3:00am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Series Finale Podcast: "The Iron Throne" Ends in Ice and Fire
Welcome back to Series Regular, The Hollywood Reporter's new podcast dedicated to diving deep into hit TV shows — currently focusing on 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), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) 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.
This week's Series Regular drills down into the series finale of Game of Thrones, "The Iron Throne." THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg joins the podcast to help chew on the 80-minute finale, written and directed by series creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss. Among the topics covered:
1. The End of the Iron Throne. Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) ends the series as Bran the Broken, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Six Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm. It's a surprising outcome for many in the Game of Thrones fandom. Is it the right outcome, or at least one that satisfies? Josh and Daniel worship accordingly at the 2:50 mark.
2. The Fate of Daenerys Targaryen. The series finale contains only one series regular death: the Mother of Dragons, murdered by Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in a bid to keep the realm safe from her future tyranny. Josh and Daniel discuss the conclusion to Dany's storyline at the 22:50 mark, a conversation that includes some thoughts about a dragon's capacity for empathy.
3. The Last of the Starks. Bran Stark is king. Jon Snow becomes a king in his own right, fleeing the Wall in favor of new adventures in the north. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) becomes the Queen of the North, following in her brothers' royal footsteps, while Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) sets sail to see what's west of Westeros. Josh and Daniel follow the surviving children of Ned and Catelyn Stark as they embark on new journeys at the 30:30 mark.
4. The Future of the Franchise. "Bittersweet." It's the buzzword everyone used to describe the end of Game of Thrones. The word did not indicate just how much room for imagination the series would leave behind, as so many different characters end with their lives intact, and more pages to add to their stories. What do Josh and Daniel make of the finale's open-ended qualities? Will HBO eventually dive into the Game of Thrones sequel game? Those thoughts arrive at the 38:00 mark.
5. The Legacy of the Game. Whether it was a vocal minority of a vocal majority remains to be determined, but the final season nonetheless weathered more crossbow bolts than poor Rhaegal. Did the series finale do anything to mitigate the damage to the Emmy-winning drama's reputation? Josh and Daniel do their best to look at the legacy of Game of Thrones at the 40:30 mark.
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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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