‘Game of Thrones’ exclusive: George R.R. Martin talks Arya, the Hound

Feb. 14, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.

The third season of “Game of Thrones” is out on home video on Tuesday, in time for fans of the sprawling fantasy series to catch up before Season 4’s premiere on April 6.

The HBO series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, has developed a massive and devoted fan following and a critical darling, racking up the awards nominations this season.

Season 3 charted the events chronicled in the first half of Martin’s third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” including Daenerys Targaryen’s attempts to raise an army, Mance Rayder’s march toward the Wall and Robb Stark’s efforts to defeat the Lannisters. One of the most unlikely pairings that emerged from the season was between young Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann).

Martin details their uneasy relationship in a clip from the bonus features, and Hero Complex readers get a first look, though be warned: Martin’s language gets a bit salty.

“The Hound is a killer,” Martin says in the video (watch it above). “He’s very blunt about what he is.”

He’s also on Arya’s vengeance list, but when the chance arises that he might take her home, she can’t turn it down.

“That’s what she’s wanted from the beginning,” Martin said. “As they hang around together, she starts to question whether she should kill him or not.”

Season 3 is out Tuesday (Feb. 18) on Blu-ray with HBO Select, DVD and digital download. The DVD includes five deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary with cast and crew members, a featurette recapping Season 2, a discussion about the politics of marriage in Westeros, a spotlight on the Wildlings and their back story and an introduction to the season’s new characters, including Mance Rayder, Jojen and Meera Reed and Beric Dondarrion, among others.

In addition to those bonus features, the Blu-ray release also includes an in-episode guide with background information about on-screen characters and locations, an interactive guide to the rivalries and relationships between the houses of Westeros, an extensive feature on the infamous Red Wedding in “The Rains of Castamere,” and a look at the history and mythology of Westeros.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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4 Responses to ‘Game of Thrones’ exclusive: George R.R. Martin talks Arya, the Hound

  1. Kilroy says:

    “The Hound is a killer,” Martin says in the video (watch it above). “He’s very blunt about what he is.” – Um there is no video above. Only a slide show of pictures.

    • noelenecy says:

      Hi there, Kilroy, Thanks so much for reading. The video is displaying correctly on this end. Perhaps there are some issues with your browser? Or maybe some content filters that could be blocking it from displaying?

    • Brice Snow says:

      You know nothing Kilroy.

  2. Nina says:

    If you have an add-on running to block tracking software or filter something else, it plays havoc with videos. You may see extra blank space. Turn off the add-on and the video will appear.

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