“Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan”: Game of Thrones and Mad Men

Mo Ryan and I are back, with two full podcasts. Yes, we were off last week, so we’re making up for lost time.

The first covers the premiere of “Game of Thrones.” With us to discuss “The North Remembers” is Phil Bicking of the great “Thrones”-centric site Winter is Coming.

The second covers the first three hours of the fifth season of “Mad Men.” Mo and I get a little loopy at the end. We may have created some “Thrones”/”Men” crossover fanfic. Maybe.

Music: “The Game,” Disturbed/”Ice Cream,” Sarah McLachlan

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  1. Lord Littlefinger
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    uh…. Who are you people that you don’t like Davos Seaworth? Davos is one of the best characters in the series. He’s so good at cutting through the artifice of Westerosi society and telling it as he see’s it.

    Also, I think Clash of Kings should have been two seasons. Everything feels so rushed. And I’m someone who only read the books after watching the first season last year. Now I can barely stand the show. As the subtly that makes the books so great is missing from the show.

  2. Dan Winton
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I’ll take that 10 dollars. That was way to easy a reference to Newhart. You may be broke by the end of the day.

  3. Lars
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Ryan, regarding the “sexposition” on the show – (BTW, this is rapidly becoming an overused term),

    I think there is a significant difference between the sex scenes this season and what we saw last season. Whereas last season really drifted far to close to the ‘happy whore’ trope, I feel that the scenes this season so far as far more brutal and realistic.

    – The bordello scene in the last episode led into the baby slaughter
    – Theon & the captains daughter was a raw and very uncomfortable scene (on purpose), with a girl far from the typical season 1 naked girl look
    – The Ros & Littlefinger scene (where the exposition came *after* sex, so not sexposition) :-) showed a more sinister side of prostitution not shown during season 1

    As for the lack of ‘romantic sex’ (good observation), this certainly is very true about the source material. The sex in the books is frequent and rarely ‘sexy’ if that makes sense, and I feel that the show this season is depicting that in a much more realistic and faithful manner.