The fantasy land of Westeros returns to cable television when the "Game of Thrones" returns to HBO for a third season. Ten new episodes of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy premiere on Sunday, March 31, 2013 (9-10 p.m. ET), according to a press release from HBO. The new episodes will air on subsequent Sundays. Attached is a slideshow of pictures from the first episode of season three of 'Game of Thrones.'
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"Game of Thrones" is the cult hit based on the fantasy books by George R.R. Martin. The dramatic story is a continuing epic of treachery, lust and nobility on the harsh and dangerous fictional continent of Westeros. Summers and winters can last for years in this cruel land, where the people are diabolical and the lust for power is eternal.
As Blackwater Bay cools, the victors consolidate their power and rebuild King’s Landing. New challengers for the Iron Throne rise from the most unexpected places in this ongoing saga. Characters old and new must navigate the demands of family, honor, ambition, love, and fight for survival, as the treacherous Westeros civil war rages into autumn.
As season three begins, the Lannisters have repelled Stannis Baratheon's (Stephen Dillane) forces and now hold absolute dominion over King’s Landing. Robb Stark (Richard Madden), who has yet to lose a battle, is the King in the North and still controls much of the South as well. In the Far North, Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hines) has united the wildlings into the largest army Westeros has ever seen. Only the Night’s Watch stands between him and the Seven Kingdoms, but nobody knows what happened to its Lord Commander and the force he led beyond the Wall.
Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), who is reunited with her three growing dragons, ventures into Slaver’s Bay in search of ships to take her home and allies to conquer it.
Castmembers old and new on the third season of "Game of Thrones:"
Returning 'Game of Thrones' series regulars include: Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon).
Additional returning series regulars for this season of 'Game of Thrones' include: Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane), Conleth Hill (Varys), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), James Cosmo (Commander Jeor Mormont), Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon), Carice van Houten (Melisandre), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Sibel Kekilli (Shae), Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell).
Returning recurring cast members for 'Game of Thrones' include: Natalia Tena (Osha), Joe Dempsie (Gendry), Oona Chaplin (Talisa Maegyr Stark), Julian Glover (Maester Pycelle), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell), Esmé Bianco (Ros), Gemma Whelen (Yara Greyjoy), Hannah Murray (Gilly) and Art Parkinson (Rickon Stark).
New cast members for 'Game of Thrones' include: Ciarán Hinds (Mance Rayder), Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell), Mackenzie Crook (Orell), Clive Russell (Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully), Nathalie Emannuel (Missandei), Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon), Paul Kaye (Thoros of Myr), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed), Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed), Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Philip McGinley (Anguy), Tara Fitzgerald (Selyse Baratheon), Tobias Menzies (Edmure Tully), Anton Lesser (Qyburn), Ian McElhinney (Barristan Selmy), Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton) and Noah Taylor (Locke). Game of Thrones announces new cast members at Comic-Con