History of Westeros (Game of Thrones)

History of Westeros (Game of Thrones) Podcast

Come obsess over A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones with us! Our show is an enthusiastic and heavily-detailed look at the past, present and future of Westeros and the realms beyond.

Fire & Blood: Dragons
Edited audio from the livestream on Feb 12th 2019. Ashaya and Aziz betray humanity to take the side of the firebreathing reptiles! Shame. Shame....

Anything Goes Q&A
Edited audio from the livestream on Feb 5th, 2019. Ashaya and Aziz answer a wide variety of questions from TWOW to Season 8 to Fire and Blood to pineapple on pizza... And at the end? There are cats....

Fire & Blood: Queens & Lions & Dragons
Edited audio from the livestream on Jan 29th 2019. Guests are Eliana (Girls Gone Canon, Maester Monthly) and Michal Schick (Vassals of Kingsgrave, Hypable, HoW voices). We take a very deep character dive into Alyssa Velaryon, Alyssa Targaryen, and Rhaena Targaryen. There are a lot of parallels to Cersei, Catelyn, plus a discussion of Tyrion Targaryen!...


Fire & Blood: The Shivers & The Winter Fever
Edited audio from the livestream on Jan 22nd 2019. With guests JoeMagician and InDeepGeek, we discuss the many possibilities for disease and winter in ASOIAF. A chilling chat, to be sure....

Fire & Blood: The New Old Tower of Joy
Edited audio from the livestream on Jan 15, 2019. With guests Steven Attewell and Lady Gwyn, we discuss Jaehaerys & Alysanne's version of the Tower of Joy, full of clues for the ASOIAF version. We also talk about the Golden Wedding, the War for the White Cloaks, Rogar Baratheon, and quite a lot about Young Griff....

Fire & Blood: Sun Chaser
Edited audio for the livestream on 1/8/19. Ash and Aziz are joined by LmL (Mythical Astronomy of Ice and Fire, Between2Weirwoods) to discuss Elissa Farman's quest to go West of Westeros!...


Fire & Blood: The Ascension of Jaehaerys & Alysanne
Edited audio from the livestream on New Year's Day 2019. Guests are Lady Gwyn of Radio Westeros and Chloe of Girls Gone Canon. We discuss Aegon the Uncrowned, succession issues, the rich Sansa/Alysanne parallels, the Targaryen family tree retcon, Jon's "real" name, and quite a bit more!...

Fire & Blood: Higher Mysteries
Edited audio from the livestream on Dec 12th 2018. Guests include Gemma from Secrets of the Citadel, Quinn from Ideas of Ice and Fire, and Emmett from NotACast!We discuss a variety of magic-related topics from early in the book, including Aerea Targaryen, Balerion, Maegor and Visenya and a lot more....

Fire & Blood: First Thoughts
Audio from the livestream on Dec 11th 2018. Ashaya & Aziz give their initial impressions of the new book while taking questions!...


Nymeria: Part 2 - Ten Thousand Ships
GRRM's version of the Odyssey is here! We've got Brindled Men, wyverns, killer diseases, ancient cities, corsairs, dark gods. Plus characters like Daenerys, Missandei and her brothers, Victarion, Barristan Selmy and his new knights....

The Giving Stream
Edited audio from the Livestream on 10/20/18. Featuring Sean, Ashaya and Aziz. We discuss the Fire & Blood excerpt, the news about Dark Sister from GRRM, our adventures at WorldCon, DragonCon, news about future episodes and collaborations. We also gave away a signed copy of AGOT and a Fire & Suds bathbomb! So much to cover in one episode!...

Nymeria: Part 1 - Mother Rhoyne
Foreshadowing for ASOIAF via the Rise & Fall of the Rhoynar! Includes: Greyscale, Darkstar, Water Wizards, the Water Gardens of Dorne, Volantis, dragons and much more. Special thanks to Michal Schick of Vassals of Kingsgrave podcast and Hypable magazine for the voices....


Blackfyre Rebellions: Part 8 - Bloodraven 2
This one covers Bloodraven's time as Hand up to the point where he takes the Black. A full accounting of the reigns of Aerys I and Maekar, plus Aerion Brightflame, Daeron the Drunkard, Egg, Maester Aemon, Blackfyres and so much more including the discovery of the Prince That Was Promised prophecy. Big thanks to Camille Stoner and Valkyrist (who you can catch on the Vassals of Kingsgrave pod) for the voices, and to all the art contributors....

The Five Year Gap (Con Panel Audio)
A great panel from Con of Thrones 2018, featuring Ashaya, Joe Magician, Bookshelfstud & Joanna Lannister. Why scrapping the gap was a great idea, why GRRM planned it in the first place, and how many of the characters might have turned out if he hadn't....


Why We Love: The Age of Heroes
Edited audio from the livestream on June 14th 2018. The just-announced HBO pilot set during the Age of Heroes gives us a great reason to talk about that epic era and how it might look on TV. Aziz, Ash, LuciferMeansLightbringer and JoeMagician and chat about this exciting news!...

Targaryen Politics in Post-Dragon Westeros (Con Panel Audio)
Aziz, Jim McGeehin, Samantha Wallace and Steve Love discuss the paradigm shift in Westeros that occurred as the dragons died out. The Targaryens lost their great source of power, which necessitated many changes. Recorded live at Con of Thrones 2018....


House Manderly: Part 1 - Blood of the Merling
...a thousand years ago... We explore the double backstory of House Manderly, the ancient realm in the south where they came to be, and the ancient realm in the north where they reside and prosper now....

Why We Love: The Animals of ASOIAF
Edited audio from our YouTube Livestream on March 30th, 2018. We discuss some of the best animal moments in the books, some of which have surprising implications. We had a lot of guests for this one, Lady Gwyn (Radio Westeros), Haley Bowery (The Manimals & DrinkingGOT), Chloe Ketchum (Drunk ASOIAF History, Ice & Fire Con) & Tara Lynne (The Geekiary, Ice & Fire Con)....

Hail the Conquering Hero (Con Panel Audio)
Bonus content! From Con of Thrones 2017 in Nashville, a recording of a panel with Aziz and Jim McGeehin of "Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire" blog and the "To Wage War" podcast. Note: this is an audio-only episode, there is no video recording or post to YouTube....


History on Blood and Fire
A special episode! This is a collaboration with Daniele Bolelli of the History on Fire podcast. We chat about a wide variety of real world historical influences on A Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire....

Aziz vs. AGOT Prologue
Originally posted to Patrons/Donors-only over a year ago, now available to all! The actual factual first chapter of the series....


Aziz's Nameday Livestream AMA
Edited audio from the Nameday stream on Nov 25th 2017. A large variety of questions were asked and answered, most of them non-ASOIAF/GoT, so this one's different!...

The Crypts of Winterfell
Explore the dark and ancient past of House Stark and Winterfell. The statues, the history, the dreams, Bael the Bard, skinchangers, direwolves, dragons, the fires of the earth and so much more....

Sons of the Dragon Reaction Chat
Ashaya and Aziz are joined by BryndenBFish and LmL to discuss the just released Sons of the Dragon. This chat happened live on 10/17/17....


Blackfish
The past, present, and possible futures of Ser Brynden Tully of Riverrun, Knight of the Gate and famous throughout Westeros, called Blackfish....

And Now His Watch... Begins?!
Edited audio from our livestream on Fri Sept 29th 2017, featuring special guest Todd Robert Anderson of FXX's show You're the Worst (also Ray Donovan, Weeds, Angie Tribeca, Film Pigs and more). We try to convince him to watch Game of Thrones while asking him about how large it looms in Hollywood, and ask him about his own experiences as an actor. We also re-live some of our favorite moments from Todd's character Vernon on You're the Worst....


Lovecraftian Leanings of ASOIAF (Con Panel Audio)
This audio comes from Con of Thrones 2017, where Aziz and Emmett Booth (PoorQuentyn) held a panel on how HP Lovecraft has influenced ASOIAF. Some of the audience questions were inaudible so we cut ahead to the answers after a brief pause, in some places....


Game of Thrones: S7E07 - Book to Show
Our finale review with Radio Westeros! We kept all the questions in this time so it's extra long. To see the images go to historyofwesteros.com and click the RSS feed link, or use the free acast podcast player....

Game of Thrones: S7E07 - Show Only Review
A hugely fun recording of our review of "The Dragon and the Wolf". Most of our finale livestream is here, while many of the questions and answers are posted on Patreon....


Game of Thrones: S7E06 - Book to Show
Dragonglass! Ice Dragons! That and more as Radio Westeros returns. To see the images associated with this episode go to historyofwesteros.com or use the free acast podcast player....

Game of Thrones: S7E06 - Predictions & Theories
We remain leak free, but take a close look at the trailers while taking some fun questions. As usual, the images can be seen on our website or through the free acast podcast player....


Game of Thrones: S7E05 - Book to Show
Don't Eastwatch, Eastlisten. With Radio Westeros as usual! To see the images associated with this episode, download the free acast player or go to historyofwesteros.com...

Game of Thrones: S7E05 - Show Only Review
Reunionbowl is on! To see the images associated with this episode, use the free acast podcast player or go to historyofwesteros.com and select the episode from the RSS feed on the right....

Game of Thrones: S7E05 - Predictions & Theories
Edited audio for Saturday August 12th's livestream with Sean and Aziz! To see the images associated with this episode, download it from the free acast player, or go to historyofwesteros.com and click on the episode in the RSS feed....


Game of Thrones: S7E04 - Book to Show
The edited livestream for The Spoils of War with usual guests Radio Westeros! To see the images associated with this episode, download the free acast player from any app store, or click the RSS feed on the right hand side at www.historyofwesteros.com...

Game of Thrones: S7E04 - Show Only Review
Won't someone please think of all the burning beards? To see the images associated with this live episode, download the acast player or go to historyofwesteros.com...

Game of Thrones: S7E04 - Predictions & Theories
A leak free live episode to get ready for The Spoils of War! To see the images associated with this episode, download it from the acast player or visit www.historyofwesteros.com...


Game of Thrones: S7E03 - Book to Show
yolkboy, Ashaya and Aziz give you justice... The Queen's Justice! To see the images associated with this episode, get the free acast player from your app store, or go to historyofwesteros.com....

Game of Thrones: S7E03 - Show Only Review
The Queen's Justice gets the full treatment. As with all of our s7 coverage, this was recorded live. To see the images associated with this episode, use the free acast player or go to historyofwesteros.com...

Game of Thrones: S7E03 - Predictions & Theories
Aziz and Sean look at all available trailers and a few interviews to get a sense of what's next! Download the free acast player to see the images associated with the episode, or go to our website. www.historyofwesteros.com...


Game of Thrones: S7E02 - Book to Show (PART 2)
The edited audio from our livestream discussing Stormborn on 7/25/17 w/Radio Westeros. The stream was so long that we decided to cut it in half, this is the second half. To see the images discussed in this episode, download the podcast on the free acast player, or go to historyofwesteros.com and click on the blog tab....

Game of Thrones: S7E02 - Book to Show (PART 1)
The livestream with Radio Westeros went so long (so much to say, so many good questions!) that we decided to chop it in half and post it separately, so everyone would have access to the first half sooner....

Game of Thrones: S7E02 - Show Only Review
Another fun live Q&A, this one discussing Stormborn! To see the images discussed in this episode, download the podcast on the free acast player, or go to historyofwesteros.com and click on the blog tab....


Game of Thrones: S7E01 - Book to Show
Radio Westeros joins us for another season of Book to Show comparisons! This episode was recorded live and includes some Q&A. To see the images discussed in this episode, download the podcast on the free acast player, or go to historyofwesteros.com and click on the blog tab....


LIVE ASOIAF Q&A - Anything Goes
Aziz took a series of questions on Sat June 17th! The first half of this episode is spoiler-free, the 2nd half features questions that pertains to TWOW. Thanks to Zack Twamley of When Diplomacy Fails podcast for the intro!...

Euron Greyjoy (TWoW Spoilers)
We are joined by special guest PoorQuentyn (poorquentyn.tumblr.com) for a deep dive into the past, present, and future of Euron Greyjoy....


The Life of Joanna Lannister
A long look at the life and times of Joanna Lannister! As the mother of Tyrion and "master" of Tywin, she's a very important character. After all, we dance on the strings of those who came before us....

Blackfyre Rebellions: Part 6 - The Golden Company
Steven Attewell returns, we discuss the 3rd and 4th Blackfyre Rebellions, the Golden Company, and a lot more Bittersteel. Find Steven at: https://racefortheironthrone.wordpress.com/ Our new show Fandomedia is at http://fandomedia.reviews...

Dreams & Dreamers Q&A
Answering all the burning (and freezing) questions sent us regarding the last episode. Make sure to check out our new podcast at fandomedia.reviews...


Dreams & Dreamers (mild TWoW spoilers)
An episode dedicated to all kinds of dreams, whether mundane or magical. Green dreams, wolf dreams, dragon dreams, dreams of guilt, fever dreams... Send any questions for the Q&A follow-up to westeroshistory@gmail.com...

Bonus: A Hymn for Spring
Ashaya and Aziz are joined by Amin from A Podcast of Ice and Fire to discuss Tower of the Hand's A Hymn for Spring book that we all contributed to. Also in this episode, Aziz covers "The Rains of Castamere" on classical guitar....

Great Empire of the Dawn & Asshai Live Q&A Chat
Aziz is re-joined by LmL for a live discussion! We took questions prior to the episode, and several more from live commenters. The episode was recorded Sat, Oct. 22nd 2016....


The Great Empire of the Dawn
The Long Night, Azor Ahai, Strange Stone, Dragonlords, the Amethyst Empiress & ancient bloodlines. This joint episode w/Mythical Astronomy of Ice & Fire has it all! Check out LmL's show at: lucifermeanslightbringer.com...

The Winds of Winter: The Forsaken
We were among the first on the planet to hear this chapter, and it's safe to say: we're taken by the "The Forsaken"!...





Game of Thrones: S6E06 - Book to Show
All 4 members are back for a discussion on "Blood of My Blood". There's also a bonus chat on Balticon 50, which we all attended, and heard GRRM read a brand new chapter from TWOW....


Game of Thrones: Mid-Season 6 Q&A (Live!)
Sean and Aziz took questions and gave... answers! Imagine that. Season 6 has been a big hit so far, and the questions sent in are excellent as well....

Game of Thrones: S6E05 - Book to Show
Aziz and Lady Gwyn discuss The Door, an episode that has greater implications for the future (and past!) of ASOIAF than perhaps any episode to date....


Game of Thrones: S6E05 - Show Only Review (Live)
This episode was recorded live, and is as long as Longy Longerson (from Longville)... but the hype stays strong the whole time...A huge episode deserves a huge response! It's our usual "enthusiasm married to analysis" combo done live and with extra length (gotta make up for Theon and Varys somehow)....


Game of Thrones: S6E03 - Book to Show
Aziz, Lady Gwyn & yolkboy discuss Oathbreaker, focusing on ramifications for the books. None of us stab each other in the back during the recording of this episode....


Game of Thrones: S6E01 - Show Only Review
Aziz (book reader, small beard) and Sean (non-book reader, large beard) give their thoughts on The Red Woman, the first episode of Season 6. There are no book spoilers in our Show Only Reviews. (Plenty of book spoilers in our Book to Show reviews!)...


Live Season 6 Preview Book to Show Q&A
Aziz & Ashaya are rejoined by the Radio Westeros team to take questions on the uncharted territory that is Season 6 of HBO's Game of Thrones. For book readers!...

Game of Thrones Season 6: Preview & Trailer Discussion
Sean of House Beard returns to help get you excited for Season 6. He and Aziz break down the trailers and casting news while making a few predictions along the way. Make sure to leave a rating, thanks!...


Asshai-by-the-Shadow
A look at this most ancient of cities, the legend of Azor Ahai, and the origin of dragons. With special guest LmL!...

Dark Sister
An episode dedicated to the "career" of Dark Sister, the Valyrian steel blade of House Targaryen. Famous owners and top kills!...

House Dayne: Part 2 - History and Lore
Aziz and special guest Lucifer Means Lightbringer discuss the mystical and ancient side of House Dayne. Dawn (is it Lightbringer?), Sword of the Morning (who decides?), the castles of Starfall and High Hermitage... and plenty more!...


House Dayne: Part 1 - Characters
Aziz & Ashaya break down the major characters from House Dayne. Theories, background and predictions!...

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House Royce (spoiler free)
Aziz delivers a sermon on House Royce, the ancient bronze clad stalwarts of the Vale. Included are connections to House Stark, Ser Waymar the ranger from the prologue, and Lord Bronze Yohn who has his hands full with Littlefinger....

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Blackfyre Rebellions: Part 4 - The Battle of Redgrass Field
Aziz is joined by guests Steven Attewell (Race for the Iron Throne) and Jim McGeehin (Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire) to recap and explain one of the largest battles in the history of Westeros. The Red Dragon vs. the Black Dragon, winner takes the Iron Throne!...

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Live ASOIAF Q&A #1 - Anything Goes
Aziz & Ashaya answer questions! Some were received ahead of time, giving us a chance to prepare a bit, others we answered on the fly. YouTube contains the unedited footage, this is the edited version....

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Blackfyre Rebellions: Part 3 - Daemon Blackfyre
Aziz is joined by returning guest Steven Attewell (Race for the Iron Throne) to discuss the legendary Daemon Blackfyre. The man, the myth, the sword, the rivalries, the immense popularity. Comparisons to Robert and Renly Baratheon, Aemon the Dragonknight and more are included. The most Daemon-tastic episode of all time!...

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The Shadow of Summerhall: Aerys & Rhaegar (spoilers)
This episode delves deep into Aerys, Rhaegar and other characters who were impacted by Summerhall. There's talk of how the Mad King could wreak havoc on the Seven Kingdoms even now......

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The Tragedy of Summerhall
Ashaya and Aziz delve deep into the mysteries of Summerhall. What went wrong, who caused it, prophecies, dragon eggs, death and destruction... this episode has it all....

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Game of Thrones: S5 Awards Show & S6 Casting News w/guests (TWoW spoilers)
An all-star lineup has been assembled to decide the best and worst moments of Season 5. Aziz and Ashaya are joined by Lady Gwyn and yolkboy of Radio Westeros, Tony Teflon of Teflon TV, Stefan Sasse of Nerdstream Era and Boiled Leather Audio Hour and Steve Mangiameli the FriggenItalian!...

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Game of Thrones: S5E09 - Show Only Review (spoiler free)
Sean of House Beard & Aziz of House Sadface recorded this episode filled burning people live on YouTube. No one was burned during OUR filming, and it was a bit nippy!...

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Game of Thrones: S5E08 - Book to Show (spoilers)
Go hard or go home, but don't go Hardhome! But do check out this review, we have quite a lot to say (shocking, we know). Aziz is joined by Radio Westeros' Lady Gwyn and yolkboy. Ice magic, Night's King, Valyrian steel... We discuss it all!...

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Game of Thrones: S5E07 - Book to Show (spoilers)
Aziz discusses The Gift with Lady Gwyn and yolkboy of Radio Westeros. At the end of the episode, they discuss season 6 casting news and the preview for next week, for those interested and those specifically disinterested!...

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Game of Thrones: S5E07 - Show Only Review (spoiler free)
"The Gift" was quite an episode! Quite possibly the biggest episode of the season so far, with huge implications and major developments. Bring your copy of The Seven Pointed Star and watch. House Beard is represented again by Sean and his Unsullied perspectives, while Aziz steers the ship....

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Game of Thrones: S5E06 - Book to Show (spoilers)
Ashaya, Aziz & yolkboy are Unbowed, Unbent and Unbroken by Season 5, episode 6. This week features more than the usual amount of watchener questions and comments, a discussion on the controversy, and many deep parallels with the books. Some are quite unexpected......

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Game of Thrones: S5E06 - Show Only Review (spoiler free)
Sean of House Beard and Aziz of House History cannot be smelled from 5 miles away, but can they find a cock merchant? Guess again. We review this controversial episode that has both major highs and major lows....

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Game of Thrones: S5E05 - Book to Show (spoilers)
Aziz and Ashaya are joined again by yolkboy of Radio Westeros for a fun discussion of Kill the Boy. Sorry, there are no winklepickers in this episode, but there is a Strong Belwas joke. Also, there are lots of thoughts on Sansa, Ramsay, Stannis vs. Roose, Jon and Aemon, greyscale and the Doom of Valyria....

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Game of Thrones: S5E05 - Show Only Review (spoiler free)
The halfway point is here and the buildup to what's looking like what will be an epic second half is almost complete. Sean and Aziz talk Valyria, greyscale, dragons, and a new set of characters to be worried about....

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Game of Thrones: S5E04 - Book to Show (spoilers)
Sons of the Harpy is one of the most talked about episodes since the Red Wedding. Ashaya and Aziz are again joined by the Radio Westeros team to discuss a heroic death, several uprisings, and the reveal of a long awaited mystery. Also, winklepickers....

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Game of Thrones: S5E04 - Show Only Review (mild spoilers)
Warning - there is significant R+L = J chatter in this episode. If you don't know what that phrase means, you might not want to listen to the 2nd half of this podcast. The buzz around this episode seemingly makes it one of the most important to date. A ton of history, backstory, plot exposition and action are present in Sons of the Harpy and Sean and Aziz have a blast breaking it down in detail....

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Game of Thrones: S5E03 - Book to Show (spoilers)
Aziz is joined by Radio Westeros' yolkboy and Lady Gwyn for a detailed, fun discussion about High Sparrow. We pick the characters we think are most likely to die, and a surprise choice from Cersei as her Hand of the King... There's so much to talk about as always, and we're excited to share it with you!...

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Game of Thrones: S5E03 - Show Only Review (spoiler free)
Sean and Aziz break down the very subtle High Sparrow. Themes of identity, service and revenge are discussed, as well as several mysteries and motivations....

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Game of Thrones: S5E02 - Book to Show (spoilers)
The early part of Season 5 continues with The House of Black & White, an episode full of spectacular scenery, clever dialogue and several developing mysteries. We are veering further into uncharted territory as the show continues to grow apart from the books. Ashaya and Aziz are joined by Lady Gwyn and yolkboy of Radio Westeros for a discussion featuring lots of predictions, comparisons to the books, and of course, bad jokes....

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Game of Thrones: S5E02 - Show Only Review (spoiler free)
Aziz and Sean discuss episode 2 of Game of Thrones, The House of Black and White. Listeners caught up on the book series can check out our Book to Show Discussion episodes as well....

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Game of Thrones: S5E01 - Book to Show (spoilers)
Ashaya returns and is joined by guest yolkboy from Radio Westeros. Season 5 is a different experience for book readers, as major divergences are expected. Here in our discussion on episode one, we compare it to the books, and note all the changes we could find. There are quite a few, some good, some not so good, and some we'll have to wait and see on......

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Game of Thrones: S5E01 - Show Only Review (spoiler free)
While so many major plots came to an end in Season 4, so many new plots are just getting started here in Season 5. Sean and Aziz are back with a no frills, high content break down for episode 1. We discuss every location and plotline featured in the episode, making sense of it all while pointing to things you might have missed... This episode is dedicated to the show, with very little mention of the books at all. For book-to-show reviews, check out our "Season 5 for Book Readers" episodes....

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Game of Thrones: Season 5 Preview & Trailer Discussion (spoiler free)
Season 5 is upon us! Sean of House Beard is still "Growing Long" and he's back with us to chat about the upcoming episodes. We analyze the trailers and every plotline, making predictions and guesses while also introducing some of the new cast and characters. This season we'll see some heavy departure from the books, so keeping track is even more important!...

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Blackfyre Rebellions: Part 2 - Daeron II the Good
The son of Aegon the Unworthy had a lot to deal with after his father's deathbed decree. Guest Steven Attewell joins Aziz in discussing this monarch, and whether or not he actually deserved to be called "the Good". Special attention paid to the Great Bastards, Baelor Breakspear, and Dorne....

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The Heresies of Septon Barth
A detailed look at the life, times and works of the man who knows the most about the "higher mysteries". If you want to learn more about dragons, ravens, or why the seasons are so crazy, you do not want to miss this episode on Septon Barth. He's the leading expert in all of A Song of Ice and Fire on those topics and quite a few more!...

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Blackfyre Rebellions: Part 1 - Aegon the Unworthy
This episode covers the life of Aegon IV the Unworthy, the man who fathered the Blackfyre Rebellions. A King who used the Iron Throne to serve his needs, caring little for the realm. He made life miserable for his sister Naerys and brother Aemon the Dragonknight while siring Bittersteel, Bloodraven, Shiera Seastar and Daemon Blackfyre himself....

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The Doom of Valyria (mild spoilers)
A look at The Doom of Valyria, a mysterious cataclysm that destroyed what may have been the greatest civilization to ever exist....

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Book Discussion: World of Ice and Fire Overview (spoilers)
In this discussion episode, we give our first impressions of The World of Ice and Fire. We discuss all of the immediate revelations, and the latter half of the episode contains discoveries more related to the 'current events' of the series....

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The Winds of Winter: The Battle of Ice Part 3 (mega spoilers)
History of Westeros continues our series on the upcoming Battle of Ice, which will be early in The Winds of Winter! We are again joined by Jeff Hartline (BryndenBFish of Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire), who was in the first two parts as well. This is the final part of this series, and then we are on to World of Ice and Fire content!...

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The Winds of Winter: The Battle of Ice Part 2 (mega spoilers)
History of Westeros continues our series on the upcoming Battle of Ice, which will be early in The Winds of Winter! We are again joined by Jeff Hartline (BryndenBFish of Wars and Politics of Ice & Fire), who was in part 1 as well. This is part two of a three part series....

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The Winds of Winter: The Battle of Ice (mega spoilers)
Ashaya and Aziz are joined by guest Jeff Hartline (Wars and Politics of ASOIAF blog) for this 3 part series on The Battle of Ice. Part 1 is dedicated to unraveling the complex political situation in the North. There are Houses with compelled loyalty secretly plotting revenge, while loyal armies face the winds of winter. Each house of note is discussed, as well as the key players....

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TV Discussion: Game of Thrones S04E10 Part 2 (spoilers)
Return to the Iron Couch for HoW's final TV discussion episode of the year. Ashaya and Aziz discuss many spoiler topics, including what we might see next season, differences from book to show and what those changes mean. After such a major episode, of course there is a lot to praise and a lot to criticize!...

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TV Discussion: Game of Thrones S04E10 Part 1 (spoiler free)
Sean & Aziz analyze the final installment of season 4, a conclusion full of surprises, deaths, and surprise deaths. The longest of the season, The Children is an episode that lives up to its title in so many ways, some very subtle, some throwing fireballs....

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TV Discussion: Game of Thrones S04E09 Part 1 (spoiler free)
Aziz and Sean break down and analyze the exciting Watchers on the Wall, the penultimate episode of season 4. This is the most expensive Game of Thrones episode to date, and likely one of the most expensive episodes of TV ever made, period. So of course, we have plenty to say....

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TV Discussion: Game of Thrones S04E08 (spoiler free)
Ashaya, Sean, and Aziz discuss The Mountain and the Viper. Yes, both of them! Several other characters are discussed as well. There are several scenes in this episode that are enhanced by intense analysis, while others really speak for themselves. Head back to the Iron Couch for another Game of Thrones breakdown....

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TV Discussion: Game of Thrones S04E07 Part 2 (spoilers)
History of Westeros continues discussing S04E07 with a short spoiler-filled episode. The very end of the episode contains discussion of the previews for the next episode....

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TV Discussion: Game of Thrones S04E06 (spoiler free)
The History of Westeros TV discussion team returns to the Iron Couch for another thorough discussion. As usual, there is discussion of spoilers and previews from next week's episode at the end of the episode....

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TV Discussion: Game of Thrones S04E05 (spoiler free)
Return to the Iron Couch with Ashaya, Sean & Aziz as they analyze S04E05, First of His Name. The major reveal is thoroughly analyzed, and there is discussion of some spoiler topics at the end of the episode, after the credits. There are several more of Sean's unspoiled predictions as well as discussion of some things you might have missed......

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TV Discussion: Game of Thrones S04E04 Part 2 (spoilers)
With all the new information, several theories need addressing. This companion episode allows us to talk spoilers apart from the normal book spoiler-free TV discussions....

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TV Discussion: Game of Thrones S04E04 (spoiler free)
A groundbreaking episode that left show viewers and book readers alike scratching their heads. If you want to make some sense of what the heck you just saw, you've come to the right place....

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TV Discussion: Game of Thrones S04E03 (spoiler free)
Aziz and Sean break down the transitional and controversial episode 3 of Game of Thrones season 4. The discussion revolves around power dynamics, likable characters doing unlikable things, and how initial reactions can evolve quite a bit after gaining some perspective. As always, we illuminate the backstory and explain the subtleties, keeping you prepared for the next episode and beyond!...

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TV Discussion: Game of Thrones S04E02 (spoiler free)
Ashaya and Aziz are again joined by Sean Pink, aka Sean of House Beard. Sean's Unsullied (hasn't read the books) opinions are a great contrast to our thorough book knowledge. As with the last episode, we spend a few minutes after the credits discussing spoilers. So if you've already read the books, stick around for that!...

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TV Discussion: Game of Thrones S04E01 (spoiler free)
Aziz and Ashaya are joined by Sean, an Unsullied show viewer who has many interesting opinions to share. He was also in our Red Wedding episode! The last five minutes or so of the episode contain spoilers for the books and The Winds of Winter...

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Religion & Magic: Part 3 - Weirwood Tour (spoilers)
The episode features themes of blood and ancestry, as weirwoods tend to be inextricably tied to the surrounding area, both physically and culturally. Given the broad scope of this topic, quite a variety of related subjects come up. Heart tree-murdering Melisandre makes an appearance or two, the Wall is discussed as well as several members of House Stark and some very out of the way places you�¢??ve barely heard of. We go from Beyond the Wall to the far south, considering not just where the weirwoods ar...

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Religion & Magic: Part 2 - Weirwoods (spoilers)
A deep look into the bloody eyes and mouths of the Heart Trees. Are the trees a conduit of the Old Gods or are the trees themselves the Old Gods? Bran's chapters give us endless clues, but there are also hidden references elsewhere. We bring it all together and break it all down....

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Religion & Magic: Part 1 - The Comet (spoilers)
History of Westeros new series on Religion & Magic kicks off with the great comet, a sign interpreted by many and seen by all. Was it sent by the gods or is it a sign that magic and dragons have returned? Whatever the meaning, there will be blood and fire. Ashaya and Aziz give an overview of what to expect in the series while asking a bunch of tough questions. Particular attention is paid to parallels between various supernatural elements found throughout the books....

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The Hellhorn (spoilers)
Ashaya & Aziz use some very mild TWoW spoilers to get at a full description of Dragonbinder, the horn with Valyrian glyphs that sounds like hell but can supposedly control dragons. No mortal man shall sound it and live....

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The Winds of Winter: The Battle of Fire (mega-spoilers)
Ashaya & Aziz go deep into unreleased material from tWoW! A huge battle is about to occur where several POV characters have converged. We break down the relevant spoiler chapters while detailing each of the participants' motivations and expectations for the conflict. Theories, predictions and plenty of action from the battle itself! To donate to History of Westeros podcast: http://bit.ly/1cA7FdN...

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The Wit & Wisdom of Stannis Baratheon (spoilers)
Ashaya and Aziz delve into the humor and background of Stannis Baratheon, our pick for the funniest character in the series. Listening to this episode will not cause the loss of any fingertips, and we will swear to that, but we cannot be held responsible for any shadow-baby related mishaps....

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The Isle of Skagos (spoilers)
Ashaya and Aziz discuss the infamous and mysterious island of Skagos. The Stoneborn are perhaps the most ancient and isolated human culture in Westeros. Through the Skagosi we see glimpses of what the North was like eons ago. Along the way there is discussion of cannibals, unicorns, 'dead things in the water', and a certain young Stark boy....

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Plots: The Riverlands Part 3 (spoilers)
Ashaya and Aziz wrap up the Riverlands series and discuss what's happening through A Dance With Dragons....

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History: The Riverlands Part 2 (spoiler free)
Steve and Aziz continue their analysis with part 2 of the History of the Riverlands. This episode covers the time period starting just after Aegon's Conquest and ending with the Red Wedding. Steve's final episode as a host....

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Game of Thrones: The Red Wedding (spoiler free)
This week, Aziz and Steve are joined by Ashaya and TV viewer Sean Pink to discuss (and decompress a bit) the episode "Rains of Castamere" (S3, Episode 9)....

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History: The Riverlands Part 1 (spoiler free)
A discussion about the families, geography and important events that helped shape the Riverlands. Focusing mainly on the distant past....

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History: The Kingsguard (spoiler free)
Aziz, Ashaya and Steve discuss the history and intricacies of the noble Kingsguard!...

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Plots: Varys & Illyrio Part 2 (spoilers)
Aziz, Steve and Ashaya explain what Varys & Illyrio are up to through the end of A Dance With Dragons....

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History: Varys & Illyrio Part 1 (spoiler free)
Aziz, Steve and Ashaya go in depth on Illyrio Mopatis and Varys the eunuch, discussing their relationship while delving into some of their early plots....

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History: Clegane, Payne, Cassel, Mormont, Tarly (spoiler free)
This week Aziz and Steve are joined by the infamous Larry Williams of OtakuAssemble. We discuss some of the minor houses that help push the overall story. Lots of character analysis....

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Analysis: The Lands of Ice & Fire
Steve and Aziz go through each of the maps in the "Lands of Ice & Fire" map collection....

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