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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 21 April 2013
Game of Thrones is one of the best TV series ever made- period. It's got wonderful production values, one of the finest casts assembled, brilliantly written source material to build fantastic scripts from and Season 3 is possibly - the best one yet. Yes it has issues, for fans of the books it makes more changes, character introductions, some characters cut clean out (Loras not joining the Kingsguard works surprisingly well for the plot) and there's some unnecessary elements added in for comedy - but most of them make sense and benefit the series to streamline an immense book like Storm of Swords into a 10 hour TV series. For non-book fans the pacing is much slower and at the same time there are so many threads and they often get a brief few minutes and then jump cut to the next, and the next. By Episode 6 this stops becoming such a problem and the pacing relaxes. But the episodes are all really strong, the characters and the actors playing them are at their best here. Season 3 covers more like 2/3 rather than 1/2 of Storm of Swords, not going far beyond the events of the Red Wedding which holds the prominent episode 9 slot. Whilst it doesn't end on a dynamic cliffhanger like Season 2 did, Season 3 closes before a book reaches its third act, before the climaxes (yes there are several), which will no doubt feature in Season 4, which will have more space to breathe if it commits solely to Storm of Swords.

So following the events of the Battle of Blackwater and the unseen battle at the Fist of the First Men, Series 3 has a lot to portray, the depleting cause of the Northerners, the union of the Tyrells and the Lannisters in marriage and Daenerys becoming a legendary conqueror with the Unsullied Army which is her main focus for the season. Whilst the cast is exceptional, there are two newcomers in particular who just steal every scene they're in. Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane is almost lovable as the wall-climbing Wildling "I like you boy, but if you lie to me - I'll pull your guts our through your throat." The other is Dianna Riggs' Ollenna Tyrell who plays the Game of Thrones with every Lannister she can find and is one of the finest players, the only character able to put Tyrion down in wordplay, although Tyrion and Tywin's interplay this series is some of the finest ever presented. Also established characters get even more development, Jaime Lannister's character development is fascinating here as he turns from die-cast villain to humility and honor when things get out of hand. Having never liked Daenerys in the previous seasons (she didn't really do much) - her actions here turn her into one of the finest strong-willed characters which begins to remove her entitlement complex in favor of earning her place. Unfortunately knowing where she goes in "Dance of Dragons" it may only last until next season - rarely does the audience get what they want. Meanwhile Tywin gets more time to put down his family members (his scene tutoring Joffrey is legendary) and Tyrion remains a vital member but is no longer the show's star, the responsibility gets spread out. There's barely a weak member of the cast here and be warned for anyone who hasn't seen this season yet - as it is in Storm of Swords, the writers are willing to kill off characters front, left and center. To quote one of the best new members of the cast, Iwan Rheon's chilling Ramsay Snow: "If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention."

One of the best things about the show is that it has made people think, judging by the fanbase; it has the scripting to make the abbhorent be considered possibly accpetable on themes such as incest, child-murder, betrayal and rights and means to lead and rule. How does one excuse a vile person like Jaime Lannister - put them next to someone like Walder Frey or Craster and you have the answer. Complex moral issues for the sake of family and power are constantly raised and the series always makes a good attempt to explore them with a full heart. The production in the season is faultless, the CGI has been put to good use for direwolves, a giant and the quickly growing dragons, while the location work is forever brillaint from the icy wastes of the North to the rolling plains of Slaver's Bay. Even the sex and nudity aspect of the show feels more rationalized with some of them actually contributing to plot and character development (although the writers still like to use the brothel and all that entails). With two weddings passed and one major one yet to come, the set is staged for some epic set pieces that Season 3 has set in motion and Season 4 will no doubt bring. Filled as ever with blood, betrayal and brilliance - Season 3 delivers the best of a Song of Ice and Fire.
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on 23 February 2014
Most purchasers will already know how great the show is, so I will concentrate on some of the extras instead, There are plenty of deleted scenes which are worth watching and the 'Histories & Lore' section voiced by various cast members is superb, giving lots of historical background to the series. I particularly liked the Varys and Petyr Baelish discussion about the final days of the Targaryan dynasty. Another highpoint is the feature on the politics of marriage in Westeros.
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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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 September 2015
I already owned this boxset and this is one of my favorite seasons. Purchased as a gift for a newly converted fan. Great extras as usual and the box is nicely presented as ever but personally I really wish they'd stuck to the same black themed case-cover that boxsets 1, 2 & 4 had.
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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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on 23 March 2014
As incredible as the first two and thoroughly engrossing. Watched it all in two days (thanks goodness I am retired!!) and now have to be patient about the fourth series!! Very true to the books, characters well played and effects brilliant. Wish I could give it 6 stars!!
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on 22 March 2014
Having read all the books I couldn't wait to watch Game of Thrones and thoroughly enjoyed Seasons 1 and 2. Alas I found Season 3 very disjointed as though they were trying to cram as much in as possible and the result is you are jumping from character to character very quickly and the smooth flow of the story is lost. For anyone who has read the books you can work out the missing bits but for someone who hasn't read the books I think they might find it hard to work out the various story plots. All in all I found season 3 disappointing and doubtful if I will bother buying the next season. Pity because the acting is superb as well as the action scenes.
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on 9 January 2014
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.
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on 9 July 2013
Skip the first two paragraphs if all want is why a shun the 1star reviewers. This is one of the best shows ever made, this isn't even an over reaction. The first season was so good it got me to pick up the books allowing me to see first hand just how loyal they are on the book. Each season is split to show one paperback book (I say paperback because book three is actually split into two parts in that format) per season.

Each episode is wonderfully written, not a difficult task being loyal to a brilliant book. The actors are well cast and they bring their characters to life perfectly, the sets and the costumes are so well made that its difficult to recognise that this world is actually a fantasy world a feat not many, if any, fantasy shows achieve.

But these are all things you have heard before why else would you be looking to buy the show on DVD. I really want to talk about the 1star reviews firstly the ones who complain about the date, the special features have not all been made, the first example is the round table discussion with the cast, George RR Martin, and the shows directors and writers this discussion does not happen until before filming of the next series in September October, also there are a number of animations, roughly 20 each on the first two seasons, which tells the history and lore of Westeros these also need to be made.

The people complaining about price, for what you are buying it is worth it, I have never bought a tv show in disc format as I find that they are just what I see on tv but dumped on a disc (also explains why they are usually released day after final episode) these however are rich in special features. From the usual behind the scenes to in depth looks at characters explained my actors who play them, from round table discussions to animations telling the histories and mythologies of Westeros. This is brilliant moneys worth DVD for a fans and non fans. I know people who haven't read the books and only knew what they saw on TV, after they spent the money on the DVDs they knew just as much as somebody who has read the books.

This is well worth the wait and the money, for a special featured filled DVD set that will surely expand your experience in the rich and dark world that is Westeros.

Apologies for bad grammar.
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