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Game of Thrones Book Club | Spoiler Discussion of Episode 603, ‘Oathbreaker’

Young Eddard Stark approaches the Tower of Joy

Young Eddard Stark approaches the Tower of Joy

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Welcome to the Game of Thrones Book Club, the Post Show Recaps podcast that talks about HBO’s Emmy-winning series from the perspective of those who have read George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels and related material. You are listening and proceeding further at your own risk.

This week, Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) kick things off not with the show, but with the books. They’re discussing GRRM’s release of a new sample chapter from The Winds of Winter, the as-yet unpublished sixth book in the ASOIAF series, told from the perspective of Arianne Martell. Josh and Terri talk about some story ramifications from the chapter, the language used in the chapter, and read their favorite passages. The conversation lasts about 20 minutes for those who are looking only for show discussion.

After the talk about the sample chapter, Josh and Terri dive into the Tower of Joy, R+L=J ramifications, Bran’s time travel powers, Cleganebowl hype, Rickon’s return and the Great Northern Conspiracy, and more.

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Additional Material:
** Read The New Winds of Winter Sample Chapter
** Josh’s Bran Stark Interview
** Josh’s Rickon Stark Interview
** Josh’s Eddard Stark Interview
** Josh’s Time Travel Theory + Video
** Terri’s Dragons on the Wall Podcast for IGN
** Did Bran make the Mad King crazy?

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  • Joel Rainey

    I believe Dawn was one of the swords Dayne used on the hilt of the sword there was a rising sun on it side note it’s the same sword that Ned gave the final blow to Sir Aurthor Dayne

  • GeekFurious

    And now for the important point in my email you didn’t cover… :)

    So Jon died. His watch is ended. Meaning he had no authority to order the execution. Which means he is responsible for several criminal acts punishable by death, one being IMPERSONATING THE LORD COMMANDER OF THE NIGHT’S WATCH… does he get to choose a trial by combat or does he have to swear an oath to the Watch again to stave off his own execution?

    • That is pretty funny, but I think he’s fine in terms of legal ramifications. Everyone was pretty accepting that he was still the LC upon his resurrection and the unprecedented nature of the situation means there’s nothing written in the scrolls about it. So it does give Jon free will to do what he wants pretty much.

      • GeekFurious

        They were accepting because they still considered him Lord Commander. They didn’t know he had already accepted the “by death” out. Since he clearly did, then the second he died, he was no longer Lord Commander. His watch ended. Therefor, by delivering “justice” to his killers, who were under arrest by order of a brother of the Night’s Watch, Dolorous Edd, he would be, at best, impersonating a member of the Night’s Watch. Or, it was a legal declaration of his intention to remain as Lord Commander. He should be executed! When there is no law written to cover something, you lean on laws that are written. And those laws are pretty clear.

        • Silentmajority

          Jon will be fine because there isn’t any internet in Westeros…

          • GeekFurious

            Yes… which means there are no cat videos to distract basic use of logic to execute him.

  • I still think there’s more to Howland Reed than just being the last surviving confirmer of R+L=J, I just don’t know what and what role he could still play in the bigger picture. Howland Reed = High Sparrow always made me laugh when Josh has said it in the past, but he’ll be someone like that or the Elder Brother or Coldhands.

  • Silentmajority

    Do you think that the HBO show will follow GRRM’s vision and finish it up they way he plans in the books, or do you think at this point they may have taken cues from some of the more interesting theories on the internet?

    • GeekFurious

      I don’t think GRRM and the show runners give a flying Sansa lemon cake about fan theories except in that some of them are accurate. I doubt D&D are shaping the show to fit some Preston Jacobs cult-of-nutter-personality theory just to be unpredictable to an extra 1% of the viewers of their show.