15 episodes

Hosts James Walpole and Ryan Ferguson dive deep into Game of Thrones and break down the philosophy in each episode.

From ethical dilemmas, metaphysical questions, to practical applications of the ideas behind Game of Thrones.

If you are a fan of the show who is curious about philosophy, this is the show you've been waiting for!

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Game of Thrones Philosophy Breakdown Ryan Ferguson and James Walpole

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Hosts James Walpole and Ryan Ferguson dive deep into Game of Thrones and break down the philosophy in each episode.

From ethical dilemmas, metaphysical questions, to practical applications of the ideas behind Game of Thrones.

If you are a fan of the show who is curious about philosophy, this is the show you've been waiting for!

Credit for Thinker image used in logo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Auguste_Rodin_-_Penseur.png

    Reflecting and Wrapping Up Game of Thrones

    Reflecting and Wrapping Up Game of Thrones

    In our final episode of the Game of Thrones Philosophy Breakdown, we are joined by friends to reflect on the philosophy and meaning from the entire series. 
    Our guests are Charles Pustejovsky, Cameron Sorsby, Madison Kanna, Grant Parker, and Amanda Kingsmith.
    They share how they got hooked on GoT, favorite characters and philosophical insight, and recommendations for managing your GoT withdrawals. 

    • 1 hr 37 min
    The End

    The End

    The end is here and this week we are breaking down the final episode of Game of Thrones.
     
    What led Dany astray? What is the best way to move forward when your enemies are defeated? What does the ending show about G.R.R.M.’s life philosophy and a lot more!
    - Recapping the episode and sharing our first impressions on the finale of Game of Thrones.
    - What spin-offs would we love to see?
    - The dangers of idealism, empowering politicians/leaders, and optimizing for one metric
    - Is the new government any better?
    - What comes after you save the world?
    - What Arya and Jon’s ending can teach us about the meaning of life?
    - The difference between honor and reputation
    - What does the ending of the show tell us about G.R.R.M.’s life philosophy?

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Turning to The Dark Side

    Turning to The Dark Side

    Dany's broken bad and King's Landing has fallen and we're here to break it all down on this weeks GoT Philosophy Breakdown. 
     
    In this episode: 
    Checking in with listener answers to the question of if Dany burning down Kings Landing would make her worse than Cersei. 
    Recapping the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, The Bells. 
    Varys decision to betray Dany and his death sentence. 
    Jon's decision to tell Arya and Sansa about his true identity and then not telling Dany that he did it. 
    Mercy as a strength
    Should we have known that Dany would make an evil decision? 
    Jamie and Cersei's end

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Mourning the Dead and Talkin' Treason

    Mourning the Dead and Talkin' Treason

    Only two episodes left, so there are a lot of moving pieces in episode four of season eight and a lot of philosophy topics to breakdown. 
     
    We cover everything from the best ways to mourn the dead, the loyalty you owe to your family, what truly makes a tyrant and everything treason. 
     
    The question we're asking for next week is, if Dany does go ahead and kill thousands to remove Cersei from power, does that make her just as bad or worse than Cersei and why? 
     
    In this episode: 
     
    Answers to our question from last week, "Is there such a thing as a noble or good death?" 
    Recapping and reacting to what went down in the fourth episode of season 8 of Game of Thrones 
    What is the right way to act after someone's death? Do you owe a debt to the dead?
    Where should your loyalty lie, with your family or a lover? 
    Is removing tyrants no matter the cost evil? 
    Is Varys right to plot against Dany? 
    Davos pushing back against Stanis vs. Varys plotting against Dany
    Rational choice theory and Treason 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Noble Death and The Battle of Winterfell

    Noble Death and The Battle of Winterfell

    It's Battle of Winterfell time, and we're breaking it all down on this weeks episode of the philosophy breakdown.
    In this episode:
    - Recapping the epic battle of Winterfell
    - Checking in with listener answers to our question from last week, what would you do on the last night before the battle of Winterfell?
    - Appreciating the spectacle and resisting the urge to critique every small detail
    - Our first reactions to seeing the end of the episode
    - Philosophy of embracing or rejecting mistakes from our past
    - How our currents goals and values impact our past and our views of the world
    - What does it mean to have a good death?
    - The Stoic idea of a noble death
    - Dying with your boots on
    - The cost of war

    • 49 min
    S8:E2 The Night King and Philosophy of Evil

    S8:E2 The Night King and Philosophy of Evil

    This week we are breaking down A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, the second episode of season 8, and the primer for the epic battle of Winterfell. 
     
    In this episode: 
    Recapping the episode
    Looking back on our predictions about what Jon should do with the knowledge of who he is
    Sharing some of the best answers from Reddit on what Jon Should do 
    Ser Brianne and the philosophy of titles 
    Learning about the Night King's motivation and what evil truly is 
    Is the point Sam makes during the battle counsel about memory being the key to humanity true? 
    What is the best way to spend your last day on earth 
     

    • 56 min

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