Well, Season 2 has just finished. I haven’t seen it yet but at least I have internet at home now so it’s only a matter of time.
Season 3 has already got the green light, of course, and the good news is that it’s going to be split over two seasons. This means that less of the book (A Storm of Swords) will have to be cut and it gives Martin more time to finish up Winds of Winter. Theoretically.
The best thing about season 3 will be the new characters involved! According to this article, here are the characters that have been confirmed to appear in the next season:
-Jojen and Meera Reed
-Ser Brynden Tully
-Thoros of Myr
You can read the original article for a little more information about the characters.
But if you’ve read the books, those are some especially exciting additions. I’m personally looking forward to the Reeds and Dondarrion and Thoros. I realize that the fight for the Iron Throne is a major plot line of this series; however, I feel that the story is most interesting when Martin is setting up the fight between the ice and the fire. Lots of theories about what that could mean but the Reeds, Dondarrion and Thoros play a part in that plot line more than the fight for the throne. No casting decisions as yet that I have heard of, but I will definitely be paying attention to any announcements.
On a slightly related note, if you haven’t bought this book yet, you need to.
It just came out on May 29th and the book is amazing. Trust me, if you cook, if you like the books/show, or are just a fan of medieval cooking, just go ahead and buy this one. There are lots of pictures and the recipes are mostly easy. I say mostly because there are a few recipes like Dornish snake and honeyed locusts that probably would not be very easy to acquire the main ingredients. Although if they could, surely I can too, right? Even if you don’t want to get the cookbook, their blog Inn at the Crossroads is still a great site to check out with a great community.