Episode 2: The Kingsroad

We are on the ball this week.  We recorded the episode Sunday night and I'm posting it Monday night.  This week Molly inserted a new segment featuring a message from her Dad.  We found plenty to talk about in this great Episode and ran a little long.  Check it out!


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  • Chris Voorhees

    Excellent podcast, thanks! Couldn’t agree more with the praise for Peter Dinklage, he is a fantastic actor who has needed a role like this for a long time. My one criticism of the characterization in this story is that the one unquestionably evil character (Viserys) is portrayed as effeminate, almost gay. It is so cliche that evil characters have stereotypically gay characteristics that serve no other purpose in terms of developing the character. Not accusing anyone in particular of being homophobic…more that this is a (somewhat) subtle bigotry embedded in our culture. Just tired of seeing it. On your podcast discussion…is Jon Snow really a Targaryan? I would disagree with that theory because a) I thought the Targaryans all had blonde hair and b) I wouldn’t think that Ned would tell Jon he has his “blood” if not his name, if he really didn’t, given the role of “honor” in his character. He seems to only engage in deception when he thinks a larger purpose is to be served (as in when he is recording Robert’s last wishes). Also, because the society is patriarchal, Ned wouldn’t consider his sister’s son to have “Stark blood.” “See” you next week, podcasters!

    Apr 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm
  • Chachi

    you gotta do what cha feel man. Keep them coming guys , no matter how long. Omaha is the best place in world, see you all soon.

    Apr 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm
  • excellency

    I disagree about the portrayal of Viserys as gay. I think he’s being shown pretty much as depicted in the books. If anything, he’s a little too even-tempered (so far). I can think of other instances where gay has been used as an evil characteristic, but I don’t see it here. As for the big theory that Jon Snow may be the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen… I suspect we won’t find out until the last book. BUT, it’s not a lie for Ned to say Jon has Stark blood, because Lyanna is a Stark. As for Targaryens all having blonde hair… perhaps that is because they always interbred. Did Dany’s vision of Rhogo have silver hair? Maybe it did. Anyway, it is likely that when we finally meet Howland Reed we’ll get some answers about what happened at the Tower of Joy, and what promise Ned made to Lyanna in a pool of blood.

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:12 am
  • Chris Voorhees

    oooh…now you’re just daunting me with superior knowledge! :) I’m about 100 pages from the end of the second book now, but I haven’t got to the “Tower of Joy” yet. My problem is that I already want to re-read the first two books because I’m losing track of all the hints…but I guess I’ll plow forward instead. Did someone mention a potential relationship between Jon and Dany? Hmmmm….a “song of ice and fire” perchance?

    May 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm
  • excellency

    I think every reader imagines that Jon and Dany will hook up. GRRM may have even intended that from the get go, but I have a feeling that when the time comes he will deny us predictable outcomes as much as possible.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:05 am