Be warned this article does contain spoilers
Based on the books ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George RR Martin, the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ is perhaps one of the best and most successful TV series of the past few years. The series though sexy and at times gruesome have various twisting and unpredictable storylines along with an incredible cast, crew and author.
The show has just concluded its third season based on Martin’s third book ‘A Storm of Swords’. The last episode ‘Mhysha’ aired on HBO last Sunday (9th June) in the US and Monday 10th June on Sky Atlantic. The episode which preceded the infamous ‘Red Wedding’ at the end of the ninth episode ‘The Rains of Castamere’, offered a perfect round up to the season as a whole.
For those who are constant viewers of the show may now have noticed a correlation beginning to rise with the ninth episode of every season so far to contain the most tantalising, nail biting content. It all started way back in season one, where the main hero Ned stark (Sean Bean) was condemned to death by King Joffrey for treason. In Season Two, the show proved to audiences that it wasn’t all about sex and death with season nine showcasing the huge battle of Blackwater Bay. The biggest twist so far has to be in Episode Nine of Season Three with the death of main characters Rob Stark (Richard Madden), Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) and Rob’s wife Talisa (Oona Chaplin).
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, author George RR Martin commented on the ‘red wedding’ scene as “the hardest scene I’ve ever had to write…It was like murdering two of your children.”
Martin further went on to say “I try to make the readers feel they’ve lived the events of the book. Just as you grieve if a friend is killed, you should grieve if a fictional character is killed. You should care. If somebody dies and you just go get more popcorn, it’s a superficial experience isn’t it?”
As a whole the third season the show had undergone various changes with an ever growing cast and filming in array of exotic locations from the frozen ice caps of Iceland to the sandy villages of North Africa. Where some viewers commented on the previous season lacking in-depth detail into the various storylines, it is safe to say that the show has upped its game for the third installment. The third season carried on from the previous two seasons by focusing on Daenerys Targaryen (Emillia Clarke) becoming the mother of dragons and a true liberator, the vindictive King Joffery and the Stark family amongst other storylines.
As well as focusing on these reoccurring storylines, the third season has also concentrated on the relationship between Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwedoline Christie) which dominated the early episodes of season three, the character of Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and of course the newly wedded Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) amongst other characters.
With so many main characters in one show and various storylines, the show has to deal with; the quality has in no way declined or suffered. In fact I think it’s safe to say that with every season the show gets better and even tenser.
For the viewers (myself included) who have not yet read the books we now wait anxiously to find out the fate of the characters we have grown to love and hate.