6:45am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Final Season Podcast: "The Last of the Starks" Fuels a Westeros Roast
Welcome back to Series Regular, The 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 this week's edition of Series Regular, Wigler sorts through the rubble of "The Last of the Starks," the final season's fourth installment, which claimed two major characters' lives and also marked several other strides toward the Game of Thrones endgame. Among the topics covered:
1. A Final Toast. "The Last of the Starks" not only marks the end of the line for Rhaegal the dragon and Missandei of Naath (Nathalie Emmanuel), but it's also the final episode of the series for a major player behind the scenes: David Nutter, who directed this week's episode as well as the first two installments of the final season. Nutter's contributions date as far back as season two, with an obvious peak in the third season: "The Rains of Castamere." Enjoy a final tribute to Nutter's work at the 1:40 mark.
2. A Westeros Roast. The Emmy-winning epic broke down the fourth wall by accident in "The Last of the Starks," thanks to a curious cup of coffee that landed in front of Daenerys Targaryen. The result: social media madness. How exactly did Coffee Gate play out, and why is there singing on this podcast? Series Regular spills the beans at the 7:28 mark.
3. A Series of Highs. Jon Snow's rousing speech at the funeral. The various drinking competitions littered throughout Winterfell. The meeting of the Stark minds. The fond farewell to Tormund,, if not so fond toward Ghost. Despite some controversies, Game of Thrones still offered some exciting moments in "The Last of the Starks." A celebration of what went right begins at the 12:37 mark.
4. A Series of Lows. Euron Greyjoy slaying Rhaegal came out of nowhere, for better and for worse. Indeed, the entire Euron arc has left some with a sour taste in their mouths. The Iron Islands' very own Pirate King is a problematic villain for a number of reasons, though his plummeting stock pales when compared to how Thrones is treating another central character. An attempt to distill what's wrong with some final season storylines occurs at the 18:03 mark.
5. A View of the Future. The war for the Iron Throne stands to hit its breaking point in the fifth and penultimate installment of the final season, once again directed by Miguel Sapochnik of "The Long Night." How will the battle between Daenerys and Cersei play out? A few predictions are placed at the 25:08 mark.
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