BY: DIANA SANGLAB
Much of the drama and themes of the “Game of Thrones” is derived from this civil war with corruption, betrayal, loyalty, and social hierarchy taking the center stage. Season three continues to exemplify these core themes, slowly building up to the a series of events as the calm before a storm. Various kings are treading on thin ice, trying to outwit and outfight each other in the battleground. But unlike the explosive ending of season two, this season deals with the aftermath of the battles and focuses on the politics of war.
The conflicts between the major families fighting for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms is intensified for the Stark family, who find themselves even more separated than ever before after Winterfell has fallen.
Nothing seems to be standing in the Lannisters' way except for the threat of Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon who continue their crusade with the self-proclaimed power of the Lord of Light guiding their way.
With Renly Baratheon dead, the Tyrells attempt to make their stand for the throne by preparing for a marriage between Margaery and Joffrey.
On the continent of Essos, the "mother of dragons" Daeneryrs Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) slowly creating an army under her name, picking up support for her cause. Daenerys is able to show that she can fend for herself and can be a threatening person when she deals with Kraznys and beats him at his own game.
Overall, this season seemed like a stepping stone; every player is planning their moves carefully while they wait for someone to slip and for all hell to break loose.
The biggest tragedy of this season is the event of "The Red Wedding", which happens late in the season. Since season three was to consist of only half of the third book, season four will have much more surprises and more tense interactions between the characters.
The ensemble cast has done well this season performance wise, bringing out different sides of the characters while still keeping true to them.
Peter Dinklage continues to gives a grade A performance as Tyrion Lannister, a noble dwarf who more than makes up for his size in his quick wit and heroic actions. He definitely serves as a treat whenever on screen, grasping the skin of the character, and has come to be a fan favorite.
Dinklage was the only cast nomination received two years ago, but Emilia Clarke joins in the cast nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
The production value on Game of Thrones rivals that of big budget Hollywood pictures, all of the highly detailed sets, scenery, and effects breathing life into the world of Westeros. With every location we visit, the audience is seemingly convinced that this world has been lived in. The history of the continent feels engrained into every palace, every forest, and every structure, and this season doesn't disappoint as we find our characters traveling beyond the wall and through many different realms.
It's clear that HBO and the producers spared no expense in giving the series a legitimate setting, helping the cast give better performances as they have much to interact with rather than just a cheap green screen background.
The Emmy's has always acknowledged "Game of Thrones" to being Emmy-worthy, but the show has yet to nab the biggest prize of the night.
Apart from being nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, the show has also been nominated for 15 other categories. With an abundance of nominations, we'll see if the “Game of Thrones” will have the ability to dethrone Walter White or Don Draper from their Emmy Awards despite the slow season.