5:00am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Podcast: Looking Back at a Giant Theory About Westeros
Move over, Wun Wun. There's a new giant in town, and he just might hold the key to everything.
Okay, he doesn't actually hold the key to everything, but he's a key source of humor in one of the earliest episodes of Game of Thrones: Macumber, the mythical giant who could also be known as the living embodiment of the World of Ice and Fire, according to an old fairy tale.
In "Lord Snow," the third episode of Thrones' first season, the late, great Old Nan (Margaret John) tells the recently woke Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) horror stories about the long ago Long Night, during which White Walkers ravaged the realm. Bran's brother Robb (Richard Madden) does his best to keep his little sibling from feeling too unnerved, relaying another of Nan's stories he heard long ago — that the sky is blue because the world of Westeros secretly exists inside the eye of a massive blue-eyed being known as Macumber.
If Game of Thrones suddenly ends with the Night King being tossed into the sky only for the undead creature to burst out of the eye of an even more harrowing monster, we can officially consider this one of the single most ridiculous endings of all time — ridiculous, unforgettable,and completely implausible.
In the latest episode of "Winter Was Here," the Game of Thrones rewatch podcast from Post Show Recaps co-hosts Rob Cesternino (of Survivor and Rob Has a Podcast fame) and THR's Westeros guru Josh Wigler (that's me!), we're poking at Macumber's eye and taking an even more serious look at the potential ramifications of Old Nan's yarn about the White Walkers. Other "Lord Snow" topics include:
• How the final scene between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle) sets up huge expectations for their eventual reunion — expectations that are sadly never met;
• The early signs that Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) isn't the irredeemable rogue he appears to be at first glance;
• Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) giving her son advice on how to rule, foreshadowing her own future tactics when she sits upon the Iron Throne;
• Why the first scenes featuring Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) only serve to bust some myths surrounding this supposedly spectacular schemer;
• Whether or not the White Walker folklore is actually a glimpse into the future, not the past;
• And more!
Listen to the podcast in the player below: