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There are so many amazing lines in George R. R. Martin’s magnum opus, often found in the most unlikely places. I was rereading Arya’s first chapter from A Storm of Swords recently, and was struck by how perfectly one passage captured the characters transforming psyche: “They thought they were hunting her, she knew with all the strange sharp certainty of dreams, but they were wrong. She was hunting them.” It shows how Arya is beginning to externalize all of the violence and abuse she’s been subjected to, and how her psychology is being rewritten by the threat of death that constantly hangs over her head.

But in terms of a quote that summarizes the whole series (or, at least, one of its major themes), I’d have to go with this Tyrion line from ASOS: “It all goes back and back, to our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance on in our steads.” I think every character in the series is living under the shadow of those who came before them, especially their fathers. Look at how large the figure of Tywin looms in the thoughts and feelings of the Lannister children, even after his death. Whether they want to imitate him, or carry on his legacy, or transcend his cruelty, or drown out his voice with wine, he is a fundamental part of who they are.

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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.

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

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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


BASTARDS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 72
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The Bastards of Kingsgrave continues their reviews of George R.R. Martin’s earlier works. We have a spoiler filled discussion about George’s first novel, Dying of the Light,  published in 1977. Michael and Greg had a code duello required match after the record  over name pronunciations.

The Vassals take to the stage for their first ever live podcast, recorded at the Melbourne ThronesCon 2017. Join Aussie vassals Michael (Khal Wadege) and Duncan (Valkyrist) as they debate some of the major theories of the A Song of Ice and Fire fandom, and the role that theorycrafting has played throughout the life of the series. The topics include:

04:12 – Jon Snow’s parentage
25:17 – The Maggy the Frog prophecy
40:51 – The Merling Conspiracy
55:47 – Aftershow (Cleganebowl; How Will It End?; The House of the Undying)

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

Tickets! http://www.ThronesCon.com/

BoK ep.71: Nightflyers

Posted: April 19, 2017 in Literature
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BASTARDS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 71
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After 2 years, the Bastards of Kingsgrave resurrects our reviews of George R. R. Martin’s earlier works. We launch into a lengthy, spoiler filled discussion about Nightflyers, a horror short that was re-released as a novella that won the 1983 Seiun Award (called by some the “Japanese Hugo”). We discuss the questionable movie adaptation and try to find links between Nightflyers and A Song of Ice and Fire, entertaining a couple of exotic theories.

Notes: Nightflyers is most readily available in Dreamsongs Volume I. This episode was recorded in February 2017, exactly 2 months ago. The end music themes are from the Nightflyers movie soundtrack.


A PODCAST OF ICE AND FIRE: EPISODE 208
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Episode 208 for the week of October 23, 2016, in which we are joined by recurring guest hosts Aziz from History of Westeros and Duncan (Valkyrist) from Vassals of Kingsrave. We cover chapters 37 (Davos IV) and 38 (Jaime V) of A Storm of Swords, noting the interweaving connections between both chapters.

Moving into the aftershow, we talk about Game of Thrones season 6 and season 7. As the series is getting ahead of the books, it’s up to debate who could live or die in the next season. While we avoid any filming set/location based spoilers, we discuss the overall possibilities including an estimation of death pool odds.

Notes: Tickets are on sale and rooms are available for “Ice and Fire Con 2016”, which Ashley, Amin, Aziz, and Ashaya will all be attending. The Jaime-Tsunderecomic we talked about and the upcoming A Hymn for Spring essay discussion.


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