Game of Thrones (Season 3) trailer starts the fire

Posted by CB Droege

HBO has posted the first proper trailer for the upcoming season of its dramatic fantasy serial.

An awful lot goes on in Game of Thrones, which makes it difficult enough to make a trailer that will properly show off the drama of the upcoming episodes. It’s further complicated  by the audience being a combination of readers of the books and new-comers to the story, which means that any promo material must hint about what some already know is coming, without spoiling it for others.

This trailer pulls off those goals nicely in the Game of Thrones’ typical trailer style. A series of voice-overs explore the themes of the upcoming season (chaos and vengeance), while the visuals take us enigmatically to several momments which are clearly dramatic, but taken entirely out of context. Of course, we end with headshots of the most popular characters.

The showrunners have commented several times that this is the season of the show they’ve wanted to do the most. Indeed, David Bennioff even said the stories they told this season are the reason for the show’s existence, and that once he’s gotten to do this season, he’ll feel satisfied, even if the show doesn’t survive long past these episodes - not that there is any danger of cancellation.

Those of us who have already read the books know what’s coming. This time in the epic tale is very much about reversals of power and great sacrifices. Lots of new faces join the cast to replace those who have perished (or who will soon) and to complicate the plots already in place. The showrunner’s however have also mentioned that this season is also the one that will diverge the most from the source material, even to the extent that some characters may die who were left alive in the novel, and some may live who were killed.

I have mixed feelings about this. Just a few years ago, I would have been completely against it, but recently, I realized that the big changes to the characters in The Walking Dead television serial are what makes it a good show for me. Because I know that the showrunners are willing to make those changes, I’m left wondering who may and may not survive each episode, despite already knowing the story. Perhaps the same thing can happen with Game of Thrones, but I’m not sure I trust it.

There are some characters deaths and survivals which are absolutely essential to the functioning of the story of A Song of Ice and Fire, the novel franchise that the show is based on, there are some changes that would irrevocably damage the plot, and many of them happen in the coming chaos. We’ll just have to hope that the showrunners have the sense to know whose fate is and is not essential.

The third season of Game of Thrones, which covers the events of the first half of book three of A Song of Ice and Fire, kicks off March 31, 2013 on HBO. If you need to catch up, you can grab the Blu-rays over on Amazon.