I am a huge fan of this show and have seen it in it's entirety up to last night. I've only read the first 2 books as well, so for this 3rd season I had no clue what would transpire throughout . Nothing prepared me for what happened on last nights 2nd to last episode of this season.
I won't say anything to ruin it but to those who had read the book already and knew thankfully not a hint of a spoiler had been even mentioned this year. To those who have not seen it and also have not yet read the book either, I will only say that it rivals the shocking moment near the end of Season One, if not surpassing it. I couldn't believe what I was watching. It totally throws out all normal Hollywood conventional storytelling and left me feeling bewildered and reeling as if from a gut punch. Its obvious that the writers and show's creators are totally unafraid of George R.R. Martins source material and are not to be trifled with.
This morning I am still stunned by the turn of events and I almost dread next weekends season finale. Not sure if I can handle another wallop like last nights.
I haven't seen any of season three as I don't get Sky Atlantic (UK) anymore. I have pre-ordered a Blu-ray box of all three seasons, but that won't be 'till next year! Thanks for the warning, I shall stay away from all Game Of Thrones forums.
never read the books but the Red Wedding was spoiled for me last year. even knowing that it would happen based on the name of episode, it was still brutal to watch. last time I felt that awful with a tv show was when Shane killed Lem on The Shield.
my heart does break for Arya though. poor girl is surrounded by death and betrayal wherever she goes
To me nothing really tops that as far as shockers. There are still some awesome major developments in the later books but this is really the top shocker in the first five books.
That's good to hear because. I don't think handle anything more mind blowing than last nights episode.
I can't say for sure though because he may go nuts in Book 6 or Book 7, if they ever come out. We still don't really get to see the full power of the dragons by the end of Book 5 so whatever happens with them will have to be in book 6 or later. That's why I find it disingenuous for them to use Dragon imagery on Season 3 already.
Of course Season 3 only covers half of Book 3 from what I heard. With some reading up on what they have shown so far in Season 3 it seems you do have a surprise coming in the next season.
Let me pantie-wedge those of you who are too dilatory to read up to and through A Dance With Dragons. If you think the simple treachery and murder you saw in the episode "The Rains of Castamere" is shocking, wait'll you get a load of what awaits Cersei Lannister-Baratheon toward the end of A Dance With Dragons.