Game of Thrones Season 7
Game of Thrones season 7 review
The plot is a direct continuation of the events from the previous series. Daenerys Targaryen’s fleet reaches Westeros. Dragonstone becomes her headquarters, where, together with her allies, she develops a strategy for the conquest. Cersei Lannister in King’s Landing is trying to figure out how and with whom to oppose this invasion. Jon Snow, elected King of the North, tries to put things right in his land as quickly as possible and establish a proper relationship with his lords, aware of the imminent threat. When Tyrion invites him to talk to Daenerys, Jon passes his power at Winterfell on to Sansa. She tries to prove that she deserves it by dealing with the intrigues of Petyr Baelish and the unexpected return of Bran and Arya at the same time. Everyone is preparing for an inevitable clash that will change the fate of the world as they know it.
The plot is, as always, multi-layered and extensive, but this time it has been compressed into seven dynamic episodes, which does not allow for long feature and filler scenes. Slower moments only allow you to catch your breath before the next plot twists and turns of tide. And there are plenty of those. Thanks to the fact that all the main players for the throne have finally found their way to the Seven Kingdoms, their fates are intertwined with those of other seemingly different tracks. However, they are all connected by a common past and of what will come next. Game of Thrones season 7 accumulates and summarizes each of the previous threads, preparing the ground for the final game and the conclusion, waiting for us in the next, last series. The course of action is efficient, fast, but consistent and logical. It does not force you to think about the cause-and-effect sequence, allowing you to freely absorb the content. What is extremely important is that the events continue to be surprising. Most of the series with similar experience are schematic and Game of Thrones is an unpredictable spectacle. This clearly shows the artistry and talent of the scriptwriters, especially the main creators of the whole series, D. Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as well as directors and producers of individual episodes. schematic, however the whole series, D. Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as well as directors and producers of individual episodes.
The whole production team deserves appreciation because we are dealing with a real feast for the eye. You can see how the budget and experience of the team responsible for the visual side grew with the development of the series. There are no weak points here, everything is refined in every detail: from the set and scenery, costumes and make-up, to the special effects. The very culmination of their work and commitment is the battle scene of Daenerys army against Lannister and Tarly forces, showing the paralyzing power of dragon fire, the chaos of battle and, in all this, not to forget the individual heroes whose actions determine the course of events.
All actors playing the roles of these characters were one of the main factors determining the success of the series from the very beginning. As we know, poor acting can “put off” even a great production, but the cast of Game of Thrones accustomed us to a very high level. It is no different this time. There are no accidental people here and all the performers perform their roles very well, so I’ll just mention the most important and attention-grabbing ones.
Many heroes have strongly evolved on their own, changing their image like Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), who turned from an eternal cynic to a responsible and determined advisor to Daenerys. However, the actions of his queen make him more and more tormented by doubts, which can be clearly seen when he is shocked to observe the defeat of the family troops under the command of his brother. Stormborn herself has probably undergone the biggest transformation in the whole series. From a puppet in the hands of men she became an absolute ruler which with one gesture can kill her opponents. She has become tough and tenacious, but isn’t she dangerously approaching the border of madness her father crossed?
I don’t know if the Emilia Clarke’s Unburnt will not be what Princess Leia is for Carrie Fisher, because the character has grown into her so much that we have the impression that it is the Mother of Dragons indeed, and not the other way around.
On the other hand, the show steals Pilou Asbaek as Euron Greyjoy. Cheeky, arrogant, merciless, yet charismatic and charming. He’s the kind of bastard we officially condemn but nevertheless cheer for secretly. He is like a true pirate captain – a supposedly negative figure, but one cannot but sympathize with, especially when compared to the broken and cowardly – and this is also changing – Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen). It looks good on Lena Headey, too. It can be said that she does a double job, because Cersei Lannister almost all the time plays and hides her real intentions. Hound (Rory McCann) introduces a great atmosphere of hanging humour. In most dialogues, he says he uses one vulgar line, but it is always a fantastic fit in the context and unloads the atmosphere.
Is it worth buying Blu-ray Discs of the seventh Game of Thrones season?
The Blu-ray release is four discs nicely packed in the Night King. On three of them there are episodes of the series and additional materials, the bonus disc four contains the animated movie “Conquest and Rebellion”.
In addition to the standard “fillers” in the form of comments to episodes, we will find a really exclusive material – two documents: “From imagination to reality” and “Fire and Steel”. The first one, about the work of the scenery department, shows the enormous effort, commitment and resources needed to prepare such a demanding production. We can see how all the main movie sets were made and listen to the comments of the crew working on them.
The second movie focuses on the most demanding scenes of the season: battles. It shows us this process from the very beginning – choosing the place and arranging the plan, to the very end – performing the scenes and adding visual digital effects. Both movies are a goldmine of knowledge and fun for fans of the series. The only drawback is that the materials sometimes duplicate each other.
The bonus animated movie Conquest and Rebellion shows us the origins of the series events set in the past – the seizure of Westeros by Aegon Targaryen. Its technique initially irritates with its archaic console style from decade ago, but it soon turns out that it has its own charm and atmosphere. This is intensified by the narrative led by the cast members of the series who lend their voices to their on-screen alter egos. They are also published in an appendix showing the backstage of several events and places from the past of the Seven Kingdoms. It takes the form of a “displayed comic book” with its graphic images with a commentary of a character connected with a given topic.
An interesting fact is the possibility to see the episodes with a guide. For each scene we can open tabs describing the heroes and place of action, and in some cases related to events from previous seasons, a note recalling their source.
There are six options to choose from in the language settings. The subtitles are available in twelve languages, and there are also versions for the deaf.
For the greatest admirers of the world created by George R. R. Martin is a “must-have” issue, for moderate fans it will be a gem of the collection. It looks great on the shelf, Blu-ray format allows you to enjoy your favourite TV series in high quality and the multitude of add-ons will satisfy the pickiest ones.