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Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.

Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.
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The Ringer


Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.




Breaking Down the End of ‘Game of Thrones’ | The Watch

The end of ‘Game of Thrones’ was a tale of two finales (1:06). We parse through the ending of the show (6:59), attempt to tie up loose ends (32:30), and make predictions for what will fill the vacuum left by ‘Game of Thrones’ (59:06). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald


The End of ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Near, Plus: ‘Survivor’ Season Finale | The Watch

‘Game of Thrones’ is over this Sunday (1:00). We look back at the penultimate episode (7:40), make some predictions for the finale (20:32), and speculate about what a Benioff and Weiss ‘Star Wars’ movie will look like (26:32). Plus, the ‘Survivor’ season finale (42:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Riley McAtee


Breaking Down the Penultimate Episode of ‘Game of Thrones,’ Plus: Farewell to ‘Veep’ | The Watch

The penultimate episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ left us with a sense of betrayal (4:39). Daenerys’s descent into madness seemed rushed (9:09), and Jon has seemingly transitioned into a supporting character (16:09). Plus, predictions for the final episode (48:38) and saying goodbye to ‘Veep’ (49:26). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Sean Fennessey


Non-'Thrones' HBO Content and a Conversation With David Cross | The Watch

On the night that “Battle of Winterfell” aired, it was ‘Barry’ that contained the best action sequence (1:00). The final season of ‘Veep’ seems like it might be falling victim to Thronesian pacing (13:30). Plus, a conversation with David Cross ahead of the premiere of his stand-up special, ‘Oh Come On’ (31:03). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Alison Herman and David Cross


Breaking Down ‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E4 | The Watch

Chris and Andy give their mixed reactions to "The Last of the Starks" (1:10). They talk about some characters on the periphery of the episode (14:45), the departure of Ghost (31:50), and their favorite moments (39:19). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald


Breaking Down 'Avengers: Endgame' | The Watch

‘Avengers: Endgame' was pure entertainment (1:00). We break down the biggest flexes from the movie (6:51) where the franchise goes from here (13:18), what happened to our favorite characters (21:59), and who won the movie (40:42). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald


Breaking Down ‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E3 | The Watch

The Battle of Winterfell finally happened (1:01). We talk about the visual effects of the battle (7:29), who lived and who died (21:54), and the difficulties of trying to wrap up a major and beloved franchise (30:43). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald


Why 1999 Was One of the Best Years for Movies, Plus a Conversation With Roxanne Benjamin | The Watch

Author Brian Raftery joins the show to talk about his new book, ‘Best. Movie. Year. Ever’ (2:59), and how 1999 became a seminal year for movies (24:31). Plus a conversation with Roxanne Benjamin, the creator of ‘Body at Brighton Rock,’ about making unique horror movies (45:30). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Sean Fennessey, Brian Raftery, and Roxanne Benjamin


Breaking Down ‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E2 | The Watch

Chris and Andy break down the second episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” (1:00). They make predictions for who is most likely to die (17:36) and talk about the theme of "afterwards" throughout the episode (32:17). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald


Disney+ Jockeys for First Place in the Streaming Wars | The Watch

This week Disney announced all of the movies and TV shows that will be available on Disney+ (1:06); the streaming service is creating a relationship with subscribers before even launching (8:25). Plus: ‘Game of Thrones’ (20:52), ‘Bless This Mess’ (27:16), ‘Killing Eve’ (31:32), and ‘The OA’ (35:34). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Alison Herman


‘Game of Thrones’ Goes Back to the Basics (for Better or for Worse), Plus ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ | The Watch

We recap the first episode of Season 8 of ‘Game of Thrones,' breaking down what we liked and didn’t like from the season premiere (02:01). Then we look ahead to ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ (39:10).


On the Brink of the Final Season of ‘Game of Thrones’ | The Watch

Ahead of the season premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’ on Sunday, we recap our favorite moments from Season 7 (1:24) and talk about the Night King as a villain for Season 8 (24:17). Also, our thoughts on ‘Killing Eve’ (16:45), ‘Fosse/Verdon’ (18:28), and ‘Survivor’ (31:31). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Riley McAtee


The Return of ‘Killing Eve’ and an Interview With the Minds Behind 'Fosse/Verdon' | The Watch

‘Killing Eve’ is back and has become one of AMC’s premier shows (0:00); what does this mean for the series going forward (0:33)? ‘Fosse/Verdon’ feels full of creative energy (15:49). We talk with the minds behind the show about bringing Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon to life (29:06). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Juliet Litman, Steven Levenson, and Thomas Kail


How ‘Joker’ Might Fit Into Superhero Movie Canon and a Conversation With Fiona Shaw | The Watch

Several trailers were shown at CinemaCon this week, giving us a peek at what the movie industry will look like in the months to come (1:53). The trailer for ‘Joker’ dropped this week and it looks like a superhero movie pivoting towards prestige (10:20), and an over/under on how many episodes of Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ we’ll actually end up watching (17:09). Then, a conversation with Fiona Shaw ahead of the Season 2 premiere of ‘Killing Eve’ (39:11). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Sean...


Writers Guild Negotiations, Plus: ‘Veep’ and ‘Barry’ | The Watch

An explainer on what the negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents (3:35) could mean for the industry (13:48). Plus, the new Jenny Lewis album is everything we could want from her (17:41), and ‘Veep’ and ‘Barry’ are back on HBO (29:31). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald


A Movie and Television Grab Bag | The Watch

The 1999 movie ‘The Blair Witch Project’ had the original viral marketing campaign (2:20). A crash course for the reality TV show ‘Vanderpump Rules’ (19:23). Plus: ‘What We Do in the Shadows,’ ‘Barry,’ ‘Jane the Virgin,’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’ (38:11). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Alyssa Bereznak, Juliet Litman, and Alison Herman


Apple Officially Wades Into the Streaming Wars, Plus: ‘Us’ and ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ | The Watch

At the Apple event this Monday, the company paraded out all of the original content that will be available through their streaming service (2:09). They’re about to go up against not only streaming services, but cable companies as well (11:12). Plus, Adam Nayman on ‘Us’ and ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ (28:32). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Adam Nayman


Trailer Talk, Plus: Nick Antosca, the Showrunner of ‘The Act’ | The Watch

The trailer for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 dropped this week and it’s rich with '80s references (3:20). The trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ dropped this week as well (10:40). Then, Nick Antosca joins the show. He is the showrunner for the new TV show ‘The Act,’ which is based on the true story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard (20:35). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Nick Antosca


Apple’s Upcoming Entry Into the Streaming Wars and Reviewing ‘Captain Marvel’ | The Watch

On March 25, Apple will host a group of movie and TV producers and actors at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, to unveil plans for its upcoming streaming service (10:20). Plus, ‘Captain Marvel’ missed the mark in many ways—what does that mean, if anything, for the larger quilt Marvel is trying to stitch (32:45)? Further Reading: “Apple’s Big Spending Plan to Challenge Netflix Takes Shape,” John Koblin Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald


The ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer and a ‘Triple Frontier’ Magnum Opus | The Watch

The latest ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer is here and comes with a full serving of late-career Jeremy Renner’s hair (1:45). Then Andy shares his qualms with Netflix’s ‘Triple Frontier’ (0:00) and Jason Concepcion joins to sing its praises as the type of movie that's made less often than it used to be (26:48). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason Concepcion