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Moderator Edit: Those who intentionally or maliciously spoil upcoming events in Season 3 of Game of Thrones will be summarily dealt with in the harshest and most permanent manner. Please respect others' wishes to learn the story for themselves by watching the show if you have already read the books! Thank you, the management. PS: We will find you. PPS: Oh yes, we will.

Season 3 of Game of Thrones, Episode 1 airs: March 31, 2013.

#2 Posted by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

Winter is about to end.

#3 Posted by Sterling (2084 posts) -

Oh thank the maker. I thought it had already started and I missed it. Must go set device to record upcoming season.

#4 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7054 posts) -

Wait. Wait. The show doesn't start until March 31st. This is up CRAZY early.

#5 Posted by hollitz (1425 posts) -

The next two seasons should be stellar. When 5 rolls around, I hope they'll learn from the mistakes of season 2. In Book 2, Dany's stuff was super weak. Instead of correcting that, they made it worse. Book's 4 and 5 are slow and full of lots of fat, hopefully they'll trim it down a little.

#6 Posted by RollingZeppelin (1916 posts) -

@oulzac said:

Oh thank the maker seven. I thought it had already started and I missed it. Must go set device to record upcoming season.

Fixed

#7 Posted by MstrMnyBgs (123 posts) -

I thought I heard that they were going to start making each book multiple seasons? I am just imagining that? Book 3 is definitely one they better make more than one season out of, so many good moments that deserve the detailed attention.

#8 Posted by pyromagnestir (4249 posts) -

It's so close, yet so far.

Let's get some bets going.

Over/under on boobs this season is 61

over/under on penises is 1 and 1/2

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#9 Posted by Breadfan (6589 posts) -

Season 3 is going to be great. This is the season when Hodor realizes he is a Grey Warden, right?

#10 Posted by stryker1121 (1348 posts) -

@MstrMnyBgs: Book 3 has split into two seasons...very wisely if I may add. Last season moved at a lightning pace plot-wise toward the end; fleshing out some of the details, character motivations etc is fine w/ me.

#11 Posted by dungbootle (2457 posts) -

I am ready.

@MstrMnyBgs said:

I thought I heard that they were going to start making each book multiple seasons? I am just imagining that? Book 3 is definitely one they better make more than one season out of, so many good moments that deserve the detailed attention.

This season will cover the first half of SoS.

#12 Edited by DeeGee (2116 posts) -

I'm really wondering how they'll manage to keep the child actors on the show. The books take place over a time of roughly two years, but by the time the TV show catches up with them it will have been on for 8 years. Add in the two books that haven't been written ... yeah, actually scratch that, they're never going to keep going that long.

I swear I saw a writer for the show saying that there was a natural conclusion to it at the end of the third book, which I can totally get behind. Ton of stuff important stuff happens.

#13 Posted by Pop (2608 posts) -

Some stuff will happen and it's gonna be amazing. Since they're splitting book 3 into 2 seasons I wonder if season 4 will come faster.

#14 Posted by Tarsier (1057 posts) -

the books are amazing, but season 2 completely ended my interest in the show..

#15 Posted by SeanCoughing (261 posts) -

I absolutely love this show and the books but I might have to wait until its released on blu ray. I just can't get behind having to pay for cable for the sole privilege of being able to subscribe to HBO and be able to watch this amazing show. The time is nigh for HBO to re-evaluate the way they do business, it only helps the cable companies and they won't be around forever.

#16 Posted by alternate (2687 posts) -

@Pop said:

Some stuff will happen and it's gonna be amazing. Since they're splitting book 3 into 2 seasons I wonder if season 4 will come faster.

Why would it? Filming schedule is already tight and they seem to like launching in spring each year.

#17 Edited by Bollard (5276 posts) -

Oh you guys who haven't read the books yet... Fuck it, I can't say anything. Just let it be known, if they handle it right this season will be dope.

@dungbootle said:

I am ready.

@MstrMnyBgs said:

I thought I heard that they were going to start making each book multiple seasons? I am just imagining that? Book 3 is definitely one they better make more than one season out of, so many good moments that deserve the detailed attention.

This season will cover the first half of SoS.

If you haven't read the book DO NOT READ THIS. I won't explicitly mention anything in the book, but I wanted to say:

If that is definitely true, that's a shame :( Only one thing even remotely non-dull happens in part 1. I can't even remember the rest of it. Book 2 is where it's at, oh my.

@Tarsier said:

the books are amazing, but season 2 completely ended my interest in the show..

I agree with this, Season 2 (especially the north of the wall stuff) was handled really poorly, and was disappointing. But I still enjoyed it enough to give 3 a shot. I can appreciate both.

#18 Posted by Fattony12000 (7072 posts) -
#19 Posted by Funkydupe (3312 posts) -

@Fattony12000: Kudos.

#20 Posted by Hunter5024 (5546 posts) -

I wonder if they'll have that scene. The one with Dany... and like... yeah.

#21 Posted by project343 (2812 posts) -

So pumped. Season 2 is out on Blu-Ray in a couple weeks too.

There is no possible way that this will live up to the ridiculously high standard of my favourite book of all time (A Storm of Swords), but it'll still make for a damn fine season of television.

@oulzac said:

Oh thank the maker. I thought it had already started and I missed it. Must go set device to record upcoming season.

The Maker is Dragon Age. The Seven (or Drowned God, Old Gods, R'hllor) is Game of Thrones. :P

@Chavtheworld said:

If you haven't read the book DO NOT READ THIS. I won't explicitly mention anything in the book, but I wanted to say:

If that is definitely true, that's a shame :( Only one thing even remotely non-dull happens in part 1. I can't even remember the rest of it. Book 2 is where it's at, oh my.

They're moving stuff forward and back in order to really set Season 3 and Season 4 as distinctly separate seasons.

We know for a fact that the Red Wedding will in this season (Episode 9), and it is heavily hinted that we will see Lady Stoneheart (Episode 10). Unlike in the books, it appears that we'll actually see her resurrection in person--which happens to occur just shortly after the Red Wedding (within 3 days, IIRC).

@Hunter5024 said:

I wonder if they'll have that scene. The one with Dany... and like... yeah.

Dracarys? God, I hope so.

#22 Posted by ThePickle (4155 posts) -

Seems appropriate to make this thread today... because you know... Groundhog Day... winter... coming...

#23 Edited by Dacnomaniac (440 posts) -

Not entirely related to Season 3, but Sam's face at the end of Season 2 is fucking amazing.

#24 Posted by boj4ngles (287 posts) -

@project343 said:

We know for a fact that the Red Wedding will in this season (Episode 9), and it is heavily hinted that we will see Lady Stoneheart (Episode 10). Unlike in the books, it appears that we'll actually see her resurrection in person--which happens to occur just shortly after the Red Wedding (within 3 days, IIRC).

@Hunter5024 said:

I wonder if they'll have that scene. The one with Dany... and like... yeah.

Dracarys? God, I hope so.

Judging from this publicity photo I think it is pretty much a certainty!

#25 Posted by Pr1mus (3821 posts) -

I can't wait to not watch this!

I never got this show. It's one of those show that pretty much everyone around me watches and keep talking about and how great it is and all that and i watched the first season thinking that it was crap all the way through...

And on paper i should like this. It's not like a generally don't like medieval stuff.

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#26 Edited by project343 (2812 posts) -

@boj4ngles said:

Judging from this publicity photo I think it is pretty much a certainty!

Well, we're seeing an ends, not a means. I'm just hoping that they follow through and replicate the tension of the dracarys bit--easily my favourite Danny scene in the whole series. A lot of the shots coming out of her portions of Season 3 seem political. My gut is telling me that they are going to extend that 'acquisition' by turning it into a big ol' political back-and-forth.

*Edit: I'm going to throw that in a spoiler block, just in case. It's super vague, but might as well play it safe.

#27 Posted by boj4ngles (287 posts) -

@project343 said:

@boj4ngles said:

Judging from this publicity photo I think it is pretty much a certainty!

Well, we're seeing an ends, not a means. I'm just hoping that they follow through and replicate the tension of the dracarys bit--easily my favourite Danny scene in the whole series. A lot of the shots coming out of her portions of Season 3 seem political. My gut is telling me that they are going to extend that 'acquisition' by turning it into a big ol' political back-and-forth.

You may be right. . . But I really doubt that the producers could resist shooting that scene exactly as it happened in the book. So epic.

I'm actually kind of encouraged that they made the Unsullied wear armor and masks because it implies that they will be trying to add in tons of CGI extras and "go big".

#28 Edited by Funkydupe (3312 posts) -

@Pr1mus: This and Breaking Bad are the only shows I find worth my time; there are so many terrible ones by comparison. Still, the Game of Thrones could become worse this season, who knows, but lets hope it doesn't.

@project343: I like the political stuff. Its a real trick to narrow it into something watchable on TV without losing too much relevant dialogue. Quite a few interesting situations were left out of course because there just isn't enough time.

Oops, I forgot about Dexter, but that's going downhill fast now.

#29 Posted by project343 (2812 posts) -

@boj4ngles: Well, from a budgetary perspective...

They don't really have a ton of really crazy stuff to worry about this season. They've got the giants north of the wall (if they plan to use 'em), and these Unsullied scenes. Other than that, there are no major battles or seemingly costly things to cover (unlike, say, Blackwater and Melisandre's shadow in Season 2).
#30 Posted by boj4ngles (287 posts) -

@project343: Well there's a few more things they could go nuts with. . .

They could have white walkers and wights at the battle of the Fist of the First Men. They could turn the Red Wedding into a major battle episode. They could also have more miscellaneous dragon scenes.

I would just be happy if they use their CGI money on bird's eye shots. I thought that something missing from seasons 1 and even 2 to some extent were a sense of scale. But hell, it's GOT. I will love it no matter what.

#31 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3046 posts) -

ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL!!!

#32 Posted by Hunter5024 (5546 posts) -
#33 Posted by Fattony12000 (7072 posts) -

I want this inside me.

#34 Posted by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

@DeeGee said:

I'm really wondering how they'll manage to keep the child actors on the show. The books take place over a time of roughly two years, but by the time the TV show catches up with them it will have been on for 8 years. Add in the two books that haven't been written ... yeah, actually scratch that, they're never going to keep going that long.

Easy, they're gonna make the kids smoke cigarettes so they don't grow.

#35 Posted by Nilazz (607 posts) -

Do I remember completely wrong or is season 3 the first half of the third book?

#36 Posted by Funkydupe (3312 posts) -

@Nilazz: I believe it is, yes.

#37 Posted by HaltIamReptar (2029 posts) -

Hopefully this season will be a bit better than Game of Thrones: The Softcore Porn that season 2 was.

#38 Edited by RadixNegative2 (511 posts) -

Anyone see the trailer? I thought it was great, but not as great as the season 2 trailer. But then again nothing is better than that trailer!

#39 Edited by Benny (1947 posts) -

For anyone who hasn't read the books and doesn't know what's coming. Holy fucking shit, the bit where that one guy sets his sword on fire is going to fucking own.

#40 Posted by Dacnomaniac (440 posts) -

MY BODY IS READY! Please don't be the last ever season.

#41 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1355 posts) -

Man March 31st is a long way away, this whole time i was under the impression it was March 3rd D:

#42 Edited by jacksmedulla (278 posts) -

@radixnegative2: I can't decide which trailer I like better; they are both fucking fantastic.

#43 Posted by TheHT (10909 posts) -

@radixnegative2:Season 2 had sooooooo many trailers, and it's hard to beat anything with Florence and the Machine in my book, but motherfucking GOOD GODDAMN I'M SO FUCKING STOKED.

I dunno what it is about GoT, but even the shortest teasers have given me chills. So fucking cool. DUDES WERE CLIMBING THE WALL AND DROGONS A BIG BOY AND THAT DUDES SWORD IGNITED AHHHHHHHRGGGHHHH

#44 Edited by TheHT (10909 posts) -

The song:

it totally reminds me of this Serious Sam song, which makes me like it way more than I probably should.

#45 Edited by SomeDeliCook (2227 posts) -

ugh, I'm so behind on Game of Thrones.

I bought and started the first season right when the second season started on TV, and now as I'm about to buy the second season for my wife and I, the third one is going to be on TV.

NEED TO CATCH UP

#46 Edited by project343 (2812 posts) -

@dacnomaniac said:

MY BODY IS READY! Please don't be the last ever season.

Based on this record-breaking news, and these ratings, I'm going to say that the show will not stop anytime soon.

@somedelicook said:

ugh, I'm so behind on Game of Thrones.

I bought and started the first season right when the second season started on TV, and now as I'm about to buy the second season for my wife and I, the third one is going to be on TV.

NEED TO CATCH UP

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!

It's 10 hours a season. Not a big deal, and way more important than stupid video games. :P

@nilazz said:

Do I remember completely wrong or is season 3 the first half of the third book?

Looks like it'll be about 60% of the third book, judging by the shots in the trailer (and other things that we know).

Hopefully this season will be a bit better than Game of Thrones: The Softcore Porn that season 2 was.

Was there really anything completely offensive in this second season? There's a bit more sex than the books because Littlefinger is a more important character (and he owns the brothels), but notable bits of sexuality are also removed (Danny spends a lot of her time wearing breast-revealing outfits in the books, Tyrion spends some more time than he needs to in brothels, etc.). Most of the non-Littlefinger sex is right out of the books (Theon on the ship, Pycelle with his whores, etc.).

Moving forward, Littlefinger's brothels should be significantly less important, but sex will continue to be a pretty prominent thing for both character flavour and character-defining conflict.

#47 Posted by Funkydupe (3312 posts) -

Season 3 totally hasn't started yet.

#48 Edited by TheHT (10909 posts) -

This show is my drug. Takes me to another place, gives me that tingly sensation, leaves me satisfied but wanting more.

Anyways, giants, dragons, and scorpion spiders oh my. Feels nice to go back to Westeros (and Essos, I guess. Is there a word the the world in Game of Thrones?).

Also that fellow at the end whose name I won't divulge in case anyone has yet to watch tonights episode, that fellow had a real grandpa Ezio look goin on. Into it.

Also also, it's nice to see Ghost kicking ass.

#49 Edited by Aegon (5408 posts) -

It seems strange to me. A lot of things that are surprises / big reveals in the book are just not bothered with in the series. They just outright say what's what right from the get go. I feel like that makes for a worse experience. Especially since something that was only revealed around the very end of the third book is just openly discussed here in the first episode.

#50 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11487 posts) -

If the third book is being split into two seasons, then you people have two more seasons of the good stuff before dealing with "The adventures of characters no one likes and Tyrion gets a scene every once in a while to remind you that you used to like these books". I'm interested in actually watching this series one day, if only to see how they portray certain events (especially certain events that will happen this and next season), but after that I'm wondering how the TV series will adapt to the noticeable drop in quality that accompanies the 4th and 5th books. If I wanted to be cynical, I could say that they could both be abridged into one season, considering the absurd amount of pointless filler present in both of them.

Either way, I know what's going to happen, and thus am dealing with the far worse fate of having to anticipate book 6, which will come out who knows when.

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