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Jump on your broom and join The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion as they take their signature deep dive into 'Harry Potter,' covering all the books and movies as well as the extended 'Potter' universe.

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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ Ch. 12-14 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how characters enter the belly of the beast in chapters 12-14 of ‘Deathly Hallows’, examine illnesses in the Wizarding World, share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters, and award the House Cup to indispensable teammates....
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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ Ch. 9-11 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how trust shapes chapters 9-11 of ‘Deathly Hallows’ (4:42), examine House Elves (1:28:40), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:33:02), and award the House Cup to a new ally (1:36:53)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ Ch. 7-8 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how puzzles shape chapters 7-8 of ‘Deathly Hallows’ (6:15), examine the sword of Godric Gryffindor (1:23:52), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:29:40), and award the House Cup to a brilliant witch (1:34:06)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ Ch. 4-6 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the cost of war in chapters 4-6 of ‘Deathly Hallows’ (6:24), examine owls in the wizarding world (1:34:16), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:40:50), and award the House Cup to a fierce protector (1:55:01)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ Ch. 1-3 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss fallout in the first three chapters of ‘Deathly Hallows’ (7:39), examine the history of the Malfoy family (1:19:43), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:27:15), and award the House Cup to an ascending Dark Lord (1:35:13)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ Ch. 29-30 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how characters assume the mantle in chapters 29-30 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (6:11), examine werewolves (1:26:33), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:32:24), and award the House Cup to a true lover (1:36:29)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ Ch. 27-28 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how burdens shape chapters 27-28 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (6:16); examine the killing curse, Avada Kedavra (1:13:01); share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:16:57); and award the House Cup to the titular prince (1:21:43)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ Ch. 24-26 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of facing the darkness in chapters 24-26 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (7:29), examine the inferi (1:54:06), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:59:17), and award the House Cup to a professor and his pupil (2:03:50)....
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'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ Ch. 20-23 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss clarity in chapters 20-23 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (4:33), examine the history of Horcruxes (1:40:11), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:44:54), and award the House Cup to a wise headmaster (1:49:38)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ Ch. 16-19 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss moves and countermoves in chapters 16-19 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (4:53), examine love potions (1:35:50), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:40:16), and award the House Cup to a life-saving friend (1:44:56)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ Ch. 12-15 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore warning signs in chapters 12-15 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (6:03), examine Felix Felicis (1:43:37), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:48:29), and award the House Cup to a prolific scorer (1:52:37)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ Ch. 8-11 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss tutelage in chapters 8-11 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (5:25), examine the history of the Gaunt family (1:22:38), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:28:16), and award the House Cup to an ostensible potions prodigy (1:33:41)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ Ch. 3-7 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore allegiances in chapters 3-7 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (6:10), examine the Hogwarts Express (1:30:50), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:36:54), and award the House Cup to a fledgling Death Eater (1:41:48)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ Ch. 1-2 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the first two chapters of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ through the lens of perspective (6:50), examine the office of minister of magic (1:29:40), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:35:45), and award the House Cup to a double agent (1:41:22)....
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HP Extra: Owl Post, Vol. 2 | Harry Potter
In the second all–'Harry Potter' edition of ‘Ask the Underscore,’ The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include the rescue-mission dream team, the best Hogwarts class to teach, useful muggle inventions for wizards, and favorite memories to produce a full patronus....
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‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ Ch. 37-38 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore remorse in the final two chapters of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (5:59), examine the portraits at Hogwarts (1:12:41), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:17:29), and award the House Cup to a comforting friend (1:22:12)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ Ch. 34-36 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how recklessness impacts chapters 34-36 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (6:06), examine the history of duels in the wizarding world (1:12:43), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:18:02), and award the House Cup to the only wizard Voldemort ever feared (1:25:27)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ Ch. 29-33 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss subterfuge in chapters 29-33 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (5:40), examine the Forbidden Forest (1:25:38), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:30:03), and award the House Cup to the head of Gryffindor House (1:33:51)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ Ch. 24-28 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore chapters 24-28 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ through the lens of the battle within (5:10), examine publications in the wizarding world (1:34:20), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:39:03), and award the House Cup to the brightest witch of her age (1:44:46)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ Ch. 20-23 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how loss of control shapes ch. 20-23 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (4:39), examine St. Mungo’s Hospital (1:08:27), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:11:37), and award the House Cup to Gryffindor’s newest seeker (1:15:58)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ Ch. 15-19 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss resistance in chapters 15-19 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (5:25), explore Dolores Umbridge’s career (1:09:56), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:15:26), and award the House Cup to the architect of Dumbledore's Army (1:21:05)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ Ch. 10-14 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore harbingers in chapters 10-14 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (4:40), examine thestrals (1:15:49), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:20:10), and award the House Cup to a thinking cap (1:26:43)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ Ch. 6-9 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how battle lines shape chapters 6-9 in ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (6:08), examine the Wizengamot (1:11:58), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:15:32), and award the House Cup to the legendary Hogwarts headmaster (1:21:48)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ Ch. 1-5 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore disillusionment in chapters 1-5 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (4:59), examine dementors (1:14:03), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:19:40), and award the House Cup to Harry’s fierce godfather (1:27:36)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ Ch. 35-37 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss truth in chapters 35-37 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (06:30), examine the Animagus (1:08:17), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:14:57), and award the House Cup to the mightiest wizard of them all (1:21:35)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ Ch. 31-34 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the loss of innocence in chapters 31-34 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (05:57), examine Death Eaters (1:09:56), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:15:55), and award the House Cup to the Dark Lord (1:21:43)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ Ch. 27-30 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss secrets from the past in chapters 27-30 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (4:00), examine the Pensieve (1:02:00), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:07:40), and award the House Cup to a cave-dwelling dog (1:14:30)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ Ch. 21-26 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss maturation in chapters 21-26 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (5:10), examine the Great Lake of Hogwarts (1:18:36), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:22:05), and award the House Cup to our heroine (1:28:02)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ Ch. 16-20 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss chapters 16-20 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ through the lens of isolation (5:38), examine wizarding schools outside of Hogwarts (1:12:40), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:20:46), and award the House Cup to the youngest Triwizard champion (1:26:47)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ Ch. 11-15 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore expanding horizons in chapters 11-15 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (6:04), examine aurors (1:02:34), share their seven favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:07:32), and award the House Cup to the new professor for Defense Against the Dark Arts (1:16:32)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ Ch. 6-10 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how light and dark interact throughout chapters 6-10 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (3:58), examine Portkeys (59:19), share their seven favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:06:46), and award the House Cup to a prodigious young Quidditch star (1:19:03)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ Ch. 1-5 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the clash of worlds in the first five chapters of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (10:24), examine the Floo Network (57:15), share their seven favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:03:00), and award the House Cup to an infamous sorcerer (1:09:31)....
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HP Extra: Owl Post, Vol. 1 | Harry Potter
In this all-'Harry Potter' edition of ‘Ask The Underscore,’ The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include: ranking the Harry Potter books, spin-off story ideas, favorite minor characters, pre-plumbing practices for wizards, and more....
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‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,’ Ch. 16-22 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss communication and reconciliation in the climactic final chapters of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ (4:16), explore Time-Turners (1:12:19), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:17:23), and award the House Cup to a precocious witch (1:21:17)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,’ Ch. 11-15 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how force of will drives chapters 11-15 of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ (10:56), explore the Patronus Charm (46:15), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (52:27), and award the House Cup to our protagonist (1:00:55)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,’ Ch. 6-10 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how humiliation affects chapters 6-10 of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ (14:35), explore the Marauder’s Map (1:07:34), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:14:04), and award the House Cup to the professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts (1:22:17)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,’ Ch. 1-5 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the first five chapters of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ through the lens of fear (11:39), explore the Knight Bus (57:59), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:02:12), and award the House Cup to a most-wanted wizard (1:07:38)....
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HP Extra: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion share their seven favorite things from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (5:30). Then, they speak to Universal’s Eric Hunt about producing attractions based on J.K. Rowling’s creations (25:37) and Universal’s Michael Aiello about crafting live performances within the park (43:17)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ Movie | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ghosts of the past in the film adaptation of ‘Chamber of Secrets’ (6:23), examine the screen version of Gilderoy Lockhart (1:08:58), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from the movie (1:14:01), and award the House Cup to the titular hero (1:18:41)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,’ Ch. 15-18 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss chapters 15 to 18 of ‘Chamber of Secrets’ through the lens of revelations (12:48), examine phoenixes (56:32), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:02:20), and award the House Cup to a faithful pet (1:08:18)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,’ Ch. 11-14 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how identity shapes chapters 11-14 of ‘Chamber of Secrets’ (12:10), explore Polyjuice Potion (56:04), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:04:10), and award the House Cup to a memory (1:09:59)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,’ Ch. 6-10 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how pride and prejudice manifest in chapters 6-10 of ‘Chamber of Secrets’ (12:30), examine the ghosts of Hogwarts (50:52), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (59:23), and award the House Cup to our precocious heroine (1:05:19)....
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'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,’ Ch. 1-5 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the first five chapters of 'Chamber of Secrets' and the theme of obstacles (13:34), explain the Whomping Willow (52:21), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (58:50), and award the House Cup to the Weasley family (1:07:50)....
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HP Extra: Quidditch Special | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer listener-submitted questions about everyone's favorite magical sport in a special Quidditch-themed edition of Ask The Underscore (4:06). Then, they are joined by U.S. Quidditch co-founder Alicia Radford to discuss the real-life rendition of the sport (35:57)....
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‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ Movie | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how expectations shape the film adaptation of ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ (5:30), explain how the actors were discovered (1:03:44), highlight seven insights and observations from the film (1:08:21), and award the House Cup to the studio that brought Harry to the big screen (1:12:59).You can purchase ‘Binge Mode: Harry Potter’ T-shirts at theringer.com/shop....
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‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,’ Ch. 15-17 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss courage in the last three chapters of 'Sorcerer's Stone' (11:20), explore the mythical item at the center of this novel (1:02:13), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:07:28), and award the House Cup to a bold member of Gryffindor (1:11:59).You can purchase ‘Binge Mode: Harry Potter’ T-shirts at theringer.com/shop....
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‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,’ Ch. 11-14 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how longing shapes chapters 11-14 of 'Sorcerer's Stone' (13:27), explore dragons in the wizarding world (53:07), list seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:01:01), and award the House Cup to the titular character (1:09:53).You can purchase ‘Binge Mode: Harry Potter’ T-shirts at theringer.com/shop....
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‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,’ Ch. 6-10 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss chapters 6-10 of 'Sorcerer's Stone' through the lens of friends and foes (13:01), examine the Sorting Hat's function in the magical world (56:15), list seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:03:45), and award the House Cup to a red-headed pal (1:10:48).You can purchase ‘Binge Mode: Harry Potter’ T-shirts at theringer.com/shop....
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‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,’ Ch. 1-5 | Harry Potter
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the first five chapters of 'Sorcerer's Stone' and the theme of discovery (11:31), delve into the Gringotts Wizarding bank (1:03:01), list seven of their favorite insights and observations from the chapters (1:10:33), and award the House Cup to the friendly half-giant, Rubeus Hagrid (1:14:40).You can purchase ‘Binge Mode: Harry Potter’ T-shirts at theringer.com/shop....
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The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion return to take their signature deep dives into 'Harry Potter,' covering all the books and movies as well as the extended 'Potter' universe....
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Beginnings in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of beginnings in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ (11:33), explain how the Han Solo character originally came about (41:02), rank seven questions they want to see answered in a potential sequel (43:57), and award the champion’s purse to a fierce droid (52:55)....
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Satire in ‘Deadpool 2’ | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the use of satire in ‘Deadpool 2’ (14:42), explain the origins of the titular character (42:22), list seven notable celebrity cameos in the film (49:02), and award the champion’s purse to Domino (52:39)....
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Sacrifice in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of sacrifice in Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (14:52), theorize on how the heroes could make a comeback against Thanos (53:02), list seven of their favorite moments from the blockbuster (1:02:11), and award the champion’s purse to the villain of the movie (1:07:33).Purchase new 'Binge Mode: Harry Potter' merch at bit.ly/ringershop....
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Free Will in ‘Westworld’ Season 1, Episodes 6-10 | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of free will in the latter half of ‘Westworld’ Season 1 (22:33), explain the title of the penultimate episode (56:57), celebrate the leader of the hosts’ rebellion (1:02:18), and list seven of the things they're most looking forward to in Season 2 (1:04:08)....
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The Nature of Consciousness in 'Westworld' Season 1, Episodes 1-5 | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion examine how Season 1 of ‘Westworld’ explores the concept of consciousness (16:49), explain the theory of bicameralism (51:56), list seven of their favorite hints the showrunners included for audience speculation (55:19), and crown the cocreator of the fictional world (65:30)....
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Virtual and Actual Reality in ’Ready Player One’ | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion debate the pros and cons of virtual reality in ‘Ready Player One’ (9:00), draw parallels to real-life video games (50:35), list seven of their favorite pop culture references in the movie (55:45), and highlight the nostalgia weaved through the story (61:15).For more on ‘Ready Player One,’ check out The Ringer’s coverage here.And pre-order new Ringer merch at http://bit.ly/ringershop...
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Ask the Underscore, Vol. 3 | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include: 'Ready Player One,' March Madness, MLB Opening Day, a hypothetical 'Game of Thrones'–'Billions' crossover, and, of course, 'Harry Potter.'For context on Jason’s “lifelong Yankees fandom,” please check out ‘The NBA Fan’s Guide to the World Series’ on Channel 33 from last October (1:02:01—1:07:05) on Apple Podcasts, ART19, or wherever you get your podcasts.Also, you can preorder new Ringer merchan...
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Hubris in ‘Billions’ Season 2 | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how hubris drives the main characters’ actions in Season 2 of the Showtime original series ‘Billions’ (17:50), explain the history behind an iconic New York City restaurant (1:09:57), list seven notable film references in the sophomore season (1:12:55), and crown Axe Cap's star prodigy (1:17:41)....
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Power in ‘Billions’ Season 1 | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how power dynamics define the central characters in Season 1 of the Showtime original series ‘Billions’ (13:22), discuss Bobby Axelrod’s real-life counterpart (1:06:52), rank seven of their favorite lines from Mike “Wags” Wagner (1:10:02), and celebrate the woman caught between the two central adversaries (1:15:33).For the full backstory on Bobby Axelrod’s inspiration, Steve Cohen, read Katie Baker’s piece on The Ringer....
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Ghosts of the Past in ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2 | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how the past haunts characters in the sophomore season of ‘Jessica Jones’ (16:08), discuss a fictional New York City prison in the Marvel Universe (50:52), highlight seven of the strangest Trish Walker moments from the season (56:17), and award the champion’s purse to the women who created the show (1:05:06)....
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Control in ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 1 | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of control in Season 1 of ‘Jessica Jones’ (11:42), discuss the history of the hero and her creator (1:00:23), list seven of their favorite Marvel Easter eggs from the 13 episodes (1:06:14), and crown the titular hero (1:12:17)....
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Self-Destruction in ‘Annihilation’ | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of self-destruction in the enigmatic sci-fi film ‘Annihilation’ (13:18), discuss the notable differences between the film adaptation and the original novella (31:46), analyze the film’s recurring musical motif (52:49), list seven stories similar to the movie (1:00:32), and crown an increasingly popular genre (01:10:18).For more ‘Annihilation’ coverage, check out:The Ringer staff’s exit survey on the filmWriter-director Alex Garland on ‘The Bi...
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Power and Responsibility in ’Black Panther’ | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the relationship between power and responsibility in ‘Black Panther’ (10:40), explore the advanced technologies of Wakanda (45:33), list seven of their favorite details from the film (53:36), and champion the women of Wakanda (61:20).Link - The Ringer's story stream on 'Black Panther'...
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The Evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Film Formula | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how Marvel films have maintained their success (8:11), review the comic books that inspired the films (55:58), list seven of their favorite post-credit scenes (59:04), and crown the mastermind behind the franchise (64:32).Link: The Ringer's Superhero Draft...
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Ask the Underscore: Vol. 2 | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include: Super Bowl memories, ‘Star Wars’ spin-offs, ‘Altered Carbon,’ new ‘Solo’ and ‘Westworld’ trailers, ‘Game of Thrones’ hypotheticals, and more....
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Teamwork and Friendship in ‘The Good Place’ Season 2 | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the bond that the protagonists of ‘The Good Place’ build throughout the show’s sophomore season (6:47), explore other integrations of sports references in TV history (51:09), list their favorite iterations of Janet (56:07), and crown a worthy demon (64:09)....
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Growth and Enlightenment in ‘The Good Place’ Season 1 | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss Season 1 of ‘The Good Place’ through the lens of growth and enlightenment (4:59), explore other depictions of philosophy in popular culture (43:07), identify seven clues that hinted at the season's big plot twist (48:28), and name their season champion (55:36)....
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‘Friday Night Lights’ Season 2 (Live) | Weekly
Live from Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the most absurd plot points in Season 2 of the iconic series ’Friday Night Lights’ (1:08). Then, they are joined by The Ringer’s Shea Serrano, who offers an alternative perspective on the show (39:54). Finally, HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons comes on to toast to the winner of the season (49:27)....
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'Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams' | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the prolific sci-fi author Philip K. Dick’s wider canon (9:54), discuss the theme that unites their two favorite episodes of 'Electric Dreams' (17:18), power-rank their favorite actor appearances in the star-studded series (51:11), and award an unlikely duo their champion's purse (56:58)....
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‘The Shape of Water’ and the Elements of a Fairy Tale | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion review the critically acclaimed fantasy film ‘The Shape of Water’ (4:01), explore the building blocks that make up the adult fairy tale (6:52), examine filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro’s use of fantastical monsters (41:15), list their favorite interspecies romances (46:14), and extol the mysterious fish-man at the center of the movie (53:48)....
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‘Black Mirror’ Season 4: Choice and Consequence | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion review the premises for Season 4 of ‘Black Mirror’ (3:28), discuss the theme of choice and consequence in their three favorite episodes (5:36), provide the history of early online dating (46:23), highlight their favorite cross-season Easter eggs (51:34), and crown the successor to 'San Junipero' (61:20)....
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Ask the Underscore: Your Questions About Our 2017 | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include: 'Game of Thrones's' future, Hogwarts' houses, the Knicks and O's, and their friendship....
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and Killing the Past | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion review Episode VIII of ‘Star Wars’ (3:18), explore the concept of moving on from the past for the characters and the film at large (8:25), discuss the reorganization of ‘Star Wars’ canon (55:00), list some notable nuggets from the film (59:55), and crown a worthy droid (65:27)....
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‘Star Wars’: Heroes and Villains in a Galaxy Far, Far Away | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how the Hero’s Journey informed the ‘Star Wars’ films (2:55), trace the narratives of the universe’s notable heroes and villains (6:06), explore the symbolism of the series (47:49), champion notable droids (49:52), and perform line readings from the prequels (52:54)....
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‘Black Mirror’ Seasons 1~3: Love and Longing in the Digital Dystopia | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion dissect their three favorite episodes from Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ thus far in anticipation for Season 4 (4:00), analyze the future of technology as it relates to the show (50:25), herald the winners of virtual eternity (53:25), and run through the seven things they are most excited for this week (55:14)....
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‘Coco’ and Coming of Age in the Pixar Universe | Weekly
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion examine Pixar’s latest masterpiece, ‘Coco’ (4:58); highlight shared themes between ‘Coco’ and previous Pixar films (8:42); discuss representation in the Pixar universe (50:21); crown the winner of ‘Coco’ (56:44); and share the seven topics they are excited for this week (59:29)....
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‘Binge Mode: Weekly’ Trailer
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion return to take their signature deep dives into the topics obsessing them at the moment, from shows and movies to books and sports....

S7E7: The Dragon and the Wolf | Game of Thrones
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 7, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” by exploring the episode's central theme, unions (9:00), before breaking down the rules of succession in Westeros and Jon’s claim to the Iron Throne (77:00). Finally, they crown their champions (94:00)....
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S7E6: Beyond the Wall | Game of Thrones
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall,” by unpacking the episode’s central theme, the burden of destiny (9:00). Later, they break down the Long Night, the Last Hero, and other pertinent history beyond the Wall (68:00), before crowning a new dragon owner as the episode’s champion (85:00)....

S7E5: Eastwatch | Game of Thrones
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 5, “Eastwatch," through the lens of desperation, the episode’s central theme (13:00). Later, they break down the importance of R+L=J (65:00) and what it could mean for the episode’s champion (83:00)....

S7E4: The Spoils of War | Game of Thrones
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 4, “The Spoils of War,” by exploring the reckonings various characters experienced throughout the episode (14:00). Then, they delve into the backstory of the elite sellswords from the Golden Company (60:00) before awarding the champion’s purse to a pair of high flyers (75:00)....

S7E3: The Queen’s Justice | Game of Thrones
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss 'Game of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 3, “The Queen’s Justice,” by exploring its central theme of symbolism vs. substance (9:30) and the history of "preparing for winter" (53:30) before awarding the champion's purse to a tactician of vengeance (66:00)....
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S7E2: Stormborn | Game of Thrones
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 2, “Stormborn,” by exploring its central theme, the shifting sands and changing plans (13:00), before taking a deeper look into the book prophecy regarding Dany’s "three treasons" (57:00) and crowning the episode’s champion (68:00)....

S7E1: Dragonstone | Game of Thrones
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 1, “Dragonstone,” by unpacking its central theme: All of this has happened before; all of this will happen again (9:30). They also go in deep on the Citadel (43:00) before crowning the episode’s champion (63:00)....

S6E1: The Red Woman | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 1, "The Red Woman," by unpacking its central theme: improvising (9:30). They also share the book version of the Dornish plot (38:00) and crown a free agent as the episode’s champion (53:00)....

S6E2: Home | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 2, "Home," by examining its central theme: teamwork (10:00). They also break down the theories behind Tyrion’s parentage (42:00) before crowning a dead body as the episode’s champion (45:00)....

S6E3: Oathbreaker | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 3, "Oathbreaker," by analyzing its central theme: leaps of faith (7:00). They also study the backstory of the Prince That Was Promised (41:00) before crowning a mourning son as the episode’s champion (58:00)....

S6E4: Book of the Stranger | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 4, "Book of the Stranger," by reviewing its central theme: negotiating in bad faith (8:00). They also detail the history of the dosh khaleen (36:00) before crowning a queen as the episode’s champion (49:00)....

S6E5: The Door | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 5, "The Door," by exploring its central theme: great power, great responsibility (13:00). They also consider the book versions of Bran’s visions (43:00) before crowning an emerging leader as the episode’s champion (56:00)....

S6E6: Blood of My Blood | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6, Episode 6, "Blood of My Blood," by examining its central theme: the family you choose (8:00). They also study the book version of Coldhands (31:00) before crowning a rebellious son as the episode’s champion (46:00)....

S6E7: The Broken Man | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6, Episode 7, "The Broken Man," by unpacking its central theme: when the lost cause is the just cause (8:00). They also detail the Blackfish’s history (32:00) before crowning a fierce head of house as the episode’s champion (45:00)....

S6E8: No One | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6, Episode 8, "No One," by reviewing its central theme: heel turns (8:00). They also explain the history of the Trial of Seven (29:00) before crowning someone as the episode’s champion (43:00)....

S6E9: Battle of the Bastards | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6, Episode 9, "Battle of the Bastards," by exploring its central theme: redemption (8:00). They also break down the history of great bastards (40:00) before crowning a whole house as the episode’s champion (53:00)....

S6E10: The Winds of Winter | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season, 6 Episode 10, "The Winds of Winter," by analyzing its central theme: promises kept (25:00). They also consider the backstory behind the Tower of Joy (13:00) before crowning a pair of trusting siblings as the episode’s champions (67:00)....

S5E1: The Wars to Come | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 1, "The Wars to Come," by exploring its central theme: tough conversations (8:00). They also dissect the backstory behind Cersei’s prophecy (30:00) before crowning a conspirator as the episode’s champion (45:00)....

S5E2: The House of Black and White | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 2, "The House of Black and White," by unpacking its central theme: temptation (8:30). They also study the history of elections (33:00) before crowning a new leader as the episode’s champion (46:00)....

S5E3: High Sparrow | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 3, "High Sparrow," by analyzing its central theme: seeking vengeance (8:30). They also review the history of Volantis (30:00) before crowning a queen as the episode’s champion (44:00)....

S5E4: Sons of the Harpy | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 4, "Sons of the Harpy," by breaking down its central theme: the bill comes due (7:00). They also study Barristan’s history (32:00) before crowning a resurgent force as the episode’s champion (47:00)....

S5E5: Kill the Boy | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 5, "Kill the Boy," by examining its central theme: revolutionary thinking (7:30). They also detail the history of Old Valyria and greyscale (26:00) before crowning the episode’s champion (38:00)....

S5E6: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 6, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken," by parsing its central theme: idealism and extremism (12:00). They also consider the backstory behind Braavos and the Faceless Men (31:00) before crowning a rising pupil as the episode's champion (45:00)....

S5E7: The Gift | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 7, "The Gift," by analyzing its central theme: taking chances (9:00). They also relate the history of the Faith Militant (34:00) before crowning a man of the gods as the episode’s champion (46:00)....

S5E8: Hardhome | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 8, "Hardhome," by breaking down its central theme: understanding the stakes (7:30). They also explain the backstory of the book versions of the Night King and Hardhome (33:00) before crowning a fierce fighter as the episode’s champion (46:00)....

S5E9: The Dance of Dragons | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 9, "The Dance of Dragons," by unpacking its central theme: sacrifice (9:00). They also delve into the history of how to kill a dragon (40:00) before crowning a first-time episode champion (57:00)....

S5E10: Mother’s Mercy | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 10, "Mother’s Mercy," by examining its central theme: hatred (16:00). They also review the backstory behind the walk of atonement (48:00), before crowning a repeat episode champion (58:00)....

S4E1: Two Swords | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 1, "Two Swords," by unpacking its central theme: the new normal that doesn't really exist anymore (6:00). They also explain the history of Valyrian steel (30:00) before crowning a debut character as the episode’s champion (41:30)....

S4E2: The Lion and the Rose | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 2, "The Lion and the Rose," by exploring its central theme: spectacle (21:00). They also review the history of poisons (15:30) before crowning a successful plotter as the episode’s champion (12:00)....

S4E3: Breaker of Chains | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 3, "Breaker of Chains," by examining its central theme: protection (12:00). They also break down the rest of Westeros’s relationship with Dorne (29:30) before crowning the episode’s champion (40:30)....

S4E4: Oathkeeper | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 4, "Oathkeeper," by dissecting its central theme: the pawns on the board (7:00). They also relate the backstory behind the Lands of Always Winter (29:30) before crowning a conqueror as the episode’s champion (41:30)....

S4E5: First of His Name | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 5, "First of His Name," by analyzing its central theme: not being ready yet (7:30). They also consider the backstory behind the Lannister gold mine (31:00) before crowning a fighter as the episode’s champion (40:30)....

S4E6: The Laws of Gods and Men | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 6, "The Laws of Gods and Men," by parsing its central theme: the process of government (6:00). They also detail the history of the Iron Bank (30:00) before crowning a master negotiator as the episode’s champion (38:00)....

S4E7: Mockingbird | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 7, "Mockingbird," by probing its central theme: obsession (7:30). They also delve into the backstory of Littlefinger’s upbringing (26:30) before crowning a longtime lover as the episode’s champion (37:00)....

S4E8: The Mountain and the Viper | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 8, "The Mountain and the Viper," by unpacking its central theme: vulnerability (8:30). They also study the best fighters in Westeros (33:30) before crowning the episode’s champion (46:00)....

S4E9: The Watchers on the Wall | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 9, "The Watchers on the Wall," by breaking down its central theme: fighting for the cause (6:00). They also explore the history of the Wall and why to attack it at Castle Black (30:30) before crowning a repeat champion (40:00)....

S4E10: The Children | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 10, "The Children," by analyzing its central theme: destiny (9:30). They also provide the backstory of the Three-Eyed Raven (33:00) before crowning the episode’s champion (45:30)....

S3E1: Valar Dohaeris | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Episode 1, "Valar Dohaeris," by examining its central theme: politics as combat (6:00). They also discuss the backstory of White Walkers (29:00) before crowning the first episode champion of the season (39:00)....

S3E2: Dark Wings, Dark Words | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Episode 2, "Dark Wings, Dark Words," by analyzing its central theme: reality checks (5:00). They also explain the history of warging (25:00) before crowning a pair of powerful women as the episode’s champions (36:30)....

S3E3: Walk of Punishment | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Episode 3, "Walk of Punishment," by unpacking its central theme: the fragility of strength (8:00). They also provide the backstory of the Unsullied (26:30) before crowning the episode’s champions (38:30)....

S3E4: And Now His Watch Is Ended | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Episode 4, "And Now His Watch Is Ended," by breaking down its central theme: freelancing and breaking norms (8:00). They also detail the history of the Brotherhood Without Banners (24:30) before crowning a shrewd bargainer as the episode’s champion (35:30)....

S3E5: Kissed by Fire | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Episode 5, "Kissed by Fire," by reviewing its central theme: hard choices (7:30). They also explain the history of the Karstarks (35:30) before crowning a new lover as the episode’s champion (40:00)....

S3E6: The Climb | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Episode 6, "The Climb," by analyzing its central theme: making deals and setting traps (6:00). They also relate the history of the Tullys, Freys, and Riverlands (27:30) before crowning a new group as the episode’s champions (36:30)....

S3E7: The Bear and the Maiden Fair | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Episode 7, "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," by examining its central theme: thinking with your heart (or the other head) (8:00). They also provide the backstory of Slaver’s Bay (27:00) before crowning a reluctant rescuer as the episode’s champion (35:00)....

S3E8: Second Sons | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Episode 8, "Second Sons," by exploring its central theme: committing (6:00). They also relate the backstory behind dragonglass (26:30) before crowning one of its wielders as the episode’s champion (35:30)....

S3E9: The Rains of Castamere | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Episode 9, "The Rains of Castamere," by studying its central theme: ruthlessness. They also discuss the practice of guest rights (9:00) before crowning the Seven Kingdoms’ best letter-writer as the episode’s champion (54:00)....

S3E10: Mhysa | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Episode 10, "Mhysa," by analyzing its central theme: homecoming (8:10). They also consider the history of the Nightfort (32:40) before crowning a repeat episode champion in a season finale (42:00)....

S2E1: The North Remembers | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 1, "The North Remembers," by unpacking its central theme: flexing, or shows of power and/or the facade of power (6:00). They also explore the history of Dragonstone and the rules of succession (24:30) before crowning a new character as the episode’s champion (34:00)....

S2E2: The Night Lands | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 2, "The Night Lands," by parsing its central theme: identity, and how characters are perceived by both themselves and others (5:30). They also break down the backstory of the Greyjoy Rebellion and Iron Islands culture (22:20) before crowning a fan favorite as the episode’s champion (30:30)....

S2E3: What Is Dead May Never Die | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss “Game of Thrones” Season 2, Episode 3, "What Is Dead May Never Die," by analyzing its central theme: lessons, from both mentor-protégé relationships and broader teachable moments (5:10). They also explain the history of maesters and the disappearance of magic (22:10) before crowning a new player in the Game of Thrones as the episode’s champion (31:00)....

S2E4: Garden of Bones | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 4, "Garden of Bones," by exploring its central theme: the cost of war (6:00). They also examine the backstory behind the curse of Harrenhal (25:00) before crowning a repeat winner as the episode’s champion (36:00)....

S2E5: The Ghost of Harrenhal | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 5, "The Ghost of Harrenhal," by analyzing its central theme: the importance of preparation and planning (6:00). They also detail the battles and events leading up to the assassination of Renly Baratheon (25:00) before crowning a competitor for the throne as the episode’s champion (35:10)....

S2E6: The Old Gods and the New | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss “Game of Thrones” Season 2, Episode 6, "The Old Gods and the New," by parsing its central theme: betrayal (7:17). They also delve into the history of the city of Qarth (25:00) before crowning a new episode champion (34:00)....

S2E7: A Man Without Honor | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2 Episode 7, "A Man Without Honor," by reviewing its central theme: survival (6:00). They also examine the history of the Wildlings (26:10) before crowning a pair of local rivals as the episode’s champions (35:16)....

S2E8: The Prince of Winterfell | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 8, "The Prince of Winterfell," by studying its central theme, fear, and its various manifestations and effects (6:15). They also provide the backstory of the Onion Knight and siege of Storm’s End (28:30) before crowning the episode’s champion (39:00)....

S2E9: Blackwater | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 9, "Blackwater," by exploring its central theme: risking everything (7:20). They also consider the backstories behind the Lord of Light and blood magic (23:30) before crowning an unlikely war hero as the episode’s champion (33:10)....

S2E10: Valar Morghulis | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 10, "Valar Morghulis," by probing its central theme: winning the battle but not the war (10:00). They also relate the history of the Fist of the First Men (28:10) before crowning the final episode champion of the season (38:30)....

S1E1: Winter Is Coming | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 1, “Winter Is Coming,” by unpacking its central theme: the weight of shared history (7:10). They also provide the backstory of Robert’s Rebellion (19:00) and crown the inaugural episode champion (34:30)....

S1E2: The Kingsroad | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 2, “The Kingsroad,” by parsing its central theme: transitioning and enhancing one’s agency (6:30). They also discuss Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen’s time as refugees (16:24) and crown a pack of youngsters as the episode’s champions (28:40)....

S1E3: Lord Snow | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 3, "Lord Snow," by exploring its central theme: institutional decay (6:00). They also explain the history the Mad King and the beef between Ned Stark and Jaime Lannister (17:10) before crowning the episode’s champion (29:00)....

S1E4: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 4, "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things," by dissecting its central theme: the political and personal plots and conspiracies that entangle numerous characters (4:15). They also provide an overview of Dragonlore (19:00) and crown a new episode champion (31:50)....

S1E5: The Wolf and the Lion | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 5, "The Wolf and the Lion," by examining its central theme: What makes a good ruler (4:25)? They also provide insight on bastards and the importance of a family name (19:05) and crown a pair of schemers as the episode’s champions (28:50)....

S1E6: A Golden Crown | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 6, "A Golden Crown," by analyzing its central theme: loyalty and the ramifications when it becomes lost, gained, manipulated, and muddled (5:00). They also explore the history of the trial-by-combat tradition (19:40) and crown the episode’s champion (28:25)....

S1E7: You Win or You Die | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 7, "You Win or You Die," by exploring its central theme: the importance of legacy (4:50). They also explain the history of the Night’s Watch, one of the central institutions on the show (20:00), and journey south to crown the episode’s champion (29:30)....

S1E8: The Pointy End | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 8, "The Pointy End," by considering its central theme: the crucial, life-sustaining practice of building allegiances (3:50). They also review the stories behind the Old Gods and Weirwoods (20:00) and crown another episode champion (31:30)....

S1E9: Baelor | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 9, "Baelor," by parsing its central theme: the sometimes bitter pill that is compromise (5:50). They also break down the Battle of the Whispering Wood (20:10) before crowning its winner as the episode’s champion (30:05)....

S1E10: Fire and Blood | Game of Thrones
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 10, "Fire and Blood," by unpacking its central theme: rebirth (5:10). They also analyze the backstory behind the “King in the North” title (20:35) and crown a new mother as the episode’s champion (30:40)....

Binge Mode: Game of Thrones Trailer
Get ready for the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere by binge-watching all 60 existing episodes with The Ringer’s experts, Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion, deep-diving one episode at a time to parse the theories, history, characters, and themes that enrich one of the defining stories of our time....