Game of Thrones season 3
The recordings for the third season took place between 10 July and 24 November 2012. On March 31, 2013 the series premiered on the American HBO went. The third season is like the first two seasons of 10 episodes and is based on approximately the first half of the third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords.
As in previous seasons, most of the filming took place in Northern Ireland, Croatia and Iceland. In addition, this year Morocco added as a film location.
Game of Thrones: Season three my review
Another season of Game of Thrones is over. He left behind a shocked and lost viewer, whose broken nerves had been in pieces for some time, and if that wasn’t enough, also a certain unsatisfied and unrepaired loss. None of the previous seasons of the HBO series was as strong and intense as officially ended yesterday third season. What’s more, neither the first nor the second season was so perfect for the words of Cercea Lannister, who spoke to Ned Stark just a few days before the attempt on his life.
The third season go all the way. He exceeded all the established limits. If there was never time for negotiation in this world, it is clear now that only those who stand up on one side can survive. It further emphasized the difference between survival and death threat. Winning and losing. Strength and weakness. North and South. Good and evil. Ice and fire. From now on there will be no more shades of grey. The atmosphere is getting thicker, and with it the plot of the series and the fates of the favorite characters.
If any of you don’t remember what happened in the previous parts of the series and want to remind, I invite you to read the review of the second season.
After miraculously winning the Battle of Blackwater, Tywin Lannister takes command of King’s Landing and appoints himself governor of the king to keep the mad Joffrey in check while keeping an eye on the king’s army and its actions in the north. Robb Stark, contrary to his mother’s advice, marries Talisa and plans another attack on the Lannistrian army. Daenerys conquers the desired bequest and starts to travel across the Narrow Sea to Astapor, planning to buy her own soldiers. Stannis Baratheon, after an unexpected and great defeat, comforts himself in Melisandre’s arms, who tries to convince him that the time for their victory has not come yet. Jon Snow, on the other hand, finally hits before the face of Mance Rayder, the leader behind the Wall.
With these events, the next chapter of the story begins, in which the creators did not fail, even more than before, to surprise the viewers with new characters and broaden the characters known to everyone. We also had a chance to admire the locations, the incredibility of which is emphasized by the fact that most of them were shot in the original open air. However, despite their beauty and fit, they went to the background. They became, like the music, the background for complicated relations between the characters. The exception is the legendary Wall, which resembles a gargantuan being, ready to devour anyone who tries to defeat it. The special effects were even more refined, and the cherry on the cake were three Daenery’s dragons, whose legend is still being born.
As I mentioned above, in the third season of Game of Thrones, the developers, following the book’s lead, decided to introduce a lot of new characters. In a unique way they managed to complete everything that was omitted or was absent from the cycle of George R.R. Martin from the beginning. It was easy to get lost, especially for those who have not yet started their adventure with the novel and only learn about the world of Westeros from the series. The actors were chosen in a sensational way for their roles. Rarely in the history of television, or film adaptation in general, it happens to match and depict book characters in such a way, or even to improve them in new way.
At the beginning of the season, we are face-to-face with Mance Rayder and wild tribes from behind the Wall. Together with Jon we reach a wild village hidden among the northern, snow-capped mountain peaks. What you can see right away and what stands out in the following episodes of the season is that the Wilderness do not fit into the world of Westeros. They are like from old legends with their mammoths, giants, lips and so on. They belong to the old order, and this time has passed. Their commander, Mance Rayder, played by Ciarán Hinds, is aware of this, but he decides to go beyond the Wall and conquer the south.
Arya’s theme introduces us to Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr, the red priest who heads the Brotherhood without Banners. This group of forest cutthroats, formerly members of prominent families, like Robin Hoods of the Westeros, fight for fair rule and take revenge on their numerous enemies, while being supported by the simple inhabitants of the forest environs.
Another new character of the season is Mysterious Tormentor – Theon Greyjoy. His name was not allowed to be pronounced until yesterday, and the discovery of his name certainly surprised many viewers of the series. Martin’s saga fans immediately realized who he was talking about and admired the daring acting of Ivan Rheon, who gave this character an incredibly credible, insane monster dimension in human skin.
Lady Olenna Tyrell (played by Diana Rigg), known as the Queen of Thorns, the senior lady of the year and the grandmother of the future queen Margaery deserves praise. She is a true master of the play on words and silent manipulation, without which the Tyrell family would not have a chance to confront the ever-present Lannisters.
New complementary characters that give the main protagonists additional threads are the fearless warrior Daario Naharis who joins the Khaleesi, and Shireen Baratheon, Stannis’ disfigured daughter, imprisoned like a princess in a macabre story. It was a pleasant surprise to introduce to the story the siblings Jojen and Meera Reed, whom Bran and his escaping companions meet along the way. In the serial version, Jojen (played by Thomas Sangster) is older and, unlike the book, more credible as Stark’s guide to the illusory world of the three-eyed crows, and his explanations are clearer and more understandable.
Also the characters already known and liked from the beginning of the series (or hated) gained a new dimension, and their history was supplemented with new, key information. Some of them were confronted with the past, others were given a chance to gain a new life, undergo metamorphosis and get a chance to start all over again. Many such characters with new faces were introduced, because the plot of the series makes sure that the status quo changes time after time and no way of things lasts too long. For example, this is what happens with Jaime Lannister, whose journey with Brienne and new “adventures” somehow force the viewers to change their perspective unexpectedly. This is no different in the case of Melisandre, whose motivations are explained by past events, which making it easier to understand the character’s actions. For Jon, Aria, Daenerys and Bran, however, the last episodes closed a certain stage, which was only an introduction, a kind of outline to their true destiny.
What distinguishes the third season from the others is the escalation and even greater exposure of the growing evil, which manifests itself in cruelty, manipulation and madness encountered at every step. Literally in every episode there were moments marked by insanity. King Jeoffrey is a perfect example of a figure brilliant in his own light. Young actor Jack Gleeson is so credible in his role that sometimes it’s hard to believe he’s just a character! In second place is the famous Mysterious Tormentor, the master of imaginative torture, both – physical and mental. A goblin and a liar, with whom Theon Greyjoy is only a weak, meaningless victim. Another one is Lord Walder Frey, the leader of the Twins. For him, tradition, respect, truthfulness or honor are dead values, for which there is no place in his incestuous court. The group is closed by Stannis’ wife, Selyse Baratheon, whose only scene in the series, which filled with pain, allows the viewers to draw new conclusions about the inhabitants of the Dragon Rock.
The legendary ninth episode of the third season, as well as yesterday’s final, was a breakthrough for the whole series and the story it tells. They have completed a stage that is important for the plot. With the irrevocable events of the Red Wedding, the idea of a united north collapsed. In the Stark/Lannister conflict, the Lannister family won, and the north will never again be as strong as it used to be. There is no chance for a real rebirth of it. Winterfell is demolished, the Starks are almost destroyed, and the younger generation is scattered all over Westeros. Their lineage was a constant symbol of ancient traditions. They believed in righteousness and justice, qualities, which with the Lannister invasion and the unrestrained south, have been mixed with mud. The previous world died, and the land has broken apart and it is bursting under growing conflicts. The North resembles an old giant that is slowly falling, devoured both from the inside and by enemies attacking it from the outside. Winter is coming, and with it a ghastly army from beyond the Wall.
At the same time, we are witnessing of strange, still unexplained manipulation. While the ice ruler remains extremely passive, the cruel God of fire, worshipped by Melisandre and Thoros, seems to pull the strings and overthrow Stannis’ enemies. They are all puppets in the hands of red priests, for whom neither from present factions corresponds to their plans (I would like to remind you that they are still undisclosed). The creators of the series have shown even better than George R.R. Martin that apart from all this politics, apart from the title “game of thrones”, something more is growing in this story. Something that comes inexorably, lurks by observing the events and dragging two paradoxically different and equally burning forces: ice and fire, whose inevitable confrontation, from episode to episode, seems to be getting closer and closer. We can only wait, and the next season is next year!
BLU-RAY AND DVD EDITIONS
Blu-ray and DVD editions are prepared with a similar speed as the series itself.
Season 3: Games on the Throne will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in two versions:
- The basic edition will be available in classic VIVA packaging with a decorative serial cover.
- The special edition will be available in richly illustrated digipacks placed in iconic and collector’s packaging with reproductions of family coats of arms.
In addition to the 10 episodes of the third season of the series, the albums will also feature exceptional special extras.
EXCLUSIVE ADDS ON BLU-RAY
Learn more about the characters, places and stories shown on the screen.
THE BACKSTAGE OF THE EPISODE “RAIN IN CASTAMERE”
Watch closely how the key episode of season 3 was created in the cast and film crew material.
STORIES AND LEGENDS
Explore the mythology of Westeros with legends from different perspectives.
THE ROOTS OF WESTEROS
Through an interactive guide, learn about each other’s relationships, the resulting conflicts and the rivalry between the noble families of Westeros.
It also includes:
A STORM IS COMING
Remind the most turbulent moments of season 2 with a 14-minute summary with the cast and film crew.
THE WORLD OF THE WILDS
Cross the inaccessible Wall and learn about the World of the Wild and its history.
In Westeros, marriage is a tool which can help in political games and the with creation of new alliances. The cast and team will explore this ancient institution and its place in the Game of Thrones.
12 comments from the cast and filmmakers, including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Lena Headey, Emil Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Kit Harington, Richard Madden and many others.
Meet the new heroes of season 3: Olenna Tyrell, Missandei, Mance Rayder, Tormund Giantsbane, Orella, Jojen and Meera Reed, Black?sh and Edmure Tully, Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion.
UNUSED AND AUGMENTED SCENES
Five unused and augmented scenes.
Below an overview of the main new cast members of the third Game of Thrones season:
- Clive Russell as Ser Brynden “Blackfish” Tully
- Tobias Menzies as Lord Edmure Tully
- Dame Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell (The Queen of Thorns)
- Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
- Dan Hildebrand as Kraznys mo Nakloz
- Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr
- Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed
- Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed
- Richard Dormer as Lord Beric Dondarrion
- Ciarán Hinds as Mance Rayder
- Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane
- Iwan Rheon as “Boy”
- Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis
- Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm
- Noah Taylor as Locke
- Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon
- Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon
- Valar Dohaeris
- Dark Wings, Dark Words
- Walk or Punishment
- And Now His Watch is Ended
- Kissed by Fire
- The Climb
- The Bear and the Maiden Fair
- Second Sons
- The Rains of Casta Mere