‘Game of Thrones’ season 3: Joe Dempsie lays the groundwork

Winter isn’t just coming anymore: based on what we saw with the White Walkers at the end of “Game of Thrones” season 2 earlier this year, it is pretty much here.

So what should we really expect to happen next? If you have read the next two books in the George R.R. Martin franchise, you have a pretty good idea. This thought is confirmed by actor Joe Dempsie, who tells Radio Times in a new interview that we are going to see these two books woven together in a new way to tell the story about life beyond the Battle of Blackwater:

“The third and fourth books are essentially the same time period split into two separate narratives, so [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] are incorporating both books – weaving the strands together – but making them into two series.

“They do stick fairly closely to the books but one of their main talents is in identifying which elements will work well on screen and which won’t – as well as which characters they can bring more to the fore to make it more engaging.”

When you consider the fairly-strict nature of the adaptation here, what is particularly interesting is that we already really know what the story is going to be about this season so long as you have read the books; however, there is still so much to be excited about courtesy of the way in which that they are presented to us on screen, and if the places in Westeros are going to look the same way that we imagined them to on the page.

Without giving too many spoilers away to series newbies, what are you the most excited to see moving forward? If you want to check out some more details pertaining to some upcoming fight scenes to be featured on the show, all you have to do is head on over to the link here.

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