Inside HBO’s Game Of Thrones Sea­sons 3 & 4

Weav­ing Wes­teros

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Books -

Re­lease Date: Out Now !

192 pages | Hard­back Au­thor: CA Tay­lor Pub­lisher: Gol­lancz

The best genre show on

TV de­serves an equally lav­ish and de­tailed com­pan­ion book. Vol­ume two of CA Tay­lor’s of­fi­cial guide sat­is­fies on the first point… but not so much on the sec­ond.

It’s im­me­di­ately clear that Tay­lor has had ac­cess to ev­ery­one, from George RR Martin to the show’s em­broi­der­ers. Great. But the anec­do­tal for­mat means that you rarely get much in­sight into top­ics. Stand­out character Oberyn has just a cou­ple of pic­ture- led pages de­voted to him. Story- shak­ing events such as the Red Wed­ding fare bet­ter, but it’s still sur­face level stuff, with a hand­ful of quotes from cast and crew. Won­der­ful though the ti­tle se­quence is, we didn’t need another ex­pla­na­tion of how it was made. The chap­ters re­cap­ping the his­tory of the dif­fer­ent fac­tions are bet­ter, pro­vid­ing use­ful in­sights for view­ers who may not have in­ves­ti­gated the orig­i­nal nov­els.

That said, it is an un­de­ni­ably gor­geous ob­ject. As with the first vol­ume, it’s bound in a tac­tile padded cover. Inside, it’s big pic­ture heaven, mak­ing it ideal for tak­ing to cons to get signed by your favourite Wildling or Night’s Watch­man. It’s a fun book to flick through. It’s just a shame, given all the tal­ent in­volved, that it doesn’t go deeper. Will Sal­mon Pres­i­dent Obama is a Game Of Thrones fan. The Com­man­der- In- Chief re­quests to see the show in ad­vance of its air­ing.

Days of film­ing in the snow had taken their toll.

The Wall looks greener than we re­mem­ber.

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