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[dropcap]H[/dropcap]BO’s epic medieval fantasy bloodfest Game of Thrones returns for its much anticipated third season this April. As part of our initiative to cover television programmes as well as films, Roobla will be providing a geektastic (and probably quite spoilerific) review of each episode as it airs.

Packed with blood, guts, beheadings, Dornish wine and as many dragons as you could eat, Game of Thrones is based on A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of novels by George R. R. Martin, and adapted for television by D. B. Weiss and David Benioff. Season three is expected to cover the first half of the third novel in the series, A Storm of Swords.

Having been left with a massive cliff-hanger at the end of season two (it’s been a year since it was broadcast, so allow us to refresh your memory – frozen zombies) the lips of GOT fans are overflowing with questions about season three, not the least of which is whether this season will depict the event known as ‘The Red Wedding’. Without giving anything away to those who haven’t taken a little snoop ahead in the books, internet rumour leads us to believe that it will. Gulp…

Anything and everything can and does happen in Game of Thrones. Remember, this is a television series that took Sean Bean (an actor who had already been put through the wringer of the sad-but-necessary death scene by Peter Lord of the RingsJackson), built him up to be the great and honourable hero of the tale, and then suddenly knocked his block off. There is no protagonist here, no clear distinction between right and wrong, good and bad. There is only the shifting of the balance of power, whether it is a subtle changing of the wind, or a gargantuan firestorm in which at least three of your favourite characters and several cute fluffy animals find themselves headless, burned to a crisp and strung upside down from the ramparts.

Of course, everyone has their favourites among the multitude of characters, and a particular soft spot for one of the seven Houses struggling for the throne in the rugged land of Westeros. Some favour the stalwart Starks, others the slippery Lannisters or the fiery Targaryens. By all means, have your favourites, but don’t get too attached to them. When you play the Game of Thrones, anything and everything can and does happen, and anyone and everyone can (and almost certainly will) die.

That’s including all the new additions to the cast for this season, such as Ciaran Hinds (aka Aberforth Dumbledore) as Mance Rayder, Diana Rigg (the woman James Bond finally falls for in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) as Lady Olenna, and Thomas Sangster (the lovesick kid with the drum kit in Love Actually) as Jojen Reed.

If you’re not familiar with Game of Thrones up to this point, you haven’t got long to get with the programme – season three will be flinging wildfire at the gates at 9 pm on Sky Atlantic this April 1st.

Sources: Cultfix, IMDb


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