Blu-ray review: Game of Thrones - The Complete Third Season
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REVIEW: Blu-ray review: Game of Thrones - The Complete Third Season
The third season of Game of Thrones is a warning.
It's a 10 hour parable that tells us that the world will become a horrific place if evil is allowed to rein.
Good men, women and children are snuffed out in ways that are terrible to imagine as King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) wedges his evil little self deeper into the Iron Throne that he, a result of an incestuous affair between his mother and her brother, doesn't even deserve. If he is not the father of lies, he is the son of them.
There are nobler houses than his, the Lannisters, yet none can unseat him.
Yet there is nobility in the most ignoble of characters, the dwarf Tyrin Lannister (Peter Dinkage) who is the joke of his family, lucky to survive after killing his own mother in birth.
His journey has gone from a drunken whorer to almost a family man, while almost trying to dislodge his nephew from the throne himself. Tyrion is the only man brave enough to stand up to the teenaged king, and tell him what a nasty piece of work he is.
The previous season's barbarity, and sex, have nothing on series three which shares the R18 rating, both nastier than series one's R16 rating. Once again I found myself looking to see who was in the room as some scenes began to play out, and reaching for the remote's fast forward button in many. When I wasn't doing that I was muting the foul language.
Such scenes sometimes include important story points, but it's not big or clever to be so graphic. Hithcock, and other great directors, always said the power of suggestion was far cleverer than actually showing something and this is never truer than with this series.
While the series is set in a fantasy land not so different to Middle Earth, with supernatural powers at work and dragons, it is far more rooted in our medieval world and that includes the language. But even Chaucer would blush at some of the lines in this.
Some characters think nothing of four letter words, and I'm not just talking about the F word, neither do they baulk at flaying their enemies in much the same way as the Vikings did.
Dismemberment, throat slittings and beheadings are all in a day's work for some, and they come to some of the most beloved characters in this series. I couldn't believe who was taken from us. It seems as it evil is winning the battle, but will it win the war?
And if The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are laced with hope, Game of Thrones is grounded in despair and yet there is still the possibility that evil will get its just desserts.
Just when you think you will give up on this show, and consign it to the dustbin of despair, someone who is good and just creates a sliver of a thought that maybe things in this woeful world can change . . and one of the little people can do it.
Actually, it's beginning to sound more like Tolkien than I realised.
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