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Game of Thrones: Season 3[1] is the third season of Game of Thrones. It consists of ten episodes. It premiered with "Valar Dohaeris" on March 31, 2013 on HBO, and concluded with "Mhysa" on June 9, 2013. It is based on the first half of A Storm of Swords, the third novel of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.


The third season of HBO's smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning Best Drama Series Game of Thrones - an epic story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph.[1]


Season 3 spans several months on a world where the seasons can last for years at a time. Autumn has fallen across the world, with winter not far behind. The people should be preparing for years of snow and ice, but the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros instead remain gripped by civil war. Would-be king Renly Baratheon has been assassinated, altering the alliances in the war. The cruel boy-king Joffrey Baratheon has won a great victory by securing an alliance with House Tyrell, with his supporters defeating his uncle Stannis in an epic battle. Joffrey now commands the largest armies in the realm and his triumph appears inevitable.

King Robb Stark remains in the field, however his homeland, the North, is partially under Ironborn occupation. Robb needs to decide on a course of action to win an overall victory. He must also win back the allegiance of House Frey, whom he has offended by breaking his marriage pact with them. King Robb has won every battle he has fought, but as with old King Robert, the Starks will have to see if good soldiers make good kings.

Stannis Baratheon may be defeated and most of his army destroyed or scattered, but he is not out of the fight yet. Having retreated to his headquarters on Dragonstone island with his handful of surviving soldiers, Stannis' status as the last legitimate heir to his older brother Robert still casts a shadow over Joffrey's claim to the throne. With the priestess Melisandre at his side, Stannis can still influence the course of the war by striking where least expected.

The lives of many others still hang in the balance. Bran Stark and his protectors must cross the frozen wastelands of the North to reach the Wall, while Arya must brave the war-torn Riverlands in search of her mother and brother. Brienne of Tarth also has the thankless task of escorting the captive Jaime Lannister home across hundreds of miles of battlefields and carnage. Theon Greyjoy must face the consequences of his actions at Winterfell. And in King's Landing both Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark must brave the currents of a much more dangerous court in order to survive.

On the eastern continent, Daenerys Targaryen has fled the political viper-pit of Qarth. Her dragons are growing and her fame is spreading, but to take the Iron Throne she will need supporters and an army. Both may be found in the corrupt cities of Slaver's Bay... for a price.

Beyond the Wall, the White Walkers are on the move, threatening both the Seven Kingdoms and the lands of the Free Folk. While the Night's Watch faces the threat of the White Walkers in the field, Jon Snow must infiltrate the wildling army of Mance Rayder and discover the King-Beyond-the-Wall's plans.


Episode Image Title Air date
1[9] GOT301 "Valar Dohaeris"[9] March 31, 2013[3]
2[10] GOT302 "Dark Wings, Dark Words"[10] April 7, 2013[3]
3[13] GOT303 "Walk of Punishment"[13] April 14, 2013[3]
4[14] GOT304 "And Now His Watch Is Ended"[14] April 21, 2013[3]
5[11] GOT305 "Kissed by Fire"[11] April 28, 2013[3]
6[15] GOT306 "The Climb"[15] May 5, 2013[3]
7[12] GOT307 "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"[12] May 12, 2013[3]
8[17] GOT308 "Second Sons"[17] May 19, 2013[3]
9[16] GOT309 "The Rains of Castamere"[16] June 2, 2013[3]
10[18] GOT310 "Mhysa"[18] June 9, 2013[3]


Main page: Game of Thrones: Season 3/Cast


Guest starring[]






The series again filmed primarily in Northern Ireland,[19] and also returned to Iceland and Croatia.[20] The production also added Morocco to the locations roster.[20]The production expanded to three production units, adding a new "Raven" unit to the existing "Dragon" and "Wolf" units.[21]

Production in Croatia continued to use the walled medieval city of Dubrovnik to film external scenes for King's Landing, and Iceland was again used to film scenes set in the frozen lands that Jon Snow and the Night's Watch encounter Beyond the Wall. Production in the new location of Morocco filmed Daenerys Targaryen's new storyline in Slaver's Bay as well as some King's Landing exterior shots.

The scene from the episode "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" during which Brienne of Tarth is thrown into a bear pit at Harrenhal involved a real trained stunt bear, Bart the Bear 2. Due to are various legal restrictions on international transport of large animals such as bears, parts of this scene were technically filmed in Los Angeles in the United States.[22] A duplicate of the bear pit set was created in a Los Angeles studio parking lot: only Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) were brought in to film, with no extras. Both actually did film with the bear in the set.[23]

Filming in Season 1 included locations in Northern Ireland and Malta, but filming did not return to Malta in subsequent seasons. The Targaryen storyline in Pentos was filmed in the Maltese presidential palace (as well as a few other scenes for King's Landing). Maltese officials were reportedly annoyed that a nude scene was filmed in the palace (Daenerys's bath in the first episode), which may have influenced why production did not return to that country.

Season 2 expanded to film in Croatia and Iceland, and filming continued in those two countries through Season 3 and Season 4. In Season 3 production expanded to Morocco, but did not return to Morocco for Season 4.

The result is that the production on Season 3 was a monumental, international effort involving units and cast members which were filming simultaneously in four separate countries. The series has filmed in five countries overall, but filming in Malta ended before production expanded to the other three countries. This number increases to six if one counts the footage of the actor-bear used in Season 3. Because filming did not return to Morocco in Season 4, this makes Season 3 the most widespread international filming project that the TV series has engaged in to date.


The episode "The Rains of Castamere" won the 2014 Hugo Award for "Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form". The Season 2 episode "Blackwater" won the same award the year before. Season 1 was nominated differently: instead of selecting a single episode for "Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form", all of "Season 1" was nominated in the separate category "Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form", and it won the award. Afterwards it was decided to shift to nominating an individual episode from each season in the "Short Form" category. Therefore the win by "The Rains of Castamere" makes this the third year in a row that Game of Thrones has won the top award it was nominated in at the Hugo Awards.[24]

Home video[]

Season 3 of Game of Thrones was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States on February 17th, 2014. The set includes all ten episodes of the season and a number of extra features.[25]

HBO announced the release date for home video considerably earlier than normal, offering fans a chance to vote for alternate packaging designs on their Facebook page.[26] In addition to the standard edition, fans could choose between a repeat of the alternate packaging from Season 1, featuring the sigils of Houses Stark, Lannister and Targaryen; character-based images, featuring Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen; or a new set of house sigils, featuring House Baratheon (as led by King Stannis), House Tully or House Tyrell.[27]

In the books[]

Main page: Differences in adaptation/Game of Thrones: Season 3

The season generally follows the third novel A Storm of Swords, and also consists of scenes based on the second, the fourth and the fifth novels.



Behind the scenes[]


Recap Show[]

Roast Joffrey[]





  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Game of Thrones: Season 3. HBO. Retrieved February 25, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Game of Thrones. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 GAME OF THRONES (HBO). The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 23, 2023.
  4. Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season (2014).
  5. Jacob Klein (June 24, 2013). Game of Thrones Season 3 Blu-Ray & DVD Release Date Confirmed. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 6.25 6.26 6.27 6.28 6.29 Game of Thrones: Season 3, Episode 1: "Valar Dohaeris" (2013).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Game of Thrones: Season 3, Episode 2: "Dark Wings, Dark Words" (2013).
  8. Game of Thrones: Season 3, Episode 3: "Walk of Punishment" (2013).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Valar Dohaeris. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Dark Wings, Dark Words. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Kissed by Fire. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 The Bear and the Maiden Fair. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Walk of Punishment. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 And Now His Watch Is Ended. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 The Climb. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 The Rains of Castamere. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Second Sons. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Mhysa. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  19. Northern Ireland Screen article about season 3
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Cinematographer Eyes Irish Project", North Shore News
  21. Winter is Coming
  22., January 28th, 2013.
  24. Game of Thrones Wins Hugo Award.
  25. Winter is Coming
  26. HBO's Facebook page
  27. Winter is Coming


  1. In "Winter Is Coming," which takes place in 298 AC, Sansa Stark tells Cersei Lannister that she is 13 years old and Bran Stark tells Jaime Lannister that he is 10 years old. Arya Stark was born between Sansa and Bran, making her either 11 or 12 in Season 1. The rest of the Stark children have been aged up by 2 years from their book ages, so it can be assumed that she is 11 in Season 1. Arya is 18 in Season 8 according to HBO, which means at least 7 years occur in the span of the series; therefore, each season of Game of Thrones must roughly correspond to a year in-universe, placing the events of Season 3 in 300 AC.

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