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Episode 75: A CLASH OF KINGS, ARYA I-III: “On the Road”

Episode 75: A CLASH OF KINGS, ARYA I-III: “On the Road”

August 19, 2019

Hello and welcome back to the NotACast, the one true chapter-by-chapter (though not in this case) podcast going through A Song of Ice and Fire one chapter a week!

In this episode, Arya Stark wanders the war-torn Riverlands with her new companions: kids who try to rob her, adults who threaten to kill her, and her guardian Yoren, who beats her. It’s...it’s just so much fun to make new friends.

This week, we:

- Wonder whether Jon will adopt his mother's heraldry when he learns the truth

- Frame Arya as the "underfoot" POV among the smallfolk suffering under the clashing kings

- Talk about how George gradually paces his reveal of The War in all its horror

- Dig into Yoren of the Night's Watch as a figure of ambiguity and tragedy

Munch popcorn as the downtrodden stand up to their oppressors...albeit only briefly, because this is ASOIAF and we can't have nice things for long

Next week: King Joffrey Baratheon (or so he calls himself) celebrates the unfortunate fact that he has survived another year in Sansa I!

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Episode 74: A CLASH OF KINGS, PROLOGUE: “Red, Part 2″

Episode 74: A CLASH OF KINGS, PROLOGUE: “Red, Part 2″

August 12, 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, STANNIS the objectively rightful King of Westeros and his morally unambiguous sorceress begin their crusade to set the world to rights. We foresee no complications whatsoever. 

This week, we:

- Talk about the choice of introducing Stannis and Melisandre through Cressen's POV instead of Davos 

- Attempt and ABSOLUTELY SUCCEED in re-evaluating Stannis against the memes and preconceived notions

- Set Stannis's characterization against what Robert, Renly and Westeros believe about him

- Re-evaluate Selyse and offer a more sympathetic picture of Queen Selyse while also looking askance at her fanaticism.

- Define Melisandre and her purpose in the story, analyzing her in the context of magic and magic

Talk about Stannis burning Shireen in the context of the books and show.

Next week we're on the road for ACOK, Arya I, Arya II and Arya III! All Arya, all the time!

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Episode 73: A CLASH OF KINGS, PROLOGUE: “Red, Part 1″

Episode 73: A CLASH OF KINGS, PROLOGUE: “Red, Part 1″

August 5, 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, Maester Cressen stares down a giant Eye of Sauron in the sky above Dragonstone before meeting with his king...and the latter will be covered next week, as part of "Red, Part 2." Don't blame us, the chapter is 10,000 pages long!! 

This week, we:

-Consider why George has been stingy on Stannis-Shireen moments so far relative to the show

-Give a quick overview of A Clash of Kings as we shift from book one of ASOIAF to book two

-Set up the dynamic between the secular and sorcerous that will dominate the book

-Talk about the siege of Storm's End and how it works as a foundation for Stannis' character

-Ask the most important question of all: what's up with Patchface?

Next week: Red, Part 2, introducing His Grace Stannis Baratheon, First of His Name. At long last. 

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Episode 72: A GAME OF THRONES, DAENERYS X: “Bride of Fire”

Episode 72: A GAME OF THRONES, DAENERYS X: “Bride of Fire”

July 22, 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, an exiled widowed teenager stranded in the wasteland is reborn as the Mother of Dragons. Now that’s how you end a book.

This week, we:

- Frame the dragonbirth as as religious experience, not only for the characters but for us, the audience

- Break down the chapter's structure in terms of what Dany is planning v. what George reveals to us

- Discuss how Dany's character arc and the larger forces of destiny beautifully harmonize

- Praise Dany's politics (for now) as she takes command of the khalasar in the name of equality and transformation

- Try and fail to explain the magic at work in Drogo's funeral pyre

Next week: no regular episode, but our $5+ patrons will get our look back in AGOT--what we liked, what we didn't, what we learned. In two weeks, the normal cast resumes with the Prologue to A Clash of Kings. Thanks and love to everyone who's listened throughout book one!!

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Episode 71: A GAME OF THRONES, CATELYN XI: “Independence Day” with Special Guest Steven Attewell!

Episode 71: A GAME OF THRONES, CATELYN XI: “Independence Day” with Special Guest Steven Attewell!

July 15, 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 vassals of Winterfell and Riverrun come together to declare with one voice that Robb Stark is the King in the North! King in the North! KING IN THE NOOOOORTH! 

This week, we:

- Reminisce a bit on AGOT and what we're looking forward to in ACOK

- Reflect on the key changes between this chapter and events from the Thrones Show

- The War Shit: It's battle analysis of the Battle of the Camps!

- Catelyn's grief and pride intermingling as Robb Stark enters Riverrun

- It's council time in which Renly Baratheon is thrown a lot of shade

- THE KING IN THE NORTH

- Was Northern independence/independence a good thing? Was it justified? We DISCUSS!

Next week: The final chapter in AGOT: Daenerys X, in which the last dragon brings back the real dragons in the defining act of magic in ASOIAF. 

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Episode 70: A GAME OF THRONES, JON IX: “Should I Stay or Should I Go”

Episode 70: A GAME OF THRONES, JON IX: “Should I Stay or Should I Go”

July 8, 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, Jon Snow attempts to abandon his Night's Watch vows in order to ride off and join Robb in avenging Ned...only for his brothers and his LC to tell him that his place is at Castle Black fighting the army of the dead. 

This week, we:

- Ponder what Jon might get up to while inside Ghost

- Acknowledge that the occasionally overbearing Teenage Drama tone to Jon's AGOT chapters fits someone his age making all these tough decisions

- Pat Jon on the head and call him a good boy as he realizes that running away from his problems isn't solving them

-Look ahead to Jon's later temptations to leave the Watch, of which this is but the first of three

- Parse Elsie Mormont's statements about power, priorities, and the Iron Throne v. the White Walkers

Next week: Steven Attewell of Race For The Iron Throne joins us to discuss Robb Stark being crowned KING IN THE NORRRRRRR*deep breath*RRRRRRTH in AGOT, Catelyn XI!

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Episode 69: A GAME OF THRONES, TYRION IX: “Wounded Lions”

Episode 69: A GAME OF THRONES, TYRION IX: “Wounded Lions”

July 1, 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, Tywin helpfully lists all the myriad ways in which Team Lannister is screwed before putting Tyrion of all people in charge of saving the day.

This week, we:

- Talk about how Tywin kind-of forgot about Dorne and the Reach

- Tywin gets his sweet, sweet comeuppance

- Everything is going quite badly for the Lannisters in every geographical direction

- What was Tywin planning for Tyrion in King's Landing? A discussion!

- Kevan Lannister: a war criminal

Next week: AGOT, Jon IX!

 

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Episode 68: A GAME OF THRONES, DAENERYS IX: “The Meaning of Life”

Episode 68: A GAME OF THRONES, DAENERYS IX: “The Meaning of Life”

June 24, 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, Eliana from Girls Gone Canon joins us to talk about how Daenerys wakes up from nightmares of fire and blood and death to...a reality full of fire and blood and death. Cheerful stuff, George.

This week, we:

- Discuss what it means to come back from the dead

- Analyze Dany's nightmare in terms of her endgame in the show and (probably) the books

- Step aside for Mirri Maz Duur's moment in the spotlight

- Say farewell to Khal Drogo and the dreams of happiness and home which Dany invested in him

- Frame Dany's arc as Shakespearean tragedy

Next week: AGOT, Tyrion IX!

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Eliana's essay on Dany: https://themanyfacedblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/19/daughter-of-death-a-song-of-ice-and-fires-shakespearean-tragic-hero/

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Episode 67: A GAME OF THRONES, SANSA VI: “Paradise Lost” featuring Special Guest Michal Schick

Episode 67: A GAME OF THRONES, SANSA VI: “Paradise Lost” featuring Special Guest Michal Schick

June 17, 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, Sansa Stark, reeling from witnessing her father’s execution, is forced to stand strong against Joffrey (who is the worst), Meryn Trant (also the worst), and Sandor Clegane (not entirely the worst??)

This week, we:

- Talk some Shirley Jackson

- Get deep on Sansa's grief

- Ponder Sandor Clegane as anti-cynicism

- Show how it's not all horror. George ain't a sadist or nihilist

- Talk some retcon foreshadowing

- Discuss Sansa's end point: Queen in the North!

Next week: AGOT, Daenerys IX with Eliana AKA glass_table_girl from the Girls Gone Canon Podcast!

Michal at Hypable: https://www.hypable.com/author/michal/ 

Vassals of Kingsgrave: https://vokpodcast.com/

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Episode 66: A GAME OF THRONES, BRAN VII: “Only in Dreams”

Episode 66: A GAME OF THRONES, BRAN VII: “Only in Dreams”

June 10, 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, good ol' Maester Luwin reassures Bran and Rickon that their creepy nightmares about their dad being dead are meaningless...and of course, he is proven 100% right. Since when do dreams *mean* things?!

This week, we:

-Discuss the different directions George considered going with books four and five

-Set up the struggle that will dominate Bran's storyline in the next book: the secular v. the magical, the Stark in Winterfell v. the Winged Wolf

-Dig into the layers of political and personal history down in the Winterfell crypts

-Pay tribute to the Ned Stark shaped hole inside Bran, Rickon, and his own tomb

-Ponder where the Children of the Forest went and what they did after the Andals arrived per Luwin's story...

Next week: AGOT, Sansa VI with new guest Michal Shick of Hypable, Nice Jewish Fangirls, and Vassals of Kingsgrave!

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