Game of Thrones

The Complete Third Season

DVD - 2014
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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In the third season of the HBO hit drama series Game of Thrones, the Lannisters barely hold on to the throne after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the north threaten to alter the overall balance of power. Robb Stark, King in the North, faces 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. In Season 3 of this original series based on George R. R. Martin's bestselling books, the battling families of Westeros continue to clash as bonds are strained, loyalties are tested, and cruel fates are met.

Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] :, Home Box Office, Inc.,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD TV G
Characteristics: 5 videodiscs (approximately 555 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
digital, optical, stereo, Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
laser optical, NTSC, rda
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Feb 23, 2015
  • LT rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

There are so many attractive things about this series--the characters, the settings. the intricate plot, the costuming--that I am partly inclined to give it a pass with respect to its scenes of graphic violence and coercive sexuality. However, the directors' persistent focus on, say, dead bodies of beautiful naked women, spurting gore, close-ups of shaven female pubises, and quasi-titillating rape/torture scenes is both calculating and prurient.

Nickolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie (Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, respectively) do an excellent job. Peter Dinklage has great acting chops and has created a muy simpatico version of Tyrion. Unfortunately, he has a very uncertain command of the approximately British accent he's been asked to assume.

Lena Headey (Cersei) always looks stunning, but is capable of only two facial expressions. Number one is a sort of blank-faced pensiveness that's a universal indicator of sorrow, boredom, fear, and anger. Number two is a (generally inappropriate) half-smile. The actress or the director may consider this look mysterious and alluring, but I would be more inclined to attribute it to the side effects of Botox.

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) mopes about on-screen without ever making an impression apart from her prettiness; not her fault, really, as that is all the dimension that George Martin and the directors have allowed her. Maisie Williams did well in the first and second seasons, but her portrayal seems to have crystallized into a monolithic interpretation of Arya Stark as child Nemesis. I hope that she has more latitude of expression in future episodes.

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is somewhat offensively portrayed as the great white hope of the Westerosi equivalent to Africa. She spends a lot of time looking self-consciously noble, fiery, and compassionate. One would think that at least one native of the continent could scrape up the spirit and resources to lead a revolution without needing a white-skinned platinum blonde foreigner as a figurehead.

My quarrel with this series is the same as my quarrel with the books: Martin has sensationalized all the foullest aspects of the Middle Ages. He makes his characters wallow in the muck, perhaps even more so than the real-life inhabitants of the medieval era had to. He and HBO pander to those in the audience who slaver for a little (or a lot) of salacious cruelty in every chapter. But will I stop reading and watching? I will not, because damn them, they tell a good story.

Oct 23, 2014

I believe Daenerys Targaryen is presidential material.She's my favorite character.Don't get me wrong, All the actors and actresses are all very good. Especially the evil teen king Joffery.What a creep.I liked when the dwarf and his father put Joffery in his place at the conference table.I wasn't expecting the wedding slaughter at such a joyous event.Many twists and turns to keep you wanting more.

Oct 03, 2014
  • Kiyugi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an intriguing series that takes hold and won't let got. I found myself turning away at the most violent scenes. It's one thing to read about violence, but to see it...well, The series deserves many of the accolades, but it's strong stuff. I didn't think there was anyone more cruel than Joffrey until this season's characters. I'm waiting with cringing anticipation for the next series.

Aug 20, 2014
  • noisyflowers rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is where the show really hit its stride. There's much more plot development than in Season 2 and although this season still featured nudity, it felt far less gratuitous and risible than in the past. HBO seems to have finally got the memo that a show so thoroughly compelling doesn't need to sacrifice its credibility for the sake of titilization. Of course, it can't be ignored that this season featured the show's most powerful and talked about episode which overshadowed the fact that the season finale was by far the most satisfying of any of the season's so far. And the best thing about season 3 is that the increase in quality seen in its best episodes carried-over to the entirety of season 4 which in overall quality surpassed the very high mark set by this season.

Aug 15, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great series.

Well worth the long wait.
I agree that its best to watch it on DVD.
If possible, see several episodes in a row at one time,.. Its like living in another world !!

DARN ! ... now I have to wait for Season 4.

Aug 14, 2014
  • wblaken rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow, this just keeps getting better and better. The one thing you do learn about this series is NOT TO GET TOO ATTACHED TO ANY CHARACTER. Can't wait to watch season four.

Aug 09, 2014
  • 7duffy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Was the Season 2 finale, really the season 3 finale ? Great acting. Where is this story going ? Have to tune in next season.

Jul 21, 2014

It is rare for a great book series to be made into a great TV series, but Game of Thrones (A Song Of Ice And Fire) is doing it.
The books and the movies are not identical: they are different mediums so expect unimportant differences - but the tale told either way goes far beyond the simple Quest For The Maguffin that characterized earlier fantasy. See the videos and read the books!

Jul 14, 2014
  • joeguy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I got goosebumps (and almost started crying!!) when Daenerys Targaryen got her dragon back (as well as the loyalty of a new army). Great scene. But it did take 4 episodes to get there. Every time Michelle Fairley's Catelyn Stark character comes onscreen I cringe - she's such a downer and reminds me of how bad this show can get. Sometimes there's just too much warring and fornicating. Otherwise, it's a combination of 'I,Claudius', 'Lord of the Rings' and several other fantasy films - but it's almost always better than any of those. Diana Rigg is superb as Lady Olenna, doing her best Katherine Hepburn Eleanor of Aquitaine impression (from 'The Lion in Winter').

Jul 14, 2014

Spoiler alert: it is sad How Jon Snow had to give up his love and the sad disarray of the Stark family. But at least happier endings are panning out for Daenerys Targaryen. May The Mother of Dragons sit on the iron throne!

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May 28, 2014
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

once the cow's been milked you can't squirt the cream back into its udder.

May 28, 2014
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

intelligent women do what they're told.

Apr 23, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Jorah Mormont: Have you ever seen a war in which innocents didn't die by the thousands? [Barristan remains silent, but shakes his head] I was in King's Landing after the sack, Khaleesi. You know what I saw? Butchery. Babies, children, old men, more women raped than you can count. There's a beast in every man, and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand...but the Unsullied are not men. They do not rape, they do not put cities to the sword unless they're ordered to do so. If you buy them, the only men they'll kill are those you want dead. [Barristan scoffs]
Daenerys Targaryen: You disagree, Ser Barristan?
Barristan Selmy: When your brother Rhaegar led his army into battle at the Trident, men died for him because they believed in him, because they loved him, not because they'd been bought at a slaver's auction. I fought beside the last dragon on that day, your Grace. I bled beside him.
Jorah Mormont: Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly...and Rhaegar died.

Apr 21, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

From TV series: Tywin Lannister: What do you want, Tyrion?-----
Tyrion Lannister: Why does everyone assume I want something? Can't I simply visit with my beloved father? My beloved father who somehow forgot to visit his wounded son after he fell on the battlefield.
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Tywin Lannister: Jugglers and singers require applause. You are a Lannister. Do you think I demanded a garland of roses every time I suffered a wound on a battlefield? Hmm? Now, I have seven kingdoms to look after and three of them are in open rebellion. So tell me what you want.

Apr 21, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

From book: “Tywin: And you want your own reward, is that it? Very well. What is it you would have of me? Lands, castle, some office?" ---- Tyrion: A little bloody gratitude would make a nice start. --- Tywin: Mummers and monkeys require applause. So did Aerys, for that matter. You did as you were commanded, and I am sure it was to the best of your ability. No one denies the part you played ...” - See

Mar 16, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

(One of the first things Daenerys had done after the fall of Astapor was abolished the custom of giving the Unsullied new slave names ... they were free free to return to their birth names or called themselves after heroes or ... Grey Worm, the leader overwhelmingly chosen by the Unsullied themselves, had remained Grey Worm.) When she, Daenerys, asked him why, "It is a lucky name. The name this one was born to was accursed. That was the name he had when he was taken for a slave. But Grey Worm is the name this one drew the day Daenerys Stormborn set him free.

Mar 16, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Tywin: And you want your own reward, is that it? Very well. What is it you w0uld have of me? Lands, castle, some office?" ---- Tyrion: A little bloody gratitude would make a nice start. --- Tywin: Mummers and monkeys require applause. So did Aerys, for that matter. You did as you were commanded, and I am sure it was to the best of your ability. No one denies the part you played ...

Mar 15, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“My father told me big men fall just as quick as little ones if you put a sword through their hearts.” --- “The truth is always either terrible or boring.”

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May 06, 2014
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: full female nudity. some male nudity.

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