The third season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones premiered in the United States on HBO on 31 March 2013 and concluded on 09 June 2013.
It was broadcast on Sunday at 9:00 pm in the US, consisting of 10 episodes, each running approximately 50-60 minutes.
The season is based roughly on the first half of A Storm of Swords (the third of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin, of which the series is an adaptation). The series is adapted for television by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.
HBO renewed the series for a third season on 10 April 2012, nine days after the second season’s premiere. Production began in July 2012. The show was filmed primarily in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco.
King’s Landing hosts Tyrion and Sansa’s wedding. Cersei shows her displeasure toward Margaery and Loras. At the wedding feast, Tyrion gets drunk and causes a scene. Tywin demands that Tyrion quickly produce a Lannister heir, but Tyrion later assures Sansa their marriage will only be consummated with her consent.
Sandor tells Arya they are heading for the Twins to ransom her to Robb.
Stannis releases Davos, demanding he respect Melisandre. She arrives in Dragonstone with Gendry, whom she seduces to extract his blood using leeches. In a magical ritual, Stannis casts the blood-filled leeches into a fire while naming three usurpers: Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, and King Joffrey.
Daenerys learns that Yunkai has employed mercenaries called the “Second Sons”. One of their handsome lieutenants, Daario Naharis, kills the other leaders and pledges the company’s loyalty to Daenerys.
Sam and Gilly are attacked by a White Walker, which Sam destroys with the dragonglass dagger.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Michelle MacLaren.
- Writer(s): David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
- Release Date: 19 May 2013.
- Running time: 50-60 minutes (approximate, per episode).
- Rating: 15/18 (depends on season).
- Country: US.
- Language: English.