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A PODCAST OF ICE AND FIRE: EPISODE 224
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Episode 224 for the week of November 5, 2017. Over four years since the last Guys Night Out, we return with a 4 person panel including Elio from Westeros.org, Aziz from History of Westeros, and Duncan (aka Valkyrist) from Vassals of Kingsgrave.

The guys renew their The Winds of Winter predictions, talk about how being in the fandom has affected their lives, and discuss The Sons of the Dragon. They also share their general views on the state of the TV show and various characters (including the Stannis issue) and fandom theories, before wrapping up with a final aftershow.

Notes: Spoilers for all five books, all other published material, and up to the end of season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones.


VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 395
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The 3-hour Halloween edition of VoK crams together a multitude  hosts, discussions and stories.

In Part 1, Hannah (Shadow_ baby) is joined by Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Adam (DrownedSnow) and Jock (MunroJock2) to discuss Halloween memories, favourite movies, and favourite costumes.  Also included is a Scottish poem, read by Jock.

In Part 2, Krakens  Duncan (Valkyrist) , Sarah (Lady Weaver), Dana (taindana) and David (davidhhh) contribute their memories and opinions of the Halloween culture.

In Part 3, Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Matt (Varley) and Brett (White Raven) join in for the roundtable of scary stories.

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Edited by Shadow_ baby
Music by Michael Jackson, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett, Disneyland Park Soundtrack, and The Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff

It [2017] as Political Allegory

Posted: September 17, 2017 in Movies
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I had some random post-screening thoughts on the horror movie It as a contemporary political allegory…

–SPOILERS BELOW–

  • A group of diverse misfits draw strength from unity, and stand up against a fascist, xenophobic, misogynistic bully
  • Durry as a town bound by white picket nostalgia, where the adults refuse to acknowledge the historical atrocities dug up by the kids and instead attempt to propagate a facade of eternal sameness and insulation
  • Pennywise as an agent of chaos who exploits the fears of different people in order to divide and conquer, and convinces the bully to commit mass violence as a way of reclaiming his stolen masculinity
  • The figure of the evil clown running amok literally reappeared in the months leading up to the 2016 election, and also signalled the rise of the alt-right as a horde of anonymous, sadistic mischief-makers who harass people “for the lulz”
  • Oh yeah, and the sewerage pipes teeming with mindless zombies symbolises current internet discourse


VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 415
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After the trauma of the Red Wedding, the Vassals move back to the Wall for Sam 3, Jon 6 and Jon 7 from A Storm of Swords. These are the events of 17th and 18th, December 299 AL. Your hosts are Dragoncast’s Matt/Varley and Casey/Blue Eyed Queen and Krakencast’s Duncan/Valkyrist and Sarah/LadyWeaver with Bina007 holding the line of insanity somewhere in between!

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all published works in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, but not for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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Edited by Bina007
Music by Alpine Universe and the Electric Pancakes


VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 410
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THE KRAKEN VANISHES BENEATH THE WAVES! Aussie vassals Duncan (Valkyrist), Dana (Taindana), and honourary krakens Bing (Shoneshiner) and David (davidhhh) review the seventh and final episode of Game of Thrones’seventh season, entitled “The Dragon and the Wolf.”

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, as well as all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones

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Edited by Valkyrist

This is a dramatic reading of the story Meera Reed tells to Brandon Stark about the Tourney of Harrenhal. It is taken from Bran’s second chapter in A Storm of Swords (book 1 of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga).


VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 405
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THE KRAKEN SHIVERS! Aussie vassals Duncan (Valkyrist), Sarah (Lady Weaver, and honourary krakens Bing (Shoneshiner), David (davidhhh) and Neil (Valyrian Neil) review the sixth episode of Game of Thrones’ seventh season, entitled “Beyond the Wall.”

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, as well as all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones

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Edited by Valkyrist

krakenkastKrakenKast records every Tuesday at 8:00pm (AEST) / 11:00am (GMT).

This time is meant to cater for Australian and Asian-Pacific fans, but everyone is welcome. Just let us know on the “Call to Arms” thread HERE, if you’d like to join us for an episode.


VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 402
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Join the KrakenCast again for their belated review of “Eastwatch” (Game of Thrones, Season 7 Episode 5).  On this episode you’re underwater companions from Down Under are Sarah (Lady Weaver), Duncan (Valkyrist), Dana (Taindana), and honourary krakens Bing (Shoneshiner) and David (davidhhh).

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, as well as all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones

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Edited by Lady Weaver

krakenkastKrakenKast records every Tuesday at 8:00pm (AEST) / 11:00am (GMT).

This time is meant to cater for Australian and Asian-Pacific fans, but everyone is welcome. Just let us know on the “Call to Arms” thread HERE, if you’d like to join us for an episode.

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VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 400
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To celebrate their 400th podcast, the curators of VOK break bread in the smoky halls of the Twins and toast a joyous marriage to Edmure Tully and Roslyn Frey.

Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Bina (Bina007), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Zach (Alias), Adam (drownedsnow), Nadia, and Greg (claudiusthefool) for a one-night only performance of Catelyn VII from George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords (aka the “Red Wedding”). And stick around backstage for a postmortem discussion of the chapter.

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

02:20 – Full Cast(le) Recording #13: The Hole Where Our Hearts Had Been
33:32 – Catelyn VII (ASOS) Chapter Discussion

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Edited by Valkyrist