With HBO starting to promo the upcoming season, I thought it would be a good time to look ahead to season three and talk about the moments we are looking forward to seeing. We’re going to be doing this round-table style, so all of our writers (yes, that includes FaB!) will weigh in with their thoughts on what moments they are looking forward to most in the upcoming season.
Since all of these moments will be pulled from the book, you can expect HUGE spoilers in the following post. So only click through to the post and the comments if you have read A Storm of Swords!
Winter Is Coming: Ok, I will kick things off. The biggie is obviously the Red Wedding. Every single Ice and Fire reader remembers what their immediate thoughts were when they read this part in the book. It was shocking, gut-wrenching and so very Martin. The showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have talked before about how they’ve been looking forward to adapting this scene since they first started on the show, so I expect a faithful adaptation. And with the way the show has been able to successfully handle the big moments in past seasons (Ned’s execution, the birth of the dragons, Battle of the Blackwater, etc.) I fully anticipate that the Red Wedding will be just as impactful on screen as it was on page.
Ours is the Fury: Reading the Red Wedding was like getting a kick in the gut, and I’m hoping that same brutal effect will come across onscreen. One of my other favorite scenes in the entire book series will appear this season – Jaime returning to help Brienne after he’s been freed, and the two of them facing down a bear together. It’s a major turning point for Jaime Lannister’s evolution and their uneasy connection.
Hear Me Roar: If they nail the emotional side of the Red Wedding the way they managed with Baelor, we have a winner on our hands. Ideally, even the attentive fresh viewers should be caught unaware for maximum impact. Ah, the bearpit scene. I tried not to get too excited about that bit at first, since I suspected the production might want to take shortcuts and avoid handling bears, but since we heard the bear is in, I have been fully invested in the anticipation of this character-defining moment. My choice of the material I am looking forward to most may be slightly unconventional. Queenscrown. Alright, the place may be different or nondescript, but Jon’s escape in the stormy night, Bran’s party trying to avoid detection – and first and foremost the two storylines coming excruciatingly close together. Establishing links between the many different narrative strands is all important in making the sprawling world and the tale itself feel truly organic. I heard that Winter shares this view.
Fire And Blood: I have every confidence the Red Wedding will be handled excellently. Oddly, the first scene in A Song of Ice and Fire that actually made me sit up and go, “I need to see this story onscreen,” was Dany’s “Mhysa” moment:
“Mhysa!” they called. “Mhysa! MHYSA!” They were all smiling at her, reaching for her, kneeling before her. “Maela,” some called her, while others cried “Aelalla” or “Qathei” or “Tato,” but whatever the tongue it all meant the same thing. Mother.
It’s only part of what made A Storm of Swords, in my opinion, the best book in the series thus far, and it still gives me chills every time I re-read it. And I am pretty confident we’re going to get it on the show.
Winter Is Coming: As HMR said, the Queenscrown moment is one I’m really looking forward to. In the book we see everything from Jon’s point-of-view, but in the show they could get creative with how they cut back and forth between Jon and Bran controlling Summer. Another scene that should be exciting to see on screen? The Hound vs. Beric Dondarrion. Not just the fight itself (which will be epic what with a freaking flaming sword involved!) but it should be quite the creepy ending when Beric rises once again.
Ours is the Fury: After reading the interview with the show’s SFX floor supervisor about creating the flaming sword effects for Beric and Sandor’s duel, I’m really looking forward to that as well. I’m curious too to see what it will look like when Sam kills a White Walker with dragonglass. Finding another weapon that can be used against the White Walkers is a bright spot of hope; that and seeing how the Night’s Watch finally embraces Sam, as the Slayer.
Fire And Blood: I’m going to come right out and say I want to see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau naked and in a bathtub. Partly to make up for the fact that no one got to see Tom Wlaschiha naked and in a bathtub. There’s been a distinct lack of bathtubs following season 1’s awesome dragonsexposition scene with Harry Lloyd and his fabulously scarred nipple / Roxanne McKee and her distractingly well-placed strands of wet hair. (Seriously, go re-watch that scene. It’s brilliant.)
Hear Me Roar: Count me in for the Sam the Slayer scene! I bet his victim will be the White Walker from the S2 finale. One more scene to add: Jon and Ygritte in the cave. The previously established dynamics betweet the two characters promises a lot of fun, plus it will be refreshing to get a positive, non-exploitative sex scene. I am all the more looking forward to it since the stunning Grjótagjá cave has just been confirmed as a location they are using this year.
What moments are you all most looking forward to seeing?