Game of Thrones

Dragons, child-kings, threats, boasts, amassed armies, Jon Snow, wolves, bears and much, much more can all be witnessed in today’s suspense-building new Game of Thrones promo. Power, ambition, desperation and malice can be felt dripping from this new trailer, which teases season 3. March 31st can’t get here quickly enough.

3.31.13 is the day Game of Thrones fans get their fix. All those threes are fitting, because it’s also the hit show’s third action-packed season on HBO.

For you voracious readers out there, this season will roughly follow the first half of A Storm of Swords by the one and only George R. R. Martin. At 900 some pages, it’s only fitting that the third book in the series get two juicy TV seasons attributed to it. This all means that Westeros is still plagued by the War of the Five Kings. Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, Joffrey Baratheon, and Stannis Baratheon are still powering on.

Jon Snow will meet Mance Rayder this season, to be acted by Ciarán Hinds, and things will get intense with Jon and Ygritte. In fact, showrunners have promised more romance in this season than any other previous season. We’ll also find Daenerys bound for Pentos and Bran Stark dreaming of the mysterious three-eyed crow.

Newbies to the epic, aside from Ciarán Hinds, include Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm, Mackenzie Crook as Orell Skinchanger the Wildling, Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion who leads the “Brotherhood Without Banners” and Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon. Diana Rigg was cast a Olenna the “Queen of Thorns” and the very well known musicians Will Champion and Gary Lightbody of Coldplay and Snow Patrol, respectively, have scheduled cameo appearances. I almost forgot to mention Thomas Sangster and Ellie Kendrick as Jojen and Meera Reed.

The season three premier is titled “Valar Dohaeris”. Will viewership break records? We’ll find out in about a dozen days.