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Episode 171: A STORM OF SWORDS, ARYA IV: ”The Merry Men”

Episode 171: A STORM OF SWORDS, ARYA IV: ”The Merry Men”

January 24, 2022
Hello and welcome 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 Stark rides through the Riverlands with her new friends ... captors. Both.
 
This week, we: 
 

- Follow Arya with the BWB and see the resistance movement in the Riverlands

- Discuss the realities of the BWB: its noble methods but its lack of an endgame

- Enter the magical world of the Riverlanders living in the trees

- Analyze one of the best one-chapter characters Lady Smallwood

- Answer the question about who the Ghost of High Heart is

 
Next week: Daenerys visits Hell-town Astapor in ASOS, Daenerys II, Part 1!
 
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
Special Episode: ”Sons of Fire”

Special Episode: ”Sons of Fire”

January 17, 2022
Hello and welcome to the NotACast, the one true chapter-by-chapter podcast going through A Song of Ice and Fire one chapter a week!
 
In this special episode, Emmett talks about Jon Snow and Stannis Baratheon as characters made in each other's image.
 
Next week: Arya rides across the countryside with the Merry Men in pursuit of Robin Hood in ASOS, Arya IV!
 
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
Episode 170: A STORM OF SWORDS, JAIME III: ”Shall We Dance”

Episode 170: A STORM OF SWORDS, JAIME III: ”Shall We Dance”

January 10, 2022
Hello and welcome 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, Jaime grabs a sword and gets his butt kicked by Brienne before the Bloody Mummers show up to make everything worse.
 
This week, we: 
 

- Arrive at Maidenpool to find the town sacked and the castle locked

- Wave farewell to Cleos Frey, who dies as he lived: without dignity

- Break down how Jaime's certainties falter throughout his duel with Brienne

- Trace the shifting dynamics as Jaime fails to take control of the Mummers

- Reframe the Jaime-Brienne duel as it actually is: as a sex scene

 
Next week: Arya rides across the countryside with the Merry Men in pursuit of Robin Hood in ASOS, Arya IV!
 
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
Episode 169: A STORM OF SWORDS, CATELYN III: ”Fallen Kingdom”

Episode 169: A STORM OF SWORDS, CATELYN III: ”Fallen Kingdom”

January 3, 2022
Hello and welcome 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, it's child murder, lord murder and the all-but-fall of the North. Cheery Stark stuff.
 
This week, we: 
 

- Analyze Rickard Karstark, his reasons and his weak-ass rationale for child murder

- See how Robb Stark is reacting emotionally to the fall of his kingdom

- Dread alongside of Catelyn at the loss of the Karstarks and what this means for the Stark cause

- Revel (slightly) in Robb Stark's frontier justice but realize that ultimately one execution won't right all the wrongs in the world

- See the false ray of hope in Jeyne's hips by chapter's end

- Discuss whether Robb was right here

 
Next week: Jaime does some swordplay with Brienne. Not a metaphor. (But it is)
 
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
The NotACast 2021 Holiday Special Episode: ”The Broken Man: An Analysis of Theon Greyjoy in ADWD”

The NotACast 2021 Holiday Special Episode: ”The Broken Man: An Analysis of Theon Greyjoy in ADWD”

December 27, 2021
Hi everyone and happy holidays 2021! Today, we're doing a full analysis of Theon's ADWD arc as part of our annual holiday tradition of releasing a holiday bonus episode for everyone. If you like what you hear, consider becoming a patron at https://patreon.com/NotACastASOIAF.
 
If we get up to 950 patrons, we'll start our analyses of the Theon TWOW sample chapter! 
 
Love you all. Thank you for spending your 2021 listening to us. See you in 2022!
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
Episode 168: A STORM OF SWORDS, TYRION III: ”Hands of Gold”

Episode 168: A STORM OF SWORDS, TYRION III: ”Hands of Gold”

December 20, 2021
Hello and welcome 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 watches the game of thrones from the outside. Poor Tyrion. Kind of.
 
This week, we: 
 

- Watch the members of the Small Council play musical chairs

- Analyze how Tywin and the Lords of the Reach play politics with the North

- Chuckle and wince as Littlefinger uses his little finger to unlock the Vale

- Break down the Lannister family dynamics

- Shiver with fear as the Red Wedding approaches

Next week: things just keep getting worse for the Starks and Tullys in ASOS, Catelyn III!
 
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
Episode 167: A STORM OF SWORDS, SAMWELL I: ”The Terror (Part 2)”

Episode 167: A STORM OF SWORDS, SAMWELL I: ”The Terror (Part 2)”

December 13, 2021
Hello and welcome 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, Samwell Tarly fights internal demons and an external one and rises as the Slayer.
 
This week, we: 
 

- Engage our senses on the Battle of the Fist of the First Men

- Empathize with Samwell with all the horror he's experienced and is experiencing.

- Remember the bear!

- Triumph alongside of Samwell as he kills the first Other in thousands of years

- Frame this chapter as a taste of things to come for Westeros when the Wall falls

 
Next week: what's that happening up at the Wall? No worries! It's all politics back in King's Landing in ASOS, Tyrion III!
 
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
Episode 166: A STORM OF SWORDS, SAMWELL I: ”The Terror (Part 1)”

Episode 166: A STORM OF SWORDS, SAMWELL I: ”The Terror (Part 1)”

December 6, 2021
Hello and welcome 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, Samwell Tarly is walking in a winter wonderland...y'know, let's make that terrorland. Sounds right.
 
This week, we: 
 

- Break down how George structures the reveal of what happened at the Fist

- Praise the formal experimentation of interweaving past and present

- Shiver in fear at the exquisite tone of dread a la Stephen King and found footage

- Analyze Sam as a POV, as his stress and self-loathing keeps breaking the surface

- Frame this chapter as a taste of things to come for Westeros when the Wall falls

 
Next week: we plunge back into hell to finish up ASOS, Samwell I!
 
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
Episode 165: A STORM OF SWORDS, SANSA II: ”Say Yes to the Dress” ft. Sarah Skilton

Episode 165: A STORM OF SWORDS, SANSA II: ”Say Yes to the Dress” ft. Sarah Skilton

November 29, 2021
Hello and welcome 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, Cersei gifts Sansa a dress for no nefarious reason whatsoever. Good guy Cersei. Who know!?
 
This week, we: 
 

- Examine how Cersei continues her manipulation of Sansa -- which Sansa suspects

- Take a close look at the Tyrell cousins, see how they work as a team and yet are still naive 

- Analyze Margaery's behavior closely

- See Littlefinger's manipulations and conspiracies via Dontos Hollard

- Talk about Sarah's book Hollywood Ending and whether we'll ever have a Game of Thrones viewing experience again

 
Next week: new guest Sarah Skilton joins us for ASOS, Sansa II, in which she gets a new dress that is far more than it seems.
 
 
Sarah's website: http://www.sarahskilton.com/ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
Episode 164: A STORM OF SWORDS, JON II: ”Last of the Giants” ft. Stefan Sasse

Episode 164: A STORM OF SWORDS, JON II: ”Last of the Giants” ft. Stefan Sasse

November 22, 2021
Hello and welcome 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, Stefan Sasse joins us as Jon Snow meets giants, talks with Tormund, and barely escapes execution by getting laid. What a day.
 
This week, we: 
 

- Mosh furiously as giants arrive riding mammoths

- Take apart Tormund's satirical self-presentation through stories

- Laugh at Jon trying and failing to suppress his feelings for Ygritte

- Hold our breath as Jon just barely negotiates his survival with Mance

- Debate whether Tormund fathered Maege Mormont's children

 
Next week: new guest Sarah Skilton joins us for ASOS, Sansa II, in which she gets a new dress that is far more than it seems.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emmett's twitter: twitter.com/PoorQuentyn
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