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Episode 177: The Dance of Dragons

Episode 177 for the week of June 7th, in which we review the ninth episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. The aftershow section contains potential spoilers from a The Winds of Winter chapter.

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Episode 176: Hardhome

Episode 176 for the week of May 31st, in which we review the eighth episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. 

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Episode 175: The Gift

Episode 175 for the week of May 24th, in which we review the seventh episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. 

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Episode 174: Ice and Fire Con 2015

Episode 174 for the week of May 17th, 2015, in which we cover our experiences at Ice and Fire Con 2015.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series.  The audio quality for this episode was lowered by the onsite record.

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Episode 173: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Episode 173 for the week of May 17th, in which we review the sixth episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series.  The audio quality for this episode was lowered by the onsite recording.

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Episode 172: Kill the Boy

Episode 172 for the week of May 10th, in which we review the fifth episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. We are joined by returning guest host Aziz from History of Westeros.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. 

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Episode 171: Sons of the Harpy

Episode 171 for the week of May 3rd, in which we review the fourth episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. We are joined by returning guest host Aziz from History of Westeros.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. 

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A Hymn for Spring: Available Now

Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows was a book jam-packed with insightful analysis of the Song of Ice and Fire series, but it only barely scratched the surface of the huge and complex world that author George R.R. Martin has created. 
A second anthology, then, is not only desirable, it’s absolutely critical to unearth all that Martin has tucked away into the many dense folds of his narrative. 

Here’s how we’ve expanded A Hymn for Spring in order to make it the most comprehensive exploration of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros yet: 


    • Updated to cover the newly published Song of Ice and Fire material, including The Princess and the Queen, The Rogue Prince, and The World of Ice and Fire.

 

    • Four brand-new authors, who hail from some of the most authoritative Ice and Fire websites and podcasts, in order to provide fresh perspectives on the main series.

 

    • More than twice the size of A Flight of Sorrows, allowing not only for more essays on a wider range of subjects, but also for longer, more comprehensive analysis.

 

    • A huge swath of bonus material, including additional essays from theHymn for Spring authors – and their special guests – and sneak previews at the next big projects from the Tower of the Hand editors.

NEW AUTHORS

Steven Attewell, the mastermind behind Race for the Iron Throne, brings his political and historical expertise to bear on the effectiveness of Machiavellianism in the game of thrones and the economic gamesmanship of Lord Petyr Baelish. The founder ofWars and Politics of Ice and Fire, Jeff Hartline, makes readers fundamentally question their understanding of King Stannis Baratheon. And History of Westeros co-hosts Aziz and Ashaya offer the single most authoritative account of the history – and mythology – of Harrenhal, while Tower of the Hand/Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire contributor Jim McGeehin does the same for Robert’s Rebellion. 

RETURNING AUTHORS

Stefan Sasse, from the Boiled Leather Audio Hour and The Nerdstream Era, determines the effects that patriarchy and civil war have had on the Westerosi psychological makeup. A Podcast of Ice and Fire co-host Amin Javadi investigates the nature that songs and singers play in the various cultures of the Seven Kingdoms, and, even, in the nature of the narrative itself. And Tower of the Hand co-founders John Jasmin and Alexander Smith expand the focus to include both an exploration of how HBO’s Game of Thrones simultaneously improves and degrades Martin’s original story and a look at traditional games to help predict the success of all those who play the game of thrones.

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Episode 170: High Sparrow

Episode 170 for the week of April 26th, in which we review the third episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. We are joined by returning guest host Aziz from History of Westeros.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. This week’s episode was salvaged from two different recordings.

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Episode 169: The House of Black and White

Episode 169 for the week of April 19th, in which we review the second episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. This week’s episode combined two different recordings: there may still be one or two incidents of audio skipping remaining in the file

Upcoming conventions with APOIAF host appearances: Ice and Fire Con 2015 (Ashley, Amin), Anime North 2015 (Ashley, Amin), San Diego Comic Con 2015 (Amin, Kyle).  House Manwoody meetups are planned around the year.

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Episode 168: The Wars to Come

Episode 168 for the week of April 12th, in which we review the first episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. Upcoming conventions with APOIAF host appearances: Ice and Fire Con 2015 (Ashley, Amin), Anime North 2015 (Ashley, Amin), San Diego Comic Con 2015 (Amin, Kyle).  House Manwoody meetups are planned around the year.

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Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring Pre-orders

Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows was a book jam-packed with insightful analysis of the Song of Ice and Fire series, but it only barely scratched the surface of the huge and complex world that author George R.R. Martin has created.  A second anthology, then, is not only desirable, it’s absolutely critical to unearth all that Martin has tucked away into the many dense folds of his narrative.

Here’s how we’ve expanded A Hymn for Spring in order to make it the most comprehensive exploration of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros yet:

    • Updated to cover the newly published Song of Ice and Fire material, including The Princess and the QueenThe Rogue Prince, and The World of Ice and Fire.
    • Four brand-new authors, who hail from some of the most authoritative Ice and Fire websites and podcasts, in order to provide fresh perspectives on the main series.
    • More than twice the size of A Flight of Sorrows, allowing not only for more essays on a wider range of subjects, but also for longer, more comprehensive analysis.
    • A huge swath of bonus material, including additional essays from the Hymn for Spring authors – and their special guests – and sneak previews at the next big projects from the Tower of the Hand editors.

NEW AUTHORS

Steven Attewell, the mastermind behind Race for the Iron Throne, brings his political and historical expertise to bear on the effectiveness of Machiavellianism in the game of thrones and the economic gamesmanship of Lord Petyr Baelish. The founder of Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire, Jeff Hartline, makes readers fundamentally question their understanding of King Stannis Baratheon. And History of Westeros co-hosts Aziz and Ashaya offer the single most authoritative account of the history – and mythology – of Harrenhal, while Tower of the Hand/Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire contributor Jim McGeehin does the same for Robert’s Rebellion.
RETURNING AUTHORS

Stefan Sasse, from the Boiled Leather Audio Hour and The Nerdstream Era, determines the effects that patriarchy and civil war have had on the Westerosi psychological makeup. A Podcast of Ice and Fire co-host Amin Javadi investigates the nature that songs and singers play in the various cultures of the Seven Kingdoms, and, even, in the nature of the narrative itself. And Tower of the Handco-founders John Jasmin and Alexander Smith expand the focus to include both an exploration of how HBO’s Game of Thrones simultaneously improves and degrades Martin’s original story and a look at traditional games to help predict the success of all those who play the game of thrones.

A Hymn for Spring is available for pre-order today, with a release date of April 22, 2015.

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APOIAF Hosts in Cameo Roles for Game of Thrones Season 5

We are happy to announce that the four podcast hosts will be making cameo appearances in season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Mimi has been cast as one of Dany’s dwindling Dothraki followers: she ends up flipping a table during a Meereenese bar fight. Ashley has been cast as a wildling spearwife: she joins Davos and Shireen’s reading and writing club. Amin and Kyle have been cast as Prince Doran’s night shift guardsmen: they make sure he is well stocked in feathered hats and blood oranges, respectively. Many of the former podcast hosts will also be making appearances as wights.

 

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Episode 167: The Brothers Lannister

Episode 167 for the week of March 22nd, in which we are joined by Vassals of Kingsgrave regulars Duncan (Valkyrist) and Greg (Claudiusthefool). We cover the chapters 12 (Jaime II) and 13 (Tyrion II) of A Storm of Swords.

Notes: We discuss this interview excerpt with David and Dan covering Game of Thrones spoilers, GRRM’s response, and an earlier interview with GRRM discussing Tysha [second last question].

Chapter 12 – Jaime II (artist: jesicka309)
A Storm of Swords Drawing Project, Podcast of Ice and Fire

Chapter 13 – Tyrion II (artist: zeyik)
A Storm of Swords Drawing Project, Podcast of Ice and Fire

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A Hymn for Spring Free Essay

Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring, goes on sale on April 15 at Amazon. This new ebook will contain a dozen original essays about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones, written by Tower of the Hand editors and contributors and a whole slew of special collaborators, including  Race for the Iron ThroneWars and Politics of Ice and Fire, the History of Westeros podcast, and our very own Amin Javadi. Pre-ordering is not yet possible, but when it is the link will be posted here and on our podcast store. For now, check out one of Amin’s essays (Songs and Singers of Ice and Fire) in the upcoming ebook.

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