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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Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?