Category Archives: A Song of Ice and Fire

VoK 718 – Wolfcast – House of the Dragon s1e6 review – Darth Hightower


Join the wolves Bina(007), David(HHH), Hannah (ShadowBaby), Jock (Munrojock2), Marie (Nymeria), Michael (Khal Wadege) and (Ser) Patrick (The Tall), as they review episode 6 of House of the Dragon, “The Princess and the Queen”. We open with a quick intro to the hosts, Marie and Patrick, and then give our lemon cake ratings (6m). We then discuss the choices of Laena (14m); the choices of Rhaenyra and Alicent (28m); the role of Cole and Alicent’s paranoia (38m); the Sith Lord that is Larys Strong (48m); whether or not we’re invested in the kids (57m) and the Lady Jane Grey analogy (1hr2m).

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VoK 716 – Wolfcast – House of the Dragon s1e5 review – Dumb Kids


Join the wolves Bina(007), David(HHH), Elle (Nettles), Jock (Munrojock2), Marie (Nymeria), (Ser) Patrick (The Tall), Sara (Dr Blood) and Zander (The Lord Baron) as they review episode 5 of House of the Dragon, “We light the Way”. We open with our lemoncake ratings out of 5, and then discuss the momentous, if slightly confusing, events of the episode. Discussion includes the character development of Alicent and Criston, Viserys’s legacy, and how dumb all of these kids are. The aftershow starts at 1hr27m. Once again, we will not spoil the TV show as it moved ahead of the books. TW for sexual violence and suicide..

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VoK 713 – Wolfcast – House of the Dragon s1e4 review – The Dysfunctional Bloodworm


Join Bina(007), David(HHH), Elle (Nettles), Hannah (Shadowbaby), Michael (Khal Wadege), (Ser) Patrick (The Tall) and Sara (Dr Blood) as they review ep4 of House of the Dragon. We open with our lemoncake ratings out of 5, and then discuss how sex and power relationships in Westeros are intertwined with and complicate each other by focussing on the following couples: Alicent and Viserys (9m); Viserys and Otto (19m); Alicent and Rhaenyra (26m); Rhaenrya and Daemon (35m); Viserys and Daaemon (48m); Rhaenrya and Criston (52m). The aftershow starts at 1hr9m. Once again, we will not spoil the TV show as it moved ahead of the books.

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VoK 709 – Wolfcast – House of the Dragon s1e3 review


Join Bina007, Elle (Nettles), Hannah (Shadowbaby), Jock (MunroJock2), (Nuncle) Kevin, Marie (Nymeria), Michael (Khal Wadege) and (Ser) Patrick (The Tall) as they review ep3 of House of the Dragon. Once again, we will not spoil the TV show as it moved ahead of the books.

Lemoncake ratings 0m; Rhaenyra character discussion 12m; Viserys/Alicent 40m; Daemon 49m; odds and ends (1hr).

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VoK 708: DragonCast – “Second of His Name” House of the Dragon (S01E03 Review)


 

Continue along with us for the third episode of HBO’s “House of the Dragon”. The show continues to skip ahead in time as babies are born and the court shifts. We discuss how this works for the pacing of the story and how well they are pulling off the action sequences.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Katie (Lady Griffin), Matt (Blu3arm0r), Bing (Showshiner), Benjamin (King Jucio), and Michal (inkasrain)

Aftershow at 1:39:00

 

Spoilers: This episode covers all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire as well as all aired episodes of Game of Thrones and related media.

Editor: Adam

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VoK 706: Wolfcast – House of the Dragon s1e2 review


Vassals Assemble! Wolfcast offers its firmly imperialist opinion on the new series from the A Song of Ice and Fire Universe – HBO’s House of the Dragon. Join us to review s1e2 with spoilers for all of George R R Martin’s published works but NOT for Game of Thrones, the TV show as it moved ahead of the books.

Intro – Game of Thrones Main Title (Church Organ Version) [From “Game of Thrones”] – TAM TAM MUSIC – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp-xjcKW4uE

Outro: Mr.ACCORDION – [Accordion]game of thrones – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_zuP2xqmB4 

Hosts: Bina007, Bing (Shoeshiner), Patrick (The Tall), Sara (DrBlood), Jock (MunroJock1), and Elle (Nettles)

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VoK 705: DragonCast – “The Rogue Prince” House of the Dragon (S01E02 Review)


The Dragons are back for the second episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series The House of the Dragon. We discuss “The Rogue Prince” and all that the show is adding to the story and characters. Oh that Daemon Targaryen, he’s such a rogue.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Michal (Inkasrain), Katie (Lady Griffin), Matt (Blu3arm0r), Michael (Khal Wadege), and Benjamin (King Jucio).

Spoilers: This episode covers all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire as well as all aired episodes of Game of Thrones and related media.

Editor: Adam

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VoK 699: A Fandom of Ice and Fire


Glen (Dagos_Rivers) and Jock (MunroJock2) discuss the various Game of Thrones spin-offs such as ‘Snow’ and ‘House of the Dragon’, that are in development. Frustrations over the long-awaited 6th novel of the ASOIAF are also dicussed. Finally, we discuss our appreciation of the existing works available (Game of Thrones Season 1 – 8, ASOIAF books 1 – 5, Fire and Blood, Dunk n’ Egg series etc).

Credits:
Edited by Glen

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VoK 680: The Prolific Works of George R. R. Martin (Ice & Fire Con 2021 Panel)


Decades before Martin began writing A Song of Ice and Fire, he was already an award-winning writer who had published a variety of science fiction, horror, and fantasy stories. In this panel, Amin and Duncan (Valkyrist) survey Martin’s other notable works, looking for connections to ASOIAF and discussing his overall development as a writer and his philosophy toward writing.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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George R. R. Martin’s “Thousand Worlds” Wiki

VoK 649: A Seminar of Ice and Fire (Part 3) – Monsters


In the third installment of A Seminar of Ice and Fire—the VoK series that examines A Song of Ice and Fire through various theoretical texts—the Vassals take on Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s essay “Monster Culture (Seven Theses).”

We talk about what makes a monster, what monsters we see (or don’t see) in a Song of Ice and Fire, and what particular types of monsters might suggest about the culture that created them.

Hosts:
Sara/DrBlood
Ben/KingJucio
Varley
Peter/Shellfish
Wilson/The Wandering Prophet
Patrick/Ser Patrick the Tall

Credits:
Edited by Shellfish

A PDF of the Cohen reading is available here. For more reading on some of the other topics mentioned in the episode, you can start with Bauman, Zygmunt, Community: Seeking Safety in an Insecure World (2000); and Tajfel, H., “The achievement of inter-group differentiation” (1978).

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VoK 642: A GameShow of Thrones #3 (VOKathon Edition)



During their 24-hour VOKathon, the Vassals face off in another thrilling round of A Song of Ice and Fire trivia. Join quizmaster Duncan (Valkyrist), scorekeeper Matt (Varley), reigning champion Michal (inkasrain), and challengers Abdullah (Quaith from Asshai), Peter (Shellfish), Abby (DaceyMormont), Sara (DrBlood), Zach (Alias), Ben (King Jucio), Matt (mattdaze13), Michael (Khal Wadege) David (davidhhh), Hannah (thewingedshadow), Patrick (TheTall), and Kevin (nuncle kevin).

Who will claim the crown? Who will spit the dummy? There’s only one way to find out!

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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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! 😜

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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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. 

Credits:
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

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