Game Of Thrones Podcasts For Fans Who Can't Get Enough

Here’s the unfortunate truth about being a Game of Thrones fan: You can faithfully tune in to the episodes each Sunday, oohing and aahing at each unexpected (and long hoped for) twist. You can go ham on your Daenerys Targaryen Halloween costume. You can name your dog Drogon. All of this makes you a devoted, admirable Game of Thrones fan — but not an expert.
The episodes of Game of Thrones are situated in a universe far richer, deeper, and more complicated than even a budget as limitless as HBO’s can explore. Unless you supplement your show watching with commentary and some outside knowledge, you’ll only be getting a fraction of the story.
In fact, it’s totally possible to have gotten to this point in Game of Thrones and still be hazy on the events of Robert’s Rebellion. You might not know that many millennia ago, White Walkers stormed Westeros in the same way they’re preparing to do now. You may not be aware that Daenerys gets her middle name — Stormborn — because she was born in the middle of a storm.
The Game of Thrones universe runs deep. These podcasts are here to make sure you don’t miss a single detail.
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For a highbrow approach to epic fantasy:

The Citadel

If you'd prefer to read Game of Thrones as an allegory for geopolitical movements on Earth, or as an parable of how power corrupts, then The Citadel is the podcast for you. Hosted by two Guardian writers, one a national security editor and the other a pop-fffculture writer, The Citadel applies the lessons of Game of Thrones to real-world events.
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If you want a complete understanding of each episode:

A Cast Of Kings

When fans of Martin's books and fans of the HBO show stop arguing and start cooperating, wonderful conversations can take place. This podcast, hosted by Joanna Robinson, a verified Song of Ice and Fire expert and a writer for Vanity Fair, and David Chen, a writer and Game of Thrones superfan, proves just that. Robinson's backlog of Ice and Fire lore always adds a fascinating layer to their conversations about the episodes.
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If you're eager to hear from the cast themselves

A Game Of Owns

Since its start in 2011, A Game of Owns has been an unofficial authority on all things GoT. In addition to providing in-depth recaps and unearthing details you never would've noticed on your own, the podcast features interviews with cast and crew. Iwan Rheon, who played Ramsay Bolton, and Kirstian Nairn, who played Hodor, were both on the show.
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If you talk over the TV screen while you watch Game of Thrones:

Sistah Speak: Game of Thrones

The true joy of watching Game of Thrones? Talking about it afterwards. When talking with friends, we applaud Cersei's effortless way of drinking wine, moon over Daario Neharis, and mourn the loss of Ned Stark (still). At its best, Game of Thrones is a social experience. The hosts of Sistah Speak: Game of Thrones will enhance your GoT viewing experience by providing hilarious observations and venturing down the very same tangents you would with your friends.
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If you're kept up at night by the show's gruesomeness:

Game of Drones

The Sleep With Me podcast has a very simple aim: Put its listeners to sleep. Listeners drift off as host Drew "Scooter" Ackerman weaves long-winded stories that pile tangent upon tangent (trust me — it works). In Game of Drones, Scooter applies his signature droning voice to recapping Game of Thrones, or making up stories with the characters. You'll be snoozing faster than you can say, "Hodor."
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If you're a devotee of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Nerdette Recaps Game of Thrones with Peter Sagal

This is an NPR match made in heaven. Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda, the hosts of the fantastically geeky podcast Nerdette, join forces with Peter Sagal, the host of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me, for a fun, unabashedly enthusiastic dissection of every week's episode.
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If you're a theory junkie:

Radio Westeros

Looking to elevate your Game of Thrones thinking? Then it's time to turn to the source material: George R. R. Martin's book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. This podcast mines Martin's series for trivia and lore.
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