So long, ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5. It’s been… alright: The Rains of Podcastamere

PodcastamereWe’ve seen how Season 5 plays out, and it’s… acceptable, mostly! We have LOTS of thoughts on the Season 5 finale of “Game of Thrones,” so for this very special Goodbye Episode, I’ll just leave you with the audio.

Thanks for tuning in for “The Rains of Podcastamere!” We hope to see you back again next season.


The Rains of Podcastamere” is PennLive.com’s “Game of Thrones” podcast starring PennLive Senior Westeros Correspondent Sean Adams, Community Engagement Lead Chris Mautner and myself.

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Saying a few goodbyes on ‘Game of Thrones’ this week: Rains of Podcastamere

PodcastamereRemember that time we were like, “Oh, Stannis is such a nice man and such a great dad! Who knew?” Well, you know who knew? Not anyone else, because he’s a dream crusher. A crusher of sweet, wise, adorable dreams.

I didn’t get to complain as much as I wanted to this week, as I was far off at my house trying to swat away my cats. You all know how much I love complaining, so resisting the urge to interrupt at every turn was hard for me.

The episode was certainly a lesson in the importance of character consistency. And the pointlessness of Dorne. And the awesomeness of dragons.

Then, we have a chat about parenting as a theme in “Game of Thrones,” which seems apropos this week.

After a moment of silence for our dear, sweet Shireen, take a listen.


The Rains of Podcastamere” is PennLive.com’s “Game of Thrones” podcast starring PennLive Senior Westeros Correspondent Sean Adams, Community Engagement Lead Chris Mautner and myself.

Our theme music was arranged by Will Leinninger of Enola and performed by Leinninger and Vegas Grimwood, also of Enola. “Main Title” was originally composed by Ramin Djawadi for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Listen to Leinninger’s band 3033 on Facebook and Reverb Nation.

Join us next Tuesday afternoon for the penultimate episode of “The Rains of Podcastamere,” in which we’ll review the ultimate episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 5. In the final “Rains of Podcastamere” episode the following week, we’ll look back at Season 5 and try to tie up any loose ends they’ve left for us. Join us, I say!

Tyrion & Dany are a dream realized on ‘Game of Thrones’ (+ white walkers & more!): Rains of Podcastamere

HEY,Podcastamere EVERYONE! Sorry for the shoutycaps, I am just very excited to talk about this week’s “Game of Thrones” episode with you all. Wildlings, white walkers and oysters, oh my! It was such a great episode that I don’t want to waste your time reading this intro when you could just be listening to us talk about the awesomeness.

In our topic of the day, we give a shout out to JRR Tolkien and talk about the many ways “Lord of the Rings” gives influence to “Game of Thrones” – and where GRRM departs from the fantasy tropes JRRT established.

Listen away!

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The Rains of Podcastamere” is PennLive.com’s new “Game of Thrones” podcast starring PennLive Senior Westeros Correspondent Sean Adams, Community Engagement Lead Chris Mautner and myself.

Our theme music was arranged by Will Leinninger of Enola and performed by Leinninger and Vegas Grimwood, also of Enola. “Main Title” was originally composed by Ramin Djawadi for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Listen to Leinninger’s band 3033 on Facebook and Reverb Nation.

Tune in each Tuesday afternoon at PennLive.com, if you’re into this podcast.

What is up with the Sand Snakes?; religion and more on ‘Game of Thrones’: Rains of Podcastamere

PodcastamereI’m a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short, on posting this week’s “Rains of Podcastamere” for you all. It went live while I was watching “Mad Max” (again, this time in 3D) and I have been too busy fawning over Furiosa since then.

But, back to Westeros. Sean and I have a LOT to talk about this week: Tyrion meeting Danaerys; Cersei getting locked up; Olenna continuing to be great, even on the defensive; Sansa being thwarted; and, of course, those damn Sand Snakes. Our topic of the day, as the Sparrows exercise their militant powers, is religion in the “Game of Thrones” universe.

Let’s get right to it!


The Rains of Podcastamere” is PennLive.com’s new “Game of Thrones” podcast starring PennLive Senior Westeros Correspondent Sean Adams, Community Engagement Lead Chris Mautner and myself.

Our theme music was arranged by Will Leinninger of Enola and performed by Leinninger and Vegas Grimwood, also of Enola. “Main Title” was originally composed by Ramin Djawadi for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Listen to Leinninger’s band 3033 on Facebook and Reverb Nation.

Tune in each Tuesday afternoon at PennLive.com, if you’re into this podcast.

Oh, ‘Game of Thrones,’ what have you done to Sansa? The Rains of Podcastamere

PodcastamereI have a million opinions about Sansa Stark’s horrible, horrible fate in season 5, episode 6 of “Game of Thrones.” I only had time to express a few of them on this week’s “The Rains of Podcastamere.” This deadspin article (though not the headline so much) sums up my thoughts pretty much on point. I’ll still be watching the show because 1. I’m weak; and 2. I have a misplaced faith that GRRM’s universe is self-correcting and I refuse to let HBO ruin it for me. Still, this is also some important further reading from The Mary Sue.

Of course, other stuff also happens in this episode of “Game of Thrones,” and we talk about all that too. Bronn sings a delightful tune; the Sand Snakes sorely disappoint with their lackluster debut fight scene; Arya sees a room chock full of human faces. The usual.

Take a listen. If you don’t want to hear a long conversation about rape, abuse and sexual assault, you can skip the last segment of the show. We’ll give you a warning when it’s coming.


The Rains of Podcastamere” is PennLive.com’s new “Game of Thrones” podcast starring PennLive Senior Westeros Correspondent Sean Adams, Community Engagement Lead Chris Mautner and myself.

Our new theme music was arranged and performed by Will Leinninger of Enola and was originally composed by Ramin Djawadi for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Listen to Leinninger’s band 3033 on Facebook andReverb Nation.

Tune in each Tuesday afternoon at PennLive.com, if you’re into this podcast.

Is Meereen a good test-run for Daenarys? The Rains of Podcastamere

PodcastamereThis week on The Rains of Podcastamere, we talk about “Game of Thrones” season 5 episode 5, which is presumably the first new episode you all have seen in a month, since I know you’re filthy pirates through and through.

We have lots of questions about Meereen and the North. I fawn over the lovely Valyria scene. It’s all-in-all a good time.

Then we get to our major question: Is Meereen Dany’s leadership test-run for ruling Westeros? Should it be? All this and more. Keep listening!


The Rains of Podcastamere” is PennLive.com’s new “Game of Thrones” podcast starring PennLive Senior Westeros Correspondent Sean Adams, Community Engagement Lead Chris Mautner and myself.

Tune in each Tuesday afternoon at PennLive.com, if you’re into this podcast.

‘Game of Thrones’ podcast: Does R + L = J? Our favorite fan theory on ‘The Rains of Podcastamere’

PodcastamereOn the May 3 episode of “Game of Thrones” (season 5, episode 4), Petyr Baelish gave a little wink and a nod to the Internet’s favorite fan theory, called R + L = J.

If you (particularly non-readers of “A Song of Ice and Fire”) aren’t privy to the details, well, we’ve got a surprise for you.

I’ll let Sean Adams explain:

…For many fans, particularly the book readers, that simple algebra adds up to one of the series’ biggest secrets. And it’s time that we discuss it on The Rains of Podcastamere!

To be clear, our discussion includes no spoilers from the books, as this is only a fan theory that has never been verified or denied by series creator George R.R. Martin.

Still, if you’d rather not know the theory, we save it for last on our podcast. You can still enjoy our discussion of season five, episode four (read the recap here!) as well as our speculation on next week’s episode, and remain blissfully ignorant of what those little letters stand for.

The choice is yours!

The theory happens to be my favorite, (without spoiling too much here) because it makes otherwise inconsistent characters consistent, and it changes a horrific story to a tale of love living on. And those are rare enough in this series.

Listen for more! We talk about the theory after our discussion of some of the major developments of the last episode, and a brief look ahead to season 5, episode 5 – the first episode in season 5 which wasn’t prematurely leaked. So, new things to anticipate!

What do you think of this theory? Too neat & tidy, or perfectly consistent? Tell me in the comments.


The Rains of Podcastamere” is PennLive.com’s new “Game of Thrones” podcast starring PennLive Senior Westeros Correspondent Sean Adams, Community Engagement Lead Chris Mautner and myself.

I may or may not post each episode here as they air, but you can tune in each Tuesday afternoon at PennLive, if you’re into that sort of thing.