“Game of Thrones” fans are counting the minutes until March 31, when HBO’s sexy, bloody fantasy returns. They’ve been momentarily appeased with the release of an extended preview trailer for season 3 – though the shocking images, hinting at incredibly dark events, are sure to stoke the flames of anticipation even higher.
Over the strains of New York City chillwave duo MS MR’s “Bones,” the new trailer adds some extra dragon action, plus one shot of a roaring bear:
HBO has also released the titles for eight out of the 10 episodes this season, which are:
Ep. 301: “Valar Dohaeris”
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Ep. 302: “Dark Wings, Dark Words”
Ep. 303: “Walk of Punishment”
Ep. 304: “And Now His Watch Is Ended”
Ep. 305: “Kissed By Fire”
Ep. 306: not announced
Ep. 307: “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” (originally titled “Chains,” and before that, “Autumn Storms,” according to ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ author George R.R. Martin, who is writing this episode)
Ep. 308: not announced
Ep. 309: “The Rains of Castamere” (a title shared by a song dear to the Lannister family)
Ep. 310: “Mhysa”
Episode 301‘s title, “Valar Dohaeris,” is the last half of a common saying in the lands east of Westeros. The first half of the greeting, “Valar Morghulis,” the title of Season 2’s final episode, means “all men must die” in High Valyrian. The response, “Valar Dohaeris,” means “all men must serve.”
But whom will our protagonists serve? Both oaths of fealty and bonds of family have been strained by the weight of betrayals and counter-betrayals that have piled upon each other. Virtually every character is out for revenge.
Jon Snow, the bastard of Winterfell, has killed a fellow member of the Night’s Watch, earning the respect of the rebellious wildlings – for the moment. His half-sister Arya Stark was enticed by the prospect of traveling across the Narrow Sea to the East, to join the mysterious order of the Faceless Men, but decided to remain in Westeros to try and rejoin her mother and brother in the riverlands, where the newly wed Robb Stark is making war against the Lannisters and their allies. Stark matriarch Catelyn has loosed her son’s most valuable prisoner, Jaime Lannister, trusting the lady knight Brienne of Tarth will bring the Kingslayer to King’s Landing to barter for her daughters’ safe return.
The cunning dwarf Tyrion Lannister, who spent all of Season 2 arranging his political game pieces as the King’s Hand, found the board upended after he helped beat back an attack from would-be king Stannis Baratheon. Tyrion is wounded – possibly the target of an assassination attempt by his sister, Cersei, and despite winning all his battles, is now a pariah.
Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen has survived the treachery of warlocks and merchants in the rich city of Qarth, and has plundered enough gold to buy passage on a ship for her Dothraki followers and her dragons. But where will she sail to? And what will she find when she gets there – an army? Allies? Or more treachery?