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Game of Thrones | Season 5 Episode 8 LIVE Recap

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Join us LIVE on Sunday night at 10:15 pm ET / 7:15 pm PT, Rob Cesternino and guest co-host Antonio Mazzaro recap the Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 8 with a review of “Hardhome”.

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    Is it just me, or does Oli look like his head and body don’t match? This is not the first time this season I have noticed this. The awkward teenage years…..

  • Laws

    I’d always been under the impression that you die north of the wall, come back, then continue to decompose until you’re a skeleton.

  • I rarely ever give episodes 10/10 because it’s so hard for anything to be perfect. I
    gave this episode a 10 because I honestly don’t know how I could have
    been any more entertained, on the edge of my seat, and fixated on the screen more than I was for that hour. I mean blockbuster movies with an unlimited budget could only dream of having the sequences of scenes that Game of Thrones achieved at Hardhome tonight.

    Apart from the obvious, Cat (or Lana?) of the Canals, Prisoner Cersei, and Sansa/Theon were all really really strong scenes too.

    Only drawback, Dany’s wheel speech was so hammy and really lame, but who cares right?

  • Antonio you’re right, there’s no difference between the dead people with blue eyes and the skeletons. It’s simply purely a case of when the White Walkers raised their Army of the Dead, the skeletons had obviously already been dead a really long time and don’t have eyes to be blue.

    Rob, the creatures that raise the dead are called White Walkers (the leader of which hasn’t been named on the show yet). The zombie people are called Wights and they are NOT White Walkers as well.

    • ScottWC

      D&D confirmed after the episode that the leader is actually the Nights King.

      • Oooh interesting. For some reason I expected the Nights King to look radically different to the rest of the WW.

    • Ok, got it.

  • Laws

    Rob, I’m going to need you to work an Ollie rant into every podcast.

    Interesting aside, in the book, Ollie is a boy prostitute that Jon stands up for against the criticisms of the senior Night’s Watch men who don’t think such a boy is fit to be the Lord Commander’s squire/steward.

    There’s this whole interesting theme of “Progressive” Jon defending the underdog Wildlings, giants, gays, women, etc.

  • TP222

    Possibly the best episode of the series.

  • Beefcake

    Yes, Jorah is kinda pathetic, but remember his backstory: He married a hot chick who spent all his money and bankrupted him because he couldn’t say ‘no’ to her. His desperation to impress Dany is consistent with his character.

    Also, he’s got greyscale, so fighting in the pits isn’t that much of a risk. He’s going to die. Worst case scenario for him is that he dies in the pits a few months early. At least he’d go down fighting.

  • Linus Wesley

    Antonio seems to think that the White Walker last season turned the baby into a wight. This doesn’t seem right to me because what use do they have for a baby zombie? Isn’t it more likely that they turned it into a White Walker and that this is the only way for them to increase their numbers of actual White Walkers? If they use their magic on the dead, they become zombie wights and if they use their magic on living beings (babies) they become White Walkers. Anyone have a different take on this?

    • I think that’s most likely correct.

    • jon dunn


    • Antonio Mazzaro

      Yeah, tough not to spoil this with speculation that is entirely from book texts.

  • Major duke lacrosse

    In what season episode did Jon Snow obtain a valarian steel sword? And is that why it deflected the walkers spear? Or just speculation? love the podrick

    • TP222

      Season 1. Not sure which episode, but he received Longclaw from Joar Mormont for saving his life. I wasn’t to say 1×8 or 1×9.

      • Major duke lacrosse

        Thanks, just found it At 1×9 11:30 minutes. Wow season 1 still suprises!

    • Its Me

      They also showed Mormont give it to Jon during the “Previously on Game of Thrones” :)

  • Dylan Miller

    Rob’s hatred of Ollie, 10/10. Hilarious stuff.

    • Bryan Hickey

      Haha, that was my favorite too. Get off the show, Ollie!

    • Steve

      Yes, I really enjoy that Rob chooses to very carefully deploy his venom but lets it out full force when it is justified as it is here….against Ollie. Stupid Ollie. Shut up, Ollie!

  • jon dunn

    How was Rob remotely, possibly bored during ANY of the Hardhome scene? I legit don’t get it.

  • ScottWC

    There are a few more Valyrian swords in Westeros.

    Heartsbane is a Valyrian steel sword that belongs to House Tarly.

    Lady Forlorn is another Valyrian steel sword that belongs to House Corbray.

    Both are southern houses sworn to the Tyrells of Highgarden.

    And I wouldn’t be surprised if (this is just speculation; no spoiler) the sword Dawn from House Dayne of Starfall has some major significance in the future.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      Good points. All from the books. Stay away Rob! :)

      • Brendan Fitzpatrick

        Dawn, the sword of House Dayne is NOT Valyrian though, it was made from a meteor that fell to the ground in Dorne.

        • ScottWC

          I never said it was Valyrian steel. I just mentioned that it could have a major role in the story eventually.

          I’m only having a little fun and speculating.

          • Antonio Mazzaro

            The lack of Dawn/Dayne exposition in the show is a pretty big disappointment.

  • jon dunn

    Rob – the reason the WW’s paid so much attention to Jon is because he used a sword to kill one of them and it was observed. That’s a pretty effing big deal and is why it was so notable.

  • LosPollosHermanos

    Rob seemed more confused than normal about a lot of stuff this week.

    • Matt The Golem

      Agree, I prefer PSR to have more in-depth discussion of motives, characters and conflicts than the typical nit-picking one can get from any podcast or forum.

      • jon dunn

        Check out Demon Monkey Podcast. That’s the best GOT podcast I have heard. It’s two newbies closely analyzing the show.

    • That seems unimaginable.

  • SamMuray

    Not a sword, but there was also this Littlefinger’s dagger which was supposed to be used to kill Bran, which he claimed to have lost to Tyrion on a bet. That was also made of Valyrian steel IIRC.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      indeed you are correct.

      • Brendan Fitzpatrick

        Didn’t Sansa get that dagger from Littlefinger in an earlier episode? Or am I making that up?

  • Matt The Golem

    Great recap. re: fighting the menace up north: Dragonglass would be okay – in large amounts. Dragons probably good for a few strikes but near-impossible to control. What this story really needs is to raise up an army of GOLEMS to fight the horde. Have Jon Snow raven me for details on cost and availability ;)

    • toast

      Bran, who got Checkov’d this episode, is up North, the under a tree learning weird things. Surely he will solve someone’s proble!ms.

      • Matt The Golem

        Yes, I hope he’s leveled up and returns to kick @ss soon.

  • toast

    That’s how to do a scary zombie attack, Walking Dead.