March 29th, 2013
05:06 PM ET

'Game of Thrones' season 3 raises the stakes

With the third season of "Game of Thrones" arriving on Sunday, we asked the cast of HBO's fan favorite show to share where their characters will be when the series returns.

"Every single character, all of our stories have been upped," said Emilia Clarke, who portrays Daenerys Targaryen. "The stakes have gotten insanely high and the whole season is just like, played on a knife edge, and I just think it's certainly the best season we've had so far."

As far as her beloved dragons - which Entertainment Weekly noted can no longer be classified as "cute" - they "are like the size of small swans," Clarke said. "They're growing. They're like teenagers. They're in puberty right now, without the [zits]."

Peter Dinklage was more hesitant to dish on his character, Tyrion, but he did say that "Tyrion is really resilient, and he does know how to pick up the pieces, and he finds his footing again. He's definitely not someone you need to worry about. He knows how to survive this world better than most of them. So yeah, he's definitely stripped of some stuff that he had at the end of season two, but he's okay."

At least, he is for now, Dinklage joked.

Hungry for more? Read on:

  • Kit Harington on Jon Snow:  "Even more adventures! It was great to play him this season because he's not quite so tied down to things  ... He gets a more free reign ... He's in a dangerous place behind enemy lines, and he's got to deal with that in his own way."
  • Richard Madden on Robb Stark: "You see Robb in a different environment this year. [It's] a whole new area they go to that we've not seen before, and you see him with a huge different dynamic, with a kind of new bunch of family members from the past. That's a really different dynamic, coming back to see family, whom you've not seen in years since you were a little boy, and now you come back and you're their king.”
  • Gwendoline Christie, on Brienne: "Brienne finds herself in situations that she would never have expected ... she's really tested on all levels. She's not just got that guy who's giving her a really hard time and being utterly abusive. She's tested physically and her vulnerability is also tested. And she explores more of what it means to be a woman."
  • Michelle Fairley on Catelyn Stark: "At the beginning of season three, you find Catelyn still in chains, still in confinement, estranged with her son due to her actions at the end of season two."
  • Sophie Turner on Sansa Stark: "She's still a prisoner of Joffrey's. Even though she's not betrothed to him, she's still a prisoner. She wants to escape pretty much. ... She basically becomes a woman this season. And she enters womanhood and she has some pretty major events that you're not gonna want to miss!"
  • Lena Headey on Cersei: "Cersei’s still kind of without Jamie. ... There's still this strange, dysfunctional relationship that forms between her and Tyrion. It runs a little deeper, 'cause they're both sort of thrown into the same prison. And obviously she has the struggle with Joffrey, which is slowly driving her crazy, but she would never admit that to anybody."
  • Carice van Houten on Melisandre: "I have some serious plans and I'm very driven. My character is really driven. To be able to do that plan, I have to do some nasty stuff for the greater good. Because the Lord of Light told me to do this. Not per se the smoke baby - but there's other stuff I have up my wizard's sleeve."
  • Isaac Hempstead-Wright on Bran: "Bran gets a couple of new characters who add a whole new interesting aspect to his sort of crew, who are heading north, so that brings something really interesting to it. ... This season, without giving too much away, his dreams do get very interesting."
  • Sibel Kekilli on Shae: "She's not going to be invisible... It's getting more dangerous because they're in love with each other and of course it's a weakness for Peter, for "Tyrion" so they can blackmail him because of me and so yeah, it's getting dangerous."

As series author George R. R. Martin explained to CNN at the season three premiere in Los Angeles, the upcoming set of episodes will be "roughly based on the first half of the third book in my series, 'The Storm of Swords,' which is a massive thing, the biggest of the books."

"There are new alliances and new battles and betrayals and poisonings and marriages and all sorts of interesting things. This season is roughly based on the first half of the third book in my series, "The Storm of Swords," which is a massive thing, the biggest of the books, so we have to break into two seasons. So presuming we get a fourth season we'll get the rest of it done."

soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. Jerk1

    way too much trouble and has caused havoc everywhere too everyone...go

    May 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. game gunny

    Normally I don't read post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at and do it! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thanks, quite nice article.

    May 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JimmyJames

    I can't wait until the red wedding....seeing all these people flip out over the sudden deaths of Robb and Catelyn is going to be even funnier than watching people flip out over the loss of Jaime's sword hand. At least they'll get to see Joffrey die too. To say nothing of Tywin getting killed by Tyrion.

    April 9, 2013 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rock

    Woot for tubetops

    April 1, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. El Disgusto

    No había suficiente pechos desnudos en el episodio de anoche para mi gusto.

    April 1, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bob N. Ferapples

    Comer mierda y morir, everyone!

    April 1, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. california

    too early dear..

    April 1, 2013 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mammy

    There's a large turd in my bed.

    April 1, 2013 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mammy

    I long for this show's spinoff, Game of Turds.

    March 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Observer

    More of the usual Hollywood liberal garbage.

    March 31, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • As opposed to biased conservative...

      crap devoid of creativity, originality, quality, and intellect. Stick to Veggietales; that's more your speed.

      March 31, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mammy

    Let them eat poop.

    March 31, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ellen

    oops....seal King Joffrey's "fate"..

    March 31, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ellen

    I CANNOT wait...I am at the edge of my seat just waiting for the "demise" of King Joffrey...maybe the "teenage" dragons will seal his

    March 31, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    I got rid of TV 14 years ago. I can't tell if it's gotten worse, or that I'm just not under the spell of all the cr4ppy programming I got exposed to everyday. Step back and take a look at what you're ingesting people. Networks are like pushers; they get you hooked on one thing and then start offerring you the crack and meth. But the thing is; it's all trash - even the news is all junk. Or, just sit back and enjoy your meth; it's your life after all.

    March 31, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • John Law

      Or you could download Bittorrent and make your own programming, or perhaps your meth melted your brain to the point where you wouldn't know that...

      March 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joaquin must be such an intellectual. I am in awe of you, sir.

      March 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bex

      Says the idiot preaching his rhetoric on the CNN website.

      March 31, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mammy

    I enjoy sitting on the throne and taking large steaming dumps onto my subjects below.

    March 31, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  16. Tytanis

    I watched Game of Thrones a few times, however, it's just not my taste. Great writers and actors though. I will stick to The Walking Dead, Vikings and Touch. Keep up the great work @ The Game of Thrones team!

    March 31, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  17. Lexington Steele

    I'd smash dat chick in da blue dress fo real. She can def get it.

    March 31, 2013 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • In Antarctica

      Maybe you should get a highschool diploma before going after successful white girls.

      March 31, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  18. mesMomas

    love the show

    March 31, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  19. Keith

    I really like the game of thrones. The under lying stories complement the main and the varied personal ambitions of the characters remind me of the original Dallas. Well done

    March 31, 2013 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  20. Koz

    Sorry but these shows are terrible and the show is terrible as well. I know because I'm a distinguished critic of film and literature with distinguished selective taste. Don't you guys think I'm cool for having such a counter trend opinion?

    March 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tlee

      Man. Troll harder. Troll harder.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob N. Ferapples

      You might be cool. Depends what kind of glasses you have and what type of beer you drink.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • NooYawkah

      Ironically you're correct. I had it on in the background during this weekends' Free HBO and it appeared that all the characters do is walk around and talk. No dragon lady boobage at all.

      March 31, 2013 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith moore

      My opinion is that you sir are an ignorant idiot who would not know a fresh, interesting new show if it kicked you in the a**. Go back to watching your dancing with the washed up stars

      March 31, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  21. Marjorie

    its up too him and if yes,,,,it will be ok....movies and drinks with Janine (truth)–

    March 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Sheila

    Personally I liked the books better than the series – I find the visuals, especiallly of the North and the Wall, more limiting than my imagination while reading. Also, the series seems to miss a lot of the thoughts, emotions and backstory, as it is required to stay in "action" mode to keep people watching.

    March 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankie Stein


      Reading is HARD!

      March 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belvarie Varnado

      I'm always disappointed in seeing a movie after reading a book. They just don't convey the thoughts or reasons. It leaves a lot to be desired.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • gremlinus

      I like both for different reasons. I made it a point to read the books before seeing their corresponding season though. Knowing the back story takes away from the suspense some, but not as much as having predirected scenes takes away from the imagination. The actors do justice to their characters in general, it will be interesting to see how each of them deals with the challenging scenes ahead.

      March 31, 2013 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      To be honest, and as a fan of the great writings of Mr. George R.R. Martin, I have to say for a made to film rendition of a well written story, I think they're doing a tremendous job. Enjoying the **** out of it.

      March 31, 2013 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • specno

      When given a book we are not limited to how long we can write or read. There is no actors trying to be the spotlight. There is only you the read, the writer, and the limitless imagination of your mind. I always love reading a good book. It is rare to often find something on screen anywhere near the magnitude of words written on paper.

      March 31, 2013 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Well for starters you can't take a book and make it into a movie. The would have a movie or TV show that is about 5 months long based upon a 24×7 viewing. Most people can't sit through a 3 hour movie without having to check their cell phones or get bored. So you can't do it. Besides most of the thoughts the characters have in the books might not be needed in a visual world.

      March 31, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  23. Excuse_Of_Bones

    Nope...his head will remain.....

    March 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Game_Of_Bones

    Here,lemme safe you the trouble and tell you about it.

    They talk and talk talk and talk and talk and they walk a littlebit and talk some more ,then they show off their boob and cuts their heads off.

    The end

    March 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Jonathan

    I love these stories. The show cannot compare to the books. The books leave more to the imagination, but I do love the actors chosen for each of the roles. So a big thumbs up to whoever is the casting director. I just was so disappointed in the very first episode. Reading the first scene was exhilarating but watching HBO's rendition of it was ho hum. HBO does a great job with characters I'm sure they'd make a great soap opera; but when it comes to action sequences and the filming of it, pacing, it's all botched. So slow I just want to yawn. It seems to be getting a little better as each season progresses, but I'd definitely recommend reading the books before watching the series on HBO.

    March 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hi Jonathan

      books don't do it for me either....i need the real deal...

      March 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • what are you talking about ....

      huge books are fun too read...

      March 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob N. Ferapples

      Huge boobs are more fun than huge books.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      I consider myself ADD and not too thrilled with the idea of long books. I couldn't even start the LotR series because it took forever to get going in the first couple chapters of the fellowship. Long? Maybe. But the chapters are short and sweet and full of important and fun details. The only reason I had the patience to deal with how long the books were is because the very first chapter in a Game of Thrones hooks you and each chapter thereafter is a mini story in and of itself. Small parts to a whole that all intertwine.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Gee

    I still giggle at the word t-ts -don't know now why but I still do!!!

    March 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  27. how was everyone's afternoon?

    we talked, played cards and games....etc.

    March 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Spaz

    I slogged my way through the first book and halfway through the second before tossing it in the rubbish. The series is no better than the book. Sorry to say.

    March 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      You should definitely stick to your day job. Being a talent executive/critic isn't in your future, methinks.

      The "Song of Ice and Fire" series is a literary triumph and up there with the work of Tolkien. Perhaps it was too complex and too dense for you, but even if that were the case I hardly see how you could call it rubbish.

      And don't get me started on the brilliant rendition into a show.

      March 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConanX

      Being a geek going back to my AD&D Choose Your Own Adventure books, mid-80s days I must say you are ret@rded. These books are epic. Trust me, I have slogged through some weak sauce. I stopped reading the Wheel of Time series after book 10 because the dude just wouldn't end it (that and there were like 10 main characters and 27 sub-characters).

      March 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • uisignorant

      Wow ignorant liberals frothing at the mouth because you dare not share their opinions. I agree, the books and the series suck.

      March 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scimajor

      I have to agree with part of what you said. The first book is tedious at best. The show, however, is enthralling and highly entertaining.

      Don't worry about the other comment. Anyone using "ret@rded" is clearly displaying their own lack of mental capacity and/or lack of maturity.

      March 30, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saz

      I think that's a little harsh. They aren't AMAZZING BEST BOOKS EVUH but are you sure you aren't just saying they're rubbish to sound smarter then you are? Because that's what you sound like.

      March 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      It's a shame that you seem to have struggled with letting your imagination run wild...beyond the realism you probably much prefer. The books and the series are masterpieces, up there with Lord of the Rings. Perhaps this type of fantasy setting just isn't your cup of tea.

      March 30, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • gremlinus

      The books are a solid series, but hardly comparable to Tolkien. Tolkien didn't just write a fantasy novel or a series, he created a genre, or at least gave it a life that it had never imagined before. Martin is a decent write, but calling this a masterwork of literature is a bit much. By the fourth or fifth book his plot style is pretty predictable and he telegraphs his moves. I give him kudos for having the courage to kill characters when the story calls for it, but unless you haven't read many novels, his stuff is hardly original.

      March 31, 2013 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  29. Pdawg

    Like the show, but not loving it. Not enough action and very slow moving. Spartacus is wayyyyyyy better.

    March 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      That's because you aren't intelligent enough to handle complex shows or characters.

      March 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  30. FredKelly


    The characters and storyline are revealed to be the fantasies of an autistic Lannister child.

    March 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Eric

    Everybody dies and there is no ending. Wow, Reading a newspaper should give you the same experience.

    March 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • allanhowls

      So, you have a problem with stories that play with your expectations, bear some resemblance to real-life outcomes, and don't always feature clear-cut good guys and bad guys, with a happy ending nicely wrapped up with each episode? Yawn.

      March 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Eric – do everyone a favor a lay face down in traffic.

      March 30, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • uncle fester

      "real life"? Are you serious? Are you aware there are DRAGONS in this story? It's a fantasy – a pretentious, dull, fantasy that always plays to the same gimmick – bad guys win, good guys lose, but here's some boobies to entertain you.

      March 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stop Rehashing--Its Over...


      March 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob N. Ferapples

      Don't criticize the boobies or they'll quit showing them.

      March 31, 2013 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  32. 66Biker

    I picked a heck of a time to cancel HBO. I should have waited a couple of months. Now I am just going to have to turn it back on.

    March 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Knot Interesting

    The first season came up free on streaming services and I'm a fan of Dinklage, but watched a portion of the first show and knew all I needed. Prime-time porn.

    Cue the oscars I saw your b00 bs and raised them.

    Sad, really sad.

    March 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. gotta be a good girl for a bit....

    later gaters!!!!

    March 30, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Happy Easter!!

    you better watch it boy–too darn cute is a problem for me–I become a teenager all over again...lololol

    March 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Skarphace

    Peter Dinklage made this movie series. In the book, Tyrion was a central character, but Peter made him a star. In my opinion, Peter played his character more true to form than any character actor since Clint Eastwood.

    If you are reading this, Peter, you have a fan for life.

    As for the series, the only complaint I have is that it focusses a bit too much on the soft porn. I know, it is HBO, but the movie series focusses on this area much more than the book did. Luckily, this area is the only real departure from the book that I have noticed. Overall, great job.

    March 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • so....we want too wish other a happy easter...big deal


      March 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not really...

      all he's gotta do is say "get over here" and done...

      March 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • 66Biker

      Yep, it's HBO alright. Where do you think Cinemax learned that soft porn sells and ultimately got the nickname Skinemax?

      March 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Rahh

    AHH ive been waiting so long for this!

    March 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  38. i have too study and may have watch a movie when i get home

    I can be a movie buff at times too

    March 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Shorts

    he still looks so cute in shorts.

    March 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  40. cheeseroll

    Nah, I just like watching Game of Thrones to see Daenerys getting bаnged in a variety of positions.

    It's like watching pоrn..

    March 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • i have too study and may watch a movie when i get home

      I can be a movie buff at times too

      March 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Christopher

    Why do black people complain that there aren't enough blacks in our entertainment? Um hello, this is a medieval/fantasy setting, it makes little sense to have any blacks in here and there are black characters anyway. It would be like having white people in an African zulu tribe movie, it makes no sense. Stop worrying about who is black and who isn't and go watch BET, your race, your culture and stop worrying about what's not black in white entertainment.

    March 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Maccarone

      I'm white and your and idiot. Have you ever been to Spain? Have you ever read a book on medieval history. Black African's played a hugely important role in Dark Age Europe. Have you ever heard of the Moors? The Moors were black, African, Muslim and actually probably the most scientifically advanced and "humane" culture in Europe for a couple hundred years. Try reading books instead of pretending to... sophist fool.

      March 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Maccarone

      To make it easy for you, read this.

      March 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      I know history
      You are not white

      The moors were Arabic, not black and they were also conquered and defeated by the native spanish white people and Spain is one country and one small part of European history.

      Not only do you not know history, you talk nonsense and you are an outright liar.

      March 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      "Blacks the most scientifically advanced"

      almost died from laughter, thanks for that

      March 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • allanhowls

      Dear backwards,

      "Those people" watch things from "their culture" specifically because they have been excluded from ours. White people's entertainment is traditionally not very accurate or kind regarding people of other colors or ethnicities. Maybe they get tired of seeing entertainment made by and for white people that often features people who look like themselves in stereotypical, offensive, cartoonish roles.

      Now you and your white privilege can go play in your sandbox where everybody looks and acts like you do, untroubled by the notion that you are not necessarily the norm that others should adhere to.

      March 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Have those who complain about this nonsense even seen the show? Lucian Msamati and Nonso Anozie anyone?

      March 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natalie

      Nicely said. I am African American and I could not agree more. Ca not wait for the season to start. Fan of all characters. My heart goes out to Khaleesi. Mother of Dragons. LOL

      March 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • i CA not wait either


      March 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Buck Too

      You answered your own question,.

      It's 'fantasy',so why cant they put some blacks or asians in there.There are dragons and magic,so why should minorities be different?

      Unless you see them as mytgical creatures.And to that I say' well,goooooooooooooooooooooo away!"

      March 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Falt

      The Moors actually were not black Africans. The Berber people are more genetically similar to Arabic peoples. Just sayan.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Gee, until you brought it up, I don't think any black people (or white people) were saying anything about race or ethnicities in this series. What's your problem?

      March 31, 2013 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Congrats. Looks like your fishing was successful. Your racist trolling actually managed to get some responses. Go figure.

      March 31, 2013 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  42. Tom in Sechelt

    Read all the books before there was even a hint of it turning into a series..the producers are doing an excellent job mirroring the storyline that was written...can't wait for the next series. By the way..excellent casting too...Tyrion is the best!!

    March 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |

    i would like to know one thing: Describe to me the logistics and success of any campaign to "come and take our guns".
    I hear this zombie crap repeated all the time, but do people really think that such an undertaking could be successful in any small way? Who are the ones to come and take our guns? Do you know anyone insane enough to take on such a job? THink it through. Not even a chance to hire enough crazy people to get such a job done.

    March 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob N. Ferapples

      Did u mean to post this elsewhere, or R U just trollin'?

      March 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skarphace

      There were no guns in the Game of Thrones, you idiot!

      March 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • 66Biker

      Even though it's out of place and in my opinion a rather dumb question, I will answer it for you, just so you know what's coming. Have you ever heard the saying "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns?" Ok, you have. So the Democrats secret plan is to outlaw guns which will make all of you ignorant Republicon gun nuts outlaws, so they can round you up and throw you in some secret "Secure Location" somewhere and you will never be seen or heard from again, thus insuring the survival of the human race. And don't forget, thanks to the Patriot Act that you love so much, all they have to do is call you an "Enemy Combatant" and they have extra charges that they can add to the charges against you. Then you'll really be sorry. Specially after you meet your new roommates at the "Secure Location" and find out how they like to pass all those lonely hours after lights out... So think about it now. Is it really worth the risk? Throw out your weapons and come out with your hands up.

      March 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  44. futureman

    Spoiler Alert! I don't like waiting on television executives to play me out like a fish so before the first season even ended I bought all the books and spent the summer of 2011 reading them... they are between 700 and 900 pages each...and they are pretty well written except for parts of books 4 and 5 which floundered.. but then half way through book 5 I came to a horrible realization...... the series has no ending.!.. Martin has not written an ending. The only characters left that he has not killed off don't even have a destination or plan.. It simply ends...I was so mad I sent him an email thru his web site and some flunky emailed me back telling me I was shallow by expecting a typical end...When I began the series I was somehow under the impression that Martin was British and I expected his work to reach a Tolkien level..I then discovered he's from New Jersey!...Like Tony Soprano.... he's a flim flam man!

    March 30, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      You realize that there are at least two more books coming, right? It doesn't have an ending because the series isn't over yet.

      March 30, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • futureman1

      So Jon,

      I am assuming you are talking to me.. I was told by his web site employee/defender that it takes him 5 years to write each novel.. he finished his last one three years ago.. so we have seven years to go... i don't think so..this fish is off the hook!

      March 30, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • GonzoG

      Dude, he's written a fantasy version of the 100 Years War on a pair of continents the size of South America or bigger.

      We're essentially in year 5 (if you've been reading the books) 3 if your watching it on HBO.

      I'm betting he'll leave enough notes for his literary executor to pick up and keep it going for 100 years or more. BTW, the "flunky" probably has the notes and will probably get a "co-authorship" on book 8, 9, and 10 followed by author of "George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire" when George cashes out of The Game.

      March 30, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRH

      I waited for over 20 years for the last book of The Wheel of Time series. Another 7 for the Song of Ice and Fire...meh. Childs play.

      He'll end it. It's just got awhile to go.

      March 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • EdwardTr

      As you I was disappointed at the characters we lost, but I decided to enjoy the journey regardless where it goes. Martin is centered on film so if there is a need for books faster Martin and HBO will deliver even if they have to move to multiple writer format. As for the ending it might be different depending on how long the series runs on TV and yes we might not get a “real” ending

      March 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Kerry

    Best series ever on TV. The entertainment is first rate. Waiting for the next book as well. My hope is this never ends. The tale can go on indefinitely.

    March 30, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  46. Dave

    I read an interview from one of the producers that said that the third novel would be split into two seasons, so we might not get the red wedding this season.

    March 30, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  47. Mark

    After finishing the third novel, I agree that the stakes have been raised for all of the Game of Thrones characters that we’ve come to know and love. I work at DISH with a lot of GoT fans who say to not get too comfortable with your favorite character because they may be around for too long, and this season will proof of that. To get ready for the premiere I’ve spent the past few weeks re-watching the second season via the DISH Anywhere app on my iPhone. It’s great that I can use this feature to watch shows saved on my DVR when I’m taking the train home from work.

    March 30, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  48. Decision Marina

    down to 2 choices...where is chris Cuomo...

    March 30, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  49. pimbo

    It already is a hit Marina. What are you talking about?

    March 30, 2013 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  50. i love doggie style...

    it so much fun...

    March 30, 2013 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  51. Bob N. Ferapples

    Lots of doggy-stylin' in that show.

    March 30, 2013 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  52. I'm so annoyed that I'm excited.

    Seriously, this show is one of the most misogynistic racist series ever produced, as are the books.

    BUT: It's so amazing. I can't wait. Mainly for Jon Snow.

    March 30, 2013 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • D Hall

      Oh, please, it is not. It is simply a seriously gritty and dark world where nothing ever seems to work out as intended (unless you're Aegon The Conqueror) or for the best. Besides, it has plenty of "strong" and complex non-white and/or female characters.

      March 30, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  53. El Disgusto

    Lots of bare boobs and ass - love that show!

    March 29, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  54. King Joffrey

    Bow down to me, dogs!

    March 29, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Don'tCareWhatHeDid

    he never made the list...

    March 29, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Marina

    there is no fantasy dear....only yours...

    March 29, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Clancy

    Best show on TV, if you've never seen it and you can tolerate any fantasy at all you will not be disappointed.

    March 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Marina

    I hear great things about the show....not sure it will be a hit but hoping it will be.....have a happy easter everyone!!!

    March 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  59. WinM

    Machine back too you...ha

    March 29, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  60. WinM

    you can have it back. worked like a charm.

    March 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  61. We got her..

    you'll be eating a lot of that soon–

    March 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  62. interesting...

    great cast

    March 29, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |

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