GoT 7.5: Eastwatch

Dany and Jon
Helen Sloan / Courtesy of HBO
Dany and Jon
Helen Sloan / Courtesy of HBO

GoT 7.5: Eastwatch

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Family barbecues take on a new meaning in this week’s Game of Thrones, and it may have some major consequences for Dany. 

In this week’s recap, Greta Johnsen, Tricia Bobeda, and Peter Sagal chew the fat over the fate of the Tarly family, Cersei’s big surprise for Jamie, Samwell’s late-night library raid, Jon Snow adding “zombie hunter” to his resume, and the return of another lovable bastard. They also answer listener questions and offer their predictions about what might happen in the last two (welp) episodes in this mini-season. We also have some new transition songs featuring two go-getters at Harry Strickland Partners who stepped up and stepped in at the last minute. 

You can join the conversation by using the hashtag #GOTNerdcaps or call us at 312-948-4687.

If you were raiding the Citadel, what would you take?

Hogwarts: A History!

Greta Johnsen, writer of Neville Longbottom fan fiction

“Do they have the books Doctor Strange uses to access other realms in the restricted section? If so, those. I want those.”

Tricia Bobeda, clearly a Marvel fan

“I don’t know, but I’ll be steering way clear of the soup bowls.”

Peter Sagal, leaning more toward salad

On Dany’s fireside chat to the Lannister army

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Tricia: I think she should do a better job of explaining whether she’s actually in charge because she’s the rightful heir of this monarchy or if she’s some sort of strange socialist queen, which is not a thing. This stump speech is very confusing.

Peter: It was a little muddled politically. She seemed to be saying, “I’m going to free you from the oppression of terrible queens like Cersei Lannister, but of course I’m going to punish you with death if you don’t help.

It’s interesting that they didn’t have any, like, “peas and carrots” from the guys, like, “Oh, she made a point.” Even the extras were like, “We’re not peas and carrots. Nope.”

Tricia: They’re also like, “What wheel?”

Greta: Right, only the viewers get the wheel reference. Come up with a better way to explain this to the Lannisters, please.

Peter: They’re all waving their hands and saying, “We’re only peasants and soldiers. We can’t afford HBO. We never saw that episode.”

On Dickon Tarly’s bonding moment with his dad

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Peter: He had one great thing before he went, which was for the last time and maybe the first time, somebody said his name without snickering.

On the zombie heist

Tricia: Some people have got to die on this quest beyond the wall.

Peter: We’re going to have to otherwise it really has become Ocean’s Eleven, where everybody’s too beloved to let go, which is not the Game of Thrones way.

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Listener voicemail

Hi, this is Amanda from Portland, Oregon. First-time caller, longtime listener. I’m just curious if you guys have any insights on the crazy, bad-ass group that’s heading to find some White Walkers, if there’s going to be any infighting after all the shade that was thrown in the episode.

Tricia: Peter, would it make you happy if the super friends ended up with some infighting and kill each other? Would that make it better? 

Peter: I was just thinking that. I mean, it’s hard to imagine that any one of them is going to pull a Telly Savalas in the Dirty Dozen and turn on them. That’s not going to happen. But I imagine that any conflict that happens — arguments between Sandor, who is a jerk, and Jon Snow or whomever — it’s all going to be time-killing conflict before they’re attacked and need to start fighting together. It’s hard to imagine that anything really interesting is going to happen between those characters other than bickering, then fighting, then dying. 

Greta: You’ve just summed up Game of Thrones.

This conversation has been edited for brevity and clarity. Click the “play” button to listen to the entire conversation.

Justin Bull produced and edited audio of this podcast. Hunter Clauss adapted it for the web.