A Storm of Swords

We’ve known for a little while HBO‘s Game of Thrones was returning at the end of March, and as you can see on this newly released teaser poster it is the very end. We can venture back to Westeros on Sunday, March 31st at, I don’t know, maybe 10pm. There’s no official word on that yet.

But y’know, as teaser posters for Game of Thrones go, this one’s pretty boring. Last year had the hand thrusting a crown in the air, or there was the one with Ned Stark’s head on a pike. This is just a marble wall with numbers on it. Woo-hoo. I mean, the swords are a nice touch, but otherwise? Yawn.

Still doesn’t dampen my excitement for the return of Game of Thrones. How about you?

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Game of Thrones is one of television’s most ambitious series. HBO‘s attempt at adapting George R.R. Martin‘s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire could have easily been a disaster, but thanks to the amazing work from showrunners D.B. Weiss, David Benioff, and their fantastic cast and crew the series has turned into one of the most successful HBO series to date. And as the world of Game of Thrones continues to grow and expand beyond Westeros audiences should expect the show to become more and more cinematic, says writer Vanessa Taylor.

Recently interviewed on the Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast, Taylor mentioned how she’s learning new ways to write thanks to Weiss and Benioff, specifically learning to write more visually focused scenes with larger scope,

I’ve actually been learning a particular lesson this season. My bosses [Weiss and Benioff] seem to be becoming more visual storytellers. All of the episodes of the third season seem to open with a particularly cinematic opening. And they’re less about clever dialogue and transition and more about these huge cinematic… just the visuals of it all. And so I’m really learning a different way of writing from that. Because I think it’s quite subtle and I feel like, by contrast, the writing of the second season was a bit more conventional.

The second season, while deviating from the source material more than the first, still managed to blow us all away. It featured a wonderful mix of epic and smaller, more personal moments, Will we still see that balance in season three? Hopefully, but I’m not surprised one bit that season three, adapting the first half of A Storm of Swords, is become a bigger, more cinematic production. The scope of A Song of Ice and Fire only grows with every book as more characters are introduced as well locations and histories.

Do you think this change in approach will hurt Game of Thrones for their third season or only make the hit series even better?

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It was only earlier today I reported the season two finale of Game of Thrones will include and extra ten minutes, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start talking season three. Entertainment Weekly revealed a partial list of new characters we can expect to see next season. I know, some people might be thinking, “What!? More characters? Just how big of a cast can there be!?” But hey, some of these characters were supposed to appear this season since they’re first introduced in Book Two, A Clash of Kings, so be happy you didn’t have even more names and faces to learn this year.

Showrunner, David Benioff, touched on the problems with their ever growing cast, saying,

It’s important to point out that that we have the largest cast on television right now. We introduced dozens of new characters in season two. If you hurl 300 characters at an audience, the story collapses under the weight of too many faces, too many names, and too many subplots. We need to be just as mindful of the audience members who have never read the books as we are of the readers; the series will fail if we only appeal to those who already know the characters. So we try to be parsimonious about how many new roles we introduce to the story and when we introduce them.

All right, let’s cut to the chase, here’s a list of character confirmed to appear in season three, possible spoilers, be careful,

Mance Rayder: We’ve heard about him all season. A former member of the Night’s Watch who became the “King Beyond the Wall,” the leader of the Wildlings. 

Daario Naharis: A confident and seductive warrior. 

Jojen Reed; Meera Reed: A teenage brother and sister duo with special insights.

Edmure Tully: A brash young member of the Tully family.

Ser Brynden Tully (The Blackfish): Catelyn Stark’s uncle.

Lady Selyse Florent: Stannis Baratheon’s wife.

Shireen: Stannis’ daughter.

Olenna Redwyne (The Queen of Thorns): Margaery Tyrell’s sharp-witted grandmother.

Beric Dondarrion: A skilled knight who is the leader of the outlaw group Brotherhood Without Banners.

Thoros of Myr: A red priest who follows the same religion as Melisandre.

Tormund Giantsbane: A Wildling raider.

These aren’t all the new character we’ll meet, as Benioff adds, “And a few others…holy hell that’s a lot of new faces”

This might not mean a whole lot to those who haven’t read the books, but the Reeds – freakin’ finally! I’m surprised to see Stannis’ wife and daughter as I feared they had just been cut all together. It’s interesting to note we already met Beric Dondarrion, though briefly, in season one. I wonder if that actor will return to reprise the role or if it’ll be a new casting?

Speaking of casting, who do you imagine for these new roles? Olenna Redwyne has to be Maggie Smith, right? It’s so obvious.