The characters. Obviously Tyrion is a fan favorite, and why the hell not, dude’s magnificent (and portrayed magnificently by Peter Dinklage), and although he’s having a rough go of it right now, there is still lots of to love this season, most importantly, his brewing hatred of Joffrey. Aria, Jon Snow and Jaime Lannister are my favorite characters. Aria didn’t have much to do this season, though her standoff with Melisandre was very cool. Jon Snow’s false integration into Mance Rayder’s ranks was fun, if not a little rushed—but I’m very much looking forward to the coming battle with the Wildlings. The standout performance for me this season was all about Jamie Lannister. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s interpretation of the character is downright flawless. Jaimie is such a unique character with one of the most interesting story arcs. You want to think he’s a villain. You want to think he’s a one-dimensional prick. But you’d be wrong. Sure, he bangs his sister, but hey, nobody’s perfect.
One of the underlining threads of this season is betrayal, and the ramifications of such. Theon gets an ungodly taste of it (truth be told, his torture scenes got old fast), the Night’s Watch is shaken to its core, but the most horrifying betrayal comes at the hands of Walder Frey and Roose Bolton at the Red Wedding. Having read the books I knew what was coming, but even then, it was a ghastly sight to behold. David Bradley was perfect as Frey, a real slimebag to his very core. I saw the internet buzz of people’s reactions, and rest assured, it is a moment of TV history that will never be forgotten.
GAME OF THRONES S3 is everything you loved about the first two seasons brought to the next level. What David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have created here is pure magic. George R.R. Martin must be proud, because this complex world he’s created has been brought to life in the most amazing way possible—we have show runners who aren’t afraid to go above and beyond what most people would argue is possible, we have a tremendous cast of actors who showcase these intriguing characters like they’re family, all combined with jaw-dropping set pieces, luscious locales, superior special effects and topnotch writing (I know, I’m really laying it on thick here, but what can I say, I love this show). Yes, I’m a little worried about how they’re going to splice all the characters into the show when, as I’ve mentioned before, the fourth and fifth book run parallel to one another but don’t include everyone at the same time. I’m sure they’ll figure it out, but if you were wondering why some of the characters this season didn’t seem to accomplish much, well, that’s why. This small tidbit aside, I can’t wait for next season, which promises to up the ante even higher.
Histories and Lore: Much like it sounds, we get an in-depth look at Westeros and all who dwell there. A must for hardcore fans of the show.
Roots of Westeros: I feel this should have been included with the previous segment as it goes hand-in-hand with it, but here we just get more details focussed primarily on the many houses battling for the power.
“The Rains of Castamere” Unveiled: A documentary of how this explosive episode came to be. This is a true gem, as David and D.B. planned this bad boy out from the start, hoping the show would take off and last long enough for them to create it. Well it did boys, and you knocked it out of the damn park.
A Gathering Storm: A fourteen minute recap of S2 for those who want a quick jolt before setting slicing into S3. I love a good recap.
The Politics of Marriage: We explore what marriage means to the various families and gods of Westeros. Clearly, marriages in this show are about claims to power rather than love, but hey, it makes for some good entertainment…and there’s always brothels.
New Characters: There are a slew of new characters this season, and this is part to watch if you got confused, haven’t read the books, or simply want to know more. I was very impressed with Tormund Giantsbane, as well as Jojen and Meera.
Inside the Wildlings: Like Jon Snow said, the Wildlings have gathered on marched on the wall many times before, and always lost. This feature explores Wildling lore and history to help us better understand the realm beyond the Wall.
Deleted/Extended Scenes: Unlike most films, these were all pretty juicy. Sure, I can see why the Tywin and Pycelle bit was taken out, but in all honesty, I could have had all these babies stay in “as is”.
Previews: There are some HBO trailers, as well as DVD and Ultraviolet Copies of the complete season—a true bonus if ever there was one.
Extra Tidbit: I was standing behind and old woman (she looked to be about seventy) in the express lane at the grocery store yesterday. She didn’t have a basket or cart, just one single item clutched to her chest like a baby…this Blu-ray. “Is that for you?” I asked. She turned and smiled. “It sure is, my husband and I love this show!” I smiled ear to ear. And all is right with the world.