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Game of Thrones
Season 3
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No. of episodes10
Original networkHBO
Original releaseMarch 31 (2013-03-31) –
June 9, 2013 (2013-06-09)
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The third season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones premiered in the United States on HBO on March 31, 2013, and concluded on June 9, 2013. It was broadcast on Sunday at 9:00 pm in the United States, consisting of 10 episodes, each running approximately 50–60 minutes.[1] 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).[2] The series is adapted for television by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. HBO renewed the series for a third season on April 10, 2012, nine days after the second season's premiere. Production began in July 2012.[3] The show was filmed primarily in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco.

The story takes place in a fictional world, primarily upon a continent called Westeros, with one storyline occurring on another continent to the east, Essos. Like the novel, the season continues the storyline of The War of the Five Kings: after the death of Renly Baratheon, all four kings in Westeros believe they have a claim to the Iron Throne, besides Robb Stark, who seeks vengeance for the death of his father, Ned Stark, and independence for the North. The season also features other storylines: Daenerys Targaryen begins her rise in power in Essos; Ned's illegitimate son, Jon Snow, goes undercover beyond the Wall; the other Stark children struggle to survive up and down Westeros, but Robb is killed; Jaime Lannister returns to the capital; and all of Westeros is informed of the reawakened threat of the Army of the Dead.

Game of Thrones features a large ensemble cast, including Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington. The season introduced a number of new cast members, including Diana Rigg, Ciarán Hinds, Nathalie Emmanuel and Iwan Rheon.

Critics praised the show's production values and cast. Viewership yet again rose compared to the previous season. It won 2 of the 16 Emmy Awards for which it was nominated; nominations included Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Dinklage), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Clarke) and Outstanding Drama Series. It also won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Series.


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [4]U.S. viewers
211"Valar Dohaeris"Daniel MinahanDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissMarch 31, 2013 (2013-03-31)4.37[5]
After the White Walkers' attack, the surviving Night's Watchmen, including Samwell Tarly and Jeor Mormont, pledge to return to the Wall and warn the Seven Kingdoms. Jon is brought before Mance Rayder, the "King beyond the Wall", and pledges his loyalty to the Wildlings. A scarred Tyrion Lannister attempts to negotiate Casterly Rock from Tywin, who offers lesser promises. Margaery Tyrell engages in charitable acts with King's Landing orphans. Littlefinger offers to help Sansa Stark escape King's Landing. Ros warns Shae to distrust Littlefinger. Davos is rescued by Saan, who wants to break ties with Stannis Baratheon. Davos returns to Dragonstone where he unsuccessfully tries to kill Melisandre and is imprisoned. She blames him for convincing Stannis not to let her join the battle. In Essos, Daenerys Targaryen arrives in Astapor to buy an army of brutally-trained mercenary soldiers called the "Unsullied". The Qarth warlocks attempt to assassinate her, but Barristan Selmy, a former Kingsguard commander, saves her and pledges his loyalty.
222"Dark Wings, Dark Words"Daniel MinahanVanessa TaylorApril 7, 2013 (2013-04-07)4.27[6]
Brienne continues escorting Jaime Lannister across the Riverlands to King's Landing. He engages her in a fight, which is interrupted by Bolton soldiers who capture them. Robb Stark receives news that Winterfell was sacked, and his brothers Bran and Rickon have vanished. Robb diverts his attention from the war against the Lannisters to attend the funeral of Hoster Tully, Catelyn's father, in Riverrun. This angers Rickard Karstark, who seeks vengeance against the Lannisters for killing his sons. Arya Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie also make for Riverrun, but are waylaid by the rebel group "Brotherhood without Banners". They stop at an inn, where the captured Hound exposes Arya's identity. Margaery and her grandmother Olenna, the "Queen of Thorns", persuade Sansa to describe Joffrey's deviant character. Theon Greyjoy is tortured by unknown captors. Bran, Rickon, Osha, and Hodor encounter siblings Jojen and Meera Reed, children of Stark bannerman, Howland Reed. Jojen, who shares Bran's strange dreams, tells Bran that he can enter animals' minds.
233"Walk of Punishment"David BenioffDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissApril 14, 2013 (2013-04-14)4.72[7]
Robb and Catelyn attend Hoster Tully's funeral in Riverrun. Tywin Lannister sends Littlefinger to the Eyrie to marry Lysa Arryn to secure her alliance, and makes Tyrion the new Master of Coin. Hot Pie is employed by the inn, while Arya and Gendry follow the Brotherhood. Learning of the massacre at the Fist of the First Men, Rayder sends Jon and a band of Wildlings to scale the Wall and attack the Watch while it is weakened. The surviving Night's Watch men return to Craster's Keep, where Gilly gives birth to a son. Theon is freed by an unknown man, who later rescues him again. Melisandre leaves Dragonstone, mysteriously stating that the blood of a king is required for victory. Daenerys barters for the 8,000 Unsullied and the translator Missandei in exchange for one of her young dragons, ignoring Barristan's and Jorah's advice. Jaime persuades his captor, Locke, to prevent Brienne being raped by claiming her father will pay a huge ransom; Locke agrees but he then severs Jaime's right hand without warning.
244"And Now His Watch Is Ended"Alex GravesDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissApril 21, 2013 (2013-04-21)4.87[8]
Theon's "rescuer" betrays him, returning him to the prison for more torture. After a failed escape attempt, Jaime believes himself lost without his sword hand; Brienne urges him to remain hopeful. Varys tells Tyrion how he became a eunuch, then shows him the sorcerer who castrated him, who is now his captive. He advises Tyrion to be patient for vengeance. At Craster's Keep, the surviving Night's Watchmen, starving, come into conflict with their host. Craster and Mormont are slain in the struggle, and Sam flees with Gilly and her new-born son. Arya and Gendry are taken to the Brotherhood's secret cave, meeting their leader, Beric Dondarrion, who later sentences Sandor "The Hound" Clegane to trial by combat with him. Margaery proposes that Sansa marry Loras, which Sansa finds agreeable, unaware he is gay. Daenerys meets with slaver Kraznys to trade one dragon for the Unsullied army. Once the deal is struck, she commands the Unsullied to kill all the slave masters, and has her dragon burn Kraznys; she frees the Unsullied, who willingly follow her.
255"Kissed by Fire"Alex GravesBryan CogmanApril 28, 2013 (2013-04-28)5.35[9]
Tyrion, knowing the Crown is deeply in debt to the Iron Bank, persuades Olenna to pay for half of the royal wedding. Sansa tells Littlefinger she wants to remain in King's Landing. Tywin discovers the Tyrells' intend to marry Sansa to Loras. To circumvent this, he plots to marry Sansa to Tyrion, and Cersei to Loras over both Lannister's objections. Stannis confesses his infidelity to his wife, Selyse, who says she knows and approves. Their daughter, Princess Shireen, sneaks into the dungeon to visit Davos and teaches him to read. The Hound is released after killing Beric in the trial by combat. Thoros resurrects Beric, using the Lord of Light's power. Gendry remains with the Brotherhood, who intend to ransom Arya to Robb. After being delivered to Roose Bolton, Jaime tells Brienne he killed "Mad" King Aerys Targaryen to prevent his destroying King's Landing with wildfire. Robb executes Lord Karstark after the latter murders two captive Lannister boys. With the Karstarks abandoning him, Robb hopes to make a new alliance with Walder Frey. Ygritte seduces Jon, who breaks his Night's Watch vows. Daenerys encourages the Unsullied to choose a leader among them; they choose Grey Worm.
266"The Climb"Alik SakharovDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissMay 5, 2013 (2013-05-05)5.50[10]
In King's Landing, Tywin coerces Olenna into an agreement to marry Cersei to Loras. Cersei admits to Tyrion that Joffrey tried to have him killed during the siege. Tyrion informs Shae and Sansa about his and Sansa's betrothal. Littlefinger tells Varys that he discovered Ros was Varys' informant and that Joffrey killed her. In the Riverlands, Melisandre buys Gendry from the Brotherhood, and foretells Arya that she will kill many people with brown eyes, green eyes, and blue eyes; she promises they will meet again. Having married Talisa, Robb strikes a new agreement with Walder Frey by giving him Harrenhal and having his uncle, Edmure Tully, marry a Frey daughter or granddaughter. Roose Bolton plans to send Jaime to King's Landing, but refuses to allow Brienne to accompany him. At an unknown location, the mysterious man continues torturing Theon. In the North, tension arises between Osha and Meera. Beyond the Wall, Sam continues his flight with Gilly, while Jon and Ygritte scale the Wall with two other Wildlings.
277"The Bear and the Maiden Fair"Michelle MacLarenGeorge R. R. MartinMay 12, 2013 (2013-05-12)4.84[11]
In the North, Jojen tells Bran they must not stop at Castle Black, but travel beyond the Wall to find the Three-eyed Raven; Osha warns them about the White Walkers. Jon and Ygritte's relationship deepens, angering jealous Wildling, Orell. After baiting him with prostitutes, Theon's torturer castrates him. Robb learns Talisa is pregnant. Arya escapes the Brotherhood, only to be captured by the Hound. Melisandre tells Gendry that his father was King Robert. Shae warns Tyrion that their relationship will end once he marries Sansa. Tywin and Joffrey discuss Daenerys; Tywin dismisses her as a potential threat. Daenerys reaches Yunkai and declares war on the city. Roose Bolton leaves Harrenhal for Edmure Tully's wedding while Jaime bids Brienne farewell as he departs for King's Landing. On the road, Jaime learns Locke has refused Brienne's father's ransom. He returns to Harrenhal to find Brienne in a pit fighting a bear. He saves her and they depart to King's Landing together.
288"Second Sons"Michelle MacLarenDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissMay 19, 2013 (2013-05-19)5.13[12]
King's Landing hosts Tyrion and Sansa's wedding. Cersei shows her displeasure toward Margaery and Loras. At the wedding feast, Tyrion causes a drunken scene. Tywin demands that Tyrion quickly produce a Lannister heir, but Tyrion later assures Sansa their marriage will never be consummated without 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 a dragonglass dagger.
299"The Rains of Castamere"David NutterDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissJune 2, 2013 (2013-06-02)5.22[13]
Sam, Gilly, and her son arrive at the Wall. While hiding in a tower during a thunderstorm, Bran enters Hodor's mind to prevent his revealing their hiding place to Wildlings below with his laments. Nearby, Jon refuses to murder a farmer, whom Ygritte kills; Jon is attacked by the other Wildlings but escapes. Bran uses his warg ability to save Jon, who kills Orell before escaping, leaving a furious Ygritte behind with chief Tormund. Osha, Rickon, and his direwolf, Shaggydog, depart for the Last Hearth, while Bran, Meera, Jojen, Hodor and Bran's direwolf, Summer, plan to go beyond the Wall. Daenerys sends Jorah, Daario, and Grey Worm to infiltrate Yunkai and open the city gate for her army. Yunkai slaves willingly surrender to her forces. Robb arrives at the Twins and apologizes to Walder for reneging on his agreement to marry a Frey daughter. Walder appears to accept his apology while Edmure marries Roslin Frey, Walder's sole pretty granddaughter. After the newlyweds leave the feast, Walder's men murder Talisa, the Stark bannermen, and Catelyn, while Roose Bolton, now a Lannister loyalist, kills Robb. Ser Brynden "Blackfish" Tully, Catelyn's uncle, survives, having excused himself from the feast just prior to the slaughter. The Hound and Arya arrive at the Twins during the massacre, but the Hound carries her to safety.
3010"Mhysa"David NutterDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissJune 9, 2013 (2013-06-09)5.39[14]
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 his men surrendered him in return for safe passage from Winterfell and that his captor is Ramsay Snow, Roose'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 King's Landing where Jamie is reunited with Cersei. Sam and Gilly encounter Bran's party and, unable to prevent them traveling beyond the wall, 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 to prevent his being sacrificed; 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".


Main cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

The recurring actors listed here are those who appeared in season 3. They are listed by the region in which they first appear:

The musicians Will Champion of Coldplay and Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol made cameo appearances,[16] and Bart the Bear 2 (a.k.a. "Little Bart") was the bear that fought in the pit at Harrenhal.[17]


Game of Thrones rapidly became a critical and commercial success after it started airing in April 2011. A few days after ratings for the second season's premiere, "The North Remembers", hit a series high of 8.3 million viewers,[18] HBO announced the show's renewal for a third season. Prior to that announcement, there had been rumors and reports[19] that showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss planned to shoot seasons three and four simultaneously. Benioff said that this would be very efficient, but impossible to write.[20]

The ten episodes of the third season are longer than the previous seasons', about 54 or 57 minutes as opposed to about 52.[21] The season's budget was reported to be around 50 million U.S. dollars.[22]


The third season is based on the first half of the novel A Storm of Swords. Benioff had previously said that A Storm of Swords would need to be adapted in two seasons on account of its length.[23] Benioff and Weiss also noted that they thought of Game of Thrones as an adaptation of the series as a whole, rather than of individual novels, which gave them the liberty to move scenes back and forth across novels according to the requirements of the screen adaptation.[20] According to Benioff, the third season contains a particularly memorable scene from A Storm of Swords, the prospect of filming which was part of their motivation to adapt the novels for television in the first place.[20] The writing credits for the third season now state "Written for television by", instead of the usual "Written by" credit.

Season 3 saw the first significant use of the Valyrian languages, spoken in doomed Valyria and its former colonies in Essos. The constructed languages were developed by linguist David J. Peterson based on the few words Martin invented for the novels.[24] Peterson had previously developed the Dothraki language, used principally in season 1.


The third season adds previously recurring actors Oona Chaplin (Talisa Maegyr), Joe Dempsie (Gendry) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte) to the series' main cast.

After an absence of one season David Bradley returns as Walder Frey, Ian McElhinney as Barristan Selmy, Peter Vaughan as Maester Aemon, Josef Altin as Pypar and Luke McEwan as Rast.


David Benioff and D. B. Weiss serve as main writers and showrunners for the third season. They co-wrote seven out of ten episodes. The remaining three episodes were written by Bryan Cogman, Vanessa Taylor, and the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin.

Daniel Minahan, Alex Graves, Michelle MacLaren, and David Nutter each directed two episodes. One further episode was directed by previous series cinematographer, Alik Sakharov, whereas another was co-directed by Benioff and Weiss, both making their directorial debuts, although only Benioff is credited for directing the episode.


The filming of the third season began in early July 2012,[3] and concluded with the wrap of the unit filming in Iceland on November 24, 2012.[25] Filming in Iceland, for scenes in five of the season's ten episodes, took place near Akureyri and Lake Mývatn. Dimmuborgir was used as the location for Mance Rayder's wildling army camp, and the Grjótagjá cave was used as establishing shot of Jon Snow and Ygritte in the cave although most of this scene was filmed in the studio.[26] The filming in Iceland lasted eight days, as opposed to nearly a month for season 2.[27] Kit Harington (Jon Snow) broke an ankle in an accident in July, which required the Iceland shoots to be pushed back to give him time to heal, as well as the occasional use of a body double.[28]

The production was again based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and continued to receive support from the Northern Ireland Screen fund.[29] The production used various locations in Northern Ireland to film scenes in the North and the Riverlands. Gosford Castle in Armagh, was used as the base for Riverrun Castle, home of House Tully.[30]

The production also returned to Dubrovnik in Croatia for scenes in King's Landing. Morocco, a new location,[3] was used to film Daenerys' scenes in Essos such as the city of Astapor, for which locations in Essaouira were used, and Yunkai, which was filmed in Aït Benhaddou.[31] A scene involving a live bear was filmed in Los Angeles.[32]


The U.S. indie rock band The Hold Steady recorded "The Bear and the Maiden Fair", a ribald folk song from Martin's novels. The recording is played over the end credits of episode three, and the song is sung by Brienne and Jaime's captors in the same episode. Set to music by series composer Ramin Djawadi, the recording was released on a seven-inch record on Record Store Day, April 20, 2013.[33]

The soundtrack for the season was released digitally on June 4, 2013, and on CD on July 2, 2013.[34]


Critical response[edit]

Game of Thrones (season 3): Critical reception by episode

Season 3 (2013): Percentage of positive critics' reviews tracked by the website Rotten Tomatoes[35]

Review aggregator Metacritic has a score of 91 for season 3, indicating "universal acclaim", based on 25 reviews.[36] On Rotten Tomatoes, the third season has a 96% approval rating from 419 critics with an average rating of 8.6 out of 10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Game of Thrones continues to deliver top quality drama for adults, raising the stakes even higher and leaving viewers hungry for more."[35]

Variety compared it to a "theatrical blockbuster",[37] while The Denver Post praised its "horrors of war", "danger of shifting alliances", "anguish of intra-family rivalries", and "glorious visuals".[38] The New York Times gave the season a positive review and stated, "They're [The actors] all fun to watch, even when their characters don't have anything in particular to do besides relay information that we need to keep up with the story or keep straight the seven (so we're told) warring families."[39] Hank Stuever of The Washington Post gave the season a positive review and stated, "Game of Thrones succeeds because it accommodates both the casual viewer and the rabid fanatic, which is a nearly impossible trick in an age in which we ingest television and other media in the manner of a chicken who has outsmarted the Skinner box."[40]

Slant Magazine gave the season 3 out of 4 and found it an improvement over the previous season for its "firm footing" and the "newfound sense of certain direction",[41] while The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted its "rousing start".[42] The New York Post stated, "Not as much sex as you may be used to, but plenty of action, and enough complexities to keep geeks, geniuses and fans glued to the strange and wonderful world of the Seven Kingdoms all spring."[43] Newsday gave the season a positive review and stated, "Game of Thrones is an exploration of the human heart -- don't blame the series if what it finds there is often so ugly."[44] The Guardian gave the season a positive review and stated, "For all the pleasures - storylines so satisfyingly complicated you need spreadsheets to make sense of them, CGI dragons that dive into the sea and then toast the caught fish with their fiery breath - Game of Thrones asks bracing questions of its audience."[45]

Maureen Ryan of HuffPost praised its themes of compassion, betrayal and confusion,[46] while Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture praised its confidence and ambition.[47] The Hollywood Reporter gave the season a positive review and stated, "Proving again that a genre series can be as serious and challenging as traditional dramas, Game of Thrones kicks off what should be its most ambitious season -- which is really saying something for this dense, layered epic."[48] James Poniewozik of Time praised the premiere episode for its "flying dragons, family turmoil and, holy crap, giants!-it promises", although criticized its "jet-lagged hours of a return trip".[49] On the other hand, Andy Greenwald of Grantland stated that the premiere episode was "outstanding, a globe-spinning, breast-baring, bug-stabbing blast".[50]

The Independent gave the season 3 out of 5 and stated, "The show takes itself very seriously indeed -- any thing less, you suspect, and it would collapse under its own absurdity. But there is wit here, too, amid the sweat and chunky knitwear."[51] Slate gave the season a positive review and stated, "Game of Thrones gives us much to ruminate on regarding power, honor, and family. But it also reminds us that whether one is rich or poor, man or woman, honorable or evil, in Westeros life ain't fair."[52] Slant Magazine gave the season a positive review and stated, "Game of Thrones's best season yet comes with a typically great transfer and enough extras to please devotees for days."[53] Empire gave the season 5 out of 5 and stated, "Every time Game Of Thrones threatens to become a 'guilty pleasure', it pulls off something awesome."[54]



For the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, the third season received 16 nominations, including for Outstanding Drama Series, Peter Dinklage for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Emilia Clarke for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Diana Rigg for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, and David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the episode "The Rains of Castamere".[55] That episode also won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.[56] Game of Thrones won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama for the 29th TCA Awards, and also received a nomination for Program of the Year.[57] For the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards, the cast was nominated for Best Drama Ensemble, Peter Dinklage was nominated for Best Drama Actor, and the series won for Best Stunt Team.[58]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2013 AFI Awards AFI TV Award Game of Thrones Won [59]
ASCAP Awards Top Television Series Ramin Djawadi Won [60]
EWwy Award Best Supporting Actress, Drama Natalie Dormer Won [61]
Artios Awards Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Series Drama Nina Gold Nominated [62]
Young Hollywood Awards Actor of the Year Kit Harington Won [63]
3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Series Game of Thrones Won [64]
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emilia Clarke Nominated
Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series Diana Rigg Nominated
65th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated [55]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Peter Dinklage Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emilia Clarke Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for "The Rains of Castamere" Nominated
65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series Gemma Jackson, Frank Walsh, and Tina Jones for "Valar Dohaeris" Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Nina Gold and Robert Sterne Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-camera Series Rob McLachlan for "Mhysa" Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Series Michele Clapton, Alexander Fordham, and Chloe Aubry for "Walk of Punishment" Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Diana Rigg for "And Now His Watch Is Ended" Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series Kevin Alexander, Candice Banks, Rosalia Culora, and Gary Machin for "Second Sons" Nominated
Outstanding Interactive Program Game of Thrones Season Three Enhanced Digital Experience Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) Paul Engelen and Melissa Lackersteen for "Kissed by Fire" Won
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special Paul Engelen, Conor O'Sullivan, and Rob Trenton for "Valar Dohaeris" Nominated
Outstanding Single-camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series Oral Ottey for "The Rains of Castamere" Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series Peter Brown, Kira Roessler, Tim Hands, Paul Aulicino, Stephen P. Robinson, Vanessa Lapato, Brett Voss, James Moriana, Jeffrey Wilhoit, and David Klotz for "And Now His Watch Is Ended" Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series (1 hour) Matthew Waters, Onnalee Blank, Ronan Hill, and Mervyn Moore for "And Now His Watch Is Ended" Nominated
Outstanding Special Visual Effects Doug Campbell, Rainer Gombos, Juri Stanossek, Sven Martin, Steve Kullback, Jan Fiedler, Chris Stenner, Tobias Mannewitz, Thilo Ewers, and Adam Chazen for "Valar Dohaeris" Won
Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Outstanding Color Grading – Television Joe Finley for "Kissed by Fire" Nominated [65]
Outstanding Sound – Television Paula Fairfield, Brad Katona, Jed Dodge, Onnalee Blank and Mathew Waters for "The Climb" Won
Outstanding Visual Effects – Television Joe Bauer and Jabbar Raisani, Jörn Grosshans and Sven Martin, and Doug Campbell for "Valar Dohaeris" Won
International Film Music Critics Association Best Original Score for a Television Series Ramin Djawadi Nominated [66]
29th TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Drama Game of Thrones Won [57]
Program of the Year Game of Thrones Nominated
Gold Derby TV Awards 2013 Best Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated [67]
Best Drama Supporting Actor Peter Dinklage Nominated
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Nominated
Best Drama Supporting Actress Emilia Clarke Nominated
Michelle Fairley Nominated
Best Drama Guest Actress Diana Rigg Won
Best Drama Episode "The Rains of Castamere" Won
Ensemble of the Year The cast of Game of Thrones Won
IGN Awards Best TV Episode The Rains of Castamere Nominated [68]
Best TV Series Game of Thrones Nominated
Best TV Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated
Best TV Villain David Bradley as Walder Frey Nominated
Best TV Villain Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon Nominated
IGN People's Choice Awards Best TV Episode The Rains of Castamere Nominated
Best TV Series Game of Thrones Nominated
Best TV Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated
Best TV Villain David Bradley as Walder Frey Nominated
Best TV Villain Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon Won
18th Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Nominated [69]
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Emilia Clarke Nominated
Best Television Series – Genre Game of Thrones Won
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Premium Cable TV Show Game of Thrones Nominated [70]
Favorite TV Anti-Hero Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister Nominated
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Emilia Clarke Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Period and/or Character Makeup – Television Paul Engelen, Melissa Lackersteen Nominated [71]
American Cinema Editors Best Edited One-Hour Series For Non-Commercial Television Oral Norrie Ottey for "The Rains of Castamere" Nominated [72]
ADG Excellence in Production Design Award One-Hour Single Camera Television Series Gemma Jackson for "Valar Dohaeris" Won [73]
American Society of Cinematographers One-Hour Episodic Television Series Jonathan Freeman for "Valar Dohaeris" Won [74]
Anette Haellmigk "Kissed by Fire" Nominated
Costume Designers Guild Awards Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series Game of Thrones Nominated [75]
Cinema Audio Society Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing – Television Series – One Hour Ronan Hill, Onnalee Blank, Mathew Waters, and Brett Voss for "The Rains of Castamere" Won [76]
11th Irish Film & Television Awards Best Television Drama Game of Thrones Nominated [77]
Actor in a Supporting Role – Television Liam Cunningham Nominated
Aidan Gillen Nominated
Actress in a Supporting Role – Television Michelle Fairley Won
Best Sound Ronan Hill Won
Astra Awards Favourite Program – International Drama Game of Thrones Won [78]
Directors Guild of America Award Dramatic Series David Nutter for "The Rains of Castamere" Nominated [79]
Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing – Short Form Dialogue and ADR in Television Jed Dodge and Tim Hands for "The Rains of Castamere" Won [80]
Best Sound Editing – Short Form Music David Klotz for "The Rains of Castamere" Won
Best Sound Editing – Short Form Sound Effects and Foley Tim Kimmel for "The Rains of Castamere" Nominated
Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form David Benioff, David Nutter, and D. B. Weiss for "The Rains of Castamere" Won [56]
Kerrang! Awards Best TV Show Game of Thrones Won [81]
Location Managers Guild Awards Outstanding Location Television Program Game of Thrones Won [82]
Outstanding Achievement by a Location Professional – TV Program Robert Boake Won
Producers Guild Awards "The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama" David Benioff, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Christopher Newman, Greg Spence, Carolyn Strauss, and D. B. Weiss Nominated [83]
Royal Television Society International Program Game of Thrones Won [84]
Saturn Award Best Television Presentation Game of Thrones Nominated [85]
Best Performance by a Younger Actor on Television Jack Gleeson Nominated
Best Supporting Actor on Television Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Nominated
Best Supporting Actress on Television Gwendoline Christie Nominated
Best Supporting Actress on Television Michelle Fairley Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Peter Dinklage Nominated [58]
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Oona Chaplin, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Mackenzie Crook, Charles Dance, Joe Dempsie, Peter Dinklage, Natalie Dormer, Nathali Emmanuel, Michelle Fairley, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kristofer Hivju, Paul Kaye, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Michael McElhatton, Ian McElhinney, Philip McGinley, Hannah Murray, Iwan Rheon, Sophie Turner, Carice Van Houten, Maisie Williams Nominated
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series Rachelle Beinart, Richard Bradshaw, Ben Dimmock, Levan Doran, Jamie Edgell, Bradley Farmer, Jozsef Fodor, Dave Forman, Paul Herbert, Paul Howell, Daniel Naprous, Florian Robin, CC Smiff, Roy Taylor Won
Visual Effects Society Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Philip Meyer, Ingo Schachner, Travis Nobles, Florian Friedmann for "Raising the Dragons" Nominated [86]
Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program Kirk Brillon, Steve Gordon, Geoff Sayer, Winston Lee for "The Climb" Won
Outstanding Created Environment in a Broadcast Program Patrick Zentis, Mayur Patel, Nitin Singh, Tim Alexander for "The Climb" Won
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program Steve Kullback, Joe Bauer, Jörn Großhans, Sven Martin for "Valar Dohaeris" Won



The day after the third season premiered in the U.S., it premiered in the United Kingdom on Sky Atlantic,[87] in Australia on Foxtel,[88] and in New Zealand on SoHo.[89]

Home media[edit]

The third season was released on DVD and Blu-ray in region 1 on February 18, 2014 (2014-02-18),[90] in region 2 on February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17)[91] and in region 4 on February 19, 2014 (2014-02-19).[92]

It was made available for purchase as a digital download on the iTunes store, in Australia only, in parallel to the U.S. premiere.[93] However, on May 14, 2013, Foxtel blocked the Australian iTunes store from making the episodes available soon after they screened in the U.S.[94] Season 3 was reported to be the most infringed TV show via torrents during spring 2013, estimated to be 5.2 million downloads via BitTorrent.[95]

Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season
Set details Special features
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Castilian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Swedish, Turkish
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 5-disc set, 10 episodes
  • "A Gathering Storm": Look back at the stormy events of Season 2 in this 14-minute recap with cast and crew.
  • "The Politics of Marriage": Cast and crew examine the institution of marriage and its place in Game of Thrones.
  • "Inside the Wildlings": Go beyond the Wall with this introduction to the wildlings.
  • "New Characters": Meet the new faces in Season 3: Olenna Tyrell, Missandei, Mance Rayder, Tormund Giantsbane, Orell, Jojen & Meera Reed, Blackfish & Edmure Tully, Thoros of Myr, and Beric Dondarrion.
  • Deleted Scenes/Extended Scenes: Five deleted and extended scenes.
  • Twelve audio commentaries by, among others, Benioff, Weiss, Martin, Headey, Clarke, Fairley, Harington, Madden and more.

Blu-ray exclusive:

  • "In-Episode Guide": In-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories.
  • "Histories & Lore": Learn about the mythology of Westeros as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves.
  • "The Rains of Castamere Unveiled": Get an in-depth look at the creation of the most pivotal episode of Season 3 in this comprehensive exposé featuring cast and crew.
  • "Roots of Westeros":Explore the interconnected web of relationships, rivalries, and conflicts between the noble houses of Westeros with this interactive guide.[90][96]
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
February 18, 2014[90] February 17, 2014[91] February 19, 2014[92]

Copyright infringement[edit]

The third season of Game of Thrones was the most-pirated TV series in 2013.[97]


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