Get Ready. A Storm is Coming.

We couldn’t be more excited for the return of HBO’s Game of Thrones this Sunday.  I just read the most recent books in the series so I have a pretty good idea of where all the characters I love (and love to hate) are headed this season, but I figured it would be a good idea to go back to last season’s finale and refresh myself on exactly where we left them all.

Game of Thrones Season 3

Tyrion is alive after being attacked in the Battle of the Blackwater, but with Tywin back in King’s Landing his role in the victory will easily be forgotten and his influence in the city is gone as he no longer serves as Hand to King Joffrey.  When Shae begs him to leave King’s Landing and go with her to Pentos, however, Tyrion reveals that he wants to stay where he is.

The other Lannisters in King’s Landing are joining their power to the Tyrells by trading Joffrey’s marriage pact with Sansa for a new one to Margaery, formerly the queen of Renly Baratheon.  Sansa has little time to rejoice in her freedom though, as Littlefinger is quick to point out the unlikelihood of Joffrey letting her go home.

Daenerys Season 3Jaime Lannister is on his way back to King’s Landing in the custody of Brienne, now the loyal sword of Lady Catelyn.  A run in with some Stark bannermen proves it won’t be an easy journey for this woman and her captive, one of the most infamous knights in the realm.

Last we saw Winterfell, it was in ruins.  Theon Greyjoy was being dragged back to Pyke, unconscious, by his bannermen.  Bran, Rickon, Hodor and Osha emerge from their hiding spot in the tombs beneath the castle and find Maester Luwin dying in the Godswood.  They follow his advice to head north and seek protection from the Night’s Watch at The Wall.

Arya and her friends have escaped Harrenhall, and Jaqen H’ghar suggests traveling to Braavos to learn ways to change her name and face as he does.  While Arya does want to know the secrets behind Jaqen’s abilities, she first wants to reunite with her family and will be going in search of her mother and brothers.

King in the North Robb Stark has gone against the advice of Catelyn and the deal he made with Walder Frey and taken the mysterious girl from Volantis, Talisa Maegyr as his queen.

And even after a crushing defeat at King’s Landing, Stannis’ Red Priestess Melisandre feeds him prophecies from her fires that he will yet rule the Seven Kingdoms.

Across the sea in Qarth, Daenerys visits the House of the Undying to reclaim her dragons and is unshaken by visions she has inside of snow falling on the iron throne, the Wall, and Khal Drogo holding their son.  When Pyat Pree reveals plans to keep Dany and her dragons in chains to harness power to strengthen their magic, she signals her dragons to unleash their fire.  After escaping the warlocks, Dany returns to Xaro Xhoan Daxos and plunders what she can to buy ships and continue her journey.

White Walkers

Finally beyond the wall, Jon Snow has killed his brother Qhorin Halfhand to prove his false loyalty to the Wildlings and Ygritte leads him towards Mance Rayder and the massive army he’s gathered as King Beyond the Wall.  Meanwhile the other members of the Night’s Watch hear three blasts of a horn signalling “Others” and Sam witnesses white walkers approaching their camp at the Fist of the First Men.



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3 Comments on “Get Ready. A Storm is Coming.”

  1. April 1, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    NIce write up! Watched the finale las season but nice to get a recap

  2. April 2, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    So my boyfriend bought the e-books for me last year for my birthday and I have barely looked at them. I feel like I dont want to re-read the parts I have already seen on the show. Do you think it is a must? I would like to know from someone who has read them if they are that much different than the show.

    • aliberky
      April 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      I think the show has done a really good job of following the storylines from the books and not leaving stuff out, but because of the way its written you get a little more insight into characters and their personalities. I understand what you’re saying about “rereading” the first 2 books, maybe you could just skip to A Storm of Swords? I wouldn’t say its a must, but if you like to know every little detail you will still get something out of reading the stories.

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