Game of Thrones Philosophy Breakdown Finale: A Look Back on the Song of Ice and Fire

James Walpole/ June 6, 2019

*SPOILER ALERT FOR GAME OF THRONES, OBVIOUSLY. Don’t listen to this if you haven’t watched the show!*

The Night King is dead. Cersei is defeated. The new tyrant Daenerys has been stopped. And our boy Jon and his boy Tormund and their good boy Ghost have ridden off into the sunset of the true North.

Many good stories end with friendship, so what better way could there be for us to end Game of Thrones Philosophy Breakdown than with friends?

In this bonus and ultimate episode of our philosophical musings on the world of Westeros, we get to share some fresh thoughts from folks who have been following the Song of Ice and Fire across eight seasons:

  • Charles Pustejovsky speaks on the show’s meta-theme of meta-issues vs. petty squabbles, and he offers insight into why Jon’s non-conformist, conscience-driven approach to life is so attractive.
  • Cameron Sorsby shares a critique of Jon’s selflessness vs. the “appropriate selfishness” of Sansa. We also talk about how Game of Thrones can help people playing the game of business.
  • Grant Parker highlights the relationship between faith and force in the world of Westeros and our own.
  • Madison Kanna speaks for Daenerys fans and points out the importance of honest, unsparing critique toward even our heroes.
  • Amanda Kingsmith draws parallels to the moral drama and the theme of choice in the Harry Potter books.

We loved having our friends join us for this episode. Throughout this show I’ve been surprised by how much philosophy Ryan and I have managed to draw from the events and themes of the show, but these conversations have brought even more richness to Game of Thrones for us. I hope if you’ve followed the show that it’s helped to create lots of good conversations on the good life for you.

So, what now?

While we wait on the Game of Thrones prequels or the Wheel of Time TV show, now is an excellent time to take what we love about this show and bring it to life in ourselves. The best of the character of the heroes of Game of Thrones – from Ned’s integrity to Jon’s courage – can be ours if we choose to live the lessons of philosophy.


Ready to dig in? Download the new episode from iTunes or your favorite podcast app. 

You can also listen to this episode (and others!) in the in-browser player below. Want to chime in with your thoughts? Comment on this blog! I’m sure we haven’t said anything controversial AT ALL.

NSFW WARNING: These episodes contain language and themes not appropriate for children and probably not safe for work or your grandmother. In no circumstance should these be heard by the delicate ears of Prince Tommen.

DISCLAIMERS: Despite all evidence to the contrary in this show, I am not a professional philosopher, doctor, climatologist, maester, brother of the Night’s Watch, or financial advisor.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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