Game of Thrones Season 8: Survivor Pool

Butters and Dean break-down the upcoming Survivor Pool for Game of Thrones Season 8. You have until November 6th, 2017 to get your picks in. The details on this contest are contained in the podcast, but we have some helpful URLs for you here that will take you to the rules, deadlines, and who to email any questions to.

Season 8 Survivor Pool URL (www.promisemenerds.com/S8)
Registration Opens: October 6th
Registration Ends: November 6th @ 12:00AM, ET.
Jon’s Email: jon@libertystreetgeek.net

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7-7: Game of Thrones “The Dragon and the Wolf”

Jon and company head to King’s Landing to present their show-and-tell project to Ms. Lannister. The Hound comes face-to-face with his brother. Jamie (bold, handsome, and true) rides north, and Littlefinger overextends his reach. Did all the set-ups lend weight to the pay-offs? Did the finale stick the landing? Are we still complaining about travel times and the lack of character death? For the most part Dean and Jessica are happy with the finale. They both agree it isn’t the best finale, but they also both agree that it doesn’t have to be. Join us for our coverage of “The Dragon and the Wolf”, but fear not brave listeners, there will be one more episode that recaps the entire season! Stay tuned for details!

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7-6: Game of Thrones “Beyond the Wall”

Originally both Jessica and Dean were low on this episode, but after a re-watch they both looked past some of the flaws which have creeped into this season. The internet is found of pointing out things like travel times, and plenty of information is out there on how long it takes ice to freeze, and how fast ravens fly, but it all comes down to one thing: how well are they telling the story? On the one hand you have some great dialogue and character moments between our “Suicide Squad” that has traveled north of the wall. On the other hand you have what appears to to be a more forgiving world in which named characters escape situations that would have killed them in season three. You also have the Arya and Sansa stuff flailing somewhere between inscrutable and down-right ludicrous, and some inexplicable behavior from Jon Snow… commander of men. All in all there was plenty to like, and this mostly comes by way of performance and character. Emilia Clarke shows some vulnerability, hesitation, and hopefulness. Richard Dormer’s presence is a stage-setter for all things Lord of Light. Kit Harrington uttering “Uncle Benjen” was heart-wrenching. Kristofer Hivju brings not just comedic timing, but some believable wisdom to Tormund, and the always consistent Rory McCann knocks “The Hound” out of the park with his “I don’t care” attitude and bevy of crass insults. Although not the series’ best episode, but we are hopeful that the finale will bounce back.

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7-5: Game of Thrones “Eastwatch”

Jessica and Dean abandon the more comedic aspects of their routine and they dive deep into the ethics of Westeros. How much blood is on the hands of the characters we all care about? Is Dany just like every other lord in her pursuit of breaking the wheel? Is Jaime Lannister still handsome, brave, strong, and clever? Jessica and Dean also pivot into some of the weaker elements of the plot this week, and really go after some of the issues of travel times, character behavior, and wight abduction capers. Has this episode exposed the lack of direction from George R.R. Martin? Does the plotting feel a bit rushed? Thanks again to our our listeners for all their great content this week!

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