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GAME OF THRONES Book Club | Spoiler Discussion of “The Gift”



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Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Terri Schwartz (@terri_schwartz) return with week seven of their GAME OF THRONES BOOK CLUB season five coverage, talking about all the major events of “The Gift.” Josh and Terri talk about Daenerys and Tyrion’s first meeting of the minds, the drama in Dorne, the fallout of Sansa in Winterfell, Cersei’s arrest in King’s Landing, Sam’s big night at the Wall, and much more.

SPOILER WARNING: The GAME OF THRONES BOOK CLUB podcasts are meant for people who have read George R.R. Martin’s novels that HBO takes its cues from. Proceed with caution!

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  • gabriel caswell

    “You’re losing all your friends Tarly…” Bodes that he’s going to flee to protect Gilly and little Sam when Jon gets killed. He may or may not get permission.

  • RadaRada

    I posted about this on the feedback show, but I’ll say it again. I agree with Terri that the High Sparrow knew about Cersei from the beginning. When Tommen goes to the Sept to meet with High Sparrow, after Loras was taken for questioning, all of the commoners outside of the Sept well yelling “Bastard!”, “You’re an abomination!”, “Born of sin!” at Tommen. It seems clear that Tommen’s parentage, as well as Cersei’s incestuous relations, are well known among the commoners. Since the High Sparrow is a “man of the people”, I would suspect he’s heard of this. Only thing I’m confused about is if he was just waiting for the right time to use this information, or was just waiting for some evidence to corroborate this before he used it against Cersei.

    • miamihi77

      He needed an army and Cersei gave it to him. He waited patiently gathering followers and keeping a low profile.

  • Dylan Miller

    Fat pink mast.

    Good album name.

  • I hadn’t even factored how dull Areo Hotah is on the show in the story of how D&D ruined Dorne. Seriously, what else can go wrong. Oh yeah, no Darkstar.

  • Giantpinkmast

    #fatpinkmast is going to have some traveling to do after the vow breaking and angry brothers

  • Brendan Fitzpatrick

    I feel like we are in store for some “Old Testament” level craziness with Stannis, Shireen, and Mel. It’s basically a Jacob and Issaac situation. God said, “Prove your love for me by sacrificing your only child”, he was totes ready to do it, then God stayed his hand. I think that’s the scene we will get with Shireen. It will be about 2 seconds from happening, then there will be some sort of sign that stays their hand.

  • C Monroe

    I agree with Terri, I wanted Sam to snap and literally start to beat the shit out of those two nights watch and Gilly having to pull him off. Remember he is a Tarly after all and it scares him.

    • GeekFurious

      It would have made no sense. Sam isn’t a warrior, he’s just courageous. But courage doesn’t make you a better fighter, it just makes you likely to fight even though you shouldn’t.

  • C Monroe

    Emilia has a no nudity contract. Carrice(Melisandra) found out and told D&D she was willing to pick up more nude scenes in protest Emilias contract.

    • Terri Schwartz

      Interesting! And that’s… I mean, you did it once already. It’s so weird now. I get it, but also ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • GeekFurious

      That may be true with her new contract but she didn’t have it in her old, and she put her foot down on nudity BEFORE her old contract ran out.

      • C Monroe

        duh, tv shows run on 3 year contracts, this is the second contract for most of the actors on the show.

  • Terri Schwartz

    Hey all! Here’s the Sand Snake GIF I mentioned. Never forget.

  • GeekFurious

    Give me a seemingly pointless nude scene any day over terribly choreographed fight scenes. Hell, that jail cell nudity was the best story telling and character depth given to the Sand Snakes so far.

  • Giantpinkmast

    Sam is pretty worthless.

    • jon dunn

      you got a lot to learn, kid.

      • Giantpinkmast

        As do you, boy

    • Shut your dirty mouth! Sam is the man. Any chubby dude that gets laid on tv is cool in my book lol

      • Giantpinkmast

        I know you’re envious. Remember he was done in 1.8 seconds

  • I agree 1000% about the Brom sand snake scene. To me it feels like they had the plan to poison him and then called an audible (that’s a foot ball term josh, google it) and decided to not kill him so they shot that boob scene to keep him alive bu still have that nod of being Oberyns kids. It would of been better if they used him being poisoned as leverage for Jamie to get them out of jail or something along those lines .

  • miamihi77

    I think you underestimate Littlefinger’s long game. Kill John Aryn (weakening house Aryn) sending Ned Stark to King’s Landing and get Ned Stark killed (weakening house Stark) Set House Bolton against Stannis, setting up Sansa as a back up to the North. Setting up the Tyrell’s through Oliver and serving Cersei up to the High Sparrow. That’s six great houses he’s weakened substantially if not taken out. He is an opportunist and has thought each move through where he can survive no matter who wins or loses. However. He has no clue about the White Walkers and that will be his downfall.

  • dane

    The Book Club needs some stability.
    I’m sick of checking in twice a day!