‘Game of Thrones’: New photos offer sneak peak at Season 3

Jan. 28, 2013 | 7:39 p.m.

Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen, who embraced her role as the "Mother of Dragons" at the end of last season. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Lena Headey returns as Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, attempting to maintain control of the Seven Kingdoms with her psychotic son, Joffrey, and her controlling father. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Jaime Lannister, last seen being escorted to King's Landing by Brienne of Tarth to be exchanged for Arya and Sansa Stark. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) managed to repel Stannis Baratheon's invading forces from King's Landing at the end of last season, but he was rewarded with the loss of his title (King's Hand) and a scar on his face. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Charles Dance plays Tywin Lannister, patriarch of the Lannister family, who returned to King's Landing to relieve his son, Tyrion, from his role as the King's Hand. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Michelle Fairley plays Catelyn Stark, who is attempting to keep her children safe. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Robb Stark (Richard Madden) ended last season by breaking his engagement to Lord Walder Frey's daughter and marrying Lady Talisa (Oona Chaplin) instead. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Sophie Turner plays Sansa Stark, who was promised to the psychotic King Joffrey, but managed to avoid marriage. However, so long as she remains in King's Landing, she's in danger. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Kit Harrington plays Jon Snow, the Night's Watch soldier who has been captured by the Wildlings north of the Wall. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark, who learned of a secret organization known as the Faceless Men at the end of last season. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Isaac Hempstead-Wright plays Bran Stark, who has begun a trek north to the Wall. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Thomas Brodie-Sangster plays Jojen Reed, brother of Meera Reed. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Ellie Kendrick plays Meera Reed, who will assist Bran Stark on his journey. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Rose Leslie plays the Wildling warrior Ygritte, who has her eye on Jon Snow. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Stephen Dillane plays Stannis Baratheon, who still lusts after the Iron Throne, even though his assault on King's Landing failed. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Carice van Houten plays the red priestess Melisandre, who continues to advise Stannis Baratheon, even though his attack on King's Landing failed. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Natalie Dormer plays Lady Margaery Tyrell, the new lady love of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Ciaran Hinds joins the cast as Mance Rayder, the "King Beyond the Wall" and leader of the Wildlings. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Diana Rigg joins the cast as Lady Olenna Redwyne, also known as the Queen of Thorns. She's the grandmother of Margaery and Loras Tyrell and a scheming force to be reckoned with. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Richard Dormer plays Beric Dondarrion, leader of the mysterious Brotherhood Without Banners, which is introduced in the third season. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Paul Kaye joins the cast as Thoros of Myr, a red priest who worships the same deity as Melisandre, who also serves as an adviser to Beric Dondarrion. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Gwendoline Christie plays Brienne of Tarth, the female knight tasked with escorting Jaime Lannister to King's Landing. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Clive Russell joins the cast as Brynden Tully, also known as the Blackfish, Catelyn Stark's uncle. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” doesn’t return for its third season until March 31, but a new round of photos reveals what’s in store for the denizens of Westeros — and offers an early look at some of the newest additions to the already expansive cast.

Chief among the new characters joining the lineup is Ciaran Hinds as King Beyond the Wall Mance Rayder, with other new faces including Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Redwyne, otherwise known as the Queen of Thorns, who’s best described as the Dowager Countess of Westeros.

Rigg, of course, remains a beloved figure for her turn as Emma Peel on the BBC TV series “The Avengers.”

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The third season of “Game of Thrones” will be based on the first half of “A Storm of Swords,” the third book in George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series and one of the longest in the series to date (in hardcover, it’s 973 pages).

Martin created a stir last year when he told audiences at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, “I may have to start killing some of these characters to make room for new ones.”

Among the other new cast members joining the show this season: Mackenzie Crook (from the British iteration of “The Office” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies) as Orell, Clive Russell as Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully, Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon, Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion, Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed and Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr.

Click through the gallery above to see new images from Season 3.

– Patrick Kevin Day

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6 Responses to ‘Game of Thrones’: New photos offer sneak peak at Season 3

  1. Chris says:

    Can't wait to see what happens when the night walkers get to the wall and face the night watch! Also really would like to see the mother of dragons take the throne at kings landing!Who knows what will happen in season three,but they better not kill off one of my favorite characters,Arya Stark!

  2. Greg Henderson says:

    Read a book

  3. tina says:

    The books are good but I can not wait for the new season. The cast is amazing one of the best ive seen tgey really help bring the story to life.

  4. Arwel says:

    Just a late correction – The Avengers wasn't a BBC show, it was produced by ABC (Associated British Corporation) for the ITV network. It's a reminder that British commercial TV could produce good shows in the 60s-80s (and indeed Downton Abbey is an ITV show even now).

  5. sarah says:

    Is this not the best thing on TV?…. I love Game of Thrones with a passion. Tyrion is by far the best character and you cannot help but root for him in every way, his sarcasm, his quips and his underneath good soul makes him so loveable. Having bought the box sets I will be starting from the beginning again real soon

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