HBO's Game of Thrones, an adaption of George R.R. Martin's epic A Song of Fire and Ice novels, returns to HBO tonight, kicking off season 3 in what will no doubt be sex filled, blood soaked, genre-redefining style. Winter is still coming to the lands below the Wall -- they can have ours in Canada, thanks! -- and the machinations are set to not only continue, but intensify as well.
While the new season is exclusive to HBO (or similar channels internationally), you can still catch up on the first two seasons, and enjoy all the books written to date, on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad right now.
Game of Thrones Season 1 & 2
The HBO production of Games of Thrones is simply gorgeous, especially on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad Retina display, or in 1080p on the Apple TV. The full first and second season is available on iTunes and includes not only the 10 episodes each, but a bunch of special features as well.
Game of Thrones apps
The free A Song of Fire and Ice companion app includes 8 characters from the first book of the series, A Game of Thrones, and maps for the north and south. You can buy information packs via in-app purchase for $0.99 a pop, or $4.99 for the entire series to date. You can also set a "spoiler" level, so if you haven't read all the books, you can lock out characters and events you haven't gotten to get.
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A Song of Fire and Ice books and audio books
The entire A Song of Fire and Ice series so far, including A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons are widely available as both eBooks and Audio books for you to load up and enjoy on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Lastly, if you've watched it, jump into our Movies & TV Forum and give us your Games of Thrones season 3 thoughts. Who slept with whom, who killed whom, who spied on, betrayed, and avenged, whom? Get in there and share!
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