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Game of Thrones: Season 3

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I fell in love again with Game of Thrones this season.  The costuming and set construction still up to HBO's sumptuous standards, and the acting and writing, if anything, has actually improved.  A lot happens in this season, which is somewhat incredible given that the third book was already split in two, with many of the events from it pushed off to next season.

I will say there's a pervading sense of gloom hovering over the future of this series.  Though we have at least some of next season that still takes place with the third book, the fourth and fifth books are a significant step down in writing quality, and it was pretty clear from a textual and publishing schedule interpretation that Martin was starting to get bored with his world and his characters.  By all reports, the TV series has injected new life into the series for Martin, so I hope that he gives those two volumes the severe editing it deserves.  As far as I'm concerned, this television series is better than the books, for the simple reason that it has allowed Martin and others to tighten up the writing and character development.  I can only hope that continues.

Whatever happens in the future to this series, nothing is going to change the fact that the first three seasons of it have been exemplary TV.  

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