Game Of Thrones: “Everyone is mine to torment”
Everyone’s favourite show of medieval mind games, political intrigue, multi-king monkey business – and of course dragons – Game Of Thrones is due to return in just over a month, and network HBO released the first official trailer (although we’ve had a few teasers) for this, the third season – and what a season it’s going to be. Check it out:
At the end of season two, which ended with the explosive “Blackwater” and the intriguing “Valar Morghulis” (“all men must die” in High Valyrian, Westeros’ version of Latin), a lot of people had died, others were in dire peril, and and more than one had made a significant boo-boo.
SPOILERS – IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED UP TO THE END OF SEASON TWO, STOP READING
From the top moving down: Jon “you know nothing Jon Snow” Snow had got himself captured by Wildlings north of the Wall; the Night’s Watch are about to get all kinds of whupping from the fabled white walkers and their army of reanimated dead people; Theon Greyjoy, who is rivalling King Joffrey in the utter bastard stakes, has got his comeuppance; Arya escapes from Harrenhall and parts ways with her mysterious friend; Robb disappoints his mother (possibly the biggest fuck-up); Stannis and his red witch get freaky in more ways than one; Tyrion lies scarred by an attempted murder and Joffrey carries on in his bastardly (literally) ways; and Dany gets all vengeful against several factions.
Anyone who has read the superlative books will know why season three is so important (the ending has the potential to be one of the best season-enders of any current show), but there’s a lot of great stuff to happen in between – some of which we get a glimpse of in the trailer, including what looks like some very well-cast characters. You’ve got Tormund Giantsbane (the big bad-ass ginger-bearded dude climbing an icy wall), Mackenzie Crook as Orell Skinchanger (essentially a composite of bit-part character Orell and Varamyr Sixskins), babyfaced Thomas Sangster (Love, Actually and Nanny McPhee) as the greensighted Jojen Reed, Ciarán Hinds as Mance Rayder, the Wildling King – and excitingly, Misfits‘ Iwan Rheon as an unnamed “boy”, rumoured to be a certain snowy bastard who, if you were in a room with him and Joffrey, and you had a gun with two bullets, you’d shoot him twice.
There’s a lot going on in the trailer, much of which would be considered spoilers if I went any further, but there are some lovely shots of CGI baby dragons flying near boats, Grandpappy Tywin Lannister counter-plotting, Catelyn getting all wrathful, Ser Jorah with ominous words about swords (readers will know the third book of the series is called A Storm Of Swords) and Joffrey declaring ”everyone is mine to torment”. Yeesh, talk about entitled.
Master of Whispers Varys ends the trailer darkly with “the revenge you want will be yours in time”. Whose revenge? When? How? And against who?
So many candidates, so little time.
Game Of Thrones returns on March 31st. Miss it at your peril.