Podcast Episode #23: A Dance With Dragons

March 30, 2015 Podcast, Reviews 4


Welcome to the twenty-third episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya.

In this episode we welcome our first special guest – our friend Zara! We chat about the Game of Thrones TV series and the Song of Ice and Fire book series, plus some other bits and pieces about TV series. We remember Sir Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series, and talk about what we’ve been reading. This episode was recorded on March 29th, 2015.

A warning: In this episode we are discussing more mature subject material so it is recommended for a mature audience.

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear your feedback – anything you would like us to talk about in particular? Just let us know!

You can listen to past episodes of the podcast, as well as the various ways to subscribe on the main podcast page.

The title music for this episode features the Game of Thrones Main Title, composed by Ramin Djawadi and published by Varèse Sarabande.


Discussion Topic: Sir Terry Pratchett

Very sad to report that Terry Pratchett passed away March 12 at the age of 66. Much love for his Discworld series.

dancewithdragonsDiscussion Topic: A Game of Thrones

Thanks to everyone who responded to our survey! The results are at the end of this post.

Warning: There are spoilers for Season 4 and earlier seasons of the TV show, but not for A Dance with Dragons!

A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George RR Martin was published in July 2011.

Season 5 premieres on HBO on April 12 2015.

Seasons 4 and 5 were made from material from books four and five, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.

Here’s the trailer for Season 5:

Book series we think would make great TV shows:

Other Books Mentioned


Seraphina series by Rachel Hartman
1: Seraphina
2. Shadow Scale (March 2015)

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

The Third Twin by CJ Omolulu

The Memory Key by Liana Liu

A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride

Material Girls by Elaine Dimpoulous


A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George RR Martin

Aurora: Pegasus (Aurora #2) by Amanda Bridgeman

Titan Comics Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor graphic novel: Revolutions of Terror by Nick Abadzis

Avery by Charlotte McConaghy

Half the World (Shattered Sea #2) by Joe Abercrombie

Survey results

1. Have you watched the TV series Game of Thrones?

Yes, all: 32 (76%)
Yes, some: 10 (24%)
No: 0

2. Have you read the books?

Yes, all 5: 18 (43%)
Yes, some: 10 (24%)
No: 14 (33%)

3. In your opinion, is the series (books or tv series) too violent?

Yes: 5 (13%)
No: 33 (87%)

Comment selection:

  • It suits the story for the most part. There cannot be war without violence. There also has to be violence within politics as well. It is something you can’t get away from in that time.
  • Have you seen what happens in every life? Random people stabbed to death in the street. I like that Marin keeps his readers/watchers on their toes – no one is safe. He doesn’t coddle any one character.
  • It fits the storyline. Yes, it is graphic but not necessarily gratuitous.
  • I think they made the TV show more violent for the shock factor.
  • It’s violent… but it wouldn’t be the same without it. The violence makes it realistic.

4. In your opinion, does the series (books or TV series) have too much sex and/or gratuitous nudity?

Yes: 14 (36%)
No: 25 (64%)

Comment selection:

  • Book nudity/sex didn’t bother me. I was surprised to see so much sex and nudity on the TV show though.
  • It does for my taste, but I am not offended by it. It also goes with the time period it is set in.
  • The male/female nudity ratio is way out of whack. We don’t get to see half as much dick as we do fannies.
  • I mean it’s okay either way, but if it doesn’t really add to the story

5. Who is/are your favourite character/s (dead or alive)?


6. Who do you love to hate the most?


7. For book readers, how do you rate the on-screen production of the story? Is it faithful? Too different?

Comment selection:

  • I read the books so long ago I don’t catch enough errors or changes (Jamie/Cersei rape scene REALLY bothered me though)
  • Too soap opera ish
  • Very good, considering the vast amount of content needed to be covered
  • Faithful to a point. I don’t like most of the changes they’ve made, but they aren’t BAD changes.

8. Which character are you looking forward to hearing about in Season 5 and/or book 6?





Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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