Game Of Thrones

For the Ty­win!

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Re­lease Date: 16 Fe­bru­ary

2014 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD Showrun­ners: David Be­nioff, DB Weiss Cast: Peter Din­klage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster- Wal­dau, Emilia Clarke, Kit Har­ing­ton, Charles Dance, Pe­dro Pas­cal

Four years

into HBO’s adap­ta­tion of Ge­orge RR Martin’s saga and life in Wes­teros isn’t get­ting any eas­ier. This time, how­ever, there’s at least the sense that the tide of mis­ery is about to turn – bad things have fi­nally started hap­pen­ing to bad peo­ple, as well as the good ones who’ve been on the re­ceiv­ing end since day one.

Im­pres­sively for a show made up of so many dis­parate story threads, there are few weak links here. Most of the mam­moth cast get some­thing meaty to chew on, though it’s newbie prince Oberyn Martell ( an in­stant ri­val to Tyrion as coolest char­ac­ter in the show), and Arya and the Hound’s un­con­ven­tional odd cou­ple road trip that re­ally stand out.

While there’s noth­ing to quite ri­val sea­son three’s Red Wed­ding for shock value, this year has its own mo­ments of epic ac­tion ( the as­sault on Cas­tle Black), gore ( the duel for Tyrion’s life) and even a wed­ding of its own. In the qui­eter mo­ments, mean­while, the char­ac­ter in­ter­play is as good as any­thing on TV – no show does schem­ing and be­trayal like Game Of Thrones.

Even if you look past the usual com­pre­hen­sive Blu- ray- only in- episode guides and run­downs of Wes­teros mythol­ogy, this is a solid pack­age whichever breed of shiny disc you buy it on. Both Blu- ray and DVD view­ers can en­joy cast/ crew commentaries on nine of the ten episodes. Episode three (“Breaker Of Chains”) is the one to miss the cut – could its ab­sence have any­thing to do with the sea­son’s one mis­step, an ex­tremely un­pleas­ant scene where Jaime sex­u­ally as­saults his sis­ter, Cer­sei? It’s hard to imag­ine what the speak­ers would have been able to say.

In terms of be­hind- the- scenes stuff, the ban­ners are raised by “Be­hind The Battle For The Wall” ( 35 min­utes), an in- depth doc about the mak­ing of the sea­son’s epic episode nine, and “The Fallen Round­table” ( 28 min­utes), an en­ter­tain­ing sit- down dis­cus­sion with the ac­tors whose char­ac­ters have learned that sea­son four’s “All Men Must Die” tagline is painfully true. There’s also a fea­turette about “Bas­tards Of Wes­teros” ( seven min­utes) – that theme must be a first for a DVD ex­tra. A handy re­cap of sea­son three ( 25 min­utes), brief deleted scenes ( three min­utes) and a fun gag reel round out the pack­age. Richard Ed­wards

Dragons re­ally should use elec­tric tooth­brushes.

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