Today (26 March 2013), the first episode of Game of Thrones’ season 3 was presented to the press in The Netherlands and MySeries was there! Many fans have been looking forward to the third season that will air in America on the 31st of March. Then again, season two ended almost a year ago, on the 3rd of June 2012. I, personally, find this first episode very good and I’m curious about the rest of the season. But first, let me refresh your memory in the next paragraph.
Many things have happened in the second season. Robb Stark is fighting for an independent North. Theon Greyjoy turned on the Starks but was eventually stabbed in the back by his own family. Joffrey is still on the Iron Throne, but his uncle, Renly Baratheon, also felt he had the right to claim the throne and he received help from House Tyrell. Tyrion Lannister arrived in King’s Landing to become the hand of the king, only to almost get killed during the Battle of the Blackwater and then to be put aside by his very own father. And then there is Stannis Baratheon, also still in it to win it, and he is being helped by Melisandre (Carice van Houten). In the meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen is still on Essos with her three dragons, Jon Snow is still a captive of the Wildlings, and the last episode ended with Tarly trying to hide from an army of White Walkers.
Season 3 starts only moments of where season 2 ended and it feels as if no time has passed in the meantime. The first episode starts with a black screen and the screeches of dragons, but the first images you actually get to see show Tarly finding a decapitated member of the Night’s Watch only to find himself in danger right afterwards. In this episode, we also get to see what is going to happen to Jon Snow. He arrives at the camp of the Wildlings and here he will have to convince Mance Raydar (Ciarán Hinds, Political Animals), The King Beyond the Wall, a character that we had only heard of thusfar, of his loyalty towards the Wildlings. I’m very curious how things will play out for him in the following episodes.
Something I’ve noticed in this episode is the vast amount of humour. There are loads of jokes and funny moments in this episode. Many of them are the scenes containing Tyrion Lannister (I already found him funny in the previous season), who is angry at his father and sister because they seem to take his efforts taken at the Battle of the Blackwater for granted. Moreover, he’s going to claim something of which he feels he is the rightful owner, but this will only provoke even more incomprehension. The Lannisters should watch their backs with Tyrion around, because he’s not going to take this much longer.
In the meanwhile, Joffrey is still the King and supports his Queen-to-be, Margaery. It feels like he doesn’t really know how to interact with her. Even though it seems like her only occupations involve charity work and that she’s only trying to get the support of the people, I feel that there is a big hidden agenda that involves ceasing the throne. We also get to see Daenarys and her three dragons who are growing up very quickly. She continues her quest for an army. There’s humour, even with this quest, though there is also some tension building up. What kind of tension and what kind of humour I’m talking about is something you are going to have to find out by yourself when the episode finally airs.
I find this a very successful first episode and I’m very curious about what is to follow.