“Video” Podcast of Game of Thrones, Season 1, Episode 9, “Baelor”

AND YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN!

Completely stunning the oddsmakers, SEK and I (now both of us of Lawyers, Guns, and Money) have finally started podcasting again, and not only that, we’re going to be releasing one episode a day for the next three days. So this week, we’ll be burning off the last two episodes of Season 1 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the two episodes that arguably launched the show into the stratosphere, and then launching into the troubled Season 2 and trying to figure out how HBO survived the growing pains.

And you can listen right here. (We’re working on getting the video uploaded and embedded for those of you who prefer to look at our weird visages)

11 thoughts on ““Video” Podcast of Game of Thrones, Season 1, Episode 9, “Baelor”

  1. All Hail the Space Pope says:

    I belieeeeve! Never lost faith guys, always thought you’d come through. Well, apart from the last six months, and that time I commented that it would never happen. But never mind that because that time is over. And I’ve now found a (sixth/seventh?) state of podcast loss – redemption! Hell yeah.

  2. Sean C. says:

    This was obviously recorded back before the fourth season had aired (my, my, the time flies), so you didn’t know how things ended with Shae’s character. Having seen how it turned out, the results aren’t particularly good.

    I expect the initial idea was that they wanted to amp up the tragedy in how things turned out (with a secondary goal of making Tyrion look better, by giving him a conventional romance instead of a story that explores his character’s flaws), but it really doesn’t work. The attempt to crowbar TV!Shae into Book!Shae’s plot at the end comes across as extremely contrived. From Sibel Kekill’s interviews, I get the sense that she, a non-book reader, had a very hard time reconciling those events with what she’d come to understand about her character in the preceding three seasons.

    And then, of course, there’s the final whitewash in having her pull a knife on him, the show’s own “Greedo shoots first”.

    • David Hunt says:

      Well the Shae of the books is clearly with Tyrion because he’s the best sugar daddy she could hope for. That character’s actions make sense to me including her latching onto Tywin as an even better sugar daddy. Whether Varys somehow manipulated her into Tywin’s bed with an eye toward the explosion that would happen when Tyrion arrived, well I like that theory, but there’s no way that I’ll ever get any confirmation even if I’m right. Regardless, I’m confident that the closest Book!Shae came to mourning Tyrion’s upcoming execution was, “It’s too bad. He was nice to me. Oh well, I need to get a new rich man to support me in the lifestyle that I’d like to become accustomed to.” Then again, I may be giving overestimating her affections for Tyrion. I’m certain that she sold him out the instant Cercei started pressing her for details on Tyrion’s ”assassination plot.”

      Show!Shae…They did a good job of demonstrating that she actually loved Tyrion. I think that the reason she testified is equal parts, “If you don’t say what we want, you’ll wish you were raped to death by a bear (i.e. she’ll be given to Qyburn), and the fact that Shae just happens to love herself just a bit more than she loves Tyrion. As to why she’s in Tywin’s bed (beyond the obvious), I think that Tywin got hold of her just after the Purple Wedding and she seduced him to keep herself alive and not-gang-raped. I think that she goes for the knife because she sees the look on Tyrion’s face and realizes that there’s no end to that meeting that doesn’t end in blood and does the moral arithmetic faster and more coldly than Tyrion does. The moment that she went for the knife she couldn’t back down, but she knew that it was her or him before she went for it.

    • Agreed, it ran into some real problems with the betrayal. If they’d run this scene, it might have made more sense:

  3. Winnie says:

    Good to see you’re working hard to plug in all the blanks, there Steve.

    And hey Season 2 wasn’t *all* bad-you guys are going to have a ball with Blackwater, Tyrion in KL, Arya and Tywin at Harrenhaal and really all the Lannister family dynamics, and of course Theon.

    And I think they handled Sam and GIlly at Craster’s pretty well too-it was only after that the storyline up at the Wall went astray.

  4. Amazing. Something was late being released. We were told it was coming. We waited patiently. And it came! And it was worth the wait! Fascinating.

    Maybe The Winds of Winter really is coming as well.

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