Ah, the spoiler: People love to hate on them, but people are also fickle and like to read them. It’s kind of like that moment in “Brokeback Mountain”:
People also really like the hit HBO television show “Game of Thrones,” which is based off the fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin. It’s an extremely engrossing story of kings, queens, swords and spells, tyranny, justice and adventure.
It’s also extremely crowded with characters (I once read there are more than 1,000 named characters), and twists and turns. And now that the third season has begun, fans unfamiliar with the novels are wondering what will become of their favorite characters.
Essentially, the third season will encompass at least half of the third book, “A Storm of Swords.” The novel is considered by many fans to be the best and most compelling in the series, which is why the third season is getting so much hype and attention.
If you can’t wait to see what happens to the majors of the cast this season, then continue reading. Keep in mind that this will encompass the entirety of “A Storm of Swords,” so some of these things might not happen until season four.
I’ll say it again: There be spoilers ahead. Tons of them.
Who: Joffrey Baratheon
What: King of the Seven Kingdoms
How: Joffrey is the definition of sadistic, and people love to hate him. He’s easy to hate. Turns out, he’s easy to kill, too, because he’s poisoned at his wedding feast in front of his entire court.
Who: Cersei Lannister
What: Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms
How: I hate to disappoint you, but Cersei survives “A Storm of Swords.” Nothing to see here.
Who: Jaime Lannister
What: Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
How: Jaime is one of those characters people love to hate and hate to love. He’s a great character, and portrayed quite well by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. But does he survive the third book? He does, but minus an appendage. Dun, dun, dunnnnnn!
Who: Tyrion Lannister
What: Master of Coin (in the book he takes this role after being acting Hand of the King)
How: Tyrion is a survivor, so what do you think? Of course he survives the third book! But he takes out some people along the way…
What: Hand of the King
How: Tywin is the kind of character you don’t want to ever cross, and the kind of character you know is a total jerkface, but you like him anyway. He’s a man of honor and respect, even if he hates Tyrion and always looks so serious. Remember what I said about Tyrion taking out some people in the third book? Tywin is one of those people, and you’ll read why later on in this post.
Who: Robb Stark
What: The King of the North
How: Robb, Robb, Robb… In the show’s second season, we see Robb disrespect House Frey by marrying Talisa Maegyr, after he swore in the first season to marry one of the Frey daughters. Well, the Freys never forgot, and Robb is reminded of that at a separate wedding celebration in the Frey’s castle. He and most of his men are murdered for the transgression. Even Grey Wind, Robb’s dire wolf, doesn’t make it out alive — he’s killed and his head is sewn onto Robb’s body as a sign of disrespect to the remaining Starks and their bannermen. The event becomes known as the Red Wedding.