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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Season 3 Spoilers: Fans Will Be “Pleasantly Surprised and Horrified in Equal Measure”

This is a good one. HBO released a new behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast and producers of Game of Thrones Season 3 (which premieres March 31). We hear from some of the "new blood" — like Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder and Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell — as well as the usual suspects we've known for three seasons now.

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• "The show keeps expanding and breathing more deeply," says Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister. "You know, we kill a lot of characters, but for every character we kill we add two more."

• "The stakes get even higher and loyalties start to be torn apart," says Natalie Dormer, who plays Margaery Tyrell. "The strength of this show is that nothing is ever completely sacred."

"This is the rise and fall season," says executive producer/writer David Benioff, "because there are so many characters who come into this season with power of some kind who lose everything, and other characters who enter with almost nothing and achieve great power."

• "It's still very much about power, and very much about family," says exec producer/writer D.B. Weiss. "I also think that this is a season about tremendous reversals of fortune. I think you will be pleasantly surprised and horrified in equal measure."

This is the season they’ve been looking forward to making since Day 1, since it’s based on roughly the first half of George R.R. Martin’s fan -favorite third novel. They’d have to go out of their way to screw it up, and that’s just not likely.

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