It's been the better part of a year since we last saw Game of Thrones -- the series wrapped up its second season in June, and the third season is kicking off at the end of this month. HBO has put out a press release for the third season premiere episode, "Valar Dohaeris," which is slated to air March 31. It gives us a pretty good idea where the third season will kick off:
"As Blackwater Bay cools, the victors consolidate their power and rebuild King’s Landing. But new challengers for the Iron Throne rise from the most unexpected places. Characters old and new must navigate the demands of family, honor, ambition, love and – above all – survival, as the Westeros civil war rages into autumn. [. . .] As season three begins, the Lannisters hold absolute dominion over King’s Landing after repelling Stannis Baratheon’s forces. Yet Robb Stark, King in the North, still controls much of the South as well, and has yet to lose a battle. In the Far North, Mance Rayder has united the wildlings into the largest army Westeros has ever seen. Only the Night’s Watch stands between him and the Seven Kingdoms, but nobody knows what happened to its Lord Commander and the force he led beyond the Wall. [. . .] Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen – reunited with her three growing dragons – ventures into Slaver’s Bay in search of ships to take her home and allies to conquer it."
That's a lot to chew on. It looks like the White Walkers we saw at the end of the second season finale will battle the Night's Watch expedition --
But wait! There's more. For the first episode, specifically:
"Jon is brought before Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, while the Night’s Watch survivors retreat south. In King’s Landing, Tyrion asks for his reward. Littlefinger offers Sansa a way out. Cersei hosts a dinner for the royal family. Daenerys sails into Slaver’s Bay."
So we will see Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) attempting to retain some power in King's Landing after his father returns to claim his spot as Hand of the King. Here's hoping Tyrion gets at least a little bit of credit for Blackwater -- he's the real reason they won the battle against Stannis's forces.
It looks like Game of Thrones' season 3 premiere will be just as crowded as almost every other episode of the series. Season 3 will premiere on March 31 with the episode "Valar Dohaeris."
Will you be tuning in?