EW's Game of Thrones Weekly

EW's Game of Thrones Weekly Podcast

Dive deep into the HBO hit fantasy series each week with Entertainment Weekly's top Westeros war correspondent James Hibberd and Greyjoy fanboy Darren Franich as they talk about what happened on the show, both on camera and behind the scenes – and what might be coming up.

"Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon" Part 4
Hosts James Hibberd and Darren Franich are back with the fourth and final new episode of Game of Thrones Weekly, celebrating James' new book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, available now! This week James and Darren get into the controversial final season, including the cast and crew’s thoughts about the final Daenerys twist. Featuring exclusive interviews with actors Peter Dinklage, Gwendoline Christie and Iain Glen. Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon is available here from Penguin Random House, and you can check out al...

"Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon" Part 3
Hosts James Hibberd and Darren Franich are back with the third of 4 new episodes of Game of Thrones Weekly, celebrating James' new book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, available now! This week James and Darren discuss two major controversies: the trip to Dorne and Sansa’s “Wedding Night,” as well as the Battle of the Bastards. Featuring an exclusive interview with Gwendoline Christie. Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon is available here from Penguin Random House, and you can check out all of EW's Game of Thrones coverag...

"Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon" Part 2
Hosts James Hibberd and Darren Franich are back with the second of 4 new episodes of Game of Thrones Weekly, celebrating James' new book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, available now! This week James and Darren discuss the show’s rise in the early seasons including George R. R. Martin’s least favorite scene, the Battle of Blackwater and the traumatic filming of the Red Wedding. Featuring exclusive interviews with co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, director Neil Marshall and George R. R. Martin himself. Fire Ca...


"Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon" Part 1
Hosts James Hibberd and Darren Franich are back with the first of 4 new episodes of Game of Thrones Weekly, celebrating James' new book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, available now! This week James and Darren discuss the development of the show, including the failed first TV pilot and the recasting of Daenerys. Featuring exclusive interviews with co-creator Dan Weiss, actors Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Mark Addy, and George R. R. Martin himself. Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon is available here from Penguin Random Hou...

Trailer: "Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon" New Episodes Coming Soon!
EW's Game of Thrones Weekly, like Jon Snow, has risen from the dead! Hosts James Hibberd and Darren Franich are back with 4 new episodes of Game of Thrones Weekly, celebrating James' upcoming book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon with behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about the making of the show. Both the book and our new episodes will launch on October 6th, so be sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode! In the meantime, you can pre-order Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon here and check out all of EW's Ga...


“Empire Strikes Back” rewatch; “The Mandalorian” Goes Full Samurai
James and Darren discuss the fourth episode of “The Mandalorian,” which has them reaching for some unexpected comparisons in TV history. Then they dive into the best “Star Wars” movie ever made, and the twist that changed the franchise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A New Hope, Rise of Skywalker & More Mando
James and Darren dive into episodes 2 and 3 of The Mandalorian, discuss EW’s Rise of Skywalker cover story, reveal some new details about A New Hope’s climactic Death Star battle and James geeks out about the old school charms of Jedi Fallen Order.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


“The Mandalorian” and Maclunky
James Hibberd and Darren Franich might not agree on the first episode of the Disney+ “Star Wars” spin-off, but they can’t get enough of the newest addition to “A New Hope.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

New James & Darren podcast: Star Wars Untold Stories
James Hibberd and Darren Franich reunite for a new Entertainment Weekly podcast, this time on the world of Star Wars. Subscribe to Star Wars Untold Stories coming soon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A Dream of Spring
James and Darren read Twitter questions, discuss the past and future of Westeros, and ride north with the wildlings.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Season 8, Ep. 6: Iron Throne Blown
The series finale! James and Darren discuss the fate of Daenerys’ Iron Throne quest, the new king (and queen!) in Westeros, fan backlash to the final season, some tales from the GoT set and Ghost finally getting schnuggies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Season 8, Ep 5: For Whom The Bells Toll
A destructive and controversial episode of Game of Thrones inspires some profound debate, as James and Darren take a closer look at the dark turn of Daenerys Targaryen. The fatalities piled high in “The Bells,” and so James also offers insight from his interviews with the performers whose characters perished in the chaos.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Season 8, Ep 4: Misjudgment Day
James and Darren deliver a super-sized podcast covering an extra-long episode of Game of Thrones as the show’s heroes make a series of tragic missteps. We revisit last week’s darkness debate, talk Jon’s honesty problem, Brienne’s seemingly doomed hookup, Daenerys being pushed to her limit and that big death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Season 8, Ep 3: The Long Dark Night
Arya leads the charge in a showdown with the Night King and the Army of the Dead. James tells Darren stories from the set of the biggest battle episode in “Game of Thrones” history. It was a brutal, fatality-heavy episode…but did it have to be so hard to see? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Season 8, Ep. 2: Daenerys finds out
A long night in Winterfell leads to relationship-upending revelations and unexpected attachments. James and Darren disagree about the most surprising episode of the show in years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Season 8, Ep. 1: Jon Snow Knows Everything
Everyone’s heading to “Winterfell” in the final season premiere of HBO’s fantasy phenomenon. James and Darren discuss the many reunions (and first-ever meetings) taking place in the snowy north, and take a closer look at the already-fractious relations between Sansa and Daenerys. The Night King is marching his army southwards, and down in King’s Landing, Cersei is already assembling an army for the battle AFTER the battle to save Westeros from destruction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone....


Season 8 NYC premiere discussion
James discusses watching season 8’s first episode (spoiler free) after the New York City premiere. Plus: Final season run times, the showrunners address season 7’s pacing criticisms, the Night King’s origin story and spoiler avoidance tips. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Season 8 trailer talk and Battle of Winterfell set visit
James and Darren break down the long-awaited Game of Thrones season 8 trailer on EW’s Game of Thrones Podcast, brought to you by Toyota. (What, exactly, is going on with Cersei? is Jon going to ride that dragon or what?). Plus we discuss EW's new Battle of Winterfell set visit cover story reveal some new spoiler-free tidbits about what it was really like behind the scenes of the climatic battle episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

EW's Best of Shows episode 2 (Special Preview Episode)
Once again, join your co-hosts Darren Franich and Kristen Baldwin as they take a look at season 2 of Star Trek: Discover; Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike tackles social issues with humor on Trigger Warning; and a chat with Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider about their hilarious new series The Other Two. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Introducing EW's Best of Shows (Special Preview Episode)
In this preview of EW's new weekly podcast about television Best of Shows, Darren Franich and Kristen Baldwin take a look at season 3 of True Detective; Gillian Anderson returning to TV in Netflix’s sweet teen dramedy Sex Education; and Kristen and Darren try to decipher the appeal of The Masked Singer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Final season preview
James and Darren are back from their long hiatus to discuss everything season 8. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Predictions for Season 8
What does the Night King actually want? What's in the cards for Dany and Jon? Who is the Prince That Was Promised? Should The Mountain and The Hound finally have their face-off, who is most likely to win? James and Darren look back at the highs and lows of Season 7, discuss what to expect in Season 8, and give their updated rankings on where all the seasons currently stand. Thank you to everyone who listened and supported this podcast this season! Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send...


Ep. 7: The Love Boat
We break down the season 7 finale: Jon and Dany chart a course toward incest, Sansa and Arya team up on Littlefinger, Theon breaks our hearts, and James reveals what it was like on the set of that Dragonpit summit. Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] Please rate us on iTunes and leave us a review! We’d love to hear from you.  Credits:  Hosts: James Hibberd (@jameshibberd) and Darren Franich (@DarrenFranich)  Producer: Cristina Everett (@cri...

Ep. 6: Exit the Dragon
Jon Snow leads a suicide squad squad north of the wall, and James was on-set for season 7's snowiest setpiece! He talks with Darren about the most polar-izing episode of the season. Jon and Dany, question mark? Arya and Sansa, exclamation mark! Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] Please rate us on iTunes and leave us a review! We’d love to hear from you.  Credits:  Hosts: James Hibberd (@jameshibberd) and Darren Franich (@DarrenFranich)  Pr...

Ep. 5: The Parent Traps
A fast-paced, callback-filled episode that proves even Dany’s dragons have figured out Jon Snow’s parentage gets decoded by James and Darren, who take on Gendry’s steely return, Littlefinger and Arya’s hallway shadow peeping, and a Westerosi Avengers Assemble at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea (which is totally not a bed and breakfast). Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] Please rate us on iTunes and leave us a review! We’d love to hear from you.  Credits: ...


Ep. 4: Spoilers of War
A massive battle threatens the lives of key characters, but James and Darren can't stop talking about the reunions up in Winterfell. Meanwhile, Dany and Jon go spelunking! Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] Please rate us on iTunes and leave us a review! We’d love to hear from you.  Credits:  Hosts: James Hibberd (@jameshibberd) and Darren Franich (@DarrenFranich)  Producer: Cristina Everett (@cristinaeverett)  Editor: DGital Media (@DG...

Ep. 3: All the Queens' Men
Dany meets Jon. Bran returns to Winterfell. And yet all is wrong in the world of Westeros, as one Queen’s strategy gets demolished by another Queen’s trickery. Death ensues. Meanwhile, Jorah makes a friend. Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] Please rate us on iTunes and leave us a review! We’d love to hear from you.  Credits:  Hosts: James Hibberd (@jameshibberd) and Darren Franich (@DarrenFranich)  Producer: Cristina Everett (@cristinaeve...

Ep. 2: Euron Trouble
The Greyjoy-Dorne alliance suffers a significant setback, and Jon Snow considers an alliance with a certain Dragon Queen. Meanwhile, Arya receives some surprising news from a surprising source, and Sam tries to help out Jorah. It's the season’s second episode, and there’s already an epic battle!  Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] Please rate us on iTunes and leave us a review! We’d love to hear from you.  Credits:  Hosts: James Hibberd (@...


Ep. 1: Shall We Begin?
James and Darren break down the season 7 premiere, “Dragonstone,” an opener so fun even Ed Sheeran didn’t wreck it. They tackle Arya’s surprise murder-feast, Euron’s pick-up artist makeover, Sam’s gross internship, Dany’s rad castle repo, and more.  Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] Please rate us on iTunes and leave us a review! We’d love to hear from you.  Credits:  Hosts: James Hibberd (@jameshibberd) and Darren Franich (@DarrenFranich)  Produc...

Season 7 is Coming
On the eve of Season 7, James Hibberd (our man in Westeros!) talks with Darren Franich about being on set for the penultimate batch of episodes. Will another Stark die? Will the Greyjoys rise to power? How much bigger can the show get?? Prepare for war with this special preview episode! Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] Please rate us on iTunes and leave us a review! We’d love to hear from you.  Credits:  Hosts: James Hibberd (@jameshibb...

Bonus Episode! Season 7 Predictions
Where in Westeros will Dany go first? Could Bran take over Winterfell? How will Jon’s parentage change things? Who’s Arya’s next target? James and Darren speculate about Game of Thrones season 7, plus give their picks for the best episode and performances from season 6. Thank you to everyone who listened and supported this podcast – it wouldn’t have been nearly as fun without your emails, tweets, and words of encouragement throughout this adventure! Season 6 may be over but there’s no end to James and Darr...


Ep. 10: Scheme Queens
It’s the episode that changed everything. Following GoT’s super-sized finale, James and Darren debate that Tower of Joy reveal, applaud Tommen’s suicidal decisiveness, wonder exactly how attracted Sansa is to Littlefinger, and mourn the loss of doom-magnet Margaery. Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] and we'll try to get them answered in our upcoming bonus episode! Please rate us on iTunes and leave us a review! We’d love to hear from you. Credits...

Ep. 9: Behind the Bastard Bowl
The most epic ‘Thrones’ ever? We break down the shocks, deaths and twists in ‘Battle of the Bastards,’ with James detailing what it was really like on the show's battlefield set in Northern Ireland (spiders and a shirtless Kit Harington are involved), while Darren analyzes that unexpected Meereenese dragon threeway. Plus reader questions, trivia and more. Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] and we'll try to get them answered in next week's episode! ...

Ep. 8: Say Her Name
A girl strikes back! This week’s episode was relatively bloodless, but Darren makes a case for “No One” being the show’s best episode in years. James and Darren talk parkour Arya’s showdown with the Terma-Waif, Jaime’s tense workplace romance reunion with Brienne, Tommen’s cowardly betrayal of Cersei, and all the fan theories this episode ruined. (Goodbye, Lady Stoneheart) Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] and we'll try to get them answered in next...


Ep. 7: The Talks and The Hound
A long-lost character returns – but we’re too busy talking about Lyanna Mormont, the most badass Northern 10-year-old since Arya left Winterfell. James and Darren chat about “The Broken Man,” an episode of tense Tyrell talks, glorious Greyjoy gatherings, and one bilious Blackfish. Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] and we'll try to get them answered in next week's episode! Please rate us on iTunes and leave a review! We’d love to hear from you. Tha...

Ep. 6: Coldhands, Warm Hearts
Why is Tommen such a disappointing wimp? How weird is it that we're actually GAINING Starks this season? How much motivation do the Dothraki need, exactly? Could an entire episode be built around Gilly being amazed by ordinary things? There's a lot to discuss in "Blood of My Blood" – especially the lack of blood! – so let James and Darren try to explain who Coldhands is and why the Riverlands are so important. Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected]ew.com and ...

Ep. 5: Hodor. Hodor? Hodor!
At last, Game of Thrones reveals Hodor’s origin story! James and Darren bust down "The Door," an episode full of revelations about Westeros history. Also discussed: A theory about why the direwolves are dying, Sansa’s takedown of Littlefinger, and some behind-the-scenes scoop about Brienne and Tormund's non-romance. Not to mention we finally see the Kingsmoot. Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] and we'll try to get them answered in next week's episo...


Ep. 4: Naked and Unafraid
Darren and James debate Dany’s covert superpower and fiery clothing-optional vengeance. We also talk about those reunited siblings, the Great Southern Conspiracy, the Great Northern Conspiracy, and explore the possibility that Ramsay Bolton might not be such a nice guy. Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] and we'll try to get them answered in next week's episode! Please rate us on iTunes and leave us a review! We’d love to hear from you. Thanks for ...

Ep. 3: Olly's Well That Ends Well
Westeros History comes to life! In our breakdown of “Oathbreaker,” James and Darren question the loss of a silent Stark’s shaggy companion, discuss Davos Seaworth’s halftime speech, Dany’s retirement home accommodations, Arya's Daredevil teachings and Ser Alliser Thorne’s last words. Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] and we'll try to get them answered in next week's episode! Please rate us on iTunes and leave us a review! We’d love to hear from yo...

Ep. 2: Snowmageddon
After a year of theories, rumors and conversations about Kit Harington's hair, Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd has exclusive details on Jon Snow's return to the land of the living! James tells Darren all about the top-secret resurrection, while Darren tries to make the conversation all about the Greyjoys. Also discussed: how the High Sparrow is like Bernie Sanders, why Ramsay Bolton killed his own father and a theory about Dany’s future. Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us a...


Ep. 1: So How Old is Melisandre, Anyway?
Melisandre is really old! The Sand Snakes get stabby! Jon Snow really is dead...but will he stay that way? James and Darren dig into the season 6 premiere, with some theories about the Red God, the future of Kit Harington's decomposing corpse, whether the Kahl Moro is channeling Conan the Barbarian, and how "Rome” was like "Game of Thrones" before "Game of Thrones." Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] and we'll try to get them answered in next week'...

You Know Nothing About Season 6
In our season 6 preview, James gives spoiler-free thoughts on watching the Thrones premiere screening in Hollywood while Darren makes some bold predictions for the season, and together we ponder the fate of Jon Snow, the productivity of George R.R. Martin, and discuss how Arya's story is like Batman Begins. Tweet us questions @JamesHibberd and @DarrenFranich, or send us an email at [email protected] - and we promise future podcast episodes will be better than this one! Please rate us on iTunes and leave us...

Coming Soon
Follow along as EW's James Hibberd and Darren Franich debate the latest events in Westeros and give behind-the-scenes insight each week when the new season of Game of Thrones returns April 24. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...