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Last week’s penultimate episode of Game of Thrones season 6 was a surprisingly optimistic hour for a show that generally likes to drag its heroes through the mud before chopping their heads off. For the first time in a long time, maybe even ever, things were kind-of, sort-of, looking up for the more traditional heroes. There’s still a lot of war left to fight and winter is still coming and there’s still an army of the dead amassing in the north, but hey, everyone is Westeros should take whatever little victory they can get.

Game of Thrones season finales tend to act as an hour of clean-up, tying up the loose ends from the typically cataclysmic episode nines while laying the ground work for whatever comes next. So let’s peruse the batch of stills from the final episode of 2016, titled “The Winds of Winter,” and do what fans of this show do best: speculate wildly into the wind.

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Avoiding Game of Thrones spoilers can be a challenge as difficult and unwinnable as the game of thrones itself. If Twitter doesn’t ruin it for you, the headlines the next morning will. If you somehow manage to stay pristine through all that, you’ll probably overhear someone discussing it in the Starbucks line. Or at the office water cooler. Or on the subway. And now, it’s about to get even harder to know nothing.

A new service called Spoiled promises to anonymously text Game of Thrones spoilers to your enemies right after an episode airs. Actually, the company says it’ll send them to “your unsuspecting friends” — but let’s be real, if you hate your victim enough to ruin their favorite show for them, they are probably your friend.  Read More »

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In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David discuss the ninth episode of the sixth season of Game of Thrones,  “Battle of the Bastards.”

Thanks to Adam Wells from the Beyond The Shield podcast for his help in putting this ep together.

If you like the show, feel free to leave us a review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates on the show.
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Game of Thrones prides itself on unpredictability, but the end of each season follows a familiar structure. Episode nine is where things comes to a head — the most shocking deaths, the biggest bombshells, and the bulk of the special effects budget are generally saved for the penultimate entry in each season. And then episode ten is where the season ties up some loose ends, and starts laying the groundwork for the next season.

Last night’s installment, “Battle of the Bastards,” stuck to that usual pattern. We got a long-awaited showdown which may have been the most visually impressive set piece Game of Thrones has ever done. But the show isn’t done with its twists and turns. The Game of Thrones season 6 finale trailer debuted after last night’s episode, and it teases some major developments at King’s Landing and over in the Riverlands.

Obviously, spoilers for the most recent episode of Game of Thrones are ahead. If you haven’t seen “Battle of the Bastards,” come back when you have.  Read More »

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HBO hasn’t been shy about letting everyone know that “Battle of the Bastards” would feature the biggest battle we’ve seen on Game of Thrones and for the most part, it delivered. However, this episode wasn’t just about the action. The bloody showdown between House Stark and House Bolton marked a huge turning point in the fortunes for many of the show’s most important characters and a few major characters were wiped off the game board entirely.

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A Cast of Kings S6E08 – No One

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In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David discuss the eighth episode of the sixth season of Game of Thrones,  “No One.”

Thanks to Adam Wells from the Beyond The Shield podcast for his help in putting this ep together.

If you like the show, feel free to leave us a review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates on the show.
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Every season of Game of Thrones has a weak spot or two, a few episodes where the wheel-spinning becomes a little obvious and transparent. While important things occurred in “No One,” this was undeniably the slowest episode of the show’s sixth season, an hour that pumped the brakes on plot in a big way. To be fair, the episode responded by providing more than its fair share of character development and humor, but it’s fairly obvious that this is intended to be the calm before the storm, the hour where a lot of business gets handled before all hell breaks loose next week.

Let’s sort through that business and discuss what went down.

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Fantasy Flight Games has held the Game of Thrones license since before HBO brought George R.R. Martin‘s beloved and bloody fantasy series to the masses. They’ve done well by the novels, producing a great card game and an even better strategy board game that capture the betrayal and the brutality of Westeros and its always-scheming, generally murderous citizens. And since they got started before the show existed, they have been closely tied to the paper and ink version of this world, depicting the characters and their locations as described in Martin’s text, which often differs significantly from the television version.

This makes their latest Game of Thrones-themed project a gigantic left turn for the company. Game of Thrones: The Trivia Game is exactly what it sounds like – it’s a trivia game built around answering questions from the HBO series. It’s an odd left turn for a company best known for their complex and glossy and deeply dramatic tabletop experiences. This is the kind of game concept you’d expect to see collecting dust at Wal-Mart next to copies of Sorry! and Clue, not the latest release from one of the most prestigious publishers in the business.

And yet, Game of Thrones: The Trivia Game is no half-assed knock-off and it doesn’t represent Fantasy Flight Games cashing in on a valuable license to make a quick buck. Designer Jonathan Ying has taken the most tired of board game concepts, the pop culture knowledge challenge, and injected it with flavor and sophistication. Against all odds, this is a trivia game that actually feels like the show it’s quizzing you about.

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A Cast of Kings S6E07 – The Broken Man

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In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David discuss the seventh episode of the sixth season of Game of Thrones,  “The Broken Man.”

Thanks to Audible for sponsoring us this week! Go to audible.com/acastofkings to get a free 30-day trial. Thanks to Adam Wells from the Beyond The Shield podcast for his help in putting this ep together.

If you like the show, feel free to leave us a review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates on the show.
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