Here are a few more reviews of season 3 of Game of Thrones. First, Alyssa Rosenberg of Think Progress, who says that the show rises to greatness this season.
While HBO’s fantasy series has always been an ambitious act of world-building and special effects work, Game of Thrones returns for its third season on Sunday as a more emotionally, intellectually, and visually audacious show than it was in the preceding two years. Whether Game of Thrones is expanding the roles of minor characters who previously were mostly on-screen as sex objects, articulating the growing threat posed by the White Walkers, long-lost zombie-like creatures who threaten Westeros’ human population, or staging a sword fight on a bridge that’s simultaneously playful and deadly, Game of Thrones is living up to the promise of its name, and staging a three-dimensional, and increasingly humane, chess match.
Next up is Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture who appreciates the show’s ambition.
More than anything else, I appreciate Game of Thrones’ degree of difficulty. In terms of scale, it’s the most awesomely ambitious series since HBO’s Rome, and it might have more recurring characters; and yet the storytelling is so measured and confident that the dramatic flowchart rarely becomes so tangled that you can’t keep up. And throughout, there are cunningly staged action scenes, earthy bits of slapstick, and unexpectedly lyrical images, such as the shot in Sunday’s premiere of Daenerys standing on the deck of a ship, watching a dragon pinwheel in the sky above her. The physicality of the visuals and the performances helps power Game of Thrones past any rough patches – not that there have been that many. This show knows what it is – Lord of the Rings with gonads – and its confidence and ambition are growing as quickly as Daenerys’s dragons.
Lastly, Entertainment Weekly gives their review. No more Ken Tucker, who was always a fan of the show, but their new TV reviewer Melissa Maerz, likes it just as well.
Last season, Game of Thrones told its stories in grand gestures — epic battles and public beheadings — so it’s exciting to see the people with the least power running the kingdom. ”There’s a beast in every man, and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand,” Daenerys’ adviser warns her. But it’s thrilling when you put that sword in the hand of a woman who’s been waiting to use it for far too long.
Winter Is Coming: The reviews this year seem to be as strong as ever. And this is only based on the first four episodes. Given what occurs in the book during the timeframe of the later episodes, I feel confident in saying this will be the best season yet.