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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