11 scenes from the Game of Thrones books we just gotta see in S3

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Feb 28, 2013, 12:14 PM EST

After seeing that first awesome season three trailer, we've got to admit that we just can’t wait for the third season of Game of Thrones to finally return to our TV screens!

Before that happens (we've still got more than a month left  to wait)—and to make things fun and interesting—we’ve decided make a list of some of the most exciting key scenes/events/stuff from George R. R. Martin’s third book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords (on which most of the upcoming season will be based upon) that we're really looking forward to see.

While we're all aware that season three will roughly be book three split in half (emphasis on roughly again), with elements from the fourth book, A Feast for Crows, also added to the mix, we can all but surmise that those scenes will be seen in the third season of HBO's hit fantasy series. Though from that trailer, we can safely say most of them will indeed be seen this season.


Please note that the following list is not in chronological order and is not rated from best to last.

The Battle at the Fist of the First Men 

This important, game-changing battle takes place beyond The Wall and pits the Brother’s of the Night’s Watch against the Others—or, if you prefer, the Whitewalkers—and hundreds of their wights. The Black Brother’s volley of arrows has little effect against Westeros’ frozen version of The Walking Dead and makes for a very dramatic battle. The ending of season two makes us hopeful we’ll see something of this battle—it certainly managed to send chills down our spine.

Sam kills an Other

While fleeing the Battle of the Fist of the First Men, our beloved and self-styled coward Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) kills an Other in spectacular fashion with an obsidian dagger and becomes “Sam the Slayer.” Buffy Summers would be so proud.

The Hound Vs. Beric Dondarrion and the flaming sword

Now this is one of two A Storm of Swords scenes we absolutely can’t wait to see. After being captured by the Brotherhood Without Banners, Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), aka The Hound, is made to fight against Lord Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) and his flaming (we mean that literally) sword. Now we all know how the Hound likes fire ... NOT. This fight was epic in the book (it takes place in a cave and has a big fire in it) and should be epic in the show as well. McCann has said he trained for more than three weeks for that scene alone. We’ve even gotten a thrilling glimpse of it in the trailer.

Brienne Vs. Jaime (Jaime loses his hand)

In the book, Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) and the Kingslayer, Ser Jaime Lannister (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau), engage in an engrossing sword (and word)-fight when the Brave Companions stumble upon them. Lisping leader Vargo Hoat believes that his superior, Lord Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton), is about to go over to the Lannisters. His solution against this? To have one of his men chop off Jaime’s hand. We’ve gotten a tiny sneak peek of this scene in the trailer as well, but we know the character of Vargo Hoat himself will be nowhere to be seen. Instead, we believe he’s been replaced by a character named Locke who’s played by Noah Taylor.

Those crazy wildlings climb The Wall

In the book, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is sent by The King Beyond The Wall, Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds), with a few wildlings along Ygritte (Rose Leslie) with Styr, the Magnar of Thenn and Jarl to climb the icy, traitorous, 700 feet high Wall. Picts are used, some make it, some don’t, making for a spectacular scene when a slab of ice detaches itself from the Wall, sending a few wildlings to their deaths. From the trailer, it’s safe to say this scene will happen … spectacularly. However, the big red-haired and bearded dude we see climbing in the awesome Season three trailer is Thormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju).

Brienne of Tarth fights for her life in the Bear pit with Jaime coming to the rescue

Now this is the second scene that all the book fans are also looking forward to seeing on the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. After being taken to Harrenhal by the Brave Companions, and Jaime has been freed by them to return to King’s Landing, Brienne is made to wear an atrocious pink dress (which we’re not sure the show will keep, to tell you frankly) and fight in a small pit against a bear with only a wooden practice sword. Jaime comes back for her and jumps into the pit to fight the poor innocent little bear. Yeah, we really feel for the poor thing.

The Blanket Burrito

Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark’s (Maisie Williams) “road trip” is a favorite among A Song of Ice and Fire fans and there’s a small scene in the book they refer to with affection as "blanket burrito." It’s when the former Lannister Hound, totally exhasperated by Arya and her threats, rolls her into her own bedroll and ties her up. This scene just HAS to be in there. It's pure comedy gold fodder.

(Yep, we just had to)

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The Red Wedding

Now this is the one the fans are definitely NOT looking forward to seeing (but in a way they are) and it'll happen in episode nine titled "The Rains of Castamere." Episode nine has always been a game-changer in Game of Thrones: Season one saw the death of Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) in "Baelor" and season two saw the Battle of the Blackwater in "Blackwater." It’s one of the most tragic and bloody scenes in the entire book, if not the whole series. Let’s just say blood flows and some favorite characters are killed off and/or become new characters. There will be tears, so prepare your tissues. The scene was so traumatic that George R. R. Martin admitted to have written the entire book around this event, writing it last. We guess that even if this scene may prove indeed traumatic for a lot of book readers and TV viewers, we're sure we won't be able to look away.

Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love-making in the caves

Jon Snow and Ygritte do it in a cave. It’s as simple as that. But it’s one of the most famous sex scenes of the books and one that book fans also look forward to ("You know nothing, Jon Snow"). From what we've seen in that trailer, they may get their wishes. Be aware that your TV screens may, in fact, melt.

Dany buys the Unsullied and crushes the Slave Cities of Essos

She’s got a bit of short temper that Daenerys Stormborn (Emilia Clarke). When she sets about buying a group of eunuch warriors call the Unsullied, Dany sells everything to buy them in Astapor; including her dragon Drogon. Then she turns the Unsullied against their very own former masters and goes on a bit of a rampage, freeing slaves from the Slave Cities of Essos from Astapor, to Yunkai, to Mereen. We can’t wait to see what the show does with that. Should be spectacular and bloody—especially when Dany sees the trail of crucified slaves on her way from Astapor to Yunkai (that is if the show shows all those slave cities, which we doubt). That should be a disturbing sight to see.

We want to see bigger dragons

Okay it's not a "key scene" BUT Dany’s dragons are growing and we want to see those little beauties! And from the look of the trailer, we’ll definitely get our wish and finally get to see some much bigger dragons. And we’re cool with that.

So ... is there a particular scene from the book that’s not on the list that you'd like to see happen in season three? (We know there's a lot more stuff happening in the books that we haven't put on that list, like what happens in Craster's Keep, for example.) And are you looking forward to the ones listed above?