Category Archives: A Song of Ice and Fire

VoK 608: A GameShow of Thrones #2 (ASOIAF Trivia)



What started out as a wholesome round of A Song of Ice and Fire trivia, quickly descends into drunken, isolation-induced mayhem. Vassals Michal (inkasrain), Matt (Varley), Adam (drownedsnow), Hannah (shadow_ baby), David (davidhhh), and Abby (Daceymormont) duke it out for supremacy. Listen at your own peril! 😜

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VoK 604: Will Winter Ever Come? aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead FINALE (Part 107)


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Join the Vassals for the final episode of the reread! We begin with Bina007 delivering some nerd stats about who has hosted which episode. At 16 minutes in we move to a Dance With Dragons trivia quiz hosted by Pops88/Noah. And finally 24 minutes in we delve into a thematic discussion of Dance hosted by Khal Wadege/Michael.

The themes are:
– failing to rule the peace (24 minutes in)
– the journey to yourself (40 minutes in)
– what isn’t there – the others and the dragons (52 minutes in)
– all things prophesy (1hr 3mins in)
– Southern ambitions (1hr 10 mins in)
– Greyscale and Marwyn (1hr 19 mins in)
– The Grand Northern Conspiracy (1hr 29 mins in)
– The rising power of religion (1hr 46 mins in)
– The children of the forest (1hr 55 mins in)
– Thoros of Myr (2hrs 5 mins in)
The hosts are rounded out by Marie/Nymeria – Michael/Khal Wadege – Varley/Matt – Matt/Blu3arm0r and Jock/MunroJock2.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
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VoK 600: The Dance of the Vassals VI aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 106)


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Welcome to the 600th episode of the Vassals of Kingsgrave! We begin with some chat from the VOK Curators  about the status of the fandom and what will come next for VOK in the absence of a new book. Your hosts are Casey/Blue-Eyed-Queen; Hashtag Greg/ClaudiusTheFool; Adam/Drownedsnow; Zack/Alias; Bina007, the Podcast Bard/Jed O’White Hart and a guest appearance from Nadia.

At 41m, we move to the penultimate episode of the reread but the final chapter episode!  We cover the final two linear timeline chapters of A Dance With Dragons – Dany 10 and Jon 13 – both taking place at an unspecified time in late July to – late August 300 AL.  To do so we reunite some of the hosts of the first two episodes of the reread – published back in August 2015 – Thomas/FTWard; Brett/Whiteraven; Michael/Mordion; Matt/Varley and Bina007.  And we also get two special songs from the Podcast Bard.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
Picture credit – HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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VoK 598: Jon Snow’s Endgame aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 105)


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Join us for the penultimate chapter episode of this epic reread! It’s all Jon all of the time as we cover the events of August 13th to 17th 300 AL – Jon 10 (4 minutes in), Jon 11 (38 mins in) and Jon 12 (55 mins in) of A Dance With Dragons. The aftershow begins at 1hr28mins with Game of Thrones spoilers at 1hr29mins.

Your hosts today are Bina007, Nymeria/Maria, DrownedSnow/Adam, Inkasrain/Michal, Blue-Eyed-Queen/Casey and DrBlood/Sara.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
Picture credit – HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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VoK 597: Pipe Down in the Peanut Gallery aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 104)


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As we approach the end of our epic re-read we take time out to wrap up the final TWOW preview chapters. We ended episode 102 with Asha being reunited with Theon in Stannis’ camp in Theon 1. So we begin this episode with the Theon chapter from TWOW that takes place a day later on August 10th We then cover the Alayne 1 (29m) and Mercy (54m) chapters, even though we’re not sure where they fit in the timeline. What this does is finish off the stories (so far!) of the remaining Winterfell kids.

Your hosts today are Bina007, Matt/Blu3arm0r, Varley, Abby/DarceyMormont, Jock/MunroJock2 and Michael/Khal Wadege.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
Picture credit – HBO’s Game of Thrones

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[Theon] TWOW preview chapter text
[Alayne] TWOW preview chapter text
[Mercy] TWOW preview chapter text

VoK 596: A Seminar of Ice and Fire (Part 2) – The Dynamics of Faith



Sara aka DrBlood continues her seminar series examining A Song of Ice and Fire through various theoretical texts. This time, she and the rest of the crew consider whether or not the many central characters in this story have an “ultimate concern,” or an overriding purpose that demands total surrender as Paul Tillich describes in his text, The Dynamics of Faith.

Hosts: Sara (DrBlood), Adam (drownedsnow), and Zach (Alias)

Paul Tillich’s The Dynamics of Faith

This podcast will contain spoilers for all published book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. 

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Edited by Zach (Alias)

Music by Alpine Universe and DrumurBoy

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VoK 595: Ice Skating Uphill aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 103)


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Join your hosts Bina007, Steven/SJLee, Matt/Varley, Matt 2.0/Blu3arm0r, and Michael/Khal Wadege as they wrap up the Winterfell chapters in A Dance With Dragons: A Ghost In Winterfell; Theon 1 and The Sacrifice. These events take place between August 1st and 6th 300 AL.

Music credit – Alpine Universe; Picture credit – Winterfell by Lino Drieghe © Fantasy Flight Games

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all of George’s published works, but not for Game of Thrones.  The aftershow starts at 1hr 34m and contains TWOW spoilers.

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VoK 593: Sacks and the City aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 102)


 

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In this short break from our regular programming, we cover the three TWOW chapters that give us the opening of the Battle of Mereen: Barristan 1, Barristan 2 and Tyrion 2.

Your hosts are Bina007, Matt/Varley, Zander/The Lord Baron, Hannah/Shadowbaby and Jock/MunroJock2.

Music credit – Alpine Universe

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all of George’s published works, but not for Game of Thrones.

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[Barristan 1] Text
[Barristan 2] Con summary
[Tyrion 2] Text

VoK 590: And Seven Times the Man-Baby! aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 101)


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Join Sara/Dr Blood as she corrals her seven nerds – including Reread curator Adam/Drownedsnow; regular contributors Jock/MunroJock2; Matt/Varley; Dan/WitlessChum – and returning OGs – Brett/Whiteraven and Ser Patrick The Tall.  They cover The Kingbreaker/Barristan 3, The Dragontamer/Quentyn 4, and the Queen’s Hand/Barristan 4 from Dance.  These events take place between July 15th and 18th 300 AL.

Music credit – Alpine Universe and Horrible Histories

Picture credit – Dejan Delic on Deviantart

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[Essay] The article Dan mentions on Dany as a tragic Shakespearean hero

VoK 588: Sellswords and Sea Lords aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 100)



The Linear ReRead of A Song of Ice and Fire spends some time with in Essos moving the plot forward one foot at a time. Will Quentyn learn how to train a dragon? What’s a sellsword to do? Does Euron have a pet kraken?

Events take place July 11th-14th.

Barristan 2/The Discarded Knight – Dance – Talks to Quentyn
Quentyn 3/The Spurned Suitor – Dance – Deal with Tattered Prince
Tyrion 12 – Dance – Signs contract with Second Sons
Aeron /The Foresaken – TWOW – Battle against the Redwynes

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Zach (Alias), Marie (Nymeria), Matt (Varley), Michael (Khal Wadege), Matt (blu3armor), Jock (Munrojock2), and Justin (Archibold).

Edited by Adam

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VoK 587: Chekhov’s Horn aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 99)


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Happy New Year Vokkers! Welcome to part 99 of the great linear ASOIAF reread, where we get (blue) balls-deep into the prep for the battle of Mereen, with Barristan 1, Tyrion 11 (26m) and Victarion 1/Victarion 2 (34m) from Dance. There is a discussion of the TWOW chapter, Arianne 2, in the aftershow at 48m. These events take place between July 7th and July 10th 300 AL.

Your hosts are Michael/Khal Wadege; Noah/Pops88; Marie/Nymeria; Jock/MunroJock2; Bina007 and Matt/Varley.

Music credit – Alpine Universe

Picture credit – Abend86 at Deviantart

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VoK 583: Ride or Die! aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 98)


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Join us for the 98th episode of the linear reread. In this sintallment we spend a lot of time on Dany 9 from Dance and we also get into Arianne 1 from Winds. Your hosts are QueenJames, Dr. Blood, Khal Wadege, Gaiden, Pops88, Shadow_baby, Nymeria, Varley, and Bina007.

Spoilers for all ASOIAF including TWOW preview chapters. We also have a GOT show discussion in the aftershow.

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VoK 582: A Buyer’s Market aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 97)


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Join the vassals as we continue our epic linear reread. Tyrion, Penny, and Jorah are sold to Yezzan zo Qaggaz, Dany makes peace with Yunkai, introduces Quentyn to her dragons, attends the opening of the fighting pits and flies away on Drogon. Oh yeah, Arianne is in this episode too…

The episode was split into two parts due to length. In part 1 we review Tyrion 10 and Dany 8 from Dance. In part 2 we spend a lot of time on Dany 9 from Dance and we also get into Arianne 1 from Winds. Your hosts are QueenJames, Dr. Blood, Khal Wadege, Gaiden, Pops88, Shadow_baby, Nymeria, Varley, and Bina007.

Spoilers for all ASOIAF including TWOW preview chapters. We also have a GOT show discussion in the aftershow of part 2.

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VoK 577: Exit Kevan aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 96)


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“No money, mo problems” in Westeros this episode as we wrap up on events in Kings Landing for FeastDance in the Epilogue of Dance. We then head East as Moqorro gives Victarion a fire-arm in Vic 1, before heading to the Wall for Jon 9.  Turns out not paying the Iron Bank is a reaaallly dumb idea.

Your hosts for this episode are Matt (Varley), Bina (Bina007), Adam (drownedsnow), Marie (Nymeria), Hannah (Shadowbaby) and Michael (Khal Wadege.)

Spoilers for all ASOIAF, none for the show, and a clearly flagged discussion of a TWOW chapter in the aftershow at 1 hr 12m.

For those following along at home the next episode will be hosted by QueenJames and will cover Tyrion 10, Dany 8 and Dany 9 with a discussion of a TWOW chapter in the aftershow.

Music credit – Alpine Universe

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VoK 575: The Frog and the Fuckboi aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 95)


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It’s melancholia everywhere as no one feels at home in either Westeros or Essos. Theon and Lady Dustin visit the crypts in The Turncloak, Dany meets Quentyn, fucks Daario and marries Hizdahr in Dany 7 and Arya officially becomes an acolyte in The Ugly Little Girl. These events take place between June 20th and 24th 300 AL.

Your hosts for this discussion are Matt (Varley), Bina (Bina007), Matt (blu3arm0r), Adam (drownedsnow), Marie (Nymeria).

Spoilers for all ASOIAF but no TWOW preview chapters discussion (we mention ‘Mercy’ but no details), and as usual no spoilers for the show.

For those following along at home the next episode will cover the Epilogue, The Iron Suitor/Victarion 1, and Jon 9 from Dance.

Music credit – Alpine Universe

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VoK 572: Delicious Pies and Shameful Walks aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 94)


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VOK discusses some of the best-written and most iconic chapters in A Dance With Dragons in this episode:  A Prince In Winterfell, where Fake Arya weds Ramsay; The King’s Priza/Asha 2 where Stannis’ troops are snowbound (35m); and Cersei 2, in which she makes her Walk of Shame (1hr).  These events take place far apart in the published order but between June 14th and 19th 300 AL.

Your hosts are Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Hannah/Shadowbaby, Michael/Inkasrain, Marie/Nymeria and Jock/MunroJock2.

We spoil A Song of Ice and Fire, but do not spoil the TV show, A Game Of Thrones.

For those following along at home the next episode will cover Theon 5/The Turncloak, Dany 7 and Arya 2/The Ugly Little Girl from Dance.

Music credits – Alpine Universe and The Walking Blues by the legendary blues singer Robert Johnson.

Picture credit – HBO

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VoK 570: The Warlock’s Maze Redux aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 93)



In this episode of our Linear ReRead through A Song of Ice and Fire we leave “A Feast for Crows” behind as it’s all Dance all the time. We discuss how our own memory of some chapters greatly differs from what’s actually in them and how some chapters just don’t have much to say.

Events take place in early June 300.

Tyrion 9 – Dance – Adrift on the Selaesori Qhoran, captured by slavers
The Griffin Reborn/Jon Connington 2 – Dance – Take Griffin’s Roost
Cersei 1 – Dance – Kevan visits Cersei in jail

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Zach (Alias), Matt (Varley), Hannah (Shadowbaby) and Michael (Khal Wadege), and Abby (Daceymormont).

Edited by Adam

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VoK 569: Feast Retrospective #3 aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 92)


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Join us for the final part of our A Feast For Crows recap as we explore the character arcs and potential TWOW storylines of Brienne (2m), the Greyjoys (32m) and Sam (1hr2m).

Your hosts are Matt/Blu3arm0r; Michael/Khal Wadege; Wilson/The Wandering Prophet; Noah/Pops88 and Bina007.

WARNING – No GOT show spoilers, but TWOW spoilers throughout.

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VoK 568: A Seminar of Ice and Fire (Part 1) – Totemism



VoK’s very own Dr Blood begins a series of academic examinations through a Song of Ice and Fire. To start, we take a look at Durkheim’s Elementary Forms of Religious Life–specifically the excerpts where he discusses totemism.*

In addition to sigils and house symbolism/identity, we touch on everything from ethical questions (e.g. the “wolves” and “lions’ ravaging the Riverlands) to tinfoil (just how close are the Targs to dragons??), as well as more character-centric considerations (Dany, her silver, and her eggs; the Starks and their direwolves, etc.)…and anything else we can come up with! What would have happened if the Starks had found another Direwolf for Theon? Is Victarion Greyjoy a Raiders fan? Isn’t the Flayed Man such a bad brand that it would have been changed at some point?

Hosts: Sara (DrBlood), Adam (drownedsnow), Wilson (The Wandering Prophet), and Michael (Khal Wadege).

*Totemism: A system of belief in which humans are said to have kinship or a mystical relationship with a spirit-being, such as an animal… (Britannica.com)

Here’s a link to the Durkheim selections we focus on:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wO5AfgU9rDYdkQ21kI6MvrLO-3g6PRMq

This might also be helpful, especially 4&5: http://durkheim.uchicago.edu/Summaries/forms.html

http://bestiary.ca/

Spoilers: This episode covers all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

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VoK 567: Feast Retrospective #2 aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 91)


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This is the second episode of an epic three part wrap up discussion A Feast For Crows. We begin with asking whether Sansa will become the most dangerous player of the Game of Thrones, the move to a small discussion of Arianne at 22m in, and wrap up with a discussion of Arya at 25m in. The aftershow begins at 37m30s and contains extensive TWOW spoilers.

The next and final episode of this recap will Brienne and the Greyjoys.

Music credit – Alpine Universe. Picture credit – HBO.

Your hosts are: Matt/Blu3arm0r, Noah/Pops88, Michael/Khal Wadege, Wilson/Wandering Prophet, Bina007 and MunroJock2.

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