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Join us, as we venture chapter-by-chapter through the books in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" (ASOIAF) series, by George R.R. Martin. We will discuss the details of a chapter, provide insights, give background information, and hit you with other tidbits that we find interesting. However, one thing we won't do is give spoilers! So come, let us be your guides on this epic journey. Contact us at ghosts.harrenhal@gmail.com.

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The Ghosts of Harrenhal: A Song of Ice and Fire Podcast (ASOIAF‪)‬ A Game of Thrones | House of the Dragon

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Join us, as we venture chapter-by-chapter through the books in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" (ASOIAF) series, by George R.R. Martin. We will discuss the details of a chapter, provide insights, give background information, and hit you with other tidbits that we find interesting. However, one thing we won't do is give spoilers! So come, let us be your guides on this epic journey. Contact us at ghosts.harrenhal@gmail.com.

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    Chapter Twenty-Four - Bran 2 - A Storm of Swords | A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF)

    Chapter Twenty-Four - Bran 2 - A Storm of Swords | A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF)

    Bran, Hodor, and the Reeds make their way through mountainous terrain, where they meet an unexpected but kind fellow traveler. The traveler brings news of the unrest in the North since the fall of Winterfell. Meera then tells Bran a story of the Great Tourney at Harrenhal. Mackelly and Simon settle in and open their listening ears.

    Chapter Review:
    Bran Stark, Hodor, and the Reed siblings trudge their way through the undulating terrain north of the Wolfswood. They’re in northern mountain clan territory but so far they’ve not seen another soul. However, Bran knows eyes are watching, he’s seen them while warging Summer.
    One cold, rainy night the group finds shelter in a cave, only to discover that it’s already occupied. A mountain clansman has a fire going and offers for the kids and Hodor to share its warmth and his food. The man tells them of Bolten men scouring the Kingsroad looking for Stark loyalists and a certain “walking dead.”
    The next day the man is gone and the group continues on their way north. To pass the time, Meera tells Bran a story about a crannogman who wound up at the Great Tourney at Harrenhal. The Reeds are surprised to hear Bran has never heard this story before. They tell of how a “she-wolf” protected the crannogman from squire bullies and took the little man into the family fold. The next day a mystery knight arrived and defeated the knights who the squires belonged to. Afterward, the mystery knight disappeared never to be seen again.

    Characters/Places/Names/Events:
    Brandon Stark - Prince of Winterfell. Paralyzed when pushed from a tower by Jamie Lannister.
    Hodor - Enormous but simple-minded helper of Bran.
    Meera Reed - Daughter of Howland Reed.
    Jojen Reed - Son of Howland Reed. Has green dreams that invariably come true.
    Summer - Bran’s direwolf.
    Harrenhal - Largest castle in the Seven Kingdoms, located in the Riverlands. Mostly ruined by dragonfire.

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    Chapter Twenty-Three - Daenerys 2 - A Storm of Swords | A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF)

    Chapter Twenty-Three - Daenerys 2 - A Storm of Swords | A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF)

    Daenerys lays her eyes upon the Unsullied slave army with mixed emotion. She then takes her frustrations of the day out on Ser Jorah. She confronts Irri about a late-night tryst between the two women. Finally, she asks Jorah if buying the slave army is more of a Rhaegar or Viserys move. Simon and Mackelly hug their dogs.

    Chapter Review:
    Daenerys Targaryen has made it to Astapor in Slaver’s Bay. She meets with slave master Kraznys mo Nakloz to see his Unsullied eunuch slave soldiers. Dany and Arstan Whitebeard are aghast at the terrible training process the Unsullied must endure. She decides to think on whether she wants to purchase the slaves to create an army for herself.
    On her way back to the ships, Dany thinks of Jorah’s kiss and how inappropriate it was. However, as much as she found it unwanted, the kiss has stirred something within her she thought died with Drogo. When she and Arstan arrive at the ships, she lashes out at Jorah, punctuating her feelings with a slap across his face.
    Later that evening, she confides to Jorah that the act of buying a slave army doesn't feel in-line with what her brother Rhaegar would’ve done. Rhaegar had free men fighting for him. Jorah confirms that Rhaegar did have free, noble, and brave men. However, it all amounted to nothing, as Rhaegar lost the war and the Iron Throne. Whereas Dany needs to win.

    Characters/Places/Names/Events:
    Daenerys Targaryen - Last remaining descendent of the royal Targaryen line, Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, claimant to the Iron Throne of Westeros.
    Viserion, Rhaegal, and Drogon - Daenerys’ dragons. The size of small dogs.
    Ser Jorah Mormont - Exiled former Lord of Bear Island. Daenerys’ bodyguard and loyal advisor.
    Unsullied - Eunuch slave soldiers. Renowned for their fighting prowess.
    Arstan Whitebeard- Westerosi squire of Strong Belwas. Sent by Illyrio Mopatis to bring Dany to Pentos.
    Astapor - City on Slaver’s Bay, where Unsullied are made from slave boys.
     
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    Chapter Twenty-Two - Arya 4 - A Storm of Swords | A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF)

    Chapter Twenty-Two - Arya 4 - A Storm of Swords | A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF)

    Arya and the Brotherhood Without Banners trek through the Riverlands in search of Beric Dondarrion. They come up empty-handed but learn bits of information at each stop along the way. Simon and Mackelly fire-up the Bat-Signal.

    Chapter Review:
    Arya Stark and Gendry ride south with the members of the Brotherhood Without Banners. They're looking for their leader Beric Dondarrion, to get orders on what to do with Arya.
    They make several stops along their way but most news is that he's already dead. The men have heard these rumors before and quickly discount them.
    Their final stop is at Acorn Hall, where Lady Smallwood insists Arya be bathed and put in a frilly dress. Here they get a useful update. Beric and his men visited only two weeks ago.
    At dinner, they learn the Kingslayer truly is free and the rumor is Lady Catelyn freed him. With that, Arya is banished from the room. The next morning the gang heads out in pursuit of Lord Beric once again.

    Characters/Places/Names/Events:
    Arya Stark - Younger daughter of Ned and Catelyn Stark.
    Gendry - Friend of Arya. Former armorer’s apprentice. Bastard son of King Robert Baratheon.
    Tom of Sevenstreams - A singer in the Brotherhood Without Banners.
    Lem Lemoncloak - A soldier in the Brotherhood Without Banners.
    Anguy - An archer in the Brotherhood Without Banners.
    Harwin: Member of the Stark household guard. Son of Hullen, the Winterfell Master of Horse. Now a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Chapter Twenty-One - Jamie 3 - A Storm of Swords | A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF)

    Chapter Twenty-One - Jamie 3 - A Storm of Swords | A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF)

    Jamie, Brienne, and Cleos run into bands of outlaws. One of the three doesn't survive. The other two aren't in much better shape, now being in the hands of the Brave Companions. Jamie urges their leader Vargo Hoat to hand him over to his father. Hoat considers it but wants to hand-deliver a message to Tywin first. Simon and Mackelly clasp hands and hope for the best.

    Chapter Review:
    Jamie Lannister, Cleos Frey, and Brienne of Tarth have made it to Maidenpool. The town is in ruins, with dead bodies everywhere. The trio leaves and make their way down the Duskendale Road toward King's Landing. An unexpected hail of arrows claims the life of Cleos. Jamie picks up Cleos' sword and attacks Brienne. At the end of a long fight, the pair are surprised to find they're surrounded by members of the Brave Companions.
    Jamie mistakenly thinks they still support his father Tywin Lannister. He's quickly disabused of that notion. They now support Roose Bolton and the King in the North. Jamie fears Brienne will be raped by the men. He suggests she's worth a lot in ransom, hoping it will keep her save.
    When the group meets up with the main body of the Brave Companions, Vargo Hoat claims Jamie as his captive. Jamie tells Vargo it's not too late to come back to the Lannister fold. Return him to his father and Vargo will reap a massive reward. Vargo isn't opposed to the idea. However, he wants to send a message first. With that, he has Jamie's arms laid across a rock. A sword is swung down toward Jamie.

    Characters/Places/Names/Events:
    Jamie Lannister - Member of the royal Kingsguard. Twin brother to queen Cersei and older brother to Tyrion. Nicknamed the "Kingslayer" for killing King Aerys Targaryen. Freed by Catelyn Stark.
    Brienne of Tarth - Warrior woman. Once "Brienne the Blue" in King Renly's Rainbow Guard. Now in the service of Catelyn Stark.
    Ser Cleos Frey - Cousin to Jamie Lannister. Captive of the Starks. Playing messenger between the Starks and Lannisters in their negotiations.
    Tywin Lannister - Father of Jamie, Cersei, and Tyrion. Lord of Casterly Rock and Hand of the King.
    Brave Companions - AKA The Bloody Mummers. A band of sellswords from Essos. Switched allegiance from the Lannisters to the Starks.
    Vargo Hoat - Leader of the Brave Companions.
    Maidenpool - A town on the south coast of the Bay of Crabs.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Chapter Twenty - Catelyn 3 - A Storm of Swords | A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF)

    Chapter Twenty - Catelyn 3 - A Storm of Swords | A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF)

    Catelyn watches in dismay as Robb is forced to execute Rickhard Karstark for murdering two minor Lannister captives. She also chats with her new daughter-in-law Jeyne. Simon and Mackelly watch the northern alliance crumble.

    Chapter Review:
    Catelyn Stark and the other nobles convene in the hall of Riverrun. The scene is grim. Two teen boys bodies are laid out. A storm provides an appropriate vibe. The corpses are Willam Lannister and Tion Frey. They’d been held captive since the Whispering Wood. But Rickard Karstark has finally got a measure of revenge on the Lannisters for the death of his two sons.
    Karstark is unrepentant and blames Catelyn. King Robb Stark has the accomplices hung and executes the lord himself, just as his father would have. The Karstark knights have left Riverrun, determined to find Jamie. The heir to Karhold is with Roose Bolton in Harrenhal. Robb assumes he’s made an enemy for life.
    Robb and Brynden Tully try to figure a way to salvage things. Their routes to the North are all stymied. Lord Hoster Tully is even closer to death’s door, and Robb’s new wife Jeyne Westerling visits Cat while she stays by her father’s bedside. Cat advises Jeyne to accept Robb’s dark moods, and to get pregnant. Jeyne says that her mom is helping with a herbal supplement.

    Characters/Places/Names/Events:
    Catelyn Stark - Eldest child of Hoster Tully, widow of Ned Stark, father of King Robb.
    Robb Stark - Eldest child of Catelyn Stark. King in the North.
    Hoster Tully - Lord of Riverrun and Lord Paramount of the Trident. Dying of old age.
    Lysa Arryn - Sister to Catelyn Stark, widow of Jon Arryn. Hiding in the Vale with her son Lord Robert Arryn.
    Edmure Tully - Brother to Catelyn, heir to Riverrun.
    Brynden “Blackfish” Tully - Brother of Hoster Tully, uncle to Cat. Renowned soldier.
    Rickard Karstark - Lord of Karhold. Two of his sons were killed by Jamie Lannister at the battle of the Whispering Woods.
    The GreatJon Umber - Lord of Last Hearth. Robb Stark loyalist.
    Jeyne Westerling - Robb’s new bride. Queen of the North.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Chapter Nineteen - Tyrion 3 - A Storm of Swords | A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF)

    Chapter Nineteen - Tyrion 3 - A Storm of Swords | A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF)

    Tyrion attends a Small Council meeting chaired by his father. Much news is discussed. Afterward, Tywin announces that Cersei will marry Willas Tyrell, the heir to Highgarden, and Tyrion will marry Sansa Stark. Shae was unavailable for comment. Simon and Mackelly plan the bachelor party.

    Chapter Review:
    Tyrion Lannister attends the Small Council along with his father Tywin, uncle Kevan, sister Cersei, the familiar figures of Petyr Littlefinger Baelish, Lord Varys, and the reinstated Grand Maester Pycelle. In addition, Lords Tyrell, Redwyne, and Rowan take their seats. Tyrion’s not sure he knows the rules of the new game, but he’s sure he better learn them, fast. The news flows thick and fast:
    Randyll Tarly has defeated the northerners at Duskendale. Devan Lannister is rounding up the remnants of his late father Stafford’s army to march on Riverrun. Balon Greyjoy offers alliance in return for recognition of him as King of the Isles and the North, Tywin’s not ready to respond to that. Greyjoy is already doing everything the Lannisters would want of him - for nothing. Littlefinger is to woo and marry Lysa Arryn to bring the Vale over to King Joffrey. Tyrion takes over as Master of Coin - he senses that Baelish has left him a trap. The Reach lords divide the spoils of war. The Tyrells take Brightwater Keep from the Florents.
    Tywin dismisses all but family and announces that Cersei will marry. She’s not pleased. He suggests some suitors but eventually chooses Willas Tyrell. She storms off. Tyrion is to marry Sansa Stark. Both of these are to derail the plan to marry Sansa to Willas, which Littlefinger unearthed and reported to Tywin. Lastly news of Robb’s marriage to Jeyne Westerling is revealed. Tyrion is astonished. The Westerlings surely know what happens to those who cross Tywin. But Tywin is oddly sanguine, hinting that he might be pulling the strings.

    Characters/Places/Names/Events:
    Tyrion Lannister - Youngest son of Tywin Lannister. Brother to queen Cersei and Jamie Lannister.
    Lord Varys - The Spider. Eunuch and Master of Whispers. Member of the Small Council.
    Cersei Lannister - Queen Regent, mother of Joffrey Baratheon.
    Tywin Lannister - Father of Tyrion, Lord of Casterly Rock. Newly self-appointed Hand of the King.
    Mace Tyrell - Lord of Highgarden.
    Willas Tyrell - Heir to Highgarden.

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    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

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Love the podcast!

I recently found your podcast on Spotify and was instantly hooked. I read the books years ago and was considering a reread in anticipation of Winds of Winter. Your Pod is the best refresh I could ask for! You guys provide the in depth analysis I wish I had access to in my first read.

Keep up the great work!

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Amazing Podcast

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Insights Among Friends

I so enjoy joining Simon and Mackelly for their not-rambling breakdowns of each chapter of ASOIAF. No bro-speak here. Two adult friends - parents, like me - who share observations without theorizing over the placement of every comma and what it might foreshadow. Also, I appreciate the no-spoiler policy. Though I watched GOT, I am new to the books and know they’re different.

These are gents I’d love to have a pot of coffee with IRL.

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