‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Preview Shows Off New Characters & Locations

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Eager to please a ravenous fanbase, HBO is no slouch in providing tantalizing information on upcoming seasons of its hit television. This is especially true of Game of Thrones, which has had a history of steadily releasing teasers, featurettes, and production diaries in the run-up to each new season.

Already amping up the hype for season 3, Game of Thrones has released a new video that looks inside the sprawling production of the series. Amid short interviews with showrunners and stars, one can glimpse people and events that will be central to the fantasy series’ third outing.

Kicked off by creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the Game of Thrones preview highlights the sets and locations where season 3 is currently being shot. With a tone that ranges from nervous to enthusiastic, the two showrunners acknowledge that this season will be critical for the advancement of the overall series.

As with the previous two seasons, Game of Thrones‘ creators continue to choose breathtaking backdrops on which to shoot. Showing off locations in Ireland, Iceland, and Morocco, this preview confirms that the show will continue to impress with its eye for bringing the source material to life.

Interspersed with these looks at the setting of season 3 are a number of familiar faces. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) chats with Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) sports the one trophy he brought back from the Battle of Blackwater Bay – a nasty facial scar. Robb Stark (Richard Madden) appears to be having a tough time talking to his mother, Catelyn (Michelle Fairley). Across the world, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) looks to be in the market for the slave soldiers known as the Unsullied.

Game of Thrones Season 3 Mance Rayder Game of Thrones Season 3 Preview Shows Off New Characters & Locations

Perhaps the most exciting elements of the preview are the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it glimpses of new characters – some of whom are quite familiar to longtime readers of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Of particular note is Ciarán Hinds (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) as Mance Rayder, the fearsome King Beyond the Wall. The preview also contains looks at Jojen Reed (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), the burning sword-wielding Baeric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), slave-turned-handmaiden Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), and Lady Olenna Tyrell – also known as the Queen of Thorns (Diana Rigg).

These sorts of previews are pure hype-bait for fans, but it’s hard to argue with how well the production is looking. Benioff and Weiss have made few missteps in the two seasons they have headed Game of Thrones, and at this point, viewers can more or less give them the benefit of the doubt. Judging from the images coming from the production of season 3, we may not even need to give them that.

Game of Thrones season 3 will premiere on March 31st, 2013.

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  1. I just had a fangasim, the Actor that plays Mance was in last summers political animals ! he was great in it , can’t wait!!!!

    • He also play Julius Caesar in HBO/BBCs Rome a few years back…

  2. Ciarán Hinds is a fantastic actor. He’ll nail it as the King North Beyond the Wall.

  3. Benioff and Weiss have made few missteps in the two seasons they have headed Game of Thrones, and at this point, viewers can more or less give them the benefit of the doubt. Judging from the images coming from the production of season 3, we may not even need to give them that.

  4. This series is awesome. The books are great and the producers are doing a wonderful job so far. Have the done some different things then the books…sure, but nothing that screws up things for later in the series.

    These next two seasons are huge for this show. I know a lot of people are pointing to one scene in this upcoming season (rightfully so), but there is so much that happens in the second half of ASOS that I think season 4 will be just as important as season 3.

  5. I gave season 1 a b+ and season 2 a c-. If what I read about season 3 is accurate, looks like this grade I gave for Benioff and Weiss won’t go upwards anytime soon.

  6. Yes ppl just fail to see how this show has gone down since season 1. or they just dont want to admit it. The show has turned into a cheap play of the books. Its sad really…

    • Sorry, but you are overreacting.

      “Yes ppl just fail to see how this show has gone down since season 1.”

      There have only been 2 seasons. So basically, you are saying that you liked Season 1 more than Season 2. Stop hyperventilating and claiming that the show has “gone down.”

      “If what I read about season 3 is accurate, looks like this grade I gave for Benioff and Weiss won’t go upwards anytime soon.”

      Well, I’m glad you have an insider’s view on Season 3. Have you watched Season 3 yet? I am guessing no, because it is not yet March 31, 2013.

      • Totally agree.

        As someone who hasn’t read the books, I think the show is fantastic and getting better with each episode.

        I can’t wait to see how Paul Kaye looks in the show although I forgot which character he’ll be playing. He was awesome as Dennis Pennis and Mike Strutter and a great acting talent outside of comedy too.

      • Actually, one night, there was this massive blue box who appeared in my living room with a loud whooshing noise, and wouldn’t you know it… No, but seriously, with all due respect to you erasure25, you can see I wrote “if what i read about season 3 is accurate, (…)” If you’ve been reading the books, like from where I got my sources, you can already see important differences were set in season 2 that cannot not have effects in season 3 (my lips are sealed). That is my biggest complaint. What I read are simple phrases on the net like “Looks like the directors/producers are going in another direction than in the original material regarding…” I won’t say. I want people to read the books.

        • @SJD I have read all 5 books and i could not disagree with you more. Any changes that have been made in the show have involved minor characters that get killed off anyways later in the books. (and sooner then later, example, The Tickler)

          You say that you’ve read on the internet that the directors/producers have gone in a different direction… please provide the links where you read this. Until you do, your argument holds no water

  7. and where is Mances’ Black and Red Cloak??

    • who cares ? lol does it really matter ? NO !

  8. At last, the Unsullied.

  9. So which one them is Gandalf.

  10. So much intresting Series Cant wait for Season 3 to be out. I realy Love the Show…..

  11. “Nerd alert”
    Wasn’t it Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) who was “the burning sword-wielding” not Beric.
    Can’t wait for season 3!

  12. If i remember correctly Thoros had some trick for making his sword burn at turneys but it wasnt true “magic” or whatever youd like to call it. In Storm of Swords there is a scene in which Berics sword is aflame during combat with another well known character from season 1 & 2. Having read all the books multiple times i still love the television series, although at times i have my gripes with it overall i think they’ve done and look to be continuing in doing an amazing job. super excited for for March 31st 2013!

  13. As a Game of Thrones book enthusiast, season 1 was on par while season 2 seemed extremely rushed. Not sure how season 3 will go, but I’m hoping for season 1 type excellence.

    • agreed !!

  14. Robb dies

  15. I love Game of Thrones, is such an epic series. Can’t wait for season 3!
    But I’m hoping that season 3 was like season 1, cause season 2 are by far not so good as season 1.