Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire: Review & Evaluation Part 1 (Beginning-Chapter 8)

Published: Dec. 20, 2020, 12:45 p.m.
Duration: 3 hours 27 minutes 31 seconds

"Come, Wormtail, one more death and our path to Harry Potter is clear. I am not asking you to do it alone. By that time, my faithful servant will have rejoined us." - Lord Voldemort. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are now entering the deep waters of the Harry Potter franchise. The Riddikulus Crew launch into Book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! There are so many key points and a ton of detail in this installment that truly set the foundation for where the series goes from here. A ton of fresh ideas from the author J.K. Rowling, with some new events that are exclusive to this novel, makes it one of the very best. Creepy events at the Riddle House, Harry's scar hurting, Portkeys, Veela, Leprechauns & the Quidditch World Cup are just a few of the action packed moments you'll catch in this episode, so join us here at Fact or Fantasy as we continue through one of Fantasy Fiction's top franchises! With Nagini making her first appearance, Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes, the Twins initiating a fateful bet, Winky the house-elf doing her master's bidding, and Viktor Krum's skill on a broom, this episode is a can't miss! In the words of Percy Weasley, " We've got quite enough on our plates at the Department of International Magical Cooperation without trying to find members of other departments too. As you know, we've got another big event to organize right after the World Cup."

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Prisoner of Azkaban: Highlighted Key Differences Between the Novel & Film

Published: Dec. 13, 2020, 12:45 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes 40 seconds

"Harry," said Mr. Weasley quietly, "come over here a moment." He jerked his head toward a pillar, and Harry followed him behind it, leaving the others crowded around Mrs. Weasley. "There's something I've got to tell you before you leave ----" said Mr. Weasley, in a tense voice. " It's alright Mr. Weasley," said Harry. "I already know." "You know? How could you know?" "I ---- er ---- I heard you and Mrs Weasley talking last night. I couldn't help hearing," Harry added quickly. "Sorry ----" Today is the day the Riddikulus Crew gives The Prisoner of Azkaban its farewell for the arc. We close out this installment of the Harry Potter series by highlighting some of the major key differences between the novel and the film. From the blowing up of Aunt Marge, to the dog seen in Magnolia Crescent, to Harry's time at the Leaky Cauldron before the start of the Hogwarts School year, there are so many removed moments that made the story what it was. With the acutely detailed examination that you've come to expect from Chase & Josh, we detail both major and minor variations that stuck out to us. Covering some alterations that really changed the story, huge events that were plainly omitted and the very few times the film added a unique deviations that enhanced the film, tag along as we close out Book 3 in this 7-Book series. You may be surprised just how different the film and novel are once we provide evidence such as the Quidditch Cup Final, omission of important characters, Harry's first Hogsmeade experience, the Firebolt and entering the Whomping Willow just to name a few! In the words of ALBUS DUMBLEDORE, "Didn't make any difference?" said Dumbledore quietly. "It made all the difference in the world, Harry. You helped uncover the truth. You saved an innocent man from a terrible fate." (Page 425)

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Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban: Review & Evaluation Part 1 (Beginning-Chapter 9)

Published: Nov. 22, 2020, 12:45 p.m.
Duration: 3 hours 22 minutes 16 seconds

"Anyway, they cornered Black in the middle of a street full of Muggles an' Black took out 'is wand and 'e blasted 'alf the street apart, an' a wizard got it, an' so did a dozen Muggles what got in the way. 'Orrible eh? An' you know what Black did then" Stan continued in a dramatic whisper. "What?" said Harry "Laughed," said Stan. "Jus' stood there an' laughed." We're here to welcome our viewers back both old and new to the next installment on this fabled Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Review & Evaluation Part 1! This week we will cover the events detailed in our outline from the beginning of the book through Chapter 9 "Grim Defeat". With the Prisoner of Azkaban being one of the big turning points in the series, Chase & Josh will be tackling this book/movie in a 4 episode sequence. Outlined points will be Favorite Moments, Foreshadowed Events, Potential Plot Holes/Discrepancies, Interesting Facts and lastly, our Top 5 Magical Creatures that appear in this story (this ranking will appear on episode 3). This volume jumps right out of the gate with some memorable scenes where Harry and Uncle Vernon's sister get into a heated altercation, a certain bus makes its appearance for the first time and we learn about a fateful escape from one of the world's most feared prisons. Stay with us along the rails of the Hogwarts Express as the Riddikulus Crew meander through big key moments that come into play later on in the series with the debut of a certain Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher, the guards of Azkaban making their presence felt and a traitor in the golden trio's midst, you don't want to miss this! In the words of Peeves the Poltergeist, "Nasty temper he's got, that Sirius Black."

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Chamber of Secrets: Highlighted Key Differences Between the Novel & Film

Published: Nov. 15, 2020, 12:45 p.m.
Duration: 2 hours 7 minutes 49 seconds

"You have heard, of course, that the Ministry is conducting more raids," said Mr. Malfoy, taking a roll of parchment from his inside pocket and unraveling it for Mr. Borgin to read. "I have a few ---- ah ---- items at home that might embarrass me, if the Ministry were to call...." - Lucius Malfoy. Join us as the Riddikulus Crew closes out the second installment of the Harry Potter series, The Chamber of Secrets by highlighting some of the major key differences between the novel and the film. From the smashing of the dessert, to omitting the de-gnoming of the Weasley garden, to leaving out the Deathday Party, changing the type of snake Harry spoke to in Sorcerer's Stone and Valentines Day, there are so many changes and omissions that rushed key build ups and negatively affected the climax moments in the film. With the in-depth analysis that you've come to know and love from us here at Fact or Fantasy, we detail both major and minor differences that stuck out to us. Covering some deviations that really changed the story, and the very few times the film added a unique wrinkle that enhanced the motion picture, stick around as we close out Book 2 in this 7-Book series! In the words of Arthur Weasley, "Ginny! said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. "Haven't I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain."

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Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets: Review & Evaluation Part 1 (Beginning-Rogue Bludger)

Published: Nov. 1, 2020, 12:45 p.m.
Duration: 2 hours 55 minutes 10 seconds

"Harry Potter is valiant and bold! He has braved so many dangers already! But Dobby has come to protect Harry Potter, to warn him, even if he does have to shut his ears in the oven door later.... Harry Potter must not go back to Hogwarts." Dobby the House Elf warns Harry. The Riddikulus Crew welcomes you back as we continue on through the age old Harry Potter series, bringing you Part 1 this week of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! In this installment, Chase & Josh cover the beginning of the book through Chapter 10, The Rogue Bludger. From a mysterious warning given by a curious being, visiting his first magical household, traveling through fireplaces, finding alternate means of transportation to Hogwarts and hearing voices, we join Harry as he navigates his second year in the wizarding world. Covering the same major key points of our outline through the series, we will tackle our: Favorite Moments, Foreshadowed Events, Potential Plot Holes, Top 5 Magical Creatures in each book and Interesting Facts. With losing a fight with a special tree, re-potting peculiar plants, attending a Deathday Party and learning that the Chamber of Secrets has been re-opened, there are many action-packed moments the fans will love to relive and us here at Fact or Fantasy are excited to give our fresh perspective! In the words of our favorite Headmaster, "It means," said Dumbledore, "that the Chamber of Secrets is indeed open again." Madam Pomfrey clapped a hand to her mouth. Professor McGonagall stared at Dumbledore. "But, Albus... surely... who?" "The question is not who," said Dumbledore, his eyes on Colin. "The question is, how...."

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Sorcerer's Stone: Highlighted Key Differences Between the Novel & Film

Published: Oct. 25, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 43 minutes 41 seconds

"You're saying it wrong," Harry heard Hermione snap. "It's Wing-gar-dium Levi-o-sa, make the 'gar' nice and long." Chase & Josh are back at it again coming in hot with the newest episode on the fan-favorite franchise! Join us as the Riddikulus Crew closes out the first installment of the Harry Potter series, The Sorcerer's Stone by highlighting some of the major key differences between the novel and the film. From the lack of the Midnight Duel, to Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback's departure and the Trial's Through the Trap Door, there are enough alterations to make you second guess what you though you knew. With the in-depth analysis that you've come to know from us here at Fact or Fantasy, we detail both major and minor differences that stuck out to us. Covering some deviations that really changed the story, and some that stood the test of time, you really don't want to miss how we close out Sorcerer's Stone in style. In the words of Ron Weasley "HAVE YOU GONE MAD? ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT?" (when Hermione cracks under pressure and looks for wood to start a fire to burn the Devil's Snare, forgetting she knows magic).

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Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone: Review & Evaluation Part 1

Published: Oct. 18, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 3 hours 56 minutes 38 seconds

"Remember, Firenze, we are sworn not to set ourselves against the heavens. Have we not read what is to come in the movements of the planets?" Bane the centaur says to Firenze. The arc you have all been waiting for is here at last, the Riddikulus Crew takes on the Harry Potter franchise from now until the end of 2020, closing out the very first season of Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy! Starting with the first book and movie The Sorcerer's Stone, Chase & Josh will take you on a journey into the hidden depths of this series. We outline 5 major points to cover for each installment of the Harry Potter Franchise. 1) Favorite & Significant Moments 2) Foreshadowed Events 3) Plot Holes & Discrepancies 4) Top 5 Magical Creatures for each book/movie 5) Interesting Facts. So grab your broomsticks and your wands and enjoy the holiday season because we kick off this saga in style with a 4 HOUR PREMIERE!! We saved the best for last folks, so let's have some fun and we will see you at Hogwarts. In the words of Firenze the centaur, " Good luck, Harry Potter. The planets have been read wrongly before now, even by centaurs. I hope this is one of those times."

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Westworld Season 3 Part 3 (Ep. 7&8) Review & Evaluation

Published: Oct. 11, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 13 minutes 20 seconds

"Every Revolution needs a leader." Dolores tells Caleb. This week the Riddikulus Crew concludes Season 3 of Westworld, detailing Episodes 7&8 in addition to giving their final thoughts on the series as a whole so far. Follow along as we dive deep into the final episodes of Season 3 as well as the series itself to this point! We learn about Caleb's true past, Bernard and Stubbs cross paths with their former boss, Serac pulls out all stops to take Delores out and Maeve has a world-altering decision to make. Chase & Josh are excited to analyze and break down the pending revolution in detail concerning turning points for characters, decisions made, the reason behind them, and moments that build up to the climax. With conflicting loyalties on multiple fronts, the place the outliers were reprogrammed where a secret weapon lies forgotten, chaos in the streets and two epic showdowns between two fan-favorites, you do not want to miss this action-packed season defining segment here at Fact or Fantasy! In the words of Delores, "I've died many times, but there's only one real end. I will write this one myself."

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Westworld Season 3 Part 2 (Ep. 4-6) Review & Evaluation

Published: Oct. 4, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 3 hours 6 minutes 33 seconds

"I think humanity is a thin layer of bacteria on a ball of mud hurtling through the void. I think if there was a god, he would've given up on us long ago. He gave us a paradise and we used everything up. We dug up every ounce of energy and burned it. We consume and excrete. Use and destroy. Then we sit here on a neat little pile of ashes having squeezed anything of value out of this planet and we ask ourselves 'why are we here?' You wanna know what I think your purpose is? It's obvious. You're here along with the rest of us to speed the entropic death of this planet. To service the chaos. We're maggots eating a corpse." says William. Picking right back up where we left off last week, Chase & Josh plunge into Part 2 of Season 3 detailing Episodes 4, 5 and 6. Bernard and Stubbs race against Delores and Caleb to get to a very important technocrat, Maeve is given an ultimatum, we learn who Delores brought with her from Westworld and William gets double crossed by a member of the Delos board. The intensity is ramped up when the people of the world get a glimpse into how their life is likely to pan out, while Serac's bid for Delos and Delores' need for the host making data that Delos possesses only adds fuel to the fire of an already action filled season. The Riddikulus Crew will take you through the ins and outs of every important quote, foreshadowed moment and the motivation of each character throughout these critical episodes. Considering that we are closing out Westworld next week here at Fact or Fantasy (for now), this one's a must see! As the host impersonating Charlotte Hale tells Delores, "The tracker in our friends blood paid off. I've got the location you're looking for, but we have a fucking problem. They recovered Connells' pearl."

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Westworld Season 3 Part 1 (Ep. 1-3) Review & Evaluation

Published: Sept. 27, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 33 minutes 36 seconds

"You said they built the world to be a game and then they rigged it. To make sure they always won." Caleb says to the voice of his closest friend Francis. Season 3 is upon us as the Riddikulus Crew makes its's way through this storied series! With an upgrade to a an already star-studded cast; The additions of Aaron Paul, Kid Cudi, Marshawn Lynch and Michael Ealy make this season a must see for all fans! With Dolores having time out in the real world to put her plan in motion, Bernard looking for ways to save both species and a system that can strategize outcomes to predict future occurrences for both the planet and the people, Chase & Josh have their hands full as they dissect the positives and negatives Season 3 produced. With a new super villain that happens to be the richest man in the world, the action doesn't stop. As Engerraund Serac tells Maeve "We are in the middle of a war and I need your help to win it."

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Westworld Season 2 Part 3 (Ep. 8-10) Review & Evaluation

Published: Sept. 20, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 3 hours 48 minutes 48 seconds

"Death is a passage from this brutal world. You don't deserve the exit." Akecheta says to The Man In Black. This week the Riddikulus Crew closes out the thought invoking and psychologically thrilling Season 2 of Westworld, tackling Episodes 8, 9 & 10. We detail the life and backstory of a prominent member of Ghost Nation, we dive into Williams past and the night that changed him and his family's life forever, and start the quest for The Valley Beyond. Join us this week as Season 2 has so many twists and turns, we want to bring them all to light and show where each one originated and how everything was carefully put into motion. Additionally, we finally learn the full extent and intention of Delos' secret project! As The Forge tells Bernard, "Their world is not for the faint of heart, Bernard. It's winner take all. The hosts are... unlikely to survive out there. But armed with this knowledge, SHE might."

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Westworld Season 2 Part 2 (Ep. 5-7) Review & Evaluation

Published: Sept. 13, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 14 minutes 34 seconds

"I did see you, Teddy. These past few days, I've seen you so clearly. And I've seen you're not gonna make it." Dolores tells Teddy before making a few... alterations on our good ole boy. Continue on through the Riddikulus journey into Season 2 of Westworld! This week we tackle Part 2 of Season 2 which will encompass Episodes 5-7. We dive deeper into Shogun World where Maeve learns a newfound ability, we find out more about William's (The Man In Black) mysterious daughter Emily, and Dolores' father holds the key to everything. Bernard takes a trip inside The Cradle and finds someone he wasn't expecting.... Don't miss it as we hit our mid-way point through this brain teaser of a 2nd Season! As Charlotte Hale tells Ashley Stubbs, "The project is a turning point for the human species, Stubbs."

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Westworld Season 2 Part 1 (Ep. 1-4) Review & Evaluation

Published: Sept. 6, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 3 hours 1 minute

"I'm frightened of what you might become. What path you might take." Arnold tells Dolores and if that's not the foreshadow of the series, we don't know what is! Season 2 follows the jaw dropping conclusion of Season 1 when Dolores seemingly finds her own voice, develops consciousness and makes her own choices. No matter how terrifying. She is hell bent on making the guests and all humans pay for what they've done to her and the other hosts. We meet the Head of Operations at Delos in Karl Strand, some old familiar faces reappear and worlds other than just Westworld are introduced! If you thought Season 1 had some twists and turns, you're in for a treat. This week the Riddikulus Crew breaks down Part 1 (Ep.1-4) of Season 2 detailing easy to miss "Easter eggs" and foreshadowed moments while debating the hot topics of the series to this point! As Robert Ford tells William a.k.a The Man In Black, "You've made it to the center of Arnold's maze. But now, you're in my game.''

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Westworld Season 1 Part 3 (Ep. 8-10) Review & Evaluation

Published: Aug. 30, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 37 minutes 8 seconds

"Out. You both keep assuming that I want out. Whatever that is. If it's such a wonderful place out there, why are you all clamoring to get in here?" Dolores asks Logan and William. Join the Riddikulus Crew as we finish up with Season 1 before we board the train to Season 2! The center of the maze, Robert Ford 's new narrative, Maeve's new journey, Dolores has a secret and Bernard is caught in the middle of it all. How does it unfold? Is it all just a story? Are the hosts beginning to develop free will, does Delos have a larger secret kept under rug? Stick with Chase & Josh here at Fact or Fantasy and you will find out! as Robert Ford tells Bernard, "In order to escape this place, you will need to suffer more."

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Westworld Season 1 Part 2 (Ep. 5-7) Review & Evaluation

Published: Aug. 23, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 58 minutes 11 seconds

"Everything in this world is magic, except to the magician." Robert Ford. The Riddikulus Crew continue their Westworld breakdown as they dive into Episodes 5, 6 & 7 of Season 1. Dolores, Logan and William arrive in Pariah to find a familiar face in El Lazo. Bernard learns of Dr. Ford's unregistered hosts, Maeve begins to bend Felix to her will and Elsie makes a shocking discovery. Episode 7 ends with the series' first big twist, one of many sure to come. Chase & Josh invite you to saddle up and meet us in the wild west where we will give you in depth analysis of the shows "easy-to-miss" moments, show evidences of foreshadowing later events and detail when past dialogue comes to present fruition. In the words of William, "I used to think this place was all about pandering to your basic instincts, now I understand. It doesn't cater to your lowest self, it reveals your deepest self. It shows you who you really are."

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Westworld Season 1 Part 1 (Ep. 1-4) Review & Evaluation

Published: Aug. 16, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 59 minutes 34 seconds

Chase & Josh leave the Iron Throne behind and head west as they transition into their newest arc, HBO's "Westworld"! Join the Riddikulus Crew as they cover the ins and outs of this new show starting with Season 1 Episodes 1-4. Follow along as they take you through the twists and turns of the critically acclaimed first season of Westworld. With the multiple timelines, the maze, the hosts and the nature of one's reality, nothing is as it seems..... Or is it? In the words of Peter Abernathy, "These violent delights have violent ends."

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Fact or Fantasy's Midseason State of the Union

Published: Aug. 9, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes 42 seconds

Chase and Josh give you an inside look on their experience making this podcast, how it feels to finish their first major arc and what to expect from them for the rest of 2020 and beyond!

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Josh's Final Game of Thrones Rewrite

Published: Aug. 2, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 44 minutes 33 seconds

Fact or Fantasy's very own Josh Nelson gives his final rewrite as if he were the executive script writer of the critically acclaimed show, Game of Thrones. He tackles his rewrite as seen on screen with Seven Episodes in Season 7 and Six Episodes in Season 8. In the words of Robb Stark "If we do it your way, Kingslayer, you'd win. We're not doing it your way."

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Chase's Final Game of Thrones Rewrite

Published: July 26, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 5 hours 47 minutes 18 seconds

Fact or Fantasy's very own Chase Brown gives his final rewrite as if he had the full control of the Game of Thrones script. He tackles it as if there were going to be 10 seasons with 10 episodes per season. In the words of Oberyn Martell, "It's a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don't want to be most of us."

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Fact or Fantasy's Game of Thrones Encore Bonus Episode: Actor Changes, Season Rankings & History

Published: July 12, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 3 hours 4 minutes 29 seconds

The Riddikulus Crew keeps the Thrones train rolling as we are heading towards our last stop on this arc. In this installment, we give you the actor changes in depth from who portrayed the characters, which season the change was made and how many times it happened. Also, we rank the seasons in our opinions from "Last to First" and conclude with some of the great history you don't see on the screen, but is mentioned throughout "A Song of Ice and Fire". As Petyr Baelish once said, "Do you know what the realm is? It's the thousand blades of Aegon's enemies."

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Rewrites According to Chase & Josh

Published: July 5, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 39 minutes 34 seconds

Come one, come all. You've heard us breakdown this epic series and give praise and our opinions on the highs and criticize the lows. Now it's time to put our money where our mouths are. In this installment, the Riddikulus Crew gives their rewrites as if they were in charge of writing the Season 8 script. For these particular rewrites, we will focus on as if the events played out as we saw on screen with 6 Episodes and having the Long Night come before The Final War. Fret not, for we also have a surprise that will take this arc a step further and give additional rewrites based on what we think should have happened instead! Since we have our opinions on the show and series, it's only right that we put ourselves out there, attempt to do better and face the potential criticism as well. As good ol' Ned Stark told us back in Season 1, "The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword."

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Game of Thrones Summary: Mad Queen Build Up, Plot Holes, Unanswered Prophecies & Forgotten Characters

Published: June 28, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 47 minutes 56 seconds

The series is over! The remaining books are unfinished and unreleased. In this installment, the Riddikulus Crew dives into the biggest letdowns that Game of Thrones left us with. We talk about the questions that went unanswered, we bring up prophecies that were abandoned, we show love to the lost characters that the show never brought back and we demonstrate with evidence, our theory that Daenerys becoming The Mad Queen was planned all along. With our time covering Game of Thrones coming to a close, this is one you do not want to miss.

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Season 8 Game of Thrones Episode 6: The Iron Throne Review and Evaluation

Published: June 21, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes 52 seconds

"My father was an evil man, my sister was an evil woman. Pile up the bodies of all the people they've ever killed, and it still won't be half as many as what our beautiful queen slaughtered in a single day." Tyrion says to Jon Snow. We have reached the final episode of the Game of Thrones series! Join the Riddikulus Crew as we analyze and review the episode that was supposed to tie everything together. Daenerys went mad, King's Landing is in ruins and she's not done yet. As the on screen series closes out, What did they nail? What did they miss? What are the fates of our remaining characters? Most importantly, who will sit on the Iron Throne? Find out in this next installment of Fact or Fantasy where Chase & Josh evaluate and give their opinions on the final episode of the fantasy series that took the world by storm. In the words of Tyrion Lannister "It's a terrible thing I'm asking. It's also the right thing."

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Season 8 Game of Thrones Episode 5: The Bells Review and Evaluation

Published: June 14, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 42 minutes 26 seconds

"Far more people in Westeros love you, than love me. I don't have love here, I only have fear." Daenerys says to Jon Snow after she was forced to execute one of her trusted advisors. Gear up for the climax of the series, the battle for the Iron Throne is about to commence! Join the Riddikulus Crew as we dive into possibly the most controversial episode of the entire series. We have blood, we have fire, we have queens, we have dragons! What more could you ask for? What about a brother brawl 8 years in the making? We have that too. Will Daenerys conquer the city and take the Iron Throne? If she does, will there be anyone left for her to rule? It all comes down to one moment, The Bells. In the words of Daenerys herself "Alright then, let it be fear."

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Season 8 Game of Thrones Episode 4: The Last of the Starks Review and Evaluation

Published: June 7, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 3 hours 6 minutes 24 seconds

Varys- "A Targaryen father and a Stark mother. Jon's the one man alive that may be able to keep the North in the Seven Kingdoms." The Long Night is over and the survivors tend to the fallen. Identities are revealed and loyalties are tested on all fronts. "We have won the Great War, now we will win the Last War." - Daenerys Targaryen. An error is made that shows us why you never want to get too comfortable even after a great victory. Heavy losses take place, the coin is flipped and the world is now holding it's breath. Join the Riddikulus Crew into the next episode of the final season as we are closing in on the end of the Game of Thrones run. Who do you believe in? What side will you take? What happens next? Find out here in The Last of the Starks Review and Evaluation. Remember what Tyrion says, "At a certain point, you choose a person you believe in and you fight for that person. I believe in our Queen, she'll make the right choice."

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Season 8 Game of Thrones Episode 3: The Long Night Review and Evaluation

Published: May 31, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 37 minutes 40 seconds

Arya Stark-"You said we'd meet again." Melisandre-"And here we are, at the end of the world." Tune in for the build up everyone has been waiting for! Who lives? Who dies? Is there an "Afterwards"? The Riddikulus Crew breaks down one of the most pivotal episodes in the entire Game of Thrones series. Find out what we liked about it, what we didn't like and what we would have changed given the chance. This is one you don't want to miss, Winter has finally come for Winterfell. Melisandre-"What do we say to the God of Death?" Arya Stark-"Not today."

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Season 8 Game of Thrones Evaluation Part 1 (EP. 1&2)

Published: May 24, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 3 hours 42 minutes 50 seconds

"I know death, it's got many faces, I look forward to seeing this one" - Arya Stark. The Final Countdown begins as The Riddikulus Crew launches into the series ending season of Game of Thrones! In this installment, we tackle the plots, full circle moments, questions and debates of the first two episodes in Season 8. We start with the largest army the world's ever seen making it's way through the Winterfell gates at long last. Will the North accept them? Or will there be conflict? Many of our fan favorites have long awaited reunions for the first time in years and in a few cases, the first time since The Song of Ice and Fire began. The army of the dead continue their march south with their one and only goal: To erase the memory of mankind from the planet. There is Dragon to forge and weapons to make for the fight against the enemy that doesn't tire and can only be killed by three resources, Valyrian Steel, Fire and Dragonglass. Daenerys is trying her best to earn the respect of Sansa and the Northerners who are skeptical of the Dragon Queen, while Jon has to defend his decision to give up his crown. Sam tells Jon a shocking truth in the Stark crypts, but how will Daenerys react when Jon tells her? Battle plans are made and everyone is taking their last hours to enjoy the calm before the storm. Will our heroes set aside their differences for the upcoming war? Or will pettiness, jealousy and pride put the entire existence of mankind at risk? Find out with us here as we are turning the final corner in this arc because as Bran said "“We don't have time for all this. The Night King has your dragon. He's one of them now. The Wall has fallen. The dead march south.”

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Season 7 Game of Thrones Conclusion Review

Published: May 17, 2020, 12:11 p.m.
Duration: 3 hours 32 minutes 46 seconds

“ I assume you’re here to bend the knee?” Daenerys asks Jon Snow expectantly. Jon Snow replies “I am not.” Season 7 conclusion begins in suspense as Jon Snow and Ser Davos arrive at Dragonstone to meet with Daenerys Targaryen. Upon their arrival, Varys and Melisandre have a conversation about each other’s future in Westeros. “Oh I will return dear spider. One last time. I have to die in this strange country just like you.” Melisandre tells Varys knowingly. Jon and Daenerys converse for the first time and Jon tells her and Tyrion about the army of the dead. They argue and trade facts about history and loyalties with neither backing down. “So many men have tried to kill me, I don't remember all their names. I have been sold like a broodmare. I've been chained and betrayed, raped and defiled. Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any gods. Not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen.” Daenerys boasts to Jon. Varys interrupts this interaction with grave news about the Greyjoys and the Sand Snakes. At King’s Landing Euron Greyjoy brings Cersei the priceless gift he promised. Euron and Jaime have a less than friendly interaction while Cersei gets her revenge for Myrcella’s death. Cersei meets with Tycho Nestoris from the Iron Bank of Bravos and they discuss the Lannister. Back at Dragonstone Tyrion and Jon talk of the White Walkers with Jon asking Tyrion if he believes him. “I trust the eyes of an honest man more than I trust what everyone knows.” Tyrion says in response. Jon asks Daenerys to allow him to mine the dragonglass. While in Winterfell, Sansa is growing into her own and making executive decisions as the Lady of Winterfell. Meera brings Bran to Winterfell and Sansa and Bran see each other for the first time since Season 1. Bran tries to describe to Sansa the role of the Three-Eyed Raven in unsettling fashion. In the Citadel, Jorah Mormont has been cured of Grayscale and is ready to return to his Queen. Meanwhile, the Unsullied take Casterly Rock only to find out they were tricked. High Garden falls to Jaime and the Lannister army, Olenna drinks the poison and gives Jaime a confession. Jaime leads his army back to King’s Landing with all of High Gardens’s gold and harvest crops. Meanwhile, Cersei gets an interesting proposition from Tycho. In Winterfell, Petyr Baelish approaches Bran where he finds that even with all of his wits, he can’t fool someone who literally knows everything. Arya arrives in Winterfell for the first time since Season 1 and reunites with her sister and brother, and Bran gives Arya an important gift. Back at Dragonstone, Jon shows Daenerys the dragonglass and some interesting hieroglyphics that provide evidence to the existence of the Night King. Daenerys learns of latest failure at Casterly Rock and is ready to burn it all down. Before she makes a decision, she asks Jon his advice to which he tells her “If you use them to melt castles and burn cities, you’re not different. You’re just more of the same.” In Winterfell, Arya and Brienne have an epic spar while at Dragonstone, and Jon and Theon see each other for the first time since Jon left for the Night’s Watch. Randyll Tarly informs Jaime and Bronn that all of the gold is safely secured in King’s Landing, but that relief is short lived as Daenerys arrives to show them who the real Queen is. Upon her return to Dragonstone, an old knight pledges himself to her once more, and Tyrion devises a plan to make Cersei believe in the threat to the North. In Winterfell, Sansa is tempted by The Northern houses. Tyrion meets with Jaime to convince him to have Cersei agree to armistice, and Ser Davos collects an old friend from Flea Bottom. In the Citadel, Gilly comes across perhaps the most important discovery in Maester Maynards’ records, while Arya in Winterfell makes a shocking discovery of her own. At The Wall, the A-Team of Westeros go beyond to bring back a wight. After dangerous encounters with creatures of the dead, Jon and company catch a wight only to be surrounded by the Night King and his army. Is this the end for them? Or will someone come to save the day? If they do survive, will Cersei have a change of heart when presented the proof or was it all for naught? The Night King adds the most dangerous ally to his army, while in Winterfell, the Stark sisters rid themselves of a dangerous ally of their own. Bran and Sam together fit the final pieces together about Jon’s true lineage, while two relatives are rocking the boat. Meanwhile unbeknownst to anyone except the men holding The Wall at Eastwatch By The Sea, Winter is officially coming to Westeros. Take a dive with the Riddikulus Crew into the conclusion of Season 7 in our 3 and ½ hour special as things begin to come full circle, while other questions are raised. Where does Jon Snow go from here? In the words of Bran Stark “He’s never been a bastard, he’s the heir to the Iron Throne.”

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Season 7 Game of Thrones Evaluation Part 1

Published: May 11, 2020, 12:36 p.m.
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes 35 seconds

"Leave one wolf alive and the sheep are never safe." Arya chillingly says as she gets revenge for the Red Wedding at long last. "When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers.  Tell them Winter came for House Frey."  Season 7 comes out of the gate hot as House Frey meets its long awaited demise.  Bran beyond The Wall sees the Night King and the army of the dead advancing.  Meera and Bran arrive at the Night's Watch and tell Edd to send a raven of the looming peril.  Jon Snow at Winterfell tells the northern houses about dragonglass and needing as many able bodied fighters as possible.  The Wildlings become the Night's Watch at Eastwatch By The Sea, Sansa and Jon disagree about the future of two great houses and Cersei sends Jon a letter telling him to go to King's Landing and bend the knee or suffer the same fate of all traitors.  In King's Landing, Cersei and Jaime argue over how to handle the threat to them on all sides.  High Garden to the West, Dorne to the South, Dragonstone to the East and Winterfell to the North.  Euron Greyjoy attempts to make an alliance with Cersei which she declines.  Euron tells her that he will not return until he brings her a "priceless gift" to make her reconsider.  Meanwhile, Sam is still at Oldtown working in the Citadel with the Archmaester, Brienne is training Podrick at Winterfell and we get an unexpected cameo from a certain Irish singer! Arya learns that the Great Sept of Baelor was destroyed and that the men she is sitting with were charged with keeping the peace because they heard there was trouble with the Freys at the Twins.  They ask Arya why she's going to King's Landing to which she relies "I'm going to kill the queen." While this is going on, the Hound has to face a mistake from the past.  Thoros of Myr has the Hound look into the flames and the Hound sees a vision. Back in Oldtown, We see the Cats Paw Dagger in the old archives of the citadel and learn its double use and Sam realizes where the living can find as much dragon glass as needed.  A certain grayscaled hero makes his appearance right before we see the Dragon Queen arrive at Dragonstone in Westeros for first time.  Daenerys asks "Shall we begin?"  Daenerys and her advisers make plans for her next move and she is skeptical of Varys.  "Swear this to me Varys, if you ever think I'm failing the people, you won't conspire behind make back. You'll look me in the eye as you have done today and you'll tell me how I'm failing them." Daenerys tells him.  Varys responds "I swear it my queen." to which Daenerys replies "and I swear this, if you ever betray me, I'll burn you alive."  Melisandre arrives and we learn a certain loophole to the prince that was promised from Missandei and Melisandre urges Daenerys to summon Jon Snow.  Daenerys agrees, but adds a required addendum to the summons.  In King's Landing Cersei is trying to manipulate and gain as many allies as possible while Jaime specifically attempts to gain Randyll Tarley's alliance from Olenna Tyrell.  Sam meets the grayscaled man and realizes who it is, Qyburn has a plan for Daenerys' dragon's while Daenerys' war council has a plan of it's own.  Grey Worm and Missandei share a passionate goodbye, we learn what the name for a Song of Ice and Fire was initially intended to be and Sam disobeys a direct order from the Archmaester.  Arya sees an old friend at an inn which causes her to change her mind and go North to Winterfell instead of South to King's Landing.  Jon receives letter from Sam detailing where Jon can find all the dragon glass he needs and Jon makes an executive decision.  Ellaria and Yara have a steamy interaction right before their ship is attacked.  Euron shows his true prowess as a warrior and naval commander, killing two Snakes and taking a Greyjoy captive.  Keep it rolling with us here at the Riddikulus Crew as we are winding down on this epic Game of Thrones arc.  We are in the deep waters now as we have gotten to the point of no return with the only seasons left being the most hotly debated ones that Benioff and Weiss wrote without any books to lean on.  As Melisandre warns us in Season 7 Episode 2,  "The Long Night is coming.  Only the prince who was promised can bring the dawn."

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Evaluating Season 6 Game of Thrones & “A Dance With Dragons” Conclusion

Published: May 3, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 3 minutes 35 seconds

"Tell your man to step aside or there will be violence." says Lancel Lannister. Cersei Lannister replies "I choose violence." Season 6 and “A Dance With Dragons” conclude in spectacular fashion as we evaluate episodes 8, 9 & 10. Brienne and Jaime Lannister lay eyes on each other for the first time since Jaime gave her his sword to find and protect Sansa Stark, King Tommen outlaws Trial By Combat and Brynden the Blackfish refuses to give up Riverrun. Over in Essos, the Masters of Astapor and Yunkai take advantage of Daenerys' absence and launch an all out assault on Meereen. At Riverrun a common foot soldier has to make a choice to either take commands from the man who reformed their army and took back Riverrun from the Frey's, or to take commands from the rightful Lord of Riverrun with a proverbial knife to his throat. Will he make the right choice? The Hound gets his revenge on the strangers who butchered the villagers he had been staying with and meets up with some familiar faces. In Bravos, the Waif corners Arya to kill her once and for all, but only one is accustomed to fighting in the pitch black. Jaquen H'ghar follows the blood trail to the Hall of Faces and makes a shocking discovery as to who's face has been added to the Hall. He turns to Arya and says "Finally a girl is no one." Arya replies "A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell and I'm going home." Back in Meereen, Daenerys returns to her city being under attack and has vengeance on her mind. "I will crucify the masters, I will set their fleets afire, kill every last one of their soldiers and return their cities to the dirt." she declares while getting the debrief from Tyrion. Tyrion talks her down and to do it his way. They meet with the Masters and there is a misunderstanding as to whom is surrendering. Daenerys tells the Masters "We obviously didn't communicate clearly, we're here to discuss your surrender not mine." before taking flight with Drogon and destroying the Masters fleet and armies. At Winterfell, there is a parlay between the Northern houses that have sided with the Ramsay Bolton and the Northern houses/Wildlings that have sided with Jon Snow. Ramsay chides Jon and tells him "There's no need for a battle, get off your horse and kneel." to which Jon replies "You're right, there's no need for a battle, thousands of men don't need to die. Only one of us. Let's end this the old way, you against me." Ramsay doesn't take the bait and tells Jon "I keep hearing stories about you bastard, the way the people in the North talk about you, you're the greatest swordsman that ever walked. Maybe you are that good. Maybe not. I don't know if I'd beat you, but I know my army will beat yours." Jon returns the verbal spar "Aye you have the number, but will your men want to fight for you when they hear you wouldn't fight for them" which draws Ramsays ire to Jon's satisfaction. With Meereen back under control, Yara and Theon attempt to make a pact with Daenerys for the Iron Islands. Rickon Stark runs for his life in vain, the Battle of the Bastards commences. Jon receives aid from an unsuspecting ally. Ramsay's story comes full circle. In Kings Landing, the High Sparrow and others prepare for Cersei and Loras' trial. King Tommen tries to attend but his way is barred by Ser Gregor. Margaery tries to convince the High Sparrow something is wrong, but his arrogance leads them to a fiery surprise. Tommen finds out what happened and takes his own life. The Frey's have a banquet feast celebrating the retaking Riverrun with the Lannister army and Jaime openly questions Walder Frey's importance to his face. Sam arrives at the Citadel and is permitted access to the Library. Ser Davos in Winterfell confronts Melisandre about Shireen's fate in an emotional explosion and Daario Naharis learns that he will not be joining Daenerys and her army to Westeros. Arya exacts her revenge on the Frey's for the Red Wedding as things start to shift in the Stark's favor finally. Bran received safe passage to the Wall from a long lost undead Uncle and we learn there is magic in the Wall that keep the army of the dead at bay. Bran goes into a vision and we learn the truth of a certain "bastard". while Jon Snow holds a meeting in the great hall of Winterfell where the Northern houses bestow the same title upon him as they did Robb Stark. With all members of the royal family dead in Kings Landing except one, she takes the crown for herself and Daenerys is finally on her way to accomplish what she has set out to do since Season 1. Join us for this bombshell conclusion of Season 6 as the Riddikulus Crew breaks down the key points, raises questions and debates topics. As Tyrion tells Daenerys, "You're in the great game now, and the great game is terrifying."

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Season 6 Game of Thrones Part 3 Evaluation (Dance With Dragons Part 4)

Published: April 26, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes 26 seconds

"A girl has been given a second chance, there will not be a third." says Jaquen H'ghar to Arya as we kick off the continuation of Season 6 Game of Thrones Episodes 5, 6 & 7. In the lair of the Three-Eyed Raven, we learn about how the Night King was created. Over in the Iron Islands there is a Kingsmoot for the Salt Throne and Euron Greyjoy pulls off the upset. Meanwhile, Jorah Mormont reveals his greyscale to Daenerys which means his certain death and as he bids her farewell to Daenerys, she tells him "Do not walk away from your queen, Jorah the Andal. You have not been dismissed." at last forgiving him for his betrayal. Bran goes behind the Three-Eyed Raven's back and enters a vision on his own, only to realize his folly too late as the Night King is able to grab him by the wrist in the vision, marking him. The Three-Eyed Raven awakens and knows what has just happened and tell Bran that he must now become the new Three-Eyed Raven because the magic of the lair will no longer keep the Night King out since he marked Bran. Bran asks the Three-Eyed Raven if he is even ready to take on this task, the Three-Eyed Raven tells him no. At Castle Black, Jon Snow is preparing with his war council for the upcoming battle against Ramsay Bolton and the other houses of the North. They realize they are vastly outnumbered so Sansa sends Brienne to Riverrun to request assistance from her uncle Brynden the Blackfish. The Night King arrives at the lair and Meera, Hodor and Bran have to escape with some help from Summer and Leaf. Is it going to be enough though? It will all come down to someone holding a door closed against the many wights. As we cruise into Episode 6, we get an interesting reunion with a certain familiar First Ranger that we haven't seen since Season 1. Sam and Gilly meet Sam's family at Horn Hill which goes about as good as you could expect, Arya screws up her second chance with the faceless men and the High Sparrow outsmarts Cersei, Olenna and Jaime Lannister once more. Brynden the Blackfish has retaken Riverrun and Walder Frey learns of this from his sons and then commands them to retake it using a certain hostage. On the road back to Mereen, Daenerys finds Dragon and mounts him while giving a speech to her new Khalasar. She says, "“Ei khal fin thir nak haan okhe sen dothrakhqoy alo ji qisi mae m’auijazeri ath dineur mae vas ma anha vos khal. Anha vo vakkan sen dothrakhqoy. Anha okkak el yeri. Anha qafak asqoy yeroa, majin yeri m’athiri m’athiri m’ adrivoe ven qoy qoyi m’adothrae ami m’aulijezeri anna athzhowakaroon. Aha aquafak san ale yeroa ei khaloon ray wad khaasaroon mae! Hash Yeri adotnrae hazef ido yomme kazga? Hash yeri vaddrivi dozge cunni mea khogaroon shiqeti mori masin vohhari okrenegwin mori? Hash yeri vozhi anhaan rhaeshis, an Dahli, jin azo me Khal Drogo ast asqoly mehas hatif maisi krazaji, kash shieraki vitihir asavvesoon? Hash yeri m’ayyeyaan?!” (Every khal who ever lived chose three Bloodriders to fight beside him and guard his way. I am not a Khal. I will not choose three Bloodriders. I choose you all. I ask your oath, that you will live and die as blood of my blood; riding at my side to keep me safe from harm. I will ask more of you than any Khal has ever asked from a Khalasar! Will you ride the wooden horses across the Black Salt Sea? Will you kill my enemies in their iron suits and tear down their stone houses? Will you give me the Seven Kingdoms? The gift that Khal Drogo promised me before the mother of mountains as the stars looked down in witness? Are you with me now and always?!) of which she receives a resounding chorus of approval. Now moving into Episode 7, one of our favorite dirty dogs happens to be alive! Jon Snow and Tormund talk the wildlings into fighting with them against the Boltons to retake Winterfell. Jaime Lannister has to come to the Frey's aid with the Lannister army to take over the siege of Riverrun. Now with the wildings secured, Jon Snow, Sansa and Ser Davos take on the grueling task of trying to convince the other Northern houses to fight for them. In Bravos, Arya is gravely wounded from the waif and she may succumb to her wounds as nobody will help her. Meanwhile, The Hound loses the only friends he had and he's ready for revenge. Join the Riddikulus Crew for part 3 on the continuous winding river that is Season 6 of Game of Thrones. This season's breakdown is not for the faint of heart as we will conclude it's evaluation in 4 parts! In the words of Ser Davos "The real war isn't between a few squabbling houses, it's between the living and the dead. And make no mistake, the dead are coming."

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Season 6 Game of Thrones Part 2 Evaluation (Dance With Dragons Part 3)

Published: April 19, 2020, 2:09 p.m.
Duration: 2 hours 8 minutes 51 seconds

"Now it begins." -Ser Arthur Dayne. "No, now it ends." -Ned Stark.  The season continues as Jon Snow comes back to the land of the living.  Bran is still training with the 3 Eyed Raven as they go back to the battle at the Tower of Joy where we all get a chance to see The Sword of The Morning in breathtaking combat for the first and only time.  In Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys awaits her fate during the time of the Khalar Vezvhen to see if she will be staying with the Dosh Khaleen or something less kind.  In Mereen, Varys learns the truth about where the Sons of the Harpy are getting their funding while at Kings Landing, Qyburn now has Varys little birds for his own. In Bravos, Jaquen H'gar tells Arya "A girl is not a beggar anymore." Lord Smalljon Umber back at Winterfell comes to Ramsay for an alliance and even though they don't see eye to eye, Lord Umber has a gift for Ramsay.... "Welcome home, Lord Stark" Ramsay tells Rickon Stark.  Sansa pleas with Jon to get an army to retake Winterfell back from the Bolton's, Tyrion appears to have struck a deal with the Good Masters of Astapor, the Wise Masters of Yunkai and their friends in Volantis and Daenerys comes up with a plan of her own.  Jon Snow receives a threatening letter from Ramsay Bolton in which he and Sansa learn that Ramsay has Rickon and now they have no choice but to try and take Winterfell back.  Daenerys meets with the great khal's while they attempt to decide her fate, until she decides for herself in a fiery blaze of glory.  Stick with the Riddikulus Crew as we tackle the next wave of events in the wildly thick plot of season 6! As Daenerys says, "Yeri Vosechi Yeri Vadrivoe! "You are not going to serve, you are going to die."

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Season 6 Game of Thrones Part 1 Evaluation (Dance With Dragons Part 2)

Published: April 12, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 39 minutes 34 seconds

"Buried, burned, she's good meat. Feed her to the hounds." Ramsay's final words to Myranda's father as they determine her final resting place. Things start to come to a head in Season 6! Alliser Thorne tells the Night's Watch that he and a few other brothers murdered Jon Snow, Brienne comes to Sansa's aid fulfilling her oath at last and Jaime Lannister brings Myrcella back to Kings Landing under the worst possible circumstances. In Sunspear, Ellaria makes sure weak men never rule Dorne again, Daenerys makes her return to Vaes Dothrak in the most humiliating way and Melisandre has a malfunction with her necklace. Meanwhile Bran goes back in time with the Three Eyed Raven and doesn't want to leave. The Three Eyed Raven tells Bran "It is beautiful beneath the sea, but if you stay too long, you will drown." Back at The Wall, Dolorous Edd returns with some wild allies to keep those loyal to Jon Snow that were held up with Jon's body in the room safe from Thorne. Over in Mereen, Tyrion has a suspenseful interaction with Viserion and Rhaegal. In Bravos, Arya goes from blind, to a beggar, to beaten until Jaquen H'ghar comes along and asks her a few questions. Satisfied with the answers, he tells her "A girl is not a beggar anymore". At Winterfell, Roose and Ramsay Bolton are at odds about how to handle Sansa's escape. Roose tells Ramsay "If you acquire a reputation as a mad dog, you will be treated as a mad dog. Taken out back and slaughtered for pig feed." At this point their Maester comes in and tells Roose that his wife Lady Walda gave birth to a boy and Ramsay congratulates his father Roose on having a newborn son the only way you could expect. In the Iron Islands, the fabled Euron Greyjoy makes his first appearance in the the show telling his brother Balon Greyjoy the King of the Iron Islands "I don't mock the Drowned God. I AM the Drowned God.'' as he ends Balon's reign. Ser Davos has to put aside his personal vendetta against the red woman and ask for the biggest request of his life in attempting to bring back Jon Snow. A ritual ensues and it must have been hot and stuffy in the room because it's only when everyone leaves (except Ghost) we get a breath of fresh air. Continue onwards with the Riddikulus Crew through our next installment of this grand Game of Thrones arc as we delve into Season 6 this week with a detailed breakdown, some great debates, hypotheticals and potential potholes as well! "From darkness light. From ashes, fire. From death, life."

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Season 5 Game of Thrones Evaluation Part 3 (Dance with Dragons Part 1)

Published: April 5, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 3 minutes 16 seconds

"The long night is coming and then dead come with it" Ominous words from Jon Snow as things start to heat up in the last portion of Season 5 Game of Thrones. Maester Aemon's watch comes to an end, Ser Davos tries to convince Stannis that the time is not right to strike Winterfell, Melisandre insists it can be done with a certain....... sacrifice. Meanwhile Sam Tarly becomes a man for the very first time, Jorah and Tyrion are sold into the fighting pits and Olenna meets her match of wits in the High Sparrow. In Dorne, Bronn is deadly close to a "Long Farewell" while Price Doran and Jaime Lannister negotiate terms for Myrcella's future. Cersei is imprisoned in King's Landing, Sansa learns the truth about Bran and Rickon and Ramsay tells his father to hit Stannis while his guard is down "Hit first, hit hard and leave a feast for the crows". Daenerys over in Mereen tells Tyrion " I'm not going to stop the wheel, I'm going to break the wheel" which Tyrion calls a good dream, but in the North there is a Nightmare at Hardhome when Jon Snow and Tormund attempt to rally the wildlings. Brienne finally gets her original justice, while Arya gets justice of her own in the form of Meryn Trant. Varys makes his first appearance in Mereen since Jorah kidnapped Tyrion, Cersei talks a brutal walk and a certain Mountain awaits her at the end. At The Wall, Jon receives a glimmer of hope about his Uncle Benjen until he comes to a stabbing realization. Join the Riddikulus crew on our continuous journey through the Seven Kingdoms and beyond! Just remember, in Bravos "Only death can pay for life".

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Season 5 Game of Thrones Evaluation Part 2 (A Feast For Crows Conclusion)

Published: March 29, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes 10 seconds

"They will eat you if I tell them to, they may eat you even if I don't." This is what Daenerys tells the masters as she looks to punish them for the Sons of the Harpy attack by bringing them to her chained up dragons beneath the Great Pyramid of Mereen. Back in Westeros Margaery Tyrell becomes Queen once more with her marriage to King Tommen, We are introduced to the most dangerous Sparrow in the Seven Kingdoms and Tyrion is captured by a familiar face. Meanwhile, Jaime Lannister and Bronn sail to Dorne for a search and rescue of Princess Myrcella which turns out to be easier said than done thanks to some Sand Snakes. In the North, Lord Baelish talks with Sansa about the possible outcomes of the impending battle for Winterfell between the Boltons and Stannis Baratheon. Jon Snow is making his case for allowing the wildings past The Wall so they do not become part of the army of the dead. The Sons of the Harpy ambush Grey Worm and the Unsullied, Ser Barristan finds them and they give the harpies a fight for the ages, but one of them does not make it out alive. In King's Landing, Ser Loras is on trial that has ramifications for everyone. In Winterfell, Sansa marries Ramsay Bolton and the very same night, she learns what kind of monster Ramsay really is. Join the Riddikulus Crew as we continue down the long glorious path of A Song of Ice and Fire and on our ride through the ups and downs of Season 5, episodes 3-6 as well as the ending of A Feast For Crows! Just like Ramsay tells Theon on his and Sansa's wedding night, "We want you to watch."

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Season 5 Game of Thrones Evaluation Part 1 (A Feast For Crows Part 2)

Published: March 22, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 16 minutes 58 seconds

Your invited to a play a game. I hope you bring your game face; this game has many faces. Just know; “we do not kneel.” A prophecy of Cersei's children is relived through memory, Tywin Lannister is laid to rest, and a mysterious group called the Son's of the Harpy makes their first brutal appearance. Daenerys struggles with making a decision about re-opening the fighting pits while to the north, Mance Rayder tells Jon Snow "The freedom to make my own mistakes is all I ever wanted". In Dorne, Ellaria demands justice for Oberyn Martell's untimely death. In Bravos, Arya enters the House of Black and White. Meanwhile, Stannis Baratheon makes Jon Snow a very tempting offer. Join the Riddikulus crew as we debate the most intelligent character in Game of Thrones, analyze Jon Snow's big decision and also tackle an in depth plot summary of the first two episodes of Season 5 (FFC Part 2)! Just like Sam Tarly characterizes Jon Snow during the election of the next Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, when it comes to breaking down and debating fantasy topics, we want to be "The commanders you turn to, when the night is darkest."

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Season 4 Game of Thrones Part 2 Evaluation (A Storm of Swords Conclusion & A Feast For Crows Part 2)

Published: March 15, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes 3 seconds

Daenerys has a tough choice to make about staying in Mereen or attempting to take Westeros, The Mutineers at Craster's Keep get what's coming to them and the Night King shows his face for the very first time. Stannis and Ser Davos go to Bravos in an attempt to get funding from the Iron Bank. Ramsay has himself "a lovely evening" when Yara attempts to rescue Theon, Tyrion has an epic trial for the murder of Joffrey, The Viper has an all time showdown with the Mountain and The Night's Watch attempts to defend Castle Black and withstand the onslaught of The Wildlings. Join us as we breakdown and analyze this incredibly action packed Season 4 Part 2 of Game of Thrones (ASOS conclusion & FFC Part 2). No justice is served without a proper confession. Oaths require priceless debts. "Who gave you the order? You can't die yet you have to confess," Oberyn Martell. Sometimes freedom requires chaining up the ones you love. In the words of the Bravosi, "Valar Morghulis" my friends.

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Season 4 Game of Thrones Part 1 Evaluation (A Storm of Swords Conclusion & A Feast For Crows Part 1)

Published: March 8, 2020, 12:45 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour 53 minutes 54 seconds

The Red Viper makes his presence known in King's Landing, Jaime Lannister attempts to regain swordsmanship with his left hand, Joffrey gets a little choked up at his own wedding and Daario Naharis proves his worth to Daenerys as her champion in single combat. Join us as we debate hot topics in this Riddikulus installment of season 4 part 1 of Game of Thrones (ASOS conclusion/FFC part 1). In the words of Petyr Baelish "Always keep your enemies confused, if they don't know who you are or what you want, they can't know what you plan to do next."

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"Storm of Swords" Book 3, and Season 3 Evaluation Part 1

Published: Feb. 23, 2020, 3:08 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes 45 seconds

Riddikulus Crew evaluates the first half of George RR Martin's epic fantasy book "Storm of Swords", and Episodes 1-5 of Season 3 of the record breaking television series  "Game of Thrones". Who do you think would make a great king in Westeros? Samwell Tarly is blamed for his lack of responsibility in the Night's Watch; "The Dead" are coming. The "King-Beyond-the-Wall" is introduced as Jon Snow tries to gain the trust of "The Wildlings"."Dovaogēdys! Āeksia ossēnātās, menti ossēnātās, qilōni pilos lue vale tolvie ossēnātās, yn riñe dōre ōdrikātās. Urnet luo buzdaro tolvio belma pryjātās!"“Unsullied! Slay the masters, slay the soldiers, slay every man who holds a whip, but harm no child. Strike the chains off every slave you see!," Daenerys Targaryen Breaker of ChainsHaunted by his past Jaime Lannister escapes capture from "The King of The North". Chains break, and loyalties divide as the edge of your seat arc continues on Chase N Josh: Fact or Fantasy "Storm of Swords, and Season 3 Evaluation Part 1". 

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“Clash of Kings” Book 2, and Season 2 Evaluation

Published: Feb. 16, 2020, 3:46 p.m.
Duration: 3 hours 4 minutes 4 seconds

"I am Daenerys Stormborn and I will take what is mine. With fire and blood, I will take it." The War of 5 kings (or is it 6!?), The Battle of Blackwater Bay, the Young Wolf's marriage and White Walkers at the Fist of the First Men? Catch it here as Chase and Josh take you on a journey through the next installment of the series that changed the scope of the fantasy genre forever!

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"A Game of Thrones" Book 1, and Season 1 Evaluation

Published: Feb. 9, 2020, 2:54 p.m.
Duration: 2 hours 24 minutes 41 seconds

"When you play the Game of Thrones you win or you die," Cersei Lannister. Join the table as The Riddikulus Crew embarks on their longest arc so far. Gentle hearts are for the weak. Do you have what it takes to debate one of the biggest franchises of all time? Chase and Josh compare and contrast the Song of Ice and Fire "A Game of Thrones" Book to the fan favorite TV series Season One "Game of Thrones". Breakdown what D.B. Weis and David Benioff could have done differently. "What do we say to the God Of Death? Not Today," Arya Stark. The lone wolf may die, but watch the pack survive on "Chase N Josh: Fact or Fantasy" Episode 5.

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"The Witcher" Review

Published: Feb. 2, 2020, 5:09 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour 59 minutes 17 seconds

The Crew dissects the timeline of the all new Netflix Series "The Witcher". Its as Riddikulus as it gets. Geralt may slay the most fierce monsters, but still has trouble facing his own demons. Fact or Fantasy? Will this be the new franchise to carry Netflix?

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"The Mandalorian" Review and Dissection

Published: Jan. 26, 2020, 4:22 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes 58 seconds

The Riddikulus Crew breaks down the first season of "The Mandalorian" following secrets of the creed, and the newly acquired child. Relating Mando's past to the current Star Wars timeline what makes "The Child" special? Where will season 2 take the show?

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"Rise of Skywalker" Breakdown

Published: Jan. 19, 2020, 11:24 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 56 seconds

Riddikulus Crew breaks down "The Rise of Skywalker"does it balance the franchise, or only balance revenue to budget ratio.

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The Pilot Pt 2 A Star Wars Tour

Published: Jan. 13, 2020, 10:56 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 1 minute 30 seconds

Star Wars has always been the most dominate fantasy franchise, but will it remain that way? Recapping the series, Chase and Josh break down each film leading up to the most recent Rise of The Skywalker and debate what has caused its historical rise to its most recent fall with critics. Its all in preparation to debate the movie phenomena of the holiday season.

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The Pilot Pt 1 The MCU

Published: Jan. 13, 2020, 10:42 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes 15 seconds

Chase and Josh attempt to rank the current Marvel Cinematic Universe films, and break down the genius that defined a decade and launched the franchise to the most successful in current history.

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