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Every other week, Jay and Sean discuss the characters, connections, and deeper meanings of Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower. We will then quest beyond the Tower and continue to explore King's library.

Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came: A Podcast about Stephen King and His Books Jay Russo and Sean McGurr

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    • 4.9 • 131 Ratings

Every other week, Jay and Sean discuss the characters, connections, and deeper meanings of Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower. We will then quest beyond the Tower and continue to explore King's library.

    Bonus Episode 45 – “The Cat From Hell” (Patreon Clip)

    Bonus Episode 45 – “The Cat From Hell” (Patreon Clip)

    A new bonus episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came is live for all of our Patrons. What follows is an excerpt of our discussion of the 1977 short story “The Cat from Hell.”

    To get the whole episode and support our show, become a patron at patreon.com/twoguysdarktower.

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    Send your questions, comments, and ideas to twoguysdarktower@gmail.com. For more information about the show, check us out at twoguystothedarktowercame.com.

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    Intro and outro music is Western Cowboys Logo by Shorties.

    • 56 sec
    Ep. 155 The Talisman, Part 3, chapters 20-26

    Ep. 155 The Talisman, Part 3, chapters 20-26

    In this episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came, we explore The Talisman, Part 3, “A Collision of Worlds,” chapters 20-26.



    Introduction (00:00)

    The Sunlight Home (01:47)

    The Territories are a reflection of our world (13:56)

    Sacrifice is necessary along a hero’s journey (20:14)

    Dark Tower Thinnies (24:31)

    Yuck-King It Up (27:04)

    Fun Stuff (28:27)

    Other Worlds Than These (31:48)



    Jay: See How They Run (2022)

    Sean: Dead Ringers (2023)





    Outro (37:35)



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    Intro and outro music is Western Cowboys Logo by Shorties.

    Next Episode: The Talisman, Part 3, “A Collision of Worlds,” chapters 27-33 and Interlude.

    • 38 min
    Hiatus Announcement

    Hiatus Announcement

    Greetings, constant listeners! Thank you so much for listening to our show. You may have noticed we have missed our regularly scheduled publish dates. Everything is OK, but there has been a lot going on in our personal lives. So, we are going to take a hiatus. We have all the Talisman episodes recorded and they will come out as we edit and post them. We also have several bonus episodes for our Patrons recorded and they too will be coming out soon, too.

    While we’re on hiatus, keep in touch! You can email us at twoguysdarktower@gmail.com and our Twitter handle is @2guysdarktower.

    • 1 min
    Ep. 154 The Talisman, Part 2, chapters 14-19

    Ep. 154 The Talisman, Part 2, chapters 14-19

    In this episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came, we explore The Talisman,  Part 2, “The Road of Trials,” Chapters 14-19.



    Introduction (00:13)

    Cool world building (02:06)

    Too much “Y” and not enough “A” (12:36)

    Dark Tower Thinnies (20:19)

    Yuck-King it Up (25:39)

    Fun Stuff (27:21)

    Other Worlds than These (31:52)

    Outro (37:09)



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    Support our show at Patreon.com/twoguysdarktower.

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    Send your questions, comments, and ideas to twoguysdarktower@gmail.com. For more information about the show, check us out at twoguystothedarktowercame.com. 

    Other Worlds Than These topics:



    Jay: Smokey and the Bandit (1977), starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason, and Paul Williams.

    Jay: Unspooled podcast, hosted by Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson.

    Sean: Beef (2023), starring Steven Yeun, Ali Wong, and Joseph Lee. 



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    Intro and outro music is Western Cowboys Logo by Shorties.

    Next Episode: The Talisman, Part 3, “A Collision of Worlds,” Chapters 20-26.

    • 39 min
    Ep. 153 The Talisman, Part 2, chapters 6-13

    Ep. 153 The Talisman, Part 2, chapters 6-13

    In this episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came, we explore The Talisman, Part II, chapters 6-13.



    Introduction (00:00)

    Struggling with the book (01:45)

    Jack’s first trial (05:54)

    Jack’s dad in the Territories (14:01)

    Dark Tower Thinnies (19:52)

    Yuck-King It Up (23:06)

    Fun Stuff (25:54)

    Other Worlds Than These topics (31:21):



    * Jay: Succession on HBOMax

    * Sean: Chernobyl on HBOMax





    Outro (36:24)



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    Send your questions, comments, and ideas to twoguysdarktower@gmail.com. For more information about the show, check us out at twoguystothedarktowercame.com. 

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    Intro and outro music is Western Cowboys Logo by Shorties.

    Next Episode: The Talisman, Part 2, chapters 14-19.

    • 37 min
    Ep. 152 The Talisman, Part 1, chapters 1-5

    Ep. 152 The Talisman, Part 1, chapters 1-5

    In this episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came, we explore The Talisman, Part 1, “Jack Lights Out.”



    Introduction (00:13)

    Recap (00:50)

    Publication/Our history (01:57)

    Things are getting started (07:30)

    Jack’s relationships (13:24)

    Dark Tower Thinnies (20:30)

    Yuck-King it Up (23:34)

    Thank you, Patrons! (24:54)

    Fun Stuff (25:42)

    Other Worlds than These (32:07)

    Outro (35:24)



    Leave us an Apple Podcasts review! 

    Support our show at Patreon.com/twoguysdarktower.

    Buy merch at store.twoguystothedarktowercame.com.

    Send your questions, comments, and ideas to twoguysdarktower@gmail.com. For more information about the show, check us out at twoguystothedarktowercame.com. 

    Other Worlds Than These topics:



    Jay: Star Trek: Picard, Season 3, starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Michelle Hurd, and Ed Speleers

    Sean: Only Murders in the Building, starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez



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    Intro and outro music is Western Cowboys Logo by Shorties.

    Next Episode: The Talisman, Part 2, “The Road of Trials,” Chapters 6-13.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

Mirandal8302 ,

Great hosts!

I listen to several Stephen King podcasts. This one stands out because of the excellent hosts. They have great chemistry, the banter is fun, and the humor always makes me smile. Hope you guys come back some day!

Mark from Rhinebeck ,

One of a kind

This remarkable podcast distinguishes itself, in part, with what it DOESN’T have: NO obnoxious or self congratulatory humor in which the podcasters are having a way better time than the listeners. Instead, it is distinguished by its simplicity—2 close friends offering a thoughtful, comprehensive, insightful review of King’s remarkable Dark Tower as well as a multitude of his related works. A MUST LISTEN and FOLLOW for ALL King fans. Even their occasional critiques are articulately and lovingly crafted. They remind me of hanging out in college with my smart and down-to-earth dorm-mates who taught me what it was to think, listen, laugh, and learn from each other. An absolute stand-out (no pun intended).

rgrloveall ,

A nice book companion

I’ve been a constant reader for a few years now and this podcast is like my own King book club. I love to hear the different perspectives on each story and review of the respective chapters. This podcast makes reading the books more enjoyable, if that’s even possible. Keep up the good work guys. I cannot wait to listen to your thoughts on The Talisman.

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