‘Game of Thrones’ season 3 spoilers: Another sort of Ned Stark shocker?

If you think back to the penultimate episode of “Game of Thrones” season 1, there was probably one moment that had you completely and totally stunned so long as you were not spoiled about it beforehand: the shocking passing of one Ned Stark via execution under the orders of King Joffrey.

So based on the reaction to this moment, could there ever be anything more shocking down the road? Based on what George R.R. Martin said recently to MTV News, it certainly sounds like it:

“Judging by the reaction that Ned’s death got when the television audience saw that, I think I’m going to go to some part of the world where they have no television when a certain episode airs, and I’ll hide out and they won’t find me at all … I’ll have to hide from the Internet storm as well.”

Of course, you probably have a good idea already as to what is coming up if you have already read some of the books, but for those lucky to still be going into this season with a feeling of wonder and surprise, this moment may very well serve as yet another reminder that no one within this world is particularly safe. Oftentimes, we see TV shows try and create this sort of illusion, but they don’t really mean it; oftentimes the characters who do perish on shows are either recurring characters, or series regulars who have not been there since the beginning. Take one prime example of this to be “True Blood,” who has kept much of the same core of actors since the beginning and just alternated who gets to live and die surrounding them. This sort of grand scale has already been teased by Richard Madden (Robb), and it should create some exciting moments when HBO airs the new season beginning on March 31.

For now, we’re going to keep what we know to be coming up secret; but if you want to see some spoiler-free shots of Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and some other cast members shooting in Croatia, be sure to visit the link here.

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