Game of Thrones Season 4
Game of Thrones: Season 4 review
It might sound cliché, but if there’s one word to summarize the fourth season, it’s “epic”. The creators consistently develop the motifs initiated in the earlier episodes, expand the world, and introduce new characters. Like in the first three seasons, the multi-layered action shows the fate of various characters.
The story took many twists and turns especially in King’s Landing. Joffrey’s wedding preparations and the related intrigue, Jaime’s return, and Tyrion’s deteriorating situation are just some of the aspects raised by the screenwriters and directors during the visit in the capital of Westeros. What’s more, the creators did not fail to introduce the new players in the game – the House Martell, whose role is crucial for some events in this season.
The events gain momentum in the North – the Night’s Watch prepares to clash with the wildlings. The viewers who follow the adventures of Jon Snow and his companions experience more action than intrigue. However, there is a place for cunning and tricky games between characters, too. The most important event of this story arc (and probably the entire season) is the incredibly well-developed and spectacular Battle for the Wall which can doubtlessly compete with the battles in The Lord of The Rings while leaving behind the Battle of Five Armies in the last Hobbit at the same time.
The adventures of Daenerys Targaryen remain the least developed, yet still interesting element of the series. The Mother of Dragons’ fans don’t have to worry, there are many attractive events taking place in Essos. The silver-haired queen slowly gains more and more power and gradually strengthens her position while learning to rule and bear the consequences of her royal decisions. The viewers who patiently waited to see the full-size dragons will also be satisfied. Although the fire-breathing lizards are not given too much screen time, in the end, we have the opportunity to admire them in all their glory.
One cannot deny the visual splendour of the fourth season. In the first episodes of the series, we often had to deal with tight frames and rare shots constituting the place of action. However, a lot has changed over the last thirty episodes. More and more locations are shown in a panoramic way, which allows to penetrate the presented world even deeper. Furthermore, thanks to the masterful combination of practical and digital special effects, we have the opportunity to admire amazing battle scenes and other fantastic creatures. The expanse of the film set in Castle Black or the Wall as well as the number of extras and their coordination make huge impression. The battle scenes choreography is particularly admirable.
The number of the new, significant characters may be a little overwhelming. Some characters disappear for a few episodes so that they can appear unexpectedly later, which can confuse an average viewer. On that account, the story in Game of Thrones becomes much more interesting and less predictable, yet on the other hand, it causes difficulties in following the plot without constantly stopping the episode to search the Internet for the answer to the question: “Who the hell is that?”
What can we find on DVD / Bluray?
In addition to the impressive documentary movie about shooting the Battle for the Wall, we can find two deleted scenes and learn about the cultures in Game of Thrones’ world and the role of bastards in the universe. The gags from the filmset are a nice touch, though their amount might leave the viewers unsatisfied. A dynamically edited movie which reminds of the most important events and twists of the previous ten episodes is a great introduction to the fourth season. In turn, after finishing the final episode, a discussion panel with the screenwriter and the actors whose characters died during the season is an ideal summary. All these extras are only available to people who know the Shakespeare’s language at least to a medium degree.
The fourth season of Game of Thrones is a must-watch for the fans of good fantasy. The final battle, the presence of three dragons, and the love themes avoiding cheap hokum make the HBO production effortlessly overpass Peter Jackson’s latest film.