In just a few short hours, Game of Thrones: Series 3 will be over (as will Series 1 of The Fall…what will I do next week?) and oh my, what a season it has been!
This has been both the first season I have watched in full as it aired (my Sky decided to die mid-way through Season 2) and the first season I’ve seen since reading the Song of Ice and Fire books. I thought at first that my knowledge of what was to come would ruin my viewing of the show but I needn’t have worried. Not only is the show so astonishingly well made that seeing the novels come to life is nothing short of a joy, the show runners have made so many sodding changes to various plots and character, that half the time I was probably more confused than the friends of mine who have yet to read the books!
Anyway, Series 3 has been a corker with many moments, anticipated and otherwise, provoking both vocal and physical reactions from myself. I consider these moments as ‘viewing highlights’ for surely it is these involuntary reactions that we watch such intense television for! So with out further ado, here are my Viewing Highlights for Series 3 of Game of Thrones.
“a sword swallower through and through”
When she first arrived in the books, The Queen of Thorns was instantly a favourite character for me so I was rather pleased by the casting of national treasure Diana Rigg in the role. Her portrayal of the character has far exceed my expectations but her moments in the aforementioned scene with Charles Dance was simply brilliant. A perfect example of understated comedy, I could hardly contain my glee whilst watching the two go at each other and have since gone back to watch it on more than one occasion! Thank you show runners for this giving us this joyous moment.
Like many readers, I was surprised by Theon’s appearance in this series and his ongoing presence! Seriously, how many torture scenes do we need? Passing over the utterly ridiculous girls and the fact that Iwan Rheon is kinda ruining the as yet unconfirmed-but-we-know-who-he-is character, Theon’s moment of realisation of what he’d done in Winterfell, his betrayal of Rob and confession that Ned was his real Dad was pretty gut wrenching.
To the best of our ability, myself and a few friends have attempted to make Thrones a communal event. Whilst not always easy to coordinate, the times it has worked have been incredibly satisfying or at least for me, the book reader! The sight of three friends on the edges of their seats as they thought Jamie Lannister was going to be killed, only for them to jump back and gasp as his hand was lopped off was very incredibly satisfying! Not for Jamie I suspect but I enjoyed it enormously.
The Blood of a King
I am genuinely very afraid for Gendry’s storyline because, spoilers!, none of this happened in the books. He is still alive and kicking in book five and giving us Gendry fans hope that he may be important after all. BOOM! show runners get the hands on the thing and it all goes to pot! When watching this with a friend, she demanded to know if he dies but all I could do was stare at her and the television in utter confusion! I read the books to prepare myself for the horrors ahead, stop creating more!
Don’t stop actually but you know, please don’t kill Gendry!
The Even Redder Wedding
This tweet pretty much sums it up for me. I was ready and prepared and yet I still cried. And by crying I mean prolonged sobbing that alarmed my, really NOT geeky, family and terrified my sister’s relatively new boyfriend. Awkward and yet I feel no guilt! Television hasn’t left me in quite that state since Birdsong and it was, in a strange way, oddly cathartic. Overall I think it was the shock of Tulisa’s death, a nasty addition, that provoked such a emotional reaction from me but Michelle Fairley’s brilliant performance was equally disturbing.
So those are my thoughts. How about you? Which moment, scene or episode made you react the most vocally?! What are you looking forward to seeing wrapped up in this finale episode?