Game of Thrones (season 3)
|Game of Thrones (season 3)|
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|Starring||See List of Game of Thrones cast|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Original release||March 31 – June 9, 2013|
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, consisting of 10 episodes. 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. Like the other seasons, the third season consists of ten episodes. It 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 show was filmed primarily in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco. 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.
After defeating Stannis Baratheon at the Battle of the Blackwater, the Lannisters hold a firm grasp on the Iron Throne. They are threatened by their new ally House Tyrell, powerful and manipulative players of the game. Tyrion Lannister struggles with losing the power he had as Hand of the King, and feels his father doesn't appreciate the service he provided the family as Hand. Meanwhile, Jaime Lannister continues his attempt to return home, and begins to form a bond with his road companion, Brienne of Tarth.
The Starks find themselves losing the war. They lost the support of Lord Walder Frey, after Robb Stark broke his vow to him by marrying Talisa Maegyr, and many members of Robb's army are losing faith in him. His relationship with his mother has also turned icy after her freeing of Jaime Lannister, though the reported deaths of her father and the younger Stark boys brings them closer. In reality, Bran and Rickon Stark are alive and continuing their journey north, with new strange allies in the Reed siblings. It was Theon Greyjoy who faked the Stark boys' deaths, and is now being physically tortured under an unknown person's command. However, a mysterious boy claiming to be sent by Theons's sister plans to aid his escape. Arya Stark, on her journey home with companions Gendry and Hot Pie, finds herself entangled with The Brotherhood without Banners and Sandor "The Hound" Clegane. Sansa Stark remains in King's Landing a prisoner of the Lannisters, but is now being offered help by both the treacherous Petyr Baelish and the Tyrells.
At Dragonstone, Stannis Baratheon appears a broken man after being crushed at the Battle of the Blackwater. His advisor Ser Davos is imprisoned after attempting to kill Melisandre, who still believes her god, the Lord of Light, will help Stannis return to prominence.
Beyond the Wall, Jon Snow joins Mance Rayder's wildling army, but with hidden intentions. His vows are tested more than ever by a growing romance with wildling Ygritte, as he finds that he will have to choose between her and the Night's Watch. The latter has been largely decimated by a White Walker attack, and a group of them is making their way back to the Wall. However, many of the rangers find themselves also questioning their vows, putting Lord Commander Mormont's and Samwell Tarly's lives in danger.
Across the Narrow sea in Astapor, Daenerys Targaryen continues her quest to reclaim the seven kingdoms. She has a new companion in former King's Guard commander Barristan Selmy, and is still advised by Jorah Mormont. She contemplates buying the Unsullied, an elite army of harshly trained eunuchs. They are controlled by a cruel master with an intelligent young translator, Missandei.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|21||1||"Valar Dohaeris"||Daniel Minahan||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||March 31, 2013||4.37|
|Some of the Night's Watchmen, including Tarly and Jeor, survive the White Walkers' attack and pledge to return to the Wall to warn the Seven Kingdoms. Snow is brought before Rayder, the "King beyond the Wall", and pledges his loyalty to the Wildlings. A scarred Tyrion tries to get Casterly Rock from Tywin, who promises other things instead. Margaery engages in charity work with the orphans of King's Landing. Baelish offers to help Sansa escape King's Landing. Ros advises Shae not to trust him. Davos is rescued by Saan, who does not want any more connections with Baratheon, and returned to Dragonstone, where he unsuccessfully tries to kill Melisandre, who blames him for convincing Baratheon not to let her join the battle, and is imprisoned. In Essos, Targaryen arrives in the city of Astapor to buy an army of brutally-trained slave soldiers, the "Unsullied". She is saved from an assassination attempt by the warlocks of Qarth by Selmy, the former Kingsguard commander, who pledges his loyalty.|
|22||2||"Dark Wings, Dark Words"||Daniel Minahan||Vanessa Taylor||April 7, 2013||4.27|
|Brienne continues escorting Jaime across the Riverlands to King's Landing. He engages her in a fight, which is interrupted by Bolton soldiers. After receiving the news of the sack of Winterfell and the disappearance of Brandon and Rickon, Robb diverts his attentions from the war against the Lannisters to attend Catelyn's father's funeral in Riverrun, angering Karstark, who seeks vengeance for his sons who were killed by the Lannisters. Arya, Gendry and Hot Pie also make for Riverrun, but are waylaid by a rebel group, the "Brotherhood without Banners", and are taken to an inn, where the captured Sandor reveals the former's identity. Margaery and her grandmother Olenna, the "Queen of Thorns", convince Sansa to tell them about Joffrey's flawed character. Theon is tortured by unknown captors. Brandon, Rickon, Osha and Hodor encounter the siblings Jojen and Meera, children of the Stark bannerman Howland. Jojen, who has been sharing Brandon's strange dreams, tells him that he is a warg, able to enter the minds of animals.|
|23||3||"Walk of Punishment"||David Benioff||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||April 14, 2013||4.72|
|Robb and Catelyn attend the funeral in Riverrun. Tywin decides to send Baelish to Lysa intending to have them married in order to secure her alliance, making Tyrion the new Master of Coin. While Hot Pie decides to stay at the inn, Arya and Gendry follow the Brotherhood. Learning of the massacre at the Fist of the First Men, Rayder sends Snow with a band of Wildlings to scale the Wall and attack the Watch while it is weakened. The surviving men of the Night's Watch arrive back at Craster's Keep, where Tarly witnesses Gilly give birth to a son. Theon is freed from torture and captivity by an unknown man, who later rescues him again. Melisandre leaves Dragonstone for an unknown mission, stating that the blood of a King is required for victory. Targaryen agrees to buy all the 8,000 Unsullied and the translator Missandei for one of her dragons, against Selmy's and Jorah's advice. Jaime persuades his captor Locke not to let Brienne be raped, but Locke cuts off the former's sword hand.|
|24||4||"And Now His Watch Is Ended"||Alex Graves||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||April 21, 2013||4.87|
|Theon is betrayed by the rescuer, who returns him to the prison for torture. After a failed escape attempt, Jaime believes that he is lost without his sword hand; but Brienne, knowing what he did for her, urges him not to give up hope. Varys tells Tyrion how he became a eunuch, and that he now has in his power the magician who castrated him, advising Tyrion to be patient for vengeance. At Craster's keep, the surviving Night's Watchmen, starving, come into conflict with their host. Craster and Jeor are slain in the struggle and Tarly flees with Gilly and her son. Arya and Gendry are taken to the secret cave of the Brotherhood, meeting their leader, Dondarrion, who later sentences Sandor to trial by combat with him. Margaery proposes marriage between Sansa and Loras. Targaryen meets with Kraznys to complete the trade of a dragon for the Unsullied army. She tests the Unsullied, then orders them to kill their former masters, reclaims her dragon and frees the Unsullied, who all decide to follow her freely.|
|25||5||"Kissed by Fire"||Alex Graves||Bryan Cogman||April 28, 2013||5.35|
|Tywin convinces Olenna to pay for part of the royal wedding. Sansa tells Baelish about her decision to stay in King's Landing. The Lannisters discover the Tyrells' plot to marry off Sansa to Loras. To prevent the union, Tywin plans to marry Sansa to Tyrion, and Cersei to Loras, despite the siblings' protests. Stannis confesses his infidelity to his wife, Selyse, who then tells him she already knows and approves of it. His daughter, Shireen, sneaks into the dungeon to visit Seaworth and starts teaching him to read. Sandor kills Dondarrion and is released. However, Dondarrion is resurrected seemingly by the power of the Lord of Light. Gendry decides to stay with the Brotherhood, and Thoros and Dondarrion plan to ransom Arya to Robb. After being delivered to Bolton, Jaime confesses to Brienne why he killed Aerys. Robb executes Karstark after the latter murders two captive Lannister boys. With the Karstarks abandoning him, Robb plans to make a desperate alliance with Frey. Snow and Ygritte have sex. The Unsullied select a warrior called Grey Worm as their leader on Daenerys' order.|
|26||6||"The Climb"||Alik Sakharov||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||May 5, 2013||5.50|
|In King's Landing, Tywin coerces Olena into agreeing to marry Loras to Cersei, who reveals to Tyrion that it was Joffrey who tried to have him killed during the siege. Tyrion confesses to Shae and Sansa about the upcoming marriage. Baelish tells Varys that he has caught Ros as Varys' informant and has given her to Joffrey, who kills her. In the Riverlands, Melisandre buys Gendry from the Brotherhood, foretelling that Arya will kill many people. Robb makes a new deal with Frey by agreeing to give him Harrenhal and marry his uncle Edmure to Frey's daughter, Roslin. Bolton plans to send Jaime to King's Landing, but refuses to send Brienne with him. At an unknown location, the mysterious man continues to torture Theon. In the North, tension arises between Osha and Meera. Beyond the Wall, Tarly continues his flight with Gilly and her son, while Snow and Ygritte manage to climb the Wall with two other Wildlings.|
|27||7||"The Bear and the Maiden Fair"||Michelle MacLaren||George R. R. Martin||May 12, 2013||4.84|
|In the North, Jojen tells Brandon they must go beyond the Wall to find the raven, to Osha's horror. Snow and Ygritte's relationship deepens, making fellow Wildling Orell angry. Theon is emasculated by his torturer. Talisa reveals to Robb that she is pregnant. Arya runs away from the Brotherhood, only to be captured by Sandor. Melisandre reveals to Gendry that his father was Robert. Shae tells Tyrion that she will not continue their relationship once he marries Sansa. Tywin counsels Joffrey and discusses Daenerys, with the former dismissing the danger she might pose. Daenerys reaches the city of Yunkai and declares war on them. Bolton departs Harrenhall for Edmure's wedding while Jaime says farewell to Brienne and departs for King's Landing. On the road, he finds out that Locke refused Brienne's father's ransom. Jaime returns to Harrenhall to find Brienne in a pit fighting a bear. He leaps in and saves Brienne and departs once more, this time with her.|
|28||8||"Second Sons"||Michelle MacLaren||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||May 19, 2013||5.13|
|King's Landing hosts Tyrion and Sansa's wedding. Cersei shows displeasure upon Margaery and Loras. At the wedding feast Tyrion gets drunk and causes a scene, with Tywin demanding he make a baby soon. In their bedroom, Tyrion tells Sansa that they will not consummate their marriage until she wants to. Sandor reveals to Arya that they are heading for the Twins to ransom her to Robb. Stannis releases Seaworth, demanding he respect Melisandre, who arrives in Dragonstone with Gendry, whom she seduces and extracts blood from him with three leeches. In a magical ritual, Stannis casts them into the fire naming three usurpers: Robb, Balon and Joffrey. Daenerys finds out that Yunkai has employed a mercenary company called the "Second Sons". One of the lieutenants named Naharis kills the other leaders and pledges his and the company's loyalty to Daenerys. Tarly and Gilly are attacked by a White Walker, whom the former destroys by the dragonglass dagger.|
|29||9||"The Rains of Castamere"||David Nutter||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||June 2, 2013||5.22|
|Tarly, Gilly and her son arrive at the Wall. During a thunderstorm, Brandon enters Hodor's mind to calm him down, an ability not possessed by any Wildling. Nearby, Snow refuses to kill a farmer, whom Ygritte kills before Snow is attacked by the other Wildlings. Brandon uses his warg ability to save Snow, who kills Orell before escaping, leaving a furious Ygritte behind with chief Giantsbane. Osha, Rickon and his direwolf depart for the Last Hearth, while Brandon and his remaining company plan to go beyond the Wall. Daenerys sends Mormont, Naharis and Grey Worm to infiltrate Yunkai and open the city gate for her army. Yunkai soon falls to her forces. Robb arrives at the Twins and apologizes to Walder, who feigns acceptance. Edmure marries Roslin and they leave to consummate their marriage before Walder's men murder Catelyn, Talisa and most of the Stark bannermen, while Bolton, revealed to be loyal to the Lannisters, kills Robb. Arya also arrives at the Twins and witnesses a part of the massacre, but Sandor knocks her unconscious and carries her to safety.|
|30||10||"Mhysa"||David Nutter||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||June 9, 2013||5.39|
|The mastermind of the massacre is revealed to be Tywin, who awards the House Frey the Seat of Riverrun and appoints Bolton as the Warden of the North. Theon's captor is revealed to be Ramsay, Bolton's bastard who let the former's men leave Winterfell in exchange for surrendering him. Against Balon's wishes, Yara decides to rescue Theon. Arya and Sandor kill some Frey soldiers mocking Robb's death. Arriving in the capital with Brienne, Jaime is reunited with Cersei. In the North, Tarly's party encounters Brandon's and gives them the Dragonglass weapons before arriving back at Castle Black, where he and Maester Aemon send ravens to alert the Seven Kingdoms to the White Walkers. Being hit several times, Jon still manages to escape from Ygritte and returns to Castle Black. In Dragonstone, Seaworth helps Gendry escape, while Stannis decides to head north and aid the Watch against the White Walker threat, forgiving the former and keeping him. In Essos, the freed slaves of Yunkai receive Daenerys as their "mother".|
The recurring actors listed here are those who appeared in season 3. They are listed by the region in which they first appear.
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, HBO announced the show's renewal for a third season. Prior to that announcement, there had been rumors and reports 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. Peterson had previously developed the Dothraki language, used principally in season 1.
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, and concluded with the wrap of the unit filming in Iceland on November 24, 2012. 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 Ygrite in the cave although most of this scene was filmed in the studio. The filming in Iceland lasted eight days, as opposed to nearly a month for season 2. 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.
The production was again based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and continued to receive support from the Northern Ireland Screen fund. The production used various locations in Northern Ireland to film scenes in the North and the Riverlands. The production also returned to Dubrovnik in Croatia for scenes in King's Landing. Morocco, a new location, was used to film Daenerys' scenes in Essos such as the city of Astapor, for which locations in Essaouira were used. A scene involving a live bear was filmed in Los Angeles.
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.
The soundtrack for the season was released digitally on June 4, 2013, and on CD on July 2, 2013.
Review aggregator Metacritic has a score of 91 for season 3, indicating "universal acclaim", based on 25 reviews. While the season 3 finale ("Mhysa") was generally well received, IGN's Matt Fowler stated, "Season 3 may have stumbled slightly with its finale, but up until then it was thrilling and traumatic." Overall, he gave season 3 a 9/10 rating. On Rotten Tomatoes, the third season has a 97% approval rating from 41 critics with an average rating of 8.4 out of 10; the season also received a 96% average episode score.
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". That episode also won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. 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. 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.
|2013||AFI Awards||AFI TV Award||Game of Thrones||Won|
|ASCAP Awards||Top Television Series||Ramin Djawadi||Won|
|EWwy Award||Best Supporting Actress, Drama||Natalie Dormer||Won|
|Artios Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Series Drama||Nina Gold||Nominated|
|Young Hollywood Awards||Actor of the Year||Kit Harington||Won|
|3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Won|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|29th TCA Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Drama||Game of Thrones||Won|
|Program of the Year||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|Gold Derby TV Awards 2013||Best Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|Best Drama Supporting Actor||Peter Dinklage||Nominated|
|Best Drama Supporting Actress||Emilia Clarke||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|
|Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Peter Dinklage||Nominated|
|Best Ensemble In a Drama Series||The cast of Game of Thrones||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress In a Drama Series||Emilia Clarke||Won|
|Best Guest Actor In a Drama Series||David Bradley||Nominated|
|Best Guest Actress In a Drama Series||Diana Rigg||Won|
|Best Direction In a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Won|
|Best Writing In a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|Best Music In a Series||Ramin Djawadi||Won|
|Best Editing In a Series||Game of Thrones||Won|
|Best Cinematography In a Series||Game of Thrones||Won|
|Best Production Design In a Series||Game of Thrones||Won|
|Best Costume Design In a Series||Game of Thrones||Won|
|Best Makeup/Hairstyling In a Series||Game of Thrones||Won|
|Best Sound In a Series||Game of Thrones||Won|
|Best Visual Effects In a Series||Game of Thrones||Won|
|Best Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|IGN 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||Nominated|
|18th Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Nikolaj Coster-Waldau||Nominated|
|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|
|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|
|American Cinema Editors||Best Edited One-Hour Series For Non-Commercial Television||Oral Norrie Ottey for "The Rains of Castamere"||Nominated|
|ADG Excellence in Production Design Award||One-Hour Single Camera Television Series||Gemma Jackson for "Valar Dohaeris"||Won|
|American Society of Cinematographers||One-Hour Episodic Television Series||Jonathan Freeman for "Valar Dohaeris"||Won|
|Anette Haellmigk "Kissed by Fire"||Nominated|
|Costume Designers Guild Awards||Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|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|
|11th Irish Film & Television Awards||Best Television Drama||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|Actor in a Supporting Role – Television||Liam Cunningham||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|
|Directors Guild of America Award||Dramatic Series||David Nutter for "The Rains of Castamere"||Nominated|
|Golden Reel Awards||Best Sound Editing — Short Form Dialogue and ADR in Television||Jed Dodge and Tim Hands for "The Rains of Castamere"||Won|
|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|
|Kerrang! Awards||Best TV Show||Game of Thrones||Won|
|Location Managers Guild Awards||Outstanding Location Television Program||Game of Thrones||Won|
|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|
|Royal Television Society||International Program||Game of Thrones||Won|
|Saturn Award||Best Television Presentation||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|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|
|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|
|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 third season premiered on March 31, 2013 in North America on HBO, in Mexico and the rest of Latin America on HBO Latin America and in Brazil on HBO Brasil. The day after, it premiered in the United Kingdom on Sky Atlantic, in the Netherlands on HBO Netherlands, in Australia on Foxtel, in New Zealand on SoHo, in the Nordic countries on C More and on HBO Nordic, in France on Orange Cinéma Séries, as well as in Hungary on HBO Hungary and Romania on HBO Romania. The third season premiered in India on HBO Defined on April 8, 2013. In Greece and in Cyprus, the third season premiered on NovaCinema 1, NovaCinemaHD on April 2, 2013.
It was made available for purchase as a digital download on the iTunes store, in Australia only, in parallel to the U.S. premiere. However, on May 14, 2013, Foxtel blocked the Australian iTunes store from making the episodes available soon after they screened in the U.S. 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.
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