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“You can’t always get what you want” Analysis of Game of Thrones Season 8 by Timothy Schmaltz

By Timothy Schmaltz

“You can’t always get what you want”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv9sDn_2XkI

Loved the podcast, here are some of my own observations.  I really can say, I only watched the first and last seasons.

·         Loved the most human episode when they knighted the woman and faced their deaths this season, speaks the most of love and loss — and the quest for power,  the major themes it seems of the series .  

·         And that is what the last episode is all about.  

·         In life we live the paradox, life is bittersweet, really nobody wins — or loses.  Life just is — a grand adventure, full of love and loss, great joys, moments of great goodness and grace and powerful sorrows and losses. 

·         Death of one kind or another gets us all — in the end and that is what the decision scene is about.  Even in winning there is great loss.  

·         John Snow’s murder of Dani is most powerful symbol of that.  It seems  bit overdone in such obvious direct way, like hitting an egg with a hammer, but the point is made.  Huge victories achieved at high cost to others results in high cost to ourselves.   

·         The dragon’s destruction of the throne is the final symbolic seal of final vengeance — and loss for everyone.  The dream is dead too for everyone.   And everyone must let go of it. 

·         In the end, life is about loss, nobody quite gets what they want —- except for fleeting mystical moments where we sense our connection with one another, our deepest loyalties and yearnings.  

·         And in the end, the seven kingdom’s are not united, the iron throne proves to be an elusive fantasy of power and wealth — unity.  The final peace is achieved by human agreement, not by violence or even unity.  They — we have the power all along in our grasp, the violence and search for power is fantastical absurd pursuit — that is why the rock continues to fall back down the hill.  

·         The person who lost the most and appears the weakest becomes the leader/king.  Now that is almost biblical, but that may be stretching it.  That is the story the perseveres.  Look to the most vulnerable among you for your leadership.  That is the story of all of us.  The rest is fantasy.  

·         So in the end game of thrones is really about life and loss and moving on and life’s almost complete unpredictability — and the final lesson may be — be careful what you strive for, power and wealth never really overcome love and goodness — and a good story — in the end.  

·         Game of Thrones just created fantasy story to reveal these basic human truths, sometimes in powerful images, sometimes in heavy handed ways.  But it was fun ride. 

Love the podcasts.  You mother and I did not get any of the trivia questions.  

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Episode One One Zero: Samwell Tarly pitches Democracy

Episode One One Zero: Samwell Tarly pitches Democracy

Recorded 5/20/2019

We discuss the finale episode of our beloved series.  We reminisce on the ups and downs, consider our favorite moments, and lament those moments we will never see.  Andrew poses multiple Game of Thrones themed trivia questions to the Brothers and varied levels of success are achieved.  We tease the weeks ahead and what our listeners can expect now that this special series of episodes has reached its conclusion.  

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One Zero Eight: Dracarys!

Episode One Zero: Dracarys!

Recorded 4/6/2019

We react to episode 4 of Season 8 of Game of Thrones.  The Long Night is over and now the final war begins, but first drinking and sex and betrayal!  It feels like classic Thrones.  We endure two tragic deaths   Jon can’t say farewell to his direwolf and Dani is oh so close to the edge.  The series is truly in its final phase and gas pedal is pushed all the way to floor. We just hope this car isn’t headed off a cliff. 

 On Your Left…

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One Zero Six: This Episode is DARK and Full of Terrors

Episode One Zero Six: This Episode is DARK and full of terrors                    

Recorded 4/29/2019      

This is our “Battle of Winterfell” immediate hot take episode.  And we feel certain ways and we talk about it.  If you are new here, thanks for coming and we hope you come back.  If you have been here before, you know the drill and thanks for sticking around.

Three episodes left in Season Eight!

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One Zero Five: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

One Zero Five:  A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Recorded April 21, 2019

We do not mince words.  This may be one of the best Game of Thrones episodes of the entire series.

Episode 2 of season 8 is classic Thrones in every way.  The calm literally before the storm that has been building for multiple seasons.  It is quiet and moving and funny and sad and hopeful and ominous and truly something special.


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One Zero Four: Winter is Here

Episode One Zero Four: Winter is Here

The BrothersGeek instantly react to Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1.  It’s hot and heated and oh so fun.  We are committed to recording a new episode every week of the final season.  We want to hear from you.  Watch along with us!


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Seventy Nine: We labor on Labor Day

Recorded 9/4/2017

We record in the daylight again!

We feel the impending release of a little game called Destiny 2.  Chris and Andrew will be playing as soon as it launches in our time zone. Patrick is less likely to play at launch as Path of Exile is consuming nearly all of his attention. We all discuss season 7 of Game of Thrones in its entirety. We dissect just what was done right and what could have been done better.  And now our long watch begins for the final season.  It is expected in 2019!  Andrew makes a declaration regarding fantasy novels.  He finishes (finally) Murder on the Orient Express and he finds the ending delightful.  Patrick is reading Descender on Christopher’s recommendation.  Christopher has begun Monstress Vol. 2 and it continues to enchant.

In honor of the original Destiny, trivia is unique and is very personal

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Sixty One: Harley Quinn, Feminist Icon?


Episode Sixty One:  Harley Quinn, Feminist Icon?

Recorded 8-8-2016

We make our mother so so proud this episode.  We are so civil and get along so well.  We don’t raise our voices or disagree at all.  Nope, none of that, like at all.

We report on George RR Martin’s new TV deal.  We have high hopes.  We lament, as always, that Game of Thrones will be coming to an end.

We all saw Suicide Squad.  We all feel certain ways about it.

At this point, Chris is going to forcefully hold us down to make sure we watch Brain Dead.  Andrew and Christopher are going to assemble a table read for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.  We all discuss the impending release of No Man’s Sky. Those of us who are PC gamers will likely be downloading it in the near future, if it’s remotely good.

Trivia is Harry Potter themed.  The Boys are smart enough to almost logic out the answer.


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Fifty Eight: Winter Has Come, at Last


Episode Fifty Eight: Winter has come, at last
Recorded 6/27/2016
Crunchytown population us this episode.  But we soldier on!
We spend almost 30 minutes on the “Game of Thrones” season 6 finale and it is totally worth it.  If you want spoilers, listen, if you don’t, watch the episode and come back to us.  Christopher sings the praises of an epic fantasy novel,  Patrick finishes a mediocre thriller, and Andrew re-visits the Holy Grail.  We all play board games together, some of them are more complicated than others.
Trivia is “Star Trek” themed, thanks for the suggestion Smiley Aria of Dames Playing Games.

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Fifty Six:The One After the Lost One


Recorded June 7th, 2016

Hey, it’s only been a month!  Aren’t you proud of us?!  Chris and Andrew get this episode off and running with an energetic and comprehensive review of Phoenix Comicon.  Andrew does a Comicon Carry and makes new friends.  Chris continues to indoctrinate his daughters into the geek way of life.  We couldn’t have more love for Penny Dreadful if we were being bribed by the producers.  Andrew scratches the “A Song of Ice and Fire” itch with a novella by GRRM.  Chris and Andrew recommend Patrick get caught up with The Expanse.  Patrick and Chris detail their love of Overwatch with enthusiastic detail; so much so Andrew can’t even make fun of them for it.  The Trivia question goes down the rabbit hole of classic arcade gaming and the answers surprise us all.

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