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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

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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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VoK 566: Gaming the Thrones (Part 2) – Euron Greyjoy



In this episode we will be covering the show Game of Thrones and how it ended certain plots as well as where those plots stand going into “The Winds of Winter”. Will be discussing the effectiveness of the show’s arc as well as the potential impact, if any, on Martin’s future books. Join us as we try to separate fact from fan fiction.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Kevin (creepy nuncle kevin), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Kevin (Gaiden), Sara (DrBlood), and Matt (Blu3arm0r).

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

Editor: Adam

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VoK 564: Feast Retrospective #1 aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 90)


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In the first of an epic three part wrap up discussion A Feast For Crows, our hosts discuss what motivates Cersei Lannister and how her character could be affected by The Walk Of Shame. We also discuss minor characters in her government as well as the rise of the Faith in AFFC. (As well as a random tangent to Arianne!)

The next episode of this recap will cover Sansa and Arya Stark and the final episode will cover Brienne and the Greyjoys. The chapter rereads of A Dance With Dragons will re-commence after that.

No spoilers for the TV show or TWOW in this episode.

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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VoK 563: A Star-Studded Cast aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 89)


dany-and-hizdahr-daenerys-targaryen-38580211-4928-3280It’s all Dance all the time as we enter the final furlong of this reread. Join us as we read Dany 6, Jaime 1 and Areo 1/The Watcher, covering May 22nd to May 28th 300 AL.

Your hosts are Michael/Khal Wadege, QueenJames, Bina007, Matt/blu3arm0r, Noah/Pops88, Brett/Whiteraven, Marie/Nymeria and Jock/MunroJock2 with special guest appearances from Zander/The Lord Baron, Sarah/Lady Weaver, Adam/DrownedSnow and Ser Patrick The Tall!

Random chit-chat from the start. Dany 6 begins at 7m; Jaime 1 at 39m; Areo 1 at 1hr8m.  The after show begins at 1hr38m.

The next episode will be a Feast recap episode hosted by Matt/Blu3arm0r.

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VoK 562: Yara Greyjoy – The Ultimate Ironborn Warrior (Con of Thrones Panel)


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This episode features live audio from the “Yara Greyjoy: The Ultimate Ironborn Warrior” panel at Con of Thrones 2019. This panel featured Vassals Casey (blue-eyed-queen) and Michal (inkasrain), as well as con attendees Queen of Rock and Salt and Simone C. Greene.

Note that this podcast has been re-edited to improve the audio, but still has jumps in subject matter because questions to the panel were not picked up by the recorder. Hopefully you’ll still find the responses insightful. Note also that it contains show spoilers. Music credit – Alpine Universe. Picture credit – HBO Game of Thrones.

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VoK 559: Where’s Waldo Frey aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 88)



In this episode of our Linear ReRead we cover Jaime VII (AFFC), The Blind Girl/Arya I (ADWD), and Sam V (AFFC). From narrow hips to glass candles and adorable cat warging we finish off A Feast for Crows. How about them apples? These events take place on May 20th and 21st 300 AL.

Jaime 7 (AFFC) – 2:00
Arya 1/The Blind Girl (ADWD) – 28:15
Sam 5 (AFFC) – 43:00
Aftershow/Applecast – 1:28:00

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Sarah (Lady Weaver), Zander (Lord Baron), Matt (Varley), and Michael (Khal Wadege).

Edited by Adam

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VoK 555: Good Omens (Amazon miniseries)


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The Vassals discuss the new Amazon TV show and the cult fantasy book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman on which it was based.

Aftershow at 1hr 8m.

Hosts – Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Dana/Taindana, Michal/Inkasrain, Jock/Munrock2 and Paul/SerDinnerRoll.

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VoK 554: Gaming the Thrones (Part 1) – The Others



In this episode we will be covering the show Game of Thrones and how it ended certain plots. Will be discussing the effectiveness of the show’s arc as well as the potential impact, if any, on Martin’s future books. Our first in topic in this series is the Others (White Walkers) and the Night King.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Kevin (creepy nuncle kevin), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Kevin (Gaiden), Sara (DrBlood), and Matt (Blu3arm0r).

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

Editor: Adam

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VoK 552: Marauder Madness aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 7)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to conclude their re-read of the Prisoner of Azkaban. Join Marie (Nymeria), Small Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Abby (DaceyMormont), Adam (drownedsnow), Michal (inkasrain), Paul (Pod’s Plight), and Zach (Alias) as they enjoy the usual laughs and jokes, but also engage in some serious discussion on some of the many complex characters this series has to offer.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Azkaban Soundtrack – 07 A Window to the Past

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VoK 551: Brienne in the Badlands aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 87)


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Bina, QueenJames, Abby/DaceyMormont, Jock and Dan/WitlessChum roll into the penultimate Feast episode as Brienne shouts a word in Brienne 8, Cersei writes a letter to Jaime in Cersei 10 and Theon’s POV is named Reek for the last time.

Reek 3 (1m) – Brienne 8 (21m) – Cersei 10 (34m) – Safe for all aftershow (58m) –  TWOW spoiler aftershow (1hr4m) –  GOT spoiler aftershow slash dirge (1hr7m30s)

Music credit – Alpine Universe & The Boss; Picture credit – HBO

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VoK 549: Words Cut Deeper than Swords (Ice & Fire Con Panel)



In their first ever panel at Ice & Fire Con, the Vassals of Kingsgrave rank their favourite passages from A Song of Ice and Fire. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Casey (blue-eyed-queen) and Dan (Witless Chum) as they reflect on some of the most powerful moments of Martin’s dialogue and examine the meaning behind his prose – from Sansa’s twilit snow castle, to Dany’s desert hallucinations, to Catelyn’s fevered flight from Storm’s End.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 545: Warrior’s Sons and Winged Knights aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 86)


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Join your vassals James(QueenJames), Matt(Varley), Matt(blu3arm0r), Michael(Khal Wadege), Adam(drownedsnow), Marie(Nymeria) for another episode of the Great Linear A Song of Ice and Fire Reread. This episode could potentially spoil any events in George RR Martin’s published series as well as TWOW preview chapters.

We ended the last episode with Moqorro’s vision of Cthulhu in Tyrion 8 in Dance on May 10th. In this episode we cover Cersei 8, Alayne 2/Sansa 3 and Cersei 9 from Feast. The Sansa chapter is the last one published in the series. These events take place between May 11th and 15th 300 AL.

Cersei 8 (2m); Alayne 2/Sansa 3 (33m); Cersei 9 (1hr 17m); After Show (1hr 42m).

Music credit – Alpine Universe

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VoK 535: Ship-Dicks and Bananas aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 85)


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As we enter the final three episodes covering A Feast For Crows we focus on the Lannister Boys – with Jaime at the siege of Riverrun in Jaime 5 and 6 from Feast, and Tyrion hearing Moqorro’s vision of Euron in Tyrion 8 from Dance. These events take place between May 8th and 10th 300 AL.

For those reading along at home, the next episode will cover Cersei 8 and 9 from Feast and the last (ever?!) Sansa chapter published by George – Alayne 2/Sansa 3 from Feast.

The night is dark and full of spoilers for all published works in A Song Of Ice And Fire.

Jaime 5 (3m); Jaime 6 (17m); Tyrion 8 (32m); Aftershow (50m).

Music credit – Alpine Universe

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VoK 532: Fat Pink Cast aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 84)


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The Vassals are back for another Great Linear A Song of Ice and Fire Reread. Join our hosts QueenJames, FTWard (Thomas), Nymeria (Marie), Khal Wadege (Michael), Gaiden (Kevin), MunroJock2 (Jock), and Nadia as they raise their fat pink masts and make their way through the Myrish swamp.

Our chapters are:
Arya 3/Cat of the Canals (Feast) – Arya kills Dareon, becomes blind
Sam 4 (Feast) – Aemon dies
Cersei 7 (Feast) – News of the Shield Islands. Loras sent to take Dragonstone

The next episode will be hosted by Bina and will cover Jaime 5 and 6 from Feast and Tyrion 8 from Dance.

This podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all published works in A Song Of Ice And Fire but not the Game of Thrones TV show until 1hr 3m.

Picture credit – Marc Simonetti, Fantasy Flight Games

Music credit – Alpine Universe

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VoK 521: Harry’s Floating Head aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 6)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to continue their never-ending read through of Prisoner of Azkaban. Join Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Marie (Nymeria), Matt (Varley), Michal (inkasrain), Big Paul (Pod’s Plight), Small Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Zander (The Lord Baron), and Zach (Alias) as they talk about magic cats, patronuses, and lots and lots of Quidditch. Stick around for the aftershow at 1 hour and 53 minutes for some Christopher Columbus bashing and Chicago vs. New York.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Azkaban Soundtrack – 07 A Window to the Past

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VoK 520: A Tale Of Two Matts aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 83)


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After six months and eighteen chapters we finally get to May 300 AL and near the end of Feast! In this episode we will cover Tyrion 7 from Dance (5m), The Princess in the Tower/Arianne 2 from Feast (25m) and Brienne 7 from Feast (44m). These events take place from May 1st to May 3rd 300 AL. The after show begins at 1hr including a discussion of New York Moot and Hashtag Greg parlous trivia skills.

Your hosts are Bina, Casey, Marie, Zack, Matt, Matt and Michael.

For those following along at home the next episode of the re-read will be hosted by QueenJames and will cover Arya 3/Cat of the Canals, Sam 4 (the death of Aemon) and Cersei 7 from Feast.

This podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all published works in A Song Of Ice And Fire but not the Game of Thrones TV show until 1hr 3m.

Picture credit – Marc Simonetti, Fantasy Flight Games

Music credit – Alpine Universe

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VoK 518: The Whisper Campaign aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 82)


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It’s time to once again put your headphones on an join your hosts Abby (Daceymormont), Hannah (shadow_ baby), Jock (Munrojock2), Kevin (Gaiden), Michael (Khal Wadege), Sarah (Lady Weaver), with a brief cameo from the lurker of the episode Zander (The Lord Baron) as they try to avoid talking about Jon while they cover The Wayward Bride, Jon 7 ADWD and The Reaver.

Chapters:

The Wayward Bride (Asha 1) ADWD @ 0:02:10 – Stannis takes Deepwood Motte
Jon 7 ADWD @ 0:43:32 – Jon brings Wun Wun back to the Night’s Watch
The Reaver (Victarion 2) AFFC @ 1:18:21 – Ironborn’s attack on the Shield Islands Aftershow @ 1:57:06

Trigger warnings for Sexual Violence, and warnings for strong language

Image Credit: mattolsonart on Deviantart

Song Credit: Jed O’White Hart

Edited by Sarah – Lady Weaver

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VoK 516: Race/Ethnicity in ASOIAF (discussion)



Join hosts Kevin/Gaiden, Matt/blu3arm0r, Michael/Khal Wadege, and Dana/Taindana as they discuss Summer Islander History month. The vassals get into the various characters of color and their roles in the books as well as the show.

Aftershow starts at 1 hr 33 mins.

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