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The following is written by a fan of both the book series A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO series Game of Thrones. So while no real spoilers will be released, keep in mind I am aware of and thus may allude to some broad plot developments. Also be aware I do not consider revealing new characters as spoilers because anyone googling “Game of Thrones Season 3” will be aware of these.
In the ominous words of Arya Stark, “Anyone can be killed”
If Season 1 of Game of Thrones taught us anything, it is that author George RR Martin is willing (and perhaps even eager) to kill off major characters. We were saved from a fresh round of killings in Season 2 (excluding Renly Baratheon), but I promise you this is NOT the new norm. While Season 1 followed the book A Game of Thrones, and Season 2 followed the book A Clash of Kings, Season 3 is said to cover roughly half A Storm of Swords, while the other half will make up Season 4. As the title alludes, the plot of book 3 sees the sword fall upon a number of our beloved heroes and villains. Without giving too much away, one of these deaths becomes an iconic scene of the entire series, and I suspect it will occur in the finale of Season 3.
So in which part of Westeros will this iconic death occur?
The Wall, what will happen to our beloved bastard?
When we left Jon Snow, he was far beyond the wall and had become involved with a band of wildlings. It has also been confirmed that *GASP* the White Walkers really do exist. All this raises some important questions. Who is the true enemy of the Night’s Watch? The Wildlings or the Walkers? How will this affect the benevolent and endearing Jon Snow?
Be prepared for a major new character to be revealed. Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall. Rumours swirl that Mance was once a member of the Night’s Watch. What will happen when our beloved bastard meets the war’s sixth king? Will the two get along, or will it come to blows?
Kings Landing, what will happen when the imp’s father comes to town?
When we last left Kings Landing, Tywin Lannister had come to town after stealing victory from the hands of Stannis Baratheon during the Battle of the Blackwater. This may be Twyin’s first military victory during the War of Five Kings, as he has thus far underestimated the ‘Young Wolf’ Robb Stark. But while Robb Stark may be a supreme battle-field strategist, he does not appear to have the political cunning that Tywin does. What will happen when Tywin becomes hand of the king? Will he be more dangerous to the Starks and the Northmen here than when he was at Harrenhal?
But there are other forces at play in Kings Landing. Season 3 will see another major player revealed, The Queen of Thorns is Joffrey’s wife’s grandmother, and the brain of the Tyrell family. Will she have some cards to play in the unfolding drama that is Westeros’ capital city?
Meanwhile Stannis Baratheon has been pushed back to Dragonstone to lick his wounds, how will he respond? Tyrion Lannister remains a cunning force, yet he is falling out of favor amongst his own family members. What will happen when his father comes to town? Tyrion barely survived the the Battle of the Blackwater, will he survive the next season…?
Mistakes were made, how will the King of the North react?
Season 1 saw Robb Stark’s vanguard smash into Southern Westeros and pull off a series of upset victories against both Jaime and Tywin Lannister. In fact ‘military victory’ may be the young wolf’s middle name.
But now Robb has fallen for some hottie even though he promised Lord Frey that he would marry one of his daughters back in Season 1. He allowed Theon Greyjoy to return to the Iron Islands, this in turn inspired Theon to take Winterfell. He even let his mother free Jaime Lannister. It seems as if our young King is wasting some valuable political capital. Will he be able to recover? The War of Five Kings is Robb Stark’s to lose.
Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen is still doing pretty much NOTHING.
SPOILER ALERT, anyone thinking Khaleesi’s dragons will be wreaking havoc upon the continent of Westeros in Season 3 will be most disappointed. She will continue to wonder about Essos, and although A Storm of Swords is her most exciting book, I am much more intrigued by what occurs on Westeros proper. On the other hand, anyone interested in her storyline will be excited to hear A Storm of Swords is her most exciting book.
by Dylan F