Come for the seasons, stay for another charming Maisie/Sophie/Isaac commentary
The primary reason to get Season 3 of "Game of Thrones" on DVD when it drops on Tuesday (February 18) is, of course, Season 3 of "Game of Thrones."
HBO's George R.R. Martin adaptation has made my annual Top 10 list each year since it premiered and came in at No. 7 for 2013 in what was probably its strongest season.
Most of the Season 3 hype surrounded the long-awaited Red Wedding, which viewers were able to celebrate -- in a manner of speaking -- in the penultimate episode, "The Rains of Castamere." But that was hardly the only shocking standout in an admirably consistent season. There was the epic Daenerys-centric conclusion to "And Now His Watch Is Ended," the icy scaling of The Wall on "The Climb," long stretches of awesome scenes with Arya and The Hound, long stretches of awesome scenes with Brienne and Jamie, at least one epic butting-of-heads between Peter Dinklage and Dame Diana Rigg, several wargs, three dragons and one bear. And *then* there was The Red Wedding, which might have been the centerpiece of 2013's single best episode of television, were it not for "Breaking Bad."
If you skipped the season on HBO, either because you aren't a subscriber or you were waiting to binge, it's great stuff. And if you're already a fan of "Game of Thrones" and you like owning DVDs still -- there are a few of us out there -- you know that you probably want this one already and that's especially true if you're a Blu-Ray user, because the show's cinematography and visual effects look rather gorgeous in the format.
That makes the DVD bonus features truly that: They're bonuses and after spending a day making my way through a slew of commentaries and behind-the-scenes featurettes, I'll just say that nothing here is essential, but there's an awful lot of good stuff that will supplement your enjoyment of the series, whether you're a fan of Martin's novels or you're choosing to experience Westeros primarily as a TV experience. At the very least, a deep dive into the bonus features will have you champing at the bit for new episodes, which are still a month-and-a-half away.
Click through for my review/overview of some of the bonus features. I'm going to probably spoil some things, so if you haven't watched Season 3 yet, you should just watch the season and then maybe check back here, if you happen to care still.