Friday, March 29, 2013

'Game of Thrones' review promises fantastical addiction

Courtesy HBO
It is hard to believe that it’s been almost 10 months since we saw that screeching white walker and thought, "oh, please let the third season of Game of Thrones be this damn good ... and come quickly."

The day is fast approaching and this Sunday, March 31, will no doubt prove to be dark and full of terror. A review over at The Hollywood Reporter of the first four of the 10 episodes for this season is very promising. The third book in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series is called A Storm of Swords and this will be the source of the third season. This massive tome won’t all be covered so fans will have to wait until season four for complete satiation.

As if the book and series didn’t have enough characters to keep track of, several more are going to be added, as is a new location, Astapor. Astapor is famous for the quality of slaves it produces. Two of the more prominent figures in this season will be the King-Beyond-the-Wall, Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) and The Queen of Thorns and Margaery Tyrell’s grandmother, Olenna Redwyne (Diana Rigg).

An intriguing quote from the lucky man who got to review the first four episodes reads, "...the first four hours are immensely enjoyable and leave you, at the end of each, pleading like a junkie for the next six." Another tease about the season indicates the level of frustration we may experience: "This sprawling story being told in only 10 episode doles out in an hour only precious morsels of plot from a variety of characters and clans, then abruptly switches to the next character or clan and so on."

Whether you’ve read the books or not, we’re betting Thronies won’t be disappointed with the characters and locations of this rich and epic fantasy. It’ll also be nice to see just how grown up Daenerys’s little dragons have become.

Will you be watching Game of Thrones this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO? What are you most excited about seeing this season? We’ll be covering the show here and providing recaps in case you need some clarification of the many characters and elaborate story lines.

If you’re in the New York area and crave an interactive Thrones experience, check out the exhibit that opened this Thursday and runs through April 3.

-Larissa Mrykalo