Regicide continues — surprisingly — in the news with the Nepalese royal massacre! From there we jump right into the regicide-filled world of A Song of Ice And Fire/Game of Thrones. Spoiler alerts aplenty if you haven’t been keeping up to the END of Book/Season 3! Also: Oblivion, Shakespeare’s most famous regicides, and a “King vs. Pirate” Lesser of Two Evils.
BIG Game of Thrones Spoiler Starting Times
Game of Thrones Season/Book 1: 9:00
Game of Thrones Season/Book 2: 13:15
Game of Thrones Season/Book 3: 14:28
You’re safe again at 20:00!
As of this posting we go ahead of where the current episode of Game of Thrones is in the story, so being “caught up” isn’t enough. If you don’t know what happens all the way through to the end of Season/Book 3, you’re going to get spoilers if you don’t skip ahead!
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I do like my Jon Snow, I may have to look into the Song RPG books.
There are probably lots of other pop culture examples of regicide—heck, Colm Feore in “Chronicles of Riddick” might even count—but my favourite has to be the first Black Adder series, which both starts and ends with acts of (accidental) regicide. The first episode has heavy nods to Shakespeare’s Richard III (“Oh god, it’s uncle Richard.”) and the climax of the last episode has a nod to Hamlet (“Don’t drink the wine!”).
Not a fan of these two part episodes especially when the second part is mostly the weakest section of the show, pop culture. Love the podcast and I feel guilty leaving negative feedback since you guys are giving me free entertainment.
Just ignore the second part and think of it as “we release a new episode every week except occasionally we miss a week”…
That lesser of two evils was awful if obvious. My stomach flipped every time you mentioned barnacles and bare skin. +1 for being struck through while covered in poo.
Btw, for a completely different take on Hamlet I cannot extol the virtues of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, the film based on Tom Stoppard’s excellent play (he also wrote Shakespeare in Love). Fantastic performances by Tim Roth and Gary Oldman. They’re the indistinguishable pair who accompany Hamlet on the way to England.
Thanks for the spoiler warnings too. 🙂
Love R&G Are Dead! Here’s the “Questions” scene:
“Hello, and welcome to the Springfield Police Department rescuephone. If you know the name of the felony being committed, press one. To choose from a list of felonies, press two. If you are being murdered or calling from a rotary phone, please stay on the line.
You have selected regicide. If you know the name of the king or queen being murdered, press one.”
I’m a dork who researches with zebrafish, so I got super excited when I heard Kevin mention them 🙂 (However, they’re freshwater fish, so you probably wouldn’t even see any as you were being keelhauled. Plus, they’re not very interesting to look at :P)
I’m looking forward to hearing a sewer rat song from Darkest of the Hillside Thickets 😉
I thought the “Vagina Monster” was the “child” of Stanis.. because they had sex that one time on the bumpy table… Yes, No?