Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Game of Thrones Season 3

The third season continues on as exceptional television, and there's nothing to add on everything that's great about the series, it's still there. The stories again. Jon Snow's doubt agent story and particularly what happens to the rest of the Night's Watch is great, the King's Landing relationship plays is not technically the most dynamic element this season but it's still great stuff due to just how well played and realized the characters are. The rest of Theon Greyjoy's journey might seem excessively brutal for some, but it actually does earn where he ends up by the end of the season. Bran's story is a bit standard, in that it's mostly just some marching around. Daenerys Targaryen's story is better than last season, though again certain elements remain weak, and also every one of her victories seem handed on a plate whereas every other character has to earn them by the skin of their teeth or not at all. On that front Robb Stark's story is particularly effective as it builds to something special, though not to what many might have been expecting. Arya's story is also great as she begins her most fascinating relationship with The Hound, and which results one of my favorite sequences in the series. There is the Stannis story line which allows some time for Ser Davos to shine which is always good.  Then perhaps the highlight for me is Brienne of Tarth and Jamie Lannister who make for quite the memorable and moving escort mission. Again great stuff throughout and it's particularly notable how the season feels satisfactory while it still leaves you wanting more.

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