Nana watches Game of Thrones Chapter 3

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Nana watches Game of Thrones

Chapter 3

Now that our collective watch has ended, my 90 1/2 year old Nana has decided it is time to see what Game of Thrones is all about. Here she talks about episodes 5 and 6 of season 1.

Nana watches Game of Thrones Chapter 2

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Nana watches Game of Thrones

Chapter 2

Now that our collective watch has ended, my 90 1/2 year old Nana has decided it is time to see what Game of Thrones is all about. Here she talks about episodes 5 and 6 of season 1.

Nana watches Game of Thrones Chapter 1

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Nana watches Game of Thrones

Chapter 1

Now that our collective watch has ended, my 90 1/2 year old Nana has decided it is time to see what Game of Thrones is all about. Here she talks about the first 4 episodes of season 1.

Game of Thrones Season 9 : What if?

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GOT Season 9…

What if?

From week to week for the last six episodes of Season 8, I have been listening to various Game of Thrones podcast commentary in order to help me digest it all. It has been a wonderful post episode ritual and I am sad that it has concluded (for now).

On episode 42 of the Game of Thrones: On the Throne podcast, as Gene and Big D break down season 8 episode 6 series finale, Gene presents his brilliant breakdown for what could have been a season 9 of the show.

As I mentioned in my personal thoughts on the finale, the single biggest issue with seasons 7 & 8 is time. And though I do have issues with the story beats and character arcs themselves, I have truly come to realize that if I had been the boiling frog, I would have been much more accepting of it all.

Even in moments of heightened action and suspense, Game of Thrones is still a nuanced show that needs time to let things breathe. To an extent, this has always contributed to its continued success and high praise for storytelling. Shocking moments never come in the episode 10 finale of a season. It is always episode 9, followed by a whole episode just to process what has happened. It is crucial.

Previously, I thought it made most sense to think of season 7+8 as one mega 13 episode final season. But after hearing Gene’s idea of a season 9, I am convinced that the bittersweet conclusion of Game of Thrones is not one of story, but almost purely one of timing.

Gene tells Big D to think of episodes 1-5 as season 8, and season 9 as episode 6 of season 8. Yes, that is right. EPISODE 6 = SEASON 9.  He then proceeds to exquisitely break down and elaborate on the story beats contained in this one 80 minute episode and spins each one into an intriguing and thoughtful episode until there are 10 of them! It is a god(s)damn Game of Thrones chanukah miracle!!

I am truly convinced you could have told the EXACT same story, but stretched it out to 30 episodes and the audience of the realm would have enjoyed it more, accepted it more, and forgiven its shortcomings more. The only thing I would change is moving season 8 episode 5 over to season 9 with episode 6. It could work, a shame that we will never know.

Season 7 - Take 10 episodes to tell the 7 episodes’ worth of story.

Season 8 - Take 10 episodes to tell episodes 1-4.

Season 9 - Take 10 episodes to tell episode 5-6 of season 8.


"Game of Thrones" is over, and we're having a hard time letting go. Our final On The Throne Deep Dive examines whether "The Iron Throne" helped or hurt this monumental series' legacy and why things ended the way they did. Gene and Big D discuss whether Bran was the right choice for King, whether justice was served, and what the heck the Dothraki do now that they're stranded in Westeros and don't get speaking roles. We couldn't bring you a "Game of Thrones" Season 9, but Gene argues the final episode of Season 8 had all the makings of its own season ... so he wrote it. And we reflect on each major characters farewell and how it fit his or her tale. Also, if you were confused about who the heck also those randos were at the Kingsmoot, we've got you covered. Help Support the Podcast

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Junk Food Journey - Sour Patch Kids Cereal

This one really caused my jaw to drop. What an idea? Who is the animal that came up with this? Probably the same guy who brought us green and purple ketchup.

This was either going to be a disaster or a stroke of genius and I simply had to know how they managed to synthesize Sour Patch Kids into a nutritious breakfast cereal.

The results were both shocking and conclusive. Watch now.

Junk Food Journey - Orange Vanilla Coca Cola

Typically, flavored seltzer is my beverage of choice. It tastes refreshing without wasting precious calories that can instead be spent on delicious food. If I do drink coke, I prefer non-domestic because they use real sugar instead of the extra poisonous High Fructose Cornsyrup.

In particular, fruit flavored Coke can be really weird, although I do like Cherry. Does Orange Vanilla Coke TASTE like a CREAMSICLE? Let’s find out. I need to know this.

Junk Food Journey - Banana Cream Forsted Flakes

Am I BANANAS for Frosted Flakes?! I couldn’t resist checking out Banana Cream Frosted Flakes because I am a flavor freak.

I was additionally worried because of the sog factor that is associated with a flimsy cereal with a cornflake foundation. They don’t stand up well when you add milk.

Junk Food Journey - Peeps!

HOW MANY MARSHMALLOWS CAN I FIT IN MY MOUTH WHILE I SAY THE WORDS, “CHUBBY BUNNY?!” TAKE THE JOURNEY.

Junk Food Journey - Most Stuf Oreos

WHOA. MOST. STUF. EVER?! Not really. Atleast, not until I make a few modifcations myself… THEN it is truly thee… MOST. STUF. EVER. Sooooooooo much cream, my Gods. Let us take this journey.

Junk Food Journey - Dill Pickle Pringles

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Join me on a savory safari, as I navigate the junky side of the culinary spectrum in my quest to try the weird, the wild, and the wonderful.

What the Dill? Around Thanksgiving, I was on the hunt for the Target exclusive limited edition Thanksgiving Dinner Meal Pringles sampler. To my dismay, it could not be found. I was not going to let this ruin my pringly agenda. So instead I picked up Dill Pickle Pringles. Should this put the PICK in your pickle as you select your Pringle flavor for a snacking activity?? Time to find out. Let us take this journey.

Junk Food Journey - Carrot Cake Oreos

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Join me on a savory safari, as I navigate the junky side of the culinary spectrum in my quest to try the weird, the wild, and the wonderful.

Can carrot cake hold it it down in the Oreo universe? I am determined to find out for you dear viewer. Let us take this journey.

Junk Food Journey - Cold Stone Creamery Cereal

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Join me on a savory safari, as I navigate the junky side of the culinary spectrum in my quest to try the weird, the wild, and the wonderful.

Watch as I try to get to the bottom of this Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Cereal. In short, it was pretty effortless.