New podcast! Critics on the Throne episode 1: Todd VanDerWerff

Here at WiC, we’re looking to have a good stable of podcasts up and running in anticipation of the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Some of them, like this one, we’re putting together ourselves, but we’re also interested in hosting high-quality Thrones-based podcasts. (If you have any recommendations, let us know in the comments or send us an email.)

In Critics on the Throne, I’ll be interviewing different TV critics about various aspects of Game of Thrones. First up,’s Culture Editor, Todd VanDerWerff. Todd is also my former boss at The A.V. Club, and the Experts reviewer for the first four seasons there.

We discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Season 4, why critics weren’t so high on it as they had been previously, what the science fiction Game of Thrones might be, and why the show doesn’t get enough credit for its casting successes. We also think King Robert was fantastic. Todd also describes how “Unless you’re really into how TV episodes are structured, there isn’t going to be the ‘next Game of Thrones.'”

Check it out after the jump! We’ll also get it onto iTunes as soon as possible….

Direct download here (right-click, save the download).

In terms of spoilers, we do mention that LS thing that you’ve probably heard about around the 8-minute mark. Most of the rest of the episode doesn’t get into the story of Season 5 beyond what news has been posted here–specifically, which characters are going to Dorne. At around the 40-minute mark, however, we discuss the adaptation of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons more specifically. We don’t spoil major events, but we do talk about the general thrust of the novels, so be warned about that.