Game of Thrones: Season 3

Game of Thrones’ third season aired in 2013. (same year Grand Theft Auto V came out) It earned universal acclaim from critics, fans and viewers alike. Season 3 was nominated for several awards at The Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and The Emmys. House of the Dragons is now streaming on HBO Max. Before I watch the prequel show, I’m rewatching all eight seasons to refresh my memory.

This review contains no crucial SPOILERS. There will be plot points mentioned from a recap of Season 2. Tread carefully.

Positive & Negative Aspects

Positive: The Main Cast reprise their roles and they all did an excellent job for their respective performances.

David Benioff & D.B. Weiss both did an excellent job adapting the first half of “A Storm of Swords” into a ten-part story.

Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man, Westworld) orchestrated the music.

Death Scenes are brutal. If you have a weak stomach, be prepared. Bring yourself a barf bag.

Each character has a unique personality and background. Daenerys is my favorite character.

Cinematography captures in-depth imagery of Westeros’ mythology.

Visual and Practial Effects bring several elements to life.

Season 2 Recap

  • Bran sees a future event.
  • The Lannisters defend King’s Island against Stannis Baratheon’s army. An event called, “The Battle of Blackwater.”
  • Catelyn assigns Brienne to take Jamie back to King’s Landing.
  • Littlefinger crosses a line by killing an infant.
  • Theon reunites with his father and meets his sister, Yara. He also crosses a line by burning two kids.
  • The Hound quits during epic battle.
  • Daenerys annihilates The Thirteen as retaliation for kidnapping her dragon. She frees many slaves. Sets sail to build an army.
  • Jon didn’t have the guts to kill Ygritte. The former is captured by the latter’s group known as The Wildlings.
  • Arya escapes a Lannister camp.
  • Melisandre gives birth to a shadow monster. It murders Stannis’ brother, Renly.
  • After Theon takes over Winterfell, Bran & Hodor flee.
  • Tyrion barely survives the Battle of Blackwater leaving nothing but a scar on his face.
  • Robb marries Talisa.
  • Sam sees a zombie like army.

Primary Themes are Honor, Legacy, Tyranny, Revenge & Family. Each one is handled maturely.

Season 3’s ending sets up Season 4.

Negative: I couldn’t find nothing wrong. I’m giving the Cast & Crew an Extra Point for making a flawless season as possible.

Episode 21 – Valar Dohaeris

Robb locks somebody behind bars.

Jon is given an opportunity.

Daenerys sets sail to a city ooking for reinforcements. She meets a skilled fighter.

Episode 22 – Dark Wings, Dark Words

Bron has a vision. He meets two individuals.

Sansa meets Margaery’s grandmother, Olenna.

A piece of Jon’s past is brought up.

Theon has trouble a foot. you know what I mean.

Arya encounters a faction. She meets a familiar face.

A sword fight ensues.

Episode 23 – Walk of Punishment

Robb attends a funeral.

The Wildlings discover a “huge mess.”

Jamie suffers a “painful loss.”

Stannis‘ appearance his addressed.

Daenerys makes a risky deal to buy an army.

Episode 24 – And Now His Watch Is Ended

Varys talks about an pleasant moment from his past.

Theon reflects on his choices.

Daenerys does something awesome.

One scene contains a bloody massacre.

Jamie loses his touch.

Arya arrives at a new destination.

Episode 25 – Kissed by Fire

The Hound partakes in a one-on-one sword fight.

A royal wedding is discussed. I can’t tell you who’s getting married. You’ll have to see for yourself.

Jon “gets lucky.” Cue Daft Punk’s song “Get Lucky.”

Robb gives someone a “head’s up.”

Stannis talks about his sins.

Jamie & Brienne have a conversation.

Tywin gives orders to Tyrion & Cersei.

Episode 26 – The Climb

Episode 26’s title is obviously named after people climbing a wall. Thankfully, it has nothing to do with Miley Cyrus’ song.

Jon makes a promise.

Tyrion talks to Margarine.

Theon is forced to play a “game.”

Episode 27 – The Bear and the Maiden Fair

Theon’s “special weapon” is taken away.

Jon & Ygritte continue their trip on foot.

Robb & Talisa have a heartwarming scene.

Daenerys makes a deal with a slave owner.

Episode 28 – Second Sons

Hound takes Arya on a trip to reunite with her relatives.

Two people are married.

Gendry gets a nasty “love bite.”

Tyrion gives an unapologetic insult to the worst character. Guess who?

Daenerys recruits a warrior.

This episode’s ending is so intense.

Episode 29 – The Rains of Castamere

Arya & Hound attempt to sneak into The Red Wedding.

The Wildlings raid a place.

Jon engages in combat.

Bran displays his powers.

Coldplay drummer, Will Champion makes a cameo appearance as a drummer at The Red Wedding. I would assume Chris Martin and his bandmates are fans of Game of Thrones.

The Red Wedding is arguably Season 3’s signature scene. When I first saw it, I did not see that coming. It deserves Bonus Points as the series is known for being unpredictable.

Episode 30 – Mhysa

After the last episode’s shocking revelation, Hound & Arya retreat. We also witness a deadly scene.

The identity of the man who’s with Theon is revealed.

Sam & Gilly meet a small group of “travelers.”

Theon’s dad receives a “special package.”

Yara goes on a mission.

The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!

Game of Thrones’ third season is another flawless hit. If you’re new to George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” or just the show, I strongly recommend all books and seasons.

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