A look back at Season 3 in The Politics of Power
By Ours is the Fury on in Interview, Recap.

It’s just 25 days and counting until the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones, and HBO has released a helpful recap to refresh viewers’ memories. In the 25-minute-long featurette “The Politics of Power,” we take a look back at the pivotal events of season 3 that shaped the shocking twists and turns of the show’s world. The footage is interspersed with interviews from cast members such as Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and more.

Ours is the Fury: Reliving season 3 is getting me revved up for the new season, that’s for sure. At the same time, it’s hard to believe we’re almost at the fourth season! Less than a month to wait now.


78 Comments

  1. BrotherJonas
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Hodor

  2. Shannon
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Hodor

  3. Taena
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Hod.. goddammit :P

  4. aoo
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    are we gonna see The BWB this season? haven’t seen them in any trailer

  5. Al Swearengen
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    aoo,

    I reckon a certain person from Tarth will bump into them near the end of the season.

  6. Greg
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait until the show surpasses the books.

  7. aoo
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    yeah, though i think it’s a bit early. but we’re probably gonna see LS whether it was with brienne or a Frey > is there any news on Beric’s actor returning? or has he been written off since LS will take his place?

  8. Greg
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    So I guess Ser Gerold Hightower did not exist in the show? Emilia said Barristan was “head of the Kingsguard” for her father Aerys.

  9. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I watched a little bit but decided I don’t like being told what I already know by actors who look like they can’t wait to be finished saying lines that were just fed to them. It’s good for unsullied viewers who only watch each episode once, but otherwise, don’t see the point.

  10. Greg
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    Congratulations, you just stated the obvious. God this site is going downhill fast.

  11. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Greg,

    Does it really matter? This is on the level of Jaime squiring for Barristan instead of Arthur Dayne.

  12. Tirinesh
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,
    Oh dear.

  13. Ser Luke
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Taena,
    Hodoring ain’t easy.

  14. GerB40
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    I’ve read the books and I don’t know to whom you’re referring. In other words, dafuq u talkin bout??

  15. Ser Luke
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    GerB40,

    We think ASOS’s epilogue will be merged with the last Brienne chapter in AFFC.

  16. The Prince
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    GerB40,

    He’s talking about Brienne. A popular theory right now is she’ll have her encounter with Lady Stoneheart at the end of this season. Arguably for general audiences it will be a better way to introduce her than having a random Frey Meet her. Also completely cuts out a (largely considered dull) storyline from season 5, which is going to be packed as it is.

  17. Grynthaline
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    I like that the Hound puts on his badass voice mode before saying Beric Dondarrion’s name. :)

  18. Ser Luke
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Grynthaline,

    Best thing about the video, which is great. You should watch his audition video (if you haven’t already). I almost pissed meself.

  19. Ser Luke
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    BTW, 25 days!

  20. Sandor Claws
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    The Hound is representing! Which, of course, means he’s going to die. :`(

  21. BobbyAtomic
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Then somebody better call a gravedigger

  22. Auren
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if this could be considered relevant, but here goes… (both interviews were uploaded on the 11th).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LTCbl29cUE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRd-kjzgHzQ

  23. King Stannis
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap:
    I watched a little bit but decided I don’t like being told what I already know by actors who look like they can’t wait to be finished saying lines that were just fed to them. It’s good for unsullied viewers who only watch each episode once, but otherwise, don’t see the point.

    Here goes to another dramatic book reader who feels superior because they know the story. Cookies all around…..

  24. GerB40
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    The Prince,

    Aww yeah…. Right i get it now and I hope it works out like that. I can’t use spoiler tags so I’ll just say I agree:-)

  25. Ser Luke
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Auren,

    Love Gwen.

  26. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    King Stannis,

    Didn’t mean to come off that way. Obviously this was created for the unsullied, and that’s perfectly fine, and smart. Next time I’ll refrain from posting when I don’t have much to say on a topic.

  27. Darkstar is the key
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    So no one finds it weird that Winter posted on here every day, then one day he just up and quits with no warning, gives the site reigns to an unsullied. And said guy hasn’t posted or done anything with the website since?

  28. Qbert
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Easily the worst, most boring and hollow ‘special’ HBO has done for this show. It’s a 25-minute long “previously on Game of Thrones” prepper narrated without any insight or emotion. Waste of time. An unemployed fan could have made that video the week after S3 ended, and probably done so with a lot more drama.

  29. Ser Davos Seaworth
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Although I’m sullied I watched this anyway, and two big things I noticed are a) no mention of the ‘old Daario’ and b) no mention of gendry or the leeches. I think they’re trying to make the unsullied forget about the ‘old Daario’ as he’s been recast but them ignoring gendry leads me to suspect the bastard may never be returning to the show… Also the leeches were probably left out because they’re kinda spoilery

  30. House Ray
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Is there any info on Michelle coming back as LS? Any leaks?

  31. Annara Snow
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Ser Davos Seaworth,
    Nah. Gendry is not mentioned simply because he is not relevant to season 4.

  32. GG
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    House Ray,

    Hell no. That shit is locked down tighter than GRRM’s storytelling sphincter. Thank the Gods. Why ruin one of potential best twists of the season?

  33. clem
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    Is it me or did Emilia really called Barristan ser Sebastian Selmy ? xD

  34. Ser Pounce
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    I think this guy needs to get off his high horse. Please tell us more about how the actors in the tv show are stupid.

  35. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    Dragon poo. Dragon poo everywhere!

  36. KG
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    clem,

    No it’s Suhbarristan Selmy, just sort of blended together.

  37. Lollius Palicanus
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    No no no Emilia, Gerold Hightower was lord commander of the Kingsguard for your father.

  38. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    Lollius Palicanus,

    That actually might differ in show canon. Was Gerold Hightower ever mentioned in the show? No, and it would make sense to remove him and say Barry was Lord Commander in the show. We’ll have to wait and see about that.

    Or… Emilia made a simple mistake. She does read the books, so you can’t call her out on that, and it’s not like this isn’t an epically vast story that has hundreds if not thousands of minor characters. No need to get pissed at Emilia (I’m not talking to you specifically here, I know you aren’t necessarily “pissed”).

  39. Satin
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Annara Snow,

    Actually, Yara isn’t mentioned, either.

  40. Annara Ho
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Loved this. Khaleesi <3.

  41. Tori Targaryen
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Ser Davos Seaworth,

    lol yeah I noticed the lack of old Daario as well. Not a bad thing. Hope they don’t reintroduce Daario too obviously. “So DAARIO, that new hairdo really just… Changed your whole face!”

  42. Satin
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Tori Targaryen,

    I know it won’t happen, but I would love them to do the typical soap opera voice over once he appears: “The role of Daario Naharis will be played by Michel Huisman.”

  43. Ser Luke
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Ser Luke,

    And Sophie. :)

  44. Annara Snow
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Satin,
    I know, but I don’t see what that’s supposed to prove. They can’t retell every single thing from season 3 without the video being much longer. This is just supposed to remind people or bring them up to speed so they could more easily follow season 4. Nothing of huge importance happened to Yara in season 3, and one will not need to know anything special about her to follow her plot this season, except that she is Theon’s sister, which will be obvious anyway after she mentions her brothet Theon.

  45. jentario
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Tori Targaryen,

    “OMG, Daario, you grew that beaqrd really fast haven’t you?”
    This is so gonna happen. lol

  46. jentario
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Little birds are saying the first episode of season 4 has leaked online. I haven’t verified it myself, and don’t plan to (it will make the wait for episode 2 unbearable) but for those who ARE interested… The person who said it may very well be full of shit, though. It’s 50/50.

  47. Satin
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Annara Snow,

    it only proves that not everything appears in the special that might be important in Season 4. I’m pretty sure Yara’s trip to save Theon will be important, and that’s the part that needed reminding, not that she’s Theon’s sister.

    jentario,

    well, screeners have been out, apparently, so it’s not impossible I guess. Buuut I doubt it.

  48. Annara Snow
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Satin,
    I’m not sure why you think you needed to tell me that. I never argued that everything of note for season 4 is covered in this video, I argued that they weren’t going to cover things of no relevance for season 4 – such as what happened to Gendry, who we know is not in season 4; and that this says nothing about whether the character will reappear in a later season. Didn’t you just add more support to my argument, rather than the other way round?

    Anyway, they do not need to know that Yara wants to save Theon, because they will learn that when they see her trying to save Theon.

  49. Strider
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Al Swearengen:
    aoo,
    I reckon a certain person from Tarth will bump into them near the end of the season.

    From your keyboard to TPTB’ script, Al! I lay odds on being on the last ep and coming face to face with UnCat the last scene. This got me all excited for Season 4 again. LOL

  50. Ours is the Fury
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Darkstar is the key: So no one finds it weird that Winter posted on here every day, then one day he just up and quits with no warning, gives the site reins to an unsullied. And said guy hasn’t posted or done anything with the website since?

    Zack works on the website every day, but it’s largely behind the scenes handling the boring work that the commenters never really think about. (And you shouldn’t have to think about, if we’re doing our jobs right!) Also, the Game of Owns podcasts that you see being posted regularly on WiC are created and led by him, and you can hear his thoughts on Game of Thrones there. So yes, he has done quite a lot with the website since then. :)

  51. Ours is the Fury
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    jentario: Little birds are saying the first episode of season 4 has leaked online. I haven’t verified it myself, and don’t plan to (it will make the wait for episode 2 unbearable) but for those who ARE interested… The person who said it may very well be full of shit, though. It’s 50/50.

    Hmm I wouldn’t be surprised if it was true, to be honest. There are lots of screeners out to critics now. Or someone could have just written a very spoiler-y synopsis of a screener and that’s what’s floating around?

  52. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    jentario,

    Maybe Obama did it to boost his popularity.

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/11/president-obama-has-already-seen-game-of-thrones-season-four/

    Wouldn’t you demand early screening of your favourite show as president?

    jentario: The person who said it may very well be full of shit, though.

    Dragon shit maybe ;).

  53. Satin
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Annara Snow,

    I meant what I said. Not everything that is relevant will be in the special, so something not being in the special doesn’t mean it’s not relevant. Such as Yara’s journey to save Theon.

  54. queenofthorns
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Auren,

    Interviews with Gwen are ALWAYS relevant, I love her. Sophie too. :)

  55. Lyanna Targaryen
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    I would watch the cast of GoT read the phonebook, so this made my sullied heart happy :)

    I’ve also been rereading ASOS, AFFC, and ADWD again over the last few months, and it was good to get a recap of the tv show’s storyline.

    I’m one of those rare birds who respects the fact that the books and the tv show are two different animals. I love them each in their own way, and I wouldn’t enjoy either as much without the other.

  56. Abyss
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    OT: Just a quick question. Does anybody have any information about how the sales of the season 3 DVD/BD box set in the US went? The sales in the UK were apparently very good, but I can’t find anything about the US.

  57. Jimmy Snow
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2014/03/zap2its-social-media-showdown-vote-for-twitters-round-2-bracket.html

    Off topic, but go there to vote for Maisie Williams. Supernatural fans are pissing me off by constantly voting for Misha Collins so i would love to piss them off by having Maisie beat him

  58. Ser Luke
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink
  59. House Mormont
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Wait, Jorah, Grey Worm and Daario killed the slavers of Yunkai? Is that a mistake, weren’t they killing the few slave soldiers that wanted to fight?

    The whole point of the Yunkai storyline is that she leaves the slavers alive and they rally half a continent against her

  60. Valaquen
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    jentario:
    Little birds are saying the first episode of season 4 has leaked online. I haven’t verified it myself, and don’t plan to (it will make the wait for episode 2 unbearable) but for those who ARE interested… The person who said it may very well be full of shit, though. It’s 50/50.

    Where is this being rumoured? Stuff like this normally rouses 4chan from its slumber :p

  61. Abyss
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont,

    Of curse it is. Everything that has been said offhandedly in an interview should be taken with a grain of salt. It wasn’t established in the show.

  62. Annara Snow
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Satin,
    Again, I don’t see how that proves that Gendry will never come back since he was not in this video, which is what I was arguing against. We know that he is not relevant to this season, since the actor is not in this season. You haven’t proven or argued that characters who are not in this season would have to be in the recap if they are ever to reappear in some other season – so what are you arguing with me about?

  63. Tony
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Jimmy Snow:
    http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2014/03/zap2its-social-media-showdown-vote-for-twitters-round-2-bracket.html

    Off topic, but go there to vote for Maisie Williams. Supernatural fans are pissing me off by constantly voting for Misha Collins so i would love to piss them off by having Maisie beat him

    She is getting smashed. Sophie is getting smashed in the instagram category as well vs Emily Bett Rickards (who?) so she needs our help as well.

  64. Satin
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Annara Snow,

    oh. No, you misunderstood me completely.

    I don’t think that Gendry won’t be in this season. I know Joe Dempsie wasn’t on the press release, but neither were people like Barristan, Shireen, Gilly or Pod, and we know all of them will be back. That’s why I said “just because someone or something isn’t in the special, doesn’t mean they won’t be relevant.” I don’t think Gendry will be irrelevant this season (I mean, even if we say he won’t do more than drop back into his book storyline, a lot points to Brienne meeting LS at the end of the season, and that’s where he shows up again in the books. ).

    Sorry, I really didn’t get what you meant, and was getting a bit irritated.

  65. WildSeed
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    my jaw dropped at that one……

  66. jentario
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    It was a highly thumbed up YouTube comment that had a link but got deleted, and in the replies I didn’t see anyone who said it was fake. It was in one of GoT’s trailers. I can’t find it anymore, though.

    I actually think it was fake, though. It was just worth a look.

  67. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic,

    I like you.

  68. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Hand of the Kingslayer,

    Thanks, I like me too!

    But seriously, what is dragon dung like? A kind of guano, or more like manure? Who knows? I have a friend with a guano fetish, he’s batshit crazy (just kidding :)!

  69. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic,

    I could tell you what dragon poo looks like, but I’d have to kill you. And burry your body in dragon poo.

    It looks like cocoa puffs. Prepare to die. And be burried in cocoa puffs.

  70. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Hand of the Kingslayer,

    Thanks for making my day Hand, I can’t wait to see the rest of that big season opening moment where Drogon sprinkles his cocoa puffs all over the Red Keep :D.

    I hope they also explain how a dragon can eat nothing but charred meat and not have constant indigestion. I bet they have to regurgitate the bones in pellets like an owl.

    We should write a children’s book together, “Every Dragon Poops!”

  71. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic,

    Here is an excerpt:
    “…and as the dragon grows, the poop grows as well. At first, a young dragon would let out a small sprinkle of cocoa puffs but adult dragons are capable of releasing torrents of shit the size of boulders. It is said that Balerion the Black Dread, the biggest dragon of them all, could unleash an avalanche of poo that would fill the room in seconds. It was in that diahreah that the Iron Throne was forged, melded together by the brown substance…”

    Coming out in winter 294824852, as a tie in to The Winds of Winter.

  72. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Hand of the Kingslayer,

    ‘Guess I’ll do the illustrations then :D.

  73. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic,

    You will need many shades of brown. Use them wisely.

  74. JamesL
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    Youtube comment and link? It’s fake then, I see that all time with new movies in the trailer comments.

  75. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    JamesL,

    Yeah, I agree. Can’t find it. It probably deleted, or it just disappeared in a sea of comments. The comment looked rather serious, but a lot of them do. I call fake.

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