I am extremely pleased with Season 3 to date. The amount of information, character development and exposition they have to fold into this season is mind-blowing for those of us who have read the books. There’s so much, in fact, that Season 3 , based on the third book in the series, A Storm of Swords, could only cover half of the book. Season 4 will finish the other half. George R.R. Martin is currently writing the 6th book of the 7 promised in the series. I don’t know how the timing will work, but if the fans had their way, they would wait for George to finish all 7 and GoT would go on for 11 or so seasons – imagine!!
There’s so much to cover, I don’t know where to start. This is what I do know:
Jaime Lannister is evolving. He’s softened. Rather, he’s been beaten down by the gods like a veal cutlet and has been humbled. This change can only make me like Jaime even after everything he’s done; go figure. I think his redemption is afoot!
Brienne is the epitome of loyalty as displayed by her obedience to Catelyn Stark. She may have hated Jaime and everything he stands for, but will defend him because her Lady Stark commands it. She is, however, now seeing the real Jaime – and Jaime himself is seeing the real Jaime, it seems. When he tells her exactly what happened leading up to him slaying the Mad King, Aerys, Brienne’s expressions are priceless. There they are both naked and vulnerable. It just adds to the intensity. The scene was played to perfection and the acting was nothing less than exquisite. It ended with Jaime passing out in the bath and Brienne calling for help for the “Kingslayer”. Jaime whispers, “My name is Jaimie.” Very moving! I think this scene will put Jaime and Brienne on the front-runner list of faves for Season 3.
Jon Snow…hmmm, I guess he knows something judging from Ygritte’s expression when he gave her the “lord’s kiss”. I think the scene was rushed and it would have been nice if they lead up to their coupling as in the book, but I understand, once again, time constraints. It was just good to see the poor fella get a little action. After all, it seems everyone in the South is swinging from the chandeliers and he’s up in the North freezing his arse off; just not right! Ygritte tells Jon that she never wants to leave the cave. I wouldn’t want to either!!
The fight with Beric Dondarrion and the Hound was rivoting! What a scene! I understand most of the moves were done by the actors themselves. Well played; very well played! Arya Stark did not get her wish and the Hound lives. There’s so much more to Lord Beric than has been shown. In Season 1, they used a stand-in for a scene where Ned Stark sends Beric out to find Jamie and tell Lord Tywin that he must come to Kings Landing and account for his treasonous acts executed by The Mountain, Gregor Clegane. In the book, Lord Beric is quite an interesting character. But, there are so many splinter groups in the books fighting throughout the Realm, they needed to consolidate them in the series and only show the Brotherhood Without Banners. They’re a rag-tag lot, but they have high ideals.
The last scene was so effective on so many levels. The Lannisters, Tywin, Cersei and Tyrion, are sitting together when Tywin announces to Tyrion that he must marry Sansa Stark, much to Cersei’s delight. She doesn’t get much time to gloat, however, as Tywin announces on the heels of Tyrion’s upcoming nuptials, that Cersei is to marry Loras Tyrell. Both siblings trumped by Tywin, the heartless bastard! It was also a way of Tywin showing them both how much disdain he had for them. Cersei for her crossing the line with Jamie and Tywin for being a colossal disappointment as well as a whoremaster.
The creators were very blessed in that they got a tremendous amount of talent for these roles; some small, but still played by great actors. I can only imagine who will be cast in Season 4. At the rate they’re going, I think actors will be beating down the doors to play any role they can. GoT is huge and it’s going to be here for a very long time.