‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Teaser Trailer: Ice vs. Fire

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In the world of Game of Thrones, seasons can last years – even decades. However, that can seem like nothing compared to the relative time experienced by fans of the show between television seasons. Rabid anticipation has a way of transforming mere months into epochs.

Thus, Game of Thrones followers had reason to rejoice last week as HBO revealed a premiere date for season 3 of the series. Now, as a follow-up to that briefest of announcements, HBO has released a teaser trailer that reveals very little – but also gives us some clues as to the evolving tone of the show.

Released late Sunday, the teaser trailer for season 3 of Game of Thrones contains no new footage, a short bit of monologue, and text reiterating the March 31 premiere date. This is similar to the vague first teaser for the show’s second season – more or less a glorified season announcement or animated poster.

However, one can actually unpack a good deal about the show’s upcoming direction from this teaser. The words played over the trailer are almost certainly being spoken by Melisandre (Carice van Houten), the red sorceress in the service of erstwhile-King Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). Her warning about a war between the forces of “ice and fire” echoes not only her immolation-centric religion, but also the overarching title of the show’s source material, A Song of Ice and Fire.

The books that inspired Game of Thrones (penned by George R.R. Martin) have made the dichotomy between the two elements a running theme – much more so than the television show to this point. Does this teaser indicate that we will see a much more explicit exploration of themes and subplots important to the books? Will we soon see a more overt depiction of the story’s big, main conflict – namely, between all warm-blooded life and the mysterious White Walkers? If Game of Thrones holds true to the structure of the books, this is almost guaranteed (and in quite the spectacular fashion, to boot).

Game of Thrones Season 3 Melisandre Game of Thrones Season 3 Teaser Trailer: Ice vs. Fire

At the same time, fans of both the books and their television adaptation know that the latter has begun to make some significant deviations from the source material. In terms of both structure and plot points, season 2 of Game of Thrones threw more than a few curveballs at any audience member who read A Clash of Kings (the second book in the Song of Ice and Fire series) and thought he or she knew exactly what was coming. We can expect more of the same from season 3, which will begin to adapt the third novel in Martin’s epic, A Storm of Swords.

Though speculation based on an information-lite teaser trailer feels silly at this point, the urge to extrapolate is undeniable. After two dynamite seasons, Emmy awards and nominations, and a growing cult following, Game of Thrones is heading into season 3 with unparalleled expectations. If this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it teaser tells us anything, it’s that HBO will be milking our anticipation for all it’s worth, right up until the last night in March.

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


Source: HBO

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  1. As a reader of the books, I must say overall I was disappointing with a number of things they changed from the books. Some of the changes are understandable but the majority of them are just ludicrous, can’t go into detail at the risk of spoilers.
    I however felt that the first season struck an excellent balance between changes from the books and the addition of new scenes. Here’s hoping they don’t go full retard in season 3.
    I would rate Season 1 9/10 and season 2 7/10. Five points for the battle of blackwater episode alone, and the other two for the excellent score.

    • I loved Game of Thrones Season 1, it was almost identical to the book. I liked Clash of Kings a lot less, and the changes they made in Season 2 fixed the repetition of Clash of Kings IMO. I hope they continue the flow of the book as Game of Thrones seem to be the only TV series who respect the book enough to continue its (almost) exact flow, unlike Dexter, True Blood, or The Walking Dead.

      • Has the series really strayed very far from the books? It hasn’t struck me as such aside from small bits that are fairly inconsequential in the mix. Did they clean up the circles that Arya makes a bit, maybe? Eh, though I’ve read the books all more than once, they do blend together a bit aside from big events that I know were in a particular book, so I could be wrong. Perhaps it’s time to revisit season two. In any case, I’ve been blown away by the TV series in every respect and I’m sure that the quality will be sustained. Can’t wait for next season. They sure weren’t kidding about that teaser being an animated poster, were they?

        • There are differences like, for instance (spoilers), the deaths of the dothrakis that are true to Daenerys in the books. They were three of them, Aggo, Jogho and Rakhaaro (I might not be on the nose with the spelling). But in the tv show, one died early on as his head was returned to him, and another one in the house at Quarth. Also, only one of Daenarys’ girls dies in the desert, the two others live on further. And the whole history with Xaro Xoan Daxos deviated, for in the books, XDD returns to see Daenerys in Meereen in book 5, ridiculously dramatical. Even though the producers/directors are making brilliant efforts to convey this series, I am still adamant to say that the books are better than the tv show.

  2. GoT a winter coat?

  3. The voice on the teaser is not Melisandre. It’s Sylese Baratheon, the wife of Stannis who we did not see in season 2 but has been cast for season 3. Sylese plays a fairly big role later in the books.

    • I just got chills. Holy Crap.

  4. While all the awesome new shows are turning into nothing but crap, only thing that gets me back to watching TV is Game Of Thrones and Spartacus. Cant wait to see the 3rd season of both of these shows.

  5. “In the world of Game of Thrones, seasons can last years – even decades. However, that can seem like nothing compared to the relative time experienced by fans of the show between television seasons. Rabid anticipation has a way of transforming mere months into epochs.”

    Try waiting for the books.

  6. Yeah that’s definitely not Melisandre. I’d bet on it being Selyse Baratheon. The show does a great job staying true to the books. The only puzzling change was locking in XXD but when he shows up again it’s not really essential that it’s him. I can’t wait for Jojen and Meera to get introduced. Hopefully we get to spend a little time with Howland Reed and the Crannogmen.

  7. Sghj


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  10. Omg. Who was cerseli kissing?

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