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Episode 188 – A Song of Fire and Podcast

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Episode 188 - A Song of Fire and Podcast

Game Over

This week on the podcast Brian and Johnny sing the Song of Ice and Fire as the break down the final season of the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones Season 8


The final season depicts the culmination of the series’ two primary conflicts: the Great War against the Army of the Dead, and the Last War for control of the Iron Throne. The first half of the season involves many of the main characters converging at Winterfell with their armies in an effort to repel the approaching White Walkers and their army of wights. The second half of the season resumes the war for the throne as Daenerys Targaryen assaults King’s Landing in an attempt to unseat Cersei Lannister as the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.


David Nutter
Dave Hill
April 14, 2019

Upon reaching Winterfell with their combined armies, Jon and Daenerys learn the Army of the Dead has breached the Wall, and the Night King commands the undead Viserion. The Northern lords and their allies rally around Winterfell, but distrust Daenerys and doubt Cersei’s pledge to send troops. At King’s Landing, Euron returns from Essos with the Golden Company and entices Cersei to consummate their union. On Cersei’s orders, Qyburn hires Bronn to assassinate Tyrion and Jaime. Theon rescues Yara, who then sets out to retake the Iron Islands, while Theon returns to Winterfell. At Winterfell, Jon reunites with Bran and Arya, and later learns to ride Rhaegal. Sam meets Daenerys, who reveals that she executed his father and brother. After Sam and Jon are reunited, Sam reveals Jon’s true identity is Aegon Targaryen, king and rightful heir to the Iron Throne. At House Umber’s seat of Last Hearth, Tormund and Beric encounter Edd and other Night’s Watch members, finding the castle’s occupants dead, and Ned Umber’s body left as a gruesome message from the Night King. Jaime arrives at Winterfell where Bran is awaiting him.

“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”
David Nutter
Bryan Cogman
April 21, 2019

Jaime reveals Cersei’s deception to the Targaryen–Stark alliance and joins the alliance after Brienne defends his loyalty. Jaime later apologizes to Bran for crippling him; Bran replies he harbors no anger and that they are no longer the same people. Tyrion loses Daenerys’ favor for believing Cersei, prompting Jorah to ask her to forgive Tyrion’s mistakes. Citing their mutual love for Jon, Daenerys tries and fails to gain Sansa’s trust after refusing to give assurances about the North’s fate. Theon, Edd, Tormund, and Beric arrive at Winterfell, with the latter three reporting House Umber’s fall. Bran proposes that he lure out the Night King, who intends to destroy the Three-Eyed Raven. His plan is reluctantly approved, with Theon and the Ironborn offering protection. Arya asks Gendry to have sex with her. Jaime formally knights Brienne. Jorah fails to dissuade Lyanna Mormont from fighting, and he receives House Tarly’s ancestral sword as a gift from Sam. As the Army of the Dead approaches, Jon reveals his Targaryen lineage to Daenerys, who reluctantly acknowledges his claim to the Iron Throne.

“The Long Night”
Miguel Sapochnik
David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
April 28, 2019

The Living Army meets the Army of the Dead outside Winterfell. The Dothraki are obliterated first, then the Unsullied are overwhelmed. Edd is killed after saving Sam. The survivors retreat into the castle as Melisandre ignites the defensive fire trench surrounding Winterfell to delay the advancing horde. Jon and Daenerys engage the Night King on their dragons. The wights invade Winterfell, overpowering the defenders and killing Lyanna Mormont. Beric dies defending Arya, whom Melisandre helps realize her destiny to deny the God of Death on that day. Jon and Rhaegal knock the Night King off Viserion; Daenerys commands Drogon to burn the Night King, but dragon fire has no effect. The Night King raises slain Winterfell defenders, including the dead entombed in the crypt where the non-combatants are attacked. When swarming wights pull Daenerys from Drogon, Jorah is fatally wounded defending her. The Night King arrives at the Godswood for Bran and kills Theon. Arya ambushes the Night King, stabbing him with her Valyrian steel dagger. The Night King and his White Walkers disintegrate, causing Viserion and the wights to collapse. Her purpose served, Melisandre leaves Winterfell and falls dead from her advanced age.

“The Last of the Starks”
David Nutter
David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
May 5, 2019

The survivors mourn and burn the dead. Daenerys legitimizes Gendry as a Baratheon, and names him Lord of Storm’s End. Arya declines Gendry’s marriage proposal. Jaime and Brienne become lovers. To protect her position as queen, Daenerys wants Jon to conceal his true parentage. Bronn arrives to kill Jaime and Tyrion for Cersei, but spares them in exchange for Highgarden. Daenerys wants to immediately attack King’s Landing, but her war council disagrees. Jon reveals his Targaryen claim to Sansa and Arya, swearing them to secrecy. Wanting Jon as king, Sansa tells Tyrion, who informs Varys. Arya leaves Winterfell and joins the Hound, heading to King’s Landing. Tormund returns north with the Wildlings, taking Ghost at Jon’s request. Daenerys and her fleet set sail for King’s Landing, while Jon leads the Northern army. At Dragonstone, Euron’s navy ambushes Daenery’s fleet, destroying many ships and killing Rhaegal with superior scorpion weapons. Misandei is taken hostage. Daenerys considers seizing King’s Landing using dragon fire. Varys and Tyrion debate whether Jon would be a better ruler than Daenerys. After the fleet is attacked, Jaime feels compelled to return to Cersei, despite Brienne’s plea that he stay. Cersei defiantly refuses Daenerys’ demand to surrender and orders the Mountain to behead Missandei, enraging Daenerys and Grey Worm.

“The Bells”
Miguel Sapochnik
David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
May 12, 2019

Varys wants Jon to take the Iron Throne, but Jon refuses to betray Daenerys. After learning of Varys’ plot from Tyrion, Daenerys has Drogon burn Varys. Daenerys plans to incinerate King’s Landing. Jaime is captured, but Tyrion conspires for him to enter King’s Landing and signal its surrender by ringing the city’s bells. Jaime and Cersei can then secretly escape Westeros. As Jaime, Arya, and the Hound infiltrate King’s Landing, Daenerys has Drogon destroy the Iron Fleet, the scorpion weapons, the city gates, and most of the Golden Company, allowing her army to enter. The Lannister forces are overwhelmed and the city signals its surrender, but an enraged Daenerys attacks King’s Landing on Drogon, indiscriminately burning soldiers and civilians. The allied army follows her lead, slaughtering all in their path, horrifying Tyrion and Jon. After entering the Red Keep, Jaime kills Euron, but is mortally wounded. The Hound convinces Arya to abandon killing Cersei and save herself, then engages the Mountain, who kills Qyburn. The brothers fight fiercely, both perishing after falling into flames. Cersei and Jaime reunite and flee, but are killed as the castle collapses. Jon calls for retreat as frantic civilians desert a demolished King’s Landing. Amid the city’s destruction, Arya barely escapes alive.

“The Iron Throne”
David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
May 19, 2019

After King’s Landing is devastated, Grey Worm executes captured soldiers on Daenerys’ orders. Tyrion is devastated to find Jaime and Cersei dead in the ruins. Daenerys rallies the Unsullied and Dothraki, declaring to liberate the entire world. Tyrion resigns as Hand, then is imprisoned for treason to await execution. Arya and Tyrion separately warn Jon that Daenerys is a threat to him and Sansa. He confronts Daenerys but, unable to stop her destructive plan, kills her. Drogon melts the Iron Throne, then carries her body away. Tyrion suggests that future monarchs be chosen by Westerosi aristocrats, rather than through familial succession. Apart from Sansa asserting an independent North, the other Westerosi leaders proclaim Bran Stark as Bran the Broken, Ruler of the Six Kingdoms. Bran appoints Tyrion as his Hand and sentences Jon to the Night’s Watch to appease a vengeful Grey Worm. The Unsullied sail for Naath. Tyrion reorganizes the King’s Small Council – Brienne, Bronn, Davos, and Sam – to rebuild King’s Landing. Sansa is crowned Queen in the North. Arya sets sail to explore west of Westeros. Jon rejoins Tormund and Ghost at Castle Black, and accompanies the Wildlings heading north of the Wall.

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