Game of Thrones (season 3)
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. 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). 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. The show was filmed primarily in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco.
|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 story takes place in a fictional world, primarily upon a continent called Westeros, with one storyline occurring on another continent to the east known as 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, Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark. The season also features other storylines: Daenerys Targaryen continues to rise in power in Essos; Jon Snow goes undercover beyond the Wall; the other Stark children struggle to survive across the lands of Westeros.
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, it received a nomination for 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.
|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 Samwell Tarly and Joer Mormont, survive the White Walkers' attack and pledge to return to the Wall to warn the Seven Kingdoms. Jon Snow is brought before Mance Rayder, the "King beyond the Wall", and pledges his loyalty to the Wildlings. A scarred Tyrion Lannister tries to get Casterly Rock from Tywin, who makes other promises. Margaery Tyrell engages in charitable acts with King's Landing orphans. Littlefinger offers to help Sansa Stark escape King's Landing. Ros advises Shae to distrust Littlefinger. Davos Seaworth 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 for not letting her join the battle. In Essos, Daenerys Targaryen arrives in Astapor to buy an army of brutally-trained mercenary soldiers, the "Unsullied". The Qarth warlocks attempt to assassinate her, but Selmy, the former Kingsguard commander, saves her and then pledges his loyalty.|
|22||2||"Dark Wings, Dark Words"||Daniel Minahan||Vanessa Taylor||April 7, 2013||4.27|
|Brienne of Tarth 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 disappeared. Robb diverts his attention from the war against the Lannisters to attend the funeral in Riverun for Hoster Tully, Catelyn's father. 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 a rebel group called the "Brotherhood without Banners". They stop at an inn, where the captured Sandor Clegane exposes Arya's identity. Margaery and her grandmother Olenna, the "Queen of Thorns", convince Sansa to describe Joffrey's deviant character. Theon Greyjoy is tortured by unknown captors. Bran, Rickon, Osha, and Hodor encounter the siblings, Jojen and Meera Reed, children of the Stark bannerman, Howland Reed. Jojen, who share's Bran's strange dreams, tells him that he is a warg, able to enter animals' minds.|
|23||3||"Walk of Punishment"||David Benioff||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||April 14, 2013||4.72|
|Robb and Catelyn attend Hoster Tully's funeral in Riverrun. Tywin sends Littlefinger to the Eyrie, intending that he marry Lyse Arryn to secure her alliance, and making Tyrion the new Master of Coin. Hot Pie is offered a position at 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 for an unknown mission, 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 dragons, ignoring Selmy'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 amputates Jaime's sword hand.|
|24||4||"And Now His Watch Is Ended"||Alex Graves||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||April 21, 2013||4.87|
|Theon's "rescuer" betrays him, returning him to the prison for more torture. After a failed escape attempt, Jaime believes that he is lost without his sword hand; Brienne urges him to be hopeful. Varys tells Tyrion how he became a eunuch, saying that he now has the magician who castrated him in his power. 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 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. Daenerys meets with Kraznys to finalize trading one dragon for the Unsullied army. Now commanding the Unsullied, she orders them kill all slave masters, reclaims her dragon, then frees the Unsullied, who willingly follow her.|
|25||5||"Kissed by Fire"||Alex Graves||Bryan Cogman||April 28, 2013||5.35|
|Tyrion convinces Olenna to partially pay for the royal wedding. Sansa tells Littlefinger that she intends to remain in King's Landing. The Lannisters discover the Tyrells' plot to marry 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 says she knows and approves. His daughter, Shireen, sneaks into the dungeon to visit Davos and starts teaching him to read. Sandor kills Dondarrion in a combat and is released. However, Dondarrion is resurrected by Thoros, seemingly using the power of the Lord of Light. Gendry stays with the Brotherhood, and Thoros and Dondarrion intend to ransom Arya to Robb. After being delivered to Roose Bolton, Jaime explains to Brienne that he killed "Mad" King Aerys Targaryen to stop him from destroying King's Landing. Robb executes Karstark after the latter murders two captive Lannister boys. With the Karstarks abandoning him, Robb hopes to make an alliance with Walder Frey. Jon is seduced by Ygritte, and breaks his vows. Upon Daenerys orders, the Unsullied choose Grey Worm as their leader.|
|26||6||"The Climb"||Alik Sakharov||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||May 5, 2013||5.50|
|In King's Landing, Tywin coerces Olenna into an agreement to marry Cersei to Loras. Cersei tells Tyrion that Joffrey tried to have him killed during the siege. Tyrion informs Shae and Sansa about the upcoming marriage. 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. After Robb marries Talisa, he strikes a new agreement with Walder Frey by giving him Harrenhal and have his uncle Edmure marry Frey's one-pretty daughter, Roslin. 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 Gillyn, while Jon and Ygritte scale 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 Bran they must travel beyond the Wall to find the Three-eyed Raven, much to Osha's dismay. Jon and Ygritte's relationship deepens, angering fellow Wildling, Orell. Theon's torturer castrates him. Talisa informs Robb she is pregnant. Arya escapes the Brotherhood, only to be captured by Sandor. Melisandre tells Gendry that his father was Robert. Shae warns Tyrion that their relationship will end once he marries Sansa. Tywin and Joffrey discuss Daenerys with Tywin dismissing her as a potential threat. Daenerys reaches Yunkai and declares war on the city. Roose Bolton departs 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. Jaime returns to Harrenhal to find Brienne in a pit fighting a bear. He saves Brienne, and they depart together.|
|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 her displeasure toward Margaery and Loras. At the wedding feast, Tyrion gets drunk and causes a scene. Tywin demands that Tyrion quickly produce a Lannister heir, but Tyrion later assures Sansa their marriage will only be consummated with 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, Balon, and Joffrey. Daenerys learns that Yunkai has employed mercenaries called the "Second Sons". One lieutenant named Naharis kills the other leaders and pledges his and the company's loyalty to Daenerys. Sam and Gilly are attacked by a White Walker, which Sam destroys with the dragonglass dagger.|
|29||9||"The Rains of Castamere"||David Nutter||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||June 2, 2013||5.22|
|Sam, Gilly and her son arrive at the Wall. While hiding in a tower during a thunderstorm, Bran enters Hodor's mind to calm him and prevent his revealing their hiding place from Wildings below. Nearby, Jon refuses to murder a farmer, whom Ygritte kills before Jon is attacked by the other Wildlings. Bran uses his warg ability to save Jon, who kills Orell before escaping, leaving a furious Ygritte behind with chief Tormund Giantsbane. Osha, Rickon, and his direwolf, Shaggydog, depart for the Last Hearth, while Bran, Meera, Jojen, Hodor, along with Bran's direwolf, Summer, plan to go beyond the Wall. Daenerys sends Jorah, 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 for reneging on his previous agreement to marry a Frey daughter. Walder appears to accept his apology. Edmure marries Roslin Frey. After the newlyweds leave the feast, Walder's men murder Catelyn, Talisa and most of the Stark bannermen, while Roose Bolton, a Lannister loyalist, kills Robb. Arya arrives at the Twins during the massacre, but Sandor carries her away to safety.|
|30||10||"Mhysa"||David Nutter||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||June 9, 2013||5.39|
|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 he was surrendered by his men in return for safe passage from Winterfell, and that his captor is Ramsay Snow, Bolton's bastard son. Against Balon's wishes, Yara leads a mission 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, Sam and Gilly encounter Bran's party and Sam gives them the dragonglass weapons. Returning to Castle Black, Sam and Maester Aemon send ravens to alert the Seven Kingdoms about the White Walkers. Ygritte finds Jon and shoots him with arrows several times, but he escapes and returns to Castle Black. In Dragonstone, Davos helps Gendry escape, while Stannis heads north to aid the Watch against the White Walker threat, forgiving the Davos and keeping him. In Essos, the freed Yunkai slaves 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 ten episodes of the third season are longer than the previous seasons', about 54 or 57 minutes as opposed to about 52. The season's budget was reported to be around 50 million U.S. dollars.
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. Gosford Castle in Armagh, was used as the base for Rivverun Castle, home of House Tully.
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.
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 96% approval rating from 44 critics with an average rating of 8.59 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."
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|
|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|
|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|||
|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|
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.
|Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season|
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|February 18, 2014||February 17, 2014||February 19, 2014|
The third season of Game of Thrones was the most-pirated TV series in 2013.
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