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The story of A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones begins in an interbellum period, meaning: a period between two great wars. Looking back, there are interesting parallels between the first part of the story and the view towards the White Walkers and the views that some politicians in Europe espoused to avoid another conflict at all cost. Rutger and Gil discuss the similarities as well as the historical lessons.

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Daenerys Targaryen used the only planes on her planet to conquer Westeros, much like her ancestors did some 300 years before her. Gil Kidron welcomes Dan Mosqueda, a retired Lt. Col. from the US Airforce to talk about how realistic was her use of airpower (i.e. dragons) compared to real-world use of it, by American forces in conflicts around the world.

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In this podcast, we welcome patron Omri Goldshtrom to discuss political change according to the epic story George R R Martin is still writing. What can we glean from the political processes that are occurring and from Martin's views on government, reform and history? This was recorded pre-Corona, but is made all the more relevant and pertinent now that the entire world has changed and political institutions are adapting to an increasingly unsustainable reality.

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Game of Thrones turned several gay side characters from the books into caricatures of contemporary gay people, weak gay men and butchy gay women, while the gender fluidity in the books of characters like Cersei and Daenerys was left in the editing room. Gotributor John Taggart, with a BA Film and Television Studies and currently working on his Masters, joins Gil Kidron for a pleasant conversation that devolves into frustrated rants.

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Welcome Avi K. to the Got Academy Podcast to talk to Gil Kidron as part of Got Academy Gotributor special offer! Avi harnesses military philosophers such as Carl von Clausewitz and Sun Tsu, the ancient Greek terms of strategy and tactics, and concepts of offense and defense, as well as the power of religion - to think about the best way to fight the Others / White Walkers.

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Welcome Mitchell Dale to the Got Academy Podcast to talk to Gil Kidron as part of Got Academy Gotributor special offer! Mitchell is into machine learning, and he applies this knowledge to breakdown how computers tried to predict the conclusion of Game of Thrones, and why they failed.

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Welcome Francesca Lewis to the podcast to talk to Gil. Francesca has studied creative writing, psychology and existentialism, and she applies the latter to the conclusion of Game of Thrones, being that the only reason Bran Stark becomes king is that the meaning we ascribe to his story are the most meaningful, at least according to Tyrion. Through existentialism, or absurdism, as Albert Camus' outlook on life is referred to, in his books The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus, we try to find if there is any meaning to Game of Thrones from our perspective, and from that of the characters.

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Welcome Teodor Zhelyazkov to the podcast to talk to Gil! Teodor has been a diehard fan of JRR Tolkien's work, way beyond Lord of the Rings, and stayed away from Game of Thrones. Until he didn't. Then he binged five seasons in ONE WEEKEND (please consult your physicians before doing that) and never looked back, his appreciation for both stories only growing. We also dive into the immigrant experience of a young Bulgarian lad studying and working in Portsmouth, UK, in the age of Brexit, and similarities between South-Eastern European psyche and the Mediterranean one.

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Welcome Mathematician Nets Katz to the Podcast to talk to Gil! Nets is a veteran of several fantasy and sci-fi fandoms, since he was a kid in the 70s, and he has strong opinions on George R R Martin's role in those fandoms, and the basic flaw in the very concept of fandoms.

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Welcome Ganna to the podcast to talk to Gil! Ganna, a twice immigrant Russian Ukranian, who lived in the US and now lives in Tokyo, explores the ideas of ingroup and outgroup, shares about The Russian Soul concept, and life in Japan.

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