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EW's West of Westeros

79 episodes - English - Latest episode: 2 months ago - ★★★★ - 567 ratings

The Game of Thrones isn't over. HBO's blossoming franchise is expanding with multiple spin-offs, starting with this fall's House of the Dragon. Entertainment Weekly's Westeros gossip columnist Nick Romano and resident maester Lauren Morgan are here to unpack it all. Join them and their special guests weekly as they dig into everything in the Game of Thrones universe, both what happens on screen and behind the scenes, in the books, and much more. West of Westeros launches August 21st following HBO's upcoming House of the Dragon series.

Theme Song "Dragon King" by Jo Wandrini.

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How House of the Dragon forged the shows Valyrian steel blades

November 17, 2022 11:00 - 48 minutes

Tim Lewis, the master armorer on ‘House of the Dragon’ who forged most of the show’s weapons and shields, joins host Nick Romano to discuss some of the memorable relics of the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel’s first season. That includes the Valyrian steel blades: Dark Sister, Blackfyre, and the dagger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

House of the Dragon’s finale director shares behind-the-scenes stories

November 06, 2022 11:00 - 1 hour

Hosts Nick Romano and Lauren Morgan are joined by EW critic Darren Frannich to discuss the entirety of House of the Dragon season 1 and how it stacks up to Game of Thrones. Later, Nick is joined by director Greg Yaitanes, who was at the helm for episodes 2, 3, and 10. Greg breaks down the biggest moments from the finale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

All Dragons Considered: A Fantasy TV Podcast Crossover

October 28, 2022 10:00 - 51 minutes

Grab your mithril armor and your Valyrian steel sword. EW’s resident podcast nerds are uniting for a crossover episode, comparing the first seasons of House of the Dragon and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. West of Westeros hosts Nick Romano and Lauren Morgan join All Rings Considered hosts Devan Coggan and Christian Holub for a lively debate about the state of fantasy TV — from balrogs and dragons to harfoots and Hightowers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...

House of the Dragon season 1 finale breakdown

October 24, 2022 20:23 - 57 minutes

Cohosts Nick Romano and Lauren Morgan dig into the big moments from the House of the Dragon season 1 finale, titled “The Black Queen.” From the death of [REDACTED] to the death of [REDACTED] to [REDACTED] and [REDACTED], there’s a lot to talk about. Nick and Lauren also announce bonus episodes of West of Westeros coming with even more interviews with the cast and crew of the Game of Thrones prequel series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Eve Best talks Rhaenys’ explosive House of the Dragon moment

October 17, 2022 02:10 - 1 hour

The Red Queen rises on House of the Dragon’s penultimate episode. Actress Eve Best unpacks Princess Rhaenys Targaryen’s destructive end scene and the pivotal decision the Queen Who Never Was has to make. Plus, hosts Nick Romano and Lauren Morgan are joined by special guest Meghan O’Keefe, senior critic at Decider, to discuss the biggest moments from episode 9, “The Green Council.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

EW goes to the set of House of the Dragon episode 8

October 10, 2022 02:10 - 1 hour

EW senior writer Nick Romano shares behind-the-scenes intel and interviews with Emma D’Arcy (Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen) and Geeta Patel (director) from the set of House of the Dragon episode 8. Plus, Romano and his podcast cohost Lauren Morgan break down the episode’s biggest moments, including that heartbreaking ending. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Olivia Cooke and Matthew Needham discuss playing Alicent and Larys and we break down episode 7 of House of the Dragon

October 03, 2022 02:10 - 2 hours

It’s one wedding and a funeral on the latest episode of House of the Dragon as tensions run high during Laena Velaryon’s burial at sea and Rhaenyra realizes just how unprotected she is from Alicent’s wroth. Hosts Nick Romano and Lauren Morgan are joined by EW staff writer Christian Holub to break down the accusations and counter accusations between Alicent and Rhaenyra’s camps as dragons are gained and eyes are lost. Plus, Olivia Cooke joins us to talk about playing Alicent as an adult and Ma...

Emma D’Arcy on taking over the Rhaenyra role on House of the Dragon

September 26, 2022 02:10 - 1 hour

There’s a major changing of the guard on House of the Dragon. Following Milly Alcock and Emily Carey’s turns as young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower, episode 6 jumps ahead in time to meet the characters as adults, as played by actors Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke. D’Arcy talks about stepping into Rhaenyra’s shoes (and wig). Plus, hosts Nick Romano and Lauren Morgan break down the major moments of episode 6. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Fabien Frankel discusses Criston Cole’s true nature on House of the Dragon

September 19, 2022 02:10 - 1 hour

Fabien Frankel, the actor behind Ser Criston Cole on House of the Dragon, “f---ing” loves that fans of the show will change their opinion of this knight in shining armor after episode 5. Frankel joins West of Westeros to discuss the true “thuggish,” “reactionary” nature of Ser Criston. Plus, hosts Nick Romano and Lauren Morgan are joined by a special guest, Nerdist staff writer Mike Walsh, to unpack the big moments of House of the Dragon episode 5. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega...

Brothers in arms: Matt Smith and Paddy Considine unpack their ‘complicated’ arc on ‘House of the Dragon’

September 12, 2022 02:10 - 1 hour

House of the Dragon gives us a brand-new spin-off to The Bachelorette, starring a hostile Princess Rhaenyra as she reluctantly looks for a suitor. Meanwhile, her uncle, Prince Daemon, is incest-ing that she join him on a tour of the real King’s Landing. Hosts Nick Romano and Lauren Morgan unpack all this and more from episode 4. Plus, we share excerpts from Nick’s interviews with Matt Smith (Daemon) and Paddy Considine (King Viserys Targaryen) about their characters’ “complicated” relationshi...

Steve Toussaint unpacks the first 'House of the Dragon' battle sequence in episode 3

September 05, 2022 02:10 - 1 hour

Welcome to the War for the Stepstones! Steve Toussaint, the actor behind Lord Corlys Velaryon, joins the podcast to chat about his time filming the first epic battle sequence for 'House of the Dragon' in episode 3, the details about Corlys' armor you might've missed, the new members of House Velaryon we get to meet, the surprise departure of Miguel Sapochnik as co-showrunner of the series, and more. Plus, host Nick Romano welcomes special guests Christian Holub of Entertainment Weekly and All...

Emily Carey on Alicent's game-changing 'House of the Dragon' episode 2 scene

August 29, 2022 02:14 - 1 hour

Following a record-breaking 'House of the Dragon' premiere that led to a season 2 renewal, hosts Nick Romano and Lauren Morgan unpack the big moments from episode 2. Plus, Emily Carey, who plays young Alicent Hightower on the HBO fantasy drama, joins us to talk about her character's huge reveal, bonding with King Viserys actor Paddy Considine over 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' her deleted scene from episode 1, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Milly Alcock joins us to talk about House of the Dragon and we break down the series premiere!

August 22, 2022 02:10 - 1 hour

Dracarys! In the first episode of West of Westeros, Nick Romano and Lauren Morgan are joined by EW’s TV critic, Darren Franich, who names them heir to EW’s Game of Thrones podcasting kingdom. We check in on how we’re all feeling about the return to Westeros after the polarizing finale of Game of Thrones and then dig into the series premiere of House of the Dragon. In the first section, we stay free of book spoilers as we talk about what we liked and what we didn’t in the first episode. In the...

EW's West Of Westeros Launching August 21st, 2022

August 14, 2022 10:00 - 3 minutes

Starting Sunday Aug. 21, West of Westeros drops directly after the premiere episode of House of the Dragon on HBO. We will kick off a season of in-depth analysis, exclusive interviews with cast and creators, and lively wig discussions. So join Lauren Morgan, Nick Romano, and a rotating roster of guest hosts to find out what the future of the Westeros cinematic universe will be. EW’s West of Westeros drops weekly every Sunday after new episodes of House Of The Dragon. Subscribe now wherever yo...

Waking the Dragon: West of Westeros Podcast Launching August 21st

July 14, 2022 21:19 - 30 minutes

With the return of Game of Thrones comes the return of Entertainment Weekly’s Game of Thrones podcast. Hosted by Nick Romano and Lauren Morgan, the newly revamped West of Westeros dives back into the world of dragons and direwolves to discuss EW’s latest cover story, which offers an exclusive look at prequel series House of the Dragon with the cast and creators. Subscribe now to keep up with our first episode Aug. 21, 2022. Audio taken from EW's Twitter Space on 7/14/22. Learn more about your...

BONUS: EW's BINGE: The Fast Saga Podcast Presents: Vin Diesel looks back on 'The Fast and The Furious'

April 30, 2021 10:00 - 1 hour

Here's a special preview of our new series, EW's BINGE: The Fast Saga. Subscribe now to our new feed so you don't miss the next episode! It’s time to relive The Fast and the Furious, a quarter mile at a time. Cohosts Chanelle Berlin Johnson and Derek Lawrence are joined by Vin Diesel for an extensive conversation about the first Fast film, from his hesitancy to sign on to his immediate bond with costar Paul Walker. More of Entertainment Weekly's Fast Saga coverage at ew.com and @ew. Host/Prod...

EW's BINGE: The Fast Saga Podcast Presents: Vin Diesel looks back on 'The Fast and The Furious'

April 30, 2021 10:00

Here's a special preview of our new series, EW's BINGE: The Fast Saga. Subscribe now to our new feed so you don't miss the next episode! It’s time to relive The Fast and the Furious, a quarter mile at a time. Cohosts Chanelle Berlin Johnson and Derek Lawrence are joined by Vin Diesel for an extensive conversation about the first Fast film, from his hesitancy to sign on to his immediate bond with costar Paul Walker. More of Entertainment Weekly's Fast Saga coverage at ew.com and @ew. Host/Prod...

Vin Diesel Looks Back on 'The Fast and The Furious'

April 30, 2021 10:00

Here's a special preview of our new series, EW's BINGE: The Fast Saga. Subscribe now to our new feed so you don't miss the next episode! It’s time to relive The Fast and the Furious, a quarter mile at a time. Cohosts Chanelle Berlin Johnson and Derek Lawrence are joined by Vin Diesel for an extensive conversation about the first Fast film, from his hesitancy to sign on to his immediate bond with costar Paul Walker. More of Entertainment Weekly's Fast Saga coverage at ew.com and @ew. Host/Prod...

EW's BINGE: The Fast Saga Podcast Presents: First Listen!

April 29, 2021 12:30 - 1 minute

Buckle up! Entertainment Weekly's BINGE Podcast is taking you through all of the Fast & Furious films, a quarter mile at a time, with the stars who brought them to life. Hosted by EW Social Media Director Chanelle Johnson and EW Associate Editor Derek Lawrence, the series gives fans an in-depth look at the making of the ride-or-die franchise through exclusive interviews with the whole Fast Family — from director Justin Lin to stars Sung Kang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Dominic Toretto himself, V...

EW's BINGE: The Fast Saga - coming April 30th!!

April 29, 2021 12:30

Buckle up! Entertainment Weekly's BINGE Podcast is taking you through all of the Fast & Furious films, a quarter mile at a time, with the stars who brought them to life. Hosted by EW Social Media Director Chanelle Johnson and EW Associate Editor Derek Lawrence, the series gives fans an in-depth look at the making of the ride-or-die franchise through exclusive interviews with the whole Fast Family — from director Justin Lin to stars Sung Kang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Dominic Toretto himself, V...

"Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon" Part 4

October 27, 2020 10:00 - 46 minutes

Hosts James Hibberd and Darren Franich are back with the fourth and final new episode of Game of Thrones Weekly, celebrating James' new book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, available now! This week James and Darren get into the controversial final season, including the cast and crew’s thoughts about the final Daenerys twist. Featuring exclusive interviews with actors Peter Dinklage, Gwendoline Christie and Iain Glen. Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon is available here from Penguin Random House, and you ca...

"Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon" Part 3

October 20, 2020 10:00 - 53 minutes

Hosts James Hibberd and Darren Franich are back with the third of 4 new episodes of Game of Thrones Weekly, celebrating James' new book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, available now! This week James and Darren discuss two major controversies: the trip to Dorne and Sansa’s “Wedding Night,” as well as the Battle of the Bastards. Featuring an exclusive interview with Gwendoline Christie. Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon is available here from Penguin Random House, and you can check out all of EW's Game of T...

"Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon" Part 2

October 13, 2020 10:00 - 39 minutes

Hosts James Hibberd and Darren Franich are back with the second of 4 new episodes of Game of Thrones Weekly, celebrating James' new book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, available now! This week James and Darren discuss the show’s rise in the early seasons including George R. R. Martin’s least favorite scene, the Battle of Blackwater and the traumatic filming of the Red Wedding. Featuring exclusive interviews with co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, director Neil Marshall and George R. R. Martin hi...

"Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon" Part 1

October 06, 2020 10:00 - 32 minutes

Hosts James Hibberd and Darren Franich are back with the first of 4 new episodes of Game of Thrones Weekly, celebrating James' new book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, available now! This week James and Darren discuss the development of the show, including the failed first TV pilot and the recasting of Daenerys. Featuring exclusive interviews with co-creator Dan Weiss, actors Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Mark Addy, and George R. R. Martin himself. Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon is available here from Peng...

Trailer: "Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon" New Episodes Coming Soon!

September 30, 2020 10:00 - 36 seconds

EW's Game of Thrones Weekly, like Jon Snow, has risen from the dead! Hosts James Hibberd and Darren Franich are back with 4 new episodes of Game of Thrones Weekly, celebrating James' upcoming book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon with behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about the making of the show. Both the book and our new episodes will launch on October 6th, so be sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode! In the meantime, you can pre-order Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon here and check out a...

Star Wars Untold Stories Presents: “Revenge of the Sith” and Revenge of Fan Service in “The Mandalorian”

December 06, 2019 21:22 - 43 minutes

James and Darren are joined by EW’s Chancellor Agard to talk the Disney+ version of Tatooine and the curious charms of Episode 3. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

“Revenge of the Sith” and Revenge of Fan Service in “The Mandalorian”

December 06, 2019 21:22

James and Darren are joined by EW’s Chancellor Agard to talk the Disney+ version of Tatooine and the curious charms of Episode 3. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

“Empire Strikes Back” rewatch; “The Mandalorian” Goes Full Samurai

December 02, 2019 21:10

James and Darren discuss the fourth episode of “The Mandalorian,” which has them reaching for some unexpected comparisons in TV history. Then they dive into the best “Star Wars” movie ever made, and the twist that changed the franchise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Star Wars Untold Stories Presents: “Empire Strikes Back” rewatch; “The Mandalorian” Goes Full Samurai

December 02, 2019 21:10 - 42 minutes

James and Darren discuss the fourth episode of “The Mandalorian,” which has them reaching for some unexpected comparisons in TV history. Then they dive into the best “Star Wars” movie ever made, and the twist that changed the franchise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Star Wars Untold Stories Presents: A New Hope, Rise of Skywalker & More Mando

November 22, 2019 22:11 - 42 minutes

James and Darren dive into episodes 2 and 3 of The Mandalorian, discuss EW’s Rise of Skywalker cover story, reveal some new details about A New Hope’s climactic Death Star battle and James geeks out about the old school charms of Jedi Fallen Order.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

A New Hope, Rise of Skywalker & More Mando

November 22, 2019 22:11

James and Darren dive into episodes 2 and 3 of The Mandalorian, discuss EW’s Rise of Skywalker cover story, reveal some new details about A New Hope’s climactic Death Star battle and James geeks out about the old school charms of Jedi Fallen Order.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

“The Mandalorian” and Maclunky

November 12, 2019 22:05

James Hibberd and Darren Franich might not agree on the first episode of the Disney+ “Star Wars” spin-off, but they can’t get enough of the newest addition to “A New Hope.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Star Wars Untold Stories Presents: “The Mandalorian” and Maclunky

November 12, 2019 22:05 - 40 minutes

James Hibberd and Darren Franich might not agree on the first episode of the Disney+ “Star Wars” spin-off, but they can’t get enough of the newest addition to “A New Hope.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

New James & Darren podcast: Star Wars Untold Stories

November 12, 2019 20:40

James Hibberd and Darren Franich reunite for a new Entertainment Weekly podcast, this time on the world of Star Wars. Subscribe to Star Wars Untold Stories coming soon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Star Wars Untold Stories Presents: Trailer Episode

November 12, 2019 20:40 - 2 minutes

James Hibberd and Darren Franich reunite for a new Entertainment Weekly podcast, this time on the world of Star Wars. Subscribe to Star Wars Untold Stories coming soon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

A Dream of Spring

May 24, 2019 15:12 - 1 hour

James and Darren read Twitter questions, discuss the past and future of Westeros, and ride north with the wildlings.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Season 8, Ep. 6: Iron Throne Blown

May 20, 2019 19:33 - 1 hour

The series finale! James and Darren discuss the fate of Daenerys’ Iron Throne quest, the new king (and queen!) in Westeros, fan backlash to the final season, some tales from the GoT set and Ghost finally getting schnuggies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Season 8, Ep 5: For Whom The Bells Toll

May 13, 2019 21:22 - 1 hour

A destructive and controversial episode of Game of Thrones inspires some profound debate, as James and Darren take a closer look at the dark turn of Daenerys Targaryen. The fatalities piled high in “The Bells,” and so James also offers insight from his interviews with the performers whose characters perished in the chaos.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Season 8, Ep 4: Misjudgment Day

May 06, 2019 19:02 - 1 hour

James and Darren deliver a super-sized podcast covering an extra-long episode of Game of Thrones as the show’s heroes make a series of tragic missteps. We revisit last week’s darkness debate, talk Jon’s honesty problem, Brienne’s seemingly doomed hookup, Daenerys being pushed to her limit and that big death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Season 8, Ep 3: The Long Dark Night

April 29, 2019 18:09 - 1 hour

Arya leads the charge in a showdown with the Night King and the Army of the Dead. James tells Darren stories from the set of the biggest battle episode in “Game of Thrones” history. It was a brutal, fatality-heavy episode…but did it have to be so hard to see? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Season 8, Ep. 2: Daenerys finds out

April 22, 2019 17:30 - 1 hour

A long night in Winterfell leads to relationship-upending revelations and unexpected attachments. James and Darren disagree about the most surprising episode of the show in years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Season 8, Ep. 1: Jon Snow Knows Everything

April 15, 2019 20:35 - 55 minutes

Everyone’s heading to “Winterfell” in the final season premiere of HBO’s fantasy phenomenon. James and Darren discuss the many reunions (and first-ever meetings) taking place in the snowy north, and take a closer look at the already-fractious relations between Sansa and Daenerys. The Night King is marching his army southwards, and down in King’s Landing, Cersei is already assembling an army for the battle AFTER the battle to save Westeros from destruction. Learn more about your ad choices. Vi...

Season 8 NYC premiere discussion

April 06, 2019 01:07 - 37 minutes

James discusses watching season 8’s first episode (spoiler free) after the New York City premiere. Plus: Final season run times, the showrunners address season 7’s pacing criticisms, the Night King’s origin story and spoiler avoidance tips. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Season 8 trailer talk and Battle of Winterfell set visit

March 07, 2019 01:42 - 43 minutes

James and Darren break down the long-awaited Game of Thrones season 8 trailer on EW’s Game of Thrones Podcast, brought to you by Toyota. (What, exactly, is going on with Cersei? is Jon going to ride that dragon or what?). Plus we discuss EW's new Battle of Winterfell set visit cover story reveal some new spoiler-free tidbits about what it was really like behind the scenes of the climatic battle episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

EW's Best of Shows episode 2 (Special Preview Episode)

January 21, 2019 08:04

Once again, join your co-hosts Darren Franich and Kristen Baldwin as they take a look at season 2 of Star Trek: Discover; Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike tackles social issues with humor on Trigger Warning; and a chat with Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider about their hilarious new series The Other Two. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

EW's Best of Shows Presents: The Other Two, Star Trek: Discovery, Trigger Warning with Killer Mike (Special Preview Episode)

January 21, 2019 08:04 - 51 minutes

Once again, join your co-hosts Darren Franich and Kristen Baldwin as they take a look at season 2 of Star Trek: Discover; Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike tackles social issues with humor on Trigger Warning; and a chat with Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider about their hilarious new series The Other Two. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Introducing EW's Best of Shows (Special Preview Episode)

January 14, 2019 08:03

In this preview of EW's new weekly podcast about television Best of Shows, Darren Franich and Kristen Baldwin take a look at season 3 of True Detective; Gillian Anderson returning to TV in Netflix’s sweet teen dramedy Sex Education; and Kristen and Darren try to decipher the appeal of The Masked Singer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

EW's Best of Shows Presents: True Detective, Sex Education, Masked Singer (Special Preview Episode)

January 14, 2019 08:03 - 44 minutes

In this preview of EW's new weekly podcast about television Best of Shows, Darren Franich and Kristen Baldwin take a look at season 3 of True Detective; Gillian Anderson returning to TV in Netflix’s sweet teen dramedy Sex Education; and Kristen and Darren try to decipher the appeal of The Masked Singer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Final season preview

December 20, 2018 08:09 - 59 minutes

James and Darren are back from their long hiatus to discuss everything season 8. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Predictions for Season 8

September 04, 2017 07:01 - 51 minutes

What does the Night King actually want? What's in the cards for Dany and Jon? Who is the Prince That Was Promised? Should The Mountain and The Hound finally have their face-off, who is most likely to win? James and Darren look back at the highs and lows of Season 7, discuss what to expect in Season 8, and give their updated rankings on where all the seasons currently stand. Thank you to everyone who listened and supported this podcast this season! Tweet questions to @JamesHibberd and @DarrenF...

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