Season 3 continued the fine work of the previous two seasons, building up the characters and the political tensions, adding new layers to characters such as Jaime Lannister who is shown as far more honourable and decent a person than we were led to believe from season 1. My favourite characters remain Tyrion, Tywin, Daenerys and Lord Varys.
As others have mentioned the season is as brutal and uncompromising as ever especially in episode 9, which really does build to a shocking climax. Nothing anyone who has been watching the show shouldnt have seen coming, but shocking all the same.
I do have one quibble with this DVD package as currently advertised. From the box image it is claiming to be a 15. Surely not? The red wedding sequence alone should push it into 18 territory. Either the image is wrong and season 3 is an 18 as the previous 2 seasons were or I worry there has been cutting to the episodes to make it fit a 15 rating.