Game of Thrones Season Three is going to be massive (dare we say… epic?) in every manner conceivable. The lauded HBO fantasy television series’ ensemble cast is growing even more dense, with important new character additions such as Mance “King Beyond the Wall” Rayder (Ciarán Hinds) and the Stormcrow captain Daario Naharis (Ed Skrein) among numerous others (for much more, check out the Comic-Con cast announcement video).
Moreover, the production is expanding to include footage shot in Morocco, in addition to reusing locations in Croatia and Iceland. The former of those countries is expected to serve as the backdrop for Slaver’s Bay, which is where Daenerys “Dragon-Born” Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) ventures in George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords novel (the basis for GoT S3).
In fact, only the first half of Martin’s 973-page hardcover book (or 1,216-page paperback novel) – his heftiest A Song of Ice and Fire installment… yet – is going to be covered in Game of Throne‘s third season. That should allow more substance from Martin’s source material to be included and thus, explored in greater depth. Moreover, co-showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are going to take more time within the season to realize Martin’s half-tome on the small screen (literally).