DVD Review: Game of Thrones Season 3
I’ve read all five books in the A Song Of Fire And Ice series by George R. R. Martin. I fell in love with the series almost instantly, even though I had fastidiously avoided the fantasy genre for most of my life. I loved how Martin could bring to life with such vivid detail the fantasy world of Westeros, whilst keeping it very readable. What I didn’t like however was how the first book finished. As the series continued over the following four books I soon learned that Martin had an annoying habit of killing of my favourite characters, and by the end on the final book (so far) I had sworn off reading the final two books of the series (if they ever get written).
But even though I detested Martin by the time the TV series came along, I was intrigued enough to watch the first season. It was ok, but I felt HBO had crammed too much into ten episodes. Then came the second season and I tried to watch it, but it just felt flat to me.
But then came season three and the infamous Red Wedding. Having read the books, it was funny reading all the tweets by American’s who had obviously never read to the books, and were watching the episode ‘live’ on TV. This was a season I would endure if only to see how HBO handled one of the most shocking turn of events in all of Westeros.
But I didn’t have to endure anything, as season three captured me like the first chapter of Martin’s paperback version of A Game Of Thrones did. I was once again hooked into the series, and though I knew pretty much everything that was going to happen (even though many of the details are changed), it was fun watching it all unfold, and having the anticipation of episode nine hanging over me was thrilling in itself.
Add to this the production quality, which felt as if it had been ratcheted up a fair few notches, with both stunning visuals and a strong attention to sound quality and levels, and you have HBO back at their best.
But HBO did a tricky thing with season three, rather than following a one book per season formula that they did with the first two seasons, they left a large segment of book three, presumably for season four. A wise thing to do, considering what other shocks appear in those final 100 or so pages. This of course means that some of the more delicious moments I was looking forward to seeing, will now have to wait till season four is released.
I can say, that after being immersed into the world of Westeros over ten epic episodes, and I’m anticipating a great season four, and may even consent to calling myself a fan of the TV show.
Rating: R18 Strong violence, language, sex scenes and nudity.
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