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With the Wheels of Season 6 beginning to turn, now is a good time to go back and review season 3 of the series, if you wish to see other GOT Season reviews, then click on my home page and look for the season you wish to visit.


Game of Thrones gives us much to ruminate on regarding power, honor, and family. But it also reminds us that whether one is rich or poor, man or woman, honorable or evil, in Westeros life is not fair.

At the start of Season 3, Jon Snow is brought before Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, while the Night's Watch survivors retreat south. In King's Landing, Tyrion asks for his reward for his actions at the battle of Blackwater. And Littlefinger offers Sansa a way out.

Pivotal Characters

Daenerys Targaryen

After acquiring ships, Daenerys Targaryen decides to continue her passage through slavers bay, and successfully manages to acquire an army of unsullied and ex-slavers who follow Daenerys' conquest. In Astabor, Daenerys manages to deceive a slave master by bargaining one of her dragons for 8,000 Unsullied soldiers, and as the deal is made, Daenerys tells her dragon to burn the slave master and orders the unsullied to kill all the other Slave masters, leaving with an army and all her dragons in tow.

Then Daenerys goes to Yunkai, where she manages to hire 2,000 Sell Swords called the Second Sons, and then they infiltrate the city before the slavers turn on the slave masters, meaning that Daenerys now rules Yunkai as well as Astapor.

The creators have done well with this character, allowing her to show her immense strength, intelligence and resilience throughout this season.

Emilia Clarke continues to progress as an actress and successfully delivers are more controlling and resilient character.

Jon Snow

After being taken to the Wilding Camp, Jon Snow gets taken to the King Beyond-the--Wall, Mance Rayder, and manages to become part of the free folk after killing Qhorin Half-Hand. As he gets in, he learns vital information about the Wilding attack on Castle Black.

But as he starts to fall in love with the Wilding Ygritte, he starts to loosen his tongue about his true intentions, and ends up giving away that he is truly a man of the Night's Watch.

Despite an improvement of his story-line in season 2, I still feel that Jon Snows story line is slower than the other story-lines in Game of Thrones. Its true that Jon Snows confilct between the Wildings and the Nights Watch is great part of his story, but I felt that it lacks efficiency and contained a few wasteful scenes.

Kit Harrington continues to improve on his acting performances and manages to perform a great character who is in serious conflict about what he wants.

Robb Stark

At the start of Season 3, we see further of how much Robb Stark has grown into the 'King in the North' role by taking control of his subordinates, including keeping his mother as a prisoner as punishment for releasing Jaime Lannister. Jaime's release has also caused trouble for Robb with the Karstacks, as they take it out on two Lannister children that they have captured. Robb retaliates by having Rickard Karstark beheaded, which forces the Karstarks to march home, meaning Robb has lost half of his army.

In Robb's attempt to regain his number, he is forced to turn to Walder Frey, a man who he betrayed by backing out of his oath to marry one of his daughters. However, after new terms are agreed. The Freys and the Starks begin their re-forged by celerating a wedding at the Twins, where Robb Stark is betrayed by his bannermen, and then eventually killed by Roose Bolton.

The creators have further enhanced Robbs character by having him face political and morally difficult decisions, which allows us to see a completely knew side of Robb Stark,

Tyrion Lannister

After saving King's Landing from an incoming Stannis Baratheon attack, Tyrion is pushed aside after his fathers return, and then also returns to receiving nothing by hatred by everyone but Bronn and Podrick. Soon he becomes the new Master of Coin after Littlefinger's departure to the Vale, and proves to be successful at the job.

But soon after, he is instructed by Tywin to marry Sansa Stark to secure the North, to which Tyrion reluctantly does, but keeps true to himself by not consummating the marriage.

This season proved to be a fairly mild one for Tyrion Lannister, but he still proves to be a character that everyone is rooting for!

Peter Dinklage keeps up his acting talent in order to bring out everyone's favorite character, despite there was minimal challenge for his character this season.

Pivotal Episodes

And Now his Watch has Ended - Episode 4

In this episode, Danaerys goes to collect her army of the Unsullied. She pulls out one of her dragons and hands the leash to the evil slave trader. Instead of trading the dragon, she begins speaking in Valyrian, the same language Kraznys has been speaking, and insulting her in. Danaerys takes control of the Unsullied, and tells them to strike down all slave masters and soldiers. She then tells the dragon to set fire to the slave trader. Then she marches with her army and all three dragons.

Meanwhile, the members of the Nights Watch burn a body of a fellow brother who died from hunger. Back inside by the fire, after Craster, eating a healthy portion of meat, taunts them and says he wants them gone, the mutiny is on. Lord Commander Mormont tries to stop them but they attack and kill Craster and the Lord Commander himself. Sam goes for Gilly and her baby and they take off for the woods.

Also in this episode, Tyrion goes to see Varys to ask for help in proving that Cersei tried to kill him. Varys says he has no proof, only whispers. As they talk Varys is opening a large box and explaining to Tyrion how he came to be a eunuch. After the box is open. He tells Tyrion his actual revenge will indeed come, if he has stomach for it.

Rains of Castamere - Episode 9

In this Episode, the wedding party finally arrives at Lord Walder Frey's castle, but during the feast, Walder then signals his men to attack. A man stabs the pregnant Talisa in the stomach, killing her and her unborn child inside of her. Robb is then shot with crossbows several times and falls to the ground. The soldiers attack all in the Stark party. Catelyn then holds a knife to the throat of Walder's young wife, demanding that Robb be allowed to leave. Walder refuses, then Bolton betrays Robb, saying "the Lannisters send their regards" and stabbing him in the heart as he falls and dies next to Talisa. Catelyn cries and cuts the throat of Walder's young wife. Then another Frey cuts her throat. She falls to floor, dead.

Meanwhile Daenerys attacks Yunkai, and is successful, and she is now in control of the city. Jorah stands proud before his Queen to inform her that the city is her's. However, Daenerys' main concern is for the well-being of Daario. Jorah's expression is one of heartbreak when he sees the look Daenerys gives the triumphant Daario.

Also in this episode, Jon Snow and the Wildings capture a horse breeder. Orell then tells them to have Jon kill him, to prove his loyalty. Jon is ultimately unable to kill the innocent man and Ygritte puts an arrow in his chest. The Wildlings then attack Jon and manages to kill Orell but not before being attacked by an eagle that Orell controlled. Jon eventually rides away leaving Ygritte behind.

Myhsa - Episode 10

In this episode, we open on the continued slaughter of the Stark soldiers and bannermen at Walder Frey's. Arya, now with a gash on her head, looks on distraught as she's held on a horse by the Hound. They survey a bit of the madness before riding off. Robb Stark's body, with Grey Wind's head replacing his is paraded about the Twins as Arya looks on in despair. Arya and The Hound ride off to safety.

Meanwhile , the news of Robb and Catelyn Stark's death has reached Kings Landing. Tywin admits to support Walder Frey, and will appoint Roose Bolton as the warden of the north until Tyrion and Sansa's son will come of age. Tyrion says he will not rape Sansa. Tywin says he needs to put the family first. Tyrion asks when Tywin has ever done anything solely for the family that wasn't in his own interest. He then regales Tyrion with a chilling little tale about how when he was born he wanted to drown him in the sea because of his "deformity."

Also in this episode, Jon Snow is at a pond drinking and cleaning up and Ygritte comes up behind him with her bow and arrow drawn. He says he didn't have a choice and she knew who he was. She shoots him, in the back and the leg. She cries as he rides away. Jon Snow then arrives back at the Night's Watch, falling of his horse from the arrows, but still alive.

Season Positives

My main positives is that the stories of most of these characters continue to increase in quality and pace, the audience continues to be taken for a thrill ride and is unable to predict what would happen in the next episode.

The Red Wedding episode was the highlight, it is one of the most heartbreaking, brutal and disturbing moments in television history, when Catelyn notices Roose Bolton is wearing chainmail, and the doors to the castle are firmly shut, she clicks and she panics. But it's too late. Robb's pregnant wife Talisa is knifed repeatedly in her stomach. Robb is shot by a crossbow from behind.

Not only was the Red Wedding exceptionally shot, zeroing in on every scream, wail and splatter, but the episode's agonising closing moments sees Catelyn's throat slashed, spilling blood all over the floor. You want it to end, but it lingers for several more seconds. There's nothing but the sound of blood gushing. And then she – and we – collapses to the floor.

By biggest character surprise was Tywin Lannister, we knew he was intelligent at warfare, but we never knew how much until he sat down in the Hands chair and unraveled Robb Stark over one season. A character we would all love to know when things go wrong.

Season Negatives

My only big negative is Arya Stark's story-line. Just like Brandon Stark's, the story-line slowed down up to the point where there were irrelevant episodes for these characters, I just wished that some scenes were cut and replaced by more intriguing story-lines. But easier said than done...


Despite the disappointment of Bran and Arya's story-line, the season takes a turn for the better and increases the stakes and decreases the character safety. The season has so much intrigue that it keeps the viewer intrerested in almost everyones story-line, and keeps them on the edge of their seat at what is going to happen next, and then had the audience shocked with the 'Rains of Castamere Episode', which, for me, sums up the entire show.

So what do you think? Comment below and let me know!


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