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VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 339
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In this Halloween spooktacular, Valkyrist ventures into the Darkling Plain in search of lost podcast recordings, and summons the ghosts of Kingsgrave’s past.

Clips have been selected from the following unpublished VOK podcasts:

02:10 – DragonCast S04E09 Review
24:20 – SoccerCast (Vol.2)
47:49 – CockneyMoot 2014 FCR Outtakes
50:41 – ASOIAF Future Predictions
1:13:44 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Preview
1:38:23 – Mockingjay: Part 1 Review
1:44:50 – WolfCast S05E10 Review
2:02:09 – SeattleMoot 2015
2:22:32 – APOIAF April Fools’ Aftershow
2:39:49 – Kingsgrave Jukebox

Disclaimer: This podcast contains spoilers for A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and The Hunger Games. Please consult the timestamps above to avoid being spoiled for any of these titles.

Credits:
Curated by Valkyrist
Songs by jed o’white hart, Aiwendil, Bina007, and Amberrocks

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This video essay looks at the themes of grief and addiction in George R. R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and the way characters are tormented by “poisoned memories”.

NOTE: This essay was originally published on TowerOfTheHand.com in 2015 http://towerofthehand.com/blog/2015/02/15-poisoned-memories/


VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 321
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The shadows come to dance… and the vassals set sail once more for the stormy waters of the Full Cast(le) Recording. Join them for a special performance of “Davos II” from George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings.

And hang out by the portcullis afterwards for an in-depth discussion on Westerosi rap battles, Baratheon sibling rivalries, and raising shadow babies. Cost of entry – 1 onion.

2:28 – Chapter Reading
39:39 – Chapter Discussion
1:19:36 – Aftershow

The Cast:
Duncan (Valkyrist) – Narrator
Drew (Wargasm) – Davos Seaworth
Greg (claudiusthefool) – Stannis Baratheon
Brett (White Raven) – Cortnay Penrose
Hannah (shadow_ baby) – Melisandre of Asshai
Zach (Alias) – Alester Florent / Lord Estermont
Tanja (Scilens) – Bryce Caron
Matt (Varley) – Guyard Morrigen
Adam (drownedsnow) – Jon Fossoway
Amber (Amberrocks) – Devan Seaworth

The Crew:
Duncan (Valkyrist) – Editor

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 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.

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RADIO WESTEROS: EPISODE 15
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Yolkboy and Lady Gwyn are joined by guest host BryndenBFish of Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire blog and podcast to present the Battle of Fire in Meereen in a live news, radio play format. With guest appearances by Aziz of History of Westeros, Steven Attewell of Race for the Iron Throne, and Valkyrist of Vassals of Kingsgrave. We explore the political and military situations both inside and outside of Meereen, with close looks at the history of Slaver’s Bay, the Unsullied and the sellsword companies, as well as what we know about the battle itself and our predictions for what happens next! Spoilers for all books and unpublished material from The Winds of Winter.

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VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 200
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To celebrate their 200th podcast, the curators of VOK don their tokars, pack a crate of honeyed locusts, and take a trip down to the fighting pits of Meereen. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Michal (inkasrain), Greg (claudiusthefool), Zach (Alias), and Katie (Lady Griffin) for one-night only performance of Daenerys IX from George R. R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons.

And stick around backstage for a discussion of the chapter, as well as some general Aftershow tomfoolery.

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

02:36 – Full Cast(le) Recording #8: One to Dread
36:43 – Daenerys IX (ADWD) Chapter Discussion
1:20:19 – Aftershow
2:08:14 – ???

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

Links:
The Meereenese Blot

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VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 189
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The Vassals assemble at the Gates of the Moon to review and dissect the latest sample chapter from George R. R. Martin’s The Winds of Winter, entitled “Alayne.”

Join Michal (inkasrain), Zach (Alias), Greg (claudiusthefool), Duncan (Valkyrist), Julia (No True Lady), Shane (easttexasdirewolf), Matt (Varley) and Nadia as they ponder the evolution of Sansa Stark, courtly politics in the Vale, the master plan of Petyr Baelish, and the treachery of hedge mice.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published and unpublished 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 (including Season 5 promotional material).

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

Links:
Alayne (chapter text)
VoK 61: The Winds of Winter (Preview Chapters)
VoK 79: Mercy (The Winds of Winter – Sample Chapter)

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A PODCAST OF ICE AND FIRE: EPISODE 167
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Episode 167 for the week of March 22nd, in which we are joined by Vassals of Kingsgrave regulars Duncan (Valkyrist) and Greg (claudiusthefool). We cover the chapters 12 (Jaime II) and 13 (Tyrion II) of A Storm of Swords.

Notes: We discuss this interview excerpt with David and Dan covering Game of Thrones spoilers, GRRM’s response, and an earlier interview with GRRM discussing Tysha [second last question].