Well, we’ve finally had your first proper teaser trailers for Season 3 of HBO’s Game of Thrones and the excitement is certainly building. The show has been a ratings powerhouse and has managed to capture the hearts and minds of audiences around the globe. This is quite a feat considering the source material (The Song of Ice and Fire saga by George R.R. Martin) sits squarely in the ‘Fantasy’ genre. However, thanks to some great acting, morally ambiguous yet compelling characters, interesting and sometimes shocking plot lines, the show has found success with mainstream audiences as much as lovers of all things fantasy related.
Here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure:
Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lust and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men…all will play the ‘Game of Thrones.’
Now, I had planned on reading George R.R. Martin’s ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ saga after the show had ended. Unfortunately, the end of Season 2 left me filled with questions and such a yearning to know more, that I promptly got myself the first five books. After reading through them at a ridiculous pace (I honestly had my nose glued to my Kindle for about 6-8 weeks), I have now joined the ranks of people who wish George.R.R Martin would hurry up and write faster so I can see how it ends!
Of all the books, I have to say that ‘A Storm of Swords’ was hands down my favourite. It delivers on every level. Not only is the story great but it sees the culmination of many story arcs in the first two books resolved and then opens up further story-lines to explore. Characters grow and in some cases are redefined completely. There are still shocks aplenty concerning character’s fates and revelations about other character’s motivations that will leave you struggling to keep up. Plus more importantly, the threat of Winter and the White Walkers finally starts to grow to a point where it can no longer be ignored.
Apparently, Season 3 will show us the first half of ‘A Storm of Swords’ whilst Season 4 will deal with the second half (This could work out very well considering the book itself was spilt into two parts titled ‘Blood and Ice’ and ‘Steel and Snow’ respectively). However, I’ve decided to take ‘A Storm of Swords’ as a whole and here are ten reasons why I think this book will give us the best two seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’ yet. Remember, there are so many characters and plot-lines that I couldn’t fit them all into my list so if you think I’ve missed something or someone (Arstan Whitebeard already springs to mind as someone I regret having to leave out), feel free to add your own thoughts about what was great in ‘A storm of Swords’ in the comments section.
*Warning: I’ve tried to keep this as spoiler free as possible but it still contains some details concerning upcoming events which may occur in Seasons 3 and 4.*
Now, this character (sometimes refered to as the ‘Lightning Lord‘) has appeared in Season 1 and has been mentioned many times throughout the series as a seemingly unkillable thorn in the Lanister’s side. According to reports he has been impaled, hung, stabbed and shot full of arrows. In this Season we’ll get to see him return as the leader of the rebel gang, the ‘Brotherhood without Banners’ and even find out that the rumours of his death may not be as exaggerated as the Lanisters believe. Though only appearing for a short time in the story, Dondarrion will leave a lasting effect on the world.
Plus, the guy fights with a flaming sword. And yes, we do get to see some flaming sword action when he faces off against none other than the Hound, Sandor Clegane.
Having been released by Cat Stark in the hope that it will gain her daughter’s release from King’s Landing. This Season will follow Jaime as he travels through Westeros, forms a strange love/hate relationship with his captor, Brienne, and also going bald in an attempt to hide his identity. There is another massive event in Jaime’s story but it would be far too much of a spoiler… plus I’m really intrigued to see if Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will be willing to part with his flowing golden locks.
Though Jaime has pretty much just been a classic (yet surprisingly underwhelming) villain up to this point, we finally get to see the man behind the ‘Kingslayer’ title. As we learn more about him and witness the trials he is put through, we slowly start to realise why he is the way he is and even start to empathise with him. Many people have pointed to this book as the turning point for when Jaime became one of their favourite characters and I’d be surprised if the upcoming Seasons didn’t have the same effect.