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

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The UNTHINKABLE has finally happened, as this podcast proves that, unlike George R.R. Martin, given enough time they can finish a book. They reach the end of A Feast for Crows in their #FeastDance reading. Ivan & Red continue 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 Samwell V (AFFC 46 & The Blind Girl (Arya IV) (ADWD 46). Specific page numbers in various editions can be found here and here.

Direct download: 2018-11-19_BGaS_Episode_318_WYSBW_Patreon_FD41.mp3
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What if HBO made a Sherlock series and half the world didn’t notice? Ivan & Red look into the HBO Asia production, Miss Sherlock. Available through HBO Now/Go, this Japanese production is a must watch for Sherlock fans.

Direct download: 2018-10-01_BGaS_Episode_311_WYSBW_Miss_Sherlock.mp3
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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”.

 

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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 eps1.0_hellofriend.mov.

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.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

Direct download: 2016-08-08_BGaS_Episode_213_WYSBW_FD04.mp3
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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.

 

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

Direct download: 2016-07-04_BGaS_Episode_208_ASoS41.mp3
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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!

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

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

If you enjoy Ivan & Red, support our patreon!

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

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

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

Direct download: 2016-03-28_BGaS_Episode_194_WYSBW_The_Magicians.mp3
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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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

 

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

 “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 PST

“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 PST

“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 PST

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 PST

“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 PST

“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 PST

“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 PST

“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 PST

“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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST