Do you hear that? It is the sound of millions of Game of Thrones groupies, including me, humming its theme song. Season 3 is coming, and the anticipation is at a fever pitch. If you have never read George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novel series upon which the show is based, then you may not understand why everyone is so excited. But for those who have read it, they know that Season 3 will change everything.
I am one of the millions of people who read the books before watching HBO’s adaptation Game of Thrones, and I was very pleasantly surprised at what I saw. The show follows George R.R. Martin’s books pretty closely, and it helps that Mr. Martin is a writer and co-executive producer on the series. But none of that matters if a beloved series like Martin’s is not given the respect and care it so deserves.
Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have done just that by bringing the land of Westeros and its residents to life. The locations were carefully chosen and the sets designed with an attention to detail that enhance each scene. The cast was also chosen wisely, which has only made the first two seasons just that more special (seriously, who else but Sean Bean could play Ned Stark?).
Season 1 introduced viewers to the Starks, Baratheons, Lannisters and Targaryens and revealed the lengths they would go to in order to secure the crown. Ned Stark’s loyalty to King Robert caused him to lose his head. The Lannisters gained the crown while concealing a secret that could destroy them. And the white-haired Targaryens found themselves far from home and Daenerys becoming mother to three very real dragons.
Season 2 finds the kingdoms at war and Joffrey Baratheon crowned as King after Robert’s death. The young King is cruel, vicious, and out-of-control. The only one brave enough to stand up to Joffrey is our hero, Tyrion, the smartest and wiliest of the Lannisters. The Brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, including Ned Stark’s bastard son Jon Snow, have the Wildlings and the White Walkers to contend with, while Houses Stark, Baratheon, Lannister, and Tyrell all fight each other for their claim to the throne.
Season 3 has a lot to prove not only to viewers of Game of Thrones, but to readers of the series, as well, because, as I said, this season changes everything. The third book in the series, A Storm of Swords, is chock full of action, deceit, lust and yes, death, more than has been seen so far. There are several events I look forward to seeing on the screen, including one involving Daenerys and an army called the Unsullied. Many beloved characters will fall, but as I am not one for spoilers, I will not say who will see their end. Rest assured, you will not be ready for what is coming.
Game of Thrones, Season 3 will premiere March 31, 2013 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.