“Valar Dohaeris” – Season 3, Episode 1
After questing to find a series for both my boyfriend and I to watch, we finally settled on Game of Thrones – because medieval fantasies are always a good to place to meet in the middle, right? Though originally sceptical after some low-budget attempts at scary dead dolls in the wood in the first episode, we soon became utterly engrossed and feverishly watched the whole of season 1 and 2 in such a short time frame that I wouldn’t even like to admit to it.
For those not part of the 11.6 million viewers (figure probably not including the masses illegally downloading it, of whom I know no one!), Game of Thrones interweaves a fair heap of different stories surrounding the war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos.
The series is like a splitz of raunchy “historical” drama The Tudors and the fantastical epictude of Lord of the Rings with cult shades of the supernatural (note: some low-budget, relatively arty, iced/fired takes on zombies and witches, and some dragons too).
Having tuned into Series 3, Episode 1 this evening my red wine and I were pretty excited. With the huge amount of storylines all going on at once, you could say there’s so much going on, that there’s practically nothing going on. That said, having already been captivated by the lives of so many characters, anticipation hasn’t died, but rather the opposite – I am totally ready for something good to get happening!
For those of you who are in the know, Jon Snow is still out in the snow no less, having just met the Wildlings leader; Robb Stark is still trying to do something about the Lannisters; Tyrion has a massive gash across his face and it’s not going well for him; Littlefinger is up to something with no doubt some manipulation of Sansa to come; King Joffrey is being a dick, now with Anne Boleyn from The Tudors; Daenerys Targaryen is looking to buy an army; King Stannis Baratheon is still hanging around with the red witch woman. Enough to keep up with? Gosh.