What is Game of Thrones Season Three All About?
It’s the further adventures of many noble houses from the mythical land of Westeros, a world created by popular author George R.R. Martin. Loosely adapted from Martin’s novels, Game of Thrones (or GoT, as many have come to call it) is a cleverly edited, multi-story series which jumps back and forth between so may characters that one needs a roster (and a road map) to keep track of all the goings on.
There is House Stark, in which surviving eldest son Robb (Richard Madden) wages war with ruling House Lannister, while seeking a proper trial for his mother’s (Michelle Fairley) betrayal. House Lannister is in league with House Baratheon in the capitol city of King’s Landing, where the impetuous teen king Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) petulantly defies protocol in the name of his own amusement, going as far as to persecute young Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).
Meanwhile, bastard Stark adopted son Jon Snow (Kit Harington) continues his travels North of the Wall, where he meets Wildlings after being led there by Ygritte (Rose Leslie). He is aware that the supernatural White Walkers are moving South towards civilized regions, posing a grave threat. On the other side of the map, Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) continues to raise an army of warriors, with trusted right-hand man Jorah (Iain Glen) and her three growing dragons by her side. She hopes to conquer King’s Landing and rule Westeros as is her alleged birthright.
Manipulative imp and mastermind Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is relieved of the Hand of the King’s duties in favor of his authoritarian father (Charles Dance) and forced to marry Sansa so that Joffrey can wed the more willing lady Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). Finally, Jaime Lannister makes his trip towards the capitol, a prisoner of sorts from the towering woman-at-arms Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). Misadventures ensue.
There’s plenty more in store for these in other characters, over the course of this 10-episode third chapter.
What Does Game of Thrones Season Three Compare To?
It’s a more fleshed out chapter, similar in structure and narrative to the previous two seasons, albeit the bloodiest one to date, especially the later episode titled “The Rains of Castamere.”
What makes this show very watchable, aside from insanely beautiful locales and set designs, is its ability to easily keep over half a dozen sub-plots on the go during a commercial-free uninterrupted solid hour. Co-creators and producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are obviously loyal fans of Martin’s works, and collaborate with the author to adapt as much of the source material into a cohesive tale on the small screen.
When we’re not supposed to marvel at the inventive visual effects, we can enjoy moments of levity courtesy of Peter Dinklage, whose rapier wit never fails to lighten the mood or drive an important point home, depending on the situation. There is no shortage of talent on set, with each actor young and old bringing his and her A-game, turning this series into one of the most captivating prime time sagas of the past few decades.
This is a heavily serialized show, with so many plot threads one could easily weave them in a healthy session of macramé. To try and jump into the story by starting with this season is a futile endeavor, so one must make allowances for some intensive binge watching and catch up on the first two seasons beforehand.
Also, as fascinating as the character roster proves, a newcomer to Martin’s works and world may have a hard time telling the difference between a Stark, a Lannister and a Greyjoy. It’s a lot of fun to try, though. Bring a notepad.
Oh, oodles of them. Amongst the riches to be found over the disc set, look for interviews with new cats members, audio commentaries on essentially each episode, a recap of Season 2 for those refusing to binge, deleted scenes galore and various histories of the Westeros clans. Frankly, if you’re a hardcore fan, might as well check out each of these, to educate yourself further in the delicious geekery within. Enjoy.
The Final Word on Game of Thrones Season Three
This show just keeps getting better and better. Granted, those already caught up to the series’ fifth book (this season tackles the early part of Book 3, by the by) won’t exactly be surprised by some of the twists and turns casting wise; if anything, author Martin once stated that no character is safe in this world, something viewers have painfully discovered over the past three years. All in all, a very entertaining bit of escapism, an excellent melange of sword and sorcery, dragon lore and good old fashioned debauchery. What’s there not to like?
Score: 3.5 out of 5