‘After the Thrones’: So Here’s What the ‘Game of Thrones’ After Show Is All About

     April 25, 2016


Thanks to the success of Talking Dead, the “after show” trend has bled into so many properties that even Game of Thrones is getting in on the action. Some fans (including this intrepid Westerosi war correspondent) may have been skeptical at first, seeing it instead as a ploy to cash in on an already established success story, but the first episode of After the Thrones revealed some fun moments for Thrones fans who want to delve deeper into this rich world.

If you didn’t stick around Sunday night for the first installment, a couple clips have been posted online. After the Thrones is hosted by Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald from The Ringer and, instead of rehashing the model of Talking Dead where Chris Hardwick discussed the latest episode with a panel of celebrity guests, this one is just two guys dishing on Game of Thrones.

If anything, casual fans will get a kick out of “Who the Fuck Was That?,” a seemingly on-going segment where they reorient viewers regarding the many, many, many characters that pop up. Check out two clips below discussing Sunday’s season 6 premiere. Obviously, beware of spoilers from the episode.

Elsewhere, HBO released plot summaries for the next two episodes to whet your palette for the drama to come.

Episode #52 (season 6, episode 2): “Home”


Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) trains with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). In King’s Landing, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman). Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) demands good news, but has to make his own. At Castle Black, the Night’s Watch stands behind Thorne (Owen Teale). Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) proposes a plan, and Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) entertains other proposals.


Episode #53 (season 6, episode 3): “Oathbreaker”


Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) meets her future. Bran meets the past. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). Arya (Maisie Williams) trains to be No One. Varys (Conleth Hill) finds an answer. Ramsay gets a gift.

As you can see, we’ll finally catch up with Brandon Stark after he’s been absent for an entire season studying under The Three-Eyed Raven. “Oathbreaker” is also an interesting episode title, which one might presume would have something to do with Brienne of Tarth (“Oathkeeper” is the name of her sword and favorite topic of conversation), but she’s not listed among the key plot points. “Bran meets the past” seems to signify a warging-fueled flashback, so we’ll see just how much the young Padawan has learned from his master.