I’m not going to lie; it took me quite a long time to like Chris Hardwick’s Walking Dead aftershow, Talking Dead. Mostly, that was due to Hardwick’s über fanboy thing and initially, his less than compelling assessments and questions. But over time, I’ve gotten used to his style, and when there are good guests — especially TWD’s writers and cast members — Talking Dead is enjoyable (and sometimes necessary). Though I’ve never listened to Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan’s (both writers from the now defunct Grantland) Watch the Thrones podcast, I’m excited about the idea of a GoT companion show. With a series as complex and intricate as Game of Thrones, there’s no such thing as too much discussion, reading, analyzing and theorizing with other fans and critics; it’s impossible for a single person to catch every nuance, every little background note. And, by Snow, is it ever a blast to break down episodes and hear different impressions of the same scenes, so I’ll just add this to the list of discussion groups, the public and private messaging, and endless opinions I enjoy perusing. Heck, our national obsession with the Seven Kingdoms and beyond is so thorough, we’d probably watch Statler and Waldorf do a Muppet companion series.
HBO describes After the Thrones as a “lively, humorous and sophisticated” look at Game of Thrones; Greenwald and Ryan will “explore the complicated politics,” and offer up their own theories. The aftershow will be available On Demand, and on HBO Now and HBO Go, Mondays (cable dates/times TBA), beginning April 25th.