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.
The massacre’s mastermind is revealed to be Tywin Lannister, who rewards House Frey with the Seat of Riverrun and appoints Roose Bolton as Warden of the North.
Theon learns he was surrendered by his men in return for safe passage from Winterfell and that his captor is Ramsay, Bolton’s bastard son. Against Balon’s wishes, Yara leads a mission to rescue Theon.
Arya and the Hound kill some Frey soldiers mocking Robb’s death.
Jaime and Brienne arrive in the capital where Jamie is reunited with Cersei.
Sam and Gilly encounter Bran’s party and Sam gives them dragonglass weapons. Sam returns to Castle Black with Gilly. Maester Aemon has Sam send ravens to alert the Seven Kingdoms about the White Walkers.
Ygritte finds Jon and shoots him with three arrows, deliberately only wounding him. He escapes, returning to Castle Black.
In Dragonstone, Davos helps Gendry escape; Stannis forgives Davos, then heads north to aid the Watch against the White Walker threat.
In Essos, the freed Yunkai slaves receive Daenerys as their “mother”.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): David Nutter.
- Writer(s): David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
- Release Date: 09 June 2013.
- Running time: 50-60 minutes (approximate, per episode).
- Rating: 15/18 (depends on season).
- Country: US.
- Language: English.