! Next week is Tyrion VI and Arya VI.

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Direct download: 2012-08-06_BGaS_Episode_57_Clash9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm PDT

Bran III and Catelyn II. To make two of the most *riveting* POVs more exciting we brought in Kelly Anneken to join Ivan and Red. We cover Ivan's vision board, bangable ladies vs bangable dudes, The Wire, Yara, Ivan's replacement and the real definition of "Ermine Mantile". Next week Jon III and Theon II.

Direct download: 2012-07-30_BGaS_Episode_56_Clash8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm PDT

Sansa II, Arya V, and Tyrion V. Ivan and Red cover Jeyne Poole dying in pre-production, cat-humans and spider-cats, crow food, yielding, patchouli, dumb Gendry, Ernest Hemingway and more!

Direct download: 2012-07-23_BGaS_Episode_55_Clash7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Tyrion III, Bran II, and Tyrion IV. Ivan and Red cover Geriatric Naked Ladies, Tyrion's internal brilliance, theater jumping, The Amazing Spider-Man, the wine sink, Shae's task, Ironbelly and more!

Direct download: 2012-07-16_BGaS_Episode_54_Clash6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:54pm PDT

Dany I, Jon II, Arya IV covered. done. Ivan and Red discuss Community/GoT crossovers, the SF Comedy Scene, parties Red didn't go to, bloody chest extremities, sexually inappropriate ages, purple eyes, sheep, tasting corpses, and good raper bad raper. Next week is a Bran sandwich with Tyrion III, Bran II, and Tyrion IV.

Direct download: 2012-07-10_BGaS_Episode_53_Clash5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm PDT

Arya III, Davos I, and Theon I get chatted up by Ivan and Red. They discuss the specifics of "Making Water", stealing food, being too angry to eat, knuckle necklace, Seaworth Siblings, the true meaning of "We Do Not Sow", and Greyjoy entitlement! Next week we cover Daenerys I, Jon II, and Arya IV.

Direct download: 2012-07-02_BGaS_Episode_52_Clash4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Jon I, Catelyn I, and Tyrion II are covered. Ivan and Red are the ones doing it. They discuss John Romita Jr., skipping Jon's chapters, the next Craig Kilborn, Redwyn Karscott, Cowboy Bebop, Tarly's excessive cowardice, Doin' Math w/Red Scott, Mormont's Torch, and more. Next week we cover Arya III, Davos I, and Theon I.

Direct download: 2012-06-25_BGaS_Episode_51_Clash3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:38pm PDT

Tyrion I, Bran I, and Arya II are covered in this episode with the 3rd voice of the podcast, Miss Kelly Anneken. We discuss sisterly Lannister greetings, the true meaning of "The Tower of the Hand", smallfolk, Smallville, and small puns. Next week we cover Jon I, Catelyn I, and Tyrion II. For the prequel novellas mentioned in the show, there's "The Hedge Knight" in Legends: Stories By The Masters of Modern Fantasy, "The Sworn Sword" in Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King, and "The Mystery Knight" in Warriors 1.

Direct download: 2012-06-18_BGaS_Episode_50_Clash2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm PDT

Prologue, Arya I, and Sansa I are covered in our first Clash of Kings book club episode. Even so early in the book, differences in the book and show emerge, as we cover Stannis wife! Stannis' Daughter! Patches, Hot Pie, The Rainbow Guard, Arya throwing down, smart Sansa, a non-douchey Kingsguard, and so much more. Next week we cover Tyrion I, Bran I, and Arya II.

Direct download: 2012-06-11_BGaS_Episode_49_Clash1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm PDT

Sean Keane joins Ivan and Red to cover All Men Must Die, AKA "Valar Morghulis". We talk about Littlefinger the middle ages pick up artist, Varys hiring a nonexistent person, Robb marrying that Chaplin girl, Theon passing Speech 101, FACELESS DUDE, and the pay-per-view battle of Michael Stipe vs Dragons.

Direct download: 2012-06-04_BGaS_Episode_48_2x10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:22am PDT

The Battle of Blackwater Bay with guest Colleen Watson (@colleen_watson) along with Ivan and Red! They cover the Hound's PTSD, Cersei's drunk acting, Stannis going from Accountant to awesome, Kirk Cameron's optimism, great speeches and more. Follow @mhunger on twitter and review us on iTunes!

Direct download: 2012-05-28_BGaS_Episode_47_2x09.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:02pm PDT

Miss Anneken is back! Kelly joins Ivan and Reddit Scott to cover Season 2, Episode 8 of Game of Thrones, "The Prince of Winterfell". The trio discuss Dan harmon, Star Wars drinking games, THE COOLEST CHARACTER EVER, how stupid Qarth is, and so much more.

Direct download: 2012-05-21_BGaS_Episode_45_2x08.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53am PDT

Katie Compa joins Ivan and Red to cover Season 2, Episode 7 of Game of Thrones, "A Man Without Honor". This ep the show dog makes herself heard the first few minutes, then we discuss Theon getting stood up, Theon's teeth, the crazy King, head chops, blue balls, a plague cart, treating the wounded men well, Jorah's return, Harrenhall's Hanging Cart and much, much more.

Direct download: 2012-05-14_BGaS_Episode_45_2x07.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:59am PDT

Back to basics with Ivan and Red as they cover Season 2, Episode 6 of Game of Thrones, "The Old Gods and The New". Keeping it at a tight 73 minutes, we still manage to fit in Theon and his castle taking, Arya being good at Improv but bad at planning, the maid from Downton Abbey, The Wildlings, The Spice King, Junior Prom North of the Wall, and much more.

Direct download: 2012-05-07_BGaS_Episode_44_2x06.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15pm PDT

Delightful X-Play and Chelsea Handler writer Guy Branum joins Red and Ivan to cover Season 2, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones. At great length we cover R'hllorism, which part of the map Stannis and Melisandre fucked up on, whether Loras was a bottom, sexual identity in fantasy, Pyromancers, a Qarth art opening, Michael Stipe in The Fall, and so much more.

Direct download: 2012-04-30_BGaS_Episode_43_2x05.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50pm PDT

Ivan and Red cover Season 2, Episode 4 of Game of Thrones. We discuss the appearance of our Westerosi selves, the best sound engineer, Joffrey having no idea how to work a crossbow and going full Clockwork Orange, the return of The Mountain, Fat Vizzini, a whole new meaning to firecrotch, and more!

Direct download: 2012-04-22_BGaS_Episode_42_2x04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55pm PDT

Ivan and Red ride in two days late with twice the episode to cover Season 2, Episode 3 of Game of Thrones. We talk Craster kickin' some Snow around, Luwin being a muggle, how Brianne's more qualified to give it to Marjorie Tyrell than Renly, Sansa's acting skills, the most accommodating wife ever, the drowned god and so very much more. We're late. We're sorry. It will probably happen again.

Direct download: 2012-04-18_BGaS_Episode_41_2x03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:16am PDT

Caitlin Gill (@caitlinistall) is back with Ivan and Red to cover Season 2, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones! We discuss felling our enemies with Sword Tiaras, Skyrim's influence on Game of Thrones, Arya's Meg Ryan haircut, Gendry's makeover, the testicle CG crew, Varys's lack of mustache, the rule of threes, potatoes, and listen all the way to the end for a brief but special post script.

Direct download: 2012-04-08_BGaS_Episode_40_2x02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm PDT

We're back to our roots, with Ivan and Red covering the season premiere of Game of Thrones. We talk secret previews, Sam Tarley's auditioning skills, STANNIS, Peter Dinklage acting into a mirror, sibling love, Joffrey coming into his own as King, bastard murder montage, CGI budget related to Dire Wolf growth, and so much more.

Direct download: 2012-04-02_BGaS_Episode_39.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:49am PDT

Sean Keane and Caitlin Gill join Ivan and Red for Red Loves Game of Thrones! Sean discusses watching all 9 Oscar movies in a row (with a break to perform at Cobb's), Lex Luthor in a power suit, how Red will never watch Lost, and finishing with a Game of Thrones themed Leonard Maltin Game with excessive talk of rotation. Playing of The Leonard Maltin is courtesy of Doug Benson, who has much more Len Maltin as well as incredible guests on his podcast Doug Loves Movies.

Direct download: 2012-03-26_BGaS_Episode_38.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

What You Should Be Watching - Steven Moffat/Matt Smith Doctor Who edition. Ivan and Red cover The Doctor, Tardises, Daleks, sweaty English heroes, deep-fried pizza, poor stranger danger policy, Douglas Adams, and more!

Direct download: 2012-03-19_BGaS_Episode_37.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

What You Should Be Watching - Downton Abbey edition. Ivan & Red invite Kelly over to discuss the topic of her original podcast Up Yours, Downstairs. In the LONGEST BGaS episode to date, they cover many hats, Maggie Smith, hat related posture, an extended discourse on corsets, and much more.

Direct download: 2012-03-12_BGaS_Episode_36.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

In their second "What You Should Be Watching" episode, Ivan & Red cover BBC's Sherlock, created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. We talk comparisons to House MD, the third greatest Conan, the disappointing RDJ Sherlock, the movie Hackers, and more!

Direct download: 2012-03-05_BGaS_Episode_35.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Kelly joins Ivan & Red as they set media against media in an effort to determine the supremacy of either the book or the tv version of Railroad's Game of Thrones. WHO IS BETTER? Book Tyrion vs Show Tyrion, Book Daenerys vs Show Daenerys, book food vs show food and more!

Direct download: 2012-02-27_BGaS_Episode_34.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

SPECIAL ONE-OFF TV CLUB, Misfits edition. Having suffered a last minute cancellation, Ivan & Red introduce E4's Misfits, a show that can be described as the anti-"Heroes". Ivan and Red cover calling "Hero Academy" "Academy of Heroes" (look Red up on redson3), the Origin of Misfits, Redshirt Gary, American usage of Chav, The Jeremy Pyles Show, parkour, terrible BBC special effects, and more.

Direct download: 2012-02-20_BGaS_Episode_33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:26pm PDT

Ivan and Red bring our first book covered to a close, covering pp 772-807 (Jon, Cat, Daenerys). Jon (and Red) get Tarly'd, Jon Snow is slowed down by his brooding, oath-breakin' food, the plural for Pegasus, Robb in the third Person chapters, babies in Plate Mail, Hoster Tully looking like Harrison Ford, Belly Crabs, Kings Clashing, Jorah being honorable for a moment, Mustache rings, aaaaand Dragons.

Direct download: 2012-02-13_BGaS_Episode_32.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm PDT

I and R cover pp 741-771 (Sansa, Daenerys, Tyrion). They discuss The Darkness, Red conveys a half remembered NPR story about the missing Apollo 11 tapes, Ser Marc Meryn, Joffrey the pick-up artist, Daenerys the Enthusiastic and Determined, Mirri Maz Duur gets real, the biggest beard since Gandalf, and book Tyrion and TV Tyrion become one. Next week we cover THE REST OF THE BOOK AKA pp 772-807 (Jon, Cat, Daenerys).

Direct download: 2012-02-06_BGaS_Episode_31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm PDT

Ivan and Red cover Daenerys, Arya, and Bran (702-740). They talk about Jorah's poor fashion sense, Arya going Oliver Twist, Bran noting people don't fight very well, Bran suggesting a two man Power Ranger-like assemblage of himself and Hodor, and The Kings of Winter. Next week we cover Sansa, Daenerys, Tyrion (pp 741-771).

Direct download: 2012-01-30_BGaS_Episode_30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm PDT

Sean Keane (@LLCoolS) joins Ivan and Red covering pages 665-701 (Daenerys, Tyrion, Catelyn). We discuss beheadings, the Bechdel test, Mercy Men, Khal Dr(Ogo), Shea, Tyrion Halfman, Robb's chapter, and more. Next week we cover pages 702-740 (Daenerys, Arya, Bran).

Direct download: 2012-01-23_BGaS_Episode_29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am PDT

Ivan & Red march toward Neds end, covering pages 618-664. We discuss the Steve Jobs of Westeros, Horror & Slobber, Thoros of Myr, Carl Vance, mispronouncing "sigil", the Kingsguard becoming ornamental, faces exploding into moths and more. We also mention the Tales of Dunk and Egg. Next week 665-701 (Daenerys, Tyrion, Catelyn).

Direct download: 2012-01-16_BGaS_Episode_28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm PDT

Kelly's back with Ivan and Red to cover 568-617 (Bran, Daenerys, Catelyn, and Tyrion). We cover some Karstarks, wine tasting in Dothrak, russian arms dealer Robb, Bran's bowls turning to water, and Tywin chatting up some hill people. Listen until the end to find out about Kelly's new project. Next week we cover 618-664 (Sansa, Eddard, Catelyn, Jon).

Direct download: 2012-01-09_BGaS_Episode_27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:23pm PDT

This week Ivan & Red are all over 523-567 (Eddard, Arya, Sansa, Jon). They discuss Cantonese vs Mandarin, remembering to follow "the right of the game", Ivan drops a string of impressive sounding bands, Stark learns he lacks the upper hand, Syrio is WAY more badass in text, Sansa sets new records for obliviousness, and Jon… kicks… Thorne… in… the… soup. Next week we cover pp 568-617 (Bran, Daenerys, Catelyn, and Tyrion).

Direct download: 2012-01-02_BGaS_Episode_26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:13pm PDT

Chapters covered this episode by Ivan and Red occur between pp 480-522 (Eddard, Daenerys, Eddard, Jon). We revisit Ned's dream AGAIN, *something* happens to Robert from groin to nipple, Daenerys has a midnight snack, Viserys gets what was promised, and Jon gets the shaft. Next week we cover pp 523-567 (Eddard, Arya, Sansa, Jon).

Direct download: 2011-12-26_BGaS_Episode_25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:37pm PDT

Kevin O'Shea (on twitter at @iamkevinoshea) joins Ivan and Red cover pp 431-479 (Catelyn, Jon, Tyrion, Eddard, Sansa). We revisit Ned's dream sequence at the behest of our listeners, Tyrion's trial by combat, religious overtones, Jon saving Tarley, Eddard sitting on a throne, and Sansa reading Tiger Beat. Next week we cover pp 480-522 (Eddard, Daenerys, Eddard, Jon).

Direct download: 2011-12-19_BGaS_Episode_24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Ivan and Red are joined by friend of the show Kelly Anneken in covering pp 385-430 (Daenerys, Bran, Tyrion, and Eddard). We cover six-breasted statues, John Carter, sweeping stables with 10,000 brooms, A People's History of Westeros, Eskimo Bloodriders, anachronistic sluts, the Dothraki General Sherman, The Smoking Pole and much more. Listening to this podcast is an implicit contractual agreement to any and all business ideas expressed herein(jk). Next week we cover pp 431-479 (Catelyn, Jon, Tyrion, Eddard, Sansa)

Direct download: 2011-12-12_BGaS_Episode_23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm PDT

Ivan and Red cover pp 338-384 (Arya, Eddard, Catelyn, and Eddard). Arya kisses some cats, Myrcella and Tommen are pugs, Barristan Selmy is agreeable, The Faceless Men charge a fortune, Catelyn CLIMBS AND CLIMBS AND CLIMBS, and Eddard sees some guards about a horse. Next week we cover pp 385-430 (Daenerys, Bran, Tyrion, and Eddard).

Direct download: 2011-12-05_BGaS_Episode_22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:44pm PDT

Ivan and Red cover pp 293-337 (Sansa, Eddard, & Tyrion). Sansa is struck dumb by a plethora of things, Petyr is creepy, Eddard and Varys talk shop, Ivan and Red discuss Stand-up comedy the role-playing game, and Tyrio- HOLY SHIT WHY DOES HE HAVE AN AXE?!. Next week we cover pp 338-384 (Arya, Eddard, Catelyn, and Eddard).

Direct download: 2011-11-28_BGaS_Episode_21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34pm PDT

Ivan & Red cover pp 250-292 (Eddard, Jon, Eddard, Cat). Maester Pycelle does a good job of making himself seem untrustworthy, internal Ned is a genius, Sam Tarley the two-eyed craven weighs in at 280 lbs, the bullheaded bastard makes a bull head, and Cat calls her bannermen just to catch up. Next week we'll be reading pp 293-337 (Sansa, Eddard, Tyrion).

Direct download: 2011-11-21_BGaS_Episode_20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39am PDT

Ivan and Red cover Tyrion, Arya, Daenerys, and Bran (pp 203-249). Tyrion kicks it at the wall, Arya gets her dad to sign her up for dance class, Daenerys learns to ride, and Bran kicks it with Old Nan. Next week we'll be reading 250-292 (Eddard, Jon, Eddard, Cat).

Direct download: 2011-11-14_BGaS_Episode_19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:54pm PDT

Ivan and Red cover Catelyn, Jon, and Eddard (pp 165-202). We get raving ravens from the Bannermen, The Spider and Littlefinger are introduced, Mimi from a Podcast of Ice and Fire says hey on our Facebook page, Jon keeps digging for an upside to the wall, and Eddard meets his future Eskimo brother. For questions, comments, or criticism, emails us at Next week we'll be reading 203-252.

Direct download: 2011-11-07_BGaS_Episode_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24am PDT

Ivan and Red *chover* chapters Catelyn, Sansa, Eddard, and Bran (pp 128-164). Catelyn freaks out over Bran, Sansa goes sweet valley high on her dreamy sociopath, Eddard is a Lady killer, and Bran goes on an LSD trip with the 3-eyed crowed of happiness. Send comments, questions, corrections, feedback to @boarsgoreswords on twitter or email

Direct download: 2011-10-31_BGaS_Episode_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:26pm PDT

Ivan & Red cover pages 93-127, AKA Jon, Daenerys, Ned, and Tyrion. Shout out to Lydia spoiling a major character death for us. Catelyn shits in inappropriate places, Jon & Tyrion head off to the wall. Eddard Bros out with the Robert. Send us comments, questions, or feedback at @boarsgoreswords on twitter or

Direct download: 2011-10-24_BGaS_Episode_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:01am PDT

Ivan and Red are joined again by comedian Sean Keane as we cover Game of Thrones chapters Catelyn 2, Arya 1, Bran 2, and Tyrion 1 (pp 58-92. Come with us as Catelyn gets naked enough to make Ros blush, Arya establishes her sexual identity, we watch bran lose his grip for five pages, and Tyrion orders breakfast.

Direct download: 2011-10-17_BGaS_Episode_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34pm PDT

Ivan and Red cover chapters Daenerys 1, Eddard 1, and Jon 1 (pp 28-57). With Ivan back, R&I summarize the game show as well as emails from the Bannermen. We cover Daenerys youth, Illyrio's creepiness, Khal's Manse, the Stark's Dourness, and Jon's drunkenness. Contact us on twitter at @boarsgoreswords or via email at

Direct download: 2011-10-10_BGaS_Episode_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm PDT

Red hosts our first ever Game of Thrones Gameshow at Murphy's Pub in San Francisco. Guest panelists include Ivan, Kelly Anneken, and Ryan Cronin, along with voice and co-writer Adam McLaughlin. We join the gameshow in progress for some GoT hysteria.

Direct download: 2011-10-03_BGaS_Episode_13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm PDT

Ivan and Red cover the Game of Thrones BOOK prologue and first two chapters (Brand and Catelyn). They also discuss Dinklage winning an emmy, blurbs, the original Zsa Zsa Gabor of the Wall, White Walkers talking, Stark family game night, and more. Intro music is by Judgement Day. Contact us at or on twitter at @boarsgoreswords.

Direct download: 2011-09-26_BGaS_Episode_12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:52pm PDT

Kelly Anneken is back with Ivan and Red for the Game of Thrones Season 1 re-cap. Hear Red confuse Doc Brown with Doc Holliday, Ivan's haircut,, Drogo's lame death, terrible descriptions of Lord of The Rings, George RR Martin infusing himself into Game of Thrones, pikes always win over swords, Red's Kermit/John C Reilly impression, along with best sex scene, best death, and best dinklage moment. Contact us on twitter at @boarsgoreswords or email us at

Direct download: 2011-09-12_BGaS_Episode_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56pm PDT

Ivan and Red cover the final episode of season 1 of Game of Thrones along with guest Lydia Popovich. We cover our first four star review, the pre and post Sean Keane era, Walder vs Frey, Valyrian Steel, Hodor on the GoT reddit, Garfunkel and Oates, Valyrian scissor hands, Sansa's meth problem, Great John and the King of the north. Contact us at @boarsgoreswords or

Direct download: 2011-08-29_BGaS_Episode_10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56pm PDT

We're joined this week by a guest who had not seen the climactic end of episode 9 until moments we started recording this episode. Sean Keane is a San Francisco Stand Up comic and he has to face up to some very harsh Westeros realities in this week's podcast. We discuss Westeros' shitty villagers, how children are running the entire world, Barristan's nickname, Trojan Zombies, currency exchange, the most harsh bridge toll ever, and much more. This week's intro music by youtube user steviemac2000.

Direct download: 2011-08-22_BGaS_Episode_9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

This week Ivan and Red are joined by our first male guest and comedian Daymon Ferguson. The three discuss Dinklage's immortality, the fact that Owls are officially scary, Bronn as an english pop star, George RR Martin on atkins, Arrya taking down chubby boys, Tarley the Dungeon Master, Lord Commander Frowny Face, a correction from off mic, hereditary treason, The Rickon Reel, Vambies, Zompires, and more. Intro by UKpiano on youtube.

Direct download: 2011-08-15_BGaS_Episode_8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm PDT

This week Ivan and Red discuss THE BANNERMEN, the 3-eyed raven of corrections, Joffrey refusing to raise the debt ceiling, "kneelers", Tyrion jerking off, Dinklage's terrible accent, Tywin Lecter, the oh-so rare double titular line, Littlefinger watching youporn at work, GoT motivational posters (submit yours!), the Golden Cloaks and much more. Comments, questions, and curses should be sent to @boarsgoreswords on twitter or email'd to

Direct download: 2011-08-08_BGaS_Episode_7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:43am PDT

Every time Ivan says "comeuppance", it's time to drink. Natasha Muse joins us this episode to discuss Team Pain Spider, Jain Espenson, the feminists of Westeros, our new business venture, further confusion of dogs and wolves, Khal Newman, the greatest joke premise ever told, Petyr Baelish's terrible whispering, everyone struggling to remember Bronn's name, and trial by battle. Check out Natasha's radio show, Too Soon at FCC Free radio. Intro today was by Dan from Digitapp.

Direct download: 2011-08-01_BGaS_Episode_6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:38am PDT

Ivan and Red cover "The Wolf and The Lion" in the last of the Season 1 GoT episodes directed by Brian Kirk. We're introduced to the Knight of Flowers, some hill people, Varys the big gay cat, giant dragon skulls, and the ultimate attachment parenting. We also cover the shaving of chests and smuckers jam in more depth than was strictly necessary. Intro music is "Learning to Fly" by Arkngthand.

Direct download: 2011-07-25_BGaS_Episode_5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm PDT

This week on Boars, Gore, and Swords we cover Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things with guest Kelly Anneken. We talk about differentiation between Jon Snow/Robb Stark/Theon Greyjoy, Samwell Tarley, the Full Metal Jacket subplot, Viserys's nipple scar, the definition of septum, strong seed, Grand Maester Pycelle's Vaporizer, and much more. Intro by Ramin Djawadi.

Direct download: 2011-07-18_BGaS_Episode_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:02pm PDT

In Episode 3 we discuss as little of Joffrey Baratheon as possible. We do manage to discuss Uncle Fester the eunuch, The Giver, Werther's Originals, Full House, and some Italian Stereotypes. Follow us at @boarsgoreswords and email questions and comments to Intro by Jason Yang.

Direct download: 2011-07-11_BGaS_Episode_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28am PDT

Episode 2, in which Ivan and Red discuss:

Intro music is "The King has Arrived" by Arkngthand, a Game of Thrones tribute metal band.

Direct download: 2011-07-04_BGaS_Episode_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am PDT

1x01: Winter is Coming on Ivan & Red
Discussed herein:
  • Facial Hair!
  • Beheadings!
  • Family lovin!
  • And more!

Art based on work by flickr user Dunechaser, used under Creative Commons license.

Direct download: 2011-06-26_BGaS_Episode_1.mp3
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