“Game of Thrones” enters its third season with everything at stake. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys and the dragons await to take the Iron Throne. Tyrion and the Lannisters are humbled, but they know that they have one chance to make a direct play for utter control. The Starks keep traveling against adversity to find a way to redeem their family. If that wasn’t enough, everyone is still boning and getting naked at a drop of the hat. That’s what George R.R. Martin is eighty times better than J.R.R. Tolkein. “The Lord of the Rings” didn’t have anywhere near the incest, boning, magic boners and other things that make fantasy murder and sodomy stand out so brightly.

The third season of the show really raised the bar. Everyone knows about the “Red Wedding” and it’s been parodied in everything including “South Park”. What I want to talk about is the amazing things like the addition of Diana Rigg or almost turning into literal adaptations of the Martin books. The level of carnage, sexual situations and political intrigue is so strong that my heart nearly bursts. But, I have been raised on a diet of mass carnage and a love of scandalous tit play.

These upgraded releases for Game of Thrones didn’t impress me at first. But, the longer I play around with an Atmos setup, I’m starting to enjoy 3D style audio. Hell, the Red Wedding hitting you in Atmos made the entire sequence that much more upsetting. You felt like people were getting shot and stabbed all around you. For those viewers with PTSD, this is something to consider before making a purchase. It’s weird that I have to say that for a show like this.


  • Featurettes
  • In-Episode Guide
  • Commentaries
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes


  • 1.78:1 1080p transfer
  • Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1

RELEASE DATE: 6/7/2016

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    Audio - 99%
  • 94%
    Supplemental Material - 94%

The Plot Thus Far

In the third season of the hit HBO original series based on the bestselling book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. This epic drama is set in the grounded fantasy continent of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land where summers and winters can last years. In Season 3, family and loyalty will be the overarching themes, and many critical plot points from the first two seasons will come to a violent head, with several major characters meeting cruel fates. While a primary focus continues to be on King’s Landing, where the Lannisters barely held onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power in Westeros. Robb Stark, King of the North, will face a major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters in Season 2, while further north, Mance Rayder (new character) and his huge army of wildlings begin an inexorable march south to scale the Wall. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen – reunited with her three deadly, fast-maturing dragons – attempts to raise an army of slaves to sail with her from Essos to Westeros, in hopes of eventually overthrowing the Iron Throne.

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