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Game of Thrones Book Club: Spoiler Discussion of ‘First of His Name’

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LIVE on Tuesday, May 6th Josh Wigler and Terri Schwartz look at Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 5 through the lens of people who have read the books. Join in to be part of the Book Club discussion.

On the second episode of Game of Thrones Book Club, Josh and Terri discuss:

* The revelation of Littlefinger’s involvement in Jon Arryn’s murder, and how Littlefinger’s story will unravel over the coming seasons.

* The battle at Craster’s Keep, and Bran’s use of Hodor to kill Locke. Will we see Bran in Hodor’s body later in the season? And will Josh’s favorite chapter in the books — the second Bran chapter in A Dance with Dragons — come to fruition in the Season 4 finale?

* Why does Terri think Daenerys will become an antagonist by the end of the series? And why does Josh think Dany’s story will play better on the screen than in the books? What will happen with Jorah Mormont by the end of the season?

* Cersei takes center stage in King’s Landing this week. What do Josh and Terri think of Cersei’s scenes with Margaery? Do they think their rivalry will come to a boil this season, or later on in season five?

* Will Game of Thrones feature the divisive Dorne and Iron Islands stories from A Feast for Crows, or will the show yadda yadda yadda through those stories?

* What do Josh and Terri make of the Red Viper’s relatively low profile over the past few episodes? Is that to maximize his impact later in the season when he meets The Mountain?

* Speaking of The Mountain, how do Josh and Terri think season four will end for The Mountain’s brother, Sandor Clegane? And what do they make of his role in the series beyond this season?

* Will Brienne meet Lady Stoneheart by the end of season four?

* Is there any chance Coldhands makes it onto the show?


Game of Thrones Book Club:  Season 4, Episode 5

Game of Thrones Book Club: Season 4, Episode 5

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  • Josh Wigler

    Here is the Littlefinger essay (it’s long but well worth a read):

    • jon dunn

      I remeember when I read this after finishing ASOS. Always loved it.

  • Josh Wigler

    And here’s the essay on the Hound on the Quiet Isle:

  • jon dunn

    I love these. Keep doing them.

  • sanjayP

    yeah don’t let the lack of comments deter you guys, i love this stuff and the insight you bring, especially with the subtle things that I, personally, missed. Like the essays below!

    • Trixie02

      Exactly. There are so many new posts that I’m having trouble keeping up , but I’m still interested as I’m sure many others are.

  • Zany

    Dany is definitely going to become a villain. Speaking of essays, this one

    is a fantastic read, and other parts go on to talk about how Dany is going to go into full Rambo mode.

  • ScottWC

    Glad PSRecaps have a book spoilers GoT podcast for the TV Show. Terri is a good co-host but if she is ever too busy interviewing someone cool then I would love to see TAR co-host Jessica Liese join in. A Wigler + Liese GoT podcast would be something special. W + L = ? lol

    • I’ll probably be in the GoT bullpen for at least one of the PSR podcasts as soon as TAR wraps.

      • OMG that was a lot of acronyms.

      • That is awesome news!

  • Brendan Fitzpatrick

    Josh, listened to the pod, and when you guys were talking about characters we haven’t seen such as Beric and Thoros this season, this popped in my head. So…are we going to see Gendry at all this season? Is he off the show? They made such a big deal of him being sent to King’s Landing by Davos by rowboat at end of last season, I thought for sure he would have popped up by now. Will he maybe take the place of Hyle Hunt on Brienne/Pod story and somehow get involved in that quest? Thoughts.

    • Josh Wigler

      I could totally see him taking Hyle Hunt’s spot.

      • Terri Schwartz

        More Gendry, I say. Joe Dempsie is great.

  • TeePee77

    No specific comments on the show. I just wanted to say how great this podcast is and how much I enjoy it! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while.

  • I’ll definitely lurk in the chat room for the next one of these. This was really, really fun to listen to.

  • Ana S

    First time posting a comment just to say that I love these book club podcasts. I enjoy the ones with Rob too but it’s great to be able to listen to two book readers discussing GoT freely. Keep them coming!

  • Rory

    Loved the book club again.

    I’m wondering how important the Dunk & Egg novellas will become to the overall story. Part of me thinks either the Blackfyre rebellion or the tragedy at Summerhall will become important. But maybe it’s just a good back story for Aemon and Bloodraven. (And the ghost of High Heart)

  • “The Children” could also feature the death of the Father at King’s Landing.