Game of Thrones

Be still our winter yearning hearts. Winter may be coming, but I can tell you what has just freshly arrived. There’s no wait involved in spying these new photos from HBO’s thriller sci-fi series, Game of Thrones, season 3.

The crowd-pleasing drama re-launches on March 31. As you can clearly see in these images from HBO, your old favorites are ready to charge once again into the fray, but they are joined by some fresh faces.

Actress Diana Rigg achieved Bond girl status when she appeared in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service opposite the then 007, George Lazenby. She also played Emma Peel in The Avengers. Can you say sex symbol? The actress is in her 70’s now, making her perfect for the portrayal of Olenna Tyrell in season 3 of Game of Thrones.

Another newcomer is Thomas Brodie Sangster from Love Actually as Jojen Reed. Jojen and his sister Meera are the children of Howland Reed, Lord of Greywater Watch and the leader of the crannogmen of the Neck. Meera is played by Ellie Kendrick. Jojen recognizes Bran Stark as a skinchanger and will prove most helpful in helping the youngster, acted by Isaac Hempstead-Wright, in honing this talent. Without being too spoilery, I can tell you that in the books, when Bran has his vision of the three-eyed crow, Jojen will have some ideas about what Bran should do next.

We had our own vision of the bird in a recent teaser for season 3.

Also much anticipated is the upcoming appearance of Ciaran Hinds in the role of Mance Rayder. When you see him in today’s pics, he’s very rugged in his furs.

Without further ado, enjoy these shots of Arya Stark, Thoros, the Reed siblings, Bran, fan-favorite Jon Snow and the rest. You’ll notice some pretty faces this time around, too. Actress Rose Leslie is Ygritte and Sophie Turner returns as Sansa Stark. Melisandre, Dae, and Cersei are also in this batch. Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon is looking rather introspective. Margaery Tyrell and Joffrey Baratheon are armed and dangerous together. Ty doesn’t look pleased.

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