Sunday night's huge decision: 'Game of Thrones' premiere and 'Walking Dead' finale airing simultaneously

Sunday night will be a night that would make Sophie's Choice look like a lighthearted one: the Game of Thrones season 3 premiere will be airing at the same time as the Walking Dead season 3 finale. It's a big decision for fans of both shows -- especially those who don't have the convenience of a DVR. 

Here's a rundown of the two episodes that will be airing: 

The season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones, "Valar Dohaeris," will pick up where the second season left off. In the aftermath of the Battle of Blackwater Bay, the power dynamics change at King's Landing (and not to Tyrion's advantage). In the north, on the other hand, Jon meets with Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, while Daenerys leaves Qarth (finally) and heads to Slaver's Bay to pick up an army. Early reviews of the season 3 premiere have described it as slow: according to The Daily Beast's Jace Lacob, the episode lacked "energy and intensity, but provides a necessary foundation" for the rest of the season. 

Meanwhile, The Walking Dead will end its pretty good third season with a bang, as the confrontation between the Prison and Woodbury comes to a violent head. The Governor will launch an assault on the Prison, which will end with quite a few dead on either side. It will likely be the most intense episode of the series ever -- and definitely one full of watercooler moments. 

So which one to watch first? Game of Thrones is the consistently better series, but it looks like the season 3 premiere won't be the most exciting. The Walking Dead, meanwhile, might be described as television's most inconsistent series, qualitatively, but its third season has been solid and the finale looks like it will be the most exciting episode of the series yet. So the choice is between an okay episode of a great show, or a great episode of an okay show. 

The fact that HBO is repeating Game of Thrones twice after its initial airing seems to seal the deal, actually -- I'm planning on watching The Walking Dead's finale first, and then immediately switching over to HBO for some Game of Thrones. 

What do you think? What's your plan for Sunday night's big decision? 

Both episodes will be airing on Sunday, March 31 at 9/8c. The Walking Dead airs AMC, Game of Thrones airs on HBO. 

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Written by: mcpherson
Mar 26th, 2013, 11:18 am

Images courtesy of AMC, HBO


Message Posted On Apr 1st, 2013, 3:43 am
Feet in my mouth! The Walking Dead is monster again. Just like in it's first short season. It's great show and GREAT episode. Moving on to Game of Thrones. Great episode in great show. Nobody was killed, one was burned, little boy got present. So, yeah, slow episode. But drama was great, especially because of drastic changes in characters' life paths. Or feeling of still before great storm. I watched finale first and premiere latter. Awesome combo.

Message Posted On Mar 29th, 2013, 7:50 am
What an incredibly stupid article. 1) DVR 2) You'll be able to watch both for free somewhere on the Internet generally speaking an hour after a show has aired. For those of a slightly technical bent, we pipe the show from the computer to the large screen... retuoli the And stop using RECAPTCHA, it is the most annoying software ever developed.

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Message Posted On Mar 27th, 2013, 7:02 am

Yeah this would be a huge problem for anyone who cannot DVR something, which seems to be nobody. Just watch one after the other. Simples!!


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Message Posted On Mar 26th, 2013, 3:39 pm

GoT is ok for me. TWD is one of the best shows ever made. Zombies/Horror above all. :D


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Message Posted On Mar 26th, 2013, 2:34 pm

Aye, I mostly meant in a finish TWD for this season, before starting on the next new chapter of GoT, kind of way ;)


Message Posted On Mar 26th, 2013, 1:41 pm
Game of Thrones above all!

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Message Posted On Mar 26th, 2013, 12:27 pm

With Wynn - TWD all the way. Although its like comparing apples and apples. Both are extremely good and at the top of my 'to watch list'.


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Message Posted On Mar 26th, 2013, 12:13 pm

DVR. Easy.


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Message Posted On Mar 26th, 2013, 12:01 pm

Finish off Rick and co. and save GoT for a night later in the following week of course :)

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