GAME OF THRONES SEASON 4 REVIEWED
“Game of Thrones” had huge shoes to fill after the mic drop that was the Red Wedding. Unfortunately, it went into character development and nuance rather than giving audiences what they demand. Sure, you got tits and head smashing gore like before, it’s just that something felt off. The Red Viper didn’t feel like that much of a threat, plus the Wildings seem more like an inevitability than a threat. Daenerys will eventually get to do something, but it feels like spending the entirety of “The Stand” watching the Trash Can Man. What did this year hold for the common fan?
While a ton of fans are willing to write this year off as a quiet chapter, I still have to voice my love for the death of Joffrey. Nothing matches the satisfaction of watching that little prick being poisoned at his wedding. Bonus points of Andy Samberg’s impression at the Emmys last year. After that, the season died on the vine for me. Hot ginger died and then nothing else really happened. The special features were a quick romp, as most of the material had already been shown on HBO or other media. That being said, I feel a little conflicted slamming a show for taking the time to world build. I appreciate a chance for the series to grow, but what more can you say that hasn’t been covered in the last three years? At this point, it just feels like stalling for George R.R. Martin to catch up.
For those of you that enjoyed this season, you should probably pat yourself on the back. Outside of the Joffrey choking sequence, the Dolby Atmos track feels wasted on this low-key year. You can’t always win the big showy battles, but I give HBO credit on consistency. Now, if we’d just get some Deadwood TV movies.
- In-Episode Guide
- Deleted Scenes
- Blooper Reel
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1
RELEASE DATE: 6/7/2016
- Video - 99%99%
- Audio - 99%99%
- Supplemental Material - 96%96%
The Plot Thus Far
Game of Thrones is one of HBO’s signature series and a huge runaway hit for the network. This year, a plethora of compelling storylines will play out to their inevitable, and bloody, conclusions. As the season begins, encouraged by the Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses, the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne remains intact … but can they survive their own egos as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne,” arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. If that’s not enough, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her fierce trio of dragons and Unsullied army, is poised to “liberate” Meereen, the largest Slaver City in the east, which could provide her with an imposing force to execute her ultimate plan: to sail to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne the Lannisters usurped from her family.