Binge Mode: ‘Game of Thrones’ | Season 7

Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion break down all the theories, characters, and lore in the penultimate season

Don’t miss any part of the discussion of Game of Thrones Season 7 by following along with The Ringer’s experts, Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion, as they deep-dive one episode at a time to parse the theories, history, characters, and themes that enrich one of the defining stories of our time. Season 7 is below. Click here for more seasons.

S7E1: “Dragonstone”
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 1, “Dragonstone,” by unpacking its central theme: All of this has happened before; all of this will happen again (9:30). They also go in deep on the Citadel (43:00) before crowning the episode’s champion (63:00).

S7E2: “Stormborn”
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 2, “Stormborn,” by exploring its central theme: the shifting sands and changing plans (13:00). Then, they take a deeper look into the book prophecy regarding Dany’s “three treasons” (57:00) and crown the episode’s champion (68:00).

S7E3: “The Queen’s Justice”
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 3, “The Queen’s Justice,” by analyzing its central theme of symbolism vs. substance (9:30). They also examine the history of “preparing for winter” (53:30) and award the champion’s purse to a tactician of vengeance (66:00).

S7E4: “The Spoils of War”
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 4, “The Spoils of War,” by reviewing the reckonings various characters experienced throughout the episode (14:00). Then, they delve into the backstory of the elite sellswords from the Golden Company (60:00) before awarding the champion’s purse to a pair of high flyers (75:00).

S7E5: “Eastwatch”
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5, “Eastwatch,” through the lens of desperation, the episode’s central theme (13:00). Later, they break down the importance of R+L=J (65:00) and what it could mean for the episode’s champion (83:00).

S7E6: “Beyond the Wall”
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall,” by highlighting the episode’s central theme: the burden of destiny (9:00). Later, they study the Long Night, the Last Hero, and other pertinent history beyond the Wall (68:00) before crowning a new dragon owner as the episode’s champion (85:00).

S7E7: “The Dragon and the Wolf”
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 7, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” by exploring the episode’s central theme, unions (9:00), before breaking down the rules of succession in Westeros and Jon’s claim to the Iron Throne (77:00). Finally, they crown their champions (94:00).

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