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In the third season of the hit HBO drama series Game of Thrones, the Lannisters are barely holding onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power in Westeros. Robb Stark, King in the North, is facing major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters while beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen - reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons - attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne.
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Meet the Characters
Queen Daenerys Targaryen
The death of her husband, Khal Drogo, has not stopped Daenerys from strategizing her return to the Seven Kingdoms to take back the Iron Throne. Impervious to fire, Dany used the heat of Drogo's funeral pyre to hatch the dragon eggs she was given as a wedding gift. She considers her dragons her children and will stop at nothing to ensure their well-being as she travels through Essos to save her people.
Ned Stark's bastard son, Jon was raised at Winterfell on near-equal footing with his siblings. He joined the Night's Watch where he serves as steward to Lord Commander Mormont. Despite his instincts to join Robb on the battlefield, he stayed up north to honor his vows to the Watch. While traveling beyond the Wall with the Lord Commander, he was separated from the rest of the group.
Cersei is the only daughter of Tywin Lannister, the richest man in the Seven Kingdoms. Even before she was married off to Robert Baratheon, she was involved in an incestuous relationship with her twin Jaime, the only sibling she cares for. With her son Joffrey reigning as king and her father Tywin now serving as his Hand, Cersei is finding her power eclipsed.
A dwarf, Tyrion is considered an embarrassment to his House and the fact that his mother died during his birth has not endeared him to his father. What Tyrion lacks in size and strength, he makes up for in mental acuity; his loyalty to House Lannister and the good of the Seven Kingdoms is unquestioned. He served as Hand of the King in his father's absence, and although few know it, it was Tyrion who hatched the plan that saved King's Landing from Stannis Baratheon's attack.
Jaime is twin brother to Queen Cersei. A celebrated knight and member of the Kingsguard, his reputation as "The Kingslayer" dogs him: It was he who slew the Mad King, in violation of his oath to protect the royal family. Robb Stark took him prisoner (twice), but Catelyn Stark, anxious to trade him for her daughters, set him free.
King Robb Stark
Lord of Winterfell and now King in the North, Robb has always been aware of the responsibilities that come with his title. At present, that means avenging his father's death and bringing his sisters home. Robb has a close relationship with his bastard half-brother, Jon Snow, but has vowed vengeance against Theon Greyjoy, his father's ward, who betrayed him by taking Winterfell and murdering members of the Stark household. Robb's direwolf is named Grey Wind.
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It is an incredible looking statue and we get a lot of complements on it from our friends. They really like the case and we do as well. It's very sturdy and stable and it set on the top of our Sanus entertainment center near our other special editions of other series. This is one of the few disc sets and disc that we do not hide in our entertainment center. This actually reminds me very much of the promo copies of stuff our good friend who worked for HBO use to give use for Christmas presents.
— MULTIPLE COPIES —
You get three different copies of the series:
1) Blu-ray (physical discs)
2) UltraViolet 1080p HD version (digital copy, HD only available on some devices)
3) iTunes 1080p HD version (digital copy)
The digital code gives you two digital versions (which is rare and appreciated).
— STEELBOOK and MAGNET —
This steelbook has artwork designed by Elastic, the agency that created the Emmy Award-winning opening credits, and has a magnet on the cover that can be removed and used as a regular magnet, or left on to show off as a collector's piece. Each season represents one of the major houses of the series, and this season three steelbook represents House Frey with The Twins bridge as its sigil on the magnet. The steelbook is in a matching decorative plastic outer case that holds the magnet in place so it doesn't scratch the steelbook. Depending on how this was shipped, this plastic may or may not be cracked as I've seen a lot of cracked plastic cases with the steelbook intact.
— THE SHOW —
The show is great—in acting, in storytelling, in visuals, in music, and in writing. I've watched everything at least three times, and there are so many new things you see when re-watching, and with the knowledge of future episodes. The third season has a lot of incredible shocks you won't see coming, and some that are very much foreshadowed to those that pay attention. It will certainly be one of the most memorable seasons you will ever watch on television.
I have converted many friends who previously used to think this was about "dungeons and dragons and lord of the rings," (like I did) who are now *all* addicted to the show. If you don't already know, this show isn't about what you think it may be about.
This is currently THE only good show on television, and if you don't like it, you probably don't understand good television (sorry, not sorry). It has been the number one torrented show in every single year since it came out for a reason (which is a blessing and curse for the producers). After watching this, everything else on TV becomes: "why I am watching all these other crappy shows?"
This is one of those series that I will buy the individual season sets, and whatever big box set comes out in the future. GAME OF THRONES! Recommended.
George R. R. Martin's novel (his third) that forms the basis of the series benefits from a streamlined storyline and a slightly reduced group of characters in the TV version. While it isn't necessary to have read the novels it certainly is fascinating to contrast the way that they've elected to tell the same story in different mediums.
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage who continues to give a outstanding performance) recovers from helping to defend the city against the forces of Stannis Baratheon(Stephen Dillane) only to find that his father Tywin (Charles Dance) is seen as the savior of the city and made Hand of the King. Tyrion also discovers that his evil nephew King Joffrey tried to have him murdered on the battlefield.
Rob Stark (Richrad Madden) continues to win battles but struggle to keep his fragile alliance together which, ultimately, culminates in the infamous "black wedding" in the penultimate episode of the season.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) continues to gather her own forces including buying a mercenary army as part of her plans to gradually take back her kingdom.
The rest of the Stark children are still on the run.
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The Blu-ray looks terrific with a nice, detailed transfer. Blacks are deep and rich while detail is rich throughout.
The audio remains outstanding as well with a very active lossless surround him. Subtitles are in English and Spanish.
The special features include 12 commentary (some episodes have more than one) tracks with a mix of behind-the-scenes creative folks as well as cast.
Featurettes include "A Gathering Storm", "New Characters" profile and a picture-in-picture piece for the episode "The Rains of Castamere Unveiled" the most emotionally taxing episode of the series.
The deleted and extended scenes are worthwhile checking out as they include pieces that extend the characters but were, undoubtedly, cut for pacing and time.
"Inside the Wildlings" gives us a glimpse into the characters beyond the wall while "The Politics of Marriage" lives up to its title focusing on the various unions and why they are pursued.
There is also a set of DVDs included in a separate cardboard container. The set is handsomely packaged with a slipcase that features the image you see here of the dragon's shadow.
HBO has done an outstanding job of providing additional value for fans who watched the series on their network with their Blu-ray releases. Unlike Showtime which often releases some of their flagship series with little to nothing in the way of special features, HBO makes the Blu-ray worthwhile for fans to pick up and watch again.
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