HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for Season 3 Sunday, March 31

It’s hard to wait, but when new Photo: Game of Thrones, Season 3 / Photo HBO

SAN DIEGO, March 24, 2013 –  “Game of Thrones,” the HBO miniseries which has set a new standard by which all other epic series will now be measured, will give its legion of fans reason to rejoice when Season 3 debuts in one week on Sunday, March 31, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO East and HBO Latino East (with Spanish subtitles); followed by airings on HBO West and Latino West at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. All four channels repeat the episode immediately four times back to back.

 For those familiar with the novels, we are officially beginning the start of the third book, “A Storm of Swords,” though elements of this novel were already folded into Season 2.

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The Fate of the Iron Throne

After Tywin Lannister rode to the rescue and helped Tyrion turn back Stannis Baratheon, expect the pair to face a confrontation over his beloved Shae – that is, if Tyrion survives his injuries. The cowardly King Joffrey remains on the Iron Throne, where in the previews he declares Tywin “The Savior of the City.”

Recall that Ser Loras Tyrell helped lead the charge that won the Battle of Blackwater, so we will find out what this new alliance between the Tyrells and the Lannisters means.  We learned the wily young Margaery Tyrell has her eye on the Iron Throne. What is she willing to do as she takes Sansa Stark’s place to become Queen someday?  We’ll find out in Season 3. 

We will also be introduced to Margaery’s grandmother, Lady Olenna Tyrell, also called the Queen of Thorns, played by British acting icon Dame Diana Rigg. If ever a role was made for someone, this is it. Expect some grand scenery chewing in the best possible way.

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Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons are sailing for Westeros to take back the Iron Throne in Season 3 of Game of Thrones on HBO, beginning Sunday, March 31. Photo: HBO

Here there be dragons

Daenerys Targaryen and her three fledgling dragons are free, Daenerys having triumphed over their kidnappers in the House of the Undying in the city of Qarth. Having turned the tables and helped herself to some of the kingdom’s riches, she is now sailing with her loyal Dothrakis and her dragons to Westeros to take back the Iron Throne she believes is rightfully hers, by any means necessary.

Fans will find out what has happened to Jon Snow now that he has been captured by the Wildlings; what happens to Jamie Lannister and the swordswoman Brienne; and whether Theon Greyjoy’s occupation of Winterfell holds.

Robb Stark returns to Riverrun with his new wife Lady Tulisa in tow, having thrown aside his promise to wed a woman from the House of Frey. Don’t expect him to get a warm reception. This is only one of the many problems awaiting him there.

We will learn the immediate fate of Arya Stark, and discover exactly what her ally, the criminal Jaqen, gave to her at the end of the last season.  

“Game of Thrones” is based on the beloved series of novels “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin. HBO plans to cover the third book, “A Storm of Swords,” across two seasons, season 3 and season 4.

Season 3 was filmed in Ireland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco. Martin claims Game of Thrones holds the record for the most filming locations in different countries for any production made directly for television.

Dame Diana Rigg plays Lady Olenna Tyrell, the Queen of Thorns and grandmother to Margaery Tyrell. Photo: HBO

New characters introduced in GOT Season 3

This season’s new characters in addition to Rigg as Lady Tyrell, include Clive Russell as Bryndon “The Blackfish” Tully and Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully, members of Lady Catelyn’s extended family (her maiden name is Tully); Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion, Paul Jaye as Thoros of Myr, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed and Ellie Kendirck as his sister Meera Reed, whose family was loyal to Eddard Stark.

Mackenzie Crook will play Orell, a minor character who plays a key role in Jon Snow’s life; Nathalie Emmanuel is slave translator Missandei, Kerry Ingram is Stannis Baratheon’s daughter, Shireen; and Tara Fitzgerald is Selyse, her mother and Stannis’ wife. Kristofer Hivju is Tormund Giantsbane, of the Free Folk beyond the wall; Philip McGinley is Anguy, and Anton Lesser is Qyburn. Don’t be concerned if these names are a blur, just know there are plenty of new faces bringing some surprises this season.


See our Game of Thrones Season 3 character slideshow above


Speaking at Comic-Con in San Diego last summer, Martin teased the new additions with a bit of a wink and smile: “We’re going to have an incredible cast this year. I think we were already the biggest cast in television. We just got bigger. Clearly, I have to start killing some of these characters quickly to make room for the others,” he said.

“Game of Thrones” sets a whole new standard for the miniseries on television. It is essentially a ten-hour long feature film, the equivalent of producing the entire “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy every single year. The cast and crew are shooting an extremely complex story on location in less than comfortable circumstances. The costumers, artists, designers, set-builders, and every other artisan involved leave no detail out, bring the richly imagined world Martin created in his books to life for the lucky viewers. It’s hard to wait for months between editions, but when the episodes arrive it’s all worth it.

For more details, visit the official Game of Thrones page at

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine and Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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