1. The Boiled Leather Audio Hour Episode 19!

    Women of Westeros, Part IV: Margaery, Melisandre, and Lysa

    It’s a power-player episode of BLAH this time out, as our irregularly scheduled series on the women of Westeros tackles a trio who have little in common except their positions near the top of the power structure: Margaery Tyrell, Melisandre of Asshai, and Lysa Arryn. The combination was Stefan’s idea, and the result of the odd juxtaposition is a pretty diverse set of questions tackled over the course of the episode.

    How do the differences and similarities between book-Margaery and show-Margaery stack up? How does Melisandre’s use of magic compliment or compromise what you might expect from a woman in her position in Westerosi society? What does Lysa tell us about the costs of the Westerosi gender system, and the limits of audience empathy? Let’s find out together, just you and us.

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  3. The Boiled Leather Audio Hour Episode 15!

    Women of Westeros, Part II: Brienne & Asha

    WARRIOR WOMEN OF WESTEROS IN HOT SWORD-ON-SWORD ACTION! Haha j/k LOL. Stefan and I proudly present the second installment in our intermittent series of episodes focusing on female characters. Our leading ladies today: Brienne of Tarth and Asha Greyjoy. The similarities are obvious, and the juxtaposition instructive, I think. We look at their attitudes toward violence and war, sexuality, gender, and their “careers,” to use an anachronistic term; the way their societies and their circle of acquaintances have shaped their lives; their resonance with the mindsets of modern readers; and much more. We also take some detours into Jaime Lannister and Victarion Greyjoy, always a good time. And be sure to listen until the very end, when we answer the only question that really matters. You’ll see.

    By the way, I think our audio issues have been resolved. We’re not going to win a technical Grammy or anything, but you should no longer want to rip your headphones out and throw them across the room, either. Let us know!

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  5. The Boiled Leather Audio Hour Episode 13!

    Women of Westeros, Part I: Sansa & Cersei

    BLAH’s long summer has ended at last! We’re back with the first in what promises to be a more or less ongoing series of episodes dedicated to the distaff. Part One of our lengthy look at the women of Westeros focuses on two of the series’ most divisive characters, Sansa Stark and Cersei Lannister. I’ve found myself growing fonder and fonder of them both as characters (as characters, emphasis added, in Cersei’s case), which leads me to suspect that the ire directed their way has done some good, at least: It’s forced me to do a lot of thinking about them, and the more thinking I do, the more I find there to think about. Indeed, this was one of those podcasts where the more we talked, the more lightbulbs kept switching on in my head — you’ll hear me say “I never thought of it this way until just now, but…” three or four times during the course of the discussion. Topics include how both of them function as nobility, as women, as members of an important house, as rulers or potential rulers, and as vectors for what GRRM wants us to think about when we contemplate the system that shaped them.

    Thank you to longtime All Leather Must Be Boiled commenter Michal for suggesting that we talk about Sansa and inspiring our most ambitious podcast project to date — in fact, please follow her lead and pop into the comments and let us know which women you’d like us to take a look at next!

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