Game of Thrones: Season Seven Review

| December 12, 2017

The latest season of Game of Thrones was not only one of the best things on television for 2017, but it was also one of the most frustrating. HBO’s hit fantasy series managed to both touch upon many things that longtime fans wanted to see, but also managed to buckle under audiences desires. From legendary battle sequences to dramatic plot twists, Game of Thrones Season Seven is riddled with brilliance and retained its status as must-see television, with only a few minor caveats. There will be some minor spoilers in this review, so if you haven’t kept up, know that I will be giving away some crucial elements for this past season.

From the very first episode of the season, specifically the first and last scenes of the episode, it is very apparent that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are trying to reward longtime fans of the series. From Arya’s poisoning of House Frey to Daenerys’ arrival at Dragonstone, Game of Thrones is making it a point to let fans know that it is going to give them everything they want this season. While this indeed does make for great and engaging television, these moments come at a small price. Various plot elements happen at breakneck speed and while there are things that I adore about the season, there are times where the writing and plotting of the season feel like they’re happening way too fast.

Characters traveling across entire oceans and continents in rapid pace is the main offender, but there are few times where the internal logic of the show just gets broken, only for the sake of the story. As much as I personally love this, there are just a few too many times in this season of Game of Thrones that feels slightly pandering. While there is this slight dilemma, the season manages to showcase on why Game of Thrones is one of the best television shows ever crafted. Large set pieces, epic battles and intricate plotlines that manage to weave together extremely well. It’s a feat that no other fantasy series has ever done and for this, I’m grateful that a series like Game of Thrones exists.

The presentation on the Blu-Ray of Game of Thrones is the traditional excellent quality that HBO brings to their home video releases. The video is presented in an MP4, AVC encoded 1080p transfer, with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The HD transfer looks incredible and gives way to showing the intricate detail on display. From the great CGI work of dragons and undead armies to the ornate costumes that the characters wear in the series, the video source is jaw-droppingly beautiful. The audio on the set comes in a few different formats, a Dolby Atmos track and a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 English track as the main presentation, as well as multiple language tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0 stereo. The Atmos track is just sumptuous, that is brimming with great mixing throughout the entire season. While the Dolby Atmos track shines during the large actions sequences, it’s still very immersive during smaller scenes by being atmospheric and subtle in the surround channels. The extras on the set are loaded with commentaries for every episode, the animated Histories, and Lore of Westeros, as well as some excellent behind the scenes on the Art Department of Game of Thrones.

The endgame is near for Game of Thrones and season seven makes it a point to put all its cards on the table. As much as the internal logic broke my brain for the season, there’s still nothing like this series and season seven is veritable proof that David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and HBO have created something truly magical. Highly Recommended!

About the Author:

is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio for Visual Media. He works as a freelance location sound mixer, boom operator, sound designer, and writer in his native Chicago. He's an avid collector of films, comics, and anime.
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