Summer. Three years ago. The second season wrapped up (to think we’re now discussing season six already!) as we were still reeling from the awesomeness of episode 209 “Blackwater”.
- The finale aired at the beginning of June and broke the viewership record with 4.2 million, passing 4 million for the first time. Three years later, the number stands at twice that.
- Casting for S3 was going strong. We got Kerry Ingram (as Shireen), got the first word of Tara Fitzgerald joining (as Selyse, as we learned later), while Clive Russell joined as Blackfish. We also got Charlotte Hope (as Myranda), Nathalie Emmanuel (as Missandei), Mackenzie Crook (later revealed to play Orell), and Philip McGinley (as Anguy). We also posted about the rumour that Diana Rigg was joining the cast (later confirmed to play Lady Olenna). We also figured out that Iwan Rheon was cast to play Ramsay (though he was initially only listed as “Boy”).
- At San Diego Comic Con, we learned some more confirmed names in addition to the above: Paul Kaye (Thoros of Myr), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed), Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed), Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Tobias Menzies (Edmure Tully), and Anton Lesser (Qyburn).
- Speaking of Comic Con, there was of course a panel discussion (led by GRRM himself), the video of which you can watch – and relive the moments – right here.
- The show was confirmed to return to Morocco (after some of the unaired pilot was shot there) and Dubrovnik, Croatia, and the list of directors for the season was revealed: Alex Graves, Michelle MacLaren, Dan Minahan, David Nutter, and Alik Sakharov, alongside David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, who were to try themselves in that role for the first time.
- S3 filming started in the second week of July, and the season was slated to premiere on March 31, 2013.
- On the more controversial side of things, it was revealed and officially acknowledged that one of the prosthetic heads on spikes bore the likeness of George W. Bush (after D&D mentioned that in the DVD commentary). HBO subsequently apologised and digitally altered the footage.
- A full size replica of the iron throne was made available for purchuse – for a lowly price of $30,000 USD.