Spoiler Alert: Before embarking on a breakdown of several key events from the fantasy novels that would ideally come to pass in the next ten installments of HBO's drama, this is my issuance of a spoiler warning, as the rest of the article will discuss plot points that have yet to play out on the small-screen.

One of the most interesting aspects that happens with any television (or film) adaptation is the dividing line created between fans whose devotion extends all the way back to the source material and those who only know and love the new creation. Neither approach is inherently superior and this article is in no way implying that readers of George R.R. Martin's “Song of Fire and Ice” saga are better than the people in step with the series, choosing instead to tune in on Sunday nights and watch the Game Of Thrones unfold in 'real' time. I wish I had that restraint, but the second I saw the ninth episode of the first season, I had to know what was going to happen next and, five tomes later, I'm here to discuss the events from the novels that we readers hope, as well as should expect, to see in Season 3.

For those who don't have the time to rewatch all of Game of Thrones in prep, here's a great recap for those simply seeking out a recap of the events of the first two years in anticipation of the weekend's third season premiere. It has become common knowledge, thanks to the creators and network perpetuating the falsehood, that the extra large third novel, A Storm of Swords, has been split in half to provide the plot for Season 3 and 4. While that's mostly true, it leads into the first expectation. The last chance to avoid spoilers ends now.

1. The Novels Are Just A Blueprint
As we've seen over the course of first two seasons, HBO's Game Of Thrones is not afraid to deviate from the source material with D.B. Weiss and David Benioff crafting the story in a way that best serves the show. Whether that means introducing new characters or shuffling around events, the co-creators of the series have made changes while trying to remain respectful to George R.R. Martin's vision. This brings me back to the 'myth' that Season 3 will simply be the first half of A Storm Of Swords (also known as Steel and Snow, since the book was split for publication in some countries) I'm confident calling it a myth because we've already seen some events of the third book play out on screen (Jaime and Brienne), not to mention that characters from A Clash of Kings have been held back to the third (those Reeds) and, according to the trailers, even plot points from the fourth and fifth novels will also be incorporated into the upcoming season. That's right. If you think you're ahead of the game having read Swords, think again.

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