The celebrated HBO Medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones returns, beginning its third season following the aftermath of Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) failing to seize control of the Iron Throne by force. King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) remains as tyrannical as ever, even once his grandfather Tywin (Charles Dance) assumes responsibilities as the Hand of the King. Meanwhile, Cersei (Lena Headey) and a cast-aside Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) struggle keeping their own heads above the water, as King’s Landing’s new inhabitants join the ongoing power grab.

Elsewhere, in the far North, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) prepares to meet the King-Beyond-the-Wall Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds), even as an army of White Walkers make their way beyond the frozen wastelands. Robb (Richard Madden) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) have problems of their own to worry about, as the war for Westeros rages on. However, there’s someone else who will soon become an even more important player in the “Storm of Swords”: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), who’s begun assembling an army of her own – and that’s not including her three rapidly growing “children”…

On that note, check out the Game of Thrones Season 3 poster (via EW) below:


Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and George R.R. Martin are making things bigger in every sense, including the sheer number of characters and sub-plot juggling per episode (which will each be 4-5 minutes longer). The trailer barely scratches the surface of the improving production values and denser story material the newest season is covering, drawing primarily from the first half of Martin’s third book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series – which features some rather interesting developments that fans of the book are eagerly awaiting to see brought to life.

Suffice it to say: next month cannot get here soon enough…

Game of Thrones Season 3 begins on the evening of Sunday, March 31st, 2013 at 9/8c.