Wed, 25 May 2016
The ink has dried, the book has been written, and the door has closed on the life of Hodor the half-giant. This week's episode of Game of Thrones suffered one of the most emotional losses the show has seen yet and your hosts at The Cast Beyond the Wall are still cleaning up the tissues leading into this week's show. Hodor's sacrifice in The Door won't be forgotten, but we'd be remiss if we didn't talk about some of the other major turns and reveal throughout the episode.
The Cast of Caleb, Daniel, and Austin continue their tradition of inviting a guest to the rotating fourth host spot by talking with the director the upcoming Oklahoma film, Electric Nostalgia. When he's not working on releasing his film or producing his interview web series called Talkies, Jacob is also an avid Game of Thrones watcher with more than a few things to say about the series.
This week's conversation has us talking about the unintended consequences of many of our heroes including the fallout between Sansa and Littlefinger, Bran's misuse of his own powers, and the outcome of the highly anticipated Kingsmoot. Before paying last respects to Hodor, we discuss the implications of Brans impact on the past and how this brings an entirely new element of time travel into the show's DNA. What are the new rules and what does the passing of the Three Eyed Raven mean for Bran?
What are your thoughts on Bran's newfound powers, Hodor's swan song, and the reveal about the white walkers? Join the conversation and let us know what you think!
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The Door Time Stamps
Introductions - :43
Listener Feedback - 6:58
First Thoughts - 9:21
The Kingsmoot - 13:09
Braavos - 21:45
Jorah's Farewell - 27:46
Mereen - 34:04
The Wall - 39:45
White Walker Origins - 49:52
Hold the Door! -56:21
Closing Thoughts - 1:10:26
Wed, 18 May 2016
Game of Thrones season 6 continues to sail its Greyjoy ships full speed ahead in this week's episode Book of the Stranger. Every minute of this episode is packed tight with some of the very best Game of Thrones and The Cast Beyond the Wall brings the fire and the analysis to this week's particularly eventful episode. This week, the Cast is joined by one the co-founders of GoodTrash Media and host of The Film Syllabus, Alexandra Bohannon.
Book of the Stranger featured many crowd pleasing moments, but none as long awaited or emotional as the first Stark Reunion. We laughed, we cried, and somewhere George RR Martin felt a deep disturbance in his source material(probably). At long last, Daniel's dreams of whimsey and Stark victory seemed within grasp right before the rest of the team shuts him down by talking the rather unfortunate demise of Osha at the hands of Ramsey.
Austin coins the term "Post-Martinism" as we discuss the unusually optimistic turn of events in nearly every storyline this week. After being MIA for more than five episodes, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish returns and it looks like he's bringing his army from the Eerie into the fold. After experiencing a moment of uncharacteristic fanboy excited, I discuss what his move could mean for the wars to come.
If all of the other heartwarming cheer moments weren't enough for you, Daenerys finally returned to form by reminding us all why she doesn't need dragons, unsullied, or knight's to be the epic leader that has been promised.
Whether its religious zealotry or Game of Thrones failure to the LGBTQ characters, The Cast Beyond the Wall has this an every episode covered. What did you think of Book of the Stranger? Let us know by commenting below!
Book of the Stranger Time Stamps
Introductions - :34
The Listeners Send Their Ravens - 5:00
Initial Reactions - 9:14
Petyr Baelish returns to the Eerie - 18:08
Winterfell - 26:14
A Stark Reunion at The Wall - 30:17
The Iron Islands - 40:38
King's Landing - 46:18
Mereen - 1:01:00
Daenerys Is Back - 1:04:28
Closing Takeaway Analysis - 1:14:12
Tue, 10 May 2016
The Cast Beyond the Wall returns with more Westerosi recapping goodness this week as they give us the breakdown of season 6 episode 3, Oathbreaker. This Bran's latest dream sequence, Cersei's latest scheme against the Tyrells, and Arya Stark's latest training montage. This week may be lighter on shocking twists and turns, but that doesn't keep it from delivering the old school scheming and verbal sparring that made Game of Thrones a household name.
This week has us delving even further down the R+L=J rabbit hole as Caleb, Austin, and Daniel discuss the highly anticipated battle between Ned Stark and Arthur Dayne. Just before getting to the real meat and potatoes of the flashback, Max von Sydow's Three-Eyed Raven swoops in to remove Bran from the greater mystery of the past.
The rest of Westeros continues to be in a state of decay as King Tommen continues to be the world's biggest pushover, the small council is divided between Lannister and Tyrell, and the North's leadership is slowly crumbling to the feet of Ramsey Bolton. This week continues to be dialog driven set up with a few surprises including the Jon Snow's final decision as the the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.
Essos continues to be a real snooze fest with Arya's training spinning its wheels while Daenerys continues to retread her old narrative stomping grounds.
The show continues to move at a rapid pace and the gang here at The Cast Beyond the Wall are excited to lay out their favorite theories and predictions.
Oathbreaker Time Stamps
Introductions - :17
Overview - 3:47
Daenerys - 9:42
Mereen - 12:26
Braavos - 18:18
Samwell & Gilley - 21:59
King's Landing - 25:43
The Tower of Joy - 38:33
Rickon in Winterfell - 50:37
Jon Snow's Return - 56:46
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Wed, 4 May 2016
Game of Thrones season 6 returned with a notably strong sophomore outing filled major coups, unexpected plot turns, and even a little bit of Tyrion dragon whispering action. The Cast Beyond the Wall is back to recap, theorize, and analyze the scene by scene break down of a scene by scene betrayals.
This week marks the return of the majorly MIA Greyjoys. After being away from the action for years, it looks the House is back to sow some major storylines. What better way to mark the return of the "winner" of the War of the five kings than a good old fashion pirate mutiny. Austin chimes in with his thoughts on Balon's mysterious brother and what it could mean for later in the season.
There are a number of cool moments including Jaime's standoff with High Sparrow, but the really moving and shaking in this episode was happening in the North. In a shocking turn of events, Ramsey Bolton finally crossed the line and took out Roose. We try to decide how many of the Bolton's numbered days are left. We also can't wrap up the discussion without talking Bran's newfound superpower to look into the past or Jon Snow's awakening.
What did you think of the closing moments, and will the Greyjoys make a major return this year? Sound off in comments and we'll read your thoughts on air next week!
Home Time Stamps
Introductions - :44
Listener Raven - 3:41
Initial Impressions - 8:44
Mereen - 15:54
Braavos - 21:34
King's Landing - 24:00
Beyond the Wall - 33:26
Winterfell - 38:43
The Iron Islands - 48:27
The Wall - 55:00
Oathbreaker Preview - 1:12:00
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