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Episode 100: A CLASH OF KINGS, BRAN IV: “The Hero’s Journey”

Episode 100: A CLASH OF KINGS, BRAN IV: “The Hero’s Journey”

February 17, 2020
Hello and welcome back to the NotACast, the one true chapter-by-chapter podcast going through A Song of Ice and Fire one chapter a week! Happy 100th episode, and thank you so much to everyone who's listened and supported us so far!
 
In this episode, Bran is caught between magic and politics, Winged Wolf and Prince of Winterfell, as embodied by his two mentors: Jojen Reed and Maester Luwin.
 
This week, we: 

- Praise how masterfully George changes moods as this chapter goes along

- Shiver as Jojen gets creepy with Bran's dreams

- Zoom out to put the "little grandfather" in context with the other magical heralds of A Clash of Kings

- Sift through both the short-term blind spots and long-term wisdom of Maester Luwin's worldview

- Pity Bran for his bittersweet dreams of knighthood, tempting him onward to sorcery

Next week: back to King's Landing for ACOK Tyrion VII as Lannister dysfunction somehow gets even worse. And we will be joined by a new guest: Jinx Lierre!

 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
 
Jeff's twitter: twitter.com/BryndenBFish
Episode 99: A CLASH OF KINGS, DAENERYS II: “City of a Hundred Colors”

Episode 99: A CLASH OF KINGS, DAENERYS II: “City of a Hundred Colors”

February 10, 2020
Hello and welcome back to the NotACast, the one true chapter-by-chapter podcast going through A Song of Ice and Fire one chapter a week!
 
In this episode, Daenerys arrives at our VERY FAVORITE setting in the series: the city of Qarth. Hooray.
 
This week, we: 
 

- Discuss the "leftover" bits of ASOIAF

- Praise the trippy imagery in the Qarth storyline...

- ...and critique the shapeless plot and threadbare supporting cast

- Lay out Dany's (somewhat redundant) character beats in ACOK

- Come up with opposite ideas about how we would fix Qarth

Next week: we fly back to Winterfell for Bran IV and our ONE HUNDREDTH EPISODE! 

 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
 
Jeff's twitter: twitter.com/BryndenBFish
Episode 98: A CLASH OF KINGS, ARYA VI: “Death March”

Episode 98: A CLASH OF KINGS, ARYA VI: “Death March”

February 3, 2020
Hello and welcome back to the NotACast, the one true chapter-by-chapter podcast going through A Song of Ice and Fire one chapter a week!
 
In this episode, Arya bears witness to war crimes before being enslaved and force marched to Harrenhal. What a cheerful read.
 
This week, we: 

- Talk about our favorite bad movies

- Analyze the smallfolk caught in the chaos and brutality of war

- Evaluate how Arya deals with her powerlessness and watching people be tortured, murdered and raped

- Let Emmett go deep on Harrenhal and why this is his favorite over-the-top castle in ASOIAF!

- Theorize on what will happen with the surviving people on Arya's list

Next week: Sigh ... it's Qarth guys. It's Qarth in ACOK, Daenerys II!

 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
 
Jeff's twitter: twitter.com/BryndenBFish
Episode 97: A CLASH OF KINGS, TYRION VI: “A Lion Still Has Claws”

Episode 97: A CLASH OF KINGS, TYRION VI: “A Lion Still Has Claws”

January 27, 2020
 
Hello and welcome back to the NotACast, the one true chapter-by-chapter podcast going through A Song of Ice and Fire one chapter a week!
 
In this episode, Tyrion brings Cersei good news: Renly and Stannis are fighting each other! Oh, and Tyrion also poisons her, strips her of her protectors, and throws Pycelle in jail without her permission...but for Tyrion and Cersei, this counts as getting along.
 
This week, we: 

- Wonder what would've happened if Tyrion had killed Cersei in this chapter

- Compare and contrast the unhappy Baratheons with the unhappy Lannisters

- Analyze how Tyrion uses the power of the Iron Throne

- Watch Tyrion take Pycelle apart

- Theorize about what Tyrion's role will be in the war against the Others

Next week: George invokes centuries’ worth of war crimes along Arya's path to Harrenhal, Emmett’s favorite place in Westeros, for some reason. 

 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
 
Jeff's twitter: twitter.com/BryndenBFish
Episode 96: A CLASH OF KINGS, THEON II: “The Favorite Child”

Episode 96: A CLASH OF KINGS, THEON II: “The Favorite Child”

January 20, 2020
Hello and welcome back to the NotACast, the one true chapter-by-chapter podcast going through A Song of Ice and Fire one chapter a week!
 
In this episode, with friends like these, the Night's Watch doesn't need enemies. 
 
This week, we: 
 

- Talk about Gerion Lannister and whether he'll turn up in TWOW or ADOS

- Get into the Esgred/Theon dynamic

- Interrogate Theon's self-conception and why the Ironborn continue to reject him

- Analyze Balon Greyjoy's great war "plan"

- Analyze the Iron Islands story in ACOK vs. S02 of the Thrones Show

Next week: Tyrion bonds with Cersei over their joy at Renly and Stannis fighting each other ... only for him to poison her in ACOK, Tyrion VI~ Gotta love all these healthy respectful sibling relationships in ACOK! 

 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
 
Jeff's twitter: twitter.com/BryndenBFish
Episode 95: A CLASH OF KINGS, JON III: “Winter Knights”

Episode 95: A CLASH OF KINGS, JON III: “Winter Knights”

January 13, 2020
Hello and welcome back to the NotACast, the one true chapter-by-chapter podcast going through A Song of Ice and Fire one chapter a week!
 
In this episode, with friends like these, the Night's Watch doesn't need enemies. 
 
This week, we: 

- Theorize about Val's role in the story

- Introduce Craster and his nightmarish prison factory of a Keep

- Introduce Gilly, and watch as her peril unravels the Watch's self-justifications

- Dig into the complex, opaque dialogue between Jon and LC Mormont at chapter's end

- Make explicit all that's implied about Craster's deal with the Others

Next week: we head back to the Iron Islands as Theon meets the girl of his dreams, only to find out too late that a) she's his sister b) she's the heir and c) he's a chump.

 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
 
Jeff's twitter: twitter.com/BryndenBFish
Episode 94: A CLASH OF KINGS, CATELYN II: “Summer Knights” ft. Special Guest Lady Gwynhyfvar from Radio Westeros!

Episode 94: A CLASH OF KINGS, CATELYN II: “Summer Knights” ft. Special Guest Lady Gwynhyfvar from Radio Westeros!

January 6, 2020

Hello and welcome back to the NotACast, the one true chapter-by-chapter podcast going  through A Song of Ice and Fire one chapter a week!

In this episode, Catelyn arrives at the traveling court of the rightful(?) king(?) of Westeros, Renly Baratheon the First of His Name, who makes her a reasonable(?) proposal before Stannis ruins(?) everything, as usual, just because he’s jealous(?)

This week, we:

- talk about the literary influences on GRRM and ASOIAF

- Get in on Catelyn's mental state just prior to her rendezvous with a terrorist king

- Zero in on the Reach, what they stand for and why they suck just as bad as the Lannisters

- Spend hours shitting on Renly

- Why Daemon Blackfyre to Renly to Young Griff is excellent paralleling on George's part

Next week: ACOK, Jon III for Jon III, as LC Mormont’s Great Ranging arrives at Craster’s Keep, the happiest(?) place in Westeros.

 
Radio Westeros: https://radiowesteros.com/ 
 
Lady Gwyn's website: https://ladygwynhyfvar.com/
 
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
 
Jeff's twitter: twitter.com/BryndenBFish
The NotACast 2019 Holiday Special Episode: “The Stone is Strong: A Tour of Winterfell!” ft. Special Guest Joe Buckley!

The NotACast 2019 Holiday Special Episode: “The Stone is Strong: A Tour of Winterfell!” ft. Special Guest Joe Buckley!

December 30, 2019
Hi everyone and happy holidays this year! Today, we're releasing our holiday special episode all about Winterfell, its history, its architecture, its future and what the castle means And we were thrilled to be joined by Joe Buckley, author of the book The Great Castles of Westeros: An Unofficial Guide as well as the host of the Isle of Faces podcast! 
 
Thanks for listening and blessing us in our sophomore year of podcasting! Much love to each and every one of you!
 
 
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
 
Jeff's twitter: twitter.com/BryndenBFish
Episode 93: A CLASH OF KINGS, BRAN III: “The Stark in Winterfell” ft. Chloe from Girls Gone Canon

Episode 93: A CLASH OF KINGS, BRAN III: “The Stark in Winterfell” ft. Chloe from Girls Gone Canon

December 23, 2019

Hello and welcome back to the NotACast, the one true chapter-by-chapter podcast going  through A Song of Ice and Fire one chapter a week!

In this episode, friends and family come together to celebrate community and chow down. But Jeff can’t call it Christmas. Thanks Obama.

This week, we:

- Discuss cannibalism v. sacrifice

- Bathe in the warm glow of friends and family at the harvest feast...

- ...while analyzing all the little sad moments that show Bran's frustration with his life

- Introduce Jojen and Meera Reed, our homeschooled kids

- Talk about who their mother might really be...

No regular episode next week, but we will be releasing our latest Patreon episode (talking Winterfell with Joe Buckley, author of Great Castles of Westeros) for the general public on Monday, December 30!

So join us in two weeks’ time for Catelyn II, as we *sigh* finally arrive at the camp of King Terrorist himself, Renly Baratheon. And we will be joined by yet another great guest: Lady Gwyn from Radio Westeros!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
 
Jeff's twitter: twitter.com/BryndenBFish
Episode 92: A CLASH OF KINGS, TYRION V: “Bathing in Fire”

Episode 92: A CLASH OF KINGS, TYRION V: “Bathing in Fire”

December 16, 2019

Hello and welcome back to the NotACast, the one true chapter-by-chapter podcast going  through A Song of Ice and Fire one chapter a week!

In this episode, the street preachers ranting about the apocalypse overtaking King’s Landing don’t even know how right they are.

This week, we:

- Ponder if Euron was Quellon's favorite son

- Cringe at the Alchemists and their dreadful "substance"

- Lament the fate of Cleos Frey, a pawn to be moved

- Dig into the layers of dysfunction and missed opportunities in the Tyrion-Cersei dynamic

- Talk the past, present, and future of wildfire

Next week, we return to Winterfell for Bran III, in which the Northmen dig into the harvest feast promised to us in Bran II. And we will be joined by our favorite Stark-loyalist dinner guest, Chloe aka liesandarbor from Girls Gone Canon!
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
 
Jeff's twitter: twitter.com/BryndenBFish