Television has become better in recent years than ever in its history in my opinion. TV has taken the aesthetics of film and applied it to the storytelling on the small screen and the result has been grander, slicker and more in depth shows. Especially cable channels like HBO, Cinemax, FX, AMC and even A&E and Showtime have embraced this new standard and have created shows of exceptional quality. Even internet services like Netflix, Crackle and now Amazon have got on the train of producing their own original series. But much of this trend began years ago with HBO who still stands at the top of the heap with some of the most beloved shows ever created. Game of Thrones has been a phenomenon from the start bringing big budget fantasy filmmaking to living rooms everywhere. But not only is Game of Thrones one of the most popular shows on TV, it is also one of the most frustrating to watch week to week thanks to George R.R. Martin’s tendency to not make any character safe from horrible death. And if you happen to be a good guy on the show you are even more likely to meet an untimely demise. With that, proceed into Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season with caution. And DO NOT read the below synopsis unless you have finished The Complete Third Season.
After the death of Robb Stark at the Red Wedding (possibly the most horrible TV event of my life), King Joffrey still reigns on his twisted throne and the Lannisters seem to be on top of the world. The Greyjoys and the Baratheons still stand against the Lannisters but they have their own issues to work out. Tyrion Lannister tries to fight his own battles within his evil family, especially after being accused wrongly of a severe crime. And the remaining Starks are just barely surviving, searching for each other and a way to survive and regain their kingdom.
After the psychological breakdown many Game of Thrones experienced after the Red Wedding, Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season doesn’t exactly provide a lot of comfort. Although, there are some pretty satisfying moments as some of the most hated characters finally get their comeuppance, but as per usual the Lannisters and the rest of the evil legions seem to always get the upper hand and win every game of chance they play. While this is indeed frustrating, it is also what keeps Game of Thrones fans coming back. The hope that the good guys will eventually get their time in the spotlight and get some of the revenge they so richly deserve. We may be waiting quite a while though.
Quality wise the show maintains its spectacular standards and just looks breathtaking. From the extraordinary CG to the beautiful locations to the costuming, even major motion pictures have a hard time matching the quality of Game of Thrones. And the talent is top notch as well from Peter Dinklage in his most famous and most beloved role as Tyrion to Lena Headey’s more evil than evil Cersei, from Emilia Clarke’s determined Daenerys to Maisie Williams tougher than nails Arya Stark, this cast is phenomenal from the biggest role to the smallest bit player. There is simply no finer cast in all of TV. Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season is essential viewing and is very highly recommended.