So a lot of crazy things happened this season that probably left most viewers in shock and awe (and possibly depression). Having had read through the first four books I can honestly say that the third was by far my favorite. This should make most readers optimistic since the third season of GOT brought us to about half way through the third book. So lets go through the major locations in the story this season and talk about where they are and where they are possibly going. **no spoilers I promise**
Will start with the North and North of the Wall. The third season ends with John Snow splitting from the wildings he had sepnt the entire season with to finally return to the Nights Watch. This was a long time coming as many of you suspected I’m guessing. John Snow is far to noble to ever betray his brothers and break his oaths. John Snow now has what will likely be a difficult time as the wildling raiders that he had grown to like (and even love) are quickly approaching Castle Black to mount an offensive. With most of the Nights Watch still over the Wall or killed defending Castle Black this will not be an easy feat, not to mention the long awaited reappearance of the White Walkers. John Snow is fighting an uphill battle with a bum leg that does not look to promising. The third season leaves Bran following the three eyed raven through a tunnel in the Wall, with help from Sam, in an attempt to fulfill his so-called destiny. I won’t lie, Bran annoys the crap out of me and is super whiney. Also the Reeds are weird as shit. This was my least favorite story line in the book so I’m not going to say any more on it. The third, and I believe final story line in the North is that of Theon Greyjoy. His fate at the end of the third season is much more bleak then any of the other characters. Theon remains captive to the bastard of Roose Bolton and his sick perversions. With the removal of a certain appendage,no man ever hopes to lose, Theon is finally broken and takes the name Wreak. Lets just say Theon’s modified circumcision will likely not help his fate in the fourth season (or ever). Obviously the elephant in the room is the fate of Rob Stark his mother and the Tullys at the Red Wedding. Needless to say…… THEY’RE ALL DEAD………… are you ok yet? Get over it now you just have twenty million more reasons to hat the Lannisters and there are still a bunch of them left. Death is funny in a lot of ways, especially for the Starks (because it happens to all of them it seems like). Only a few Stark’s remain in the story, but I have a feeling they may turn out to be some of the most influential characters. They are all strong, smart, and most importantly seem to always know the moral high-ground, and take it. It is for this reason I think they will last despite the fact that their numbers are quickly depleting
Next will take on King’s Landing. Lots is going on here with the marriage of Joffrey and Margaret right around the corner tensions are high. Tywin Lannister continues to rule with an almost iron (or golden if you will) fist over the Seven Realms and King’s Landing. After successfully eliminating Rob Stark, and winning the war ,he only has one more foe to deal with (or so he thinks). Tyrion Lannister’s recent marriage to Sansa is a constant point of attention as pressures mount for him to provide a baby for his father. This is not an easy task since his wife is about 15 and his mistress is his wife’s handmaiden. The fates of Tyrion, Sansa, Tywin, Joffrey, and Margaret all seem pretty set in stone at this point in the story with things calming down in King’s Landing after ROb Stark’s death. The final characters I have yet to mention are Cersei and Jamie Lannister. They are finally reunited after most of the second and third seasons with a sort of awkward meeting at the end of the season finale. Their fate together seems slightly less secure with their father now living in King’s Landing. Cersei is clearly not ecstatic with Jamie’s return at the end of the season finale especially when she sees what has become of his hand. With the war for the most part over and the marriage of the king right around the corner, King’s Landing would seem to be entering a time of peace and prosperity.
Third will be Storm’s End and Stannis Baratheon. In a very interesting scene at the end of third season it is the Red Woman who ends up saving Davos Seaworth from Stannis’ wrath. After freeing Gendry to prevent his sacrifice, Davos admits to his crimes to the King and is sentenced to death. However, the Red Woman sees a need for Davos in the future if King Stannis is to be victorious. I just want to say right now that it is Stannis who has the most legitimate claim to throne (not saying he is who I want to see be king). With Joffrey being inbred and the Baratheons having won the throne by toppling the Targaryens, he would be next in line (if we forget about Gendry which everyone else has besides Stannis). Stannis’ fate at the end of third season is pretty cloudy. He clearly is still motivated to take the throne that is rightfully his, but a letter from the Nights Watch clearly shakes him in the season finale and may have altered his priorities.
The final location is across the Narrow Sea with many peoples favorite character Daenerys Stormborn, Mother of Dragons. After having just conquered Yunkai and freeing all the slave Dany is hailed as “mother” by the slaves. This seemingly justifies her decision to stay and conquer Yunkai rather then take the ships offered by Yunkai’s leaders and leave for Westeros. Things are certainly looking up for Dany and her ragtag group of exiles that’s for sure. I think many people are hoping to see her finally cross the Narrow Sea and take back the throne her family created in the next season. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if many people hope that she takes more baths in the next season as well.
All in all things in the world George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones are in utter turmoil especially with the loss of several main characters at the Red Wedding. With this season of GOT Martin showed that he was once again completely willing to make you grow to love characters before unceremoniously offing them. I think the only thing that came close to the emotion brought by the Red Wedding was Joffrey’s improv decision to cut off Ned Stark’s head. Although even that seems incomparable to the betrayal undertaken by Walder Frey. If anything is sure for the next season it’s that we can expect more twists and turns as we all try to figure out; Who will be next? Who will be king/queen when all the dust settles? and When will someone kill Joffrey already (am I right)?
Enjoy the summer because you know next year, right when you think the temperature is going to start going back up and all the snow is melting…………………… WINTER IS COMING!
– Jayto Descartes