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Season 3 Alternate Cover Art

HBO has announced the results to their fan vote on the season 3 box set alternate cover art. And to no one’s surprise, they will be re-releasing the Stark, Targaryen and Lannister packaging as this year’s alternate art.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season will go on sale on Feb. 18 in the US. These alternate cover editions will be available exclusively at Best Buy here and at select international retailers.

Winter Is Coming: Too bad that amazing Stannis box art didn’t win. Hopefully they will release it at some point in the future. Which cover will you be snagging come February? One of these three or the standard edition?

122 Comments

  • I still think the standard edition with the dragon shadow is awful. They could’ve done so much better. I’ll probably get the Targaryen cover.

  • Pretty disappointing for collectors. I never picked up Targaryen for season 1, so I guess I’ll get that one

  • It’s so boring to see the same three families/groups of characters all the time. Sadly the results of this vote won’t convince HBO to give a little more attention to others. It would’ve been nice to see a Tyrell cover. I guess I’ll just get the (ugly) regular dragon one. I wouldn’t go out of my way to get any of these three.

  • Yeah, Targaryen for S3 makes the most sense to me. That really was Dany’s season. I’ve got Greyjoy for S2 because of all the Theon, and I like the Ned on a chair one for S1.

  • Im getting the Stark one, since I dont have it from season 1, but this is stupid. Why release the same 3 covers that are already available instead of some new ones?

    I really want that Stannis one.

  • Got Targ and Lanny already so have no choice but to go with Stark. Bitter sweet, wouldn’t have felt right to not have Stark in the collection, but it’s going to be disappointing if we don’t get that Stannis cover for season 4

  • I can see them re-releasing the first season ones, but there should at least be a third new option. Then next year release the two season 2 ones and a new option.

    Buuuut, I will be getting the Targaryen since I got Stark for season 1. I just hope next year there is a new option.

  • These would be great Christmas gifts……..oh wait HBO doesn’t have the common sense to release them before Dec 25th smh.

  • Oh well. Guess it doesn’t really matter much to me since I won’t be getting it on Best Buy anyway.

  • Honestly, I can’t say I’m disappointed.

    I will be happy to have Season 1 Starks, Season 2 Lannister and Season 3 Targaryen covers. Hopefully the house covers will continue and next time I will be happy to vote for the other houses, but this time I wanted to have the 3 most important houses covered.

  • Al Swearengen:
    These would be great Christmas gifts……..oh wait HBO doesn’t have the common sense to release before Dec 25th smh.

    Yeah we know :'(

    Still, that’s just the way it is.

  • I’m disappointed the Stannis/Tyrell/Tully ones didn’t win as I would have picked up both Stannis & Tully. But I’ll be getting the Stark cover because the standard cover is so bleh. And depending on what’s in the Amazon Exclusive Limited Edition I might get that too.

  • I’ll get a special edition cover when they release a pink House Bolton one.

    Which will never happen.

  • It does give a chance for people to snag a cover of all the main houses… Hopefully the Stannis one will happen next year, though.

  • Lannister for me. I got Stark for season 1, Greyjoy season 2. I figure Targaryen will be featured again at some point.

    Alas, it doesnt look good for a traditional Baratheon sleeve re-issue. the yellow with the black stag was cool

  • Where’s House Manwoody, House Locke, House Blackwood?!

    NO ONE UNDERSTANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But seriously the Stannis one was best. The coolest would be Bolton. And on the back it would have Roose giving you the finger while smirking.

  • booooooooooo. wish people would vote on the merits of the cover and not just which houses they like. The other covers were more interesting >.>

  • Kind of lame, but hopefully they’ll use Stannis, Tyrells, etc. for season 4 or 5. I got Stark for season 1 and Lannister for 2, so I guess I gotta go with Targaryan for 3.

  • I’m going to sound like a book snob here, but I don’t really care.

    To many TV only people really don’t get this story, or for that matter care about anyone other than these 3 families and the characters from those families. Which is disappointing, but whatever. Have to get used to it I guess because it’s not likely to change.

  • Having a Stark cover for season three is just dumb. Not one good thing happened to any of them.

  • All the complaints are ridiculous, IMO. Yeah, the Stannis boxset was cool. But why would you want it for Season 3, when he did nothing? And do you really want a Tully boxset? A Tyrell boxset? No thanks. There are three perfectly good covers here, representing three of the most important families, and there are only three seasons so far. I don’t see the problem.

  • No kraken? They will pay the iron price for that. hehe. Though I like the other two I think it’ll be Lannister for me.

  • Lex,

    Because what the character did during the season is meaningless when determining which box art is best? >.> One could use the same sort of reasoning to say that we shouldn’t want Stark art because all they did was get shit on this season. And the “most important families” argument is shit as well, as Daenerys is off pissing in a corner, contributing nothing to everyone else’s story.

  • I’ve gotten the standard edition for the previous two seasons but this years one is just hideous so I might try and obtain a House sleeve for my previous two Blu-Ray’s and get the Targaryen one for Season 3.

    In a perfect world my collection would have these covers to show the main characters/events of each season:

    Season 1: Stark Cover
    Season 2: Greyjoy or Stannis Cover
    Season 3: Targaryen Cover
    Season 4: Lannister Cover

  • However, I will admit that part of my irritation at another Targaryen cover is probably coming from Daenerys after she gets the unsullied. I already don’t get the gigantic circle jerk around her character, as I find her quite irritating, and her choices post Astapor sacking up until the dragon taming in book five made me tire of her very quickly. I also don’t care for Emilia’s portrayal. And that started before I even read the books (season 2).

  • Damn, I really wanted the Tully cover :(

    I’ll probably get the Targ, since I got the Stark for 1st.

  • I already have Targ (S1) and Lannister (S2) so I may as well go with Stark this season.

  • This is why democratic decisions should never be done over facebook. We should be getting the Tully, Tyrell and Stannis covers this time around.

  • The whole idea of collecting different boxes for the same set of discs seems weird to me – only reason I ever look at the box art is to make sure I didn’t grab the wrong season. But I’m not judging, just uninterested. I’ll be getting the standard set I guess, ’cause I imagine I’ll be able to find a cheaper preorder deal on those sometime before they release.

    Then I can spend the money I saved to help bring my collection of Dark Sword GRRM Masterworks miniatures up to date. Well, *more* up to date, anyhow…

    I fully realize that most people will find this even more weird than I find collecting disc boxes. They might be right.

  • not that big of a deal since these are the 3 main houses and it’s only been three seasons. if it’s the same three next year, well that’s a different story. as for me, i’ll roll targ this time since i got the starks for season 1.

    i hope we see a bolton and martell cover in the near future.

  • I have the Lannister cover from season 2 but missed out on the Stark/Targaryen covers in season 1. I’m not sure which cover I’ll get. The Targaryen cover looks cooler, but I like the Starks more than Daenerys. I wish there was a way to acquire just the sleeve so I could have all 3 of these house sigil covers.

  • …Wow. Kind of super ultra disappointed. But it’s like the little cutesy figures. The majority will fall on the more obvious fan favorites. :P

    I really hope they make the other covers available. They were so well done.

  • I hate the regular box cover for this season, so it really depends on how much more this ends up costing over a preorder at Amazon. I would get the Targ cover because it’s black like the first two normal covers.

    You know when the series is over there’s going to be an ultimate box set with all the different family covers. Plus they’ve thrown in that ugly mismatched normal cover this season to make the set look stupid so you want to buy the box set later.

  • I won’t even be getting these on best buy, but I’m still disappointed that the same three houses are represented again and there’s no love for others like Tyrells and Tullys. This makes me especially sad cause it was done based on a vote and it really shows what mainstream fandom cares about… like can’t you love anyone who isn’t Dany or a Stark?

    Fuck, I should really learn to take things less personally.

  • I’ll just be getting the standard vanilla cover, same as I’ve done in the past. Not because I really want to, but because I just can’t afford to buy 3 sets. Yes 3, because my completist collector mentality wouldn’t allow me to pick one over the others. Still, I would’ve preferred the new houses in general, since the old standby’s had been offered in the past. Ah well.

  • Terrible!

    Where’s Baratheon? Tyrell?

    Terrible. The only one I don’t have is boring Targaryen, so I’ll get that one.

  • The season 3 dragon shadow poster/box set cover seems to get a lot of hate, but i think it looks awesome. There’s a kind of simplistic purity to it that i really like.

  • Yeah, that is the expected winners as said, but to me, the Tyrell/Tully/Baratheon blew away the other contestants by far. I would really have liked a Team Stannis or Tyrell box.

    Oh well, at least they are still way better than the face covers.

  • Well this is fucking stupid. Why people would vote for something that has already been done is beyond me.

  • OhDanyBoy:
    Yeah, Targaryen for S3 makes the most sense to me.That really was Dany’s season.I’ve got Greyjoy for S2 because of all the Theon, and I like the Ned on a chair one for S1.

    Same, Ned on a chair, Kraken of Grejoy. And red dragon on a black field. Though I would prefer a black dragon on a red field ;)

  • I don’t know why I come to the comments section anymore for things like this. All I see is people shitting on Daenerys as usual.

  • is it so shocking that ppl voted to have the chance to buy one of the 3 main houses for the first 3 seasons

    Did you expect ppl to have bought two versions of s1 to have gotten both stark and targ? after this year the people who went for the “main” houses will have one for the first 3 seasons. Next year you can whine about people not voting for a new set of covers.

  • matty,

    You can buy the old set covers for $1 online. The argument is legitimate. People will now have to wait atleast 2 years for a new cover

  • This is bull#$%$^. It was just a popularity contest of the Houses. The people who voted for this are not going to go out on day 1 and buy the Sygil cover Blu Ray.

  • Starfish,

    I can only speak for myself but I loved Dany in a storm of swords. Danys detractors probably associate her with her ADWD arc. I can’t blame them as I admit she made extremely frustrating decisions there. I see potential/excitement for her in TWOW. I just hope Victorian gets her the hell out of Mereen

  • well too bad… the people voted and we are getting what we want.. vote more next time if it really matters to you whiners

    and dont give me this 1 dollar BS, sure you can buy a fake ass one if you want.. but check ebay 1 dollar my ass

  • I have the regular covers for season 1-2, because I really liked both of them. Never was a fan of the dragon silhouette for the season 3. I thought the face alternate covers were pretty cool, was gonna get the Tyrion one if they offered that. The Tyrell house one looked cool as well (not that they did anything in season 3) but I like green. Plus it would sorta match the fact that book 3 has a green cover.

    Oh well, most people on FB are clearly not the brightest crayons in the box. Probably get the Stark one now. (The Direwolf head does make some sense for this season)

  • I voted for the Tyrell, Baratheon and Greyjoy covers as those were new and exciting. These are just boring.
    I’ll probably get the Targaeryn one, though I would’ve loved the Tyrell one.

  • I always get the standards. I’m not a fan of the standard this year at all though so I may replace it with the similarly-themed Targaryen special.

  • I really dislike the standard cover for season 3. I had the standard covers for the first two and they had a black motif, now for some reason they are releasing one with a white motif?

    Maybe I will take this opportunity to get the Targaryen cover, then.

  • I wanted the Stannis one obviously from my name. Oh and if you don’t like people pissing on Daenerys you should probably get used to it, there are going to be a lot more as the seasons come out as this was her one season of badassdom.

  • Well this is disappointing, sigh, I guess I will have to get the wolf now, (already have the dragon and lion). My ocd when it comes to blu ray sets will be upset with the stupid Stark wolf’s neck wrapping around to the spine of the box, but that is my problem I will have to deal with haha.

    I hope the Stannis box is released for season 4, it also ties into the story what with his big damn hero moment towards the end of the season

  • Why is anyone surprised that these were the winners when it was a Facebook vote?

    I bought S3 on iTunes. Will hold off buying any physical formats until after the final season in however many years from now :)

    I liked the suggestion above that the eventual box set of the whole lot have one house sigil per season. Eight seasons would be easy, just have the seven great houses + Targaryen… if there’s nine, add Bolton!

    Oh, and regards those of us with a bit of OCD in regards to DVD spines on the shelf – I found this rather amusing. The complete set of Monk (at least it is if you bought it in Germany) on DVD – http://imgur.com/r/all/QB6IW

  • Starfish,

    you know, it’s always the same people who are shitting on her, especially on this site. Actually Dany is one of the most popular characters together with Arya, Tyrion and Jon. if you visit other fan sites, forums, or just talk to other communities you’ll notice that.
    it’s only this site and just a couple of people who post commentaries with other nick names. this is annoying but it’s the truth. i don’t care what they say on Winter is Coming, especially in the commentaries. but the news are great and the latest, that’s why i love this fan site.

  • Chickenduck,

    That’s horrifying.

    I actually hope to do the same and just get a huge box set. Here’s to hoping we’ll get a house per season! Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon (Stannis or no Stannis?), Greyjoy, Tyrell, Martell and Tully. If there’re 9 seasons the last should have a merged cover with all the competing houses’ sigils (because ending in Tully would be a tad anticlimactic).

  • Psychophante:
    The season 3 dragon shadow poster/box set cover seems to get a lot of hate, but i think it looks awesome. There’s a kind of simplistic purity to it that i really like.

    It was cool when they put it on buildings and in newspapers but just like that it is really plain and unimpressive. GoT deserves better.

  • Starfish:
    I don’t know why I come to the comments section anymore for things like this. All I see is people shitting on Daenerys as usual.

    Are you confused with Westeros.org? People here seem to be okay with Daenerys.

  • Stannis is only preparing to continue the fight in next season. They will bent the knee or will be destroyed.

  • Eleanor:
    wtf? Why rerelease when there were amazing new ones?

    The dummies should have mixed the great house covers with small houses (say, putting Stark, Stannis and Lannister together and Targaryan, Tyrell and Tully together. Either way, we would have won.

  • Tyrion Pimpslap:
    Turncloak,

    Please point me to where I can buy the S1 sigil covers.

    You’re right I couldn’t find the sigils online. I wonder how much my Greyjoy sleeve would sell for if I put it up online. I just hope they change the interior box art for season 3. They’ve used the same art twice now. Just lazy

  • Eleanor:
    wtf? Why rerelease when there were amazing new ones?

    Well… some people haven’t get them. Also there’s only been two seasons released and three sigils, so the people who voted for this probably want to complete their collection with their faves, so it does make sense.

    I’ve never gotten any of these since I usually preorder at amazon but since the dragon’s shadow is so dull i might get one of these instead. Can anybody tell me if best buy takes online orders and ships stuff? I never bought anything there…

  • STARK forever! Winter Is Coming, The North Remembers and all that good stuff! I’ve never purchased any of the special covers beforehand so I won’t mind getting the Stark themed one!

  • Sigil:
    Starfish,

    you know, it’s always the same people who are shitting on her, especially on this site. Actually Dany is one of the most popular characters together with Arya, Tyrion and Jon. if you visit other fan sites, forums, or just talk to other communities you’ll notice that.
    it’s only this site and just a couple of people who post commentaries with other nick names. this is annoying but it’s the truth. i don’t care what they say on Winter is Coming, especially in the commentaries. but the news are great and the latest, that’s why i love this fan site.

    Is there any reason why people can’t talk in a negative way about Daenerys? Yes, those are the top four most popular characters, but it’s all about personal taste. I don’t want her to win the Iron Throne, so I will certainly not defend her or anything. That’s how it goes. If everyone only liked those four characters, we’d have an issue of poor writing…when it’s exactly the opposite.

    I like the Greyjoys and the Team Dragonstone. It will probably end badly for all of them, but that won’t stop me from cheering for them. Or admitting when they are being nasty, like Euron.

  • Off topic, but does anyone know if Maisie Williams has finished filming season 4? She just posted something on twitter saying that she has just got home after three weeks and I was wondering if she only has a short story arc next season or if she has just returned home before going off to shoot somewhere else?

  • Season 1- Targaryen
    Season 2- Greyjoy
    Season 3- Stark

    IN MEMORY,

    THE NORTHERNERS WILL NEVA FORGET

  • I hate the default dragon cover so I’m actually thinking about getting one of these. This was a crappy season for the Starks (isn’t every season? LOL), good season for Dany, and great season for the Lannisters. I might get the Lannister one.

  • Red Hound,

    I’m not even sure Daenerys is one of the 4 most popular characters in the books. On the show she is the most popular, but based on the more book-centric websites/message boards I have read, I don’t think she is even in the top 5 or 6. Tyrion,Jon,Arya, and Jaime seem to be the top 4 most popular characters in the book fandom.

  • Off topic but can we please get some N.I. spy footage. Whatever happened to the great effort that garnered awesome spy pics from previous years, especially one and two. The spy work from Croatia and Iceland are running circles around our N.I. little birds.

  • Rygar,

    Hahaha awesome…

    Well a Ros and Shae box! And looks like that Charlotte Theon torture girl character is picking up the Ros mantle for season 4…

  • Especially since the Boltons dont use pink as their house color in the show. Its red and blue or somethin like that. But id totally rock a Bolton shirt if it said ‘a naked man has few secrets, a flayed man has none.’ And while they are at it, how bout Jamie with his best quote, ‘there are no men like me, there is only me.’
    Lonestarr1337,

  • Speaking of GoT merchandise…

    How cool and profitable would it be to design a chess set with a GoT theme.

    For now you can purchase the board and pick 2 of 4 chess set theme pieces to go with it:

    House Stark
    House Targaryen
    House Lannuster
    House Greyjoy

    Or for an additional price get all four.

    Also as the other houses emerge they can design those chess set themes as well…

    How cool would that be!

    HBO people if you’re reading this please start the process because I want a GoT chess set…

    Thanks!

  • Arthur:
    Speaking of GoT merchandise…

    How cool and profitable would it be to design a chess set with a GoT theme.

    For now you can purchase the board and pick 2 of 4 chess set theme pieces to go with it:

    House Stark
    House Targaryen
    House Lannuster
    House Greyjoy

    Or for an additional price get all four.

    Also as the other houses emerge they can design those chess set themes as well…

    How cool would that be!

    HBO people if you’re reading this please start the process because I want a GoT chess set…

    Thanks!

    Not a bad idea. Don’t know if it’s something HBO would come up with, but that’s the kind of idea someone could make themselves and sell on etsy… Potentially make a bit of cash too, although you might get sued.

    Maybe as long as you didn’t write House Stark or any character names on it, A good enough lawyer could argue that those “Wolf Pawns” are just generic wolves, not specifically House Stark Direwolves and that King with the beard is just a generic King with a beard, not specifically Ned…

    In the Lannister set, who’d be the king? Joff or Tywin?

    See these other links for details… the Risk one is fan-made, and I’m fairly sure the Monopoly is too? Or is Thronopoly a licensed product?

    http://io9.com/5801303/what-if-game-of-thrones-was-really-a-game-of-monopoly
    http://io9.com/5935824/a-homemade-game-of-thrones-risk-board-incest-not-included

    The more I think about it, I’d be surprised if someone hadn’t already done it at home.

  • Perhaps I will be lucky and Big W (an Australian store similar to Walmart) will release one of the alternative covers. For season two they did a yellow Baratheon limited edition cover, so you never know.

  • Solar: not that big of a deal since these are the 3 main houses and it’s only been three seasons. if it’s the same three next year, well that’s a different story. as for me, i’ll roll targ this time since i got the starks for season 1.

    i hope we see a bolton and martell cover in the near future.

    Agreed.
    But even if they decide to go with these next year it’ll be okay in my opinion, since there have been a few other alternatives like ned on the throne, hand holding crown and greyjoy’s sigil and probably others that I can’t recall. For the people who already have these three it would totally suck so they should keep the three designs maybe one more season plus a couple new ones as well. Maybe amazon could get these three next season while best buy gets the new designs.

  • Al Swearengen:
    These would be great Christmas gifts……..oh wait HBO doesn’t have the common sense to release them before Dec 25th smh.

    I know, right? No brainer on the Stark edition for Jen.

  • My birthday coincides with Thrones release, so I’ve been getting them as gifts. I’m a little upset that I missed the kraken box last year. This time it’ll be that awesome shadow dragon for me, as I’m not a fan of the direwolf symbol they created for the show, I already got the Targ box, and my fiance (purchaser of the gifts) wouldn’t be caught buying anything Lannister.