Title: Game of Thrones: Season 3 Starring: Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Jack Gleeson
Rating: 18 Length: 10 x 55 minutes approx
Directors: Alan Taylor, Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan and others
Game of Thrones is an HBO original series based on the international best-selling books by George R. R. Martin. The release of the third season of this hit show on Blu-ray is once again one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2014. It’s got a huge following on both sides of the Atlantic. Whether you have read the books or not, this is required viewing.
Game of Thrones has got it all: brilliantly interwoven, expertly written storylines, a mythical world full of interesting characters, from Knights to Wildlings and White Walkers. It’s a unique and wonderful world of black magic, lies, lust, incest, murder, bloody wars and feuding families. And I didn’t even mention dragons yet!
The powerful households are continuing a dark and ancient battle for control of the Iron Throne in the land of Westeros.
Game of Thrones really does deserve to be watched without spoilers so I’m not going to give you any.....
Suffice to say that there are a lot of surprises to come in season 3. Some you will like. Some will shock. Some will make you laugh and some with make you cry.
Rob Stark’s army is on the verge of civil war amongst the ranks. Can he hold his army together to march on the Capital or will he have to retreat back to the relative safety of his ravaged homestead of Winterfell.
Jamie Lannister is also heading back to the Capital, as a hostage to be traded for the safe return of the Stark girls. He has a few surprises in store and his character develops in directions we wouldn’t have likely guessed.
The horsemen tribe, the Dothraki, have abandoned Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) but you better believe that this young would-be-Queen is still in the fight for the Iron Throne. She is working on buying herself an army. And she does it in fine, merciless style. You’ll love it.
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Cersei (Lena Headey) are both in for real curve-ball surprises from their crazy father (Charles Dance) as he looks to maintain the control that he has and build on it to knock Rob Stark out of the game.
Season 3 begins slowly, you might even think that the first three or four episodes are slow and boring by comparison to the previous episodes of the opening seasons, but things are building to something special. There are healthy helpings of gruesome torture - someone gets his hand chopped off, sex - someone loses his virginity to an unlikely partner and someone, even less likely, satisfies a trio of lovely ladies in the brothel, incest - the crazy guy is still ‘marrying’ his daughters, but maybe his days are numbered?
Performances are strong throughout, they always have been but as the episodes tick by the characters gain depth and the actors just get better and better. The writing and direction continues to be absolutely first-rate. Game of Thrones is consistently brilliant in every way.
Game of Thrones is extremely engrossing TV. It’s of the highest calibre in every sense and is beyond highly recommended.