Gearing up for the upcoming Season 4 of GAME OF THRONES, I have been revisiting the previous Seasons (GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 1 MOVIE A DAY review). To reiterate, I know it’s a bit of a cheat to review a TV series, but if you have seen even one episode of this watershed series, you understand that watching the 10-part series is like watching 5 of the best fantasy films you’ve seen that year.
When we last left Westros, a war for the crown was impending. In Season 2, we bear witness to the five kings vying for a seat on the Iron Throne. It will pit brother against brother and rend the great houses apart as the machinations of power and greed produce death and despair in all the kingdoms of the realm and beyond.
Based on “A CLASH OF KINGS,” The second book of the “THE SONGS OF ICE AND FIRE” series by legendary author George R. R. Martin, takes the epic story to new heights. Not only introducing a slew of new and fascinating characters, but opening up the already massive tapestry to include even more storylines.
You would think that would be a problem or that the series would be spreading itself too thin, but remarkably it’s just the opposite. It makes it so much more rich and compelling.
Typically an episode of a TV series will feature a very obvious A-story (the main story line) and then B-Story (a subplot) and even a C-Story (a more trivial character story). GAME OF THRONES disposes with this with no discernable delineations. As a matter of fact, there are also no true main characters, as almost EVERY person that inhabits the realm is important in some way.
This is truly remarkable storytelling and it seems like every time they switch to another character there’s a moment of “hey, I was enjoying that part” but not a second later you’re equally (if not more) engaged by the current storyline.
As I said with Season 1, this series transcends the TV medium and you are doing yourself a great disservice if you are not watching it. It is consistently top-notch and its ability to grab you emotionally and toy with those very emotions is astonishing.
I just purchased Season 3 yesterday and can’t wait to dive back in for a second viewing, even though I am now well aware that one episode in particular is too devastating to rewatch. If that sentiment alone doesn’t convince you to watch GAME OF THRONES, then I don’t know what else to say.