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

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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

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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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Newt’s brother was assigned to search for Grindelwald, new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ prop letter reveals

This likely has major implications for future Fantastic Beasts movies.

1:06 pm EST, December 9, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them included a mention of Newt Scamander’s “war hero” brother Theseus, and now it looks like the reference was something to think twice about.

Earlier this week Warner Brothers’ Los Angeles Studio Tour refreshed their Harry Potter exhibit with new props from Fantastic Beasts, and in one display is a letter from Theseus to Newt. Take a look at the photos thanks to Snitch Seeker:

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them included a mention of Newt Scamander’s “war hero” brother Theseus, and now it looks like the reference was something to think twice about.

Earlier this week Warner Brothers’ Los Angeles Studio Tour refreshed their Harry Potter exhibit with new props from Fantastic Beasts, and in one display is a letter from Theseus to Newt. Take a look at the photos thanks to Snitch Seeker:

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The letter reveals that Theseus was tasked with searching for Grindelwald himself — a very interesting development for this film series. Though some words on the letter can’t be seen due to another prop covering them up, the note to Newt appears to suggest that Theseus was honored to be assigned the role. Here’s what it says, again courtesy Snitch Seeker:

Well, little brother,

I don’t know how much you have heard wherever you are about what’s going on in jolly old Europe but this chap Grindelwald has been making a lot of noise since you have been away.

Charismatic blighter, but the Ministry doesn’t like him and nor does the International Confederation.

He has upset a few of the big wheels and he’s gone underground. I have been chosen to go away and ferret him out. _______ at the chance to be picked, actually, because the whole _______ want to be on this case and it’s taken some _______ hard work to reach this status.

_______ wishing you well – wherever you are. _______ whatever beastly quests you are undertaking!

Best regards,

Theseus

The fact that this letter was made for the movie is very interesting. It suggests that Theseus at one point may’ve had a larger role in the movie — or at least, he could’ve been referenced more than once.

Further, this letter could mean that Theseus’ll have an on-screen role in future movies. In fact, Theseus’ role as Grindelwald Hunter could be J.K. Rowling’s ticket to getting Newt deeply involved with the search for Grindelwald.

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Theseus will surely be pleased to hear that his brother helped capture Grindelwald. Theory time: What if Theseus dies in a future Fantastic Beasts movie as the fight against Grindelwald (inevitably) continues? What if this leads Newt to avenge his brother’s death?

What else do we know about the character? Not much, but Snitch Seeker says that during an interview with Colin Farrell the actor revealed Theseus “was a British Auror with whom his character, Percival Graves, corresponded.”

How do you think Theseus will play into future ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movies?

Daily Show host Trevor Noah takes his experiences growing up in South Africa and puts them together in Born a Crime for our entertainment and enlightenment.

‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

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Daily Show host Trevor Noah takes his experiences growing up in South Africa and puts them together in Born a Crime for our entertainment and enlightenment.

‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother — his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

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Trevor Noah is best known for his current hosting gig on The Daily Show where he had huge shoes to fill following Jon Stewart’s departure — shoes that he has, by the way, filled with grace, humor, and a sharp wit.

Noah has been candid about growing up in South Africa under Apartheid and the troubling parallels he sees developing in the United States, especially since Donald Trump’s rise to power, but Born a Crime puts a spotlight on his childhood adventures in a way that his segments on The Daily Show cannot.

Born a Crime is an interesting mix of heartbreak and humor. There is no denying that Noah’s childhood was not easy. He talks extensively about trying to find a place for himself at school and in life. He was too White for the Black kids and too Black for the White kids. As a child, what do you do when you have nowhere to belong?

You adapt.

Unless it wasn’t abundantly clear already, Trevor Noah is an intelligent man. Born a Crime documents the way he viewed the world and used his situation to his advantage while living in South Africa. He learned dozens of languages, either in part or in full, in order to survive the endless dangers of his hometown. He found a way to make money and build himself a tiny empire using only a computer and his wits. He took what was given to him, which was, honestly, next to nothing, and found a way to make his life fulfilling.

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Noah’s mother has a huge impact on the stories presented in this memoir because she had a huge impact on her son. Strong, independent, stubborn, reliable, hardworking, clever, pious, strict, and loving, Trevor makes it explicitly clear that his mother is the reason he turned out the way he did. We should all give thanks to her.

Her story is tragic, as is growing up under Apartheid, but despite their circumstances, both led vibrant lives in which they became partners in an us-against-the-world kind of way. Hearing Noah speak about his mother infuses you with a warmth and respect for a woman you have never met, and yet that feeling is as genuine as they come.

For his part, Noah was a handful as a child and a teenager, though it’s that spunk and comedy that we so look forward to seeing now. He got into trouble — he even broke the law — but he experienced life and all the ups and downs that comes with it. He is a wealth of knowledge because he has gone far and wide to gather that knowledge himself.

Born a Crime will certainly make you laugh far more than it’ll make you cry, but don’t be so bold as to put the tissues away before the final chapter of the book. This memoir is a lesson in humility, love, faith, and perseverance. Hopefully it will affect you as strongly as it has affected me, especially if you are so lucky as to be able to listen to Noah narrate the book himself on Audible.

Add ‘Born a Crime’ to your Goodreads list or purchase it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound

The first full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight and we once again got a great look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The first Spider-Man Homecoming trailer is here, and it doesn’t disappoint! In what totally feels like a coming-of-age/high school flick (but with a Marvel twist!), Peter Parker decides he wants to grow up and fight like the Avengers. But is he ready? Maybe with a little help (and no hug) from Tony Stark, he will be.

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The first full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight and we once again got a great look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The first Spider-Man Homecoming trailer is here, and it doesn’t disappoint! In what totally feels like a coming-of-age/high school flick (but with a Marvel twist!), Peter Parker decides he wants to grow up and fight like the Avengers. But is he ready? Maybe with a little help (and no hug) from Tony Stark, he will be.

Watch the full-length trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming

The main theme of Homecoming certainly seems to be Peter’s desire to prove that he’s a capable member of the Avengers team. If you remember in Civil War, Tony wouldn’t let him get too deep into the fight, for fear that he wasn’t ready. But Peter doesn’t want to be treated liked a kid.

Except he definitely is a kid, and it’s a nice break from the other Spider-Man movies we’ve seen so far, which depicted an older Peter Parker that never quite fit the high school vibe.

Tom Holland’s Peter is undoubted an awkward teenager, and the younger character lends itself to a lighter, more humorous tone for the movie. Marvel has always been good at balancing action and comedy in their movies, and Homecoming is already promising to be a fun romp.

We get a lot of great looks at other characters in this trailer, too, including a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Donald Glover and Zendaya. Michael Keaton will be playing Vulture, and of course we also get Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

How cool was it to see Spidey swinging along next to Iron Man like an equal?

As is often the case for Marvel movies, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel debuted the trailer for Homecoming following pretty high expectations from fans. Did it live up to your hype?

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ hits theaters on July 7, 2017