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Kings and Queens
28 January 2018
Season seven of fantasy drama show Game Of Thrones. And if you don't know what the show is about by now, where have you been all these years?
This is not a jumping on point. New viewers should start with season one.
This season runs for just seven episodes. It's spread across four discs.
Episodes vary in running time. One two three and five go to roughly fifty five mins. Four is forty six mins. Six is sixty five mins. And the season finale goes to seventy five.
As ever, strong language violence and adult moments make it well worthy of the fifteen certificate.
Following on from where last season left off, the battle for power and control of Westeros is coming to a head. Cersei is Queen. And wants to keep the Iron Throne. Daenerys is finally back in Westeros. And wants the Iron Throne.
King in the North Jon Snow just wants what is best for his people, and to deal with the white walker threat.
Yara and Euron vie for control of the Iron Islands.
And beyond the wall, the army of the dead are getting ever further south. Their King wants to rule. By killing everyone....
This season has a lot to get through and fit in. And it does manage to do that very well indeed. Even at the length mentioned, the episodes really do fly by. There are new locations. A new character or two. And just when you think you've seen the most amazing spectacle the show can offer, it goes even further. Some of the battle scenes and set pieces in here are even more amazing and eye catching than anything you have seen before.
There's some great character development for a few of the supporting players. Some great scenes as people who have never been in a scene together before, or not for a long time, get to do just that.
And good moral food for thought as well. The season finale spends a long time on debating issues at the start, but it's absolutely riveting character drama nonetheless.
It all ends with a superb cliffhanger, and set up for what should be even greater spectacle to come.
You have to suspend your disbelief a little at points this year, as some characters do manage to travel around the continent far quicker than you might expect possible. But that's the only ever so tiny complaint about a brilliant season. Obviously if you'd rather watch this than die of old age waiting for the next of the books, you might get spoilers out of it. But who knows?
The dvds are in the same kind of packaging as season six.
They have the following language and subtitle options:
Languages: English, French, German, Castilian Spanish.
Subtitles: English, French, German, Castilian Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish.
Eleven different commentaries, spread across the season, with various members of cast and crew.
On disc seven: Inside the art department. A two part feature, running twenty three and twenty one mins respectively, looking at the work of the art department and how they created the set pieces from across the season. Fascinating and interesting viewing.
Creating the invasion of Westeros: it implies it's about the early set pieces, but is actually a twenty eight min overview of the whole season. Watch this after episode seven, and it is an interesting and watchable feature.
Some editions of this dvd come with a bonus disc, in a box of it's own attached to the main one. It's called Conquest and Rebellion, An animated history of the seven kingdoms. This uses animation [rather basic with nothing much moving, but nicely stylistic anyhow] and narration from various cast members in character, to tell the back story of the setting of the show. From the arrival of House Targaryen in Westeros to the end of Robert's Rebellion. It's a very interesting watch that really works. Well worth a look.