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on 25 February 2016
Need to bring this up off the bat. Series three for me contained more scenes of gore, torture and psychological catastrophes than any of the series before it, it also contained the usual amount of nudity and swear words... so how is this the season that's rated a 15 when the previous seasons were 18s? Its mad! I digress.
Definitely the strongest season so far with more twists and turns, betrayals and life changing events. Introducing a few new characters, namely the evil Ramsey Snow of house Bolton (If you thought Joffrey was bad wait until you get a load of this lunatic). As previously quiet and obedient houses and bannermen begin to make a mark for themselves on westeros.

Stannis licks his wounds after his defeat in season two, becoming ever more obsessed with his new God and the Red Woman Melisandre, desperately trying to recuperate and get back in the game as a contender for the throne. Making life hard for his ever suffering but loyal second in command Davos as he attempts to reason with his Zealot obsessed king. Davos is such a likeable character and his loyalty to Stannis is both heart warming and heart breaking as we watch Davos desperately play off and counter the many savage suggestions of the religious Melisandre, with great chemistry between all three characters you can feel the tension in the room with every scene as the two confidants battle for their kings mind which is forever unbalanced and as likely to take either side depending on his mood.

Daenerys begins her liberation of slavers bay quickly gaining momentum and power throughout the series in the way only the dragon born can, quickly becoming the most powerful character in the show, gathering more and more allies to her cause, she becomes seemingly unstoppable, yet remains one of the viewers favourite candidates for the throne as she shows again and again compassion and fairness for the people she comes into contact with, really becoming the light in this dark world. Followed by her loyal and love struck aid Jorah he also has new challenges to face as he finds himself in competition with the new allies flocking to her side, including the humiliated Commander of the Kings Guard from season one Ser Barristen Selmy and the handsome Daario Naharis of the Second Sons mercenaries.

Robb Stark once again faces betrayal as he attends his grandfathers funeral in River Run, introducing us at last to the Tullys including the humorous Blackfish and the Mr Bean of Westeros; Edmure Tully. Watching Robb struggle to handle the political aspect is quite sad as we watch the young wolf, who has never lost a battle decline purely due to his lack of political leadership and his restricting honour, both marching him towards a fate like his fathers. The similarities between Ned and Robb become more apparent as he makes foolish decisions all in vain attempts to do the right thing or make up for mistakes made, all culminating in one of the most memorable and terrible scenes of the entire show.

Theon Greyjoy, probably has the worst time of it in this season, after his betrayal of Robb in season two he finds himself captured by an unknown assailant and very very violently tortured both Physically and psychologically as well as mutilated, forever distorting and changing the character into somebody entirely new. Despite his betrayals and actions in season two you really begin to feel for the character again very early on, even forgiving his actions as he confesses how he really feels about himself and is made the play thing of the sadistic Ramsey Snow. Some fantastic acting done by both actors in all of their scenes really making for a horrible experience for viewers, i fear this may be the last season we ever see Theon Greyjoy...

Tyrion continues to play the game in kings landing, battling with his sister for their fathers approval who has now taken his place as Hand of the King. Tyrion now has a harder time keeping his head above water, struck from all his power by his father, Tyrion is left vulnerable to the cruelty of Joffrey who continues to enjoy torturing his subjects. Watching him keep his composure under such odds and witnessing the cruelty of his father first hand, Tyrion remains a solid favourite of the fans, who after his heroes exploits in season two deserves a lot more than he gets in this season.

Jon Snow follows his new Wildling lifestyle while ever secretly looking for an opportunity to escape back to his fellow men of the nights watch, Jon Snow begins to realise the real threat to Westeros and begins to understand that the only way to win the real war is unity... something nobody else wants. Breaking his nights watch vows and literally skating on real thin ice Jon begins to craft himself as the hero Westeros needs.

Jaime Lannister continues life as captive, with the ever honourable and faithful Brienne charged with transporting him the two run into all sorts of adventures on their way to Kings Landing, including run ins with not so honourable Stark Soliders, farmers and then the sadistic soldiers of house Bolton and their leader Lock. Survival looks bleak for the pair and as Jaime attempts his usual charm and smarmy talk to get out of a situation it backfires changing his life forever, if he survives.

Overall, definitely the best season so far, completely shifting the power around the country and countless heartbreaking revelations and moments, this is the defining season that will make and break lifelong fans, if you though the execution of Ned Stark was the pinnacle of Game of Thrones, that seems like childs play after this season.
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on 24 December 2017
Following the completion of Season 7, I decided to re-watch the series from the beginning & it has been interesting to see how much better scripted the earlier series were. Series 2 had ended with Stannis Barratheon's humiliating defeat at Blackwater; Sam Tarly witnessing an army of White Walkers on the march; Danaerys rescuing her dragons from the House of the Undying at Qarth; and Brienne's attempt to safely escort Jamie Lannister back to King's Landing. In this series, we are introduced to several new characters, such as Diana Rigg's sharp-tongued Olenna, matriarch of the Tyrell family; Ramsey Snow, the cruel & illegitimate son of Roose Bolton; Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall; and Jojen Reed, who befriends Brandon Stark. We also see the return of Barriston Selmy, who pledges his allegiance to Danaerys. It is interesting to observe how the various characters storylines are balanced & interwoven; how some tread water for awhile, while others are advanced at a rapid pace. For instance, it would be fair to say that Stannis does not do much but lick his wounds after Blackwater, whereas Jaime's character is given far more weight & depth as he & Brienne go through various trials & tribulations following their capture by Bolton's men. We are also allowed to feel some sympathy for Theon Greyjoy, who blotted his copybook in the previous series with his cruel & petulant behaviour at Winterfell. Also in this series, Dany displays her increasing confidence in herself, cleverly outwitting all those around her as she leads her growing army in triumph around Slaver's Bay; Jon Snow faces a tough choice between betraying the Night's Watch & thus his friends or the woman he loves; while, Arya is captured by the Brotherhood Without Banners, led by the enigmatic Beric Dondarrion. All this & so much more is covered in series 3 but what everyone remembers most about this series are the events of the Red Wedding in episode 9. It is one of the most shocking & emotionally heart-wrenching pieces of television I've ever witnessed and stayed with me for a very long time afterwards.

As with previous releases, there are bonus features but they're nothing to write home about. However, a series this good doesn't need them!
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on 11 August 2016
Game of Thrones is one of the few series ever that seem to get better with every season and this series is no exception to the rule.
As opposed to the last series (6), they were still introducing more characters than they were killing...but not by much as you would expect.
There are many classic episodes in this season, not least the infamously shocking and heart breaking episode 9, Rarely does a TV episode carry as much emotional weight as the so-called 'Red Wedding,' and never have I seen such a shocking twist better executed and shot.
As usual, there are loads of intertwining stories and many new and old ones appear and begin as others end.
Another surprise about this season is that it is only 15, it is just as, if not more violent than the previous two and also contains some off screen horrors as well.
The extras are also great and very interesting both for fans of the series and at a distance medieval historians, or at least shows how history has influenced the series.
This is the second time I've watched this series and I think it's definitely better the second time around and may just be the best of them, along with 4 and 6.
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on 18 April 2014
This TV series just keeps getting better and better. I only recently discovered Game of Thrones, having stupidly thought it was about some sort of fantasy computer game and so avoided it in the past. I was lent the videos for series 1 and 2 whilst whilst working away in Africa recently and became totally hooked. I watched them straight through. It's like Lord of the Rings meets War of The Roses, with a brilliant cast and a great script. I haven't read the books but I'm very tempted to after this, and have downloaded some audible books to enjoy too. The filming is great, the locations fantastic, and the story enthralling. The only thing I find rather odd is the gratuitous sex scenes. It's not that I'm a prude or anything, it's just that the story is so good, it just really doesn't need the sex scenes and unfortunately I can't let my kids watch it because of that. What a shame that is. I ordered series 3 upon my return from Africa and you guessed it, I watched it from start to finish. I just could stop, it's that riveting. Trouble is now I can't wait for Series 4 and don't have Sky TV.
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on 15 April 2014
If you’re looking at reviews of season three then it is inevitable that you’re already captivated by this epic masterpiece of TV fantasy. We re-watched seasons one and two as a bit of essential preparative revision and have, as with previous seasons, watched this one twice back-to-back. A second viewing is essential, especially as we have a whole raft of new characters, to really get to enjoy the fiendish complexity of the interwoven narrative threads. Some very minor spoilers follow in the next paragraph…

The seven kingdoms of Wersteros become ever more disparate as the civil war continues with Rob Stark leading the men of the North against the unspeakable King Joffrey while nobody is paying any attention to events north of the wall with Jon Snow as the Wildlings head south against the inexorable approach of winter and concomitant White Walkers. At the same time, Daenerys with attendant splendid dragons is trying to raise an army to help restore the Targaryen throne while Stannis licks his metaphorical wounds and falls further under the thrall of the red witch. That just covers the main story arcs. Add into that mix Arya’s journey and the Brotherhood Without Banners, Jamie Lannister & Brienne and Bran’s very separate quests, the ascendancy Margaery Tyrell and, as ever, the irrepressibly brilliant Tyrion and the improbably likeable Varys hold King’s Landing together as things are not all sweetness and light in the house of Lannister.

There is just so much going on in so many places that it is impossible to grasp all of the subtleties even after a second viewing. Just for a change, there is a really useful Blu-ray special feature – the ‘in episode guide’ allows you to see who is doing what where; really handy on the first viewing with so many new characters to keep track of.

With a lot of getting from A to B and a lack of set piece scenes, this season gives the feeling of getting all of the chess pieces in the right place ready for a tumultuous fourth season. That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t more than a few surprises along the way. Well done, again, HBO – splendid stuff.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 11 June 2013
Perhaps one of the most followed TV drama's/series of all time, there have been many
great series down the years such as 'Roots' 'Rich man Poor man' 'Rome' and
'North and South' to pluck just one or two from the lists..
The first two series I waited for the Blu-ray release to watch over
just a few evenings, knowing i'd not want to wait a week for the
next instalment.
this time, I recorded the entire series over the pasr eleven Mondays
( Whit-Monday there was no episode in the U.K and have over the last few days
watched the third series, totally compelling and addictive viewing.
I will of course buy the box-set of the 3rd series when released.
what a truly brilliant series it really is.........................
after the victory brought about by the ingenuity of 'Lannister' dwarf
'Tyrion' and the timely intervention of 'Tywin' ( father of 'Cersei'
'Jaime' and 'Tyrion' ) the cruel and arrogant young king 'Joffrey' still
rules ( or does he ? )
( the casting of 'Joffrey' is a master-stroke, you actually feel the
need to rid the kingdom of him yourself )
there is still a queue waiting to depose the young king and the Lannister's
and claim the iron throne.
'Rob Stark' has interrupted his campaign of rescuing sister 'Sansa'
and revenging his fathers execution by order of the young king, to
return to 'Winterfell' with mother 'Catelyn' in search of his younger
brothers and sister, after 'Theon Greyjoy' had sacked the northern
many of 'Rob Stark's' army have left for home, now to pursue his aim
he must strike an alliance with the treacherous 'Frey's' a decision
his mother had advised him against.
meanwhile 'Mother of Dragon's' 'Daenerys' seeks to raise an army though
she has no wealth to do so, her only asset - her three Dragon's.
she grows impatient, however her young dragons are not yet ready, and
building her army of freed slaves will also take time.
those that have read the books, I haven't, will know of the unexpected
and dramatic twists that were in store for this series.
as in the previous two series the third is full of intrigue,treachery,
graphic violence and continuing adult theme.
all I can say, what a way to finish a series leaving you desperate for
the next instalment, i understand series four is still to be filmed
.....can't wait.......This remains a terrific series to follow.
Footnote:- Series four now seems to be underway along with several
new cast members, we have a while to wait before it reaches our Tv
screens, for those perhaps waiting to see series 3 for the first
time will be eager for it's Febuary 2014 release on Blu-Ray and DVD
(not sure why it hasn't already been made available)
('Sky Atlantic' have and continue to bring us superb drama's
such as 'The following' ( recently concluded ) 'Banshee' ( current series )
and starting up for it's third season 'The Borgias' among quite an
impressive list of must-see's )
For me, 'Game of Thrones' is a series right up there with the best both
past and present.
Great package presentation along with a booklet enclosed as usual.
There are extras on each of the 5-discs:
With this purchase there is a Bonus-disc.
Creating the World with visual effects (exclusive to Amazon)
There are a list of 'exclusive to Blu-ray' extras on board including:
* In episode guide
* The rains of Castamere: unveiled.
* Histories and Lore.
* Roots of Westros.
There is also a list of extras I assume are available on both DVD and Blu-ray.
* A gathering storm.
* The politics of marriage.
* Inside the Wildlings
* Audio Commentaries.
* New Characters.
* Deleted scenes/ Extended scenes.
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on 6 May 2018
Nice boxset, a lot of discs though. Love the way they style these boxsets but my major gripe with all of these Single-Season collector boxsets are that the style changes every season and the size, so they don't look very good on a shelf, are all very random styles and designs. Besides this, they do look nice. although at this point it might be worth waiting till the last season is out and getting a full collection edition.
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on 12 April 2018
Brilliant series. The pace really picks up. The characters and the dialogue are superb. For me there’s less nudity than in the first two seasons (my wife used to wonder what I was watching as she’d invariably walk in during one of the many sex scenes) but I’d say there’s more focus on story and dialogue. The show is superb.. just buy the box sets
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on 15 September 2015
It's superb and Peter Dinklage and co act their socks off in this excellent production which contains, incest, rape, torture and graphic violence - and more .... Most of this is watchable because of the fantastic cast, acting, production, script but it gets to you after a while and I am stuck on Series 4 episode 4 which just went too far for me. the human deaths I can take but animals ....? Oh and this one has the famous Red Wedding on it. Less said.

It's worth buying for the special features alone - some background information and the quite brilliant commentaries from the cast.
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on 20 March 2014
The Game of Thrones is a brilliant series, already impatient for the Blu-Ray of Season 4 and can't believe that somehow I will have to wait nearly 12 months. Bought the DVD of Seasons 1 & 2 then upgraded TV & bought a BR player, lovely to have Season 3 in Blu-Ray.
Bought the 7 paperbacks but good as they are, the story is so much better conveyed via picture, for me anyway. Shocking end but that Robb was a silly boy when he 'dissed' Frey senior by not marrying his daughter as he had promised to. Good that main characters get bumped off sometimes and his mother was a pain so no loss there!
A true Game of Thrones, woe betide those not skilled at playing The Game, you almost have to feel sorry for the unskilled northern Starks.
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