1st Thrones S3 production pic hints at key sword-fighting scene

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Dec 17, 2012

The Making Game of Thrones blog has put up the first official production still from the upcoming third season of the hit HBO fantasy series and has updated its blog with a cryptic and exciting description of a fight scene that heavily hints at a major key scene from the books. *MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*

As we've said, be warned that the rest of this post is spoilery for those who haven't read the books.

So, Cat Taylor wrote on the blog:

In the forests of Clandeboye, on a Wednesday afternoon in August, a man and his wife were walking their dog and heard the sound of a fight.

It was an important rehearsal, and the two main protagonists are two of my season favorites: an unexpected pairing, whose war of words is almost as full-on as the fight. This struggle has been choreographed and rehearsed for weeks, with each move carefully placed to match the terrain. The fighters wore pads and fell on crash matts, though for the close-ups later in the week, during the first night shoot of the season, the landing would not be quite so comfortable. It will be a character-defining scene, for more than one who is involved, so it has to be done well.

More departments began to arrive for a full run-through. VFX was involved in creating the final moments of the scene, and special effects had a lot to do to make it all work. Armoury had designed a special weapon for this scene alone, and there was a nervous moment when it was first tested against the wood of a massive tree stump and the body of one of our brave stunt guys.

The couple asked what was happening, and looked on for a while, but were gently guided toward the path. What happens next is too big a secret for anyone to know, and it certainly can't be told by me.

Pretty cryptic, no? But we have a theory.

We think that the fight is the iconic sword-fight between The Hound (Sandor Clegane, played by Rory McCann) and Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) found in book three of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series A Storm of Swords. Why?

First off, there's this: ''an unexpected pairing, whose war of words is almost as full-on as the fight.'' The Hound and Dondarrion (an unexpected ''pairing'') do speak quite a bit during their fight.

Then we have have this: '' It will be a character-defining scene, for more than one who is involved.'' As some of you who've read the books may know, something major will happen to both these two characters, but we won't spell it out here so that non-book readers will be surprised by this scene. The scene also impacts a third character in a major way.

Another clue is that the fight takes place at night (as does the Hound vs. Dondarrion fight). And last, but not least, VFX was involved in the last moments of the scene *cough* we're keeping our mouths shut *cough* and that Armoury has designed a special weapon for this scene alone. *cough* Beric's flaming sword *cough*

Now, back to that production still. It's pretty obvious that the dude in the pic is not the Hound. The man looks more like a Man of the Night's Watch but from the blog description of the scene it doesn't fit. What we think is either this is the back of Lord Beric Dondarrion (though we think it's probably unlikely because the hair color is all wrong. Dondarrion has red hair), or this is the back of one of the members of the Brotherhood Without Banners. Which would make better sense.

Or the picture could also be totally unrelated to the blog post. But that would be a bit strange, wouldn't it?

We'd really like to know if you guys agree with our theory, or if you have another theory about the scene described above and the pic?

(Making of Game of Thrones via