"Game of Thrones" season 3 DVD release date? Come on now, don't be ridiculous. Why would you possibly want to watch "Game of Thrones" season 3 again? Wait, because it's the best season of television since "The Wire" ended half a million years ago? Okay, fine, I guess that's a pretty good reason. Well, tough bananas: you have to wait, just like everybody else: the "Game of Thrones" season 3 Blu-Ray doesn't come out until February 18, 2014, just two months before the season 4 premiere.

I guess February 18, 2014, isn't as dreadfully far away as it could be; I'm half surprised HBO didn't put the "Game of Thrones" season 3 Blu-Ray release date right on top of the season 4 premiere in early April. I mean, they chose to skip Christmas, so who knows what madness they're capable of. Of which they are capable. February 18 isn't too bad, although we may be momentarily distracted by the "House of Cards" season 2 premiere on Valentine's Day. But we can live a few extra days... after all, we've all seen "Game of Thrones" season 3 at this point. At least I hope we have.

The new "Game of Thrones" season 3 DVD release date comes with a bunch of special features that you maybe think you care about, but will never actually watch. The really valuable part of the Blu-Ray and DVD release is the special editions, of which by my count there are four: three from Best Buy from some of the Houses, and one from Amazon, which comes with a dragon. Or a statue of a dragon, anyway, which I suppose is a different thing. The Amazon one in particular is rather pricey, so you may want to steer clear unless you're a knick-knack collector, or like statues of dragons. I'd stick to one of the Best Buy House packages, if I were you.

It's not even a question that you should rewatch all of the "Game of Thrones" season 3 DVD/Blu-Ray before the "Game of Thrones" season 4 release date. It just goes without saying. That's not just because the third season is the best yet, which it is, but because it's simply very complex, and season 4 will start in medias res, right where the last one left off, in the wake of the Red Wedding. The show will change utterly in season 4: the power vacuum left by the fall of the Starks will transform Westeros politics, and the season starts with the Lannisters in their position of greatest strength. And Daenerys is keeping herself busy in Slaver's Bay for the moment. There's a lot of ground to cover, and you won't want to be confused when the season starts.

So you'd best pick up that Blu-Ray on the "Game of Thrones" season 4 Blu-Ray / DVD release date on February 18. I know I will.