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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 David Chen

    • 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 Season 1 Post-Mortem

    House of the Dragon Season 1 Post-Mortem

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    In this A Cast of Kings bonus episode, David Chen and Kim Renfro reflect on the first season of House of the Dragon. What questions remain unanswered? What themes stick out the most? And what was it like to make a podcast about it all? Listen to find out. 

    Programming note:  Kim and I plan to do other bonus episodes throughout the year as Game of Thrones/House of the Dragon news breaks. Keep it tuned in to A Cast of Kings for more!

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    WATCH: David's special send-off for Kim this season

    Kim Renfro: What book chapters should you read to brush up on House of the Dragon? 
    Kim Renfro: 11 questions the House of the Dragon season left unanswered
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Decoding TV Bonus Ep: The White Lotus Season 1 Lookback and Season 2 Preview (with Roxana Hadadi)

    Decoding TV Bonus Ep: The White Lotus Season 1 Lookback and Season 2 Preview (with Roxana Hadadi)

    Hey folks, it's David Chen here. The second season of The White Lotus will debut on October 30 on HBO and run for 7 episodes, and I’m thrilled to share that the Decoding TV podcast will be recapping and reviewing each episode. Furthermore, I’m excited to announce that my co-host will be Roxana Hadadi, a TV critic at Vulture.com and one of my favorite writers on the internet today.

    In this Decoding TV bonus ep, we discuss season 1 of The White Lotus, with a particular focus on its finale. Where did we leave off with each of these characters? What was this show trying to say about wealth and privilege, and how effectively did it say it? And what about that whole murder mystery plot? Listen to hear our thoughts on all of the above!

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    • 59 min
    House of the Dragon S1E10 - The Black Queen

    House of the Dragon S1E10 - The Black Queen

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    In this episode of A Cast of Kings, David Chen and Kim Renfro dive into House of the Dragon’s season 1 finale, “The Black Queen.” Rhaenyra learns of what went down at King’s Landing next week, prompting her and Daemon to take immediate action. But can Rhaenyra prevent tragedy from befalling the kingdom, as well as her family? 

    Where is this show going with all the references to the ASOIAF prophecy? What’s up with the depiction of Daemon this episode? What are the major differences between the show and the books when it comes to this episode’s events? How will the Dance of the Dragons play out? Now that season 1 is over, will David stop complaining about the time jumps? Listen to hear our thoughts!

    Programming note: Kim and I will record at least one additional bonus episode next week, and we plan to do other bonus episodes throughout the year as Game of Thrones/House of the Dragon news breaks. Keep it tuned in to A Cast of Kings for more!

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    Kim Renfro: 8 details you might’ve missed
    Kim Renfro: How HOTD made an important change to a tragic death
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    House of the Dragon S1E09 - The Green Council

    House of the Dragon S1E09 - The Green Council

    An episode structured like a Hitchcockian thriller.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    House of the Dragon S1E08 - The Lord of the Tides

    House of the Dragon S1E08 - The Lord of the Tides

    Per My Email: The Episode

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Wondery Presents: The Rewatcher: Buffy The Vampire Slayer

    Wondery Presents: The Rewatcher: Buffy The Vampire Slayer

    Welcome to the Hellmouth Weirdos! Your favorite Morbid hosts Ash and Alaina are branching out from true crime and heading to Sunnydale for the ultimate Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch podcast! Alaina is a Buffy superfan and Ash has never watched a single episode, so whether you’re Team Angel, Team Spike, or have no clue who those people are…they’ve got you covered! Join them each week as they slay their way through the series, episode by episode, re-watching, and watching for the very first time. They’ll break down Buffy and her friends adventures through weekly recaps, categories, and awards while Ash takes some (wooden stake) stabs at predicting what she thinks will happen next. They'll also welcome the occasional Buffy cast member, guest star, or celebrity superfan to join in the slaying.

    Listen to The Rewatcher: http://wondery.fm/ACOK_ReWatcher

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

k8wma ,

2 hosts 2 ratings

Kim is 5 stars. Enjoy analysis and delivery. David is kind of annoying and I have to fast forward through the promo of his podcasts. Will keep listening though.

Jamal2000 ,

Used to be great

I don’t know if my taste has changed but I remember really enjoying this podcast during the GOT days. I don’t know why they drag the beginning and take forever getting to the show recap.

I have absolutely no problem with Davids actual analysis but the self involvement gets to be annoying.

hearyouinanotherlifebrutha ,

Dope podcast, keep it up!!

David is awesome and so knowledgeable abt film making. Kim is an amazing replacement for Joanna R (SNAPS!!) who has clearly cut her teeth on some expert deep-dives. Thank you for your hard work and for highlighting/enhancing the experience.

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