'Game of Thrones' Season 3 premiere: 7 things to expect in 'Valar Dohaeris'
In just two days, "Game of Thrones" returns to HBO with Season 3's premiere episode, "Valar Dohaeris." There have been plenty of trailers to tease the new season and Zap2it has been rolling out our interviews with the cast from the Los Angeles premiere all week, but in case that's not enough for you, we have quite the treat.
Zap2it got an early look at "Valar Dohaeris," and we put together a list of teases from the upcoming premiere for your pleasure. Those of you hoping to see characters like Arya Stark, Jaime Lannister, Brienne of Tarth and Bran Stark in Season 3's first episode are out of luck, but there's plenty of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister and Robb Stark goodness in store. Here's what you can expect:
Jon Snow will meet the King Beyond The Wall: You won't have to wait long to meet Ciaran Hinds' new character, Mance Rayder. Jon Snow joined forces with the Wildlings in Season 2 to meet the King Beyond The Wall, and he will finally get to do so in the Season 3 premiere.
Robb Stark still has mommy issues: Robb Stark still hasn't forgiven his mother, Catelyn Stark, for freeing Jaime Lannister at the end of Season 2. She continues to feel the heat of his anger as their army travels the Westeros countryside looking for the Lannister's men.
The men of the Night's Watch are in dire straits: Season 2 ended with the reveal that the White Walkers had attacked the Fist of the First Men, and Season 3 picks up right where that storyline left off. Don't expect those Night's Watch men to get away entirely unscathed.
Natalie Dormer is a scene-stealer: Treasure every scene Natalie Dormer is in. Her Margaery Tyrell is definitely not what King Joffrey and Cersei Lannister were expecting, and the character is a breath of fresh air because of it.
Peter Dinklage still gets the best lines: Tyrion might not be at the forefront of Season 3 like he was in Season 2, but still expect Peter Dinklage to deliver some of the best lines on the show. The man didn't win an Emmy for nothing.
The dragons look amazing: Daenerys' dragons are growing fast, and so is the budget being used to make them. The Mother of Dragons' children look fantasic in their first appearance in the premiere.
There will be more fantasy: Dragons and White Walkers aren't the only fantastical creatures that will be featured in "Valar Dohaeris." Your jaw will likely drop as much as Jon Snow's does at their reveal.
"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO on March 31 at 9 p.m. ET.