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Game of Thrones season 3 is fast approaching, and the Hypable staff has put together a list of the events from A Storm of Swords we’re most looking forward to seeing adapted in the HBO series.

This list contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the third book in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ saga. Proceed at your own risk!

There are a lot of great moments in A Storm of Swords (aside from the big one which everyone is of course dreading/anticipating), and it was tough picking just 10. In the end we got them narrowed down though – now do note that we can’t be sure they won’t save some of these for season 4, or maybe change the events around somewhat from the books (although we like to think that these are big enough developments that the writers can’t completely disregard them!).

Read our top 10, and share your own list in the comments!

10. Meeting the Reeds

Game of Thrones season 3 Jojen Meera Reed

Meera and Jojen Reed occupy a soft spot in the hearts of many fans, and there was no shortage of dismay when the siblings did not make the cut for season 2. But now that we know that Game of Thrones will not be Reed-less for long, it’s almost more exciting for us book readers to see how these mysterious friends will be introduced into the story.

Will it be harder for Bran to trust the Reeds out in the wild, rather than from the safety of Winterfell? What role will Jojen’s green dreams play? How will the intensity of their circumstances affect Bran’s fragile crush on Meera? And what might we learn of Howland Reed, the ultimate man of mystery, who seems to hold the keys to so many of the questions in A Song of Ice and Fire?

And seriously, Ellie Kendrick and Thomas Brodie-Sangster look like they’ve walked straight out of George R.R. Martin’s brain and onto our television screens, so we can’t wait to see how the show’s divergences introduce us to a slightly different, but still authentic version of such fascinating characters.

9. Catelyn and Robb Learn About Winterfell

Game of Thrones Robb Catelyn learn about WinterfellA watershed moment in season 2 of Game of Thrones was the fall of Winterfell to the Ironborn forces, and the supposed murder of Bran and Rickon Stark. The season ended before the news reached Robb and Catelyn in the Riverlands, however, and so the rebelliously married young king and his lady mother were left on the precipice of the terrible, game-changing knowledge.

Though we’ve already seen the two respond to tragedy after Eddard’s death at the end of season 1, a compounded horror like this would call for exercising an even more profound set of emotional strings. Beyond the awful grief, Bran, Rickon, and Winterfell represent elements of Catelyn and Robb’s responsibilities, as well as integral aspects of their identities.

We hope we get to see the scene where these dark words arrive for the pure power of the acting, but either way, the emotional fallout will certainly be devastating, gripping, and a driving motivation for all of Catelyn and Robb’s subsequent decisions.

8. The Big Love Story

Game of Thrones Jon and YgritteWe are of course talking about Jon Snow and Ygritte (although Jaime and Brienne are still running around together hand in, er, stump), who go through a lot in A Storm of Swords before Ygritte is sadly killed off, presumably towards the end of season 3 (though we can’t help but hope they’ll prolong her story so Rose Leslie can come back for season 4).

We love Ygritte as a character, and the relationship that slowly develops between her and Jon is just a high point in the book in general – the one ray of sunshine in an otherwise very depressing snowstorm of storylines. The two share some intense moments, have some sex (hey, this is Game of Thrones, it happens), and this allows Jon to really develop as a character – it’s just great material which we can’t wait to see to see Kit Harington work with on screen.

7. Tyrion and Sansa: An Unexpected Wedding

Game of Thrones Tyrion Sansa get married
The hero gets the pretty girl! Well, sort of. This being Game of Thrones, well-worn tropes are somersaulting all over the place and this one is no exception. In this case, though the hero (Tyrion) does in fact wind up with the pretty girl (Sansa), it’s in about as twisted a scenario as possible.

Not only is Sansa much younger than Tyrion, but their families are locked in a brutal war reeking havoc over the Seven Kingdoms. Then there’s the small issue of the marriage being forced upon them by Tywin and Cersei, and the cherry-on-the-top problem of where Shae, Tyrion’s beloved whore – who is simultaneously loyal to Sansa – fits into the madness.

Though it certainly won’t be happily ever after for Sansa and Tyrion, it will be fascinating to watch how Game of Thrones handles such complicated and emotionally fraught material. It will also be amazing to watch Peter Dinklage and Sophie Turner maneuver such meaty (and simultaneously delicate) territory – and watch the consequences of this uncomfortable union spread through both of their families.

6. Dany Owns the Slavers

Game of Thrones Daenerys season 3It’s true that season 2 of Game of Thrones did not see Daenerys in her finest hour; her losses were many, her victories few, and her dialogue was unfortunately meme-worthy. But if A Storm of Swords is any indication at all, Dany’s fans will come roaring back in droves – and in no small part due to her spectacular ownage of Astapor’s slave trade. It is in Astapor that Dany confronts a unique dilemma; she meets a massive injustice that she can actually attempt to change, but if she chooses to do right, she might actually work against her goal of returning to Westeros.

It’s a tricky road, but Dany’s choices (and her cleverness, which is surprisingly easy to underestimate) ultimately lead her to a showdown that will have even the most skeptical of fans – and characters – screaming her name.

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  • http://twitter.com/RikuStark Ashley

    The Jon and Jamie chapters were probably my absolute favorite to read in book 3, so excited to see those stories on screen! I’m probably going to cry every time I see Robb. Also, Sam the Slayer!!

    Great article!

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      Definitely excited for Sam the Slayer too! :)

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YOB7O67622I3J3H6AUJ4Z7ELNU Alan

        Me too! Sam The Slayer rules!

    • rhi

      Joffs death that i thought would make top 10

      • werk

        This season is roughly the first half of the third book. They will most likely be moving that event to season 4.

  • Gary65

    LOL Ellie Kemper is the girl from the Office. Ellie Kendrick is playing Meera.

  • Gary65

    LADY STONEHEART!!!!! We all know that’s how the season will end. It’ll probably end with her opening her eyes but I really hope it ends with her murdering Petyr & Merrett.

    • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

      Or maybe of Arya’s wolf dragging Catelyn’s body out of the river and Beric’s crew finding her?

      • Gary65

        Yeah but they need to finish on something huge. That final shot needs to hit you, just like it has for the last 2 seasons. What else could they do that would have enough impact?

        • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

          So true. That definitely had the biggest impact on me at the end of book 3. But then again, I didn’t even expect the end of last season, so maybe they’ll surprise us?

          • Gary65

            But what else could they use? What other moment could be a cliffhanger?

          • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

            Sorry I never replied to this, but you’re totally right about cliff hangers.
            I would say that any death wouldn’t be a cliff hanger per say, and they really need to make this season’s top last’s!

          • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YOB7O67622I3J3H6AUJ4Z7ELNU Alan

            I too am guessing that Lady Stoneheart will be the S3 finale, and perhaps something dramatic with Dany as well. Losing two main “good” characters is a bit much, so it would seem like a good idea to show the viewers that there is some hope with the “return” of Catelyn.

    • Kate

      Oh god, they better not end it with her opening her eyes. Too many shows/movies do that. I’d prefer we see the Brotherhood catching up to some Freys and she walks out of the shadows/drops a hood/something while looking creepily awesome. Then she can give the word, and we’ll end with whatever Freys being killed.

      • Gary65

        I have this whole image in my head where the Freys are dragged before Beric Dondarrion. He does something to a dead body and it stands up. It staggers forward and brutally kills the Freys. Whilst doing so, her hairs flies off her face and you see it’s Catelyn, eyes filled with hate. Cut to black. My brain explodes. End scene :D

      • PotionWillow207

        i want to have at least 2 episodes between the RW (whenever in the series it happens) and when we find out about Catelyn. I want to hear rumors about some ghost killing Lannister men in the forest for awhile before it’s confirmed about Cately, like it did in the books. It makes the reveal all the more awesome.

  • Gary65

    Also Dianna Rigg’s supreme ownage. And Joffrey dying(given the title of the last episode, it would fit).

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    This list is amazing! I totally agree about Ygritte, the Red Wedding, and especially Tyrion and Sansa (speaking of, did we see much of them in the trailer?!).
    I’m surprised that Joffrey’s death isn’t included, but I guess that’s because it’s still uncertain if they’re going to do it this season?? I hope they hold it off for the opening of season 4 — that would be utterly fantastic!
    EDIT: I FORGET THE REEDS! I am totally stoked for my favorite character Jojen to take the screen with Bran! Yes!

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      Thanks for the comment! We didn’t include Joffrey’s death because that seems like something they’d save for season 4 – like if they already have two weddings (RW and Sansa/Tyrion’s) wouldn’t they want to save this other huge wedding/development for next year?

      • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

        I really hope they do save it for season 4, because 3 weddings in 10 episodes would seem like a bit much. However, last night I was watching episode 8 of season 2 with commentary, and Nikolaj stated he read the first 6 scripts for season 3 and hinted strongly that he knew Catelyn was “not going to ever make it back to Winterfell.” It’s curious, and I hope it doesn’t mean that the Red Wedding is going to be sooner in the season!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Runyon/710635220 Anthony Runyon

    you know, its funny. any time a member of the Stark family is actually killed, Arya witnesses the event unfold. I wonder if that trend will continue in the future…

    • Kate

      Hopefully we don’t lose anymore Starks…

    • http://twitter.com/inkasrain Michal

      If Arya does witness another Stark death, I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s the one wielding the weapon.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.brinks.9 Jamie Brinks

      she did not witness jons death, he is kind of a stark

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1220246177 Danielle Jeanine Laroff

        Maybe that should tell us something ;)

      • http://twitter.com/TheLeft_Lane Miss Lane

        Maybe he’s not a Stark after all….

      • Abi

        or maybe he didn’t die… (hopefully)

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YOB7O67622I3J3H6AUJ4Z7ELNU Alan

        Didn’t GRRM say to one fan something like, “Oh, you think he’s dead do you?”

  • Shelby Walker

    This list was perfect! Though I find that I’m more excited for the events that will certainly happen in season four… such as The Purple Wedding, the fight between the Mountain and the Red Viper and anything having to do with Sansa. Oh, not to mention the big reveal that happened at the very end of the novel.

    I mean, I’m excited for everything in this article, but season four is gonna be so intense!

    • grapes9h5

      but this is why they need, and I’m hopeful they are, restructuring things so that Season 3 and 4 are equally awesome

  • grapes9h5

    My favorite moment is actually the 3rd Wedding of the book, Joffrey’s, which I really hope makes the cut, and is used for the season 3 finale, along with the climax to Dany’s Slaver’s Bay arc, and the death of Ygritte. Some people think/want for Joffery’s Death to be held off for the start of Season 4, but I think that’s not the best idea. Killing off Joffrey will give people something to rally around for next season, especially after losing Robb, but the main reason to end Season 3 on it (note that the Red Wedding will be episode 9), will be because its the catalyst for the next arcs for Tyrion, Cersei, Jaimie, and Sansa, as well as the one and only climax for their current stories in the first half of Book 3. When Jaimie gets to King’s Landing, Joff is already dead. Sansa only escapes with Littlefinger after that death, and what’s Littlefinger’s purpose this season if not to show up at the end providing the first of Book 3′s major revelas about how he’s been the mastermind of everything. What better cliffhanger for Tyrion than him being arrested for king and kingslaying?? Its what raises the stakes for Season 4, to have all the 5 Kings dead but Stannis, him heading off to The Wall in his final Season 3 shot. Having Joffery’s wedding in Season 4 seems to leave Season 3 way to unfinished, drawing too much attention to that it’s only part of a book. Plus, with the geographic split of Book 4 and 5, Season 4 does really need to begin to cover some of that material, since Season 5 cant possibly be all of Book 5 and most of Book 4 still on the table, even if they need to stall for Book 6 to be published.

    • http://twitter.com/inkasrain Michal

      I don’t anticipate seeing Joffery’s wedding until close to the end of season 4. You’re right in that it would serve as a “win” for the audience, but given the position of the Red Wedding, I think most of the plot lines in season 3 will end around the same point in the timeline. Jaime, Brienne and Arya will still be in the Riverlands, Sansa will be stuck in King’s Landing, Jon will probably have just left the wildlings, etc. That will give the events of the second half (the arrival of the Dornishmen, Joff’s death, the battle of the Wall, Tyrion’s trial, Arya and Sandor’s Awful Road Trip) time to breathe before they have to dive into the muddle of A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons.

      • PotionWillow207

        I think you’re mixing up the timeline a little. Joffrey’s wedding happens while Sansa is still in King’s Landing. And you say that having it in season 4 will give Tyrion’s trial “time to breathe,” but the wedding has to happen before the trial. Otherwise, what is Tyrion on trial for? None of those things you list absolutely have to happen before Joffrey’s wedding.

        And there has to be some point of celebration for the viewers. No smart writer would have an entire season of doom and gloom. Even though it may not be exactly canon, I don’t think there would be anything wrong with breaking the timeline and fitting Joffrey’s wedding into this season. Besides, it’s not like Martin follows a strict timeline with the books anyway. That’s easily the most confusing thing about the series: figuring out what is happening when. It jumps around so much and how the story flows changes with each book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.brinks.9 Jamie Brinks

    i cant wait for jamie to say, “joffery i am your father”. sorry wrong movie

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.brinks.9 Jamie Brinks

    i know its not the same book but i cant wait for the red viper vs. the mountain that walks

  • http://www.facebook.com/blackstar7129 Matt Hurley

    I really want to see what they do with the Stannis/Davos storyline. I don’t think they’ll get to Stannis’ epic heroic entry at The Wall until season 4, but the story of Davos and how Stannis eventually come to his senses and listens to him over the Florents and the like really struck a chord with me in the books as well

  • http://twitter.com/atalyce Alyce

    ahhhh can’t wait! Going to buy the season 2 DVD today, just so i can rematch with all the commentaries.
    I’m most looking forward to seeing the sansa/tyrion marriage, just to witness the fan reaction. It was a complete shock for me in the book, and that’s why i love it.

  • http://twitter.com/Dene_Ki_Jawani Deneen Col

    Best thing about HBO airing Season 3 soon, is that there will be so much new Canon that GOO can now finally discuss. This season is going to be feel like heart break after heart break. But I think it will make good televsions if the audience thinks that all hope is lost for houses like the Starks. Then we come back for season 4 & 5 a lot of those characters you love to hate…ie…Tywin,Theon, Gregor Clegane(maybe?), Cersei they will get there due punishments in Season 4 & 5.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gvasut Gary Vasut

    I really, REALLY hope Meera’s story about the Knight of the Laughing Tree makes it in somehow… SO IMPLICATIVE.

  • ladybirds

    I feel like this season is going to be my favourite one just like the third book is my favourite in the book series so far. I look forward to each and every one of them. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

    I agree with this list 100% (along with Sam the Slayer as some others have mentioned). I had completely forgotten the horror of Robb’s and Greywind’s body after the Red Wedding and am now very sad, so I’ll go weep in a corner for a bit,

  • Katy

    I’m both anticipating and absolutely dreading the RW. Terrible as it sounds, I think I’m most looking forward to the moment when Arya desperately tries to save her mother and brother. As you mentioned, I know that Maisie will absolutely kill it…and rip out what remains of my heart and toss into the blender. XD

    P.S. This isn’t in the books, but I hope the writers have included a scene where Tywin finds out that Arya Stark isn’t in King’s Landing. I would love to see the look on Charles Dance’s face when he realizes that that cupbearer he had was probably her. ;)

  • Danillo

    Rob and Catelyn already knew about the “deaths” of Bran and Rickon at the end of season 2. That’s the reason why Catelyn did release the Kingslayer.

    I would substitute that for violent fight of the Red Viper and the Mountain. It’s a strong scene to imagine when you are reading the book, and it is full of emotion above the revenge from the murdered Dorne princess.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YOB7O67622I3J3H6AUJ4Z7ELNU Alan

      Hmm, to my knowledge, there’s been no casting information for the Martells this season. I think Dorne will be S4 as there are just too many new characters this season already.

  • thabang

    cant wait to see how it is all translated onto screen

  • Abi

    the scene with brienne and the bear will be amazing!! the footage in the trailer of her all bloody in the cage and the bear just get me so excited!! and this is just a cute thing I doubt will be in there but I do so hope that the Acorn Hall scene between Gendry and Arya is kept in, that just melted my heart, I loved that bit! I just hope they develop gendry and arya’s relationship in the tv show as much as they did in the books!! also sansa and tyrions wedding asdfghjkl!!! haha

  • XJill

    I think they have to leave Joffrey’s death for S4, they are running out of material in a way, they have to spread stuff out for S4 & 5, etc. God, SO MUCH is going to happen this season I’m glad they said each ep is going to be very close to 60 minutes, we need every minute of screen time!

  • Derrick Wallner

    I cant wait to meet Reek. Alfie Allen was awesome as Theon and I think he will do even better as Reek.

  • sketch

    i have to say, this is a great list – i am looking fwd to the sword fight between Jaime and Brienne and their growing respect for each other as well as the bear pit scene. I am going to be so sad with the Red wedding – I remembered reading that in the book and it left me miserable for a week! Finally I am interested in seeing the Hound and Arya making their way to the Freys, only to experience that Red Wedding (perhaps this is the TBD title before 09 ep “Rains of Castamere”?) and the storming of the Wall by wildings and Jon’s conflict with the whole idea…We did see Ygritte holding a bow and arrow in the extended trailer

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