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Emily Bateman, a millennial woman who never got into Game of Thrones, finally sits down to watch and analyze each consecutive episode of the popular HBO show. With the help of her sister, Kate Koballa, and sometimes a guest, Emily tries to figure out what the heck is going on in the show, why it was so popular at the time and who is actually going to win the game of thrones (if there actually is a winner at the end).

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United States

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Emily Bateman, a millennial woman who never got into Game of Thrones, finally sits down to watch and analyze each consecutive episode of the popular HBO show. With the help of her sister, Kate Koballa, and sometimes a guest, Emily tries to figure out what the heck is going on in the show, why it was so popular at the time and who is actually going to win the game of thrones (if there actually is a winner at the end).

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep. 71 - S08E03 The Long Night w/ Nav

2/27/2024
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate are joined by Nav from A Song of Ice and Fire Symposium to talk about Episode 3 of Season 8, The Long Night. They discuss the lack of dialogue, if GOT were a horror movie, Breaking Bad, sad piano music, Beric's crucifixion pose, Marvel's Endgame, and the Unsullied not wearing enough layers. Additionally, Emily is frustrated by Jorah's death, Nav comes in with lots of fun facts, and Kate goes through Emily's previous episode death predictions. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming March 12th. Music is by Simon Daum. A Song of Ice and Fire Symposium: https://popculturesymposium.buzzsprout.com/ Discord: https://discord.gg/h8QBg3RGfx Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:02:50:15

Ep. 70 - S08E02 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms w/ Sarah Sheppard

2/13/2024
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate are joined by close friend Sarah Sheppard to talk about Episode 2 of Season 8, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. They discuss how people respond when doom is inevitable, fast travel, "peak" Cersei, Bridgerton, closure for Jorah, Tiktok fan edits, Jaime being bad a plans, where Ghost came from, face acting, and Arya not knowing how to flirt. Additionally, Sarah brings up symbolism, Kate wants a tutorial for how to talk to Bran, and they collectively decide that Emily needs to make death predictions at the end of every episode going forward. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming February 27th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:02:26:56

Ep. 69 - S08E01 Winterfell

1/30/2024
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate talk about Episode 1 of Season 8, Winterfell. They discuss episode length for the final season, the Fast and Furious movies, a well-done recap, Euron's manic confidence, Jon not knowing how to talk to girls again, the Saw movies, all of Bran's weird eye contact and Cersei needing just one female friend. Additionally, Emily states she had no idea about Theon's character before starting the show, and Kate wants to know if waterfalls freeze. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming February 13th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:02:36:15

Ep. 68 - S07E07 The Dragon and the Wolf w/ Andrew Kimball

1/9/2024
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate are joined by Andrew Kimball from Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers to talk about Episode 7 of Season 7, The Dragon and the Wolf. They discuss this being the longest episode to date, Jaime's puppy-dog eyes, Godzilla's atomic breath, beautiful music design, speed-running character growth, satisfying deaths, and Jon being the committed goth kid. Additionally, Emily makes her final season death predictions, Kate questions Bran's powers and Andrew admits he did extra credit by rewatching the entire season. The next episode is coming January 30th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers Instagram: @yourfriendlyneighborhoodgamers Twitter: @F_N_Gamerz Website: www.fngamers.com Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:02:47:24

The Unforgiving Wheel of Christmas Songs - A SBBCU Holiday Special

12/25/2023
It's time once again for the Super Bracket Bros, The Friendly Neighborhood Gamers, Game of Groans, and The Wait For It podcast to gather around a holiday topic and argue about it. This year the gang aims to find out what the best Christmas song of all time is. It goes about as well as you would expect... Check out the playlist of songs that were debated on the episode https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0Sz8l32L8fwmj4ffwjWqWu?si=a61a4a18821b4e70 Follow all of the shows with the links below https://superbracketbros.buzzsprout.com/ https://www.gameofgroanspod.com/ https://linktr.ee/waitforitpodcast https://www.fngamers.com/ Support the show

Duration:01:39:24

Ep. 67 - S07E06 Beyond the Wall w/ Dylan Wren

12/12/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate are joined by Dylan Wren from Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers podcast to talk about Episode 6 of Season 7, Beyond the Wall. They discuss inconsistent body-counts, a lovestruck Tormund, how fast ravens can fly, Dany's second amendment rights, Arya having big feelings, and the deus ex machina of Uncle Ben. Additionally, Emily is confused by the zombie bite logic, Dylan is generous to the show writers, and they all question the time frame of this entire episode taking place. Music is by Simon Daum. Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers Instagram: @yourfriendlyneighborhoodgamers Twitter: @F_N_Gamerz Website: www.fngamers.com Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:02:08:57

Ep. 66 - S07E05 Eastwatch w/ Eliah Stokes

11/28/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate are joined by Eliah Stokes from Super Bracket Bros to talk about Episode 5 of Season 7, Eastwatch. They discuss weird little guys, fast travel, the goth season, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, fantasy tropes, wholesome dude energy, operation zombie drop, Jon’s horse girl moment, Varys drinking wine, Arya’s lack of social skills, and Jorah being a messy bitch. Additionally, Eli is confused, Emily is disappointed about the time spent at Eastwatch, Kate points out the bad security at Dragonstone, and Emily and Kate explain Jorah’s entire backstory to Eli. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming December 12th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:02:34:30

Ep. 65 - S07E04 The Spoils of War w/ Allison

11/14/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate are joined by Allison to talk about Episode 4 of Season 7, The Spoils of War. They discuss Stranger Things, Dany's pride, that this show still hates horses, Sansa can't fight her own battles, Davos correcting grammar, Stark kid reunions, murder daggers, and therapy. Additionally, Emily realizes she is in single digits for episodes left, Kate is frustrated Dany can't commit to an advisor, and Allison gets to relive watching this episode for the first time. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming November 28th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Allison's Instagram - @a.mom.that.lifts Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:01:32:14

Ep. 64 - S07E03 The Queen's Justice w/ Sarah Sheppard

10/24/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate are joined by Sarah Sheppard to talk about Episode 3 of Season 7, The Queen’s Justice. They discuss Dragon House comparisons, Varys's comfy coat, Ocean's Eleven, the goth season of GOT, fast travel, post-murder blowjobs, Cersei friend-zoning Euron, the definition of backchannel, and getting tetanus from the Iron Throne. Additionally, Emily believes that Dany has met her match in Jon, Sarah wishes Theon would just die, and they all question the logistics of Euron's parade in King's Landing. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming November 7th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Sarah's husband's Substack: https://thesecrethistoryofmodernlife.substack.com/ Kate's Plug: https://entertainmentcommunity.org/ Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:02:01:05

Ep. 63 - S07E02 Stormborn w/ Chase Bateman

10/10/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate are joined by Emily’s husband Chase Bateman to talk about Episode 2 of Season 7, Stormborn. They discuss Melisandre’s prophecy, who the Warden of the South is, Chase not taking notes, a giant crossbow, Euron embodying chaotic evil, Umbrella Academy, that Dragonstone would be full of mold, that it’s very dark at sea. Additionally, Emily doesn’t want to see Hot Pie in any more episodes, Kate questions how weather works in Westeros and Chase points out the flaws in the naval battle. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming October 24th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:01:48:31

Ep. 62 - S07E01 Dragonstone

9/26/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate about Episode 1 of Season 7, Dragonstone. They discuss Season 7 hype, the Barbie movie, ED SHEERAN, Sam and Gilly’s rent, shaved heads, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Breath of the Wild, Jim Broadbent’s acting career and zombie movie logic. Additionally, Emily is conflicted about her attraction to Jaime, Kate questions the intricacy of the Ironborn ships, and they are both confused by the Baratheon sigil on King’s Landing in the title sequence. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming October 10th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:01:29:18

Ep. 61 - S06E10 The Winds of Winter w/ Nav

9/7/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate are joined by Nav from A Song of Ice and Fire Symposium to talk about Episode 10 of Season 6, The Winds of Winter. They discuss the amazing soundtrack, Cersei being a bad mom, Sweeney Todd, the Targaryen flag, Broadchurch, Dany’s breakup and Emily’s death predictions for Season 6. Additionally, Emily consults the actual Westeros map and it’s a revelation, Nav admits they also hate Jorah and Kate says Westeros is too straight. Emily also makes her Season 7 death predictions. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming September 26th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:02:29:20

Ep. 60 - S06E09 Battle of the Bastards w/ Eric Silver

8/22/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate are joined by Eric Silver from Join the Party, Games and Feelings and Tell Me About It to talk about Episode 9 of Season 6, Battle of the Bastards. They discuss GOT at the height of its popularity, Jon's motley crew, the Bechdel test, rebirth, show deaths post-Hodor, the show Succession, bird families, predator handshakes, and the fact that this episode won an Emmy. Additionally, Eric brings up reductive and basic writing and they all agree that Ramsay can't stop being a weird little dude. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming September 5th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Eric Silver - @el_silvero Join the Party - www.jointhepartypod.com Games and Feelings - www.gamesandfeelings.com Tell Me About It - www.tmaipod.com Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:02:07:20

Ep. 59 - S06E08 No One

8/9/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate talk about Episode 8 of Season 6, No One. They discuss whether the world of Westeros is flat, The Hound as John Wick, Mission Impossible, the business model of the House of Black and White, the Cabbage Guy, Tommen doing his best, the height of the pyramid and the Terminator. Additionally, Emily decides this is her favorite season and they share excitement about the Jaime and Brienne reunion. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming August 22nd. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Socials - @koballabateman (Insta), @koballabateman (Twitter) Kate’s Socials - @ophelia5wims (Insta), @ophelia5wims (Twitter) Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:01:29:47

Ep. 58 - S06E07 The Broken Man

7/25/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate talk about Episode 7 of Season 6, The Broken Man. They discuss American Gods the tv show, the fact that Cersei is the drama, Davos has girl-dad vibes, the best outlook on religion and that Jaime is hot when he is in charge. Additionally, Emily didn't notice the cold open, and they both don't know what the definition of penitent is. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming August 8th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Instagram - @koballabateman Kate’s Instagram - @ophelia5wims Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:01:09:05

Ep. 57 - S06E06 Blood of My Blood

7/11/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate talk about Episode 6 of Season 6, Blood of My Blood. They discuss that drifting a dragon would be dope, Podrick would be a good wingman, Walder Frey’s reappearance, and that most of the show is Bran’s fault. Additionally, Emily is disappointed in Sam, Kate enjoys the scene transitions and they both agree that the episode was a bit of a let down. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming July 25th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Instagram - @koballabateman Kate’s Instagram - @ophelia5wims Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:01:19:05

Ep. 56 - S06E05 The Door w/ Andrew Kimball and Dylan Wren

6/27/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate are joined by Andrew Kimball and Dylan Wren from Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers to talk about Episode 5 of Season 6, The Door. They discuss the face library, honest portrayals of theater people, sick mutton chops, the Mystery Men movie, driftwood decorations, sad Jorah and Theon’s haircut. Additionally, Emily voices that she is hopeful this is the season Little Finger is going to die in. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming July 11th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers Instagram: @yourfriendlyneighborhoodgamers Twitter: @F_N_Gamerz Website: www.fngamers.com Emily's Instagram - @koballabateman Kate’s Instagram - @ophelia5wims Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:01:42:12

Ep. 55 - S06E04 Book of the Stranger

6/13/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate talk about Episode 4 of Season 6, Book of the Stranger. They discuss fantasy Australia, crafting, Carrie Underwood vibes, Jorah being a sloppy bitch, the Lion King and Bluey. Additionally, Emily loves that Grey Worm and Missandei are voicing their opinions and Kate enjoys Emily’s well placed rage. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming June 27th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Instagram - @koballabateman Kate’s Instagram - @ophelia5wims Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:01:36:37

Ep. 54 - S06E03 Oathbreaker

5/30/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate talk about Episode 3 of Season 6, Oathbreaker. They discuss clunky swordplay, tree Jesus, fortune cookie truths, weaponized mint, the Terminator, Arya joining a cult, business casual Jaime, and the one acceptable penis joke. Additionally, Emily declares the Hound isn’t dead and they both agree on the intensity of the episode ending. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming June 13th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Instagram - @koballabateman Kate’s Instagram - @ophelia5wims Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:01:30:33

Ep. 53 - S06E02 Home w/ Eliah Stokes

5/16/2023
This week on Game of Groans, Emily and Kate are joined by Eliah Stokes from Super Bracket Bros to talk about Episode 2 of Season 6, Home. They discuss the movie Airplane, that Bran feels irrelevant, big man smashes small man, the gang fight from Anchorman, Men in Black, Arya's toxic relationship, the Salt Throne and HBO ravens. Additionally, Eli says he would go to war for Davos, Kate keeps a secret and Emily can't read. New episodes biweekly, the next episode is coming May 30th. Music is by Simon Daum. Support us on Patreon! Become one of our Patrons at www.patreon.com/gameofgroanspod Emily's Instagram - @koballabateman Kate’s Instagram - @ophelia5wims Instagram - @gameofgroanspod Facebook - facebook.com/gameofgroanspod Twitter - @gameofgroanspod Website - www.gameofgroanspod.com Email - gameofgroanspod@gmail.com Support the show

Duration:02:32:59