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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One Response to Podcast Episode #65a: “The Circle Game”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Ken – thoroughly enjoyed the Circle Life episode (just like all of your other episodes). You made a point in it about the Night’s Watch that really got me thinking about the bigger picture of how Westeros finds itself in its current state, in this book series. You mentioned how, at one time there was honor in taking the black, but where this story picks up, this critical guardianship consists of criminals, runaways, and other “throwaways” of the culture. This comment struck me deeply as a symptom of a world that had enjoyed such bounty, such good fortune, that it forgot what it needed to protect.
    I started to wonder if Martin is making a larger commentary with the Westeros setting of his story that the long summer allowed the people to let down their guards; to take things for granted. It made me wonder if he was commenting on our Western world today. When life has been really good for so long for so many, does that inevitably lead the citizenry and its leaders to turn to petty power games and little wars to entertain itself? Do widespread, long-term access to resources and general contentment allow all but the most desperate and ambitious to devalue the hard work that it takes to survive and thrive? Was he cautioning us to start being vigilant again and stop taking the people willing to do the hardest, messiest jobs for granted, or else?
    It was a very interesting thing to ponder, Ken – thank you so much. Thanks for all of your effort on the podcast, and for the thought-provoking commentary. Your podcasts are delicious intellectual candy for me.
    Best wishes for your continued success.

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