***WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS***
Well it’s been a couple of weeks now since the third season of Game of Thrones came to its dramatic conclusion, using the word conclusion in the loosest sense possible as I think it ended with more stuff up in the air than it started with. It seems that the show has become perhaps the most talked about programme of the times, with a fan-base that appears to be growing by the minute. After the shocking events of episode nine I’ve never seen Facebook erupt to anything in such a huge way.
I enjoyed the third season, particularly what I enjoyed is that the show has retained its identity despite coming under criticism for certain elements of its choices. We have, in this season, the most drastic difference yet from the shows source material with the continuation of Theon Greyjoy’s story. In the Song of Ice and Fire books Theon is no longer a character after book two but here in season three of the show we learn more of what happens to him. His story is one of the most brutal in the Game of Thrones universe as he’s held captive and tortured horrifically through the whole season. It was a bold move to start adding completely original material but I think it’s one of the strongest plot lines of the latest series and a risk that has paid off. Season three continues in the mould of the first two in that the scale of events is constantly getting bigger. Danaerys Tagaryen, mother of the dragons has become the most insanely powerful individual in the Seven Kingdoms and somehow she just keeps getting fitter as well. Jon Snow’s journey ticks along throughout and one of the shows most emotional moments comes when he is forced to part ways with Ygritte. And my favourite character, Tyrion, is fucked over badly by his ruthless father.
Although I enjoyed the season and I’m liking how the story is turning out I am left wondering how good the show actually is. There’s so many characters it is at times hard to keep track of who’s who, although I think I have a pretty good idea there are still certain characters that I don’t really understand who they are or what the position is in this vast fantasy universe. It’s well made stuff with great acting talent and is very cleverly written but at times I think it perhaps over-complicates itself where it doesn’t need to. What also annoys me is the constant hint of more supernatural characters such as the Wight Walkers, I want to see more of this stuff and it gets frustrating that that kind of stuff only ever briefly pops up. While I still love the show it’s beginning to lose the pull it once had on me, and I’m increasingly starting to think it’s slightly over-rated. There are better shows out there and I find it hard to understand why Game of Thrones is the biggest of them all. It probably sounds like I’m hating on it now, but I’m not, I still think it’s a great show but there’s better stuff out there. Perhaps season four will finally deliver fully on the promise of all-out war and supernatural adventure.