15th Feb2014

‘Games of Thrones: The Complete Third Season’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf


When looking at Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season for review the question has to be what can I say what people don’t already know? If they are going to watch the third season they already will have seen the other seasons and know what is to come.  In looking at the complete season for review one thing that could be pointed out is just how series changing it is.  People who had read the books knew what was coming, but when the Red Wedding finally took place, it still hurt.  I’ll point out though that I won’t mention anything more than the words “Red Wedding” when it comes to that, as there are people who could read this and not know what it is…spoilers, remember?

Where season two was very much about survival Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season is about political maneuvering to end the war and to secure the Lannister claim to the Iron Throne.  Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) is continuing her plan to work her way into being queen, and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is just a pawn for everybody to try to use for their own gain.  Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is still searching for her family Robb (Richard Madden) is still waging his war and Jon Snow (Kid Harington) is providing us with a glimpse of the world beyond the wall and our first meeting with Mance Rayder the King-Beyond-the-Wall.  To go through every character and their adventures in this season would take too long, and is not needed, but it’s fair to say that one of the most interesting side stories is that of Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).

The relationship between Jamie and Brienne gets the chance to grow this season as they travel back to Kings Landing, and have quite a few adventures, including Jamie having to do an actual nice thing and save Brienne from a bear fight.  Jamie is probably one of the more interesting of the Lannisters, as well as Tyrian (Peter Dinklage) and to show his less arrogant side brings more depth to his character.  The fact that it’s hinted that Jamie is going to be one of Tyrian’s only friends in the fourth season makes for something to look forward to.  As somebody who has not read the books I don’t know what is coming but can’t help but see that pair back together, and to see how Brienne will still be a part of his life, I’m sure Cersei (Lena Headey) will not be impressed by this new addition.

Game of Thrones, especially in the third season works because in ways you have no time to lose interest and become bored.  Whether it’s the White walkers in the north, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her dragons gaining power or the rise of the Lord of the Light Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season rushes at a pace that is sometimes hard to keep up with, then suddenly brings things to a bloody halt to shock the viewers.  The reminder that no characters are safe in the progression of the story never fails in putting viewers on edge.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season continues the success of the series because of the sheer strength of George R.R. Martin’s story, and the understanding the show has when it comes to not only war and violence but the politics.  Whether you are a fan of Charles Dance and his Tywin Lannister character, Tyrian and his constant scheming or even the detestable Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) there is plenty to get out of this season and with plenty of extras including commentaries for the episodes there is plenty for fans to get out of the box set even if they’ve already watched it before.  My favourite commentary may be for The Rains of Castamere, not just because of the importance of events but also the emotion of the commentators themselves.

There is so much in  Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season to discuss and I know I probably missed something out that people would want to discuss, such as how good Diana Rigg is as Olenna Tyrell (an obvious match of wits to Tywin) but these are some of the things for you to discover, or maybe rediscover.  I’m sure fans of Game of Thrones already have their money ready for this release, and it’s well worth it.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season is released in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray 17th February.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek.com

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