With the ending of the second season of Game of Thrones a couple weeks back, viewers were left with a haunting scene of an army of White Walkers creeping their way to the Wall and presumably even past it. Other storylines ended with Jon Snow peering over the cliffs to Mance Rayder’s vast army, the burning of Winterfell as Bran and Rickon head north for Jon, and the decision to finally set sail by Daenerys. Without saying too much too soon, there are a whole lot of new issues that arise in the third book, A Storm of Swords, and viewers will be pleasantly surprised by the sheer amount of material that it holds. Of course the third book is going to be split into two seasons, but seeing as how the show took its liberties with many characters like Arya, Robb, and Daenerys, book readers should be looking forward to how the creators envision some of the series’ most memorable moments.
Non-book readers should note that the books are formatted in a way where the story is told from multiple points of view (POV) with the respective character’s name being the title of each chapter. The first book was told through the eyes of Eddard, Catelyn, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran, Tyrion, and Daenerys. The second book was told through Catelyn, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran, Tyrion, and Daenerys with new POV additions of Theon and Davos. This makes the books more focused as a whole because readers know who is important and who is ultimately a player in the game of thrones. The third book retains most of the second book’s POVs with the exception of Theon and with the addition of two new interesting choices.
Obviously, no one knows how much season 3 will cover in terms of the book, but there are definitely sections that would make a grand season finale. From a book reader’s perspective, here are 11 reasons to be excited for season 3 of Game of Thrones. There won’t be spoilers in the grandest of senses, but non-book readers should heed the warning that there are certainly hints of events to come.