The Tower of Babble Podcast: Episode 132 - New Batmen
With GoT officially wrapped the full ToB crew sat down to catch up on all
the stories we’ve been neglecting over the past couple months. Multiple
casting confirmations, including a new Batman for both the small and big
screens, Idris Elba joining Suicide Squad, and, somehow, James Gunn’s
return to Marvel Studios. All this plus at least a million new movie
trailers, and what seems like a never-ending stream of Star Wars news.
Time to get back to business, enjoy.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Recap
For the past nine years we've shared a piece of our collective Sundays and we weren't quite ready for that to end. A week removed from the finale the ToB crew got together to record another Live show and discuss the season with the benefit of a couple nights' sleep. After a quick overview of the season, and series at-large, the conversation naturally turned to the characters; the people and interweaving events that made the show so endearing. The dour bastard boy with a white wolf and a secret destiny; the scrawny little girl changing names and faces until finding her own; the man without honour who had to lose his sword to earn his knighthood; the one they called a half-man who rose above the bitterness and shaped the history of Westeros; the crippled boy, full of dreams, who traveled to the end of the world and back again; the naive, enchanted young lady who became a formidable political force, commanding nations, demanding respect; the bitter lioness who held too tightly, smothered her cubs, and poisoned a country; and of course, the prodigal princess who ignited the world only to fall victim to the corruption she fought against Turns out the show went longer than expected. Turns out it's hard not to. If you enjoy the show please to become one of our latest patrons.
S8E6 "The Iron Throne": ToB Breakdown
Here we are at last: Journey's End.
After nearly a decade of plots and betrayals, wars and magic, politics and
prophesies the Song of Ice and Fire has come to an end, The final season
has been nothing if not controversial, but still represents the culmination
of a series that captivated countless fans around the world, and has
irrevocably influenced all our lives.
Tyrion searches for, hoping never to find, the remnants of his family; Jon
comes to terms with the devastation of King's Landing; Grey Worm protects
Dany's interests, with the unflinching Iron Fist of a zealot; the Mad Queen
proclaims her final solution; Tyrion abandons his role as Hand of the
Queen; Dany finally reaches her ancestral throne; Tyrion helps Jon see an
unpleasant reality; and Jon Snow, the Prince who was Promised, sacrifices
his true love to protect the realm.
S8E5 "The Bells": ToB Breakdown
The penultimate episode of each season is typically cataclysmic and, being
the final season, S8E5 really took this trend and ran with it. While this
will likely prove to be one of the most divisive and, to some, unforgivable
episodes, it was nothing if not surprising. I don’t wanna get into it here,
but the condensed nature of this season is having some serious
Dany is betrayed once again, the Northern army camps outside King’s
Landing, Tyrion pleads for one last chance at peace, Arya and the Hound
infiltrate the capital, the Lannister brother share a solemn farewell,
Qyburn tries to protect his Queen, the Iron Fleet burns in Blackwater Bay,
The Hound finally faces his fraternal nemesis (foe if you’re into
alliteration), the Lannister army surrenders to the invaders, and the bells
of King’s Landing ring desperately for salvation, before all hell breaks
Arya struggles to survive the calamity, the Northern army gives in to their
bloodlust, a wounded Jaime comforts Cersei, while the city without honour
crumbles, as Daenerys Targaryen, first of her name, Queen of the Andals,
the Rhoynar, and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of
Chains and Mother of Dragons, burns them all.
S8E4 "The Last of the Starks": ToB Breakdown
With the Long Night averted we all needed an episode to decompress,
surviving characters included. The episode opens with the aftermath of the
battle as the remaining characters light funeral pyres, hail the victorious
dead, and prepare their depleted forces for one last fight.
Jaime and Brienne play a drinking game, Daenerys recognizes Gendry’s
usefulness, Tormund challenges basically anyone to a drinking contest, Dany
demands Jon keep his true name secret, Sansa forswears herself in front of
the Heart Tree, Arya reunites with the Hound, Tyrion defends Dany’s
leadership qualities, the Northern armies honour their promises to Dany,
Varys hatches a desperate plot, Cersei is offered a final chance at peace,
and Dany is punished for her clemency.