'Game of Thrones' Final Season Podcast: Looking Ahead Toward the Winterfell War

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Welcome back to Series RegularThe Hollywood Reporter's new podcast dedicated to diving deep into hit TV shows — starting with Game of Thrones.

Every episode of Series Regular comes courtesy of Josh Wigler (that's me!), taking a closer look at a new corner of Westeros. What are the circumstances that brought Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and the Seven Kingdoms' other heroes and villains into their current conflicts? Look no further than Series Regular for the answers to those questions and more, as the final season unfolds.

In the week's edition of Series Regular, the podcast focuses first on the happy outcomes of "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," before turning toward next week's massive battle episode, directed by "Hardhome" and "Battle of the Bastards" veteran Miguel Sapochnik. Among the topics discussed:

1. A Series of Fortunate Events. Game of Thrones rarely offers happiness. We should celebrate when it veers from the norm. Among the happy highlights: Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) becoming Ser Brienne, a knight of the Seven Kingdoms; Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) delivering his origin story; Arya (Maisie Williams) and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) finally hooking up…it's all rounded up starting at the 1:05 mark.

2. Crypt Keepers. "It's safe in the crypts." Go back and watch the episode to count how many times some version of these words crop up. It's a lot — which means, it's absolutely not safe in the crypts heading into next week's battle. The reasons why are listed at the 8:55 mark.

3. The Kraken and the Raven. Jon Snow wants to destroy the Night King in order to destroy all of the White Walkers. Will the plan work? There are a lot of reasons to remain skeptical, chiefly the involvement of the number one on the Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) security detail's call sheet. The warnings are issued at the 14:10 mark.

4. A New Hope. Everyone will die in the next episode of Game of Thrones — at least, that's the fatalistic view. But is it worth pulling a page from the Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) playbook and thinking things through rosier glasses? What if he's right? What if the heroes are about to win the day? The possible hopeful outcome is surveyed at the 20:00 mark.

5. A Song of Ice and Fire. Toward the end of "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," Daniel Portman's Podrick Payne sings a song called "Jenny of Oldstones," inspired by a song featured in author George R.R. Martin's novels on which Thrones is based. The somber tune may actually hold the answer to the fate of the Iron Throne. Find out that possible fate at the 26:55 mark.

Hear it all now on Series Regular. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to never miss an episode. Follow Wigler on Twitter @roundhoward and send suggestions for future topics and questions to SeriesRegular@THR.com.

Series Regular is part of THR's roster of podcasts, including TV's Top 5, the weekly TV news analysis podcast hosted by West Coast TV editor Lesley Goldberg and chief TV critic Daniel Fienberg; Awards Chatter, Scott Feinberg's weekly in-depth (and award-winning) interview show focusing on the most interesting talents of the Oscar and Emmy seasons; crafts expert Carolyn Giardina's weekly series, Behind the Screen, which explores the top artists and technologies creating film and TV magic; and Seth Abramovitch's monthly series, It Happened in Hollywood, which revisits indelible moments from 90 years of THR's entertainment history. Other podcasts are in the works.

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