Previews–Game of Thrones Season 3 begins March 31 on HBO

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Game of Thrones returns to HBO for its third season a week from tomorrow.  And HBO has released several previews to give fans something to get psyched for.  If you’re not caught up on the series, Season 1 is available in a five-disc DVD version for $39.99 and a seven-disc Blu-Ray version for $47.99 and Season 2 is available in a five-disc version for $37.99 and a seven-disc Blu-Ray version for $47.99, both from  You can also stream each episode of Season 1 and Season 2 also at to get caught up on the series at $2.99 per episode.

On Sunday, March 31, 2013, HBO airs the Season 3 opener “Valar Dohaeris.”  “Valar Dohaeris” is an expression in the Game of Thrones language High Valyrian, meaning “all men must serve”. It is a saying in the continent of Essos, and is the answer to the expression “Valar Morghulis” – “all men must die”. Sort of reminds us of the Ancient Roman Latin soldier sayings “Nos morituri te salutamus” meaning “We are about to die salute you” or “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” meaning “It is sweet and honorable to die for the fatherland.”

HBO is certainly on top of things when it comes to previews.  It seems like no other series has put out so many.  Here are several that should either catch you up on the series or give you a look at what is coming soon.

Here is an official ten-minute Season 1 and 2 recap:

For Season 3, here is a new basketball mash-up preview for some March Madness inspiration, just released:

Here is the full Season 3 trailer:

Check out Charles Dance (The Golden Child, Alien 3, Gosford Park, Bleak House) and one of’s favorite actors, Ciarán Hinds (Excaliber, Mary Reilly, Ivanhoe, Jane Eyre, The Sum of All Fears, Road to Perdition, Phantom of the Opera, Munich, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Ghost Rider 2, The Woman in Black, John Carter) in this preview:

Here is a Season 3 preview featuring villains:

And this trailer previews some excellent looking battle seasons to look forward to:

Here is an introduction to new cast members in Season 3:

You might recognize Clive Russell as Captain Tanner from the Sherlock Holmes movies and the TV series Spaced and he’ll soon be in Thor: The Dark World.  Mackenzie Crook was a supporting character throughout the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and the young Thomas Brodie-Sangster from Doctor Who and Ellie Kendrick from Being Human.  Of course, you’ll recognize actress and Bond Girl (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) Diana Rigg as Emma Peel from the original The Avengers series, and she’ll soon guest star in an episode of Doctor Who.

Look for Game of Thrones Sunday at 8 p.m. Central/9 p.m. Eastern on HBO.

C.J. Bunce

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