A Cast of Kings - A Game of Thrones Podcast: A Cast of Kings S5E01 – The Wars to Come
April 15, 2015 3:08 PM - Subscribe

In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David discuss the season premiere of Game of Thrones, “The Wars to Come.”
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome (3 comments total)
A great return to the "I don't get this!" format - David Chen didn't get the gist of the scene between Loras, Olyvar, and Margaery. Perhaps the abundance of male butts was distracting?

I kid but actually I've learned a lot from Joanna's explanations - she's quite good at nuance, and doesn't disappoint in her analysis of the "power vacuum" of the first scene with Jaimie and Cersei Lannister.

(There was also an inside joke, if you're just joining the podcast: fans have given David stick for always using his colleague's first and last name, never just saying "Joanna".)

They mentioned that some viewers found the season premiere of GoT Season 5 "boring" - I did not, thought it covered ground very well and caught us up on almost all the players, leaving us in the dark about Arya and The Hound - the plotline there is nicely delayed, giving us some good ol' suspense.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 3:16 PM on April 15, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'm not at all keen on their conversation sliding directly into the Hover advert without even a missed beat. That was clunky and crass.

Also, the whole "we've got a sponsor for the whole season! but we did a Kickstarter anyway, for you!" thing feels like having-their-cake-and-eating-it; and it means that the middle of the show is now occupied by both an advert and the tedious-as-hell "read out names of our Kickstarter backers" segment. Hrrm.

I think there were at least two Joanna-explains-a-scene-to-David moments in this: as well as the lolbutts scene, David didn't quite get who Cersei and Jamie see as their enemies: everyone out there.

There's an interesting shift afoot: now the show is veering away from the book Joanna's book knowledge isn't as omnipotent.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 8:49 AM on April 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

Agree 100% on your first two paras, We had a deal. Really feels a bit skeevy the way they're doing the slide into adverts "Oh we're just talking... oh NO WE'RE NOT IT'S AN ADVERT." thing. Wish they'd stop.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 9:49 AM on April 16, 2015

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