Winter is coming early this year – March 31st, to be precise. If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, then shame on you and your house. I am of course, talking about the upcoming 3rd season of Game of Thrones – the immensely popular epic fantasy series from HBO spawned from the equally epic series of novels from author George R.R. Martin.
As is prophesied through, uh, press announcements, the show’s third season – based on the third book Storm of Swords from the series A Song of Ice and Fire – kicks off this March 31st, and fans can not wait to get this party started.
HBO has released a lot of teasers for things to come in the coming season: bigger sets, more locations, new characters – even fans of the novels are anxiously waiting for the big season premiere despite having already read the story themselves.
Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have reportedly been waiting for this third season since they tackled the project, with Benioff saying that “We always envisioned Season 3 as sort of the place we needed to get – if we’ve made it through Season 3 and we could do Season 3 right, then it would be all worthwhile”.
Storm of Swords will be split into two seasons for the HBO series – which makes it all the more exciting as readers would know that not only is Storm of Swords the longest book in the series – it’s also arguably the best.
Ciarin Hinds, famous for his role in the HBO series Rome will be taking up the role of the Wildling King Mance Rayder for the upcoming season. Other notable newcomers making a splash in the series are “The Blackfish” Bryndon Tully, played by Clive Russell; “Queen of Thorns” Olenna Tyrell, played by Diane Rigg; and Jojen Reed, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
About the guest author:
Diane is a fantasy geek who’s read the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series (up until the fifth book anyway) . And prefers to be in House Tully if she ever were in Westeros. She makes sure she catches all her fantasy shows through Cable TV Advisor.
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