This article features the third season of the epic American fantasy television series Game of Thrones which premiered on HBO from March 31 to June 9, 2013, on Sundays at 9:1 p.m. Consisting of ten episodes2 lasting approximately 55 minutes, it covers the first half of the third volume, A Storm of Swords, of the fantasy saga A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.
After the battles of the previous season, the conflict subsides: less fighting and more diplomacy. As the war continues between the forces of the North under the banner of Robb Stark and those of the King and the Lannister family, the focus is on alliances between the various factions vying for power. Joffrey prepares his marriage to Margaery Tyrell, Tywin Lannister arranges prestigious weddings for his two available children and Robb must offer his uncle's hand in hope of regaining the support of House Frey after breaking his word and breaking off his engagement with the one of his daughters.
Meanwhile, Stannis despairs in Dragonstone, for while Melisandre offers him powerful magic to conquer the Iron Throne, his loyal Davos does everything to avoid a cruel sacrifice. Theon suffers the worst tortures at the hands of a strange character who refuses to reveal his name to him. Brienne and Jaime Lannister continue their journey to Port-Réal in a devastated region, their relationship strengthening over the course of events.
Arya travels the Conflans with curious companions, in particular Thoros of Myr and Béric Dondarrion, the leader of the Brotherhood without Banners, honest in their way and interested in the ransom it represents.
Jon joins and infiltrates the wildlings to cross the Wall with them and yields to the charms of the redhead Ygritte. His heart, however, remains true to his oath to the Night's Watch. Bran and Rickon travel north, joined by two swamp children who pass on their knowledge about dreams and the connection to their wolves.
Daenerys continues her journey on the continent of Essos. After pillaging Qarth and securing a ship, she arrives in sight of the city of Astapor, where she intends to secure the army that will allow her to retake the Seven Crowns.
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Richard Madden as Robb Stark
Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont
Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen as Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish
Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth
Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon
Carice van Houten as Melisandre
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly