Seven Hells! The day has finally come. The premiere of Game of Thrones aired this past Sunday and it did not disappoint. When we left the Seven Kingdoms last season, Jon Snow had been captured by the Wildlings, Sansa was no longer betrothed to the beast that is Joffrey Baratheon, Tyrion was removed from his role as Hand of the King and injured, Robb Stark had broken his promise to marry Walder Frey’s daughter and instead followed his heart, and the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys, freed her babies from the House of the Undying, only after commanding them to charbroil their captor. Yes, things have changed in Westoros.
When Season 3 began, our favorite coward, Samwell Tarley, was running for his life, literally. The White Walkers were out in full force and they were coming for Sam. Thank the gods, Jon’s direwolf Ghost came to the rescue, along with Lord Commander Mormont and the brothers of the Night’s Watch. They looked beatdown, tired and just plain scared, but they had a job to do and that was to protect the Wall at all costs. Their guy Jon Snow is doing his part behind enemy lines. Jon is with the Wildlings, you see, and has met the King Beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder. Will Jon gain Mance’s trust in order to infiltrate the Wildings’ turf? Or will he be distracted by a certain redhead? Only time will tell.
Meanwhile in King’s Landing, Joffrey is still King but is now betrothed to Margeary Tyrell, previously married to Renly Baratheon. To say her luck with men is ghastly would be an understatement. Having Cersei Dearest as a future mother-in-law has its own set of problems, since the Queen Regent desires power over all, including her horrible son. And then we have my favorite Lion, Tyrion Lannister. The power he wielded in Season 2 was short-lived, as his father Tywin has taken over as Hand of the King. Tyrion, already seen as the family joke, wants what is owed to him. Unfortunately, Tywin has no intentions of giving his son anything but a wicked tongue lashing that had me feeling sorry for poor Tyrion. But I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of Half Man.
Finally, across the Narrow Sea, the Mother of Dragons at last has a ship. She is on her way to Astapor, a city in Slaver’s Bay where she learns of the Unsullied, one of the greatest armies anyone has ever seen. Dany’s dragons are still too small to strike any real fear in her enemies, so she must rely on an army to take back the Iron Throne. Unfortunately, her escapades in Qarth have peeved the bald-headed, blue-lipped Warlocks and they want her dead. Like now. Will they succeed? Or will Dany and her babies show everyone what happens when you wake the dragon? Tune in to find out.
Game of Thrones airs on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on HBO.