A Cast of Kings – Series Retrospective

David Chen and Joanna Robinson reflect on this epic, touching, improbable, and divisive series that is Game of Thrones, plus this podcast that they have made to accompany it. Thank you for listening.

Listen and subscribe to David’s new podcast –  Culturally Relevant – where he talks with authors, filmmakers, and other culturally relevant figures. You can also listen to his other podcasts Slashfilmcast and Write Along . 

Listen to Joanna’s other podcasts Storm of Spoilers (currently discussing Lost), Still Watching (currently discussing Big Little Lies) , and Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men

Music in this episode comes from Jenny Owen Youngs. To download more of her original Game of Thrones songs, go to Buffering the Vampire Slayer.

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A Cast of Kings S8E6 – The Iron Throne

It’s the final page of A Song of Ice and Fire. David Chen and Joanna Robinson watch the finale of the HBO series Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne.” Catch the analysis of the ending by Ben and Jacob of Slashfilm here. Read Joanna’s article on how Lord of the Rings predicted the ending of Game of Thrones here, and the show’s original pitch to HBO here. Read George R.R. Martin’s 2014 interview in the Rolling Stone. And look at how Martin had envisioned the real iron throne here.
Listen and subscribe to David’s new podcast –  Culturally Relevant – where he talks with authors, filmmakers, and other culturally relevant figures. Check out Joanna’s Lost recap on ”A Storm of Spoilers.
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A Cast of Kings S8E5 – The Bells

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All bell breaks loose! David Chen and Joanna Robinson watch the fifth episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, “The Bells.” Catch the Slashfilm Daily recap of the divisive episode here. Read the post on Medium about why pop culture fans feel threatened by disagreement here.

Watch David’s original meme “Snickers ad” here.

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The battle may have ended but the war for the throne is just about to start. David Chen and Joanna Robinson watch the fourth episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, “The Last of the Starks.” Catch Ben and Jacob’s recap of the show on Slashfilm here. Read about Jamie’s baffling choice to leave Winterfell here.

Music in this episode comes from Jenny Owen Youngs, musician and co-host of the podcast Buffering the Vampire Slayer. Listen to the all the tracks that Jenny has written for A Cast of Kings here.

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A Cast of Kings S8E3 – The Long Night

Brace yourself for an endless night.  David Chen and Joanna Robinson watch the third episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, “The Long Night.” Read about how the battle may have been literally too dark on Vanity Fair. Learn about how Game of Thrones taught us to want death by Willa Paskin.  Read Jacob Hall’s thoughts of the episode on Slashfilm here.

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It’s the night before the storm.  David Chen and Joanna Robinson watch the second episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” Find out about the meaning behind Podrick’s song here. Read Jacob Hall and Ben Pearson’s recap of the episode here.
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A Cast of Kings S8E1 – Winterfell

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It’s the beginning of the end!  David Chen and Joanna Robinson dive into the first episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, “Winterfell.”

Listen to David and Joanna’s recent interview on NPR All Things Considered. Read Joanna’s Vanity Fair article on the Easter eggs in the season premiere, and see her profile in the San Francisco Chronicle. Check out Jacob Hall and Ben Pearson’s Game of Thrones recap here.

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A Cast of Kings – Season 8 Preview

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Game of Thrones is returning and so is A Cast of Kings! In this episode, Joanna Robinson and David Chen discuss discuss how they’ve done their re-watches of the show and talk about the plotlines they are most looking forward to resolving in the 8th and final season of Game of Thrones. Learn more about why Game of Thrones might be the last show we watch together.

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A Cast of Kings – Off-Season Update

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In this special bonus episode of A Cast of Kings, Joanna Robinson and David Chen discuss some off-season developments that have happened in the past week, including George RR Martin’s interview with The Guardian and the new teaser trailer. Check out Joanna’s interview with George RR Martin and stay tuned for the new season of the show and podcast in April 2019.

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A Cast of Kings – Season 7 Review

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Joanna and David discuss details they missed from the season 7 finale and review listener feedback about the whole season.

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