First Look at ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Reveals Glimpses of New Characters (VIDEO)

Season three of the Internet’s most pirated show is set to debut on HBO (and computer screens) on March 31, 2013 and it’s safe to say the hype around the premiere is building, even with months to go.

The two-minute teaser video above was first unveiled prior to last night’s finale of Boardwalk Empire on HBO. While the clip definitely doesn’t reveal much about the plot of GoT’s next season, it’s clear that it’s been carefully edited to ensure eagle-eyed fans will catch a split-second glimpse of some of the new characters they’ve been anticipating the most.

If you’ve read the books and you’re familiar with the cast of characters we’re all about to meet, watch the clip again. Did you see the Queen of Thorns, Olenna Tyrell? How about Reed siblings, Jojen and Meera? They’re in there. If you haven’t read the books, those last few sentences probably didn’t mean too much to you — but they will soon enough. And go read the books! It will help you pass the long, agonizing wait until March 31.

Season three of GoT is based on the book A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin — but only the first half of the book. The season will be 10 episodes long, but there’s so much material in the book that it’s being split over two seasons.

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