HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones" is set to debut its third season in just over a month -- March 31, 2013 -- and the network finally debuted its first full-length trailer, on Friday night. The season will cover approximately the first half of the novel "Storm of Swords," the third of seven planned novels in "A Song of Ice and Fire," the fantasy series by George R.R. Martin upon which the series is based.
The trailer shows off a number of things with all the remaining (= surviving) major cast of characters. Unlike "The Walking Dead," where series producers have taken a number of liberties in the translation of the storyline from printed word to series, "Game of Thrones" seems to stick more to Martin's books, which means if someone dies in the books, you shouldn't necessarily expect them to survive on the small screen.
The word "necessarily" is important, though. When asked in a recent interview, story editor and "Keeper of the Mythos" Bryan Cogman said that he couldn't discuss if any characters managed to cheat death in the TV series.
One thing Cogman made clear, though, is that the series will no longer cover a book a season, and it will draw on events from other books, too. That could mean that death-cheating is an option.
Showing up are Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), now scarred after the Battle of the Blackwater, and Daenerys Targaryen, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea (Emilia Clarke), along with newcomers such as Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds) and Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully (Clive Russell).
ALthough the Khaleesi has no lines, it's clear her presence will be felt this season. Targaryen has amassed a new army and appears ready to finally push north. One of her flying dragons is seen soaring alongside a ship, presumably one of hers, full of troops sailing toward King's Landing and the Iron Throne.
Other new cast members announced for season three include Diana Rigg -- yes, Emma Peel -- Thomas Sangster, Paul Kaye, and Mackenzie Crook.
Game of Thrones: Season Three will premiere on Sunday, March 31 at 9 EST on HBO and HBO Go. Those needing to play catch up can revel in the newly released (Feb. 19) Blu-ray, DVD, and digital version.