Not too long ago, our podcast booth was full of merriment. For countless minutes we would regale each other with recaps of our favorite moments on Game of Thrones and just laugh and laugh. That was like two weeks ago. This week, however, we’re worried. Sunday’s episode of HBO’s massive fantasy series was, well, dull. And we’re starting to wonder if the wheels are falling off of Westeros.


Luckily, we have a lot of other cultural highlights to lift our spirits. For one, we can finally talk openly about Captain America: Civil War, including that post-credits scene that got us so stoked. There’s also the return of Penny Dreadful and new albums from Radiohead and James Blake. For every wound, there is a salve.

So come share in our joy and pain, won’t you? We’ve got a meager but mighty pair—editors Peter Rubin and Angela Watercutter—in the booth and we need to talk to you about some things. Sit down, this won’t hurt one bit.

A few helpful links for things we talk about in the podcast:

-Brian Raftery’s piece on why Captain America is Marvel’s secret weapon
-WIRED’s field guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
-Angela Watercutter’s review of Captain America: Civil War
-This week’s Game of Thrones death pool
-The announcement of WIRED’s book club
-WIRED’s guide to the literary references in Penny Dreadful
-Brian Raftery’s ranking of Radiohead albums
-A track from James Blake’s new LP:


Culture Podcast: So Game of Thrones Got Kind of Boring, Huh?