Game of Thrones: Season 3 Spoilers and Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from the Cast

Behold! The return of Game of Thrones is nigh, and many of the noble houses of Westeros are invading North America to promote the epic HBO fantasy.

Just swing your sword and you'll hit a spoiler about the third season (showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss haven't planned any significant departures from the basic storylines of "A Storm of Swords," so don't crack open the third book in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series if you'd rather be surprised). However, the cast generously shared some new tasty tidbits with us during a Kingsroad stopover at Crossroads Inn. (Okay, it was the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, but play along.)

Read on for some juicier-than-blood-pie morsels from Jon Snow, Arya, Brienne, the Kingslayer and more!


SPOILER ALERT: BRIENNE IS JON SNOW'S MOTHER. (J/K! BUT SHE *IS* HIS PARTNER IN CRIME)

"I just released the worst spoiler possible!" Gwendoline Christie joked to reporters after recounting her impromptu lap dance with Kit Harington at the red-carpet premiere in Los Angeles. ("David Benioff bet Kit that he wouldn't jump up on the revolving Iron Throne," she explained. "He did that, and he said join me, and I jumped up on his lap. Why not?")

BRIENNE SLAYS THE KINGSLAYER... 

...but only in a humorous sense. Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau have mad chemistry and really deserve their own comedy spinoff. "She kills him," the actress teased about Brienne's upcoming scenes with Jaime Lannister. "There's an episode where she kills him and he dies it and that's it. There's another spoiler for you." 

"It is an adaptation," added Coster-Waldau about the imaginary deviation from Martin's original plot. 

THE KINGSLAYER VS. WALTER WHITE

"I am such a huge fan of Breaking Bad," Coster-Waldau enthused about the acclaimed AMC drama. "It's funny, what I love about that show is you take this guy—who's just a really good, good guy, he couldn't harm a fly—and then in the end of the show he becomes Scarface. And on the surface you think Jaime Lannister starts out as horrible, trying to kill an innocent child… He takes a different journey, but there are some similarities." 

THE (DOMINANT) HAND OF THE KING

Although he's a skilled swordfighter in his own right ("He learned it through Skype," quipped Christie), Coster-Waldau is not ambidextrous. "I might have to work on that," he laughed.

BILLY GOAT ROUGH

Australian actor Noah Taylor, who's playing Locke—a version of the popular Bloody Mummers leader Vargo Hoat (a.k.a. the Goat)—deserves to share his character's other nickname: the Crippler. "He bruised my rib!" complained Coster-Waldau, who still had nothing but praise for his new co-star. "We loved him, absolutely adored him," raved Christie. "He was just the most gloriously savage, entertaining, extraordinary man. You can tell he's dedicated to the work but he's having fun with it all the time. He was one of my favorites to work with this season."



ARYA'S GLEE PROJECT

"I watch Glee obsessively—it's my guilty pleasure," admitted Maisie Williams. (This might not be a surprise to those of you who've heard the young actress sing and rap with co-star Isaac Hempstead-Wright in the DVD extras. "How are we going to top ourselves?" she mused about their Season 3 performance. "Opera?")

HITTING THE BOOKS

Fifteen-year-old Williams clammed up, just for a second, when asked about juggling school with acting. "I started [a new school] in November and I've only actually been for about five full days because I've been off doing other things," she admitted. "I enjoy [working] so much, have such a great time, that it's more important than school to me… If I decide one day I don't want to do this anymore and I need to get some qualifications, then I'll go back."

Meanwhile, she enjoys reading—but "A Song of Ice and Fire" is not on her short list. "George's books, they're like this big!" she groaned with a gesture signifying the tall tomes. "Oh, how am I going to get through that?"

TAKING LIBERTIES WITH THE SOURCE MATERIAL

In addition to the TV series' creation of Talisa Maegyr (Oona Chaplin) replacing the Jeyne Westerling character as Robb Stark's wife ("That's a relationship that develops in Season 3 as well," Michelle Fairley told us about Catelyn and her daughter-in-law), Margaery Tyrell's character is significantly expanded on screen.

"That was always David and Dan's plan," revealed Natalie Dormer, who plays the current future Mrs. Joffrey Baratheon. "When I took the role, they explained we're going to flesh her out." In a joking aside to co-star Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, she added, "We can't all be really important POV characters."

DEFENDING SANSA

Sansa might be important, but Joffrey's chew toy has been slammed by fans. "This is news to me," said Dormer, turning to Turner: "Did you get a lot of slack when you first started doing it? Aw!"

"The thing that frustrates me," shared Turner, "is the fact if you were a 13-year-old girl thrust into the exactly same situation I can almost guarantee you would make the same decisions she makes… [But] she's not going to let people use her [anymore]. She's not going to be so naive [and becomes] a player of her own. That's what I think will hopefully attract the viewer to her and perhaps think more kindly of her… I feel she is my first love in a way, it's weird." Say it again: Aw.



DAME OF THORNS

"When you've met Diana Rigg, you know you've met Diana Rigg," Turner said about her legendary co-star, who's joining the cast as Olenna Tyrell—known as the Queen of Thorns for her razor-sharp wit.

"As young actresses, it's kind of NAR—no acting required," added Dormer about the scenes she and Turner share with Rigg. "It's a nice parallel there between Margaery and Sansa watching Olenna at work. She's been there, done that, got the T-shirt, so much wisdom and authority."

"She also knows her character by heart, but she kind of is her character at the same time," noted Turner with awe. (And maybe a tad bit of fear.) "There are a lot of parallels between her and Olenna."

ABOMINABLE SNOW, MAN

While Turner, Dormer and Rigg spend Season 3 enjoying all the luxuries at the Lannister court, Jon Snow and wilding Ygritte are shivering in Iceland, or what passes for the area beyond The Wall. "There was nothing quite like [walking through] two-foot snow" to heal a broken ankle, joked Harington, who injured himself off set.

"This is Ygritte's territory, this is her home, she can handle whatever it throws at her," noted Rose Leslie. "So there was that element of trying to pull it off slickly and rather smoothly and not falling over, ass-over-tit, in the snow."

John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tardy, called the harsh conditions "traumatic," especially while filming the season's first sequence. "It was just a day of running. I kept running through five-foot snow. At the end of six hours, I was exhausted—and Sam's been running for about 12. Sam's theoretically fitter than me!"



FANS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS

Ygritte's famous catchphrase, "You know nothing, Jon Snow," has been the subject of many fan encounters for both Harington and Leslie; Leslie is often asked to repeat her famous line. Once, when she said it in her own accent instead of the Northern dialect, Leslie recounted, one waitress "was gutted, absolutely gutted, and she didn't even try covering it up. Her face fell and she genuinely looked me in the eye and said, 'That's not it.' I [offered to] do it again and she just walked off. She ruined our lunch."

For his part, Harington said, "It's always funny when you're with a friend who hasn't seen the show and someone on the street comes up to you and says, 'You know nothing, you bastard!' And my friend's there going, 'You gonna settle for that?' And I'm [offering a handshake and] going, 'Thank you very much!'"

THE *REAL* STORY IS ONLY JUST BEGINNING

The cast emphasized that Game of Thrones' third installment is "pivotal." "David and Dan really wanted to get to this point," said Dormer. "They felt very attached the idea of getting to Season 3. When you see the season, it's completely understandable why. There's a lot of big epic shocks, a lot of big events, [and] people have a lot of traumatic things happen to them."

If HBO ends up adapting all of the books in the Ice and Fire saga, Dormer says Season 3 will amount to "the big end of the first act, the way movies and plays are in three acts."

"This is the massive finale of the first act."


Game of Thrones returns Sunday, March 31 on HBO.

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Just seen what episode nine is titled........... YIKES!
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I think it is kind of bad how people hate on Sansa too. I work mornings at DISH, but have been catching up on season two in the evenings and she really has been through a lot emotionally. I am sure we are going to see her turn into a stronger woman as soon as season three starts though. Since I will be out of town when it does, I normally wouldn’t be able to catch it. But I can now that I have the DISH Anywhere app which lets me watch live TV right on my IPad, so I haven’t missed a show in months.
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I feel so bad for the massive amount of sockpuppet accounts trying to make Sansa look sympathetic on different boards...only so that real life hits them in the arse with Sophie Turner's actual experience with the fandom. Anyway, we all have a character we love to hate and, sorry Sansa, mine is Vargo Hoat.
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Not that I care, but why are the replacing Vargo Hoat?
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Thaphires!
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Are you just imitating him or are you trying to suggest that they're changing his character cos of Brienne?
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Now that's a good question!
My guess: they wanna cut out some of book 3 and 4 and quite a lot from book 5. With changing Jeyne Westerling they can shorten some chapters of a certain Lannister travelling around the Riverlands. Maybe for that same reason they "re-arranged" the Bloody Mummers. But it makes no sense for Vargo. Not at all.
I'm sure it's gonna be awesome enough to not care - for now...
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True enough. I just don't understand why they didn't just name this Locke character Vargo and just adapt the story from there. Maybe the actor looks a certain way that Vargo seems like a ridiculous name?
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Must be a Lost homage, otherwise I don't get it.
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Only one real spoiler, and it was VERY subtle. Good job, Tim!
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Ahem, "Good job, Dru!"
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Oh my. Sorry, it was out of habit. Tim usually recaps all the awesome shows. Good job, Dru!
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What spoiler? I know the books so I'm not sure what I missed.
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without giving anything away (I hope) he needs to strengthen his other hand as well.
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That's the one.
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Something about not being ambidextrous?
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The emmy's GOT panel is hilarious. If you missed it definatly watch it. Its a little long at1:37:36, but skip the first 9 min because its just blank screen and setup stuff. http://winteriscoming.net/2013/03/emmys-game-of-thrones-panel-live-stream/
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You forgot to point out that its moderated by the creator of It's Always Sunny Rob Mcelhenney. Thanks for this link, its awesome, although it made me go google who Jon Snow's mother is and now I think I know something more major than I intended.
Thanks again though, great interview.
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It always frustrates me how people hate Sansa SO much. What has she done wrong, can anyone tell me? She's a kid being put through all that emotional and physical torment, who wouldn't end up broken?
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I think people hate her because in a way she betrayed her family. her father said Starks' need to stick together and instead of trusting her father she runs off to the queen and her father's head gets chopped off. I blame her parents they didn't teacher to be smart.
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Not to mention, the creepy so called "relationship" with Littlefinger, the sickening engagement to a Lannister, at least one failed marriage (to Joffrey), etc. As damsels-in-distress go, she's not the best role model.
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She's a kid! In the books she's like, 13! You can't expect her to act like her much older brothers. She wasn't taught the things that her brothers were taught. All she had to look forward to was a husband, and that future-husband happened to be a king. And any 13 year old girl in her position would be smitten by that fact. Also she didn't run off to the queen; guards went after her the same way they went after her sister, only she wasn't lucky enough to be learning how to handle a sword at the same time. She couldn't fight them, she didn't want her father to die. What did she do? Write her mother a letter with Cersei's words? Yeah, that's certainly evil.
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I think you forgot the part where she ran to Cersei complaining that Ned was planning to leave and ship them off back to Winterfell. That was what tipped Cersei off that Ned was planning something and that she had to act fast. Most of the hatred Sansa gets is due to that, and I think it largely deserved. Even for a 13 year old that was incredibly stupid. Though in my opinion Ned is the dumbest in the family. He had no problem giving Cersei a headstart himself all for his stupid honor, which only destroyed his family.
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But can you imagine her guilt after her own father has been de-headed? in front of her eyes..?
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She liked Joffrey.
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I only hated Sansa at the beginning of season 1, as shit got worse for her she became more and more tolerable to the point of actually liking her. Poor thing has been through a lot.
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I just don't think she's important enough to be hated. Granted, she messed up a lot, but Joffrey, Vargo and Theon are far worse. Balon Greyjoy, Stannis and Varys were actually important. Even Lysa and Cersei are more suited for "the most hated one" title IMO.
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This season is going to blow peoples minds! Cannot wait to see how they pull off this chapter of the story! Breaking Bad's series finale aside, I think this will be the greatest piece of television we will see for a long time!
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LMFAO nice!

Funniest part is there are actually a few real spoilers in here, cleverly hidden.
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How could it be a spoiler if one doesn't even realise its there? I'm speaking for those of us who haven't read the books.
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Most of the "spoilers" in here are jokes, but some are real spoilers (or at least vague references to important book 3 events) that are written to sound like a joke.
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I have read the books and judging from the article its spoiler free as there is nothing mentioned here that is in the books
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"THE (DOMINANT) HAND OF THE KING" doesn't give anything away for you?
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