Did you know that there are OTHER podcasts on iTunes besides those that your masterful crew at SideQuesting creates? Yeah, it came as a shock to us as well. That’s why we launched OPP in hopes to share some of these shows with you, especially the good ones.
It’s Week of Thrones on SideQuesting, so it would be a complete reprehensible error if we didn’t mention our favorite Game of Thrones podcast. The Cast of Thrones has been around since Season 1 of the television series, guiding us through the world of Westeros via dick jokes and inside baseball… and we love it.
What’s it about?
Cast of Thrones began as a recap of the television series on an episode-by-episode basis, as a part of the ThriftyNerd podcast. It is now its very own podcast, with its very own website. It has gone on to talk about the TV episodes and book chapters in a “bullet-point” style, covering many of the aspects of the show. The five hosts chat about the various GoT subjects, going off on several tangents in the process. It’s a two-hour podcast about a one-hour show. Figure out that math, but it actually works.
The most recent episode I’ve listened to, covering the 4th episode of Season 2 of the TV series, is chock full of puns. In fact, that’s one of the bits of magic about the podcast: because it constantly derails, it makes reliving the show and books that much more effective. The team comes off extremely friendly and conversational, much like how I’d imagine that I would react when chatting about the subject. One of my favorite features was the “Stump Mike Dao” segment, where the team asked the host about what he thinks will happen the rest of the season (he hasn’t read the books).
There is a lot of laughing that comes along with listening to an episode, and it provides a less than serious (but no less accurate) account of the series.
What’s it sound like?
It’s not going to surprise you in production. The show has very few segments, relying on a set of predetermined bullet points to speak to and followed up by traditional podcast housekeeping (email, comments, etc). For a Skype podcast it sounds about right. It’s not recorded in a studio, since the team doesn’t all live near each other, so you get what you expect with Skype as a method of communication. Between seasons the show is hosted live over TinyChat each Sunday, which adds another layer to the onion (knight).
Cast of Thrones is thoroughly enjoyable, especially if you’re knee deep in the series and show as I am. It’s a great way to continue the experience of the show in between episodes, usually launching on Mondays or Tuesdays. There are a lot of other Game of Thrones podcasts on the web, but none have the chemistry these fine folks do. Mike DiMauro, Mike Dao, Nick Bristow, Jennifer Cheek, and Tim Lanning are as close as we’ll get to a traveling troupe of mummers this side of the narrow sea.