125 episodes

Decoding TV Presents A Cast of Kings: A quasi-weekly discussion of the plots, themes and highlights of the HBO series "House of the Dragon." Your hosts Dave Chen (The Filmcast and The Tobolowsky Files) and Kim Renfro (entertainment reporter at Insider, author of The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones) will dish up both praise and criticism and will try not to sound too pompous if the book was better. Questions, comments, oaths of fealty? Email acastofkings@gmail.com

A Cast of Kings - A House of the Dragon Podcast Decoding TV

    • TV & Film
    • 4.2 • 3.3K Ratings

Decoding TV Presents A Cast of Kings: A quasi-weekly discussion of the plots, themes and highlights of the HBO series "House of the Dragon." Your hosts Dave Chen (The Filmcast and The Tobolowsky Files) and Kim Renfro (entertainment reporter at Insider, author of The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones) will dish up both praise and criticism and will try not to sound too pompous if the book was better. Questions, comments, oaths of fealty? Email acastofkings@gmail.com

    House of the Dragon S2E05 - Regent

    House of the Dragon S2E05 - Regent

    David, Kim, and Jessie discuss the fifth episode of 'House of the Dragon' season 2.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Bonus Ep: They've Made a Huge Tiny Mistake

    Bonus Ep: They've Made a Huge Tiny Mistake

    David, Jessie, and Kim discuss some additional topics from episode 3 of 'House of the Dragon.'

    • 27 min
    House of the Dragon S2E04 - The Red Dragon and the Gold

    House of the Dragon S2E04 - The Red Dragon and the Gold

    David, Kim, and Jessie discuss the fourth episode of 'House of the Dragon' season 2.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    House of the Dragon S2E03 - The Burning Mill

    House of the Dragon S2E03 - The Burning Mill

    In this episode of A Cast of Kings, David Chen, Jessie Earl, and Kim Renfro dive into House of the Dragon’s third episode, “The Burning Mill.”

    In this episode, the war begins to spiral out of control. What did we think of how the show depicts this? Also: Rhaenyra makes some big moves. What did we make of her daring gambit at the end of the episode? And what’s Daemon up to these days, anyway? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more! 

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    House of the Dragon S2E02 - Rhaenyra the Cruel

    House of the Dragon S2E02 - Rhaenyra the Cruel

    David, Kim, and Jessie break down the episode 2 of 'House of the Dragon's' second season.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Bonus Ep: The Saga of Blood and Cheese

    Bonus Ep: The Saga of Blood and Cheese

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    David, Jessie, and Kim discuss some of the ways 'House of the Dragon's' season premiere changed the book.

    In this bonus episode for A Cast of Kings, David Chen, Jessie Earl, and Kim Renfro, discuss the saga of Blood and Cheese and how the season premiere of House of the Dragon changed certain elements from the book. 

    What did we make of the changes? Did they make things more or less effective? And is the show still in dialogue with the book, as it was in season 1? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!

    Links:





    Email us at acastofkings(AT)gmail(DOT)com
    Subscribe to Decoding TV on YouTube
    Follow us on Tiktok
    Buy Kim Renfro's book about Game of Thrones
    Subscribe to Jessie Gender on YouTube
    Learn more about Jessie Earl's movie, Identiteaze 

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

Dezzz0322 ,

Why add a 3rd host?

Kim is incredible, and David is a good facilitator (albeit he skews very negative a little too often?). But I’m puzzled by the addition of a 3rd host who doesn’t seem to be adding much to the pod. No new insights or analysis or even interesting comments from Jessie so far. I’m sure she’s a lovely person, but it was bizarre to hear Jessie take up 10 minutes of the pod talking about her engagement. We barely know this person, so it was awkward and a bit annoying to have to listen to such a long and personal story about someone I’ve only met twice. The flow of the pod has shifted with the addition of a 3rd host, and not in a good way.

BenTheFolksinger ,

So great

Well done show by hosts with advanced knowledge of TV/film production and writing. GoT almost requires post-show analysis to fully experience this rich narrative. CoKs takes us through each episode W/o spoiling.

I stopped listening after a few w Jesse Earl.

PippaPippoME ,

Unsubscribing

Sick of the political references. I am middle of the road politically and am not interested in having political opinions interjected into something that helps me to escape the insanity that is happening these days. Just no thanks.

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