'Game of Thrones': Season 3 premiere date and latest casting news(Read article summary)
'Game of Thrones': When is it coming back for a third season and who are the latest actors (and musicians) to sign on for appearances?
The long wait for the return ofÂ Game of ThronesÂ is almost over. This week HBO finally revealed the Game of Thrones season 3 premiere date in poster form, setting the highly anticipated return to Westeros for March 31, 2013.
The poster (see below), which is as basic as they come, simply states the date 03.31.13. If a more colorful poster is what youâ€™re after, youâ€™ll have to keep an eye out for HBOâ€™s familiar release of teaser posters, character posters and season posters in the coming weeks (and months).
When Game of Thrones returns next year for season 3, there will be a few additions to the cast, hinting at what potential storylines await fans. The most notable addition is that of Mackenzie Crook as Orell, a wildling and â€śskinchanger.â€ť Cookâ€™s character comes from the source novels, but will likely be combined with the story of a similar character, Varamyr Sixskins, for the TV series, making the character of Orell much stronger than he originally was (as well as giving him abilities).
In addition to Orell, King Joffrey Baratheon will also be receiving some new guests in season 3, now that Diana Rigg has been cast as Olenna Tyrell, grandmother to Joffreyâ€™s fiance, Margaery Tyrell. Lady Olenna, nicknamed the â€śQueen of Thrones,â€ť isnâ€™t fond of playing simple games (or being around simple minds), so itâ€™ll be interesting to see how she gets along with everyoneâ€™s favorite evil boy King.
Not to be left out, Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody and Coldplay drummer Will Champion will also play a part in Game of Thrones season 3. As to what role theyâ€™ll play:Â Champion is said to be playing a drummer, while Lightbody has said that his role is â€śnot pivotal.â€ť
Unlike in Game of Thrones season 2, which was based on the entirety George R. R. Martinâ€™s second novel, â€śA Clash of Kings,â€ť season 3 will only use half of Martinâ€™s third novel, â€śA Storm of Swords,â€ť after produces decided to split the novel up between Game of Thrones season 3 and season 4.
Considering the length of â€śA Storm of Swords,â€ť splitting it up between two seasons seems like the best option for HBOâ€™s hit series. With so many compelling character moments, providing the producers more time to highlight those moments will certain pay off for fans of the book series who are waiting for their favorite plot-points to be depicted onscreen. That being said, Iâ€™m sure fans of just the TV series wouldnâ€™t argue against getting more Game of ThronesÂ for their buck, either.