Game of Thrones: Tower of Babble Breakdowns

By Julian Meush and Daniel D'Souza

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Great content. I like to suggest turning down the action on the host's microphone. The lip smacking sound every other sentence is super distracting. Thank you.


Julian Meush and Daniel D'Souza from break down the latest episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones every week from two different points of view. A show watcher and book reader.

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The Tower of Babble Podcast: Episode 132 - New Batmen
With GoT officially wrapped the full ToB crew sat down to catch up on all the stories we’ve been neglecting over the past couple months. Multiple casting confirmations, including a new Batman for both the small and big screens, Idris Elba joining Suicide Squad, and, somehow, James Gunn’s return to Marvel Studios. All this plus at least a million new movie trailers, and what seems like a never-ending stream of Star Wars news. Time to get back to business, enjoy.
Jun 10, 2019
Game of Thrones Season 8 Recap

For the past nine years we've shared a piece of our collective Sundays and we weren't quite ready for that to end. A week removed from the finale the ToB crew got together to record another Live show and discuss the season with the benefit of a couple nights' sleep. After a quick overview of the season, and series at-large, the conversation naturally turned to the characters; the people and interweaving events that made the show so endearing.

The dour bastard boy with a white wolf and a secret destiny; the scrawny little girl changing names and faces until finding her own; the man without honour who had to lose his sword to earn his knighthood; the one they called a half-man who rose above the bitterness and shaped the history of Westeros; the crippled boy, full of dreams, who traveled to the end of the world and back again; the naive, enchanted young lady who became a formidable political force, commanding nations, demanding respect; the bitter lioness who held too tightly, smothered her cubs, and poisoned a country; and of course, the prodigal princess who ignited the world only to fall victim to the corruption she fought against 

Turns out the show went longer than expected. Turns out it's hard not to.

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May 29, 2019
S8E6 "The Iron Throne": ToB Breakdown
Here we are at last: Journey's End. After nearly a decade of plots and betrayals, wars and magic, politics and prophesies the Song of Ice and Fire has come to an end, The final season has been nothing if not controversial, but still represents the culmination of a series that captivated countless fans around the world, and has irrevocably influenced all our lives. Tyrion searches for, hoping never to find, the remnants of his family; Jon comes to terms with the devastation of King's Landing; Grey Worm protects Dany's interests, with the unflinching Iron Fist of a zealot; the Mad Queen proclaims her final solution; Tyrion abandons his role as Hand of the Queen; Dany finally reaches her ancestral throne; Tyrion helps Jon see an unpleasant reality; and Jon Snow, the Prince who was Promised, sacrifices his true love to protect the realm.
May 22, 2019
S8E5 "The Bells": ToB Breakdown
The penultimate episode of each season is typically cataclysmic and, being the final season, S8E5 really took this trend and ran with it. While this will likely prove to be one of the most divisive and, to some, unforgivable episodes, it was nothing if not surprising. I don’t wanna get into it here, but the condensed nature of this season is having some serious repercussions. Dany is betrayed once again, the Northern army camps outside King’s Landing, Tyrion pleads for one last chance at peace, Arya and the Hound infiltrate the capital, the Lannister brother share a solemn farewell, Qyburn tries to protect his Queen, the Iron Fleet burns in Blackwater Bay, The Hound finally faces his fraternal nemesis (foe if you’re into alliteration), the Lannister army surrenders to the invaders, and the bells of King’s Landing ring desperately for salvation, before all hell breaks loose… Arya struggles to survive the calamity, the Northern army gives in to their bloodlust, a wounded Jaime comforts Cersei, while the city without honour crumbles, as Daenerys Targaryen, first of her name, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons, burns them all.
May 15, 2019
S8E4 "The Last of the Starks": ToB Breakdown
With the Long Night averted we all needed an episode to decompress, surviving characters included. The episode opens with the aftermath of the battle as the remaining characters light funeral pyres, hail the victorious dead, and prepare their depleted forces for one last fight. Jaime and Brienne play a drinking game, Daenerys recognizes Gendry’s usefulness, Tormund challenges basically anyone to a drinking contest, Dany demands Jon keep his true name secret, Sansa forswears herself in front of the Heart Tree, Arya reunites with the Hound, Tyrion defends Dany’s leadership qualities, the Northern armies honour their promises to Dany, Varys hatches a desperate plot, Cersei is offered a final chance at peace, and Dany is punished for her clemency.
May 08, 2019
S8E3 "The Long Night": ToB Breakdown
As far back as the Season 1 prologue the White Walkers have been an omnipresent and insidious undercurrent of the series; while the Great Houses squabbled over precedent, weddings, trials, and subterfuge, the Army of the Dead was slowly building power in the North. Now their time has come. The Long Night, the Battle for the Dawn, the greatest battle sequence ever put to film, call it what you will the episode delivered an intense and harrowing experience. From the final fiery charge of the Dothraki, to the iron will of the Unsullied foot, to the relentless, merciless onslaught of the Army of the Dead, the episode is filled with the epic battle sequences we’ve come to expect from director Miguel Sapochnik, as well as some intimate character moments in the face of insurmountable odds. This is Day battling Night, Hope in the face of Despair, Life vs. Death… Ice and Fire.
Apr 30, 2019
S8E2 "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms": ToB Breakdown
ToB is back to breakdown Season 8 Episode 2: “A Knight of the Seven Kingdows”, which proves to be a predominantly light, genuinely heartwarming, and endlessly joyful episode; a rarity among GoT episodes and feels almost too good to be true.. Jaime receives a cold welcome in Winterfell, Dany questions Tyrion’s value as the Hand of the Queen, Brienne vouches for the Kingslayer, Theon vows to protect Bran, the remnants of The Night’s Watch reunite in Winterfell, Arya celebrates life in the face of imminent death, Dany opens up to Sansa, Tormund tells a campfire story, Jon reveals his true identity to Daenerys, Jorah once again wields a Valyrian Steel sword, and Brienne earns a title befitting of her character… all whilst preparing for the greatest battle of their lives. This is the deep breath before the plunge and it is a celebration of the characters, relationships, and story that has brought us to this point.
Apr 23, 2019
S8E1 "Winterfell": ToB Breakdown
Here we are at last, the much-anticipated Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 "Winterfell" has arrived. Eight years of intricate storytelling, twists, turns, betrayals, plots and schemes have been leading up to this point (I know, plots and schemes are the same thing).  This is the beginning of the end and, with so much riding on it, the first episode manages to exceed expectations while maintaining an impressive pace and plenty of heart.  Daenerys' army arrives in Winterfell, the Army of the Dead encroaches on the North, Euron delivers the Golden Company to King's Landing, the Northern Lords question Jon's leadership, Tormund and Beric explore the home of House Umber, Arya reunites with Jon Snow, Dany admits to the execution of Sam's family, the Night King leaves a grisly warning at Last Hearth, Jon (finally) learns of his true parentage, and Jaime comes face to face with a ghost from his past.  Game of Thrones Theme: Electric Guitar Cover - Kfir Ochaion If you enjoy the show please subscribe and leave a nice review on Apple Podcasts, and check out to become one of our latest patrons.
Apr 16, 2019
Game of Thrones Season 8 Teaser
We’re only a week away from the beginning of the end of Game of Thrones. It’s a sad and unfortunate reality. I know you probably want to soak up as much GoT over the next 6 weeks as you possibly can, and luckily ToB is here to help. In this brief teaser episode, Julian lays out the road map for all of the Tower of Babble Game of Thrones final season content, plus gives a taste of the Patreon exclusive season 8 preview episode.
Apr 09, 2019
S2E10 "Valar Morghulis": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
With a cold gust of wind, and snow the season 2 rewatch comes to an end. Just in time too, because the eighth and final season looms large on the horizon. Julian and Daniel look back at season 2 as a whole and discuss the details of this finale. A finale that capped off what was widely considered to be one of the shows worst seasons. Though it’s hard to deny that it was sometimes rocky and poorly paced, Game of Thrones’ sophomore season still has a lot to love, especially on a rewatch. With hindsight, and a deeper knowledge of the world, certain moments shine bright as they drip with subtext and foreshadowing. All the more casting a larger shadow on the season’s less than stellar scenes. In the season 2 finale Tyrion is stripped of all his power, Littlefinger is gifted a castle, Varys recruits a new spy, Jamie and Brienne are questioned on the road, Sansa is released from an obligation, Robb makes a questionable decision, Stannis has regrets, Theon rallies the troops, Arya stays with her friends, Bran says goodbye to an old friend, Jon earns some respect, Dany is tempted by ghosts of her past and future, and Sam stares death in the eye (for some reason).
Mar 27, 2019
S2E9 "Blackwater": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
With the War of the Five Kings ravaging the Riverlands, Stannis brings the fights to the Lannister’s front door in the first of the series’ full-episode battle sequences. Tyrion rallies the city’s defenders, Davos leads the royal fleet into battle, Cersei drinks, The Hound loses his nerve, Sansa comforts the ladies of the court, Cersei drinks, Bronn springs Tyrion’s trap, Stannis climbs the walls of King’s Landing, Tywin meets with the Tyrell forces, while Cersei prepares to take one final drink.
Mar 20, 2019
S2E8 "The Prince of Winterfell": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
Having missed the latest trailer by mere hours last week, the guys start off with some brief reactions to this and some other Season 8 news before diving into the the episode. Yara arrives in Winterfell, Jon reunites with the Halfhand, Tywin marshals his forces at Harrenhal, Robb forsakes his vow, Catelyn releases her sworn enemy, Tyrion prepares for the siege of King’s Landing, Arya gives Jaqen her final name, Dany hides from the King of Qarth, Cersei threatens to harm Tyrion’s lover, Jaime probes for kinks in Brienne’s armour, Davos is named Hand of the King, and Osha keeps Bran and Rickon safe in the crypts.
Mar 12, 2019
S2E7 "A Man Without Honour": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
Theon loses his prisoners and his cool, Jon and Ygritte butt heads, Tywin enjoys Arya’s company, Robb receives Cersei’s envoy, Ser Alton helps Jaime escape, Dany desperately searches for her dragons, Cersei teaches Sansa the joys of womanhood, Xaro Xoan Daxos stages a coup, Catelyn defuses tensions amongst the Northmen, the Wildlings capture a valuable prisoner, Pyat Pree reveals the dragons’ location, Catelyn meets with Jaime for the last time, and two small bodies are hung above Winterfell’s gate. Plus, with February come and gone, we announce the winner of our first Patreon giveaway! Huge thanks to all those who have contributed to the show, past and present, we hope to do much more of this kind of stuff going forward. Game of Thrones Theme Cover (feat. Brooke Wilson) - Blazé: If you enjoy the show please subscribe and leave a nice review on Apple Podcasts, and check out to become one of our latest patrons.
Mar 06, 2019
S2E6 "The Old Gods and the New": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
Things start to ramp back up this week as the Ironborn take Winterfell, damning Theon in the process, Jon meets a new wildling, Littlefinger visits Tywin at Harrenhal and nearly blows Aria’s cover, Jaqen H'ghar grants another wish, Marcella is shipped to Dorn, a riot breaks out in the streets of Kings Landing, Danny negotiates (poorly) for ships in Qarth, Robb continues to court Talisa, and Osha helps the young Starks escape.
Feb 28, 2019
S2E5 "Ghost of Harrenhal": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
King Renly’s campaign comes to an end, Dany mingles with the Qartheen nobility, The Night’s Watch reaches an ancient stronghold, Cersei withhold’s valuable information, Stannis absorbs the remnants of his brother’s army, Arya serves at Twin’s war council, Tyrion visits the Alchemist’s Guild, Xaro demonstrates his ambition, Jon embarks on a covert mission, and Arya whispers her first name to the God of Death.
Feb 20, 2019
S2E4 "Garden of Bones": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
Robb wins another surprise victory but Sansa pays the price, Tyrion offers Joffrey a belated nameday gift, Littlefinger arrives at Renly’s camp with the Lannister’s terms, Daenerys travels to Qarth, Arya is brought to Harrenhal and quickly adds new names to her list, Talisa chastises the King in the North, Catelyn is reunited with Ned, Tywin chooses a new cupbearer, the Baratheon brothers meet one final time, and Xaro Xoan Daxos invokes Sumai… whatever that is.
Feb 13, 2019
S2E3 "What Is Dead May Never Die": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
Picking up immediately following last week’s cliffhanger, Episode three maintains the slow-burn and deep character work that make Game of Thrones so endearing. Craster evicts the Night’s Watch, Catelyn meets the full chivalry of the South, Tyrion conspires to forge a new alliance, Brienne earns her place in Renly’s Kingsguard, Cersei torments Sansa over dinner, Balon reveals his war plans, Varys poses an iconic riddle, Arya loses another mentor, and Theon… Theon is just the worst.
Feb 06, 2019
S2E2 "The Night Lands": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
Its week two in the ToB rewatch series, Julian and Dan are back to breakdown Season 2 Episode 2: “The Night Lands”. While the season is still building momentum this episode focused mostly on some much appreciated character development… mixed with a bunch of naked people. Yoren defends Gendry from the Gold Cloaks, Varys makes his presence known, Sam tries to save Gilly, Rakharo returns to the Khalasar, Craster gives the gods their due, Arya reveals herself to a friend, Theon receives a rude awakening, Janos Slynt is duly rewarded for his service, and Westeros’ two newest kings draw up their battle plans.
Jan 30, 2019
S2E1 "The North Remembers": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
ToB Breakdowns are back! We aren’t patient enough to wait for Season 8, so the ToB crew is back for a Season 2 re-watch series! We all know how smoothly 2 leads into 8, right? Julian and Dan got together to breakdown Season 2 Episode 1: “The North Remembers”; which somehow manages to touch base with all major story arcs without feeling too erratic. Joffrey celebrates his name-day; Tyrion embraces his new position in the capital; Jaime tries to provoke Robb; Jon meets a true Northman; Bran acts as de facto lord of Winterfell; Cersei accepts Tyrion’s help, out of desperation; and Dany makes her own desperate decisions.
Jan 23, 2019
S1E10 "Fire and Blood": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
With the first appearance of dragons, season one of Game of Thrones comes to an end. Julian and Dan sit down to discuss all the nitty-gritty details of the show's first season finale as the youngest Stark's have visions, things get even worse for Sansa, Arya becomes Arry, Tyrion gets a new job, Jon tries to desert, the Lannisters retreat, and Danny acquires three new friends.
Aug 06, 2018
S1E9 "Baelor": ToB Breakdown
A day late but never a dollar short, Julian and Dan break down the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones' inaugural season. The guys discuss how the iconic ending overshadows a stellar episode in which Ned puts family first, Catelyn brokers a deal with Walder Frey, Tyrion meets a new friend, Robb wins a major victory, Jon receives a gift, Drogo falls ill and Danny makes a difficult decision.
Jul 31, 2018
S1E8 "The Pointy End": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
With three new shows in three weeks I think we can officially call this a new a streak. Unfortunately, it won't last long as we're quickly coming up to the end of this season one rewatch. This week, Julian and Dan tackle the eighth episode of the season: "The Pointy End", which finds Ned in the Black Cells, life getting tough for the Stark girls, Rob raising an army, Danny having a crises of conscience, and Jon facing a new threat.
Jul 23, 2018
S1E7 "You Win or You Die": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
Once is a fluke, twice is a coincidence; so we'll hold off until our S1E8 breakdown before calling this a new streak, but we're back for the second straight week to break down more Game of Thrones goodness for you! This week Julian and Daniel discuss Robert's last wishes, Ned's continued blunders, Jon's vows, Danny's brush with death, and much more!
Jul 16, 2018
S1E6 "A Golden Crown": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
After a long, and unexpected, hiatus Julian and Daniel are back to break down the second half of Game of Thrones season one. Our most sincere apologies for dropping off the face of the known world. In this episode the guys discuss Ned's reinstatement as Hand, Robert's boar hunt, Tyrion's trial by "combat", and Drogo's gift for Viserys. Plus, Lookout for a special message to begin the show laying out the plan for the rest of the season. Cheers!
Jul 10, 2018
S1E5 "The Wolf and the Lion": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
Tyrion finds himself on the Eastern Road, Ser Barristan stands vigil for the fallen knight Ser Hugh, after losing to Ser Loras a furious Gregor Clegane goes berserk, forcing the Hound to intervene, Bran attends his world history class, Arya stumbles across ancient Dragon skulls in the dungeon, Yoren warns Ned of Tyrion's abduction, Robert issues an assassination order, Ned abandons his role as Hand, Jaime confronts Ned and Jory outside Littlefinger's brothel, and the first observable blow is struck.
Mar 15, 2018
S1E4 " Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
Tyrion visits Bran with a gift, Drogo's Khalasar arrives in Vaes Dothrak, Ned follows Jon Arryn's trail, the Hand's tourney begins, Jon protects a new recruit at the Wall, Ser Hugh rides against the Mountain, Viserys vents his frustration, Sansa hears the story of the Mountain and the Hound, and Catelyn confronts Tyrion at the Inn at the Crossroads.
Mar 07, 2018
S1E3 "Lord Snow": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
Ned meets the Lords of the Small Council, Bran wakes up with no memory of his "accident", Catelyn and Rodrik try to sneak into the capital, Daenerys learns that she is with child, Jon embarrasses the other recruits, Arya refuses to forgive Sansa for the tragedy on the Kingsroad, Jorah rides for Qohor, Tyrion meets with the Commanders of the Night's Watch, and Arya meets her Dancing Master.
Feb 28, 2018
S1E2 "The Kingsroad": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
Julian and Dan are back to break down Episode 2: "The Kingsroad" in which: the Royal procession prepares to leave Winterfell, Dany tries to cope with the Dothraki lifestyle, Tyrion decides to visit the Wall, Jon Snow bids farewell to the Starks, Robert and Ned butt heads over the Targaryen threat, and Sansa finally meets her prince, only to see his true colours on the Kingsroad.
Feb 21, 2018
S1E1 "Winter is Coming": ToB Breakdown Rewatch
Surprise! Happy Valentines Day, Game of Thrones friends. With the final season not set to premiere until 2019 the wait for season 8 feels unbearable. Fortunately, Julian and Daniel are here to ease the pain and deliver some Game of Thrones goodness during this "long night". Join the guys as they break down every single scene from Game of Thrones inaugural season, and bath in the nostalgia of what became the start of a phenomenon.
Feb 14, 2018
ToB Interlude - Marvel's The Defenders
This week's episode includes our review of Marvel's The Defenders. A short 15 minute, spoiler free review of Netflix's latest superhero fare. This is an excerpt from The Tower of Babble Podcast. Our news and reviews show covering a broader range of topics in the geek world. If you're looking for more ToB content; this is it.
Sep 12, 2017
Season 7 Bonus Episode: ToB Breakdown
The 7th and penultimate season is over and it's time to look back and reflect on the season that was. Julian and Daniel discuss the season as a whole and give their overall thoughts on the state of the series. After that it's time for predictions, speculation and prognostication as the guys turn their gaze to the future and look ahead at what might happen in the 8th and final season. But it doesn't end there! Fan questions are answered, prizes are awarded, donors are thanked and much more in what is the final ToB Breakdown of the year!
Sep 05, 2017
S7E7 "The Dragon and the Wolf": ToB Breakdown
That's it. Another season of Game of Thrones has come and gone. With this year's finale now behind us, the question becomes did they stick the landing on what has been a somewhat rocky season? Julian and Daniel sit down to provide an answer to that complicated question and in the process dissect every detail of this week's extended 80 minute episode. An episode that saw Danny and Cersei finally meet, Tyrion make a plea, Sam and Bran come to a profound realization, Sansa and Arya put aside their differences, Jaime's and Cersei part ways and, Jon and Danny consummate a budding romance. Oh and The Wall fell.
Aug 29, 2017
S7E6 "Beyond the Wall": ToB Breakdown
Game of Thrones storms back from last week's disappointing outing with an action packed episode that also featured some great character moments and a shocking ending. Unfortunately it also spent a lot of time on the much maligned conflict between the Stark sisters. However, with this episode coming in as the longest in series history at 70 min, it's easy to look past the short comings as they used that extra time to showcase another thrilling action set piece.
Aug 22, 2017
S7E5 "Eastwatch": ToB Breakdown
Last week we were treated to one of Game of Thrones best episodes of the series. This week we got "Eastwatch", an episode that many would agree took a step back from the lofty heights of last week. Julian and Daniel break down upwards of 20 distinct scenes that saw Danny set an ultimatum, Jon make new friends, Jaime and Tyrion have a meeting, Cersei reveal a secret, Sam depart from Oldtown, Sansa and Arya bicker and the return of a long lost character. Oh and Bran sent some ravens.
Aug 15, 2017
S7E4 "The Spoils of War": ToB Breakdown
Marking just over half way through this penultimate season HBO delivered one of the best episodes of series this week. Not only was it perfectly paced it also came with a stunning surprise ending that had us on the edge of our seat. This episode saw Cersei pay down the crowns debt, Bran receive a gift, Arya return home, Jon offer advice to Danny and, Jaime's army ambushed.
Aug 08, 2017
S7E3 "The Queen's Justice": ToB Breakdown
It's the season's third episode and the pace won't let up. Julian and Daniel breakdown this weeks hectic episode wherein: Jon and Davos travel to Dragonstone, Melisandre takes her leave, Sansa leads the North in Jon's absence, Euron presents his gifts to Cersei, Jon refuses to bend the knee, the Three-Eyed Raven comes to Winterfell, Cersei savours her revenge, the Unsullied lay siege to Casterly Rock, while Jaime launches a siege of his own.
Aug 01, 2017
S7E2 "Stormborn": ToB Breakdown
Game of Thrones really picked up the pace as they set up some exciting character meetings and toss a wrench into the works for Danny. Julian and Daniel dissect the latest episode in which all the major parties prepare for war. Daenerys assembles her commanders, Arya meets an old friend, the Lannister's rally their remaining allies, Jorah receives a prognosis, Jon and Littlefinger visit the Winterfell crypts, Arya meets another old friend, the Greyjoy's sail for Dorne, Cersei faces the Black Dread, and the King in the North prepares to meet the Mother of Dragons.
Jul 25, 2017
S7E1 "Dragonstone": ToB Breakdown
It's been a long wait but Game of Thrones has finally returned. With that comes the return of the Tower of Babble Breakdowns with Julian and Daniel here to break down every detail. Let's jump right in. This week Arya continues her revenge mission (and chats with a pop star), Cersei and Jaime take stock of their situation, Jon and Sansa prepare for war, Dany reaches Dragonstone, The Hound has a moment of clarity and Sam... washes chamber pots?
Jul 18, 2017
Bonus Episode - Game of Thrones Spin-offs: ToB Breakdown
Surprise! Julian and Daniel are back for another off-season ToB Breakdown episode. HBO just announced that it was going forward with a Game of Thrones spin-off (probably a prequel). Four different writers plus George RR Martin himself are involved in putting together speck scripts for four different possible shows. The guys discuss possible time periods for these spin-offs and debate the value of exploring past events and characters.
May 13, 2017
Season 7 Preview: ToB Breakdown
This time last year we were gearing up for another season of Game of Thrones. Looking back, we didn't know how good we had it, because a year later we're still waiting until July before we get back to Westeros. We've been feeling the withdraw like a milk of the poppy addict and we're sure you are too so we sat down to preview the coming season to ease the pain. We discuss everything we know about season seven, dissect the teaser trailer and then make some story predictions. To close out the show we lay out our plans for our season seven GoFundMe campaign and come hat in hand asking for your patronage. If you've been enjoying all of our Game of Thrones Breakdowns for the last several years and have been aching to give back, here's your chance!
Apr 08, 2017
ToB Excerpt - The Traditional Sitcom
In a segment cut from last week's Episode 88, the guys discuss the 90's sitcom Friends. But more to the point, what happened to the traditional television sitcom that was the staple for many people growing up. The Cheers, Seinfeld and Friends of the world seem to be gone. Why? They also chat about Star Wars and debate the merits of reading over listening to an audio book.
Dec 14, 2016
New Westworld Podcast Announcement!
Welcome to the Tower of Babble Network's latest podcast: Westworld: Tower of Babble Breakdown. This is a show where in we will be discussing the Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy created, HBO original series, Westworld. We will review and and recap each weeks episode while discussing possible theories and having in-depth conversations related to the show's characters, concepts and more.
Oct 13, 2016
Season 6 ToB Breakdown Bonus Episode
Julian and Dan are back for a Game of Thrones Season Six Bonus Episode! After last week's finale there was so much to discuss we couldn't fit it all into one episode. So this week we're here to recap all the main storylines from season six, answer a bunch of questions from the listeners and look ahead at season seven. We also give our predictions on where all our favorite characters will end up and examine the list of directors who will be helming the (possible) penultimate season.
Jul 05, 2016
S6E10 "The Winds of Winter": ToB Breakdown
Game of Thrones' tenth episode provided a climactic and emotional season finale, putting a nice little ribbon on every major plotline. The Babble Boys fought through some pacing/continuity issues (as well as a wicked hangover) to delve into this gigantic episode in another live edition of our ToB Breakdowns. Cersei proves she's still a force to be reckoned with, Sam arrives in Oldtown, Arya enjoys sweet, sweet vengeance, a new King in the North is declared, Bran FINALLY completes the Tower of Joy vision, and Daenerys sets her house in order before FINALLY setting sail for Westeros.
Jun 29, 2016
S6E9" Battle of the Bastards": ToB Breakdown
It's that time of year again. The traditionally epic episode nine for the latest season of Game of Thrones is upon us and it's a doozy! "Battle of the Bastards" was billed as the largest battle Game of Thrones has ever put to screen and it surpassed all of our expectations. It may very well be the most impressive battle of this scale ever seen on television period, let alone just on Game of Thrones. But it wouldn't be GoT if they didn't throw in a curveball or two. We all expected a clash in the North but how many of thought you'd see some dragons rain down fire from the sky as well? Bet you didn't see that coming! Or that Jon would make some terrible strategic mistakes? Well maybe that one was easier to predict. That being said, as amazing as the spectacle was, there were some important story and character developments to explore and Julian Meush and Daniel D'Souza are here to unpack it all and delve into every detail of this nearly perfect hour of television.
Jun 21, 2016
S6E8 "No One": ToB Breakdown
The ToB Crew sit down to discuss the latest episode of HBO's Game of Thrones. Season six, episode eight: "No One", is quick to squash a few fan theories and moves the remaining pieces into position for next week's massive "Battle of the Bastards". The whole affair is jam packed with a lot of fun moments but it's the emotional beats that stood out the most. Particularly one scene between Jamie and Edmure, who finally gets some dialogue that is well worth the wait. Tyrion gets to tell some jokes before his plans come crashing down. Arya fights back against The Waif. Cersei plans hit a significant roadblock. The Hound goes hunting while Brienne and Jamie have a touching reunion. We dissect every detail while untangling the web of theories and predictions surrounding the approaching season six finale.
Jun 14, 2016
S6E7 "The Broken Man": ToB Breakdown
The ToB crew is back to unpack the season's seventh episode "The Broken Man"; another somewhat slower but still enjoyable episode. The titular character monopolizes the episode, though there is still room for Jon and Sansa to go on a recruiting spree, the High Sparrow to target the Queen of Thorns, also, Jaime arrives at Riverrun to offer terms, Cersei admits her mistakes, and Arya discovers just how dangerous Braavos can be.
Jun 07, 2016
S6E6 "Blood of my Blood": ToB Breakdown
Julian and Dan get together to break down Season 6 Episode 6: "Blood of my Blood". The episode offers a slight change of pace, though not an unwelcome one, as we touch in with some overlooked or underappreciated storylines that are quickly becoming more interesting.  Bran flees the carnage of the White Walkers, Sam and Gilly arrive at Horn Hill, Arya makes a fateful decision, the Tyrells march on the High Sparrow, Tommen and Margaery make a deal, Jaime is sent to Riverrun, and Daenerys rallies her newfound army.
May 31, 2016
S6E5 "The Door": ToB Breakdown
It's episode 5 and this season just keeps getting better and better. Julian and Dan breakdown this emotionally charged episode, which has proven to be another classic for the series, and one of our favourites to date. "The Door" is everything we know, love, and have come to expect from a Game of Thrones episode; combining political intrigue and genuine human conflict with a world of fantasy, magic, and mystery.  Arya is faced with a new and dubious mission, Jon and Sansa plan to retake the North, the birth of the White Walkers is revealed, Jorah is given his final command, Tyrion invites a new ally to Meereen, the Ironborn hold a historic Kingsmoot, and, while testing his new abilities, Bran provokes an ancient enemy.
May 24, 2016
S6E4 "Book of the Stranger": ToB Breakdown
Julian and Daniel sit down to discuss the latest episode of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. And boy what an episode it was! Stark children are reunited, plots are hatched and Khals are burned! It was certainly a busy episode and one that had more happiness and joy (Sorry Osha!) than we've in some time. Beyond all of that, the gripping story in the North continued to escalate while Dany's took a drastic step forward. Unfortunately the same can't be said for the less than thrilling plotlines in King's Landing and Meereen. Regardless, we dissect them all. (Except for the Theon and Yara scene. We forgot about that one entirely. Which should speak volumes about what we think of that plotline.)
May 16, 2016
S6E3 "Oathbreaker": ToB Breakdown
Julian and Dan breakdown the season's third episode "Oathbreaker", which is once again bookended by the North and features the fallout of Jon's resurrection, Sam's voyage to Oldtown, the highly anticipated Tower of Joy sequence, more grasping for power by the remaining Lannisters, a couple small council meetings, Daenerys meeting the Dosh Khaleen, some classic Varys, Rickon and Osha returning to Winterfell, and Jon dealing with the oath breakers at Castle Black.
May 09, 2016
S6E2 "Home": ToB Breakdown
Season 6 Episode 2 continues with the fast pace that episode one introduced and, in true Game of Thrones fashion, incites more questions than it answers, although it answers some pretty big ones. Julian and Dan sit down for a full breakdown of the events, their potential outcomes, and some wild speculation over where these story lines might take us next. Bran dreams of his home, while Cersei is held prisoner in her own, the loyalist's hold their ground at Castle Black, Tyrion braves the dragonpit, Ramsay assumes power in the North, Sansa and Theon part ways, Balon Greyjoy is surprised by a rude homecoming, and the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch comes home at last.
May 03, 2016
S6E1 "The Red Woman": ToB Breakdown
It's Game of Thrones season once again, and this year's premiere episode happily lines up with the Tower of Babble's third birthday! Julian and Daniel sit down to quickly get up to date and lay out some expectations before jumping into one of Game of Thrones' best season openers yet. This episode picks up almost immediately where last season ended and catches us up with Jon's remaining brothers at Castle Black, the aftermath of the battle for Winterfell and Sansa and Theon/Reek's escape, Jaime returning to King's Landing, as well as turmoil in both Dorne and Meereen, Daenerys' long walk to Vaes Dothrak, and a little Red Woman magic to give the episode its name.  Happy Anniversary ToB fans! Thanks for listening!
Apr 25, 2016
S5E10 "Mother's Mercy": ToB Breakdown
It has come to that time once again, another season finale for Game of Thrones. Season five has seen its ups and downs but the tenth episode really left us with a sour taste in our mouths. Julian and Daniel sit down to discuss all the major plot points this week as well as give our take on what we think might come in season six. The show left enough loose ends that the speculating and theorizing for the next ten months will be excruciating. Last but not least, we delve deep into the major event that concluded the season and talk about how it effected us as viewers (or in Daniel's case, a reader) and whether it was the right note to end a season on.
Jun 18, 2015
S5E9 "The Dance of Dragons": ToB Breakdown
Julian and Daniel sit down to discuss the penultimate episode of the season. Typically Game of Thrones saves some big moments for their ninth episodes but did they do enough to top last weeks snowy showdown beyond the wall?
Jun 10, 2015
S5E8 "Hardhome": ToB Breakdown
Tyrion and Jorrah make their case to Dany, Arya becomes someone else, Sansa learns a secret, the Boltons strategize, Cersei is asked to confess and Jon arrives to Hardhome just in time to face off against the army of the dead.
Jun 01, 2015
S5E7 "The Gift": ToB Breakdown
This week Jon leaves for Hardhome, Sam grieves a death of a friend, Stannis weighs a tough decision, Sansa asks for help, Bron and Jamie are caged, Jorrah and Tyrion reach their destination, Dani indures the fighting pits, Ollena and Littlefinger do some more scheming and Cersei gets some comunpance.
May 28, 2015
S5E6 "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken": ToB Breakdown
Game of Thrones brought some controversy this week, and as is typically the case with any controversy, made for a great discussion. Julian and Daniel sit down to discuss all the outrage and vitriol as well as the rest of the events of the episode, which included; Arya delving deeper into the world of the Faceless Men, Tyrion and Jorrah running into a bit more trouble, Jamie and Bronn reaching Myrcella, Cersei's schemes in Kings Landing and Sansa's wedding in Winterfell.
May 19, 2015
S5E5 "Kill the Boy": ToB Breakdown
This week Julian and Daniel discuss how Daenerys' deals with the attack on Grey Worm and Ser Barristan, Jon's plans for the Wildlings, Stannis finally leaving Castle Black, Sana's old/new home and Jorrah and Tyrion's voyage into Old Valeria
May 12, 2015
S5E4 "Sons of the Harpy": ToB Breakdown
This week Daniel and Julian discuss Cersei's power grabbing, Tommon's innocence, Jon's temptations, Stannis' humanity, Bronn and Jamie's voyage to Dorne and unrest in Meereen. Some popular fan theories are also discussed (in a non-spoiler fashion of course) and much more in the weeks Game of Thrones: Tower of Babble Breakdown.
May 05, 2015
S5E3 "High Sparrow": ToB Breakdown
The Bolton's arrive in their new home, Arya sweeps the floor, Cersei meets the High Sparrow, Jon faces his first challenge as Lord Commander, Arya sweeps the floor, Margaery enjoys her new power, Littlefinger forms a new allaince, Tyrion reaches Volantis... and Arya sweeps the floor.
Apr 28, 2015
S5E2 "The House of Black and White": ToB Breakdown
In this weeks episode we discuss the arrival of Aria to Bravos, Cerci trying to consolidate power, Jamie's plans for Dorne, Dorne's plans for the Lannisters, Jon's new job and Danny's continued challenges.
Apr 21, 2015
S5E1 "The Wars to Come": ToB Breakdown
Following what seems to be a Game of Thrones trend, the season opener serves as a sort of refresher; catching us up on all the major plot lines (minus Arya). The Lannister twins mourn their father, Tyrion arrives in Pentos, Daenerys faces the trials of leadership, Varys outlines his plans for Tyrion, and Jon tries to reason with two would-be kings.
Apr 14, 2015
S4E10 "The Children": ToB Breakdown
Season 4 ended off with a bang. Following last weeks battle at The Wall we catch up with almost all the key players before they all take a ten month break. Jon meets Mance, Stannis makes an appearance, Bran reaches his goal, Danni makes a tough choice, Brienne meets The Hound, Cersei makes a stand, Jamie helps his brother and Tyrion confronts his father.
Jun 17, 2014
S4E9 "The Watchers on the Wall": ToB Breakdown
Traditionally the ninth episode of every Game of Thrones season delivers something epic. Season 4 does not disappoint with "Watchers on the Wall". Even with all the other amazing moments we've already seen this season. We see giants riding mammoths as the wildling army finally reaches The Wall. This episode never leaves The Wall as Jon learns some lessons in leadership, Sam becomes more of a man and Ygritt sharpens her arrows.
Jun 10, 2014
S4E8 "The Mountain and the Viper": ToB Breakdown
In an episode featuring the amazing showdown between Oberyn and the Mountain its disappointing that the rest of the episode didn't live up to those heights. Full points go to the big fight with Tyrion's life in the balance, meanwhile Littlefinger continues to scheme, Sansa grows up, Arya reaches the Eyrie and Daenerys looses an adviser.
Jun 03, 2014
S4E7 "Mockingbird": ToB Breakdown
Tyrion finds a champion, Aria gets more revenge, Jon suggests a radical plan and Littlefinger uses the Moon Door.
May 21, 2014
S4E6 "The Laws of Gods and Men": ToB Breakdown
As is usually the case with Game of Thrones, they followed last weeks plotting episode with one that marks another change to the status quo . Tyrion's trial is really the show stopper this week but we also get some great scenes with Danny, Stannis and finally catch up with Yarra and her attempt to save Theon/Reek.
May 13, 2014
S4E5 "The First of His Name": ToB Breakdown
This weeks episode didnt have a lot of plot development but we did get some great character work. Tommen gets crowned, Cersei pines for her daughter, Aria water dances, Sansa meets her aunt and Jon takes on the mutineers.
May 06, 2014
S4E4 "Oathkeeper": ToB Breakdown
Jaime pays his brother a visit, Margaery learns the truth of Joffrey's murder, Brienne is given a new mission, Jon recruits a ranging party and Craster's final son is born.
Apr 29, 2014
S4E3 "Breaker of Chains": ToB Breakdown
One week after the royal murder we aren't much closer to finding the truth. Margery laments her luck with husbands, Tywin gets his hooks in Tommen, Oberyn is brought into the fold, the Hound is still a bad guy and the Nights Watch get a new mission. Everything is discussed in this weeks Tower of Babble Game of Thrones breakdown.
Apr 22, 2014
S4E2 "A Lion and the Rose": ToB Breakdown
Any fears of season 4 being slow were quickly put to rest after this weeks episode of everyone's favorite wedding show: Game of Thrones. "A Lion and the Rose" didn't waste any time getting us back into the throw of things in Westeros. We catch up with those we missed last week and watch as a mystery unfolded before us. Game of Thrones might have returned to HBO last week but now its officially back!
Apr 14, 2014
S4E1 "Two Swords": ToB Breakdown
The return of Game of Thrones for its fourth season brings with it the latest Tower of Babble Breakdown. Daniel D'Souza and Julian Meush sit down to discuss the latest from Westeros and beyond. While we catch up with most of the major players, we also mourn Ice, sympathize with Jamie and root for Aria to retrieve something she lost. It looks to be a whirlwind of a season and we're looking forward to discussing every moment of it here at the Tower of Babble.
Apr 07, 2014
S3E10 "Mhysa": ToB Breakdown
The 3rd season has come to an end, and with it comes our breakdown of the finale. It was a busy episode, with all the major cast making an appearance, so we have lots to talk about. We also touch on how this season holds up against the previous ones and discuss possible bonus episodes.
Jun 11, 2013
S3E9 "The Rains of Castamere": ToB Breakdown
What an episode! Julian and Dan try to come to terms with what happened in the aftermath of "The Reins of Castamere" .
Jun 04, 2013
S3E8 "Second Sons": ToB Breakdown
A wedding and a beheading. We're back to discuss this weeks episode of Game of Thrones: "Second Sons".
May 22, 2013
S3E7 "The Bear and the Maiden Fair": ToB Breakdown
Julian and Dan breakdown the latest from this weeks episode of Game of Thrones: S3E7 "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"
May 14, 2013
S3E6 "The Climb": ToB Breakdown
We're back with another Tower of Babble Breakdown. 1 member short this week, Julian and Dan discuss the most recent episode of Game of Thrones; "The Climb".
May 08, 2013
S3E5 "Kissed by Fire": ToB Breakdown
Join the Tower of Babble crew as we break down the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, "Kissed by Fire".
May 02, 2013