A Cast of Kings S1E01 – Winter Is Coming


In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David discuss first episode of the first season of Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming.” Use this chart to follow along with your own book-reading.

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Hit the jump to listen to the episode explaining how to follow along (and download the book chart). 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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