Game of Thrones is based on based on the bestselling book series by George RR Martin. The third season consists of 10 episodes, focus on the Lannisters in King's Landing. After defeating Stannis Baratheon at the Battle of the Blackwater, they hold a firm grasp on the Iron Throne. And Jaime Lannister continues his attempt to return home, and begins to form a bond with his road companion, Brienne of Tarth... Family and loyalty are the overarching themes as many critical storylines from the first two seasons come to a brutal head.
Unfolding with the confidence that befits a series just entering in its prime, Game of Thrones successfully juggled its sizeable cast and plethora of ongoing storylines, packing multiple "Wow" moments into every episode.
For season three, there was no other way to end. After The Red Wedding, an event so monumentally brutal that it instantly became one of the cornerstones of this show's very legacy, the only way to go would be softer, quieter, warmer.
Just as HBO blew open the western genre with Deadwood and the crime drama with The Wire, the channel, with Martin and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, expands the potential of fantasy with Game of Thrones.
Hinds' performance underscores one of the continuing remarkable achievements of Thrones. Even though it has dozens of characters bundled in the same nondescript robes or skins, particularly for the winter scenes, it keeps them remarkably well sorted out.