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This review is from: Game of Thrones - Season 4 [DVD]  (DVD)
All men must serve. The 4th season of Game of Thrones does just that: It serves a feast of drama, action, twists, brilliant acting, directing, production, storytelling and sex, less sex than the previous seasons, however, that is somewhat of an improvement as sometimes in previous seasons it wouldn't have been unfair if one believed that sometimes the sex scenes were slightly overused.
As someone who read all the books 3 years ago, this was the season I was waiting for so very desperately, even more so than seasons 2 and 3. This 4th season is mainly based upon the events that take place in the second half of the 3rd book A Storm of Swords Part 2: Blood and Gold. Episode 9 is usually the traditional climax of a Game of Thrones season, with 10 being the aftermath of the storm but I knew that this season would have so many big moments and episodes that had they taken place in any other season, they'd have been more than worthy of that number 9 spot. This season contains shock after shock, big moment after big moment, development after development and despite a monumental episode 9, this seasons climax is episode 10 and in my opinion it is the best episode so far of the entire programme so far. Game of Thrones Season 4 is some of the best television ever produced.
Like season 2 and 3, this season does deviate from the books more than the season that came before. However if you're a fan of books, unless you're an individual that hates any changes from the books regardless of what film/show it is, the majority of the book deviations work for the better if I'm honest. As a reader who knew what was coming, on a number of occasions I was shocked but pleased at certain changes and events that happened in the show but did not take place in the books. The only things that ever so slightly disappointed me as a fan of the books watching the show, were a couple of the scenes that were left out. The final chapter of A storm of Swords did not take place but in the show but I think that might be due to the availability of a certain actor and will probably take place at some point next season. There was also a conversation in the books that never happens in the show which did quite shock me as this conversation was the main motivation for a character to do what he did in his final scene of the season. Other than those two examples, I thought the changes worked fantastically and if you're a reader of the books that hasn't seen this season yet or any of HBO's Game of Thrones, I would thoroughly recommend that you watch it.
This season of Game of Thrones contains some of the best acting I have ever seen. Peter Dinkladge, I know others have mentioned him and others will undoubtedly do so as well but his performances were some of the best I have ever seen in any television show or film ever. He deserves an Emmy, Grammy, whatever award you want to give him, he deserves it. In episode 6 he has a great speech and it's mind blowing, it's amazing, the emotion and the delivery of it was on another level. Charles Dance, Jack Gleeson, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Rose Leslie, Maisie Williams, Pedro Pascal were also outstanding, as were the rest of the cast, it's just if I named everyone that performed outstandingly I'd have the to write the entire cast list down. Put simply, Game of Thrones Season 4 is an acting masterclass.
Even though there is not much information on the DVD itself, coming from someone who owns the first 3 seasons DVD, I believe that this set will be it's traditional 5 disc set, nicely packaged, with each disc containing two episodes. There will undoubtedly be hours of interesting special features and the cast members discussing their characters and scenes along with commentaries on every episode from members of the cast and crew.
I would definitely recommend Game of Thrones Season 4 to any Game of Thrones fan, the initial selling price for the DVD will be around the £30 mark, Blu-ray £40. I'd recommend it regardless of the price. This show is as good as Breaking Bad, if not a tiny bit better. If you haven't seen Game of Thrones, I'd say go watch the first season, there is no way anyone can jump into this show and pick up what's going on 4 seasons in. Watch the previous 3 seasons first, they're also amazing. If you've seen the first 3 seasons and haven't seen this one yet because you don't have Sky and didn't want to watch it online I'd recommend this as soon as it's out, which will probably be mid-late March next year, just in time for season 5. If you've seen this season, loved it and are still undecided on whether to buy it or not, I'd say treat yourself. TV doesn't get much better than this.