Thoughts on Thrones – Joffrey Baratheon

Welcome back Night’s Watchmen!

I’m here with another exciting long-form Thoughts on Thrones post for you all!  This time I have prepared a piece on the psychology of Joffrey Baratheon.

I’m going to post a short exerpt from the piece here, and you can find the rest on the Thoughts on Thrones page above!

Joffrey Baratheon, King of the Andals and the first men, first of his name, protector of the seven realms, blah blah blah. Spoiler alert – if you have not read through the end of the written Song of Ice and Fire, turn back now; as this post will contain spoilers of these books, and will spoil a good amount of season four of the HBO A Game of Thrones television program.

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#citd Episode 7: soon of a btich!

Welcome back Night’s Watchmen! I’m here with Episode seven of the Cast in the Darkness podcast! Nick joins Clayton and I to discuss what we think the future of the Song of Ice and Fire will become!

We spend a lot of time discussing the future of Dorne and try to focus pretty much on The Winds of Winter, but despite our best efforts, my Internet connection was conspiring against us. My apologies for the audio quality in the second half of the episode!

Listen to Episode seven of the Cast in the Darkness podcast here!

Thoughts on Thrones 2: #GameofThrones Controversy edition!

Welcome back Night’s Watchmen! This post was supposed to come up yesterday, but as I was stuck at the doctor’s clinic for two hours, it kind of slipped my mind!

I’m back with the second edition of Thoughts on Thrones, this week has been a relatively slow week, so I think I’m going to go back and look at some controversial stories, from the lannister’s keeping it in the family all the way to the Chilean Tragedy of 2013!  Let’s have a look.
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Exciting News!

Good afternoon Night’s Watchmen!


The long wait is finally over! After months of blogging and videos and trying to find the time to record and figure out the format we wanted everything to take, the reason why this blog was started has finally bee achieved:


The Cast in the Darkness podcast is finally live!  You can see all of the details on our new Podcasts page, but just to give you a heads up, please direct your podcast reader to which will get you all of the podcasts as they are released.  If you are interested in following along with our chat, you can check out the show notes for each episode by clicking on the episode title on the podcast page.


Please send us some feedback, we are really excited about this venture, and your comments and criticisms will help to make it better in the future!


We are looking forward to making this a bi-weekly podcast to start with.  When season four starts we will likely be doing weekly episode breakdowns in order to please our amazing audience!


You can email the podcast here, and you can always comment below or on the iTunes store page (forthcoming) whenever you like as well!


Until next time, keep your stick on the ice!


PS: Thoughts on Thrones #2 should be up tomorrow morning!  This week I will be discussing the many controversies that have swirled around Game of Thrones since the very beginning… I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!

Thoughts on Thrones #1

Welcome back Night’s Watchmen!

I’m here with what I hope to be a regular segment I’d like to give you guys some of my thoughts on the ever-changing Thronesiverse. Inspired by CBC Hockey journalism icon Elliott Friedman’s note series “30 Thoughts” in which he provides 30 short notes on the week’s news in the NHL, I’d like to provide some short opinions on the things going on in our world. I won’t be getting to 30 thoughts each week, but I’m eager to see where this might go.

That said, let’s get this baby started!

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Big weekend in the #gameofthrones universe!

Good afternoon Night’s Watchmen,

Sorry for the lack of updates the past two days, this weekend was a holiday weekend where I am and there was no major breaking news to rip me away from relaxing in the summertime.

That said, this weekend was not without big news as the Television Critics Awards were held Saturday night, and to the surprise of nobody Game of Thrones brought home top honors in the “Outstanding Achievement in Drama” category.  Our favourite fantasy epic beat out fellow nominees The Americans, Breaking Bad, Homeland, and Mad Men.  Sadly, the team didn’t repeat as best overall as Breaking Bad took that award.  That’s okay, Walter White only has 8 episodes left, and Game of Thrones will still be around for years.  There will be plenty more awards for the show in the coming years!

Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke were on hand at the TCA’s show, the former of whom went on the record to defend the surprising and controversial casting of Pedro Pascal as Oberan Martell, The Red Viper.  A lot of controversy surrounds the casting of the Chilean actor in the role as many fans and bloggers feel he does not look the part.  In Ice and Fire, Dorne and its people are very reminiscient of the Arabian Penninsula region and its people and many feel Pascal is too light skinned to portray what is very clearly (to them) a dark skinned prince of some pseudo Arabia or Eastern African land.

Personally, I’ve always imagined the Dornish as being Mediterranean more than African or Arabian.  The Spanish, Italian and Greek cultures may be very different, but the immense sun exposure has given all of the Mediterranean peoples an olive complexion that a Chilean actor should be able to pull off perfectly.  It would appear that George RR Martin would agree with me, as he said on his blog recently.  It has been said that Pascal absolutely smashed his audition scene, and I think that it behooves us to trust the producers: casting on this show has been phenominal for three years, there is no reason to believe they would completely drop the ball so suddenly and inexplicably.

While Jon Snow and Dany were living the life in Hollywood over the weekend, preparations are underway in Dubrovnik, Croatia for filming to begin in two weeks.  Dubrovnik is used as the location for the Kings Landing scenes; and in season four as much as any other, Kings Landing will be of particular importance.  Cast and crew have been overheard expecting to be filming in Croatia for approximately a month, which is twice as long as filming in Iceland.  Undeniably, Kings Landing will be the center of Game of Thrones just as much as it is the political and geographical center of Westeros.

I’d say that is a pretty good rundown of the weekend’s news in the Thronesiverse, as always please feel free to comment below or tweet at us @castinthedark.

Nerdist podcast 385 with George RR Martin

So this morning I updated my podcast reader on my phone and noticed that there was a new Nerdist podcast that was recorded at SDCC last weekend.  This was an interview with George RR Martin in the privacy of his hotel room with the Nerdist Guys and the master himself.  I felt that the content might not be exactly Ice and Fire centric, but that the topics they discussed are inclusive of the Ice and Fire phenomenon, and were definitely valuable to anyone who is as invested in this series and its creator as I know anyone who reads a blog and listens to a podcast about is must be.  So without further ado, here is a breakdown of the podcast: links to the podcast and the websites for both Martin and Nerdist will follow:

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