Game of Thrones' New "In Production" Video Reveals New Characters and an Older Arya

If you're a fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin, I suspect you may get into it with other fans from time to time over your favorite characters, your picks for the most badass moments, or your personal take on whose heiny belongs on the sharpened Iron Throne. But one thing is simply not up for debate: Book 3, A Storm of Swords, is the best of the series so far (five of the seven planned books have been published, and Martin is tapping away at his keyboard on Book 6). This is not a question! If you think otherwise, then you're obviously illiterate and you've only been pretending to read and you were probably holding the book upside down on the bus while everyone else laughed at you. Book 3 was/is awesome.

Book 3 is also the source material for Seasons 3 and 4 of HBO's Game of Thrones, so polish your leather breastpiece and make sure you have a big stash of soft unbreakable things to throw across the room because what happens in A Storm of Swords will rip you to shreds. HBO released a first-look "In Production" piece focusing on Season 3 last night, and now's a really good time to stop reading this and click the play button.

Whoa! First things first! Maisie Williams is looking a bit older, isn't she!? Oh, kids, why do you have to grow up? Better get to filming Seasons 4 through 10, HBO.

But besides revealing who went through puberty over break and who didn't, the video also offers a few first looks at several "new" characters. Meera and Jojen Reed, Mance Rayder, and Edmure Tully make a few appearances, as does one of my favorite characters, the elderly Queen of Thorns. But the most impressive debut (or, technically, re-debut) comes at the 1:53 mark with Beric Dondarrion, who actually made a brief appearance in Season 1 but will now return new and improved with an eyepatch and a flaming sword. And if you ask me, they nailed Dany's Unsullied. Season 3 looks fantastic. I just can't wait for [spoiler] to [spoiler] [spoiler] and [spoiler]. Get ready, everyone! (And please don't post spoilers from the books in the comments.)


Game of Thrones Season 3 debuts March 31, 2013 on HBO.

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Arya Stark, you're on the run, in a country at war and famished. Stop putting on weight already ^^

I am so excited. Currently reading ASoS, and it is awesome so far. I love the Queen of Thorns too!
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Awesome!!! Can't wait! Arya grew up! Nooooo!! Why do kids grow up so fast!!
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YYYEEEEAAAAHHH! Awesome cast as always with GoT. After watching the second season I had such a bad case of Gameofthronesitis that I abandoned my plan to watch first read later and read ALL the remaining volumes of ASOIAF and the Hedgeknight novels this summer. It made everything worse and led to eventually me making my own bastard-sword and scabbard myself reminiscent to the sword Lord Bryndon Rivers could have had in his "Bloodraven"-days.It kinda helped. So...
Next summer I'll build my own meth lab!
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I've got a line on some methylamine!
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Awesome!
All right 50/50 split and I'll call myself Bohr. If you call yourself Banting we'd be BB - Breaking Bad
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Can't wait to see the comments of the TV show fans after what I presume will be episode 9. There will be some angry customers ;). And I am not sure ASOS is my favorite by far. ACOK comes pretty close.
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i can't wait... i want to read the books.... if only the books were available were i came from
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I can't quite figure out how they can split the book into 2 seasons. It's hard to put a middle there, since the biggest events happen following the RW. Until then the story is only building up.
And it definitely can't happen in the finale, or the viewers will cry in agony.
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They are not adapting A Storm of Swords by itself, they are adapting the whole A Song of Ice and Fire book series which means things will not necessary happen in the same order on screen as they do on page.
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i love arya and GOT is amazing! More Tyrion on screen...
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It's so great that they are splitting the book into two seasons. 10 episodes are just way too few to cover books like these. And I'm so overjoyed for the return of Tyrion Lannister. Peter Dinklage does an amazing job with his character :D
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As if it isn't bad enough that I have to wait until February for The Walking Dead. I cannot wait until March 31 for Game of Thrones!
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did.. did i just see Gaius Julius Caesar?!
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Yeah, that's Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder, the King-Beyond-the-Wall.
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I Can't Wait!!!!!!!!!
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If, and only IF they're splitting book 3 in 2 seasons, WTH is gonna happen with Theon Greyjoy history??
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They are splitting it. Although it's not a straight-forward split, more like adapting the whole story, and making it into ten-episode seasons. There will even be some stuff from the first book in season 3 that has so far been left out, and the same goes for the second book. Season 2 already had some story lines from book 3, so it's nothing new. The book-per-season approach was dropped after the first season, as it's just not feasible to do in the way they are producing the show.

Theon will be seen during seasons 3 and 4; they will invent some scenes for him, scenes that actually happened in the books' story but we didn't get to read about them.
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"Martin is tapping away at his keyboard on Book 6" doubtful, otherwise it wouldn't take him so long to write the things. They are probably splitting book 3 in to two parts so the show doesn't over take the books. I love your books Mr Martin, but 4 years is toooooo long.
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We've all been burned by delays for books 4 & 5, but remember the primary reasons for those delays were two significant structural overhauls of the books. We've no reason to think TWoW will take as long as those two.
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Or they're splitting book three into two parts because it's huge in size...
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Took the guy 6 years to write the lastest.
Maybe less travelling around reading the little bits he have written, and more staying at home finishing up. It's silly how long it takes him to write these.
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I think there's some truth to both...
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I'm glad that they are splitting book 3 into two seasons! There is no way that so much awesomeness could be told in only 10 episodes. I mean... Book 3 is the best! It's simply amazing. I'm still waiting for one of the following books to be so good... Who knows..maybe book 6. I love them all though.
I'm counting the days... Can't wait for March to come! But I have to say that I was expecting Tyrion would appear with a little less nose x)
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Yeah that scar is nothing.
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You're right about child actors growing up. Why can't time just stand still for them? If GoT does reach season 10, Maisie Williams will be 22 when they are filming it (assuming that Arya is alive at that point).
By the way, I just found out that Sophie Turner (Sansa) is only one year older than Maisie (!). I thought she must have been at least around three years older.
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She's only 16!? Christ, I thought she was at least 18 or 19...
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Better zip up ;)
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I'm a girl.
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Legal where I'm from ;)
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GOOSEBUMPS!!
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I can't wait for the show to come back. March 31 is too far away.
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I'm sad they're splitting book three into two seasons but in the long run it will be what's best for the show and it will ultimately give us a batter experience. I just can't wait for season three to start.
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Trust me, you won't be dissapointed. When we look back at this show Seasons 3 and 4 will be thought of as the best.
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hahahahaha....it is a JOKE what they did with Tyrion's "scar on nose"
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How is Tyrion's nose all that important to the overall plot though? They're making changes, they have to, but that's one of the few ones that I really cared all that much about
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Tyrion's nose is more of a symbol than anything else, especially throughout Book 3. It's hard to justify disappointment without giving spoilers, but let's say for now that the nose is a sign of what Tyrion sacrificed for his city and family and how his father treats him despite this is a key plot of the third book. (No spoilers here because this started in s2 finale)
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I've read the books and I see what your argument is. That being said, it's not really something that I'd consider worth getting upset about. If you look at the way the Winterfell plot was carried out, or the Dany plot, there are far bigger changes to the story than Tyrion's nose.
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His nose is not the key plot point, it's how his father (and family in general) treats him. That part's not been changed
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This show is Awesome, plus Awesome, multiplied by Awesome. Also, Arya Stark, FTW.
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This book could be made into a 24 episode season, I still don't think it would be done justice!
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I also pray that is more then 10 episodes for season....simply not enough time,even more so ,when they add their dumb stuff in,that is not in the books
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i think (hope) the third book is getting split into season 3 and 4 .. that's they least they should do.
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they say it is gonna be split,but still....10 episodes per book are not enough...it worked for season 1(and just barely there),but for season 2,10 episodes were not enough.
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So wait....Book 3 is going to be split up into Season 3 AND Season 4!? Please tell me this is true! I was thinking a long time ago there is no way they could squeeze Book 3 into one 10 episode season
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This is indeed true.
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i truly can see that i have a good feeling about the third season finale... and i'll initial it for the lack of spoilers.. R-W!!
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They can't end on that. It would be like ending season one after episode 9. I agree it will be in the season and I can't wait to hear the cries of outrage.
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Gotta agree .. it's gotta be the finale. But, honestly there are so many shocking turns of events in this book, that they could choose from 10 different endings to the season. Can't wait for it :-)
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Stoneheart will be the epilogue!
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Probably will be episode 9. But shh. Let's discuss this after 26th May (seems like the 9th Sunday after the premiere on March 31)
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when thinking back at the history of seasons 1 and 2' you're probably right, and 10 will be all about the ramification of it all.. just 120 days left...
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1. A Storm of Swords
2. A Clash of Kings
3. A Game of Thrones
4. A Dance with Dragons
5. A Feast for Crows

Yeah, it's gonna be epic.
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I agree, except for 4 and 5. I liked AFFC more than ADWD. There is too much traveling in ADWD. Also, GRRM teased us all book long with a meeting I have been anticipating since A Game of Thrones and then did not deliver :(.
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It sounds like it's going to go downhill after the Storm of Swords season(s). I haven't heard good things about the last two books, particulary A Feast for Crows.
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What's hard with the books as FringeFanatic says is Dance of Dragons and Feast for Crows run on a parallel time line, and as XY says, Martin expands the world massively, introducing lots of new characters in a world that is not short of characters to begin with. So the tv show can intermix DofD and FforC, and it will probably need to because it will be hard to make sense of on the tv show otherwise. They can't leave main characters out for a whole season, and introduce new ones. The best thing about those books is you learn a lot more about the past and the history of the families. It gives a bit of direction to where this all might be going.... but those theories are not for here :D
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The thing is we're ranking greatness with greatness here. NONE of the books of ASOIAF are bad. A Feast for Crows is the weakest because it takes place chronologically at the same time as A Dance with Dragons, and a few of our favourite characters aren't present.

But as my fellow readers have pointed out, the TV series won't do this. It would be insane to leave out central characters for an entire season. A Storm of Swords certainly is the greatest book, but the awesomeness only slightly recedes there after.
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I think the only problem with the last two books is the fact that he decided to split them up with the different points of view. Since the stories in the books are told with each chapter being from a particular character's viewpoint he decided to concentrate on certain characters in each book. Therefore certain characters are largely absent from feast of crows with others absent in dance of dragons. many people didn't like this and I figure the show won't follow this format but rather follow it timewise, melding the two books stories into two season.
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I've got the same ranking like FF. The main problem with the last two books is how much the universe gets expanded from which the pace suffers which collides a lot with the expectations a lot of people had after waiting for so long. BUT I enjoyed those books much more than I thought I would (after reading so many bad reviews). Sure, they have their obvious flaws but with some awesome moments they're still a must-read.
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Ranking twins!
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The last 2 aren't as good, it's true....
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Yes, not as good. But it's like saying The Return of the King isn't as good as The Fellowship of the Ring.
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Here's mine:1. A Storm of Swords2. A Game of Thrones3. A Clash of Kings

4. A Feast for Crows5. A Dance with Dragons
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A Feast for Crows was so boring, if they are splitting A Storm of Swords into 2 seasons, hopefully A Feast for Crows will be a half season. I don't know how they will make it interesting viewing, nothing happens. You could safely but it at no7 of 7 already.
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Haha! The lack of a certain character made it frightfully less interesting. But I did enjoy (SPOILER) Jaime's progression in AFfC. Losing that hand really changed him for the better.
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Love Jaime, can't wait for his progression in the show. My friends who haven't read the books, don't get my love for Jaime. But the will!
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My love for Jaime began in A Clash with Kings. The candid and cutting talk he had with Catelyn while in captivity is not only one of my favourite Jaime moments, but is one of my favourite exchanges in the whole series.

The world viewed him as Kingslayer. Nothing more than a sword arm. But his deftly cynical understanding of the hypocrisy and irony of it all was not derived from a simple mind. He reminded me much of his brother in that moment. And I cannot bestow upon any GoT character a larger compliment.
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Feast & Dragons take place at the same time chronologically, so they will be combined and spilt into 2 seasons as well, most likely...
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Yes, I think that's safe to say as anything else wouldn't work on TV.
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SO EXCITED. Like, I can't even put my excitement into words. And yes, book 3 is by far the best. I can't wait to see the screen adaptation of spoiler killing spoiler while spoiler does spoiler.
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