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5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing on TV right now, 15 May 2012
This review is from: Game of Thrones - Season 2 (inc. Bonus Disc: Creating the Visuals - Amazon.co.uk Exclusive) [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I won't beat around the bush here, Season 2 is superior to Season 1. This show
is quite extraordinary and just gets better and better as it progresses. You know
you're watching something special when 50min episodes feel like 25min shorts - time
just flies by when watching Game of Thrones, and although the climax of each episode
means the end, it's not without some amazing cliffhanger which makes you crave for more.

Season 2 covers the whole of the second book, 'A Clash of Kings', and it progresses the
story forward at a decent rate whilst introducing plenty of new faces, making the battle
for the Iron Throne very intense. Not all of the people you'd expect to see in Season 2
are here yet, the show's creators stated that Season 2 introduced enough new faces, so
several key characters that appear in 'A Clash of Kings' have been delayed until Season 3.

We're at a good point now though, where most of the show's foundations have been set in Season 1,
so the story is free to steam forward. As always, the acting for the series is just top notch, and
the sets look superb, although the big battles usually have to fade to black because of budget and
man power issues i suspect, other than that the show is almost perfect. Just like Season 1 there
are some great twists, even more nudity, even more fighting and a little bit of love & laughter
with a splash of tears - it's the complete television show and right now, the best thing on TV.

If you watched and enjoyed Season 1 then this is an obvious purchase. For anyone new to the
series, pickup Season 1 and 2, clear your schedule and prepare to watch some damn fine
television, then join the rest of us in the year long wait until Game of Thrones Season 3.

P.S if you haven't read the books yet (like me), then the temptation to do this after watching
the show will likely be great. However i've personally found the show is infinitley more enjoyable
if i don't know what's going to happen next; the suspense and surprises are definitley a big part
of the experience for me now. So definitley consider this notion when watching the show, & before
embarking upon the books!
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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2012 15:04:13 GMT
Everyone should watch this series, they should also read the books too. (I've read four of the books so far.) I prefer them to the series, there's a lot more meat to it than the TV show. The TV show can be STARKly different to the books from time to time, completely changing characters or certain events. Still, it's one of the most entertaining shows out there.

Posted on 15 Dec 2012 16:37:54 GMT
Nick B says:
As someone who has read the books since 1997, I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would spoil reading the books by watching the TV series first, which is some way inferior to the experience of reading the books.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2012 16:45:35 GMT
Grumbleguts says:
But surely the books are very different from the TV series?
It would be like a whole new experience.
Eg - I love Rebus on television - but the actual books are very different from the stories of the same title portrayed on TV.
For me it's a bonus - seeing a film or tv series doesn't necessarily spoil the book.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2012 18:02:32 GMT
Nick B says:
It's different, but I wouldn't want any of the major plot points spoiled, George R. R. Martin is an expert at punchy twists and punching you in the gut. You find yourself smiling either way. The TV series is okay at this, but is no equal. And it has followed the plot quite closely, although it has heavily diluted or removed much of the prophecy, dreams and important back story, and for me the nostalgic melancholy romance. So it has turned a rich tapestry with interesting narrative viewpoints, and hollywood-ized it. I wouldn't go as far as to say bastardized because 2 or 3 episodes of season 2 were truly inspired. But it was largely frustrating. One of the most talked about chapters from the second book was basically removed. While the first season was great due to the book being quite screenplay-like, the second season failed to introduce any of the complexity of the second book, and was pretty much as I feared before watching it - gone is the dream-like fantasy journey Daenerys takes through Qarth, which is almost an unreal journey, as well as the aura about her. There's no dragon theft! Still there were some great episodes, like The Ghost of Harrenhal and Blackwater. I'm just saying why take the risk of these plot points being spoiled by a TV series that was VERY inconsistent in season 2, and that may be even more thrilling when you have a deeper understanding of what is actually happening. I'm still quietly hopeful for season 3 though! And respect those who want to watch it first. Let's face it if you haven't read the books by now, where have you been?! Fantasy used to be nothing but bad Tolkien clones, Tolkien itself being an old-fashioned way to write, but stuff like Batman, The Watchmen and Wildcards by Martin, reinvented fantasy as "dark fantasy" in the early eighties. A Song of Ice and Fire, and Martin, has been at the forefront of fantasy literature for a very long time. Although there are others who have inspired him, like Jack Vance.

It's worth noting George R.R. Martin's roots in horror writing, and some of his best writing in A Song of Ice and Fire comes in the fourth book, even though it's maybe not a fan favorite plot wise, it has some of his best writing.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2012 18:30:10 GMT
Grumbleguts says:
I take your point that there are changes - and omissions - but I can enjoy the book at a different level just because of that. I love George RR Martin's writing.
I just thought it was a bit strong to say watching the series first would spoil the books.
For me the written word and spoken word can be very different - but neither necessarily diminishes the other. You will always have preferences of course. Eg I think the film of Dr Zivago is far superior to the book. I'd rather watch the film any day :)
But I've never seen a version of Vanity Fair or Wind in the Willows that comes close to the books.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2013 07:33:21 GMT
I cannot believe that 125 out of 141 peolpe find a review of an unreleased item helpful...

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2013 18:02:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2013 18:03:08 GMT
Bronn says:
The show aired on the US nearly a year ago. I also knew the extra contents of the Blu Ray before reviewing.

Dont see a problem, this is how the majority of TV and FILM is reviewed on Amazon

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2013 12:36:57 GMT
e black says:
to be honest if you haven't read the books and are really enjoying the series on tv i wouldn't bother reading the books, it would just spoil the series for you given how much the messed about the story in the second series, although if you want to know the whole story i would read the books far more in depth and tyrion lannister in the second book is far far more devious and clever than they make out in the series, after being so impressed with the first series i was very dissapionted in the second

Posted on 13 Apr 2013 20:01:54 BDT
hang on a minute - I was about to thank you for your review which I fully agree with until I noticed your name and picture - hang on one minute...you can't review This - You Are in It....like the wise comment maker who raised the fascinating question as to how much of Game of Thrones is historically precisely accurate - you as one of the charcters in this story can not - to be fair - provide an unbiased review.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2013 20:02:49 BDT
oh thanks Bron - when the hugging and Kumbaya broke out in episode 8 I was not as surprised as i should have been - spoiler !

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