Podcast Episode #66: “I Wanna Do Real Bad Things With You”

adult-villain-large2Welcome to a NEW episode of “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things.”

THE Game of Thrones companion podcast!


I Wanna Do Real Bad Things With You

In today’s episode, I officially kick-off “Countdown 2013” season, by listing off the…..

5 Biggest Baddies of Game of Thrones!

I welcome back Tracee and John Marius to react to the countdown and share their thoughts on these dastardly characters!

On the docket today:

1. Baddies

2. Creeps

3. Black villains

4. Sleezoids

5. Crazy crackpots

These people are some of the most interesting and dynamic characters in the story.

Yes, they turn my stomach, but they have altered the story and are always watchable.

So let’s tip our black hats to these prince and princesses of swarm!



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Podcast Episode #65b: “Shall We Dance”

Corominas - A Dance with Dragons*****Book Readers Only Podcast!!!!*****

Welcome to a NEW “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things


Shall We Dance

This is a BONUS episode for those of you who have read all the books in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series…..particularly the fifth book, “A Dance With Dragons“.

If you’re just watching the TV show, please do NOT listen to this extra episode.

I am joined by John Marius, who just finished reading the book and had a fresh reaction to the material.

With the release of this book, Act II of the story is now over, and we can look forward to the final act of this grand saga.

It’s big, messy, complicated but also beautiful, character-driven and eventful.

On the docket today:

1. The tragic poetry of Theon Greyjoy

2. Daenerys Targaryn: A Portrait in Paralysis

3. The ninja-like Arya Stark

4. Tyrion Lannister: Drunk, beaten and broken

5. Jon Snow: Pro-active Leadership

6. Where is Bran?

7. How much we love Asha and Victarion Greyjoy!

Hope you enjoy this discussion about a blinder of a novel.



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Podcast Episode #65a: “The Circle Game”

chivalryWelcome to a new episode of “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things


The Circle Game

In today’s Game of Thrones-centric episode, I discuss some important themes in the story:

Duty and Honor.

Valar Morghulis…..Valar Dohaeris!

Duty and honor play an ALL important role in both the story and in the character’s lives.

The very concepts seem to be changing…..but into what?

On the docket today:

1. Flying solo!

2. The “Old Guard”

3. Fracturing and transition

4. Two very different factions

5. What will honor and duty mean in the future?

With the “old guard” all but gone, where will these crucial traits go ┬áin the future?

How will they change? Will it be for the better or the worse?

And most importantly…..how will these changes affect our characters? Their lives and their very souls seem to hang in the balance…..

Now, that’s interesting!



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The Dog Days of Summer…..

summerWelcome back to Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things.

I’m putting this out a little late, but here is the podcast schedule for the month of August!

We’re into the dog days of summer, but still truckin’ along with plenty of Game of Thrones material.

There will be a NEW podcast episode every Monday that will be TV show friendly, as well as at least ONE bonus episode for book readers only.

Here is the schedule:

1. An Exploration of Honor and Duty: Valar Morghulis/Valar Dohaeris! The concept of duty and honor runs through the entire story. It’s explored through many storylines and many characters. Martin even sneaks in quite a few tweaks to this standard fantasy trope. Tune in for a chat about this important theme!

2. The 5 Biggest Bads of Game of Thrones: In this episode, I’ll reveal my very first countdown of the off-season! There are A LOT of bad guys in this story…..but who are the five worse! I’ll reveal my picks.

3. Sansa Stark…..Pros and Cons: As you ALL know by now, I love the oldest daughter of Ned and Catelyn Stark, but in this fun episode, I’ll debate a special guest about the pros and cons of this rather divisive character…..and I’ll take the con position!

4. Tyrion Lannister…..Anti-Hero: In this final episode of the month, a special guest and I will dig deep into this fan favorite. Tyrion Lannister in one of Martin’s most vivid creations. Complicated, tortured, intelligent, funny…..with a streak of humanity that we can all identify with. But is Tyrion really a hero? What are his drawbacks? We’ll discuss it all in this fun episode.

In addition to these “regular” episodes, there will be at least one “book readers” only bonus podcast sometime throughout the month!

Thanks to all regular listeners…..and welcome to all the new ones!


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Episode #64: “Someone To Pull The Trigger”

DanSantat(1)_0Welcome to a new episode of the Game of Thrones-centricCripples, Bastards and Broken Things.”


Someone To Pull The Trigger

Henchmen…..#2′s…..2nd Bananas…..

Today I welcome back, for the second week in a row, Timm Hines and John Marius, to help me talk about the “Men Behind the Men” in Game of Thrones.

These men are dynamic and complicated and interesting in their own right, and deserve our attention!

On the docket today:

1. A celebration of the greatest #2…..Bubba!

2. A pair of Wildling #2′s

3. Revenge of the Nerd!

4. Hodor!!!!!!!

5. Edmure Tully: Always the “little brother”

6. Loras Tyrell: Tough, Gay and Fabulous!

7. Bronn and The Hound: A mirror trick

8. The 3 Fates (Male Edition)

These henchmen and #2′s not only propel the story forward, but often give us keen insight into the men or groups that they serve.

Honor and duty are big themes in this story, and these men highlight those themes magnificently.




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Episode #63: “God Only Knows”

TheSevenFacedGodWelcome to a new episode of “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things.”


God Only Knows

We continue to march through the off-season of Game of Thrones…..

Today, I welcome back Timm Hines and John Marius to walk me through the complicated world of religion in the TV show.

Red Gods/Drowned Gods/Old and New Gods…..we discuss them all!

On the docket today:

1. How does religion effect the story and the characters?

2. Curses and blessings

3. The Old Gods of the North

4. Drowned Gods and New Gods

5. Believers vs. Non-Believers

6. There’s a New God in town!

7. The Brotherhood with a Banner?

8. Stannis Baratheon: The Chosen One?

9. Melisandre: The religious femme fatale

10. Is there a difference between religion and magic?

Martin bravely makes religion a cornerstone of the story, but even braver, he shades and tweeks it in both ironic and unexpected ways.

There is a power out there in the story….what is its source? Magic or a God?

The answer to this question may very well affect the entire story…..and for that reason alone, it should be at the top of all our lists!


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Episode #62: “She’s Always A Woman To Me”

488px-italian_breviary_c-_1380_womenWelcome to a new episode of “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things.”


We’re still recapping the end of season #3 of Game of Thrones!

She’s Always A Woman To Me

As the song title implies, my guests and I will be discussing the multi-faceted “ladies” of the story.

Christiana Ellis and Tracee join me for an epic discussion of these fascinating female characters!

In some ways, these more “traditional” ladies are more difficult to talk about and more challenging in general.

But it’s that very challenge that makes them both great characters and “trope-busting” trail-blazers.

On the docket today:

1. How these women are, in a way, are even more interesting than their female warrior counterparts

2. How do solve a problem like….Catelyn Stark?

3. The clever servant

4. Those wily Tyrell women!

5. These two gals really work hard for the money!

6. The new mother

7. Sansa Stark: Love and learning curves

8. Melisandre: A Femme Fatale with a twist

9. Cersei Lannister: The woman hating feminist!

These women defy convention and have rewritten what a woman can be in genre fiction.

They are strong, sexual, complicated and every inch a woman.

They also have the power to alter the very course of the story….

For that reason alone, they are awesome!


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