A slightly unhinged (get it!) theory about Euron Greyjoy being a disciple of the Church of Starry Wisdom, and serving as the prophesied champion of the Great Other.

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VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 293
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Glen (Dagos_Rivers) is joined by the (missed) KrakenCast leader, Duncan (Valkyrist), and a new host (although I later realised he had been in VoK 151), Mattias (Maca). The rest of the regular WolfCast return from the first review: Matthieu (Beric175), Claire (DarkSister24) and David (ChurchofStarryWisdom).

Discussion includes Daenerys’ walking through fire, Terminator style; the Wall book-ending the show; we continue to ponder what became of Gendry; Matthieu gets a grilling for being late for a podcast; and future podcasts on that show.

Credits:
Edited by Dagos_Rivers

This is a video essay about how themes of selfhood and slavery are explored in the fourth season of HBO’s GAME OF THRONES.
It was originally published on Tower of the Hand in 2014.

This is a dramatic reading of Ser Eustace Osgrey’s speech about fighting in the failed rebellion to seat Prince Daemon Blackfyre on the Iron Throne. It is taken from THE SWORN SWORD (the second novella in George R. R. Martin’s DUNK AN EGG series).

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VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 248
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In their third and final foray into the lands beyond the Sunset Kingdom, the Vassals scale the daunting Bone Mountains to explore the fabled kingdoms of Eastern Essos.

Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Greg (claudiusthefool), Augustine (linecom1), Michael (Khal Wadege), and lurker extraordinaire Amber (Amberrocks) as they ponder zorse morphology, colour-coded emperors, spiteful gods, necromancy diets, and how to get those stubborn grease stains out of your black stone monolith.

With the help of Maester Yandel, they also speculate (wildly) on the future events of the novels, and the various real-world historical allusions scattered throughout the compendium.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire

11:00 – The Bone Mountains
31:42 – The Plains of the Jogos Nhai
46:38 – Yi Ti
1:20:46 – Leng
1:28:41 – Asshai and Beyond!
1:52:46 – Lomas Longstrider’s Wonders
1:57:45 – Martin and Orientalism
2:07:56 – Aftershow

This podcast is part of series of in-depth discussions covering all of the various sections of The World of Ice and Fire (by George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia & Linda Antonsson). Stay tuned to VOK for lots more installments!

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Music owned by MGM

Links:
VoK 175: The World of Ice and Fire – The Free Cities
VoK 186: The World of Ice and Fire – Sothoryos & Central Essos
The World of Ice and Fire (Amazon page)
The Lands of Ice and Fire (hi-res map)

This is a brief rebuttal to the R(haegar)+L(yanna)=D(aenerys) theory, popularized by A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE fans, such as Preston Jacobs and SmokeScreen.

This is a dramatic reading of Ramsay Bolton’s letter to Jon Snow, which boasts of King Stannis’ defeat, and threatens to attack the Night’s Watch if his demands are not met. It is taken from Jon Snow’s thirteenth chapter in A DANCE WITH DRAGONS (book 5 of George R. R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE saga).

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VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 248
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Kingsgrave – has there ever been a more wretched hive of scum and villainy?

Join rebel pilots Michal (inkasrain), Zach (Alias), Katie (Lady Griffin), Duncan (Valkyrist), Adam (drownedsnow), Amber (Amberrocks), and Scott (Shaggy Dog) for an explosive foray into Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. And stick around the hangar lounge for the Aftershow (at 2:06:05), which includes a brief dissection of the Prequel Trilogy.

Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with all previous entries in the Star Wars saga.

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Edited by Valkyrist
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mrrobot

VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 238
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The Vassals assemble in an abandoned Coney Island arcade to review the first season of USA’s new series Mr. Robot.

Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Matt (Varley) and Adam (drownedsnow) for a rumination on computerised society, pop cultural consciousness, class warfare, corporate greed, anarchist insurrection, and the best way to make an omelet (tip – “you’ve got to break a few eggs!”). The timestamps for each discussion segment are included below:

3:10 – Lemoncake Ratings
8:45 – Elliot Alderson
35:12 – Angela Moss
44:16 – Tyrell Wellick
56:55 – Darlene
1:04:31 – Shayla
1:11:03 – Mr. Robot and fsociety
1:27:48 – Phillip Price and White Rose
1:35:08 – Cinematography
1:50:35 – Aftershow

Warning: Contains spoilers for all aired episodes of USA’s Mr. Robot, as well as the 1999 film Fight Club.

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Edited by Valkyrist
Audio clips owned by USA

This is a dramatic reading of Ser Beric Dondarrion’s speech about the numerous deaths and rebirths he has endured, and the fading memories of his former self. It is taken from Arya Stark’s seventh chapter in A Storm of Swords (book 3 of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga).