Critics Say Thrones III Got Game
US critics are in an effusive frenzy over season three of Game of Thrones, which premieres here Monday (SoHo, 8.30) within three-and-a-half hours hours of its HBO debut.
This is the medieval fantasy’s fastest turnaround yet on NZ TV — although Australia’s Foxtel will screen it even earlier.
Foxtel’s Showtime will premiere the first of 10 episodes two hours ahead of SoHo, at 4.20pm AEDT.
While Sky and the networks have improved their turnaround of key US and UK shows to often within the same week of domestic broadcast, their Aussie counterparts still shame them by rewarding their viewers earlier.
Prime starts Doctor Who on Thursday whereas ABC1 in Australia launches it tonight (and in HD!).
And while SoHo will run season six of Mad Men within a week of AMC, which will be two weeks quicker than season five, on Foxtel it will screen directly after airing in the US.
But having to wait fractionally longer than the Aussies to see Thrones will be worth it if the US reviews are to be believed.
“Having watched the first four episodes of Season 3, there are barely a handful of series that generate this kind of fervent appreciation for the skills at hand,” raved The Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s like being in some epic tale that never ceases to be engrossing and creates a kind of demanding, spoiled attitude that culminates in this despondent and annoyed declaration: ‘Why do they only make 10 episodes a season!?'”
The Washington Post even declared viewers are not worthy of such a creative colossus: “Game of Thrones is a masterpiece in the making, now entering the hallowed territory of The Wire.
“It demands your attention, but it also rewards any effort you give it, no matter how small. Part of the pleasure is in letting it wash over you, admiring its craftwork.
“Game of Thrones revels in the epic breadth of its source material, but never forgets that some of us slobs are simply watching television.”
For those slobs who need a refresher course on the first two seasons, New York magazine ran this speedy guide while one of the best primers is in today’s Culture section of the Sunday Star Times, which, inexplicably, hasn’t been loaded on to Stuff.