Game of Thrones Season 6
Game of Thrones: Season 6 review
It may seem that we wrote about the first impressions of the sixth season of Game of Thrones literally a moment ago. Ten episodes flew by, and this time, the loyal fans are waiting not only for the continuation of the HBO production, but also for the next book by George R. R. Martin.
Traditionally, the viewers of Game of Thrones are doomed to an emotional rollercoaster. Black despair is regularly mixed with a feeling of grim satisfaction, but although the death follows, you can get the impression that the most popular series in history became dull, certainly due to the lack of support from the original book. Even though the creators of the show have changed many story arcs, you can clearly feel the lack of an invisible hand that keeps body and soul together.
I don’t want to be seen as a malcontent – I practically soak each episode in one breath, unable to wait for what is going to happen next. The world has fallen in love with Game of Thrones for a total break with everything that we got used to in other high-budget productions. No other show gives such a feeling of sadomasochistic pleasure while seeing our favourite character going from the frying pan into the firehouse, until someone cuts off his head. This tendency is changing every hour, as evidenced by the returns of the characters who were previously killed.
When it comes to the plot, you can feel a slight shortness of breath. The production is dangerously approaching silly adventures for teenagers – the only difference is that buckets of blood and guts spill onto the screen, and the number of swearwords classifies most of the characters in one row with the protagonists of The Wolf of Wall Street. The story lost its depth, but it gained unprecedented pace. There are no more dryasdust events that have discouraged so many viewers at the beginning.
Some supposedly key characters no longer count in the fight for power, usually due to the excess of iron in their bodies. Others have lost some of their importance – Tyrion becomes a miniature clown, Jamie just floats around and probably doesn’t know what he wants, and power behind the throne – Varys and Littlefinger – became doormats summoned by the screenwriters when they’re out of ideas.
I have already spilled a barrel of slop on the sixth season, it’s time for a bit of sweetness. The series is simply awesome, the story is moving forward at a dizzying pace, and the viewer literally feels the claws of winter tightening on Westeros’s neck. The season is full of interesting characters that stay in our memory even in spite of their negligible role. The events presented on screen took on a literally epic momentum. It is clear that HBO no longer saves on special effects – the dragon scenes wouldn’t look out of place in Peter Jackson’s productions, and the final battle reminded Ridley Scott’s work in its best years (even the colour scheme was similar to the opening scene of Gladiator).
The last two episodes of season six left a huge mark on the entire Game of Thrones series. The shifts that took place during these two hours will have consequences until the very end of the series. The events presented by the screenwriters are of a much more optimistic tone than what George R. R. Martin used to show us. It’s not really my cup of tea, but maybe, it will eventually work out well?
Finally, I should add that the new quality also applies to the audio-visual set of the series. The dragons can finally – literally and figuratively – spread their wings, the great battles are actually great, and the final episode of the season is a masterpiece where both music and image create an amazing composition. This time, the ending of Game of Thrones gave a vestigial feeling of accomplishment – waiting for the continuation will certainly not be as desperate as after the alleged Jon’s death. The light of hope is something completely new in the world created by George R. R. Martin. However, winter has come, and everything can change very quickly.
BLU-RAY AND DVD EDITION
The four-disc Blu-ray edition and five-disc DVD edition are prepared with the same attention to detail as the series itself. In addition to ten episodes of the fifth season, there are also exceptional extras such as:
The extras which create an information background about characters, locations, and major story arcs.
HISTORY AND FOLKLORE
Learn more about the mythology of Westeros and Essos told from different perspectives by the characters themselves.
THE BATTLE OF THE BASTARDS: IN-DEPTH LOOK
Find out how the biggest battle in the history of Game of Thrones was created, the battle the creators have been waiting for since the first season – from history, through stunts, to a complete analysis of special effects
18 HOURS IN THE PAINT HALL FILM STUDIO
An unreported account from behind-the-scenes which documents one day on the film set of Game of Thrones seen from the perspective of the cast and film crew.
RECREATION OF THE DOTHRAKI WORLD
See how the production team re-established the Dothraki world from season one step by step – from costumes and dialect learning to building the world’s largest bonfire.
Thirteen comments by the cast and the creators of the series, including: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Natalie Dormer, Ian McShane, and many others.