Archive for May, 2014

Podcast Winterfell Special: S4 Highlights So Far

Spoiler Alert! This episode covers events current with the most recently aired episode of Game Of Thrones. If you are not current with the series, and don’t wish to be spoiled, come back and listen after you are caught up with S4E07 “Mockingbird”.

Otherwise Matt goes through 10 highlights of Season 4 so far.

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Podcast Winterfell 168: S4E07 2nd Look

Spoiler Alert. This episode covers Game of Thrones S4E07 “Mockingbird”. If you’ve not seen the episode and don’t wish to be spoiled, then come back and listen after you seen the episode.

Also apologies for a lack of Fan Call In Show this week. Hopefully when Game of Thrones returns a week from Sunday we will have them again. So as a substitute, Matt braves it alone to present his thoughts on the aforementioned episode and your feedback.

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Podcast Winterfell 167: S4E07 “Mockingbird” Initial Reaction

Spoiler alert. This podcast covers events in HBO’s Game of Thrones S4E07 “Mockingbird”. If you are not current with that episode and do not wish to be spoiled, you may want to avoid this discussion until you have seen the episode.

Otherwise, Axel Foley (@WAxelFoley) fills in for Matt and is joined by DJ Timm Hines (@DJTimmHines) to discuss the aforementioned episode.

Due to further scheduling conflicts for Matt, there will be no fan call in show this week.

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And don’t forget to tweet Matt your three words descriptions of the episode and/or your brothelmates of the week (best coupling for the episode – doesn’t have to be two people) by 8pm Eastern on Monday to have your submissions read on the podcast. Same deadline applies to any e-mail feedback (podcastwinterfell@Gmail.com) or phoned in feedback (314 669 1840).

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Podcast Winterfell 166: S4E06 Fan Call In Show

Spoiler Alert. This Fan Call In discussion is current with HBO’s Game of Thrones. If you are not, you may wish to avoid listening until you are, to keep from getting spoiled.

Otherwise Matt takes calls from Gary (@gcswift2), The Smoke Hatch Podcast’s Matt (@TSH_Matt), bn4ia.com’s Timm (@DJTimmHines), johnmarius.net’s John (@JohnMarius), and The Joffrey of Podcast’s Bubba (@FittenTrim) to discuss S4E06 “The Laws of Gods and Men”.

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About Braavos

The following email was submitted to the podcast (and others) with information about Braavos (where Stannis and Davos visited). Enjoy this wealth of spoiler free information and thanks to Harrel for the effort.


 

 

Dear Lords of Podcasting:

I am anticipating confusion about the upcoming appearance of the city of Braavos in the series, so just to help with this:

1) I would point out that Braavos is modeled on the Italian city of Venice and the medieval Republic of Venice, which was in existence for over a thousand years, from 697 to 1797.

2) I’m attaching a map of Braavos and a map showing wear Braavos fits in the world of ASOIF.

3) Below, I’m placing a link to an excellent spoiler free site that provides historical background for non-book readers. I’ve gone ahead and pasted an edited version of its excerpt on Braavos beneath the link. Hope you find this useful!

-Harrel

http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2014/03/13/a-game-of-thrones-history-lesson-part-4-the-free-cities-and-essosi-civilizations

Braavos is the only Free City to not be a Valyrian colony. It sits on a lagoon in the northwestern end of Essos, at the junction of the Narrow Sea (between Westeros and Essos) and the Shivering Sea (above Essos). Braavos also claims the coastline to the southwest. The ruler of Braavos is known as the Sealord. Braavos has one of the largest ports in the world.

Braavos was founded by slaves fleeing Valyrian expansion. They were led by the Moonsingers, who wished to hide in the lagoon to keep away from the dragons. For centuries, it was a secret city and remained relatively unknown to the rest of the world. After the Doom of Valyria, it was publicly revealed, roughly 400 years after its founding. The city is sometimes known as the Bastard Son of Valyria.

The culture of Braavos is centered around sea trade. Braavosi ships paint their hulls purple, and their ships trade with all corners of the world. The Iron Bank of Braavos is one of the major moneylenders of Braavos.

The city is also known worldwide for its courtesans. Each courtesan has their own barge and servants. Their beauties inspire songs, and they are showered by gifts. Nobility and rich merchants pay for courtesans to be their dates at events.

Braavos culture created a unique form of sword fighting, called Water Dancing, in which the fighter stands sideways and wields a slender blade. Braavosi fill the city, dueling to display skill.

The symbol of Braavos is the Titan, which is both a fortress and an immense statue which sits over the entrance to the Braavos port. The only notable Braavosi in the show so far is Syrio Forel, the First Sword of Braavos for a time.

Braavos is also the location of the Faceless Men (we’ve met Jaqen H’ghar), a group of assassins who change their faces.

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Podcast Winterfell 165: S4E06 “The Laws of Gods and Men” Initial Reaction

Spoiler Alert. This episode covers events in HBO’s Game Of Thrones S4E06 “The Laws of Gods and Men”. If you have not seen that episode and do not wish to be spoiled, please avoid listening until you have seen the episode.

Otherwise Matt is joined by Axel (@WAxelFoley) and Donald (@DonaldJr) to give their initial reactions to the aforementioned episode.

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Podcast Winterfell 164: S4E02 Fan Call In Show

Spoiler Alert. This Fan Call In discussion is current with HBO’s Game of Thrones. If you are not, you may wish to avoid listening until you are, to keep from getting spoiled.

Otherwise Matt takes calls from Gary (@gcswift2), TVTalk.com’s Heath (@HeathActor) and The Smoke Hatch Podcast’s Matt (@TSH_Matt) to discuss S4E05 “First of His Name”.

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No Clef Notes for S4E05 “First of His Name”

There wasn’t much of note in the music of the episode this week to talk about, so instead of recording a Clef Notes section I will just blog my thoughts.

Nothing new that I can ‘graduate’ to a theme, at least yet happened this week music wise but there is one thing that is kind of on my ‘watch list’.

  • In the opening scene during Tommen’s coronation there is some music played, however at this point I feel it was more a piece of incidental music (music composed exclusively for that scene) than a presentation of a ‘Tommen Theme’. It will take future episodes to see if it is used again for Tommen scenes before I will make further note of it.
  • Much in the same fashion, I feel that much of what we heard under the battle at Craster’s Keep, and the subsequent credit sequence, were either specifically composed for the scene or variations of S1’s “The Wall” (the Night’s Watch theme) which I’ve broken down many times ad nauseum. There was a part of the Craster’s Keep sequence that was a nice call back to the Stark theme when Bran was shouting for Jon after Hodor had left, but again, I’ve broken that one down already.
  • I feel anything at the Eerie was incidental, but if we hear some of it again, we might be hearing something for Lysa. Time will tell, but I’m doubtful.

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