We’ve watched the various characters of Game of Thrones spend two seasons learning who they are, while slowly discovering their respective roles in the destiny of Westeros. If these season 3 trailers are anything to judge by, the upcoming chapter of the “Game” will involve more swordplay than politics and introspection.

Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) has saved King’s Landing from invasion, leaving his son Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and daughter Cersei (Lena Headey) in grey areas of power, while boy-king Joffrey still runs amok. Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) continues to come into her own as a dragon-wielding warlord – with a new army standing behind her, from the looks of things.

Robb Stark (Richard Madden) is slowly being bogged down by his war against the Lannisters; Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) is reeling from his defeat at King’s Landing, looking to his red witch Melisandre (Carice van Houten) for new prophecy; Bran and Rickon Stark are still on the run across the North lands; Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) continue their odd-couple trek across the midlands; while Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) plays spy games living amongst the Wildlings, whose king, Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds), plans war against the Night’s Watch.

If you have trouble keeping track of the bigger picture, Games of Thrones has been steadily building conflict and danger on many levels – from the political games of King’s court to the savage power struggles in the land’s across the Narrow Sea (Daenerys’ storyline) – to the looming threat of the White Walkers, who (as we saw in the season 2 finale) are ready to exterminate all life in Westeros – no matter which king/queen ends up wearing the crown.

This new season is based on author George R.R. Martin’s third novel in the series, titled “A Storm of Swords.” Fans of the show should note that fans of the books often and almost unanimously refer to book 3 as the best in the series (so far); needless to say, everyone is therefore expecting great things from this new season of the show (more action, more ‘game-changing’ plot twists, etc…).

And my, aren’t those CGI dragons getting big…


Game of Thrones season 3 premieres on March 31, 2013 on HBO.

Source: HBO