The Watchers On The Couch:Season 3, Part 1

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#TPTWP continue their Rewatch of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ and invite you to join in the Royal viewing of the Earth-shattering series. As John and SeannieWan prepare for the premier of Season 7, they look back on the entire series.

In Season 3, Robb Stark, the King in the North, is struggling to continue his war campaign; outnumbered in the Riverlands against the greater forces of House Lannister. The reason for calling the Northern banners and marching South in the first place is no longer the driving force behind the war and hasn’t been for quite some time. Some Northerners whisper that King Robb is attempting to carve himself out a larger kingdom in The Riverlands, as the major and minor noble Houses that paid fealty to the Tullys of Riverrun are now bending their knees to Winterfell.  Robb Stark has even married a young woman from The Riverlands, thus breaking the oath he gave to Lord Walder Frey and the marriage pact that sealed an alliance between The Freys of The Crossing and the North.

Daenerys Targaryen is leading her own campaign across the Narrow Sea in the lands and Free-Cities of Essos. Hers is a personal war against The Great Masters and the Slave Trade that has been the base for all economic and political standards in the strange continent since before The Doom of Valyria.

Season 3 finds Jon Snow, the Bastard of Winterfell, North of The Wall and struggling to keep his loyalty to The Night’s Watch as he slips deeper into a web of lies meant to deceive the Wildings and The King Beyond The Wall- Mance Rayder into revealing their plans to attack Castle Black and fight their way into Northern Westeros. 

House Lannister, meanwhile, sits comfortably at King’s Landing. Their conflict is now one of politicking and alliance. Lord Tywin has taken his Office of Hand to the King and is working diligently to set the Realm to rights. He sees The War of The Five Kings all but finished as far as combat and battles go, but Tywin Lannister knows that difficult and treacherous decisions must be made in order to end once and for all the rebellions against The Iron Throne and his grandson, The King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and The First Men and The Protector of The Realm- Joffrey Baratheon, First of His Name. 

The 3rd Season of HBO’s highest-rated program sees the show become a weekly event; discussed ferociously and passionately by the built-in fandom of A Song of Ice and Fire’ and the quickly growing fandom that knows only the adapted television program and has never read, nor has any intention to read the source material by George R. R. Martin. 

Although much of this Season seems to be problematic in pacing and plot points, a few events and one major sequence that immediately changed television history as it aired will captivate viewers and push ‘Game of Thrones’ to transcend from a fantasy-genre program to the epitome of ‘Must See Television’ in 2013 and beyond. With Season 3‘Game of Thrones’ becomes a benchmark program for premium cable network HBO and ushers into Modern Prestige Television a show that would be an obscure niche program just 5 years earlier.

– SeannieWan Kenobi for The Princes That Were Promised

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