Production on the third season of Game of Thrones is well underway, and with the March 31st premiere approaching much faster than the sixth installment of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, let’s take a look at what the HBO show has in store for us this go round.
For the most part, season three will be an adaptation of A Storm of Swords, the third book in George RR Martin’s epic fantasy series. Weighing in at a whopping 976 pages, ASOS will be the longest adaptation producers David Benioff and DB Weiss have attempted. Initial reports had Benioff and Weiss filming two seasons at once, as ten episodes would have no shot at covering the entire book, but it looks as if they will focus on season three alone—for now anyway.
With season two’s premiere debuting to a series high 8.3 million viewers, the third seasons was fast set into motion, and it won’t likely be long before season four, and the rest of ASOS, gets the go ahead.
Season three will likely conclude with the Red Wedding, but that’s not all fans of the books have to look forward to (or dread, depending what sigil you’re flying). Season three will introduce Jojen and Meera Reed, Edmure and Brynden Tully, Olenna Tyrell, Beric Dondarrion, Qyburn and Mance Rayder, among several other characters new to the HBO series.
What will be most interesting, especially for readers, will be guessing who lives and dies this year. Adding two dozen new characters to an already packed cast is a challenge, not only for writers but on the payroll. HBO has repeatedly stated that they are not adapting book by book, but ASOIAF as a whole, so don’t be surprised if a few minor characters get an early beheading.